Lakeland, FL – December 31, 2020 – Chastain-Skillman, Inc. (CS) announced today that Christopher B. Sipe, PE is retiring from his role of Senior Project Manager at Chastain-Skillman, effective December 31st, 2020.

Mr. Sipe joined the CS team on June 3rd, 1985 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. Since the beginning of his career at CS, Mr. Sipe has continually aided in progressing the firm’s reach within the community, pursuing new markets and advancing CS’s partnerships with clients who have continued to rely on the firm as their sole provider of professional engineering services for over 30 years. His areas of expertise included infrastructure design and stormwater/utilities design and permitting, with projects centered around the engineering and planning of commercial complexes, industrial parks, and recreational facilities in Central Florida.

“Chris made significant contributions not only to Chastain-Skillman’s growth over the last 35 years but has also made a distinctive impact on the Lakeland community.” said Chastain-Skillman CEO, Jay Chastain. “We have greatly valued Chris’s ability to effectively manage multiple high-level projects and form authentic, genuine relationships with clientele. Our firm has benefitted greatly from his focus on consistency and execution, his attention to detail ensuring we complete projects correctly, on budget, and on time. I am thankful for Chris’ time at Chastain-Skillman and wish Chris and his family all the best following his retirement.”

Chastain-Skillman Owner and Sr. Consultant, Dr. Jim Chastain, PE, has worked with Mr. Sipe since his first day at Chastain-Skillman.

“I have been privileged to work with Chris over his entire career”, says Dr. Chastain.  “Having hired Chris as a young civil engineer out of the University of Florida, he quickly became an integral part of our Civil Engineering team.  He specialized in heavy commercial and industrial site design and although many don’t realize it, he has been a key factor in the growth of warehousing and industrial businesses in Lakeland and Polk County.  These projects can have more than their share of pressure and Chris managed them with quiet, steady professionalism that I greatly admired.  I offer him my personal thanks for a career well done and best wishes for a long and enjoyable retirement.”


About Chastain-Skillman

Chastain-Skillman is a leading engineering firm that has been headquartered in Lakeland, Florida since 1950.  Our company provides Civil and Environmental Engineering and Land Surveying services as well as Hazardous Waste Evaluations, and Construction Management/Inspection.  At Chastain-Skillman, we treasure our role in creating thriving communities, always respecting the impact our work has on their foundations and their futures.  For more information, visit chastainskillman.com

Chastain-Skillman recently hired Lennie Arnold, PE as the new Vice President of Operations.  Mr. Arnold has over 35 years of experience in the industry and has played a large role in the growth of Central Florida throughout the course of his career.

In his new role, Arnold will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the company.  Arnold’s addition to the team will boost business development, create opportunities for employee success and provide quality assurance for clients and partners.

Before joining the Chastain-Skillman team, Arnold worked as VP/Director of Planning and Design at S&ME.  Prior to that, he worked as a Business Unit Manager for AMEC Earth and Environmental, a Project Manager for HNTB, the President of Southeast Bridge and Concrete, Inc. and an Estimator at Arnold Construction Company.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University.

“Hiring Lennie is a significant addition to the CS Team,” said Chastain-Skillman CEO, Jay Chastain.  “I believe he has the capability to take our company to a new level of growth and development.  He has the knowledge and experience to be an ideal advocate for both clients and employees.  I can’t wait to see his impact on our firm.”

Chastain-Skillman is a leading engineering firm that has been headquartered in Lakeland, Florida since 1950.  The company provides Civil, Environmental, and Water & Wastewater Engineering in addition to Geology/Hydrogeology, Construction Management/Inspections, and Land Surveying.  CS professionals have delivered thousands of projects throughout Florida, including parks, municipal facilities, roadways, schools, commercial & residential developments and utility improvements.  For more information, visit chastainskillman.com

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We’re starting a new photo series where we share what our team memberS are up to in their free time! First up is our assistant director of survey, Jeff, who went to a cabin in Blue Ridge, GA last weekend for vacation with friends.   While they were there, they booked a white water rafting […]

Chastain-Skillman, Inc. was founded as Lakeland Engineering Associates in 1950 to provide reliable, local civil engineering services to Polk County. Today, we are proud to celebrate our 70th anniversary!

Over the past 70 years, Chastain-Skillman (CS) has grown into a leading engineering firm that provides expert survey, civil, and environmental engineering services. Over the years, our team has delivered thousands of projects throughout Florida, including municipal and county infrastructure, parks, roadways, schools commercial and residential developments, and utility improvements. CS’s innovative concepts and advanced design work have played a major role in the growth and development of Polk County’s infrastructure. In fact, no other firm has completed as many engineering projects in the area.

While our company has undergone many changes in our 70 years, our principles have remained constant:

  • We value honesty and integrity.
  • We value the success of our clients. Their success is our success.
  • We value the needs of our community.
  • We value expertise.
  • We value a dynamic and collaborative working environment for our staff.

We are proud to celebrate our 70-year milestone with our staff, clients and community — and we look forward to the many years to come!


About Chastain-Skillman

Chastain-Skillman is a leading engineering firm that has been headquartered in Lakeland, Florida since 1950.  Our company provides Civil and Environmental Engineering and Land Surveying services as well as Hazardous Waste Evaluations, and Construction Management/Inspection.  At Chastain-Skillman, we treasure our role in creating thriving communities, always respecting the impact our work has on their foundations and their futures.  For more information, visit chastainskillman.com

Chastain-Skillman (CS) was honored to support the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) as it broke ground on January 15th, 2020 for its “Project SkyLab” facility expansion at the Sun ‘n Fun Expo, located at the Lakeland Linder International Airport.

The CS survey team visited the Academy of Engineering at George Jenkins High School, to teach students the basics of surveying. Sharing their personal experiences as surveyors, our team members spent time demonstrating the purpose of various tools used when completing projects and even gave students an opportunity to use the tools in the field.

Circling a retention pond surveyed by the CS team in previous years, our crew demonstrated tactics and practices used in the surveying industry. For example, students learned how crewmembers measure the volume of water the retention pond can hold. Knowing this helps engineers understand whether or not they need to make physical adjustments to the ground so that water run-off and other environmental factors don’t allow the retention pond to overflow, thus causing a flooding hazard in the surrounding area. Students then had a chance to work with the tools, ask questions and learn about our internship program.

CS Surveyors teach George Jenkins students the basics of surveying.

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