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Marc McGinnis

As a Principal and geotechnical engineer, Marc is responsible for overall management of the company. Marc serves as both design engineer and project manager on a broad
range of projects and has been with the firm since 1987. He has gained
geotechnical design experience on a multitude of different sizes and scopes of
projects, including single and multi-family residential buildings, low and
high-rise commercial buildings, small embankment dams, bridges, excavation
shoring, underground utility systems, and communication towers. These projects
have involved a variety of foundation systems, ranging from conventional
footings to deep foundations consisting of different types of drilled or driven
piles. Excavation shoring has become a common component on many projects these
days, especially where lots are being infilled in an urban setting. Marc is
familiar with the design concepts and considerations related to the shoring
systems being used in the Pacific Northwest.

Marc’s engineering experience has included design and analysis of concrete and flexible pavements for public and private projects.  He has been involved with the study and repair of numerous landslides over the last 20 years. These slide repairs have varied
in complexity from simply revegetating slides to constructing fill buttresses and tied-back soldier pile walls to stabilize deeper unstable ground.

Marc has lived, gone to school, and worked in the Pacific Northwest all of his life. Some people may think it’s crazy, but he loves the climate and scenery of this part of the
United States. Marc likes to sing, play the electric bass, and ride a tandem bicycle with his wife. Make sure not to ask him about his passion for the sport of rowing, unless you have a fair amount of spare time.

Rob Ward

Rob is a home-grown product of Geotech Consultants, Inc., having started as a technician in 1987, then working his way into his current position as one of the principals and owners. Summer work as a technician in Montana and Wyoming began for Rob in 1984. He has been involved in numerous design and construction projects in the Puget Sound region throughout his tenure ranging from single-family residences,
multifamily developments to office and commercial buildings. Rob has performed preconstruction studies on a wide variety of projects and engaged in site inspections and project management during construction. He has worked in large forested areas to high density urban areas. Rob has seen nearly every soil type and condition the Puget Sound has to offer. In addition, he has provided
hands-on consultation on projects where geotechnical problems have arisen. His
professional design experience includes all aspects of geotechnical engineering.

As Rob’s work experience increased throughout his career, so has his direct
interfacing with clients, design teams, and municipality personnel. He is
highly personable and respectful of the needs and concerns of all personnel
involved in projects. Rob believes that computers may solve analytical
problems, but personal and direct contact with people still is the most
important part of the job.

“I work on well over 100 different jobs a year, so I have seen all sorts of different projects,
construction styles, management styles, and municipality styles. The most
rewarding jobs for me have always been ones that posed geotechnical challenges,
and the challenges were embraced by all of the design and construction team.
The result was a well-organized, profitable job for all.”

Rob keeps busy chasing his young son, as well as mountain biking and skiing. He also attempts the game of golf, but as he has found, analytical engineers make the worst
golfers. Although born and raised in Montana, he greatly enjoys the best the
Pacific Northwest has to offer, from its beautiful lakes and mountains to its
great wine.

James Strange

Prior to coming to the Evergreen State and his extensive career at Geotech, James worked in Sacramento, California for Lee Lowry and, later, Tom Krazan. James got his start in geotechnical engineering as a member of the Lowry company drilling crew in the sweltering Sacramento summers. Since May of 1993, he has been a key
employee of Geotech Consultants, Inc. as a geotechnical engineer, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Geotechnical Project Manager, and now as an Associate. As with most of the key personnel at Geotech, once he was part of the firm, he never left.

James has been involved in projects ranging from single-family residences, multifamily
developments, to office and commercial buildings. He has performed
preconstruction studies on a wide variety of projects and engaged in site
inspections and project management during construction. His professional design
experience includes all aspects of geotechnical engineering, such as shallow and
deep foundations; preload fills to induce preconsolidation of soft soils;
roadways over soft soils; conventional and geotextile-reinforced retaining
structures; dewatering and underslab drainage systems; and slide repair features
including buttresses, soldier-pile walls, and crib walls. James also has substantial experience with Geopierâ„¢ reinforced soil foundation systems. One of James’s mixed-use building projects on Mercer Island utilized over 1,000 Geopiers beneath the foundations.

“Most days this job is the greatest — we engineer and are allowed to get out from behind the desk, which is a huge plus to an old boy scout. We help real people solve their
problems face to face and are part of a team that gets to build solutions.”

James gets his kicks playing soccer and enjoys coaching youth soccer as a licensed Washington State Coach. He is an Eagle Scout and spent his youth backpacking the Sierra Nevadas. James still loves to get his boots muddy.