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Lamp Rynearson

January 29, 2019 by

Industry leader Lamp Rynearson leverages their engineering, landscape architecture, and survey experience to meet client needs for any sized project. The purpose-driven company knows its infrastructure work lasts generations, thus it creates enduring, yet socially-environmentally
responsible designs.

“It’s about being stewards,” President and CEO Nancy Pridal said.

An expanded footprint sparked a recent rebranding.

“Operating under four names in different office locations impeded us from pushing forward as one company with the same culture,” Pridal said. “Rebranding is an opportunity to step back and say, ‘We are Lamp Rynearson–and we are proud of that legacy.’”

Engineering News Record ranks Lamp Rynearson among the top 500 design firms.

“We’re proud of where we are from a growth standpoint,” Pridal said. “Our strategy right now is about organic growth. We want to grow in a measured way so that we maintain our culture.”

Its employee-owners are the authors of a lived purpose statement: “To leave a legacy of enduring improvements to our communities, while perpetuating our company for future generations.”

Their core values include fostering employees’ professional and personal development, advancing the firm’s professions and communities, and making innovation, creativity, and quality the
company’s hallmark.

“Commitment to integrity, honesty, and ethics…is something we all buy into,” Pridal said. “I can’t stand up in front of my team and say this is how we’re going to be if I’m not leading in that way.”

She herself serves on various boards and is a 2019 ICAN Leadership Award winner. Employees donate time and resources.

Pridal said, “Leadership has to be about looking at the bigger picture and holding us accountable for the things we say we’re going to do and how we’re going to do it. It’s also thinking about what the future is going to look like and how we drive that.”

The firm helps forecast the industry’s future through Engineering Change Lab USA.

“We are jumping into that conversation at a national level through this initiative. We are proud of being engineers and of the work we do. We want to make sure we stay relevant and viable regardless of changes in technology or the environment. We’re not going to put our head in the sand. We stand in the fire of change and agility.”

Staying agile requires a free flow of ideas.

“Our human resource strategy uses a new performance-based communication training. We’re enhancing our ability to have direct conversations by showing empathy while holding each other accountable.”

Another way is by maintaining a fresh talent stream.

“We have great success bringing young people into the company and retaining them,” Pridal said. “Several veteran project managers came in as interns. We’ve developed an apprenticeship program and have a strong relationship with ACE Mentor Program of America.”

A legacy of servant leadership, project management, and technical expertise have kept Lamp Rynearson at the cutting edge through 60 years—but the firm’s strength is its dynamic people.

14710 West Dodge Road, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68154


A Conversation with Nancy Pridal

May 15, 2017 by

Scott Anderson: What are the biggest changes that the engineering industry will face in the future?

Nancy Pridal: Understanding the implications of tomorrow’s technology on how we do business today is a bit of an unknown. We have to resist the “success as usual” syndrome and continue exploring opportunities in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, the internet of things, etc.

Scott Anderson: Can you give me an example?

Nancy Pridal: The distinction between who addresses infrastructure needs are becoming blurred. Tech firms like Amazon, Verizon, Google, and Apple are all jumping into infrastructure issues, autonomous vehicles, and smart cities. They’re actively seeking solutions. These were historically led by engineers. As an industry, we need to be at the table. Understanding and participating in these conversations at the highest level is critical now.

Scott Anderson: So, what is the impact that the engineering industry is experiencing today?

Nancy Pridal: At an educational level, engineering schools are reassessing core curriculum that hasn’t dramatically changed since the ’50s. Current pedagogy is being examined to produce the engineers we need for the future.

Another big issue for the industry is attracting diversity to STEM. While the field of engineering is continually expanding and can provide abundant opportunities for women and minorities in technical and leadership roles, these groups are still greatly underrepresented. The main reason women leave engineering is company culture, so it’s critical that we understand the impact of culture on women in the industry.

To engage youth in our community, Lamp Rynearson has taken a lead role in advocating for the ACE Mentor Program, which encourages high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction. It’s essential for the engineering industry to align its culture and policies so it attracts and develops a diverse group of professionals who will add the most value in this exciting future.

Scott Anderson: Are there any signs of the future impacting the present state of engineering?

Nancy Pridal: From a construction standpoint, we have seen an increase in “stringless paving” that has changed what we provide for construction administration and staking services. Drones and other new technology are already becoming go-to technologies in our field. 

Scott Anderson: So, if engineers are not involved in surveying and other traditional engineering tasks, what roles will they play?

Nancy Pridal: Lamp Rynearson is leading this discussion with peer firms now, to ensure that as a company and as an industry we are keeping pace, if not leading the way, toward future advances in our field. The key for us is to remain nimble and open-minded to anticipate the future needs of the communities we serve.

We must be continuous questioners and continuous learners to serve the continually changing needs of our communities. As engineers, it’s who we are. There’s a book called A Whole New Engineer by David Goldberg and Mark Somerville, which forecasts what it’s going to take for the engineer of the future to advance the places where we live and work.

Nancy Pridal, Lamp Rynearson & Associates senior vice president, is a civil engineer strategist with widespread project and client management, strategic planning, leadership development, and geographic expansion experience. With offices in Nebraska, Colorado, and the Kansas City area, Lamp Rynearson claims a varied and extensive list of civil engineering, landscape architecture, and survey services.

Scott Anderson is CEO of Doubledare, a coaching, consulting, and search firm.














This column was printed in the Summer 2017 edition of B2B.