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    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.

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    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 environment.

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04/ 30/ 2018
Sometimes big opportunities take shape in small spaces. For Wallace Group’s Landscape Architecture Department, the model homes at Trilogy Monarch Dunes provided an opportunity to present a wide variety of design solutions reflective of the unique interests and values future residents will have for their front and back yards. Working on a very short timeline, our experienced team was able to provide landscapes that look great from day one, perform year-round, and improve with age. From a French rambling garden that immerses you in the classical prestige of old world Europe, to the contemporary artistry of a turf pyramid within an elegantly chic and modern backyard, and the tranquil respite of a flagstone courtyard filled with tropical plants and a bubbling fountain. All transitioning the resident from the indoors to the outdoors with seamless continuity tailored to complement the interior design. Wallace Group is pleased to share its diverse award-winning designs at Trilogy’s model homes as we wrap up this year’s celebration of Landscape Architecture Month.  To see a fun video of these houses go to https://youtu.be/Pj0LhfpVphQ  
04/ 25/ 2018
My name is Matthew Parker and I am a Landscape Designer happily working for Wallace Group for over three years now. I grew up in southern California in the quaint little town of El Segundo as the middle child of three sons to my parents: an aerospace engineer and florist.  Naturally, landscape architecture seems to fit somewhere in the middle there, so it must be genetic! During high school I never passed up opportunities that came my way which lead to several odd jobs as a city locker room attendant, selling candles at Pier 1 Imports, and building skate boards at a surf shop. After high school I lived all over LA county working for various mortgage brokers and lenders drawing loan documents and conducting compliance review during the wild west period of mortgage banking prior to the big crash. It was during this crazy time that I took interest in a new coworker named Brittany who shared my affinity for the outdoors and tolerated my affinity for hockey and rock music. Though she was hopelessly out of my league I somehow convinced her I was the one, and not long after I found myself asking her to be my wife. Planning our wedding got me thinking more and more about the future and I felt it was time to choose a more fulfilling career. I longed for something that better suited my artistic skills, love for the outdoors and had a deeper role in contributing to the welfare of the community and environment. Or in other words, I wanted to utilize my talents doing something I love that would enrich the world around me. That is when I stumbled upon this amazing profession called Landscape Architecture which seemed to match what I longed for in a job. So I contacted a local firm in Pasadena and asked them if I could visit to learn more about the profession. They graciously hosted me for two hours introducing me to the variety of things a landscape architect does, and I knew from that moment on that this was the profession for me. So right after I got married I spent one full year cramming in a full-time job simultaneously with an overloaded full time school schedule to reach the bare minimum amount of units needed to transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. If that sounds like I was never home, it is because I really was never home. Which is a great way to start off a marriage. Fortunately, I was blessed to have been accepted to Cal Poly’s nationally ranked Landscape Architecture program on the first go. While at Cal Poly I interned with Caltrans where I worked on a wide variety of transportation projects ranging from wetland restoration to interpretive sign displays at multiple vista viewpoints stretching from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz. What I valued most about my experience at Cal Poly and Caltrans was the exposure to multiple disciplines working together for a common goal. For three years I got to work with students and professionals in architecture, architectural engineering, construction management, environmental planning, soil science, and transportation engineering. This experience gave me a deep appreciation for an interdisciplinary environment and became something I looked for in prospective employers approaching graduation time. After college I was very fortunate to be chosen to work here at Wallace Group and, as a bonus, continue living on the beautiful central coast! Wallace Group grabbed my attention not only for its interdisciplinary atmosphere, but for the active role it had in being an asset to the local community, not just through business, but through volunteer service as well. Working at Wallace Group as a landscape designer, I do a little bit of everything from site analysis and conceptual design all the way to construction documents using my skills in computer assisted drafting, 3D modeling, digital photo simulation rendering and good ol’ fashion pen and trace paper sketching. My interests are in parks and recreation design, low impact design and storm water management, land reclamation and restoration, and interpretative signage. But to be honest, there isn’t any sector of the landscape architecture profession I am not fond of in some way. Back in college I was worried that I may get locked into a job doing the same type of work that would stagnate my passion for the profession. Luckily for me, Wallace Group has exposed me to a plethora of projects that hit so many different markets and present a variety of design challenges. Collaborating with so many different professions to achieve cohesive project goals on such a wide variety of projects has only served to foster my professional growth and makes coming into work every day exciting. I also serve as a member of the Wallace Group fun committee, helping plan many of the fun events we do together as an office, like BBQ cook offs, movie nights, camping trips, zip lining and kayaking. I love the numerous volunteer and charity events Wallace Group sponsors and participates in. But most of all, I enjoy being surrounded by such a great collection of fun coworkers of great integrity who are a pleasure to work with. Currently I live in beautiful Morro Bay and now have two awesome little kids, Isaac and Brooklyn, who make sure I stay in a perpetual state of exhaustion, but otherwise bring me endless joy. My beautiful wife Brittany, who supported me through Cal Poly, has been the rock in my life keeping me grounded, inspired and happy. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her support. Together my small family and I are always out and about taking advantage of everything the Central Coast has to offer. Hiking, camping, kayaking going to the drive-in and going to the beach as much as possible. One day, I hope to add surfing to that list. But overall, we couldn’t be happier. I still stay connected to my past colleagues and professors from Caltrans and Cal Poly and participate in review galleries of student work. I am looking to expand my contributions to the community and my profession in the years to come in order to give back to the people that have given me and my family such a fulfilling life here on the central coast. Favorite movie. The Mummy (not the Tom Cruise one) Favorite food. Sushi, can’t get enough of that mercury. Describe your dream vacation. My wife and I traveling to Iceland to hike a volcano, see a Narwhal, explore an ice cave and steal some of their black sand to bring home as a memento. Which is probably prohibited, but I can’t read their signs anyways… What’s your favorite childhood memory? Skipping school to go to Six Flags Magic Mountain with my cousin on such a slow day there were no lines for any of the rides. Before you judge, our parents took us. Judge them. What’s your secret ability? I’m told I am a great cook. But I only cook for my family and I can’t trust them to give me the hard-honest truth. So the jury is still out… What is the furthest away from SLO have you been? Nosara, Costa Rica. But it didn’t feel even remotely as far from home as the one time I drove through Hinkley, CA.
04/ 24/ 2018
Senior Civil Engineer Ben Jensen and his son Brandon ran in the Miracle Miles for Kids race this past Saturday. This fundraiser helps the Family Care Network meet the critical needs of over 1,800 children and youth. These gentlemen graciously volunteered to run 6.2 miles on the water’s edge from Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier. We’re proud of our employee’s dedication to our beautiful community!  
04/ 20/ 2018
My name is Ann Sever. I was born in Virginia, the middle of three children. My father was an up and coming astronomer, so we moved a lot in my early years to follow his pursuit of a PHD (Virginia, Chicago, and Wisconsin). My first memories come from Elkhorn Wisconsin where we lived close to the Observatory. I remember seeing the telescope dome peeking out over the trees and thinking, “how can we be so far from the Capitol and yet I can see the Capitol Building?” Once my father graduated with his doctorate we moved to a small community on top of a mountain in California. It was Lick Observatory. This was (in my opinion) the best place to be a kid. I went to a one room school house (kindergarten to eighth grade), roamed the fire roads and trails criss crossing the top of the mountain, listened to the wind in the pine trees, sold mud pies to tourists, looked down on top of the foggy clouds in the San Jose area, and played in the winter snow. In the middle of my third-grade year my family moved from our tight-knit little community to the bustling city of Santa Cruz. I went from a class of three third-graders to a class of 30 children. That was quite an adjustment to make. Fortunately, there was a sweet redhead girl who lived just down the street and we quickly became tight friends. It’s a friendship that has lasted through the years to this very day. Another advantage to our new home was that it was located adjacent to a large natural open space park with trials, golf course, ponds, creeks and tree swings. In my junior high years, I became the owner of a horse. My horse and I rode all over the wild-lands. My first career choice after high school was Veterinary Technician. I worked in the field for over five years enjoying my time working with animals. Unfortunately, that career doesn’t pay much, and gets very repetitive. To help choose a new career, I took a job interest test and it pointed to Landscape Architecture. Instantly, I knew that was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I applied to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Graduated in 1991. That year was a small recession, making job hunting quite a challenge. I looked far and wide and found a position in a firm that specializes in habitat restoration in Sacramento California. It was in Sacramento that I met my husband and had two children. In 1999 an opportunity to live and work in San Luis Obispo came up and we jumped at it. Having been a coastal gal most of my life, I just love living and working in such close proximity to the ocean and the beach. Wallace Group: I came to Wallace Group in September of 2006. I had been at several firms before WG but none compared to the sense of family and dedication to quality work like Wallace Group. This is a good group of people who care about their community and their work. We also like to have fun (during and after work). My personal passions in Landscape Architecture are projects that include: parks and recreation, trails, restoration, and Low-Impact Development (LID). Of course, having outstanding relationships with my clients and co-workers goes a long way to making my job something I enjoy and look forward to each day. As an addition to my work at Wallace Group, I am part of the Fun Committee – planning and facilitating employee events outside of work. Some of the events I have facilitated are: Zip Lining, PCPA Theater events, pot luck lunches, and hikes to name only a few. Outside WG: The main charities that I am involved in are: the American Cancer Society (giving back because of all they have done for me); The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County (Specifically I am a docent at the Pismo Preserve and lead hikes about once a month); Special Olympics (supporting friends); and High School Running scholarships (supporting friends and family). A group I got involved in by winning a year membership is the Five Cities Orchid Society. I never thought about joining before but now I am hooked and have over 30 orchids of at least 7 different species. I even purchased a green house last year to help house my growing collection. I am also involved in my local church which I consider my extended family. Singing in my church’s choir is an activity that I have participated in for over 12 years. I also volunteer as the High School Cross-Country Coach for Coastal Christian School. Family: I am the middle child of three. I have an older sister and a younger brother. My birthplace was Charlottesville Virginia. We lived in several East Coast and Mid-West towns before arriving in California when I was 4 years old. My first three years of public school were in a one room schoolhouse on the top of Mount Hamilton (above San Jose). I remember snowy winters and summers spent roaming over the vast mountain tops that we called home. My first college career was a two-year degree in Veterinary Nursing that I worked in for 5 years. Low pay and repetitive work drove me to look for another career. I went to back college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 1988 – 1991 and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Landscape Architecture. This career is perfect for me. Currently I am married and have two sons. Both sons are in college – One in Phoenix Arizona (Grand Canyon University) and one at UC Riverside. My husband is retired and enjoying it! Favorite pastimes: Hiking Gardening Travel – I have been to the Great Wall of China, Machu Pichu, the bottom of the Grand Canyon, traveled through the Panama Canal, bartered (successfully) for a carpet from the Blue Nomads in the Moroccan Desert, went snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, ascended the Eifel Tower, went punting on the Cam in England, and cross-county skiing in the Alps, to name a few. Favorite movie The God’s Must be Crazy Favorite food Chocolate – is there any other food worthy of being a favorite? Describe your dream vacation It must involve travel. Cruise ships are great or spending a couple weeks in one place discovering all its treasures that are off the beaten path is also wonderful. What’s your favorite childhood memory? Riding my horse through the forests around my home in Santa Cruz. What’s your secret ability? Secret dis-ability – I can’t roll r’s. This makes speaking Spanish very difficult. Or, Ability – I can milk a goat and make cheese. What is the furthest away from SLO you’ve been? Sydney, Australia
04/ 16/ 2018
Hello, my name is Bianca, but my close friends and family call me, "Chi-Chi." I’m the second of five children, born to immigrant parents and raised in the Los Angeles area.  My mom came to the states at age two, from the Philippines. My mom's father supported U.S. troops and survived the Bataan Death March. My father came from Czechoslovakia at age 21 on a journalistic trip, to share stories of the West. In 1968, he was granted political asylum after the Soviet Union invaded Prague. My father’s mom survived the Holocaust, but she was forever changed after having to lose her own mother and grandmother to the Nazis. She poured her trauma into her art. As a child I would visit her in studios and galleries. One time while watching her paint, I asked, “Babi, why do you lick your paint brush?” Her response was quick, “because my father told me not to.”

Wild and Wacky New Year's Photos Were Always a Family Tradition

With five kids, in a suburb of LA, my mom made every effort to raise us “like we were on a farm.” This meant spending every weekend and every summer working on the family business- the maintenance and repair of rental properties. My mom always called it “family bonding,” and every hard-working day would start and end with a big meal together. If we wanted to hang out with friends, our best friends would just join us on the adventure-- cleaning bathrooms, changing my brother’s (cloth!) diapers, painting houses- inside and out, stripping wood floors, clearing out dead roaches, digging up sewer pipes (so many clay sewer pipes!), and lots and lots of gardening. That’s probably why, when I looked at the long list of career choices ever known to man, “landscape architecture,” was the only thing I thought I could picture myself doing. I attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on a pole vault scholarship. I chose Cal Poly over other schools, because I knew there was a really hot pole vaulter. Ok, maybe there were other reasons? Maybe, maybe not... After graduation, I returned to my hometown of Santa Monica, and gained extensive experience working for a firm in downtown LA. I enjoyed the challenges of working on a variety of private and public project types, from custom estates, to parks and streetscapes. After a year working in Southern California, the hot pole vaulter and I soon married and have since settled into the Cayucos life with our two young boys. The Koenig Family Wishes You Peace and Resilience in 2018 Describe what you do at Wallace Group: I design places for people. I’ve been working in the Landscape Architecture Department since 2003. During my time here, I've seen our group come a long way towards building the collaborative, multi-disciplinary team we have now. With our diverse group of hardworking folks all under one roof, I have the privilege of focusing on the design, beauty and experience of a project, and I can focus on what I love- helping clients solve puzzles and develop ideas to maximize opportunity.

Bianca at the first site meeting for the Monarch Club in Nipomo, 2005

Favorite activities with Wallace Group: Adopt-A-Highway cleanup!!! It's like a treasure hunt for the social sciences. Activities outside of Wallace Group: Other than trying to keep two small humans alive and prepare them to be good people in this world, I have the honor of supporting two specific organizations- Deanna Maran Foundation for Non-Violence and the Central Coast Green Building Council. Before children, I was a founding member for both of these critically relevant organizations and currently, as time allows, I support them both on the communications level, through graphic, web, and social media updates. Favorite pastime: Home improvement projects. Design and implementation. Pinterest is my happy place. Favorite movie: Any romantic comedy will do. Favorite food: Roasted lemon tarragon chicken with rice and green beans. If you're coming to my house for dinner, there is a 99% chance this is what I'll be serving. Dream vacation: Taking a nap on a warm, sandy beach. Favorite childhood memory: I can't stop thinking about all the clay sewer pipes my sisters and I helped my dad to repair... and that one time the exposed Sawzall cord touched the standing water... Your secret ability: I can hang upside down from my toes... I think... that was my secret ability when I was twelve, I haven't actually tried to do it lately. Furthest away from SLO you have been: That must be The North island of New Zealand. I’m not sure that counts though, since it looks just like the Central Coast, except they have sheep instead of cows. My sister sends me job openings once a month to try to get me to live there with her.