Brookfield, Wis. — R.A. Smith National (formerly R.A. Smith & Associates and its National Survey & Engineering Division) — civil engineering, planning, surveying, landscape architecture, GIS and 3D visualization consultants — Brookfield, Wis., provided pro bono surveying services, including a plat of survey and construction staking, for the Wisconsin Trend Home™, a philanthropic undertaking of the Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA) Foundation and members of Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA).
The purpose of the Wisconsin Trend Home project is to build an environmentally sensitive home with the technologies and features that should be prevalent in a home in the year 2020. The Wisconsin Trend Home™ is located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Construction will be completed the first week of August. A donor preview night is scheduled for Friday, August 8. The home will be open to the public beginning Saturday, August 16.
The WBA Foundation will use the home to educate builders and the public throughout Wisconsin on the core elements that are included in this home. Some of the unique features include the first residential application in Wisconsin of a gray water reuse system; a rainwater catchment system; solar hot water system; and more.
About R.A. Smith National, Inc.
R.A. Smith National, Inc., www.rasmithnational.com, is a multi-disciplinary consulting engineering firm. It is one of Wisconsin’s largest civil engineering, planning, surveying, landscape architecture, geographic information system (GIS) and 3D visualization consulting firms with 243 total employees. The company is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis. with offices in Appleton, Oshkosh and Madison, Wis.; Tarentum (Pittsburgh), Pa.; and Glendale (Phoenix), Az. R.A. Smith National serves state and local government and the land development industry. Established in 1978 as R.A. Smith & Associates, Inc., the firm acquired National Survey & Engineering in 1994. National Survey & Engineering, founded in 1929, operated as a division of R.A. Smith & Associates, Inc. until the R.A. Smith National brand was created in March 2008. The company has been the recipient of several awards, the most recent of which include Milwaukee Magazine’s Best Employers to Work For in Southeastern Wisconsin in 2008, ranked No. 11 in the medium-size company category (101 to 499 employees). The firm previously was recognized for the same award in 2001, 2003 and 2005. The firm received The Business Journal’s Beyond the Paycheck award in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and its Top Milwaukee Workplaces 2007 award. Nationally, the firm was recognized by CE News’ Best Civil Engineering Firms to Work For, for the last four consecutive years, in 2007 ranked No. 7 among medium-sized civil engineering firms nationwide. R.A. Smith National’s mission is to design with vision, deliver excellence, and provide the most responsive service to our clients. The company is driven by core values that include accountability, client satisfaction, innovation, positive work environment, ethics and integrity, and community and professional involvement.