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Matt Sherwood Change of Command Ceremony

posted Jan 9, 2017, 8:17 AM by   [ 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

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

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

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!

Constantly growing!

posted Mar 4, 2016, 2:04 PM by   [ updated Mar 29, 2016, 9:47 AM ]

We are very pleased to announce that both of our offices, Philadelphia and Camden, had a few new additions to our growing team.

As we continue promoting growth within Rodriguez, we have hired several talented and experienced individuals. They will begin their journey with us coming from different places and with different experience. Our focus on diversity and inclusiveness is integral to how we build our team. We believe new employees will bring a fresh and creative approach.

Alban Hasa joined our team with a strong background in land surveying. Boundary and mapping, building highways, towers and pipelines, are only a few areas of expertise in Alban's experience. Alban comes from Albania, where he studied and gained professional experience. He will work with our surveying team from Philadelphia office.

Our next team addition is Vladan Vlahovich. Vladan is going to work as an Construction Inspector that will specialize in stormwater infrastructure and inspect Erosion & Sediment Control (E&S) measures and Stormwater Management Practice (SMP) installation for Philadelphia Water to verify that privately developed sites are maintained properly and correct installation practices are used. He is the great addition to our Inspectors Team.

Harbano Vasquez joined our company as a Drafter. He recently graduated from the Camden County College in Mechanical Engineering but he has already gained a wide variety of experience in Civil Drafting. Harbano has joined our Engineering Team in the Camden office.

Phil Slutter is our another Drafter we hired recently. He has over 9 years of professional experience. His computer expertise encompasses software programs such as AutoCAD, Microstation, and Visio. Phil worked as a Drafter on many projects in various industries. We believe he is going to be a great addition to our Camden office.

Beth Spellman is another welcomed team member who joins us as an Administrative Assistant. Beth recently gave a birth to her second child. She has over 10 years of professional administrative experience. Before joining Rodriguez Consulting she worked as a Legal Secretary at a law firm for over 10 years. After her daughter's birth, she worked at a boutique, managing the store. Beth will support our day-to-day operations related to administration and accounting.

 Welcome aboard guys!


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Veronica - a New Team Member at Rodriguez Consulting.

posted Jan 27, 2016, 6:53 AM by   [ updated Feb 9, 2016, 3:07 AM by Louis Rodriguez ]

Rodriguez welcomes a new Geospatial Specialist to our office in Philadelphia. Veronica Anderson is starting work in February and we are all excited and impressed with her GIS skills, for which she’s known in the worlds of industry and academia. 

Veronica Anderson holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture and was the first to receive Philadelphia University's award for Excellence in Geodesign in 2015 while completing her Master’s degree there. Her graduate work focused on using GIS and Esri's CityEngine to quantify metrics of sustainability in order to measure the success of urban planning projects at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. As an undergraduate, she wrote about and designed an Urban Climate Catalyst for an informal settlement in Lima, Peru that used constructed wetlands to recycle greywater and provided facilities for the community to take showers, wash dishes, and do laundry beside a new community center. She also brings a year of experience to the team from her time bridging the gap between the GIS and Landscape Architecture + Planning teams at another engineering firm. 

Enthusiasm for using GIS tools to create maps and models for sustainable design is something that Veronica looks forward to sharing with the Rodriguez team. She is passionate about projects that make Philadelphia and other great cities more economically, ecologically, socially, and experientially sustainable, and her work is inspired by designs which empower communities to thrive and be resilient. 

Veronica comes from the coast of Connecticut where she discovered the wonders of the sea and learned to scuba dive. In her free time she enjoys reading books with her cat by her side, practicing yoga and meditation, playing the upright bass, and traveling to new places. She has lived in Rome, Southern Italy, and Madrid, where she became fluent in Spanish. Her favorite places to visit have been Persepolis, the Parthenon, and Seville. Veronica enjoys meeting new people who are passionate about good, sustainable urban design, and she is thrilled to be a part of the Rodriguez team! 

Veronica is one of the speakers at this year’s Geodesign Summit in Redlands, California (January 28th) which Lou Rodriguez, the President of Rodriguez Consulting is also attending. Veronica’s presentation is: Geodesign Feedback Loops: A Case Study in Iterative Master Planning. You can find the details in the short abstract below:

“In a new era that has been called the Geo-Enlightenment, the Anthropocene, and the Age of Integration, designers are being challenged to adopt new behaviors in the architecture and planning processes which reflect the interconnectedness of a community and its environment – both built and natural. Geodesign will be the framework for this new paradigm of sustainable design, empowered by cutting edge 3D procedural modeling and informed by deep GIS analytics. The MS in Geodesign program at Philadelphia University has developed an innovative process for integrating geography and design, prototyped in a 2015 update to the master plan for the redevelopment of Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, the nation’s first shipbuilding hub. The result is a replicable workflow that produces data-driven designs through rapid, iterative collaboration, and a living document that will guide the development of The Navy Yard’s vast land assets toward true sustainability.”

Attracting talented professionals like Veronica means a lot to the success of the GIS development, its importance and perception. We look forward to having Veronica on board and making the magic happen, connecting her talent with the amazing team at Rodriguez Consulting. 

 Veronica presenting at the 2015 Philadelpha University Geodesign Forum  

Summing Up This Year!

posted Dec 22, 2015, 11:26 AM by   [ updated Feb 9, 2016, 3:05 AM by Louis Rodriguez ]

It's that time of the year when we look back at all the amazing projects we have completed, all the great people we’ve met and how much we have developed within our company.

The Rodriguez Consulting Team works around the clock to maximize the satisfaction of its clients, to improve the city’s infrastructure and to make sure the quality of our deliverables is at the top level.

Why do the people at Rodriguez like to work with each other and why do our clients and contractors appreciate what we do and how we do it? It's all because we have an extremely supportive team, with understanding and patient people. Everyone at Rodriguez understands the value of precision, the beauty of creation and our clients' satisfaction. There is no better reward for the work we do than the respect and admiration for the end result we see. It's this great feeling which keeps us motivated, when we see how our work make people's life easier.

It has been an amazing year for Rodriguez. We’ve had the chance to develop many changes throughout the city. We worked on the new bike-share project, which has been very successful. We have surveyed miles of streets within the city, to work on the new bus shelters. We’ve designed ramps, green infrastructure and residential buildings just to mention few. Tons of research was done, many sites were scanned using 3D scanner, and hundreds of maps were designed.

Sometimes we’ve had to work under the pressure. In a fast-paced, ever-changing engineering world, the tasks, concepts and work directions can change more than a few times throughout the day. But we know how to handle this speed, how to make decisions and solve problems quickly. We can rely on each other and change hats when needed.

Today we have the chance to slow down for a second and put a pause on engineering; exchange some gifts, be thankful for what we have and what we have accomplished. We would also like to use this opportunity to thank our clients and business partners for all the great projects which have brought us together.

The team at Rodriguez Consulting wishes you peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming year. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to working with you in the years to come.

Rodriguez Consulting at the Fifth Annual PHS Junior College/ Career Day

posted Dec 9, 2015, 6:20 AM by

Last month Rodriguez Consulting was pleased to participate in the Fifth Annual PHS Junior College/ Career Day at the Pennsauken High School in Pennsauken Township, NJ. Charles Chelotti, our Managing Engineer from the Camden office, represented our company and talked about the challenges and rewards of the engineering profession.

Several panels and a career booth fair were prepared to give students the opportunity to learn more about various professions and find the best carrier path for them. Career Day creates a critical link between the classroom and the workplace by allowing students to explore various professional options so that they can make informed educational and career choices. We wanted to use this great opportunity to promote engineering and make students aware how important design, architecture and infrastructure are.

We hope that all students who were attending this Career Day can benefit from our experience and perhaps we inspired them to become engineers one day. We are always very excited about attending this kind of events because we know how important it is for young students to choose the right path and enjoy their professional career in the future. Career Days may potentially change students’ lives and we are glad we can be a part of that positive change.

Charles Chelotti, Managing Engineer at Rodriguez Consulting talking about engineer's profession

Charles Chelotti at the Fifth Annual PHS Junior College/ Career Day

Welcome Aboard Beth!

posted Nov 4, 2015, 9:43 AM by

A New Engineering Technician has joined the Rodriguez Consulting team at the Camden office.

Beth Beaumont started in the Civil Engineering business in 1982. She graduated from John K. Ossi Vocational Technical High School in Medford, NJ where she attended the drafting department.

She has over 23 years of professional experience within the surveying field. Looking back on her professional career, she has particularly good memories of companies which were big proponents of the NJ Society of Professional Land Surveyors. During this work, she was able to take part and attend continuing credit education classes during the State convention. While attending these classes, Beth submitted drawings and won several awards for drafting! Here are examples of her distinctions:

2004: 1st place - Title Survey

2005: 2nd place - Planning and Zoning / Land Use

2006: 3rd place - Planning and Zoning / Land Use

2007: 1st place - Subdivision plan

Through her professional career, Beth’s duties included, but were not limited to: Subdivision Plans, Variance plans, Plans of Survey, Existing Condition Plans, Wetlands Plans, Easement Plans, ALTA surveys, Farmland Preservation Surveys.

In her free time Beth enjoys knitting. She has been an avid crocheter for 39 years. Her mother and grandmother taught her the art of knitting which she relays back to her own daughter. Maybe it sounds like she is the type of calm, easy-going person. But let us not buy too into stereotypes. Beth is also a big car racing fan. She has been involved with dirt track racing since 1985 and now she even owns her own cars. Beth raced several times on the track herself, earning one 1st place finish and two second place finishes!

We are very glad to have such an experienced team member and hope you will have a great time working with us.

Welcome to the firm!

        Beth and the checkered flag after her win last year

Meet Sara Poindexter, Managing Engineer at Rodriguez Consulting.

posted Oct 26, 2015, 2:12 PM by   [ updated Oct 30, 2015, 4:22 AM by Louis Rodriguez ]

You know that someone was born to do something not simply when they're good at that thing but also when they devote their time and energy to it. Sara, our Managing Engineer, is the best example of such a person.  She started her career as an engineer in Florida. After about 10 years of professional experience she moved to Philadelphia and joined Rodriguez Consulting.

It didn't take her long to get accustomed to the new place and get involved in local engineering movements.  She joined the Sustainable Business Networks' GSI Partners initiative and after a few months in Philadelphia, her talent was recognized, and she became the committee chair. Here are a few questions we have asked Sara about her professional activity.

- How did it happen that you got involved in GSI Partners and became committee chair?

GSI Partners is an initiative of the Sustainable Business Network, which Rodriguez Consulting is a member of.  When I moved here from Florida, I was immediately drawn to GSI Partners' mission to advance the local green stormwater infrastructure industry and I became a member of the Plan Review Committee mostly to network with other like-minded design professionals.  
Having a strong interest in policy and procedure, this committee was a good fit for me. After a few months of active membership, I was asked to take on the role of Committee Chair.

- Is it true that Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Water project is one of the most recognized around the world? 

Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Water project is a truly innovative and ambitious program to clean the City's waterways and reduce the burden on the existing infrastructure by allowing the stormwater to infiltrate the land surface closer to where it drops.  Most cities and communities are currently sticking with the more traditional approach of piping stormwater quickly off-site to a large storage facility or pond, which prevents recharging of the aquifer and can make filtration more difficult and expensive. The hope is for other municipalities to emulate the success of Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Water project, which is another reason support received from groups like GSI Partners is so essential.

- Why are stormwater and green city project important for the city/ companies operating here and people living here?

The project reduces infrastructure costs for the City, promotes the local economy through the creation of green jobs and investments in local green product and materials, and creates an overall healthier and more beautiful City for Philadelphians and visitors to enjoy.

- How do you evaluate/ see the cooperation between public and private sector when it comes to stormwater management?

The success of this project depends equally on both the public and private sectors, which is a reason why it is considered to be so ambitious.  The Philadelphia Water Department, in particular, has been a pioneer in developing this program and the regulations required to progress, and I believe the private sector is doing a terrific job of creating assets out of on-site stormwater management systems for private development in Philadelphia.  However, we are still in the early stages of the Green City, Clean Water master plan and there are still hurdles to overcome and work to be done to ensure it's success.

We hope there are lots of interesting and challenging projects waiting for Sara and that she will stay as passionate about engineering as she is now. Fingers crossed that you will continue to succeed in your professional career!


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