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 […]

Chastain-Skillman is proud to be providing civil engineering and survey services for Summit Consulting’s new office building on Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland.  Summit has recently broken ground on the new 135,000-square-foot building that will house 500 employees.  The building will also include a parking lot that has 450 spaces […]

Wishing a special congratulations to one of our Project Engineers, Drew Morson, for receiving the ASCE Ridge Branch Young Engineer of the Year award! We are proud to have Drew on our team at Chastain-Skillman — thank you for all of the hard work you put in day in and […]

International Women’s Day is a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. To mark International Women’s Day 2020 (Sunday, March 8th), we’ve asked 4 of our female engineers to tell us about their careers and what they’ve learned during their time within the industry. […]

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 […]

Chastain-Skillman would like to congratulate our Assistant Survey Director, Jeff Ammerman, on receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Geomatics from University of Florida on Saturday.  Jeff joins CS’s group of Gator Grads who work in our Survey, Marketing, Accounting, Administration, Environmental Risk, and Engineering departments.  GO GATORS!

The Highlands News-Sun recently published an article highlighting the construction of the new Sebring roundabout.  The roundabout is part of the larger Sebring Parkway project, which was designed by Chastain-Skillman.  The Sebring Parkway connects the City of Sebring to the City of Avon Park. Chastain-Skillman was contracted by Highlands County […]

Exciting things are happening here at Chastain-Skillman! Our very own Drew Morson was elected to be the new American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Ridge Branch President for the 2019-2020 year. In addition to overseeing the branch, Drew’s duties will include coordinating future events with the vice president, encouraging joint […]

Chastain-Skillman was honored to accept the Grand Award for the PK Avenue project from the American Council of Engineering Consultants of Florida (ACEC-FL).  Chastain-Skillman engineers Jason Alligood and Jim Chastain attended the awards banquet on Friday, July 26th with Jay Hood from S&ME and Jeff Tillman from the City of […]

Chastain-Skillman is proud of our Marketing Coordinator, Pam Rodriguez, who recently wrote a script for a short film that was filmed last weekend in Lakeland. Rodriguez wrote the film, “¡Come!,” while a student at Florida Southern College (FSC). The film is being funded and produced by FSC, NFocus Studios, and […]

Chastain-Skillman Intern, Megan Sheeran was recently recognized in an article by Florida Polytechnic University in a news series focusing on female students, faculty, and alumni for Women’s History Month. We are proud of Megan and the contribution she provides to Chastain-Skillman as a data engineer!  To view the full article, […]

Chastain-Skillman is proud to announce that the PK Avenue project for the City of Auburndale was chosen as a GRAND Award Winner for Engineering Excellence in Water & Stormwater Engineering by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Florida. Other grand award winners included: Walt Disney Imagineering’s Pandora the […]

Chastain-Skillman is proud to have been on the team that designed Florida Polytechnic’s Student Development Center that was recently featured on the international ArchDaily website. CS provided survey, permitting, engineering design and construction observation services.  Click here to view the article highlighting the Student Development Center. *Photo Credit: Chad Baumer […]

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) WaterMatters blog highlighted one of Chastain-Skillman’s recent projects – Pilaklakaha (PK) Avenue in Auburndale. Chastain-Skillman worked with the City of Auburndale on the ambitious redevelopment of PK Avenue (a 3,300 LF roadway) using a complete street concept to improve aesthetics, vehicle and pedestrian […]

Osceola County hosted a ribbon cutting on Friday, August 17th to celebrate the grand re-opening of Austin-Tindall Park in Kissimmee, Florida. This project included the rehabilitation of the existing Multi-Purpose Fields to FIFA standards and the construction of two additional Multi-Purpose Fields. Additionally, a Championship Soccer Field was constructed, along […]

Chastain-Skillman was honored to be part of the PK Avenue Ribbon Cutting in Auburndale, Florida on Monday, August 13th.  The Ribbon Cutting celebrated the recent redevelopment of PK Avenue, which transformed the western gateway to Downtown Auburndale. Chastain-Skillman provided planning, survey, design and permitting services for this project.  Our civil […]

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” Marian Wright Edelman Our survey team took a field trip last week to do just that. At the Academy of Engineering located in George Jenkins High School, students had the […]

Chastain-Skillman salutes our dedicated surveyors who always go above and beyond to get the job done.  Their hard work is what everything else in our business rests on.  All of our engineering projects starts with survey.  THANK YOU for all that you do!

As a Lakeland based firm, Chastain-Skillman loves our community.  That’s why we’re a member of the Lakeland Economic Development Council (LEDC) and proudly support YLakeland. YLakeland is an initiative of the LEDC whose goal is to connect young professionals with the community.  This education program keeps community members up-to-date on […]

When Hurricane Irma disrupted the lives of Floridians last month, many issues were brought to mind that usually go unnoticed in our day-to-day lives.  Namely, how does flooding and a widespread loss of power impact our community?  What kind of infrastructure is in place to sustain us during a crisis? […]

Recently, our environmental engineering department designed a new reclaimed water storage tank in Auburndale and we are proud to announce that it got nominated for Tank of the Year!  This tank provides reclaimed water for the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex, Florida Polytechnic University and the Polk Parkway, Pace Road and […]

After almost 30 years in our office in South Lakeland, Chastain-Skillman is packing up and moving downtown! “Our firm loves the community we work in and is a huge supporter of the revitalization of downtown Lakeland.  It just made sense to move our office to the heart of our city.  […]

Lakeland, FL – August 30, 2017 – Chastain-Skillman has packed up our boxes and moved our Winter Haven office to a new location!  Though we have changed offices, we remain in the downtown area, providing close proximity to our winter Haven clients. Chastain-Skillman is a locally-owned consulting firm that has […]

Chastain-Skillman’s Winter Haven office is moving to a new location!

Chastain-Skillman is proud to be teaming with The Lunz Group, WMB-ROI, KCMH Architects, Marcobay Construction and Wesley Beck on Catapult 2.0 – the renovation, redesign and construction of the new Catapult headquarters, located in the 92 year old Lakeland Cash Feed Building. A documentary team comprised of Caleb Randall of […]

As the Florida landscape continues to grow and develop, how do we address increasing water demands?  Expanding the scope of water reuse systems is a major way to improve overall water sustainability, conserving water for the future. The City of Auburndale (City) sought to decrease their demand for groundwater withdrawal […]

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded HuntonBrady Architects the 2017 Orlando Built Award of Excellence for their work on the Hollis Cancer Center at Lakeland Regional Health. Chastain-Skillman was honored to work with HuntonBrady Architects on the addition to the Hollis Cancer Center.  The addition provided 40 new chemotherapy […]

Chastain-Skillman created a boat that was “engineered to win” for the Haines City Cardboard Boat Challenge on Lake Eva last Saturday.  Our “Stormwater Troopers” boat won the Leadership award for the boat’s theme and design, which encouraged the protection of our lakes.  Our vessel not only looked good, but also was fast – earning […]

United Way of Central Florida does such a great job of addressing the needs in our community.  The CS team is honored to do our part to help!

Lakeland, Florida was recently ranked #16 in a national list compiling the 20 Best Places People are Moving to in the U.S.  This list was created by studying the net migration in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States over a five year period (2010-2014).  In short, where are people moving?  […]

Lakeland’s Lake Mirror Park was recently named in the Top 10 Public Spaces List, created by the American Planning Association.  Chastain-Skillman worked in conjunction Glatting Jackson of Orlando to provide civil engineering and design services for the Lake Mirror Promenade and Parks System, which included: Barnett Family Park Allen Kryger […]

Chastain-Skillman’s GIS & Biological Sciences Intern, Daniel Gessman, was recently acknowledged in the publication: The record-breaking 2015 hurricane season in the eastern North Pacific: An analysis of environmental conditions.  The publication was featured by Geophysical Research Letters and was also presented at the 32nd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology […]

  When challenged with constructing a boat made completely of cardboard and duct tape in just under two hours – Chastain-Skillman employees stepped up to the task. They joined 40 other boats from Lakeland area businesses, clubs and schools to compete at the 13th Annual Lakeland Cardboard Boat Challenge & […]

Occupational Noise is one of the most challenging workplace hazards today. Worker’s may not be aware that they are being exposed and may not be educated on the adverse health effects of occupational noise. Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) comes mainly from occupational exposure and it always sensorineural – meaning […]

Chastain-Skillman’s Kevin Albrecht recently received the Young Engineer of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers Ridge Branch of the Florida Section. Kevin thoroughly embodies the qualities valued for this award: integrity, service, technical ability and a desire to advance the profession and help others. Kevin leads […]

Chastain-Skillman employees channeled their inner Jimmy Buffett to create the float, “A Florida Christmas” for their second appearance in the Lakeland Christmas Parade on Thursday, December 3rd.  The float depicted a beach scene complete with beach chairs, palm trees, sand, a surfing penguin and a “beach snowman.”  The employees on the […]

Chastain-Skillman engineers put their design skills to the test at the 11th Annual Lakeland Cardboard Boat Challenge on September 13th.  The CSI team worked together to plan and construct a boat made solely of cardboard and duct tape.  Chastain-Skillman employees, Kevin Albrecht and Kaitlin Tucker then boarded the “Tugboat Turbidity” and raced […]

For the past 65 years, Chastain-Skillman has been on the leading edge of Lakeland’s growth. Working in the city that they love, CSI is committed to making Lakeland a great place to live and work. We are proud to work behind behind the scenes to contribute to the “effortless” growth […]

Florida Polytechnic University was awarded the ENR Global Best Project in the education category for the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building! This is a first for Skanksa USA, the main contractor, and a very prestigious award. This project proved to be equally challenging and rewarding to all involved. Skanska’s Rick […]

Chastain-Skillman was ranked #1 for the City of Lakeland Continuing Surveying Services Contract. We couldn’t be prouder of our survey department and all their hard work!   

CHASTAIN-SKILLMAN WELCOMES BACK WILSON BULL Chastain-Skillman, Inc. (CSI) is eager to announce a new addition to their leadership team.  Wilson Bull is the new Director of their Environmental Occupational Health & Safety Group (EOHS). Though Wilson is a recent hire, he is not new to the firm.  Wilson previously worked […]

This year at Mosaic Company’s 8th Annual Contractor Safety Recognition Luncheon, Chastain-Skillman received Mosaic’s Bronze Award for Safety.  To be eligible for the awards companies must have worked more than 2,000 on-site hours at a Mosaic facility during 2014 and fulfilled the criteria for safety performance, which included no significant incidents […]

Over the weekend, President, Dr. Jim Chastain, and his family attended the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health Inaugural Awards Ceremony. The ceremony celebrated those who have most advanced public health domestically or internationally and was held in conjunction with the 30th Anniversary for the College of Public […]

Yesterday evening Winter Haven hosted the 10th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Central Park Stroll. Ten sculptures from artists across the nation were installed in downtown Winter Haven, where they will remain through January of next year. The competition is a joint project of Winter Haven and the Polk Museum […]

The year 2015 marks 65 years of business for Chastain-Skillman, Inc. (CSI). Though the firm was small in the beginning, Roy Chastain and Joe Skillman nevertheless worked to provide a reliable local engineer resource for Polk County. Over the next few decades, the company compiled an impressive list of engineering […]

Chastain-Skillman is proud to announce that the Lakeland Skatepark has won the “Build It” Award from Heart of Florida Section Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association. The Heart of Florida Section is an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in local planning as well as educating the public on the […]

Congratulations to Chuck Jablon of Skanska Engineering  on being selected  by the editors of Engineering News-Record as one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of 2014!! Jablon’s hard work along side his team made architect Calatrava’s dream of Florida Polytechnic University come to life!  We are honored to play a small part […]

This year Chastain-Skillman sent two of our new employees to the Lakeland Economic Development Council’s Summer Leadership Program (SLP). This program is designed to help young professionals further develop their leadership skills and expose them to various aspects of Lakeland. Over  8 weeks  participants experience local art, architecture, industry tours, leadership […]

Chastain-Skillman Inc.  is excited to welcome Amazon to Central Florida. Our team provided site engineering and surveying services for the construction of Amazon’s fulfillment center located on County-Line Road. The massive warehouse will encompass 1.1 million square feet and is estimated to bring 385 jobs to Polk County. Amazon selected […]

The Lakeland Fire Department held its groundbreaking for Station 7 in Southwest Lakeland on Monday. It will be located at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport and will act as a community station as well as an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Station. This unique design only exists on less than a […]

HOW WILL NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PLANNING IMPACT BIOSOLIDS LAND APPLICATION? By Douglas Jones ABSTRACT Revisions to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) Biosolids Rule (62-640, Florida Administrative Code) became effective on August 29, 2010. All land application sites must be permitted under the revised regulations by January 1, 2013. Among […]

The economic turmoil over the last few years has certainly caused all of us to look at our homes and businesses for ways to operate more efficiently. We ask ourselves “where can we conserve?” and “how can we take advantage of technical innovations that will reduce costs or increase productivity?” […]

The sources and uses of water will become of ever increasing concern as the fragile balance between human and environmental needs continue to be stressed. Most utilities and agencies charged with meeting community and commercial demands while protecting the environment are looking at more integrated approaches to conservation and reuse […]

The word “biophilia” literally means “love of life or living systems” and was first used by social psychologist Erich Fromm in the mid-1960s. The term was popularized in a 1984 book of the same name written by biologist Edward O. Wilson. In the book, Wilson defines biophilia as “the urge […]