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  • who we are

    Wallace Group is a reflection of the communities we serve. We are neighbors, family members, active volunteers, professionals and leaders in our business and personal communities. We believe in contributing and we have a commitment to the long-term health and viability of our built environment.

  • what we do

    We are service oriented professionals in Civil & Transportation Engineering, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Planning, Public Works Administration, Surveying / GIS Solutions and Water Resources. We understand the importance of thoughtful collaboration in order to deliver meaningful, elegant and cost-effective planning, design and engineering solutions for the needs of our community.

  • why we do it

    Since our founding in 1984, our focus and passion has centered on the personal side of business. We value our partnerships; we believe in earning trust and work diligently to demonstrate integrity, fairness and reliability to our clients and amongst our staff. At Wallace Group we love what we do and the value it provides to people. Our work reflects our Dedication to Service and results in high value services and-quality products for our clients and our built environment.

the latest news

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03/ 24/ 2015
Wallace Group is happy to welcome Bryan Childress to the firm as a Senior Engineer in our Mechanical Engineering Department. Bryan will be collaborating on mechanical engineering design aspects of projects in the water and wastewater treatment, oil and gas, solar, and other industries. He has over 16 years of remediation and water treatment processes experience in addition to strategic planning and project management expertise. Given his focus on Client service, Bryan will be joining our Business Development Team as a Client Service Manager, fostering new customer relationships in the water and wastewater treatment industries as well as serving our current Clients’ needs. Bryan is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and currently lives in Arroyo Grande with his wife and two young children. He enjoys his family time, coaching his son’s sports teams, and camping with family and friends. He looks forward to working with the Wallace Group Team on a wide variety of projects and building long lasting client relationships. Welcome Bryan!
03/ 17/ 2015
Wallace Group is happy to welcome Tom Martin to the firm as a Senior Civil Engineer. Tom has over 20 years of engineering and project management experience. He has worked for public agency and private firms giving him the benefit of being able to see projects from all sides. Tom builds strong relationships with Clients, paying special attention to their needs with a focus on quality and responsiveness. Tom lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife and two teenage children, is a native of the east coast (PA and VA) graduating from Old Dominion University, and has also lived and worked in Seattle and San Diego. He has lived in SLO for 14 years and is looking forward to working with the Wallace Team on a wide variety of projects in the Central Coast region. “Wallace Group is very fortunate to have someone with Tom’s project management and technical skills join our team.  We are looking forward to having Tom work on our many local projects,” Dacé Morgan, Director of Civil/Transportation Engineering. Welcome Tom!
03/ 12/ 2015
  Kari Wagner has been promoted to Director of Water Resources! Kari has been a valued water resource engineer with Wallace Group for over 15 years, having just celebrated her anniversary this year.  She has been a key senior engineer and project manager for a number of years, and has been instrumental in developing clientele throughout San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties. Her excellent client service, project management and people skills are a perfect match for Kari's new position as the Director of Water Resources. Congratulations Kari!
03/ 10/ 2015
  Steve Tanaka has been promoted to Principal Civil Engineer! Steve has been with Wallace Group for 15 of his 30 years as an engineer. He served as the Director of our Water Resources Department since 2004. Steve is known throughout the firm for his breadth of technical knowledge, his passion for client service, and his constant focus on the success of others.  Steve leads by example, and it is a pleasure to advance him into his new role. In 2014, Wallace Group established formal professional, technical, and managerial tracks for its employees.  At the top of the professional track, we created a Principal Engineer position for senior personnel with the experience and skill set to accomplish complex projects of all sizes and lead diverse project teams.  The new position is distinct from the managing Principals that lead Wallace Group’s corporate functions. Congratulations Steve!
02/ 23/ 2015
Matthew Parker’s Silent T My name is Matthew Parker (the first “t” is silent) and I’ve been at WG for a few months working as a Landscape Designer. I grew up in the small city of El Segundo neighboring LAX where I listened to planes take off my whole life. Which might explain why I feel so at home in this office. I was the red-haired middle child of three children, so I’m sure there is a therapist in my future. I went to El Segundo High School where I played for the Roller Hockey Club and was the captain of the Academic Decathlon team and first at my high school to compete all four years (sounds much cooler than it actually is). After graduating I got sucked into the mortgage industry where I worked seven years providing quality control for those horribly thick stacks of loan documents you sign when refinancing or purchasing a home. Between calculating interest rates and reviewing legal verbiage, sparks flew between me and a coworker named Brittany. It was only a matter of time before we took the plunge and have been happily married for more than 5 years. Eventually I realized that I wasn’t passionate about loan documents, so I decided to pursue Landscape Architecture. I was very blessed to get into Cal Poly’s program (literally admitted by mistake), I fast-tracked through the program and earned my BLA in three years. And now I’m here and consider myself fortunate to be working at such a great firm. Q & A: Wallace Group: What are some of your favorite activities at WG? Matthew Parker: I’m still new at WG, but I’m looking forward to participating in all the fun activities I often hear about. Be on the lookout for my chili cook-off entry! WG: What are you involved with outside of work? MP: Outside of WG I’m involved in Project Surf Camp where I serve as a swimming partner despite not actually being a surfer (though I am working on that). I’ve also been involved with Children’s Hunger Fund for many years, helping pack food, school supplies and toys for impoverished families both domestically and abroad. But mostly my wife and I volunteer together at Rock Harbor Christian Fellowship in Morro Bay where we teach Sunday school, a.k.a. free hour and a half babysitting, a.k.a. training for future parenthood. WG: What is your favorite pastime? MP: My favorite pastime is hiking and hockey. Of which, there is ample of the former here on the central coast… but not so much the latter. Coach-Matthew WG: What is your favorite movie? MP: I’m a sucker for sci-fi and war movies. My favorite sci-fi movie is ironically the last one I saw, Interstellar. And my favorite war movie is The Thin Red Line. WG: What are some of your favorite foods? MP: Sushi, Mongolian BBQ, and Mexican. Though I just recently heard my favorite Mexican dish “the Burrito” is not truly Mexican but an American invention. I’m still mourning that one. WG: What is your dream vacation? MP: My dream vacation would be to spend a few weeks in Iceland with my wife seeing volcanos, Narwhals, huge waterfalls, glaciers and a lot of signs with words we will never be able to pronounce. My 2nd dream vacation would be an African safari with Dacé (Director of Civil and Transportation at WG) hunting big game, from which I would return a real man. WG: What is your favorite childhood memory? MP: I come from a very sophisticated and cultured family. My favorite childhood memories are riding dirt bikes, firing guns, and lighting fireworks in the desert. To clarify, we were not the people that would illegally dump refrigerators and washing machines. But we were the people that would fill them with holes. WG: What’s your secret ability? MP: My secret ability is having skin so pale that without sunscreen I can get sunburn in just 15-20 minutes. With great power comes great responsibility. WG: What’s the furthest away from SLO you have been? MP: The furthest away from SLO I have ever been is Kauai; which is a lot like what the Central Coast would be like if it rained every day of the year.