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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.

Planning

Thoughtful planning will highlight possibilities, minimize uncertainty, and provide real ideas of the costs associated with infrastructure.

Engineering

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.

Permitting

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.

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

He understands public process and tools for successful entitlement. He served as County Engineer for La Plata County, Colorado where he was in charge of all land development engineering reviews and all road and bridge improvement projects, including working with local, tribal and state governmental officials. As a private consultant, he has planned, designed, and reviewed construction on a multitude of projects including residential, tribal, commercial, industrial, and resorts. He also has experience in master planned communities from planning through construction.

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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He is a veteran engineer with over 35 years’ experience whose career was largely based in Telluride where he served as the Public Works Director/Town Engineer from 1986-2003. In Telluride he managed the multi-million dollar annual budgets of the water, wastewater, streets, building and transit departments. Early in his career he also worked as a private consultant in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Frowny has extensive experience in general civil engineering design including water, sewer, roads, site drainage, and floodplain management. His expertise also includes grant acquisition and administration, project design, management and close-out. His experience with maintenance management after project completion is invaluable.

Jim Horn
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     Read More

construction projects, to Off-Systems Engineer developing federally funded local agency projects, and then as Traffic Resident Engineer/Access Manager where he worked with local agencies and private developers on intersection, access and safety projects. Prior to working at CDOT Jim worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as District Engineer in water quality.

Nancy Lauro
Nancy Lauro
AICP, Senior Planner

Nancy has worked in public and private sector planning in the western United States for the last 25+ years. Prior to her employment with Russell Engineering, she has over 11 years of experience managing current planning divisions for both La
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Plata and Summit Counties in Colorado. She has recently authored a course for the Planning Institute of Colorado on the development review process in Colorado. Her work experience includes comprehensive planning, development agreements, annexations, and all facets of the entitlement process.

Steve Winters
Steve Winters
PE, Engineering Manager

Steve has been with Russell Planning & Engineering since 2003 and has 13 years of local engineering experience. His civil engineering experience includes transportation, utility, and drainage design, along with construction inspection,
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construction administration, project management, and site planning. During his time with Russell Planning & Engineering, he has worked on both public and private contracts including residential, mixed-use, commercial, recreation facilities, and existing infrastructure rehabilitation projects.

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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interstate highway bridges and ski lift superstructures. Drew has served as one of our most experienced field engineers, performing quality assurance and complete construction administration services for our federal clients. Drew currently holds professional engineering licenses in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico.

Paul O'Neil
Paul O'Neil
PE, Project Manager

Paul joined the Russell Planning and Engineering team in 2015 and brings with him over 10 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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back home to Durango the following year. He has a wide range of experience which includes, land development, transportation, traffic, utility, and construction management. In addition he has experience in water and wastewater treatment design and permitting through the CDPHE. In gaining his experience Paul worked with both public and private sector clients for residential, commercial, and governmental projects.

Philip Rennhack
Philip Rennhack
PE, Project Manager

Philip has 8 years of engineering experience and has worked with RPE for 7 of those years. He prepares site, grading, drainage, and utility plans for both residential and commercial developments. He also performs construction
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administration tasks including contract document preparation, pay request review, and field inspections for various projects. He implemented and manages our cost control and project management system for all the company projects.

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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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project manager for numerous successful projects over the last 10 years. His work experience includes K-12 schools, higher education, residential development, resort areas, municipal infrastructure and urban in-fill development.

Working with local agencies, Darren has implemented design solutions for drainage and traffic issues for several high-profile projects. With a wide range of project experience on constrained sites, he provides a creative approach to problem solving that will reduce project costs and satisfy review agencies.

OUR SERVICES

Civil Engineering

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...

LAND PLANNING

Thoughtful planning will highlight possibilities, minimize uncertainty, and provide real ideas of the costs associated with infrastructure. We can provide 3-D depiction and color renderings that will enhance the value of your property by illustrating the possibilities to potential investors and ease your project through the approval process. Read more...

Permitting

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...

Construction Administration

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...

FEDERAL CONTRACTING

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...

STATE & LOCAL

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...

ENERGY, OIL & GAS

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...

GRAPHICAL DESIGN SERVICES

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.

Connie I. Hunt
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.

Aaron McKelvey
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.

James Dietrich
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.

 

Richard D. Wiik
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.

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

In working with the Russell staff, I found them to be very professional, thorough, and responsive.

Based on my experience, I would highly recommend Russell Planning and Engineering for design services on future projects.

Donald Schieber
Donald Schieber Community Development Director The Village of Taos Ski Valley

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