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Established in 2001 in Durango, CO, Russell Planning & Engineering has since been providing services in Land Planning, Entitlement, Civil Engineering, Landscape Design, and Construction Management. Our expertise allows us to work with numerous types of clients and projects in the public as well as private sector. We know every step to take an idea from conception through construction in a timely and cost-effective manner. Hands-on experience is what our business is all about.

We specialize in providing innovative ideas in civil engineering, planning, and land development. Beyond what other firms can offer, our well rounded staff is versed in the consideration of aesthetics and resource management, while well-grounded in cost effective and build-able engineering.

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Mike Russell
Michael Russell
PE, Principal

Mike started Russell Engineering, Inc. in 2001 and has over 30 years experience in civil engineering and project management and is a licensed engineer in the state of Colorado and New Mexico. Spending roughly half of his career in the public sector. Read More

William Frownfelter
William Frownfelter
PE, Senior Project Engineer

Bill "Frowny" Frownfelter has served as a Senior Project Manager for the Russell Team for over 10 years, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the firm's growing number of projects and is a licensed engineer in the state of Colorado.
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Jim Horn
PE, Senior Project Manager

With 28 years of engineering experience, Jim became part of Russell Planning and Engineering family after working at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for 19 years. His job duties evolved from a Project Engineer working on   
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Nancy Lauro
Nancy Lauro
AICP, Senior Planner

Nancy joined Russell Planning & Engineering, Inc. (RPE) in 2007 and brings 29 years of experience in land use planning and entitlement. Prior to her employment with RPE, she served as Manager of Current Planning and Community Development Director for La Plata County, Colorado where she supervised all facets of land planning and community development.
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Steve Winters
Steve Winters
PE, Engineering Manager

Steve has been with Russell Planning & Engineering since 2003 and has 14 years of local engineering experience. His civil engineering experience includes transportation, utility, and drainage design, along with construction inspection,
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Drew Chandler
Drew Chandler
PE, Engineering Manager

Drew has over 20 years of civil engineering experience in roadway, utility, structural, and foundation designs in difficult mountain terrain. Prior to his employment with Russell Planning and Engineering, he worked for over 9 years designing
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Paul O'Neil
Paul O'Neil
PE, Project Manager

Paul joined the Russell Planning and Engineering team in 2015 and brings with him over 13 years of local engineering experience. Paul received his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering in 2003 from Colorado State University, and moved
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Philip Rennhack
Philip Rennhack
PE, Project Manager

Philip has 12+ years of engineering experience and has worked with RPE since 2006. He prepares site, grading, drainage, and utility plans for both residential and commercial developments. He also performs construction
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Darren Stewart
PE, Project Manager

Darren has recently returned to Russell Planning and Engineering after 4 years of consulting engineering in the Denver/Boulder area. With over 18 years of total civil engineering experience, Darren has served as the
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OUR SERVICES

The diverse and stunning topography of mountain and desert landscapes not only makes them attractive, but also poses unique engineering challenges. We know the pitfalls, the hazards, hidden costs from our experience working in these environments. We are often involved in projects from conception through construction. Read more...

Getting proper approvals and permitting for your project can be rather complex. At Russell, you work with a team whose combined experience as facilitators in the public sector equals more than 50 years.Read more...

Obtaining proper approvals and permitting for your project can be rather complex. Our thorough understanding of what is needed to see a project through to completion helps you to create a product that’s quickly and easily sold, saving time and money. Read more...

The construction phase of a project doesn’t need to be stressful. By putting the designers in the field, we can work collaboratively on behalf of the owner, with the contractor to address construction challenges as they arise. Our goal is to ensure high quality construction on time and under budget. Read more...

We understand that federal agencies need to adhere to strict schedules and maximize value in their budgets. We can offer you full professional planning and engineering services with the responsiveness you can only get from a small company. Read more...

Russell Planning & Engineering, Inc. boasts of a staff of highly trained professionals in the fields of civil engineering, public works and planning & zoning, who are available to meet your. Read more...

We understand that there are numerous permits and approvals that must be obtained prior to construction of a wellpad. We can provide you with responsive planning and civil engineering services in order to obtain the necessary permits as well as provide you with complete construction documents to build the wellpad and associated roads and pipelines. Read more...

RPE understands the importance of visual representation and design and now offers multiple design services to assist you with any of your visual needs.  Read more...

What Our Clients Are Saying

Ouray County has contracted with Russell Planning and Engineering for numerous projects over the past five years. Russell Planning and Engineering provides the County with an exemplary level of expertise and customer service, combined with an approach to project management and pricing that is attainable for Ouray County, a relatively small local government jurisdiction that faces budget restraints. Russell Planning and Engineering provides a variety of engineering services to Ouray County while operating within a budgetary range on all projects it has undertaken for the County.

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Connie I. Hunt Administrator Ouray County

As Project Engineer for La Plata County, I have worked with Russell Planning & Engineering on several projects over the past few years, both as a client for road construction projects and in collaboration on other engineering issues. In working with the Russell staff, I found them to be very professional, thorough, and responsive. Based on my experience, I am confident that Russell Planning and Engineering will continue to offer these same qualities on future projects.

La Plata County
Aaron McKelvey Project Engineer La Plata County

Russell Engineering had to go far above and beyond by keeping their rates reasonable and best of all assuming a sense of ownership of the project. We really feel as though we have a partner in the project not just a Design Engineer. Montezuma County is now contracting with Russell Engineering to act as our Project Engineer during the construction phase. We feel that it is worth noting that this project has been seamless moving between the design phase and the construction phase with Russell Engineering maintain steady contact and continuing to trouble shoot any problems as they arise.

Montezuma County
James Dietrich Natural Resources Planning & Public Lands Coordinator Montezuma County

I want to share with you my appreciation for all of your hard work and valuable skills over the last two years as Construction Manager during the challenging construction of the Visitor & Research Center at Mesa Verde National Park.

 

Alpha Corporation
Richard D. Wiik AIA Alpha Corporation

I have worked with Russell on various development projects, ensuring the needs of bicycle, pedestrian, and transit are adequately addressed during site designs. In working with the Russell team, I found them to be very professional, open-minded, thorough, and responsive. Based on my experience, I would highly recommend Russell team for planning and design services on future projects.

City of Durango
Amber K. Blake Director of Transportation and Sustainability City of Durango

You were indeed a major factor in the success of the Hermosa Meadows Road project.  Thank you so much for your competent and timely work.  Your work and ideas were key to accomplishing the road improvement on schedule and under budget!!

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Hank Hays President HMRI Corporation

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