James Blake, PE, LS, LEED AP, F.ASCE

Principal Consultant


Jim is a civil engineer with 35 years of consulting engineering experience. He has held leadership and management positions for major consulting firms and is extremely knowledgeable regarding all facets of the industry. He holds degrees in Civil Engineering and Business from the University of Maryland and is registered as a professional engineer and a land surveyor in numerous states. His areas of expertise include:

  • Construction Management and Inspection Services
  • Civil Engineering
  • Land Surveying

My passion in the industry is to assess client needs and objectives and to provide an engineering product that meets these criteria. Listening carefully to our clients as they discuss their project is the key to meeting those needs and the ultimate success of the project. This is a skill set that Straughan personnel are taught to continually develop.

Tell us about your most exciting or rewarding project at Straughan.

The development of the construction inspection services line.

What led you to this career?

The ability to make a significant contribution to the physical improvement and well-being of the community.

Best wildlife encounter?

A face-to-face (10 yards) meeting with a mother black bear and her two cubs. I very slowly backed away in the opposite direction!