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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

posted Dec 21, 2018, 10:00 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Dec 21, 2018, 10:05 AM ]

Merry Christmas from everyone at Rodriguez!
We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year.

 
The story of our 2018 Christmas card is an interesting one... 

One of our most exciting projects in 2018 was performing building documentation and land surveying services of Building 640 in the Philadelphia Navy Yard, featured on the front of the card. Rodriguez’s geospatial team efficiently and accurately utilized 3D laser scanning technology to document this historic, four-story, building which included the building facade, window and door openings, rooms, hallways, stairwells, elevator shafts, and mechanical rooms.  We also utilized conventional land surveying equipment and techniques to tie multi-floor interior and exterior laser scan data sets together and generated an accurate and detailed seamless point cloud of the entire building and surrounding site that was used by the project architect for design purposes. 

After reviewing a number of project photos from 2018, Lou centered in on the photo at the bottom right that was taken outside of Building 640 on a gorgeous summer day while our geospatial team was inside the abandoned building working under much more challenging conditions. Lou crudely sketched up an idea of a winter scene at Building 640 (see photo second from the bottom) and threw his idea over to graphic designer and artist extraordinaire, Valerie Lang, of Sundew Designs.   Valerie has created numerous pieces of artwork out of Rodriguez project photos for years.  You can see how Valerie's creative mind can produce beauty out of Lou's crazy ideas in the two images at the top. The final one serves as the cover of our 2018 Christmas card. 


Built between 1919 and 1942, Building 640 is located in the Philadelphia Navy Yard and was once utilized as a barracks for U.S. Marines who guarded the facility. This historic building is a contributing feature to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Historic District and is on the National Register. The building was closed by the Navy in 2000 and there are plans to convert it into a 230-room four-star hotel.





Rodriguez Welcomes Brandon Cleary to Our Team!

posted Oct 18, 2018, 2:36 PM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Oct 19, 2018, 8:52 AM ]

Rodriguez Consulting is excited to announce a new addition to our team, Brandon Cleary.  Brandon is a 2017 graduate of West Deptford High School. After his high school completion, Brandon was looking for a career that would relate to his interests in the outdoors, history, and metal detecting. After meeting and consulting with Lou Rodriguez, he discovered that land surveying was a career he wanted to pursue. Despite only having a year of experience, Brandon has gained a vast amount of knowledge in regards to land surveying equipment and technology. Rodriguez has helped him develop a deeper understanding of career paths in engineering and land surveying. Brandon is now attending Rowan College of Gloucester County in the evening to improve his skills and begin his journey to achieve a surveying license.

Brandon is a diehard fan of all Philadelphia sports teams but is especially fond of the Eagles. When he is not working, Brandon spends his free time exploring the outdoors through fishing, hiking, metal detecting, and off-roading.  

“There are so many opportunities to enter the world of infrastructure that do not require a college degree,” explained Lou Rodriguez, CEO of Rodriguez “Rodriguez is committed to supporting job creation at all levels and we look forward to guiding Brandon throughout his career journey.”

Welcome aboard Brandon!




Look for Brandon as he's out and about with our surveyors 
mapping streets and waterways throughout Philadelphia
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Rodriguez Welcomes Kevin Vannauker to Our Team!

posted Oct 17, 2018, 1:37 PM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Oct 17, 2018, 1:49 PM ]

Rodriguez is excited to announce a new addition to our stormwater inspection team, Kevin Vannauker.  Kevin graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Planning.  His primary focus area was community development.   Kevin is a uniquely talented individual with skills ranging from graphic design to GIS to real estate development. 

Kevin joins a team of Rodriguez stormwater construction inspectors that work under the direction of Philadelphia Water (PWD) to supplement construction oversight provided by property owners and designers.  The team inspects both Erosion and Sediment Control (E&S) measures and stormwater management practice (SMP)  installation to verify that private development sites are maintained properly and correct installation practices are used.

When Kevin isn’t inspecting stormwater SMP’s you may find him riding around Philadelphia on his BMX bike.
Look for Kevin as he's out and about inspecting stormwater 
systems in one of Rodriguez's Fiats.

Rodriguez Welcomes Katie Gipson to our Team!

posted May 1, 2018, 5:36 PM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated May 1, 2018, 5:37 PM ]

Rodriguez Consulting is excited to announce a new addition to our team, Amie “Katie” Gipson, EIT.  Katie is a Civil Engineer with a strong background and a passion for water resources engineering and green stormwater infrastructure.  She joins of team of engineers and geospatial specialists at Rodriguez that are responsible for managing water, sewer and stormwater capital projects for the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD).  

Katie is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering where she also served as an undergraduate research assistant studying the water quality of streams in the Great Smoky Mountains. After college she decided to relocate to Philadelphia as she was drawn to be a part of the city’s nationally recognized Green City, Clean Waters Program

Katie is an avid sports fan who loyally follows SEC Football, the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators but she is slowly “Trusting the Process” and converting to a Philly sports fanatic. When she’s not designing green stormwater infrastructure, you may find Katie jogging through the streets and parks of Philadelphia.  This weekend she will be participating in her first Broad Street Run, the nation’s largest 10-mile race.

Welcome aboard Katie!

Rodriguez Welcomes Carmen Carnicero to Our Team!

posted Oct 20, 2017, 4:39 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Oct 20, 2017, 3:16 PM ]

Rodriguez is pleased to announce that Carmen Carnicero, a civil engineer with over 15 years of professional experience, has joined our team.  Carmen brings a wealth of knowledge in water/sewer/stormwater capital projects, municipal engineering, geographic information systems (GIS), and information management.  She will be responsible for supporting a team of engineers and land surveyors within Rodriguez that work on Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) water main and sewer design projects. 

Carmen worked for PWD for over ten (10) years where she spent five (5) years as a Design Engineer in the Design Branch and five (5) years as the department’s GIS Program Manager.  As a Design Engineer, Carmen was responsible for managing the design of over 3 miles of sewer reconstruction and 6 miles of water main relay.  As GIS Program Manager, Carmen managed a $6M data conversion contract that resulted in the creation of GIS data for 3,000 miles of water mains and sewers from paper as-built records.  Carmen was also responsible for implementing ERV (Engineering Records Viewer), the Department’s first enterprise engineering document management system. 

“Carmen is well respected by her peers and recognized as a great engineering project manager in our industry.  We are absolutely thrilled that she has chosen to join Rodriguez’s water infrastructure team,” said Lou Rodriguez, CEO of Rodriguez. “Carmen is an integral piece to our existing talented and experienced engineering and surveying team as we are poised to continue to deliver successful water infrastructure design projects for all of our clients!”

Carmen is a 1993 graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Carmen grew up in San Juan Puerto Rico and speaks fluent Spanish.

Rodriguez Welcomes Khasiem Sledge to Our Team!

posted Oct 12, 2017, 9:14 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 9:20 AM ]

Rodriguez is excited to announce a new addition to our stormwater inspection team, Khasiem Sledge.  Khasiem graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Engineering & Technology Management.  His primary focus area was construction management.   Khasiem is a multi-talented individual whose skills range from carpentry to 3D modeling in Autodesk Revit. 

Khasiem joins a team of Rodriguez stormwater construction inspectors that work under the direction of Philadelphia Water (PWD) to supplement construction oversight provided by property owners and designers.  The team inspects both Erosion and Sediment Control (E&S) measures and stormwater management practice (SMP)  installation to verify that private development sites are maintained properly and correct installation practices are used.

Khasiem is currently attending Drexel University in the evening to obtain his Master of Science (MS) degree in Construction Management.  He currently resides in West Philadelphia and like any Philadelphian he is passionate about sports, especially football.   Go EAGLES!!!

For more information on PWD Stormwater Construction Inspection visit the PWD Plan Review web site.
Look for Khasiem as he's out and about inspecting stormwater
systems in one of Rodriguez's Fiats.

Matt Sherwood Change of Command Ceremony

posted Jan 9, 2017, 8:17 AM by magda@rodriguezconsulting.biz   [ updated Jan 9, 2017, 8:18 AM ]

United States Army Reserve Center- NSA, Mechanicsburg;  Saturday January 7th 2017



We are proud and pleased to inform that our Staff Engineer, Matthew Sherwoodthrough his demonstrated leadership potential, has been
entrusted with taking Command of the 382nd Engineer Company. 
The Change of Command Ceremony took place at the United States Army Reserve Center- NSA in Mechanicsburg on Saturday, January 7th.
Captain Matthew J. Sherwood served most recently as the Executive Officer of the 333rd Engineer Company in Reading, PA.
CPT Sherwood was commissioned in 2011 through the Reserve Officers Training Corps program. 
Following his commission he served as a Platoon Leader in the 333rd Engineer Company. While serving as a Platoon Leader CPT Sherwood served in Afghanistan performing horizontal construction operations.
His Awards and Decorations include: Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal and Bronze Star Medal.

We are lucky to have such a talented engineer in our team. We hope that Matthew will continue to fulfill his career dreams, and that he will find these new role very satisfying and inspiring. Congratulations Matt, and good luck on your new role!





Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

posted Nov 2, 2016, 7:49 AM by magda@rodriguezconsulting.biz

We are very happy to inform that Pennsylvania Committee for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) recognized our company for our support of Matthew Sherwood, our Staff Engineer, who is serving in the Reserve.  We are proud to receive this prestigious Award presented annually by the Secretary of Defense and very proud to have Matt on our Team.
Rodriguez Consulting has been selected and honored among other top Thirty One Pennsylvania firms supporting their veterans and those serving in Guard or Reserve.

Thank you PA Committee for the awards luncheon at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA.
We also had the opportunity to visit the Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC).  The museum and records repository that chronicles the history of the U.S. Army from Colonial times to present day through the eyes and words of our Soldiers. It is a truly awe inspiring place to visit. 

 
 
 
 
 
 


   

   


Design Charrette on Options for Residential Stormwater Management.

posted Jun 15, 2016, 7:07 AM by magda@rodriguezconsulting.biz

On May 12th, our Managing Engineer Sara Poindexter was taking part in a Design Charrette on Options for Residential Stormwater Management. The Charrette facilitated by the BIA Green Committee, in partnership with SBN’s GSI Partners was organized to explore and compare innovative opportunities for managing run-off from residential developments which trigger PWD's Post-Construction Stormwater Management (PCSM) Requirements. In anticipation of an eventual earth disturbance threshold reduction from 15,000 sf to 5000 sf, participants were analyzing stormwater management solutions based on smaller developments with greater space constraints. 

The Group was discussing and designing layout options which included:

· Shared Privately Owned and Maintained Stormwater Management Practices (SMPs)

· Separate SMPs  Owned and Maintained by Individual Home Owners

· Publicly Owned and Maintained SMPs built through Public/Private Agreements

The charrette was a great opportunity to collaborate with design professionals and developers, as well as to share and learn from the experiences of colleagues. 

The discussion and final recommendations can help the BIA and SBN’s GSI Partners to hone in on best management practices currently accepted for Residential Development in the City of Philadelphia, as well as direct discussions on future policies for managing run-off.




Rodriguez Running to Rebuild Philadelphia

posted Jun 3, 2016, 9:11 AM by magda@rodriguezconsulting.biz

The Rodriguez Team took part in the Run to Rebuild Philadelphia to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners in our city. We enjoyed positive vibes during the run, beautiful views of Wissahickon park, and we can proudly say we got some great results in our Team. Lou was #1 in his category!








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