STEVE CLARK (FOUNDER) – Steve Clark always had a vision – it was one with a bridge between the natural world and the manmade. With that vision in mind, Steve planted the seeds that would grow SC&A into a company that builds in the urban world yet ages gracefully with the qualities of the earth’s natural rhythms in mind. Forty years later, SC&A still utilizes Natural Resource Planning every day in our design to achieve a balance between the use and management of this nation’s resources. Back in 1974, Steve and his wife Vicki had ideas and dreams that challenged what was main stream, and now those philosophies are taught in most every university and most cities now have an urban forester and urban forestry codes. Steve had more fun “taking cities apart and putting them back together again," always thinking holistically and ecologically as well as using the science of engineering, and artistry alongside a measure of common sense to find creative solutions to difficult problems. Steve was known nationally as great teacher and motivational speaker. He loved sharing his ideas on the subject of better development and preserving trees and land even before there was a name for it — because practicing sustainability was just the right thing to do. Vicki Clark continued to work through Steve’s untimely passing in 2004, and his son, Chris, has been a part of SC&A since its inception… probably breaking a few OSHA and child labor laws along the way. But it was a family affair and Steve’s legacy continues as SC&A has expanded to include an even broader scope of services related to natural resource planning. “Let’s go build something,” Steve would say, and that is the bridge between future generations and the precious resources we have left.
CHRIS CLARK (PRESIDENT& CEO) – Following in a father’s footsteps does not always come easily, but Destiny seemed to be wielding a hand when Chris transplanted his first tree at the age of three. Standing on an overturned, 5 gallon bucket, Chris would pull the levers of the Big John Tree Transplanter as his father called them out. Chris was always challenged to find his place in the company and it was an even tougher ascension without his father. With nothing less than true grit, Chris took the foundation his father so soundly built upon and turned it upside down–thinking far outside the boxes he saw as outdated as time shifted the parameters of what a growing and sustainable company looked like. No longer just about trees, SC&A would be about water, dirt, and all the elements—the complete big picture for all of the natural resources in project design. Always honoring the genius loci – or spirit of a place – Chris’s dynamic blend of crazy, along with his team of expertise and experience in the field, became the sound solution for growth in SC&A. He found his calling as a motivator, a change- maker, and a pioneer in the industry in his own right. For the last 20 years, Chris has overseen and managed more than 500 projects in the commercial, residential, civic, educational and recreational development markets- including the creation of sustainable site design programs for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. – among the most advanced in America. In 2010, in an effort to enlighten more people about the importance of natural resources, Chris commissioned SC&A’s major gift sharing program to donate more than 101,000 trees to residents of Tennessee. His daughter Catherine was there at the event to shake hands and also learn the importance of a legacy, knowing it was her generation that would reap the benefits of what we planted today.
SCOTT WOLFE (VICE PRESIDENT, PE) – Scott joined SC&A in 1999 as a project manager and SCA’s lead designer. He became an owner and the company’s vice-president in 2007. From an early age, Scott enjoyed learning how things work and then creating and building his own projects. This interest developed into a desire to design and eventually led him to a career in engineering. Most of his career has been focused on designing and managing projects which combine the natural with the manmade. Since 1988, Scott has designed more than 1000 projects in 43 states. This experience has given him a unique ability to approach a project from multiple angles in order to find the best solution for any situation.
In addition to LEED, LID, and the new Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), SC&A holds the most relevant credentials possible for site design, planning and engineering. The following complete our collection of licensure and affiliations—providing your project team peace of mind and your project’s success.