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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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    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.

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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/ 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.  
04/ 06/ 2018
My story begins in Gilroy, California where I grew up in the country, alongside lots of open space, animals and a much smaller Gilroy than what exists today. Some like to refer to it as “Old Gilroy,” before the sprawl of homes and bedroom community commuters took residence there, while commuting into nearby Silicon Valley. I was blessed with a fun and exciting upbringing, where I enjoyed raising animals and exploring the countryside on motorcycles, practicing and competing in karate and playing sports. I participated in 4-H and FFA showing swine and horses at County Fairs. I love athletics and played four years of high school football and an additional 2 years of football in junior college, prior to transferring to Cal Poly, SLO. In 1998, I was accepted into the landscape architecture department at Cal Poly and spent the next five years honing my landscape architecture skills through hands on experiences, long lab hours and doing an internship at Ivy Landscape Architecture in Cayucos.  During my junior year at Cal Poly, I had the opportunity to study abroad and travel through France, Portugal and Spain.  These travels were a huge highlight of my college career and allowed me to explore and document a new side of architecture and international life. My dream is to one day travel back to the many memorable places I enjoyed on this trip and share them with my family. Shortly after I received my bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, I married my high school sweetheart, Carrie, who also attended Cal Poly, and we made our home in beautiful Paso Robles almost 14 years ago.  I am the proud dad of three very active boys, ages, 10, 8 and 2 years old.  There is never a dull moment (or a quiet one!) in our house.  We enjoy going on bike rides, hikes, walking our new puppy, Winnie, attending sporting events, competing in recreational runs, traveling and playing multiple sports.  For the past several years, I’ve enjoyed coaching soccer and basketball teams for my oldest two sons.  Our youngest is already honing his soccer skills with his big brothers and will be on a field before we know it!  Our community in Paso Robles is also a large part of our family’s life and I’ve been active in the REC Foundation of Paso Robles for the past 13 years, currently serving as the non-profits President.  Working with a great team within this organization, we have raised funds for and implemented many park improvements in Paso Robles, lead the success of the popular summer Concerts in the Park series and been sponsors of various festivals and celebrations in Paso Robles community. My landscape architecture career began when I joined Wallace Group in 2002. I helped start the landscape architecture department with two of my colleagues. As a new department, we were an eager group working on a variety of projects. We master planned communities and set the framework for many of our future projects. In five years we watched the department grow from three employees to eight. Prior to the recession, I took a leap of faith and departed from Wallace Group to further challenge myself and grow my expertise as an urban design & planner for another multi-disciplinary firm. The new role allowed me to grow professionally and expand my experience as a project manager and leader. Working for a larger firm with multiple offices also allowed me to work outside of the Central Coast. But after eight years, I desired to work closer to home and be involved with more local projects that have an impact in the community in which I live. So, I returned to Wallace Group as the Director of the Landscape Architecture department and we got the band back together! Today we are a strong group of four and also offer a summer internship position for Cal Poly students every season. Our workload is a balance of land development, residential and estates, parks and recreation, transportation and streetscapes and hospitality. We enjoy a collaborative work environment, where we have a studio feel, in which we can bounce design ideas around and hold charrettes. Our departments focus is following our landscape architecture passions and having an emotional connection with our work. We strive to develop creative design solutions and work collaboratively with project team members on a diverse array of projects. The projects that get us the most excited are those that have a community impact and result in high quality design.  Medeiros Family Questions not necessary in order of importance: Describe what you do at WG As the Director of Landscape Architecture, I manage the department operations, administration and financials. I am responsible for directing and dedicating department staffing resources of projects to ensure project execution and adherence to project schedules. I provide quality assurance and quality control of construction document submittals. What are some of your favorite activities with WG? I enjoy collaborating with my fellow employees and contributing to multi-discipline teams working on a variety of projects and complexity. What are you involved in outside WG? For the past 14 years I have been a board member for a non-profit corporation committed to creating enhanced programs, places, and open spaces for quality recreational experiences in Paso Robles. As chairman, I lead ten board members and provide management of a variety of programs and projects that include the annual Concerts in the Park summer series and endowments for park projects. We conduct city advocacy, sponsorships, donations and support of community events. Favorite pastime Anything recreational. I am an active cyclist and runner. I also frequently play basketball, ultimate frisbee and soccer. Favorite movie I love cheesy 80’s movies. I grew up on them and it transports me back to that time. Favorite food Anything Mexican, especially fish tacos, tortas and chili relleno. Describe your dream vacation. Maui, cabana and a mai tai. What’s your favorite childhood memory? Showing animals at the County Fair. What’s your secret ability? Breakdancing. My secret gets spoiled whenever I attend a party, wedding, or simply every time I touch the dance floor. What is the furthest away from SLO have you been? During college I studied abroad for three-months and traveled in France, Portugal and Spain.
04/ 05/ 2018
To kick off World Landscape Architecture Month, the Landscape Architecture Department has added four new parks and recreation projects to the website! Be sure to click on the link below to read about how we overcame storm water challenges at San Miguel Community Park and increased its capability to facilitate a wider range of athletic opportunities. Learn about how public input helped guide the design of Johnson Park. Discover how we were able to help the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians support healthy lifestyles and enjoyment of the natural environment for their community with Kitiyepumu Park. Or how we were able to upgrade the play equipment at Emerson Park to be safer and more accommodating for children of different ages and physical abilities. Through our professional expertise and park design, the Wallace Group Landscape Architecture team is dedicated to supporting the future of our communities by nurturing the health and happiness of our children today. https://www.wallacegroup.us/projects/?service=12
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Kitiyepumú Park Play Structure

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Kitiyepumú Park

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San Miguel Community Park Entrance

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Johnson Park Playground

   
04/ 04/ 2018
We were recently invited to tour the new Cal Poly dorms this past week with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Young Member Forum (YMF). A representative from Webcor Builders, who primed the design on the project, presented site improvements, building interiors, and bioswale features. The new residential community will house up to 1,475 freshman at Cal Poly with various amenities, including a large open space in the center of the project for activities and gatherings. If anyone has found the fountain of youth let us know, wishing to become freshman again for a chance to call this place home!
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