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David Vara

David Vara, PE

Vice President, Denver Office Manager

Dave is a geotechnical engineer experience on a wide variety of infrastructure and development projects, including major design-build projects, evaluation and remediation of landslides, water and wastewater plants, design of shoring systems, and seismic evaluations.  His experience includes site characterization; design and analysis of driven piles, drilled shafts, and micropiles; site-response analysis and liquefaction hazard evaluation; slope stability; design and analysis of retaining walls and shoring systems; risk-based geotechnical analysis; and numerical modeling.  His responsibilities include preparing budgets, managing project staffing, overseeing field exploration programs, conducting and reviewing geotechnical analysis, and reviewing and preparing geotechnical reports and recommendations.  


  • MSE, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2008
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Ohio State University, 2006


  • Professional Engineer, Colorado, Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming 


  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Geo Institute
  • Design-Build Institute of America
  • Deep Foundations Institute, Member, Landslides/Slope Stabilization Committee
  • American Council of Engineering Companies – Colorado
  • American Public Works Association
  • The Society of American Military Engineers
  • United States Society of Dams
  • Women’s Transportation Seminar
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