More than just a firm
In 1948, Roderick Victor Anderson set forth the purpose that would define the foundations of our practice and expand the value of our services: to build a better future and make an impact that lasts. Since then, clients have relied on RVA to achieve remarkable goals, solve their toughest challenges, and drive meaningful progress.
This is our legacy, which has grown to a thriving organization of over 400 professionals proudly carrying forth the spirit of human connection and collaboration for our people, clients, and communities. We work together across geographic, functional, and business lines to deliver dynamic solutions that are based in trust and informed decision-making. As one RVA, we bring together great leaders, great clients, and great moments to shape the future that defines our communities.
We’ve put in over seventy five years of hard work and dedication to making a real difference. And while we’ve grown in diversity and scale, our shared vision remains the same.
That’s what makes RVA truly different. It’s not about how big we are, where we are, or what services we offer. What really defines us is our drive to make an impact that reverberates across communities. We don’t just believe in making a difference. We get up every day, come together, and make it so.
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At the core of our brand is our values connecting people, projects, and planet.
At RVA, our people are our brand and our competitive edge. They represent all that we do, and all that we are. Their ideas are changing our communities for the better and redefining what it means to be an engineering consulting firm.
An award-winning culture
Our passion shines through in our work and our culture, and we’re proud to be recognized for it.
But we’re not about to rest on our laurels. Our culture is built on the flexibility, opportunity, and collaboration that we need to perform at the highest standards of our practice.
We believe in the power of individuals to unleash transformative results.
The relationships we build with each other are what give meaning to our work and our purpose. So we show up with empathy, openness, and understanding for people. We share our goals, achievements, setbacks, and celebrations. We bring our whole selves to our work, and we value and support that in each other.
We strive to be the best in all that we do.
We’re motivated to contribute to our clients’ success, make a lasting impact on our communities, and maximize the potential of our people by performing to the best of our ability. No matter what role we play, we aim to work better, think bigger, and act faster. This drive fuels the commitment and confidence that runs deep in every service we offer, and in every action we take.
We say what we are going to do, and we do what we say.
Accountability means acknowledging and accepting your responsibilities. It means producing the necessary results that your clients and colleagues need. It means living our values every day. But at RVA, we take it a step further. As an employee-owned company, everyone has an opportunity to think and work like what they are: an owner.
Sustainability compels us to continually examine how our actions today will create a future reality that we can all look forward to.
For our clients, it means ensuring the work we do today will deliver real, lasting results. For our people, it means giving them the opportunities they need to grow and thrive. For our communities, it means taking the lead on local and global issues, such as climate change and equity gaps. Every decision, and every action, generates value for those who come after.
We aren’t trusted because our firm has existed for over 75 years; we have existed for over 75 years because we have earned that trust.
Integrity is the foundation of everything we do at RVA, and it’s what allows us to live by our core principles of people, quality, accountability, and sustainability in every action we take. Nothing is more important than the bonds of trust that we have built with our clients, communities, and people.
YOU ARE MORE THAN JUST A NUMBER.
We grow and innovate together, not apart. We connect the dots between the unique skills that we each bring to the table and position our people to maximize their potential within a greater network. Our seamless structure, free from silos, enables us to create cross-disciplinary experiences and solutions across all lines of business.
WE ARE NOT YOUR AVERAGE ENGINEERING FIRM.
We have no interest in silos, bureaucracy, and meticulously measured efficiency. Our people get to personalize their RVA experience with ongoing opportunities for learning, fun, creativity, and meaning at work. And while we take the responsibility our clients place in us very seriously, we’re not afraid to laugh together.
THE DAYS OF ONE SET CAREER PATH ARE OVER.
Our people stay with us because we give them the opportunity to build experience in many different roles, in many areas of practice, all in one dynamic firm. By giving our people maximum flexibility and support to create their own adventure at RVA, they gain experiences and capabilities they couldn’t find anywhere else.
Making a world of difference
Making a difference in the places where we live, work, and serve isn’t something we do at the end of the day. At RVA, it’s what we do every day – for our people, our clients, and our communities. We bring our diverse experience and unique perspectives to create social impact where it matters most, whether it’s corporate sponsorships, fundraising, pro-bono skills-based volunteering, or workplace giving. Together, we have made substantial contributions to a host of community-minded organizations and worthwhile causes all over the world.