November 14 2017

Christine Anderson to Serve As CLARB President

Mark Thomas’ Christine Anderson has been elected the President of the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) 2017–2018 Board of Directors, which she will serve through September 30, 2018. As President, Christine will serve as an ambassador and liaison to industry organizations and allied professions. Within CLARB, she will focus on leadership development, diversity and foresight.

Christine is an integral member of our Landscape Architecture and Urban Design division, preparing planning and construction documents for streetscapes, bridges, active transportation, downtown revitalizations, and park and recreation projects.

She previously served CLARB in the roles of President-Elect (2016-2017), Vice President (2015-2016), Treasurer (2013–2015), Region 5 Director (2011–2013), a member of CLARB’s Board Self-Assessment Workgroup (2012–Present) and a member of the Task Analysis Focus Group (2010–2011).


Since 1970, CLARB has been dedicated to ensuring that all individuals who affect the natural and built environment through the practice of landscape architecture are sufficiently qualified to do so. CLARB works to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare by establishing and promoting professional licensure standards for education, experience and examination required for the profession of landscape architecture. CLARB’s members include the licensure boards that regulate the profession of landscape architecture in the United States; District of Columbia; Puerto Rico; and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.

September 21 2017

Transforming Downtown Sacramento for Park(ing) Day

Last weekend we participated in the American Society of Landscape Architects’ California Sierra Chapter annual Park(ing) Day event in Downtown Sacramento. Park(ing) Day temporarily transforms on-street parking spaces into creative mini-parks designed to illustrate alternative uses of public space and celebrate what makes Sacramento special. Located right at the front steps of the state capitol, the theme for this year’s event was “Creative Capitol”.

To create a fun and engaging environment for attendees and highlight the changing face of Downtown Sacramento, the Mark Thomas parklet’s centerpiece was a Caplinko game – a take on the classic Plinko game from The Price is Right, but with a special Sacramento twist. To support the game, volunteers constructed a living room area from colorfully painted repurposed wood pallets, placed potted plants and synthetic turf, and conducted an informal opinion survey of the potential redevelopment of the Capitol Mall corridor. The Caplinko board itself featured the Capitol Mall corridor and landmarks in the surrounding area, with players aiming for various prizes at the bottom.

The event was a huge success – we had a blast coming up with the game and chatting with everyone that stopped by to play. It was also a great opportunity to show community members the benefit and ease of adding public gathering spaces in even the most urban environments. We are already planning for next year!

Check out our Caplinko game in action here:

Special thanks to our sponsors Village Nurseries, ARC Document Solutions, Riot Creative Imaging, and Purchase Green Artificial Grass.

June 12 2017

Julie Passalacqua to Lead Mark Thomas’ Structures Group

Mark Thomas is proud to announce that Julie Passalacqua, PE has been promoted to leader of our statewide Structures Division. Our Structures Division engineers partner with clients to deliver transportation, flood control, and wastewater structures projects throughout California. This includes the design of new bridges, bridge replacements and rehabilitations, retaining walls, soundwalls, flood walls, water reservoirs, pump station housings, and other structures.

Julie has been with Mark Thomas since 2006, and in that time has established herself as a trusted client partner, excellent mentor, and accomplished structures designer. She has managed dozens of structures projects statewide, including Highway Bridge Program (HBP) bridge rehabilitations and replacements; freeway overcrossings, undercrossings, and interchange structures; railroad grade separations; and pedestrian trail bridges and overcrossings.

Julie is actively involved in the WTS Sacramento Chapter and co-chairs TransportationYOU, where she mentors young women ages 13-18 and provides an introduction to a career in transportation engineering.

May 24 2017

Our Innovations Move California Forward

Mark Thomas recently participated in Caltrans District 8’s innovation fair in San Bernardino. The fair was an opportunity for Caltrans, consultants, and other agencies to come together and show how their innovative designs have improved California’s transportation infrastructure. As an exhibitor, we highlighted how our innovative solutions are creating benefits at the following interchanges:


March 1 2017

Mark Thomas Employees Celebrate Rebranding

We recently revealed our rebranding with a companywide party at Make Westing in downtown Oakland. Not only did it allow our Mark Thomas team members to preview our new look ahead of the pu blic release, but it was a great opportunity to connect and network with colleagues from across the state, both old and new.

February 20 2017

Bay Area Employees Give Back

Mark Thomas team members recently participated in a volunteer event at Second Harvest Food Bank. On a quarterly basis, our team members help the food bank by sorting donations at Second Harvest Cypress Center in San Jose. Second Harvest distributes more than one million pounds of nutritious food each week to low-income people in in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

February 20 2017

Keeping Up to Date at the CTF Forum

Mark Thomas team members recently attended the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) Forum. The Forum, which we attend annually, provides an opportunity to connect with our clients and teaming partners, and hear the latest updates on California transportation legislation from lawmakers and administrators.

We are proud to be a legacy sponsor of CTF, helping them meet their goals of providing assistance and mentorship to the transportation industry’s current and future leaders, and supporting those in need within the transportation industry.