Chris Black, PE, CESCL Promoted to Group Manager of Site Development
Chris Black, PE, CESCL has been named Group Manager of Site Development at R&M CONSULTANTS, INC. (R&M).
As Group Manager, Chris is responsible for site planning, design and construction administration services for a variety of sites in urban and rural locations. This includes vehicle and pedestrian access and circulation, traffic safety and emergency vehicle access, site parking, utility service design, ADA improvements, multi-use pathways, play areas, and athletic fields and facilities.
“I’m excited about the skills Chris brings to our department by leading the Site Development Group,” said Tim Grier, PE, R&M’s Vice President of Engineering. “His focus on client service, expertise in the site design process and commitment to developing staff bring value to both our clients and firm by helping create a culture of excellence.”
Chris has 30 years of construction and civil engineering experience. He first joined R&M as a Project Engineer in January 2015. Due to his expertise and experience, Chris was quickly promoted to Senior Project Engineer in the firm’s Site Development Group, and has since worked on road, utility and airport projects. He has additional experience in water and wastewater systems, storm water collection systems, earthwork calculations, cost estimates, traffic impact analyses and permitting.
Chris has worked on projects for a variety of public entities, including the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility and Alaska Railroad Corporation. He also works with private clients and utilities, on projects such as subdivisions, hospitals, electrical substations and hotels. Some of his recent project work includes the King Salmon Snow Removal Equipment Building, Alaska Psychiatric Institute Parking Lot Rehabilitation and Chugach Electric Association Campbell Lake Substation.
“I look forward to this opportunity to grow the Site Development Group. Recruiting and training staff has always been a passion of mine, as well as building working relationships with project teams. Encouraging a collaborative team and workspace creates a better, more enjoyable place to work,” said Chris. “I will work to ensure my team feels their input is valued and trust is shared in promoting a positive workplace. By developing each team member’s strengths, my goal is to develop a well-rounded team for R&M’s Site Development Group.”
Chris has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage, is a professional civil engineer licensed in Alaska and an Alaska Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead. He is a life-long Alaskan, born in Juneau, and has lived in Anchorage for more than 47 years. He can usually be found hanging out at his cabin on the weekends and enjoys all the Alaskan outdoor activities, such as biking, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, skiing and more.
Founded in Alaska in 1969, R&M offers civil, structural, geotechnical and waterfront engineering; surveying and mapping; GIS services; geology; hydrology; environmental services; transportation and land use planning; public involvement; right of way and lands consulting services; construction administration; materials testing; and special inspection. R&M has offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.