New Accreditations Expand MRA Services for Clients

Mahan Rykiel continually supports our dedicated staff in enhancing their professional development. Our employees belong to a host of industry organizations and continually challenge themselves to obtain accreditations to perfect their craft and expand services to our clients.

Recent accreditations include:

JoAnn Trach Tongson, PLA, LEED AP BD+C,
JoAnn Trach Tongson, PLA, LEED AP BD+C

Joann Trach Tongson has earned the SITES Professional (SITES AP) credential through Green Building Certification Inc. (GBCI), placing her among an elite group of leading professionals who are dedicated to elevating the value of landscapes in the built environment.

SITES can be applied to development projects located on land with or without buildings—ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, from streetscapes to homes. The SITES rating system is currently being used by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policymakers and more.

 Benefits to clients include:

  • Support the SITES certification process, including participating in the design and development process
  • Support and encouraging integrated design
  • Managing the application and certification process and providing advocacy and education for the adoption of SITES
Terry Burns, Senior Associate
Terry Burns, ISA

Terry has become a certified arborist through the ISA Certified Arborist Designation accredited by the American National Standards Institute, meeting and exceeding ISO 17024. ISA Certification is a voluntary program that tests and certifies your achievement of a professional level of knowledge and skill in the field of arboriculture.

Benefits to clients include:

  • Tree biology expert
  • Diagnosis of tree health
  • Best maintenance practices, safety, and other subject and practice areas within the tree care profession  
  • Provides tree owners and government decision makers the opportunity to become better informed about proper tree care and their selection of services.
Rudraksha Jhaveri, Associate Principal
Rudraksha G Jhaveri, PLA, MLA, CDT, CSI, Associate Principal

Rudraksha recently received the Construction Documents Technology Certification (CDT®) from CSI, a national not-for-profit association of more than 7,000 members dedicated to improving the communication of construction information throughout continuous development and transformation of standards and formats, education and certification of professionals to improve project delivery processes.

CDT certification provides a comprehensive program of study to enhance and demonstrate knowledge of writing, interpreting, enforcing, and managing construction documents.

Benefits to clients include:

  • In-depth understanding of how a project unfolds from concept to delivery
  • In-house comprehensive knowledge of writing specifications
  • Management of construction documents

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