ABOUT RUSSELL PLANNING & ENGINEERING

Let us help you with your next project.

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 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. 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. Read more...

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. Read more...

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 Plata and Summit Counties in Colorado. Read more...

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, construction administration, project management, and site planning. Read more...

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 interstate highway bridges and ski lift superstructures. Read more...

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 back home to Durango the following year.Read more...

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. Read more...

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...

PRIVATE

You need a firm capable of helping your project obtain approval as quickly and efficiently as possible. We understand what is necessary to obtain approvals, know the staff and elected officials and have an excellent reputation for responsiveness, creativity and professionalism. 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...

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...

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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