About Us

A Civil Engineering Firm Dedicated to Helping our Clients Achieve their Goals

History

Since 1997, RWA has grown from a small, local firm offering civil engineering services, to a thriving business with a regional scope, offering comprehensive interdisciplinary solutions of civil engineering, land planning, and surveying and mapping for private and public sector clients. The firm’s diversity allows for services to be provided to clients during each phase of a project, from initial planning through final design, permitting, and construction.

“Our recipe for success is no hidden secret and not difficult to achieve if you are willing to be committed to doing your very best every day. We maintain a high level of core values with a relationship-drive approach, focusing on the needs of our clients and genuinely caring about the people within our organization. When you really enjoy what you do and can have fun doing it, it shows, is very contagious, and is reflected in our service and work products. That is what RWA is all about.”

— Christopher Wright, P.E., CEO

About the Company

RWA is a professional services firm based in Naples, Florida offering land use planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, and surveying and mapping solutions for private and public sector clients. To be successful, we depend on the skills, value and commitment of our employees. We value their input and encourage employee involvement and communication within the organization. RWA’s leadership strives to empower our staff while also recognizing each of our employees. We promote excellence, teamwork and individual responsibility while making every effort to look for new ways to enhance cooperation and provide greater encouragement and support between work groups, departments and project teams. We believe that our commitment to extraordinary relationships with our clients, peers and the environment drives the growth, success, and accomplishment of the firm and our staff.

Leadership

Christopher Wright, P.E.
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Ward, P.L.S.
Director of Surveying & Mapping
Patrick Vanasse, AICP
Director of Community Development
Michael Pappas, P.E.
Director of Engineering

Christopher Wright, P.E.

Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Wright, P.E. is co-founder of RWA, Inc. and has served as CEO since 1999. Mr. Wright has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate development industry and 28 years of experience as a registered professional civil engineer. Within the public sector, Wright focuses on civil engineering infrastructure projects in utilities, transportation, and water resources, as well as municipal-use facilities projects. In the private sector he enjoys working with national home builders to create new residential neighborhoods and with developer clients that specialize in commercial projects and the redevelopment of existing sites. Recognized for his efficient and effective project management ability in the development of numerous large-scale, multimillion dollar projects, Wright’s track record in the successful completion of hundreds of Florida projects lends credibility to his demonstrated leadership, management, and technical prowess. Spanning several of the state’s counties and communities, his project work has typically required the flexibility to tailor the approach to accommodate not only the diversity of each location, but also of each client’s unique objectives.

Michael Ward, P.L.S.

Director of Surveying & Mapping

Mr. Michael A. Ward, P.L.S. has more than 27 years of experience as a Professional Land Surveyor and 34 years in the profession. Mr. Ward has extensive experience with boundary surveys, topographic surveys, hydrographic design, rights-of-way, construction layout, platting, condominium documents and project coordination. Mr. Ward’s notable project experience includes surveying for the Southwest Florida International Airport Expansion, Florida Gulf Coast University Phases I, II, the Sports Complex and Arena, and numerous Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) surveys and construction projects.

Under the leadership of Mr. Ward as the Director of Surveying and Mapping, the RWA Surveying and Mapping team has become one of the area’s most sought after providers for local surveying and mapping services for both public and private sector clients. His surveying and mapping team has provided professional surveying services to the area’s largest developers, the regions various municipalities and numerous national professional service firms seeking local surveying and mapping expertise

Patrick Vanasse, AICP

Director of Community Development

Mr. Patrick Vanasse, AICP, has more than 18 years of professional planning experience in Florida. He has worked on a wide variety of planning projects including development and redevelopment, transportation initiatives, comprehensive planning, zoning, community plans, and environmental projects. He has a solid understanding of the planning process and embraces the opportunity to integrate transportation, growth management and urban design to develop vibrant communities and improve quality of life.

He has worked with numerous communities in developing land development regulations, comprehensive plan policy, corridor studies, community plans, and bicycle and pedestrian master plans.

As Director of Community Development for RWA, Mr. Vanasse oversees the planning department, and is responsible for providing consulting services to public sector and private clients. A significant amount of his time involves the design of and entitlement of residential communities and commercial projects in southwest Florida.

Michael Pappas, P.E.

Director of Engineering

Mr. Michael C. Pappas, PE is a professional engineer registered in the state of Florida, with more than 22 years of civil engineering experience in the Southwest Florida region. Mr. Pappas has been involved in the design, permitting, and project management of numerous projects for both private and public sector clients. His vast project portfolio Is comprised of residential subdivisions, commercial, and industrial projects as well as public facilities, utilities, stormwater, and transportation. His technical expertise includes stormwater hydrologic modeling, hydraulic modeling of storm sewers, potable water system design, sanitary sewer design, sanitary pump station design, project permitting, construction administrative services, and project certification.

As the Director of Engineering for RWA, Mr. Pappas oversees the engineering department, and is responsible for providing engineering services and project management to public and private sector clients. He provides technical support, mentoring, and training to the engineering group; and is responsible for company engineering standards, technical specifications, and ensuring that quality control standards are being followed.