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WSB Announces Jake Newhall Promotion to Director of Water Resources

November 28, 2022

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WSB, a Twin Cities-based design and consulting firm specializing in engineering, community planning, environmental, and construction services announced Jake Newhall’s promotion to director of water resources

As director, Newhall will assume day-to-day operations of the water resources group as well as focus on strategy, business development, and setting operational goals with company leadership.

“We continue to see an increased need for robust water resources services in the communities we support,” said Andi Moffatt, WSB’s vice president of environmental services. “Expanding our water resources leadership and focusing responsibilities ensures our team is positioned to deliver exceptional services for our clients. I have no doubt that Jake will thrive in this leadership role and will continue to help our team develop and drive our business forward.”

Throughout his tenure at WSB, Newhall has been instrumental in shaping the growth of WSB’s water resources team. His well-rounded skills and experience have allowed him to solve some of the firm’s clients most complex stormwater management challenges.

“I am proud that I have the opportunity to grow my career at WSB,” said Newhall. “For more than 16 years, I have worked at WSB with a focus on solving complex stormwater and water resource related problems. I look forward to serving in this new leadership position, advancing strategic initiatives to expand our firm and delivering unparalleled results for our clients.”

WSB’s water resources services balance engineering, ecosystems and social impacts to create sustainable water infrastructure.  The firm offers services in stormwater, floodplain management, lake and stream habitat restoration, water quality monitoring and more. Additional information about WSB and its services are available at wsbeng.com

WSB Announces Promotion of Do Nam to Director of Traffic Modeling and Technology

Nam will expand the use of artificial intelligence within the traffic analysis industry for the firm.

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Engineering and consulting firm WSB announced today that Do Nam has been promoted to director of traffic modeling and technology. As director, Nam will lead and grow the new traffic modeling team by providing services to government clients. Nam joined WSB in 2018, and in his time with the firm has driven the use of artificial intelligence for traffic analysis.  

“WSB is on the cutting edge when it comes to developing traffic models that simulate the flow of traffic under different staging scenarios,” said Nam. “These models are being used to determine if there are improvements that need to be made on any surrounding routes to allow for better operations throughout construction. I am excited to continue to work alongside an amazing team in my new role, bringing value to our clients and partners, and helping ensure WSB continues to lead and innovate in our industry.”

In his new role, Nam will focus on expanding the possibilities of artificial intelligence within the industry of traffic analysis. He will oversee his team and help direct and enhance client technological experiences.

“Do is extremely gifted at modeling traffic patterns. He has successfully managed over 30 major transportation and research projects, utilizing traditional macroscopic travel demand forecasting modeling, and state-of-the-art microscopic traffic simulation modeling techniques,” said Travis Wieber, WSB’s vice president of transportation. “Beyond his technical skills and ability, he is a true leader. This promotion is well-deserved.”

WSB’s transportation division supports clients in the government, energy and commercial markets to shape the infrastructure in our communities. WSB’s transportation services include bridge and structure design, intelligent transportation systems, traffic engineering, transportation planning, roadway design, right-of-way services and transit planning.

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WSB Announces Paul Sandy as Senior Project Manager in Baxter Office

In new role, Sandy will help expand WSB municipal services in Central Minnesota

Engineering and consulting firm WSB announced today that Paul Sandy will be the new Senior Project Manager in WSB’s Baxter, Minnesota office. The former City Engineer and Public Works Director for the City of Brainerd, Sandy will help expand WSB services in the Central Minnesota market and deliver technically excellent projects for municipal clients.

“With most of my career spent in the public sector, I am excited to bring my skills and experience to WSB. I believe in connecting communities to projects that positively impact the people who live there and the places we call home. I am looking forward to serving clients in my new role and to supporting projects that grow and benefit Central Minnesota,” said Sandy.

Sandy will well-known amongst City Engineers throughout the state, having been elected the 2022 President of the City Engineer’s Association of Minnesota (CEAM).

“A big part of what we do at WSB is partner with our clients to create, grow and manage the spaces and places that support communities and residents. Paul understands the importance of advancing projects that are not only technically excellent, but that also connect with the community and its needs. We are excited for Paul to join WSB in Baxter! I know he will bring his meaningful experience and skillset learned in the public sector to help grow our services and offerings in Greater Minnesota in a way that benefits clients, communities and our state,” said Monica Heil, Vice President of Municipal Services at WSB.

Sandy joins WSB’s municipal division where he will focus heavily on supporting the firm’s government clients.  WSB’s municipal team works with cities, counties and agencies with their varying infrastructure needs including city engineering, water, community development, landscape architecture and public engagement.

WSB Promotes Ryan Spencer to Director of Environmental Investigation and Remediation

In his new role, Spencer will help lead and grow the EIR team, providing services to government, energy, and private clients throughout WSB’s footprint.

Engineering and consulting firm WSB announced today that Ryan Spencer has been promoted to director of environmental investigation and remediation (EIR). In his new role, Spencer will help lead and grow the EIR team, providing services to government, energy, and private clients throughout WSB’s footprint. He has more than 14 years of industry experience, including nearly a decade at WSB. 

“At WSB, our directors are not only technical experts in their field, but they also bring meaningful leadership to our business development work. Ryan Spencer has been an outstanding resource for our internal and external staff related to brownfield clean up and securing critical grants to fund these projects,” said Andi Moffatt, vice president of environmental services at WSB. “This is a well-deserved promotion, and we know he will continue to provide unparalleled service to clients and guide creative solutions to contamination issues.”

Ryan has led numerous successful environmental due diligence/remediation projects at WSB for government and private sector clients. He is also an active member of Minnesota Brownfields where he serves on their Program Committee.

“I am passionate about investigation and remediation efforts that enhance our communities and protect our environment. I am excited to bring that passion to my new role at WSB and continue to serve clients and guide our EIR team,” noted Spencer. 

WSB’s EIR services include brownfield and greenfield project development for commercial, industrial, and residential use, phase I and phase II environmental site assessments, grant funding application assistance, and more. You can learn more about WSB’s EIR services at wsbeng.com/expertise/environment/investigation-remediation

WSB Promotes Kyle Klasen to Vice President of Survey & Digital Delivery

As Vice President, Klasen will help WSB elevate digital delivery workflows and revolutionize industry practices

Engineering and consulting firm WSB announced today that Kyle Klasen has been promoted to vice president of survey & digital delivery. This is a new position at WSB, and Klasen will help oversee the firm’s strategic vision to expand survey work nationally and develop digital delivery solutions for clients. Klasen has been with WSB for more than 15 years, and in that time has led the firm’s growth in surveys along with advancing constructable 3D models to field applications.

“WSB has been designing constructable 3D models for contractors long before it has been part of an engineering function and deliverable.  Looking back 15 years when we initiated our 3D modeling efforts, to where we are today incorporating 4D, 5D and visualization is truly amazing,” said Klasen. “WSB’s digital delivery advancements transfers usable data from design to construction that results in mitigated risk, accelerated schedules, and ultimately saves stakeholders money. I am excited to continue to bring value to our clients and partners, innovate with data workflows from design to construction, and grow WSB’s strategic vision for the future.”

In his new role, Klasen will focus on growing survey offerings through client development and strategy. He will also oversee strategic hires, partner pursuits, and help facilitate and infuse digital delivery and trailblazing technology into every division at WSB.

“Digital delivery is the future at WSB, and we are excited to further advance that offering with this new role. Kyle has an amazing ability to understand and bridge the needs of designers and contractors, delivering value to clients and partners. I know he will do an excellent job managing and growing his team and helping WSB stay at the cutting-edge of our industry,” said Jon Chiglo, WSB’s chief operating officer.

WSB delivered the first set of fully digital, 100% model plans to the Minnesota Department of Transportation last year for its Highway 169 Redefine – Elk River Project. The 3D Design Model provided greater flexibility and detail in the design and helped save taxpayer money through efficiency and digital delivery.