Paul Kittredge, a seasoned land surveyor with 34 years of experience under his belt, recently re-joined the Walnut Creek office staff after previously working at BKF from 1991 to 2000. He will be helping to manage our survey workload in the Bay Area, as well as serving as a senior resource company-wide. He is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a bachelor’s degree in surveying and photogrammetry, and has worked on projects in 24 counties throughout California.
Paul’s brief brush with fame came in 1995, when while working on a simple project at a stately 100-year-old Palo Alto home, he was invited by the home’s owner, Barbara Marx Givan, to peek inside a well-aged plan chest, which once belonged to her civil engineer father-in-law. Opening the first chest drawer, Kittredge uncovered a California civil engineer registration certificate unlike any other. It was dated December 27, 1929, and belonged to Albert Givan, the first-ever registered civil engineer in the state. The certificate reads “California Civil Engineer No. 1”. Realizing the importance of his find, Kittredge arranged for the certificate, as well as many of Mr. Givan’s engineering and surveying instruments also found in the chest, to be preserved by the Mount Diablo Surveyors Historical Society.