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Gorove/Slade maintains a simple organizational structure and serves clients out of three offices with teams comprised of a Principal, a Project Manager, and Engineers, Planners, and Technicians.


Chris RacinelliChris Tacinelli, P.E., Principal
Chris is the President of Gorove/Slade and a Principal serving clients out of our Chantilly VA office. Chris is responsible for managing all of the day-to-day operations related to practice management, financial operations, marketing and human resources. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia. Chris provides consulting services and oversees a number of projects in the D.C. Metropolitan area with a focus on projects in Virginia and West Virginia. He has ample experience in the disciplines of both traffic engineering and transportation planning. He has been published in trade magazines and has been a speaker at annual trade conferences. To reach Chris, email him or call him at 703-787-9913.

Chad BairdChad Baird, Principal
Chad has fostered a strong foundation in a large variety of traffic engineering disciplines. His experience includes the preparation of traffic operation plans, site access and planning design, traffic forecasting and modeling, traffic impact studies, capacity analysis, traffic signal design, traffic signal systems coordination, loading area analysis, vehicular maneuverability analysis, parking layout assessment, queuing analysis, and pedestrian management plans. He specializes in the design and analysis of traffic signal systems using simulation software to enhance the flow of traffic through complex roadway networks. Chad serves clients from our Haymarket, VA office. To reach him, email him or call him at 571-261-9719.

Dan VanPeltDan VanPelt, P.E., PTOE, Principal
Dan, based in our Washington, DC office, has more than 15 years of experience in a wide range of traffic and transportation projects including: traffic impact studies, site access and circulation planning, campus master planning, parking demand analysis, corridor studies, major data collection efforts, loading dock design, intersection improvement design, functional parking lot and garage design, and expert witness testimony.  He has worked for public, private and institutional clients throughout the United States and has worked on projects internationally.  His primary focus is the firm’s national master planning practice, projects inside the DC beltway, and managing the DC office work production.  He recently facilitated a webinar for the Institute of Transportation Engineers entitled Multimodal Site Selection and Design for Grade Schools that was sponsored by the National Center for Safe Routes to Schools.

Dan holds a BS in Physics from Bethany College and a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.  He is a registered Professional Traffic Operations Engineer and a registered Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  He is a member of Lambda Alpha International, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Society for College and University Planning, the DC Building Industry Association, NAIOP and the International Council of Shopping Centers.  A West Virginia native and Panamanian by marriage, Dan lives in Alexandria, Virginia.  He loves spending his free time with his wife and two children enjoying all the amenities that the DC area has to offer.  To reach Dan, email him or call him at 202-540-1924.

Erwin AndresErwin Andres, P.E. Principal

Erwin manages development projects for the firm’s District of Columbia, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County clients from our Washington DC office.  He has 17 years of experience working on a wide range of traffic and transportation projects serving private sector, public sector, institutional, and federal agency clients in the metropolitan Washington, DC area.  His experience has been geared to serve the strategic development needs of private developers, address local jurisdictional approval requirements for federal agency clients, and develop sound transportation operational and management plans for institutional clients.  He has testified as an expert witness before public zoning boards and commissions locally in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County, as well as in various jurisdictions in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

He is the Vice President of Programs for the local chapter of Lambda Alpha International.  He has taught transportation planning seminars for the Master’s Program in Real Estate at both Georgetown University and the University of Maryland.  Erwin holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University.  He currently resides in the Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood of the District with his wife Cherie.  To reach Erwin, email him or call him direct at 202-540-1925 or on his cell phone at 202-669-5223.


Gorove/Slade's founders remain active in our practice and consult with clients from our Washington, DC office.

Frederick E. Gorove, PE
Fred led the company's national practice that has addressed traffic, transportation and parking matters for private, public and institutional projects in more than 30 states. He has consulted extensively on retail, residential and office developments, addressed the needs of urban areas, universities, and special land uses including major shopping centers, convention centers, casinos, and hotel resort complexes. Fred has also been involved in unique areas of practice including automated parking facilities and alternative vehicle fuels which each have a prospective future in addressing environmental sustainability.

Fred, his wife Carol, and their three children moved to DC from Chicago in 1969. Fred’s recreational time includes flying his Cessna based at Dulles Airport. He is pleased to watch the youthful energy of the new owners as they continue to build the firm and provide professional services.

Lou Slade, P.E.
Lou's diverse experience bridges the disciplines of civil engineering design, urban transportation planning, traffic engineering, land development, environmental analysis, and transportation systems design. He has directed major regional comprehensive transportation planning studies and corridor studies, traffic circulation and transit studies, and parking needs and design optimization studies for central business districts and new developments. Lou has worked closely with public agencies and private developers devising transportation master plans and major thoroughfare plans. He has been instrumental in the creation of transportation systems and roadway networks for large acreage developments.

Lou is a board member of a non-profit conservancy that, in partnership with the National Park Service, is restoring historic Dumbarton Oaks Park; a portion of Rock Creek Park in Washington D.C.  He is also a volunteer with the Washington Youth Garden which teaches garden science and nutrition in D.C. public and charter schools and maintains a sustainable organic community garden in the National Arboretum.  Lou serves on the international board of Lambda Alpha International, the honorary land economics society and edits the society’s monthly newsletter.