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Jim Soltesz Speaks to the Future of Engineering

Supporting Local STEM Programs

Jim Soltesz, PE, President and CEO of LSA, recently presented to the Learning Engineering and Design (LEAD) class at Elizabeth Seton High School. Jim discussed the various roles available in civil engineering to give the students insight into opportunities that lie ahead as they begin to prepare for college.

Elizabeth Seton High School’s LEAD program is a new initiative to prepare girls interested in engineering and technology for college level courses. It combines science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into one curriculum allowing students to develop knowledge, capabilities, and critical thinking skills into problem solving learning.

LSA recognizes the importance of STEM programs and of educating students early in the field of engineering. The entire staff supports efforts to diversify the workforce, including LEAD’s future women engineers.

LSA Ranked #9 in ENR Annual Sourcebook

Top Design Firm in Multi-Unit Residential

LSA has been ranked in Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top Design Firms in General Building published in their annual Sourcebook. The firm is ranked #9 nationwide in the Multi-Unit Residential category. This category included the 25 top earners for the previous year, many of which are internationally renowned.

In 2011 alone, LSA worked on significant multi-family projects such as Potomac Overlook at National Harbor, Martens, Abberly Square Apartments, Upper Rock District, 1900 Chapman Avenue (former Syms Site), Bowie Mill, and Westphalia Town Center.

Every year, ENR conducts a survey of large general contractors, engineers and architects from around the world. Firms based in the United States can participate in the survey by completing the ENR Top 100/400/500 survey. LSA is pleased that our continual growth and supportive clients have allowed us to earn this distinction.

Awards & Recognition

LSA is very proud to have been a part of projects throughout the Metropolitan area that have received recognition for unique designs and features.

Land Development Council, Project of the Year

Poplar Run

Poplar Run, a 308-acre community located in Silver Spring, MD, was awarded Project of the Year in the Residential category by the Land Development Council. Incorporating the principles of green living, universal design, and efficient use of space, the development provides a sense of place and environmental beauty for the entire community.


MNCBIA, 2012 Environmental Award for Land Development

Smallwood Village

Smallwood Village Pond in Waldorf, MD was awarded an Environmental Award by MNCBIA. LSA provided design plans that repaired erosion at the shorelines around the lake, removed the silt island at the intake, and created a forebay utilizing an underwater berm. As a result of these improvements, the pond has been restored to its original splendor, and families are able to utilize the area again to walk, fish, and play.


AGC of Metro DC, Washington Contractors Awards for the Design Build and BIM Project Design Build Categories

P-166 Energetics System and Technology Laboratory Complex

P-166 Energetics System and Technology Laboratory Complex NSWC Indian Head received a Washington Contractors Award in the categories of Design Build and BIM Design Build for Contractors in the $75 - $150 Million range. The 3-story LEED Silver facility includes lab space, inert work space, office space, and a secure area.


Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects, 2012 Award of Honor

CASA de Maryland Muticultural Center

CASA de Maryland Multicultural Center received the 2012 Award of Honor in the Historic Preservation category by the Virginia Society of AIA. The Center is the largest Latino and immigrant services organization in Maryland and is located in the restored McCormick-Goodhart Mansion in Langley Park.