Lakeland, FL – December 31, 2020 – Chastain-Skillman, LLC (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


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