Steve Wendland, an experienced geotechnical engineer and industry leader, has joined GeoEngineers to anchor the firm’s new Kansas City, Missouri office as a senior principal. Mr. Wendland has spent 33 years in geotechnical engineering, specializing in retaining walls, deep foundations and subsurface exploration.
Mr. Wendland is no stranger to the clients and technical challenges in Kansas City. He grew up in the city’s working-class suburbs and eventually returned to the area in 1992 to practice geotechnical engineering. Since then, he has managed geotechnical services in the region for national engineering firms including Kleinfelder and Black & Veatch.
GeoEngineers is looking forward to serving the many national engineering firms and federal and state agencies that call Kansas City home. With local experience backed by a diverse team of multidisciplinary experts across the country, Mr. Wendland and the GeoEngineers Kansas City office will offer geotechnical and related engineering services in Missouri, Kansas, and beyond.
“GeoEngineers may be new to me, but Kansas City is an old friend—and I can’t wait to make the introductions,” Mr. Wendland says. “Geotechnical services are just the tip of the iceberg.”
As an engineering and earth science consulting firm, GeoEngineers’ expertise goes beyond geotechnical services for development, industrial or and transportation projects. The Kansas City GeoEngineers team will offer integrated services including dam safety/regulatory support; environmental permitting and site assessments; hydrology and hydraulics; and air-quality modeling—to name just a few.
“I expect some pretty rapid growth,” says regional Business Unit Leader Blake Cotton. “Our goal is to eventually build a Kansas City team that can deliver most of GeoEngineers’ core services throughout the region. We’re very excited, and that excitement is spreading.”