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There’s always a buzz about CFA, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are proud of the work we do and the excitement we help create. Have a look at the latest news to come out of CFA.

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.

Chris Heliotes joins CFA as Remote Sensing Project Manager

CFA is pleased to announce that Chris Heliotes has joined team at CFA, Inc as Remote Sensing Project Manager.  Chris brings an extensive depth and breadth of expertise in modern remote sensing technologies that will expand CFA’s current offering of aerial surveying and mapping services to include other aspects of remote sensing technology including aerial photogrammetry, 3D laser scanning, aerial and terrestrial LiDaR, and Building Information Modeling (BIM).  Throughout his 21 years of experience in land Surveying he has worked on a wide variety of projects in fields ranging from heavy construction, power infrastructure, and cadastral to high-tech industrial, marine, and heritage preservation. For the past decade, Chris has dedicated himself to the promotion and development of Remote Sensing methodologies. Chris is also an FAA Certified Part 107 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pilot.

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:

Mike Wilhelm, P.E., Engineering Manager

CFA Welcomes Mike Wilhelm as Principal and Engineering Manager

We are pleased to announce that Mike Wilhelm, P.E., W.R.S. has joined our team as principal and engineering manager.

Wilhelm has more than 18 years of civil engineering experience. He has worked on countless private sector and public works projects, emphasizing his practice in infrastructure analysis and design. Some of his past projects include network hydraulic modeling, water facilities master planning, water transmission and distribution design, roadway design and rehabilitation, and site civil engineering. Wilhelm has had exposure and experience in a variety of disciplines, which has provided him the opportunity to bring unique solutions to his projects.

Wilhelm is a Nevada native and earned his Bachelor of Science in biology and his master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno. Wilhelm is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and has been elected to serve as President of the ASCE Nevada Section for 2018.  He previously served the professional community as the President of the ASCE Truckee Meadows Branch in 2012 and as member of the ASCE Committee for America’s Infrastructure from 2013-2015.  Wilhelm was recognized for his community leadership in 2012 as a recipient of the Twenty Under 40 Award, presented by the Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network and the Reno Gazette-Journal.  He was also honored as the 2007 Young Civil Engineer of the Year by the ASCE Truckee Meadows Branch.

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.

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!

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!

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:

Happy Holidays!

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

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!

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.

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.

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

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!

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!

CFA Hires Tyler Mascarena

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.

CFA Celebrates 35 Years In Business

After 35 years in business, CFA has plenty of reasons to be excited about the future. Established in 1981 by Robert (Bob) Churn and Alex Fittinghoff, CFA maintains the same philosophy that started the company.  We ask only the most qualified, most passionate people to join our team. We keep them happy by fostering a positive, healthy work environment. That in turn results in great work that keeps our clients happy. Throughout its 35 years in business, CFA has grown into a multi-disciplinary firm specializing in civil engineering, surveying, land use planning and landscape architecture. Our employees focus on providing quality work and services to local governments and private developers throughout Northern Nevada. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate 35 years in business, and want to thank everyone who has helped to make CFA a success.