WE Communicate
from Woodson Engineering and Surveying
December 2018
Volume 6
Issue 2
In This Newsletter:

  • Woodson Celebrates 25th Anniversary
  • New Partnership with ALTA Arizona
  • New Staff
  • Historic Colton House Restoration
Woodson Celebrates 25th Anniversary!
In 2019, Woodson Engineering and Surveying will celebrate its 25th year in business! We are planning a celebration party in June, 2019 and will announce the exact date in the near future. Also, over the course of the next several months we will take a look back at several key projects from our early days. In this issue, we celebrate the Colton House at the Museum of Northern Arizona (see article on page 2).  

Mark Woodson recently reflected on our 25th Anniversary: “There are several things that I believe have been a big part of our success. First of all, I’d like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to all of our clients over the years, and especially those who have entrusted us with their projects year after year. I also want to recognize our great staff that has consistently delivered quality products, resulting in many repeat clients. Finally, I thank my family for their support – it’s been a great 25 years and I look forward to many more.” 
Flashback - 1994
25 years ago...

  • Mark was finishing up his projects and responsibilities as the City Engineer for the City of Flagstaff.
  • The new business grew to 12 employees in 18 months!  
  • Mark and Lupe Woodson outgrew their basement office quickly. The office location changed twice in the first year.

Other news from 1994:

  • The Federal Reserve began a series of rate hikes to temper inflation as the economic recovery from the 1991 recession progressed.
  • Web browser Netscape Navigator was released. 
  • Amazon was founded.
  • Beaver Street Brewery opened.
New Partnership with ALTA Arizona
Last month Mark Woodson and two business partners, Dan Vermeer, PE and Dan Speck, announced a new era of partnership to offer expanded services covering all of Arizona. The partnership, called ALTA Arizona, will provide surveying, engineering and geotechnical services. Mark Woodson explained that “together we have provided these services in Arizona for over 3 decades and we have no intention of slowing down. In fact, we think the time is right to expand!”

Woodson and ALTA Arizona have teamed up to serve clients throughout Arizona and the Southwest. “We look forward to continuing to provide top notch client services to all of our existing clients, plus expanding the suite of what we offer. We also are excited to bring these services to new clients who may be unfamiliar with our work” the partners explained. 
Colton House Restoration
One of Woodson's first projects was the 1994 restoration of the Colton House, part of the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. The 6,000 square foot house was built in 1929 and was the home of the Museum's founders, Dr. Harold Colton and his wife Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton. 

Woodson was part of the team to restore the original building and add modern access, parking and utilities to the site. The property has been a success for the Museum as a meeting place for community groups and events. Mark Woodson reflected on the early project noting that "this was an exciting project for our firm because of the cultural and historic significance of the home. Lupe and I have been members of the Museum for many years, and we wanted to help preserve the legacy of the Coltons." 

As noted in the Nomination Form for the National Historic Register of Historic Places, the home is "significant as an outstanding example of regional architecture, blending Spanish Colonial and Pueblo Revival design elements with an extensive use of local materials." 

For this year’s staff photo by Tom Alexander we gathered outside the Colton House. Other images are courtesy of the Museum of Northern Arizona. 
New Staff
Woodson Engineering and Surveying is pleased to announce two great additions to the Woodson team! John Hall, PE, has joined our team as Senior Project Manager. John has over 30 years of diversified civil engineering consulting experience in the design of civil infrastructure. He has been involved with the Engineering Management of design teams for roads, highways, and site developments for public and private clients, including residential, commercial, industrial and public works projects.

John Rubel is our new CAD Technician. John is a perfect fit for our firm and our diverse projects. He brings over 10 years of technical experience in drafting, design, and cartography on a wide variety of projects. He studied GIS and Engineering at Northern Arizona University and he will be specializing in AutoCAD drafting and the ESRI ArcGIS Suite at Woodson. 
John Hall, PE
John Rubel
Conference Update
Mark Woodson recently presented at the ASCE/ASHE Annual State Conference and the ASCE Phoenix Branch. Staff also attended the AFMA Conference in Tucson, the Rural Transportation Conference in Lake Havasu City, and attended and exhibited at the APA State Planning Conference in Flagstaff.

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