Large No. 2: Rummel, Klepper and Kahl helps employees build on their success

For The Baltimore Sun

Rummel, Klepper & Kahl has grown over the course of nearly 100 years from two people in a Saratoga Street office to more than 1,200 employees nationwide, thanks to a reputation built on what it has helped build.

Look around Maryland, and you’ll see major projects in which RK&K played a role: U.S. 50, the Inner Harbor, the Baltimore and Capital beltways, the Fort McHenry Tunnel, and the stadiums where the Orioles and Ravens play.

“There are a lot of projects that have a lot of impact on people,” said Charlie Mitchell, a project engineer at RK&K since 2014. “It’s rewarding to have a part in making things better.”

RK&K’s services includes planning, engineering design, and construction management. Its portfolio is expansive, ranging from large complexes to small facilities, and from transportation to energy pipelines to water and wastewater management. It employs about 460 people in the Baltimore area and 1,250 around the United States.

One of associate planner Sari Rothrock’s projects involves conducting an environmental assessment for a major improvement to an often-bottlenecked stretch of Interstate 95 in Virginia. She’s also working on Maryland’s recreational trails program.

“This is a really great place for me to continue to gain skills and refine myself as a planner,” said Rothrock, who joined the firm about a year and a half ago. “It’s not just the sheer breadth of projects. There’s also a very supportive atmosphere for professional development.”

Among the perks: Friday morning breakfasts, a wellness program, discounted gym memberships, and annual gatherings, including a family picnic and an ice cream social. And there’s also the thrill that comes with working from the company’s new location in the historic Candler Building, which overlooks the Inner Harbor.

“These are little extras that they don’t have to do,” Mitchell said. “But they want to do them, and that makes me feel appreciated.”

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