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Over $11,000 and 500 Pounds of Food Collected

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CFA, Inc. Recognized Locally for Urgent Snow Removal Efforts

When mother nature shut job sites down CFA decided to get creative to keep their field personnel working while also helping the community.  In coordination with Washoe County Senior Services, CFA field surveyors hit the streets to provide snow removal to area seniors, disabled or those otherwise in need.  CFA crews visited over 60 residences during the 2023 January “Snowpocalypse” to make sure people could get in and out of their homes and sometimes making sure that their caregivers could get to them.

We did it to support our community. The community noticed and Channel 2 was there to report on our efforts.

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CFA, Inc. Welcomes Eric Snyder, PLS as Survey Manager

CFA is excited to announce that Eric Snyder, PLS has joined the team as Survey Department Manager.  

Eric is licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in the States of Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Eric’s vast surveying experience, both in the field and in the office, provides the knowledge and leadership required to accomplish all survey projects. His experience includes ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, Boundary Surveys, Boundary Line Adjustments, Parcel Maps, Records of Survey, Redevelopment and Site Enhancement projects, Roadways, Schools, Solar Fields, Subdivision Tract Maps, Transmission Lines and Topographic Surveys. On many of these projects he provided landowner and/or stakeholder research, public meeting coordination, preparation of legal descriptions and exhibits for easement and/or right-of-way acquisitions, topographic mapping, construction staking, field crew coordination & calculations.

Eric has over 25-years of his career managing survey departments for various firms throughout Nevada. His broad range of experience has taken him from small local firms to large multi-national corporations. He is a past president of the Great Basin Chapter of the Nevada Association of Land Surveyors. In his spare time, Eric enjoys flying drones, photography, fishing, gardening, hiking, woodworking and visiting old mine sites.

CFA is a multi-disciplinary professional services firm that has been providing land surveying, civil engineering and land use planning services to private and public sector clients throughout northern Nevada and California since 1981.

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Kathleen Knight Promoted to CFA, Inc. Engineering Manager

CFA, Inc. is pleased to announce that Kathleen Knight has recently been promoted to Engineering Manager.

Kathleen is a registered civil design engineer/project manager with experience in large, multi-component, mixed-use subdivisions, as well as various industrial and commercial projects. She has designed and managed projects for many different municipalities throughout Northern Nevada, Ventura and Los Angeles County, including some federal projects. Ms. Knight is a licensed professional engineer in Nevada, California and Texas.  Not only does she implement the design and permitting standards for each of the agencies, she has developed relationships with agency personnel. Her projects require advanced skills in problem solving with complicated grading, street, sewer and storm drain design. She is proficient in numerous civil design computer applications and constantly updates her skills through continuing education.

As Engineering Manager, some of her rolls include; preparing proposals, supervising the work of all levels of her engineering staff from Senior Engineers to interns, planning and executing strategies for completing projects on time and within budget, as well as working on training and talent development of her staff.

In addition to engineering, some of Kathleen’s other interests include officiating high school and collegiate basketball, as well as hiking/backpacking and entertaining.  After relocating from Southern California to be closer to her family, she also enjoys spending time watching her niece and nephew participating in local athletics and enjoying many more family dinners.

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CFA, Inc. Announces Ownership Transition

CFA, Inc. is pleased to share a milestone in our firm’s history with you. The firm’s two owners, Kevin German, P.L.S. and Bob LaRiviere, P.L.S., have executed a purchase agreement that makes Kevin the new president and sole stockholder.

This coming year will bring more than one milestone as we celebrate the firm’s 40th year in business as well as Bob’s retirement. A 23-year veteran of the firm and former president from 2011 to 2020, Bob will serve as a transition consultant in 2021 to ensure a smooth transition for CFA’s staff, projects and clients. During his tenure as president, LaRiviere oversaw the overall leadership of the firm and took an active role in the management of firm projects, ensuring departmental progress and quality of service, and we thank him for all he has done and accomplished. As a surveyor, his work over the last 30 years has focused on legal descriptions, boundary analyses and adjustments, topographic and parcel division maps and ALTA surveys.

Kevin is looking forward to the challenges ahead and embracing the responsibility that comes with being the steward of the CFA brand that has been a staple in the northern Nevada community for nearly four decades. Kevin joined CFA 15 years ago as an employee and became a partner in 2013. He is a licensed land surveyor in Nevada and California. As president, he will be responsible for the supervision and oversight of company operations, project progress and quality, as well as financial and employee matters. He earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in land surveying and geomatics from Great Basin College in Elko, Nevada. German is past president of the Lahontan Chapter of the Nevada Association of Land Surveyors.

We would like to thank you for being a part of CFA’s success over the years. We look forward to celebrating both our 40 year milestone as well as Bob’s retirement together later in 2021. Cheers!

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Sparks Consolidated 19-01

The Sparks Consolidated project with RTC spanned four roadways in Sparks. These include: 15th Street ( from C Street to Prater Way), Franklin Way (from the Union Pacific Railroad crossing to East Greg Street), Hulda Court, and the sidewalk on the east side of El Rancho Drive. Correction of localized drainage deficiencies, reconstruction of existing ADA ramps, driveway reconstruction, and removal and replacement of the structural sections were among the repairs. As the project comes to a close in October, the rehabilitated roads and sidewalk can be seen in Sparks. CFA’s Civil Engineering team developed the plans for the road repairs and the Survey team provided the design survey and construction staking. The roadway work was completed by Spanish Springs Construction Inc.

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CFA Utilizes UAS Technology in Support of Carson City Safe Routes to School Program

Chris Heliotes, Remote Sensing Project Manager at CFA, will spend the next couple of weeks gathering data  proposed by Carson City School District  to be used to create a Master Plan to create safer conditions for student's walk to and from school. Headway Transportation, prime-consultant on the project, hopes to identify pinch points and traffic flow issues with the aerial footage. To read more about this topic or find additional updates click below.

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Can You See Yourself at CFA? Our Civil Engineering Department is Hiring.

CFA has openings for full-time: Senior Civil Designer/Project Engineer/Project Manager in our Reno office.

We are looking for someone with land development experience (commercial/industrial, multi-family, and/or single family).  The ideal candidate will work under general supervision of the Engineering Manager, and may work toward an increased leadership role—this position has excellent growth-potential.


Work will consist of any/all of the following tasks: site layout, grading/drainage/utility design, roadway design, bmp/erosion control plans, drainage and sewer reports; preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates.


 • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering required for engineering level positions.

 • 4-8 years of relevant land development experience.

 • Registration as a P.E. in the State of Nevada is preferred, but not required for the designer level position.

 • AutoCAD/Civil 3D experience.

 • Microsoft Word and Excel experience.

 • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

 • Ability to work independently or as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

 • Must be able to work in the United States without sponsorship.


Based on experience.


 • Medical/Dental/Vision insurance.

 • Long-term disability insurance.

 • 401(k) with company matching.

 • 9 paid holidays.

 • 4-1/2 day workweek.

 • Paid time off (PTO).

We are an equal opportunity employer. To confidentially apply for this position, or to request additional information, please contact Kathleen Knight, P.E., Engineering Manager

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Introducing Dave Snelgrove as Planning and Right-of-Way Manager for CFA, Inc.

CFA is pleased to announce that on June 23rd, Dave Snelgrove, AICP, will be joining our team as Planning and Right-of-Way Manager.

Dave has more than 27 years of experience in the fields of professional land use planning and right-of-way management and acquisition in Nevada and northeastern California. He has worked on a wide variety of land planning projects, including master plan and zoning code revisions, specific plans and entitlement requests and processing for most types of land development projects, public infrastructure, public facility needs assessments, planned unit developments and preliminary site investigation studies.

Dave has extensive experience working with local, state, and federal regulations and policies. His diversified experience is complemented by his educational background and understanding of economic principals as they relate to land usage, availability, reuse and development.

Dave earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Riverside and his master’s degree in economics from the University of Nevada, Reno, emphasizing his study in the areas of land resource economics and land use planning. He is a certified land use planner by the American Planning Association (APA). He is a member of the northern Nevada chapter of the APA and is the Vice President of the northern Nevada chapter of the International Right-of-Way Association (IRWA).

We are proud to welcome Dave to our team and look forward to working together on future projects.

Dave Snelgrove, AICP can be reached at or (775) 856-7073.

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Ashley Elson and Jon Lau celebrate passing their PE exams.

Some hard work and many sleepless nights have paid off for Ashley Elson and Jon Lau, who both received notification last week that they have passed their Professional Engineer examinations. The office celebrated with lunch and an impromptu cake party (chocolate, of course!)...Great work, guys - CFA is proud to show you off!

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Dan Kovach now a SITES Accredited Professional

We are pleased to share that Dan Kovach, ASLA, CFA’s Landscape Architect, is now a SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP), which means Dan is now accredited with expertise in the Sustainable SITES certification process that holds a commitment to sustainable land design and development.

Sustainable SITES Initiative supports the development of sustainable landscapes with a rating system for landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policy-makers and others. SITES is based around the concept that built landscapes can improve communities by reducing the demand placed on natural resources, sustaining and regenerating healthy ecological systems and providing community benefits like clean air and water and social gathering places.

Great work Dan!

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Sparks Rotary, KTVN Channel 2 and Bob LaRiviere Celebrate National Read Across America Day

CFA's Bob LaRiviere is a longstanding member of the Rotary Club of Sparks Centennial Sunrise. On March 2nd, they celebrated #NationalReadAcrossAmericaDay at Spanish Springs Elementary School with KTVN's Andi Guevara, SSE teachers and a whole lotta kids!

Bob and Andi read Green Eggs & Ham aloud to the group, while the kids enjoyed some authentic green eggs and ham for breakfast! The event honors author Dr. Seuss on what would have been his 112th birthday!

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CFA's Jon Lau Will 'Brave the Shave' to Fight Childhood Cancer

CFA will be making a donation to the Nevada Chapter AGC​ St. Baldrick's Team, and our own Jon Lau will "Brave the Shave" (for the THIRD time!) to raise funds for the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation​ at the Downtown Reno Ballroom on March 17, 2017.

Please consider making a donation, or, you can join the team and be in on the fun, too!

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Nevada Chapter AGC recognizes CFA with 2016 SIR Award

CFA was recognized on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the annual Nevada AGC SIR Awards Dinner as Design Professional of the Year. As a longstanding AGC member, we are proud to hold this honor. Colleagues were also recognized at the Awards: CORE Construction received the award for Contractor of the Year, PAR Electrical Contractors, Inc. was chosen as Subcontractor of the Year and Western Nevada Supply was acknowledged as Supplier of the Year.

Congratulations to the award recipients and thank you to the Nevada AGC for your support!

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Washoe County Announces Opening of Medical Examiner's New Facility

Last week, Washoe County held a ribbon cutting ceremony to announce the official opening of the new Medical Examiner’s facility on East 9th Street, just off of Wells Avenue. The $10 million complex replaces the former office located on Kirman Avenue. Updates, additional square footage and more adequate parking will enable the new office to better serve Washoe County, as well as the 18 additional counties in Nevada and northern California that currently rely on the facility for its services.

CFA provided land use planning, civil engineering, surveying and landscape architecture services for this project.

Channel 4 News covered the event:

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Dan Kovach honored with ASLA Trustee Award

CFA's Landscape Architect, Dan Kovach, was honored with the Trustee Award by the Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects at their annual banquet in December. The award is given once annually for leadership, recognizing an individual NVASLA Chapter member for significant contribution to the mission, goals and/or standing in the community of the Chapter. The recipient is selected by the current Trustee, Lucy Joyce (also pictured).

Congratulations Dan, and thank you for your hard work in our Reno-Sparks community!

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CFA Hires Catie Harrison, P.E.

Catie Harrison has over 11 years of experience in Civil Engineering, including 7 years of previous service at CFA Inc. Catie has been a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in Nevada since 2008. She will be responsible for the management of both public and private projects, including utility and roadway improvements, retail, commercial and residential development projects. She is also highly skilled in permitting, bidding and construction administration services. Catie will be an integral addition to the CFA Engineering team.

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Happy Holidays!

Our office will be closed December 23rd through January 2nd.

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CFA Joins the Northern Nevada Holiday Spirit!

The holiday season is a great time for us to show our Reno-Sparks Community just how much we care! This year, CFA gave food and funds to the Reno Rodeo Foundation, Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Evelyn Mount's Community Outreach. Our office collected more than 900 pounds of food, which was donated with goods from the Nevada Chapter Associated General Contractors (AGC) Community Outreach Committee's annual food drive.

CFA is always looking for ways to give back. We are proud of our staff and our community for their outreach efforts this holiday season!

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Lincoln Way Senior Apartments receives 2016 BANN-ER Award

CFA was recognized on Friday, November 4th at the 2016 BANN-ER Awards for their work on Lincoln Way Senior Apartments in Sparks, Nevada. The project took the award for Best Affordable Multifamily Project. We are excited to share this honor with the project’s developer, Silver Sage Manor, Inc., project architects, Harriman Kinyon Architects, Inc., the project contractor, Sunseri Construction and the Reno-Sparks Community.

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One Truckee River Management Plan recognized by APA

The Nevada American Planning Association (APA) has awarded the One Truckee River Management Plan with the 2016 American Planning Association Outstanding Environmental Plan.

CFA would like congratulate the Nevada Land Trust and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful for their hard work and contributions to the community in recognizing the Truckee River and the value it brings to the entire community.

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One Truckee River Management Plan Receives Unanimous Approval

Last week, the One Truckee River Management Plan was unanimously approved for formal adoption by the Sparks City Council, Washoe County Commission and Reno City Council. Nevada Land Trust and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful have lead the effort and partnered with over 120 stakeholder groups to develop the Plan.

CFA was responsible for writing the plan, and teamed with OnStrategy, Resource Concepts and University of Nevada, Reno.

To view the plan, click here

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Lincoln Way Senior Apartments celebrates grand opening on September 12, 2016

Another eventful week in our community with the grand opening of Lincoln Way Senior Apartments in Sparks! A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Monday, September 12, 2016, followed by a luncheon and tours of the 45-unit affordable senior housing project. Silver Sage Manor, Inc., the local nonprofit overseeing the project, also celebrated their 25th anniversary at the event.

CFA provided land planning, survey, civil design, landscape architecture and construction staking for Lincoln Way Senior Apartments. We are proud to join Silver Sage Manor, Inc. in celebrating its official opening to Sparks and its senior residents!

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Courtyard by Marriott, Reno Downtown marks grand opening on September 8, 2016

September 8th marked the official grand opening of the Courtyard by Marriott, Reno Downtown. Basin Street Properties - Reno showcased this new, 135-room hotel last week with a public gathering and tours of the property.

Located in the heart of downtown Reno, the hotel is nestled between Greater Nevada Field and the Truckee River, and hosts expansive views of the River, ballpark and downtown.

CFA provided construction surveying services to Metcalf Builders for the project, and is excited to join Basin Street Properties in celebrating its official opening to the City of Reno and its future visitors!

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CFA Hires Tyler Mascarena and Sandi Parkhurst

CFA is pleased to announce its recent hire of Tyler Mascarena, who will join the team as a Field Survey Technician. Tyler comes to CFA with more than two years of field survey experience, including work on some of Northern Nevada’s largest and most publicized recent projects. Mr. Mascarena’s skills in field survey work include construction staking for residential sub-divisions and commercial developments, Topographic/American Land Title Association (ALTA) surveying, set-back and grading/drainage lot certifications, flight panel settings for aerial sub-contractors, utility locating, setting control, monuments and sewer/storm drains, final curb and gutter staking. CFA is excited to welcome Tyler to the team.

Sandi Parkhurst has also been hired as our Office Assistant. Sandi is an undergraduate student in the College of Business at University of Nevada, Reno, and comes to CFA with a background in customer service, sales and operations. She will be an integral addition to the CFA team.

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CFA Hires Ellie Reeder as Administrative & Marketing Assistant

CFA is pleased to announce its recent hire of Ellie Reeder, who will join the team as the Administrative & Marketing Assistant.  Ellie is a graduate of San Francisco State University and brings with her more than five years of working in the industry. She is detail-oriented and brings a strong background in writing, editing and graphic design.  She will be an integral addition to the CFA team.

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