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Newsletter – January 2015

By July 3, 2015July 12th, 2015

New Beginnings: Latitude 33’s Scripps Ranch Home
Latitude 33 moved to its new headquarters (pictured above) located at 9968 Hibert Street, 2nd Floor, San Diego, CA 92131 in fall 2014 after being located in Sorrento Valley. The newly remodeled building provides meeting space to visit with clients and much needed room for the growing firm’s 45 employees. Latitude 33 plans to host an office open house on February 12, 2015. Please RSVP here to attend.


Award-winning Team, Award-winning Work
San Diego Metropolitan Magazine has named Latitude 33 to its San Diego’s Most Admired Companies list for 2014. Latitude 33 was honored for its adherence to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and accountability. The firm is very honored and humbled to receive this recognition.
Shannon Davis, design engineer, received the honorable mention award from the San Diego Business Journal at its Emerging Generation: 25 In Their 20’s reception and awards presentation. The second annual event took place at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park on Dec. 3, 2014. Young professionals were recognized for significant career achievements while demonstrating social responsibility.
Davis chased her dream of being an engineer. A tough job market led her to advanced schooling, which opened up additional opportunities to gain experience. Helping design a water filtration system for an orphanage in rural Mexico prior to her arrival at Latitude 33 certainly places her among San Diego’s best and brightest young professionals.


Tara Lake, senior project manager, was named a finalist by the San Diego Business Journal for its 2014 Women Who Mean Business Awards. The 21st annual event took place on Nov. 5, 2014, at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in Mission Valley. The Women Who Mean Business Awards recognize dynamic female business leaders for their significant contributions to San Diego businesses. 
She was also awarded membership to Lambda Alpha International (LAI), the honorary society for the advancement of land economics, for her leadership in the field of land use economics. Lake was recognized by LAI for her outstanding contributions to urban planning, park and open space planning, her commitment to public outreach in the community and achieving goals and objectives that make San Diego a better place to live and work.
Lake’s extensive organizational leadership and development, incomparable ability to formulate group consensus around a vision, as well as her ability to achieve goals and objectives, both as a member of the community and as a leader at Latitude 33, certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed in San Diego.

Welcome To Our
Expanding Brain Trust


Cara Hilgesen 

Senior planner, has more than seven years of planning experience in San Diego County. She has worked on a variety of projects in the cities of Chula Vista, El Cajon, Escondido, San Diego. Hilgesen earned her master’s degree in City Planning and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Real Estate Finance from San Diego State University.

Martin Jones

Senior project engineer, brings nine years of design experience to the Latitude 33 team. He has worked on a multitude of projects in San Diego and Bakersfield, California as well as Des Moines and Iowa City. Jones earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa.  



Sean Scaramella

Senior project engineer, arrives at Latitude 33 with eight years of experience. He spent most of that time working on many projects in Carlsbad. Scaramella earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from San Diego State University.