TOM VON SCHRADER, PE, LEED AP
Founding Principal Civil Engineer
Specialty in Integrated Systems
Tom has 35 years of experience in implementing sustainable visions that balance community needs, right-of-way demands, and environmental objectives in corridor, streetscape, and civic enhancement projects. His experience has led to participation with cities and organizations across the country, including the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Futurewise and serving as a Board Member and Committee Lead of the National Complete Streets Coalition. Tom’s thoughtful leadership and collaborative management style help lead to cost-effective, sustainable solutions that meet public goals for the future.
Tom is quick to crack a wry joke, takes great joy in watching cities improve and walks or bikes to work every day to arrive at the office at the crack of dawn.
Tom's projects include:
LIMA ZOO AQUARIUM STUDY | LIMA, PERU
PEG STAEHELI, FASLA, PLA, LEED AP
Founding Principal Landscape Architect
Specialty in Infrastructure Planning
With over 37 years of practice, Peg has focused in the public realm where landscape design meets engineering. Her work includes green infrastructure, complete streets, accessibility, utility systems, urban forestry, parks and site design. She encourages her coworkers in consistently pushing the local and national agenda to improve urban conditions. Peg brings a comprehensive understanding of the issues large infrastructure projects present: site conditions, feasibility, construction sequencing, maintenance and operations. Her thoughtful insights and approach – collaborating with clients and agency staff, understanding regulations, working with the community, and maintaining a deep commitment to the environment – allows her to envision integrated solutions where balance is brought to site infrastructure.
Peg knows how to hustle—she can often be seen commuting by bus and bike to and from West Seattle—and fosters an environment where innovation is matched with attention to human-centered design.
Peg's projects include:
SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES / KING COUNTY WTD CITYWIDE GSI PROGRAM LEAD | SEATTLE, WA
NEWHOLLY HOPE VI REDEVELOPMENT | SEATTLE, WA
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON RAINIER VISTA MONTLAKE TRIANGLE MOBILITY PLANNING | SEATTLE, WA
DAVE RODGERS, PE, LEED AP
Principal Civil Engineer
Dave practices across many areas of civil engineering from integrating bicycle and stormwater infrastructure to working with private development for urban infill . Dave has invested his career at SvR in improving multimodal transportation in and around the Pacific Northwest on projects that serve all ages and abilities. He brings candor and positive attitude (good humor) to his projects working with stakeholders and bringing positive outcomes to challenging tasks.
While not at the office you can find Dave on the water, on his bike, or in the mountains. If you'd like to read more from him, pick up up a copy of the recently published book, Living Streets.
Dave's projects include:
INTERURBAN CROSSINGS | LYNNWOOD, WA
KATHRYN GWILYM, PE, LEED AP
Principal Civil Engineer
Kathy has expertise in the areas of roadway, utility, stormwater and site design. Kathy takes complex issues and solves them through careful analysis and her extensive practical based knowledge. She leads SvR's technical work, taking the planning through public PS&E’s or private negotiated bids. She is a national expert in Low Impact Development / Green Stormwater Infrastructure- knowing how to both plan and implement the strategies while meeting the requirements for traditional systems. She is active in technical organizations and is a guest instructor for numerous local and national LID technical workshops and trainings.
Kathy is proud of her Washingtonian heritage and her love of Puget Sound. She loves spending time in PNW forests, parks and playgrounds with her family, and swimming in Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish, the Arctic Circle, Havasu, Lahaina, and Coeur d'Alene!
Kathy's projects include:
SEATTLE PUBLIC UTILITIES / KING COUNTY WTD CITYWIDE GSI PROGRAM LEAD | SEATTLE, WA
HIGH POINT HOPE VI REDEVELOPMENT, NATURAL DRAINAGE & INFRASTRUCTURE | SEATTLE, WA
LAKE CITY COURT APARTMENTS | SEATTLE, WA
NEWHOLLY REDEVELOPMENT | SEATTLE, WA
COPPER LANTERN HOMES | KENMORE, WA
AMALIA LEIGHTON, PE, AICP
Civil Engineer and Urban Planner
Amalia is an engineer and planner who has undertaken significant utility, stormwater, park, and transportation planning projects. Many of the projects and programs have been implementation and constructed. Her experience includes stormwater management planning, low impact development and green infrastructure planning, pedestrian master plans, traffic calming, and infrastructure planning and assessment. Amalia has also taken the lead for documenting environmental impacts of water resources and public utility impacts and has worked on various public and private projects that required SEPA review that resulted in an EIS.
Amalia's projects include:
COMMUNITIES PUTTING PREVENTION TO WORK: COMMUNITIES PLANNING FOR HEALTH, PUBLIC HEALTH | SEATTLE & KING COUNTY, WA
AMANDA BAILEY, ASLA, PLA
Amanda is a landscape architect with 7 years of experience working in a wide range of design and planning projects. She excels at synthesizing information and developing clear, concise documents and renderings stemming from complex projects. Amanda’s background in art and sustainable design-build projects enables her to think quickly and creatively to come up with design solutions that highlight and build upon intrinsic qualities to each site. Additionally, she has worked on green stormwater infrastructure projects and promotes access to healthy communities in her work as well as volunteer efforts.
Amanda likes exploring the Pacific Northwest (not her native home!) including hikes that involve fording rivers and streams, exploring cities by bike and public transit, and mapping out good vegetarian joints. An artist at heart, she loves drawing, painting and photography in her free time.
Amanda's projects include:
KIRKLAND PROS PLAN | KIRKLAND, WA
ANNIE ALSHEIMER, EIT
Annie is a civil designer focused on stormwater, wastewater and water re-use in urban green infrastructure systems. She works on innovative green stormwater infrastructure and site design projects using GIS Analysis, CAD and modeling. As a recent graduate from University of Washington’s Civil and Environmental Engineering program, Annie has developed a strong interest in development and global health. Her work with Engineers Without Borders sparked her passion to use engineering to help underserved communities with inadequate infrastructure.
Annie's Ultimate Frisbee nickname is, "Mama Duck," and she is mechanically inclined with motorcycles and old trucks. During the week she wears dresses and skirts, but she judges the quality of her weekend by the quantity of dirt under her fingernails on Monday.
Annie’s projects include:
SKID TESTING OF PERMEABLE PAVEMENT | SEATTLE, WA
LIMA AQUARIUM | LIMA, PERU
BRICE MARYMAN, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP, CPSI
Senior Landscape Architect
Brice is an award-winning landscape architect focused on designing and planning urban green infrastructure systems. Whether imagining children’s playgrounds, promoting natural systems to prevent polluted runoff or crafting public streetscapes, he is passionately concerned with the vitality of urban ecosystems and the health of human environments. He co-directed the ASLA award-winning Open Space Seattle 2100 project. Brice recently completed service as the Technical Advisory Committee Chair for Planning and Design for the STAR Community Index. He currently serves on the executive committee of the Seattle Board of Parks Commissioners and the Arboretum Foundation. These activities continue his deep commitment to balancing environmental and cultural values within the urban environment.
Brice has studied abroad in India and Oxford, and spent three summers preparing meals for as many as 50 during cross-country traveling summer camps. On Friday nights in the Fall, you can find Brice and his family supporting UW Volleyball as proud season ticket holders.
Brice's projects include:
APPLEWAY TRAIL DESIGN | SPOKANE VALLEY, WA
SUNNYDALE REDEVELOPMENT | SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Elana’s focus is ensuring the office runs smoothly and assisting the project managers with contract management, scheduling, and planning. As a project assistant, Elana is always ready and willing to help the team and provides creative solutions to office challenges. With a background in international business, contract administration, and system implementation, Elana brings a unique perspective which enhances efficiency and effectiveness within the workplace. In addition, she is an aspiring designer and loves being in collaborative environment.
As a long-distance runner, Elana’s love of running is evident—whether it is a half marathon or just a commute home from work. Her creativity also extends to sewing as she’s been known to design and construct her own clothes.
With over 22 years at SvR, Jeff is greatly experienced in putting together a set of plans. However, rather than settling on what might be considered outdated production techniques, he has an inquisitive mind and is often experimenting with how to use the current CAD technology to best benefit SvR’s projects and meet client needs effectively. SvR’s designers and technical staff look to Jeff to see what is possible and how to utilize the technology available to best represent designs not only onto the printed page, but also into the digital domain.
Jeff, or "Z" as he is known around the office, loves kayaking, playing music, and motorcycling!
Jeff's projects include:
BELL STREET PARK | SEATTLE, WA
Jennifer started out as a production drafter in 1997, drawing and detailing everything from residences, mixed-use buildings and sports stadiums to parks and street improvements. Since 2003, her focus has been on civil and structural design as a CAD technician. Jennifer’s breadth of experience allows her to step back and look at the overall needs of a project in order to deliver drawings thoughtfully and efficiently. Most of her software background has been working in either AutoCAD or Revit.
Jennifer enjoys tooling around in her garden, exploring the parks in Seattle with her family, making tasty jams and jellies (like grape jelly from her concord grapes in her backyard) and fancies herself a bit of a pastry chef on occasion.
JENNIFER LATHROP, PLA
Landscape Architect & Wetland Specialist
Jennifer is a landscape architect and wetland specialist with over 27 years of experience working on a variety of site development, road, infrastructure, and housing projects. Her landscape design work includes grading, erosion control, plant selection and wetland restoration and delineation. Jennifer has extensive experience in roadway geometry, designing pavement layout for roads, including bike lanes and pedestrian pathways. Jennifer’s work emphasizes the use of native plants, preservation of mature trees, and minimizing impacts on sensitive areas through green infrastructure and the thoughtful siting of buildings and site amenities.
Jennifer loves the color blue, and she really likes blue flowers. She also loves to hike, read novels, and watch crime drama shows.
With a background in anthropology, architecture and landscape architecture, Jordan is passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration to solve complex design challenges. Jordan believes in designing spaces that increase human interaction with and connection to diverse ecological systems in the urban environment, and which express the layered cultural narratives that give meaning to a place. He has been involved in a wide range of public space activation projects in Seattle and Denmark, and is attuned to the ingredients that make for successful and engaging public spaces. At MIG | SvR, Jordan values the opportunity to provide analytical clarity through his graphic skills and a creative thought process to create compelling urban environments.
Jordan's projects include:
AUBURN MAIN STREET, AUBURN, WA
WALNUT AVENUE RESIDENCES, FREMONT, CA
MERIDIAN HABITAT PARK, PIERCE COUNTY, WA
JUSTIN MARTIN, ASLA, PLA
Combining education and experience in design and the natural sciences, Justin brings fresh perspectives on urban ecological design, as well as experience in community engagement in the design process. With past work in the fields of watershed restoration and ecology, Justin has a strong understanding of natural processes and their integration into the built environment. Justin also has construction management and administration experience.
Justin likes going with his family on everyday cycling adventures to explore new parks or run errands. He also enjoys trying to keep a vegetable garden year-round.
Justin's projects include:
DUWAMISH HILL PRESERVE PHASE II | TUKWILA, WA
KING COUNTY SOUTH MAGNOLIA CSO RETROFIT | SEATTLE, WA
MANCHESTER LID RETROFIT STUDY | KITSAP COUNTY, WA
At SvR 10 years, Kim’s duties have run the gambit from administrative to marketing to accounting. For her first six years at SvR, she served as marketing coordinator, overseeing the production of SvR’s marketing materials. Kim transitioned to Office Manager where she is managing accounting, human resources, and administrative office functions. Kim also assists with project contract management.
Lauren is an urban planner enthusiastic about bicycle and pedestrian planning and sustainable community development. She applies a combination of planning, graphics and writing skills to non-motorized planning projects and assists in creating winning proposals and supports project managers in exceeding client expectations. Lauren is a recent transplant from Bellingham, WA, where she worked on a variety of projects from WWU campus sustainability initiatives to envisioning Bellingham’s industrial waterfront as an EcoDistrict to working on bicycles and teaching folks to bicycle for transportation.
A couple of Lauren's favorite things are walking to a neighborhood coffee shop on a Saturday morning, and being a community advocate for Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenways. Little known fact, she is the Girl Scout equivalent of Eagle Scout!
Lauren's projects include:
UNIVERSITY DISTRICT ALLEY ACTIVATION | SEATTLE, WA
SCHUSTER CORRIDOR MULTI-USE TRAIL FEASIBILITY AND DESIGN REPORT | TACOMA, WA
LOLLY KUNKLER, PE
Lolly has 14 years of engineering experience specializing in porous pavement, public green infrastructure, and housing projects. She has designed right-of-way infrastructure layout, including underground utilities, vault sizing, stormwater system design, and utility coordination. Additionally, she has coordinated with city, transportation, and landscaping standards and she has experience with construction administration and field observation. She is also an active commissioner on the Seattle Design Commission and advisory board to the Seattle City Council and Mayor.
If Lolly told you she played professional basketball once, it would be a lie. She also has an ape index of exactly 1.0, and has a twin brother. Do not ask her if they are identical. Only her dogs know the real truth.
Lolly's projects include:
RAINIER VISTA REDEVELOPMENT | SEATTLE, WA
NORTHWEST SCHOOL | SEATTLE, WA
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON WEST CAMPUS RESIDENCE HALLS | SEATTLE, WA
MARK DAVIES, PE, LEED AP, ASSOCIATE DBIA
Senior Civil Engineer
Mark is a civil engineer with more than 21 years of experience with a focus on underground infrastructure, site development, roadway, and trail projects. He has worked on large scale phased projects starting from planning, through permitting and construction providing design alternatives, cost comparison and phasing alternatives. Mark has the innate ability to coordinate complex infrastructure demands. He addresses accessibility issues from stormwater regulations with the site and right of way. He complements his civil engineering background with 2 years of construction experience while working at Skanska Construction Company.
Mark loves trail running, and biking and running as his transportation, especially when he can do it with his family. On the flip side, he also loves kicking back at home on the couch with a movie or two.
Mark's projects include:
VA BUILDING 81 SEISMIC REPLACEMENT | AMERICAN LAKE, WA
NEWHOLLY REDEVELOPMENT INFRASTRUCTURE AND HOUSING | SEATTLE, WA
MELANIE DAVIES, ASLA, PLA
Senior Landscape Architect
Melanie has over 31 years of experience as a landscape architect. Her expertise includes master planning, site planning, urban design, community facilitation, design guideline development, and site design for public and private clients. She has worked on a variety of projects in the Pacific Northwest including educational and cultural campuses and facilities, creek and wetland restoration, parks and recreation, and transportation corridors. Her skills include conceptual design, team collaboration and coordination, construction documents, construction administration, cost estimating, report writing, and project presentation with expertise in urban design, green infrastructure, accessible circulation, children’s play areas and wetland preservation.
Melanie's projects include:
HING HAY PARK | SEATTLE, WA
NATHANIEL RIEDY, PE
Nathaniel brings over 7 years of experience providing civil design and analysis support for a diverse array of projects ranging from the Woodland Park Zoo otter exhibit to Lower Mapes Creek Restoration. Nathaniel provides technical support, coordinates with teams of consultants and works with stakeholders to ensure their input is integrated into design and planning decisions. He has special technical expertise in modeling and is familiar with WWHM, MGS Flood, StormCAD, SWMM and GIS.
Nathaniel loves to explore the everchanging city by bicycle, especially Seattle's waterfront parks!
Nathaniel's projects include:
Nathan Polanski, PE
Nathan brings 11 years of engineering experience in designing streetscape projects that focus on complete and green street principles. As project engineer he has worked on a variety of projects that have focused on mobility and accessibility at local and regional scales to improve levels of service for all modes of transportation. These projects have integrated low impact development (LID) and green infrastructure solutions, including bioretention, swale systems and permeable pavements.
Nathan loves working in his vegetable garden, flipping through his collection of National Geographic magazines, and exploring the Northwest by bike or by foot.
Nathan's projects include:
OLYMPIC DRIVE NON-MOTORIZED IMPROVEMENTS | BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA
PATTY BUCHANAN, PE, LEED AP
Patty is a project manager with 14 years of experience managing and providing design services for a wide range of projects including municipal utilities, surface water, streetscapes and site design. Her utility work includes analysis of existing infrastructure capacity and design and design of new systems for water, sewer, combined sewer (including CSOs), and stormwater. Her utility projects include the very simple to the very complex, with franchise and municipal utility coordination and stormwater design for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project. Patty has worked with agencies such as City of Seattle (SPU, SDOT), King County, City of Shoreline, City of Port Townsend, Washington DOT, Sound Transit, Washington State Department of Ecology, and the National Park Service.
In her free time, Patty plays volleyball on a competitive women's tournament team, loves spending time outside doing just about anything (even in the middle of the winter), and is working on an MBA in sustainability!
Patty's projects include:
PORT TOWNSEND STREETSCAPE | PORT TOWNSEND, WA
SHORELINE GREENWORKS - ON-CALL SERVICES | SHORELINE, WA
ROBERT MCCADDEN, EIT
Robert brings 10 years of civil design experience, having served on project teams for various housing and site development projects. His experience encompasses grading, drainage, utility system and roadway design as well as natural drainage systems. Robert has participated in client meetings, construction administration, and all facets of site design.
Robert is into photography and the outdoors. When he was a kid, he used to skateboard through 18" diameter stormwater overflow pipes on his back like a luge.
Robert's projects include:
KIRKLAND AVENUE TOWNHOMES | RENTON, WA
SAKARU TSUCHIYA, PE
Sakaru is a civil engineer with more than 33 years of experience in site development and utility system design. His areas of specialization include site design and technically complex, self-sustaining projects. Sakaru came to SvR from Tokyo, Japan, where he served as chief engineer for Kyosei Corporation, which specialized in sustainable construction engineering techniques. Sakaru also served as a specialist in water engineering for the Japan International Cooperation Agency and two United Nation organizations, including the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific / Pacific Operations Centre.
Sakura speaks Samoan and Bislama, and has a dream to play on an Australian Soccer Team under the nickname, "Soccer-Roo." In his free time he hones his ability to spin plates on a stick, and ride a unicycle. Now he is trying to do both at the same time.
Sakaru's projects include:
STEVE BURKE, PE
Director, Senior Civil Engineer
Steve is a professional civil engineer with over 23 years experience in civil design, project management, and construction administration. Steve has significant experience with complex and long duration projects developing the foresight and flexibility needed to respond to the changing goals, objectives, and criteria of such projects. As a civil designer he brings expertise in site development, with an extensive background in construction engineering, construction practices and methodologies. Steve has a wealth of experience with permitting, low impact development, sustainable design, transportation and utility design, developing solutions for a variety of private and public sector clients. His experience on highly complex projects has given him a strong sense on how to balance design vision with constructed reality.
Steve loves to spend time with family, either travelling with his wife and 2 sons, or coaching his son's basketball team. He also is a skier, whether on snow or water, on skiis or a board.
Steve's projects include:
TERESA DAMASKE, PLA
Teresa is a landscape architect with more than 13 years of experience working on projects such as green stormwater infrastructure, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, streetscapes, city design standards, educational campuses, creek restoration, and parks. Teresa’s experience ranges from conceptual plans through bid documents and includes public presentations, graphics, site design, specifications, cost estimating, and detailing. Teresa also has extensive experience with construction administration on projects of various size and complexity. Teresa enjoys working on projects that make a difference in communities and to the people who will use them while keeping performance, function and maintenance in mind.
Catalpas are Teresa's favorite tree. Growing up she had a catalpa with both a tire swing AND a tree house. She is a budding canner, and loves cooking if only to support her love of eating.
Teresa's projects include:
VANESSA HOSTETTER, PE
Vanessa is a civil engineer with 14 years of experience in a variety of design and construction projects including site, storm drainage, utilities, grading and accessibility. Vanessa has extensive experience in civil site engineering for single family residential developments where she has led the permitting process and coordinated with local, state and federal jurisdictions helping to bring in projects on time and within budget. Vanessa has particular expertise in grading, and she works closely with the architect to develop creative earthwork designs that work with the topography to achieve both positive drainage and the architect’s vision. Additionally, she has the ability to design in the field, creating real world solutions to complex design problems. Vanessa’s background in forestry engineering and natural resources enables her to create design solutions that are sensitive to the surrounding environment.
Vanessa's projects include:
NEWHOLLY REDEVELOPMENT | SEATTLE, WA
NORTHSHORE FIRE STATION HEADQUARTERS | KENMORE, WA
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