04.24.2019

E.L. Robinson is excited to announce their expansion into the Mid-Atlantic region with a new office at 3362 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. The Raleigh office will focus on serving the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) with transportation design and planning services while continuing to develop the North Carolina transportation market. In addition, the Raleigh office will lead the growth into the South Carolina and Virginia transportation markets. With the opening of the Raleigh office, E.L. Robinson now has 10 offices across West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

Front Door of E.L. Robinson’s new Raleigh Office Location

The Raleigh office is being led by Dean Hatfield, Vice President Mid-Atlantic, who has 36 years of experience in the transportation industry encompassing planning development, final design, project management, and construction administration.

“We are delighted to announce the opening of our new Raleigh office”, said Mr. Hatfield. “With our new office being located in one of fastest growing and top ranked cities on livability indexes, we have access to a very large pool of the finest talent in the region that we can use to fuel our continued growth”, Hatfield added.


Interior E.L. Robinson’s new Raleigh Office Location

The Raleigh office launches with a team with over 350 years of combined experience.

The Engineering Team:

  • Roland Robinson – Mr. Robinson has more than 51 years of experience, including 30 years with NCDOT’s Roadway Design Unit. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Robinson served the NCDOT as transportation engineer supervisor where he prepared geometric design and cost estimates for various projects.
  • Lawrence Gettier, P.E. – Mr. Gettier has 48 years of experience encompassing highway and bridge projects, cost estimates for signing, lighting, traffic control and maintenance, and protection of final design.
  • Nick Tennyson – Mr. Tennyson has more than 45 years of experience in public service and transportation. Mr. Tennyson formerly served as the Secretary of Transportation for NCDOT from 2015-2017.
  • Doug White – Mr. White has more than 39 years of engineering experience at NCDOT and other agencies. Mr. White has served as a senior highway designer and has been responsible for the development of plans, specifications, and estimates for various Roadway projects throughout the state.
  • Walter Roberts, P.E. – Mr. Roberts has 20 years of experience with NCDOT, public, private, and federal development projects. Mr. Roberts has a strong background in hydrologic and hydraulic design used for closed system roadway drainage, HEC-RAS modeling, bridge/culvert survey reports, stormwater management, and erosion control.
  • Greg Atkins, P.E. – Mr. Atkins has 33 years of experience in civil engineering design and CADD Management with a strong emphasis on roadway design. He is responsible for the preparation of roadway design plans, including construction, right-of-way, erosion control, and drainage and for providing quality assurance for all plan sheets.
  • Caroline Williams – Ms. Williams has 4 years of experience working with NCDOT design standards and practices. Ms. Williams has completed 13 express design feasibility studies involving preparing functional designs for multiple alternatives, construction, ROW, and utility cost estimates, and contributing to the project scoping report.

The Environmental Team:

  • Dane Ismart – Mr. Ismart has over 50 years of experience including 28 years with the FHWA (as an area engineer, research engineer, and transportation engineer with the Office of Environment and Planning) and 22 years conducting corridor, access management, environmental, financial, traffic engineering and toll studies. Mr. Ismart has conducted over 1,000 transportation planning related courses and seminars.
  • Leigh Lane – Ms. Lane is a national recognized NEPA practitioner with more than 30 years of experience in transportation planning and project development, across 20 State DOTS. Ms. Lane has completed scores of environmental studies at all levels of documentation including CEs, EAs, FONSIs, Draft and Final EISs, RODs, and EA/FONSIs. Ms. Lane is also an expert trainer.
  • Douglas Parker, C.E.P. – Mr. Parker has more than 20 years of experience in environmental assessments and environmental planning. Mr. Parker’s experience includes soil, groundwater, and surface water assessments, botanical inventories, wetland delineations, environmental compliance audits, Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessments, environmental condition of property reports for DoD, and NCDOT NEPA/SEPA and feasibility studies.

R-5882 Brevard Roundabout, NCDOT Division 14 – ELR is providing design engineering services and preparing construction plans to construct a new roundabout at the intersection of US 64 (South Broad Street / Rosman Highway), Caldwell Street, and North Country Boulevard in Brevard, NC. The roundabout is a 4-leg multilane design to accommodate growing traffic projections along the US 64 corridor. Other design features include drainage, maintenance of traffic, signing, pavement markings, environmental permits, and construction inspection.

C-5613J Cornelius Intersection Improvements, NCDOT Division 10 – ELR is providing design engineering services and preparing construction plans to improve the intersection of NC 155 (South Main Street) and Hickory Street in Cornelius, NC. Hickory Street was recently extended to access a newly constructed residential development resulting in additional traffic to the existing intersection. In addition, the existing intersection is beside an active railroad tract and the intersection with Zion Avenue. Other design features include drainage, maintenance of traffic, signing, pavement markings, environmental permits, and construction inspection.

R-2553 US-70 Kinston Bypass (Future I-42), NCDOT Division 2 – ELR acts assist the Division in managing and reviewing the planning firm in completion of the technical studies, agency coordination, and public involvement activities towards the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). Documents reviewed include the Natural Resources Technical Report, Community Impact Assessment, Economic Impact Assessment, Land Use Scenario Assessment, and Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIS) towards selection of the preferred alternative. Upcoming activities include USACE public hearing for the DEIS, selection of the preferred corridor, technical studies for the preferred corridor, and the FEIS.

NEPA/SEPA Training, NCDOT Statewide – ELR has developed, taught, and will be teaching a course to NCDOT Divisions on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process. The course teaches Division staff on the key decision steps of the decision-making process, the social-economic-environmental categories impacts which must be evaluated and their differences, the difference between direct, indirect, and cumulative effects, the key information informing a project’s purpose and need, and schedule risk management.

Central Office Project Delivery Facilitation, NCDOT Statewide – ELR will work with NCDOT’s Central Office to develop procedures to facilitate project delivery at the Division level.

Western Division Limited Services Contract, NCDOT Divisions 8-14 – ELR is teamed with Three Oaks Engineering and the Louis Berger Group to provide planning and design engineering services on an as-needed basis for bridges (under 200’), Categorical Exclusions, EA/FONSIs, public water distribution systems, rural roadway design, sanitary sewer collection systems, traffic management plans, urban roadway design, utility coordination, and Tier II complete hydrologic and hydraulic design.

Pending Projects:

Eastern Division Limited Services Contract, NCDOT Divisions 1-7 – ELR has teamed with Planning Communities, Pinecone Transportation, and Davis Martin Powell to provide planning and design engineering services on an as-needed basis for bridges (under 200’), Categorical Exclusions, EA/FONSIs, public water distribution systems, rural roadway design, sanitary sewer collection systems, traffic management plans, urban roadway design, utility coordination, and Tier II complete hydrologic and hydraulic design.

Roadside Environmental Sediment and Erosion Control Services, NCDOT Statewide – ELR will be providing design and engineering services on an as-needed basis for erosion and sediment control projects.

Disaster Recovery Assistance Limited Service Contract, NCDOT Statewide – ELR has teamed with Thompson Engineering to provide emergency response and recovery planning, emergency operations support, damaged site identification and documentation, debris related operations, reimbursement documentation creation and compilation, and event reporting and tracking services.

Proposed Markets:

The Raleigh office is exploring pursing contracts with local governments to provide surveying and water/sewer design services