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Welcome Rob Burchfield
Toole Design Group is pleased to announce that Robert Burchfield has accepted the position of Regional Engineering Director and will manage our Portland, Oregon office. Rob brings nearly three decades of experience as a traffic engineer in the City of Portland, including 16 years as the City Traffic Engineer. Among Rob’s proudest accomplishments is helping to establish Portland as one of the most multimodal cities in North America. During his tenure at the City, Rob managed a staff of over 130 and was responsible for a variety of modal programs over the years, including bicycles, pedestrians, streetcars, light rail trains, buses and motor vehicles.

Inspired by a study tour to Amsterdam and Copenhagen, Rob was responsible for implementing many new and innovative design treatments on Portland’s streets. His experience spurred him to conceive and lead the development of the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide. Rob’s achievements earned him the 2009 Public Sector Professional of the Year award from the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Rob on board,” said Jennifer Toole, President. “He has a wealth of experience in municipal transportation issues and will be a tremendous resource to our clients throughout North America, many of whom look to Portland for inspiration. Rob has a knack for getting innovative projects on the ground – he has an engineer’s eye for detail, and a track record of building vibrant urban streets.”

Starting April 1st, you can reach Rob at

Come and visit us at our NEW Portland Office!
Rob is joining Adrian Witte, PE in our new digs in downtown Portland:
Toole Design Group
Spalding Building – Suite 410
319 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR 97204

Moving Up!

We are pleased to announce the following staff promotions:

RJ Eldridge has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he will work with Jennifer Toole to strengthen Toole Design Group’s national presence and provide support to branch offices, oversee our Planning practice on a national level, and continue to work on key company projects. Read more>

Ciara Schlichting, AICP, has been appointed to Toole Design Group’s Board of Directors. Ciara is the Director our Twin Cities office, where she leads an exceptional team of engineers, planners and landscape architects. Read more>
Alia Anderson has been named Planning Director for the Mid-Atlantic Region. In less than two years, Alia has established herself as an indispensable leader in Toole Design Group’s Silver Spring, MD office. Read more>

Did You Know?
Toole Design Group has grown – we now have over 80 full-time staff members in 9 offices.

We have openings in six of our offices – click here to see our latest job postings.

We are a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise in over 35 states, including the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Click here to see where we’re registered.
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