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Employee Spotlight: Rick Whipple

Rick is a Senior CAD Designer with over thirty years of experience in the industry.  Twenty five of those years have been spent at Beals + Thomas. His wealth of experience and understanding of B+T’s means and methods are invaluable to the firm and fellow co-workers. Currently, Rick provides civil and site design services for land development projects for the firm’s industrial, commercial, and residential clients. As a senior CAD technician, Rick supports internal design groups and the survey department with preparation of various plans using AutoCAD, Land Development Desktop, Civil 3D, AutoTURN, and ArcMap 9.3 GIS software. In addition to his project work, Rick provides CAD management and QA/QC throughout the firm, working with CAD users to review and monitor existing systems, practices and procedures, and developing defined graphic standards.


Rick is an avid sports fan and music enthusiast. When not at a sporting event with his family, Rick can be found performing music in some of the local establishments in the area.

Newly-renovated Betty Price Playground

On August 30th B+T was honored to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly-renovated Betty Price Playground. Named after the late Elizabeth "Betty" Price, a woman who led the way for African American women in Worcester, park improvements include a new ADA accessible playground, a fitness area, shade shelter, new picnic tables and benches, and a new park sign, among others.

The grand opening featured lively music, while children played on the new playground equipment and neighbors grilled. This event was a true representation of the positive spirit of Betty Price. B+T is proud to have provided design and construction administration services for this very important neighborhood park.

Surveyor of the Year

Beals + Thomas congratulates Ian Wisuri, Professional Land Surveyor and Associate, for being named Surveyor of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers. Ian previously served as the MALSCE Central MA Chapter Secretary, Vice President, and Director. Ian’s wife Debbie, his children Ivan, Simone, and Joseph, and his mother Joanne were present at the awards ceremony (pictured here). B+T is very proud to have Ian on our team!

Recent Team Member Accolades

Congratulations to Mark Benson, one of our Professional Land Surveyors, whose preparation of an As-Built Plan for a property in Cambridge, MA was voted #1 at the 2019 MALSCE Convention for Data Accumulation/Existing Conditions Plan! Mark is a repeat winner of the MALSCE Plan Contest, and was recently promoted to Associate. Great job, Mark!

Company Promotions

We are delighted to announce that Mark Benson, PLS, Sarah Stearns, PWS, and Kirk Aubuchont, PLS have all been promoted to Associate at Beals + Thomas.


Congratulations to all on this wonderful achievement!

Meet Mary Kate Schneeweis

We’d like to introduce you to Mary Kate Schneeweis, an Environmental Specialist. Over her six years at the company, Mary Kate has developed a thorough understanding of a wide variety of regulatory programs, which she has applied to projects ranging from ecological improvement efforts to the construction of large-scale energy facilities. Her knowledge of GIS software and readily-available sources of data allows her to supplement permit applications and planning efforts with detailed graphics that identify regulatory constraints. She particularly enjoys applying her educational background in coastal processes to the permitting of resiliency improvements, as well as facilitating discussions about planning for climate change in her role as a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness provider. An avid fan of tabletop gaming, Mary Kate can be found rolling dice at local conventions on her days off. In addition, she is currently designing her own role-playing game inspired by horror movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s. If you think Mary Kate might be an asset to your upcoming projects, please feel free to give us a call at 508-366-0560.

250 North Street Topping-off

– Cambridge, MA 

Beals+Thomas congratulates Divco West Real Estate Investments on the topping-off of 250 North Street, a 430,000 sf office/lab building that includes 17,000 sf of retail space located at Cambridge Crossing. Beals+Thomas provided land surveying, civil engineering and permitting assistance services for the project. The building will be the future North American headquarters of multinational health technology company Royal Philips. 

Completion of AVA North Point

- Cambridge, MA

Beals+Thomas congratulates AvalonBay Communities on the completion of AVA North Point, a 265-unit residential community located at 2 Leighton Street in Cambridge. This project is the third of three residential projects designed by Beals+Thomas on this property since 2003 which includes Avalon North Point and the Avalon North Point Lofts. 

Completion of the 8-Arch Bridge Restoration

- Holliston, MA

Beals+Thomas Congratulates the Town of Holliston, MA on completing the restoration of the 8-Arch Bridge, part of the Upper Charles Rail Trail. Beals+Thomas provided graphic and permitting support to the project. Beals+Thomas Landscape Architect, Robert Weidknecht, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. 


Hingham Selectmen’s Cup

- Hingham, MA

Beals+Thomas was proud to support the Town of Hingham in the Selectmen’s Cup event at the South Shore Country Club! Pictured here are Roger Fernandes, Hingham Town Engineer, and Eric Las, of Beals+Thomas.

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