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Creating a Culture of Innovation at RVi


At RVi, you hear the word creativity a lot. It is listed among the firm’s values; it is why many of us chose the careers that we did; it is a trait that is celebrated and utilized every day. Up until about a year ago, we used the words creativity and innovation pretty interchangeably. As it turns out, there is an important distinction to be made between creativity and innovation – a distinction we have been exploring over the past year through education, collaboration, and a little friendly competition.

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Dennis Tonsor Promoted to Director of Planning


In recognition of his dedication and many contributions to RVi, we are happy to announce that Dennis Tonsor has been promoted to Director of Planning.

Dennis has continually demonstrated his ability to manage members of the RVi planning team while nurturing strong client relationships, and he has been instrumental in engaging with planning clients across the southwestern U.S. as an extension of our Scottsdale office. Dennis joins Gene Lukow and Peter Boecher who also share this role at RVi.

Dennis is a graduate of Kansas State University’s Landscape Architecture program and officially began his career with RVi in the Austin office in 2006, after a 1.5 year internship.

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Cemetery Team Selected for National VA IDIQ Contract


Over the past fifteen years, RVi has had the honor of providing landscape architecture and planning services for state and national veterans cemeteries across the state of Texas.  In 2016, we joined a team led by prime consultant William H. Gordon Associates (Chantilly, Virginia), to pursue an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity RFP issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The team also includes The LA Group, Kovach Design Solutions, The Onyx Group Architects, Miller-Remick, Modjeski and Masters, ECS, Davidson Brown, MBP, and GIS Inc.

The award of this IDIQ contract to our team in 2017 has propelled our veterans cemetery practice well beyond Texas, with new projects throughout the United States. Since being selected, our team has received task orders for cemetery expansions at the South Florida National Cemetery (Lake Worth, FL) and at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh, PA), with more opportunities forthcoming. At the South Florida National Cemetery, we are providing landscape architecture and cemetery planning services for a project that includes 21,750 new gravesites, 6,000 new columbarium niches, memorial walls, and general upgrades throughout the cemetery. This project is somewhat unique for the VA because it is being delivered as a Design/Build project in order to accelerate design and construction. Our work on the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Pennsylvania is just getting underway.

RVi is proud to have the opportunity to work in service of America’s veterans and their loved ones, and we are excited that this work is taking us to new and interesting places across the U.S.  To read more about our approach to veterans cemetery design, take a look at this article we published on the subject last year.

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