BIG RED DOG Launches new Traffic Engineering Practice

February 29, 2016 by Will Schnier P.E.

Fast Growing Award-Winning Texas Engineering Leader Starts Traffic Engineering Practice to Serve Private and Municipal Clients; Names Dan Hennessey and James Schwerdtfeger as company Vice Presidents

AUSTIN – BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting is proud to announce its latest service line expansion in Texas and the naming of new organizational leaders to spearhead a new Traffic Engineering practice. The seven-year old company employs over 100 engineering professionals in top Texas markets Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

BRD-Covers-TrafficTransportation-1Traffic woes are nothing new to Texas residents and the company is looking to capitalize on this identified need. Mitigating traffic impacts and ensuring adequate access for the traveling public is increasingly critical to the success of today’s urban environments. BIG RED DOG will focus on bringing critical transportation solutions to state and local government agencies and private clients as the state faces the challenges of growth, environmental responsibility, and smart mobility.

Dan Hennessey, P.E., will lead the new Traffic Engineering service line as a Vice President and the Director of Traffic Engineering Services. Hennessey was most recently a team leader and Senior Transportation Engineer for west-coast based Fehr and Peers. Prior to that, he held noteworthy positions for the South Carolina Department of Transportation and Greenville, SC-based Sprague and Sprague Consultants.

James Schwerdtfeger, P.E., is also joining the BIG RED DOG team as a Vice President in the Traffic Engineering practice. James has successfully led Austin-based R-K Traffic Engineering, LLC for the past three years as owner and President. During his time at R-K Traffic, James successfully led the traffic engineering analysis and recommendations for dozens of projects on behalf of municipal and private development clients in the Austin metro area.

With this new practice, BIG RED DOG now provides traffic engineering services, signal design services, and transportation planning services to both municipalities and private clients in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. The company specializes in traffic impact studies, network transportation modeling, traffic signal design, traffic control plans, travel demand modeling, and parking studies.

BIG RED DOG’s Austin President Brad Lingvai, says of the new service line “Our current clients consistently and repeatedly requested that we offer Traffic Engineering and Traffic Impact Studies for their projects in Austin, San Antonio, and throughout Texas, so we’re enthusiastic about launching our Traffic Engineering practice”. Lingvai went on to say “having the team of Dan and James who bring both the experience and local expertise that they collectively offer is entirely consistent with our goal of being the leading multi-discipline engineering firm in the State”.

For their part Hennessey and Schwerdtfeger are ready to assume the leadership roles, with Schwerdtfeger stating: “Like many others I have watched with great attention as BIG RED DOG has become the premier engineering firm in Austin. When presented the opportunity to extend the ‘BIG RED Brand’ to Traffic Engineering it was a no-brainer for me. I’m thrilled at the prospect of what we’re going to build.”

Hennessey expanded on that sentiment and added: “I knew it was just a matter of time when a great company like BIG RED DOG came calling, so I have been preparing for this opportunity for several years. I could not be more excited about this opportunity and the chance to partner with James as we build the Traffic practice at BIG RED DOG.”

The Buzz surrounding BIG RED DOG is palpable. The company was ranked by Zweig Group as the 26th fastest growing Engineering and Architecture firm in North America in 2015. This honor is especially significant since these rankings compare architecture and engineering firms of all disciplines. This Zweig Hot Firm award comes on the heels of being named to the Austin Business Journal’s Fast 50 list for the 3rd straight year. BIG RED DOG was also named one of the Best Places to Work by the San Antonio Business Journal in 2015.

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Founded in 2009, BIG RED DOG is a Texas-based civil engineering firm specializing in civil, MEP, and traffic engineering, permitting, and land use consulting for real estate and natural resource development.

We provide our clients with the very best engineering and land development consulting services in the State of Texas; at BIG RED DOG, Service is not a Commodity.

Written by Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier is the Chief Executive Officer of BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting. Will received his BSCE from Purdue University and co-founded BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting in 2009. Since starting the firm in 2009, BIG RED DOG has grown to over 100 team members with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. BIG RED DOG has garnered awards for being one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Texas (Business Journal’s Fast 50 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and an ENR top 100 Design Firm in Texas and Louisiana (2012, 2103, 2014, 2015). Mr. Schnier is very well versed in the project review and development permitting process having worked closely and very successfully with City and County review staff, neighborhood associations, environmental groups, and public boards and councils. He has been responsible for the project management, engineering design, and regulatory permitting of hundreds of single family subdivision projects, mixed use and multifamily residential developments, industrial facilities and oil and gas development projects throughout Texas. He is the author of two publications: “Land Subdivision – A Practical Guide for Central Texas” and “The Book on License Agreements in the City of Austin”. Will was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) in 2014 and served as Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s appointment to the City of Austin Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2011 to 2015.