Olsson Expansion Creates New Office in Colorado Springs


November 08, 2021

Denver (November 8, 2021) – Olsson, a nationally recognized planning, engineering and design firm, announced today it is expanding its operations in the state by opening a new office in Colorado Springs.

Olsson’s office in Colorado Springs allows the firm to better serve its local client base. The firm has an on-call contract with the City of Colorado Springs for traffic and transportation planning, and Olsson’s multidisciplined team is completing a corridor study on West Woodmen Road. Olsson is also contributing to the city’s transportation master plan, ConnectCOS and the Platte Avenue Corridor Study.  

Two newly hired staff will work out of the new office in Colorado Springs. Karen Aspelin joins Olsson as a technical leader for the firm’s Colorado Transportation team, and Ted Ritschard serves as a consultant for the Corporate Transportation team. They will join John Hansen, a transportation industry expert, working from the Colorado Springs office. In addition, a transportation planner is expected to join the firm’s team in the city by the end of the year.  

“We’ve been doing more project work in and around Colorado Springs, and having an office there demonstrates our commitment to grow with this community, will be more convenient for our clients and will allow us to work as efficiently as possible,” said Sarah Foster, leader of Olsson’s Western region, which includes Colorado and Arizona. “We chose a location in downtown Colorado Springs that is centrally located that will allow us to be active members of the community.”

Olsson’s office in Colorado Springs is at 102 S. Tejon Street, Suite 1100.

Aspelin has more than 25 years of experience and has extensive knowledge of the Colorado Springs market. She most recently served as principal of MaxGreen Transportation Engineers based in Colorado Springs and served as the lead traffic engineer and project manager for a wide variety of projects. Aspelin represents the Mountain District on the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ (ITE) International Board of Direction and is vice chair of its K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) committee.

Aspelin earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.

Ritschard has delivered projects in the Pikes Peak region for more than half of his 35-year career in transportation planning and engineering.  He is currently leading the ConnectCOS Transportation Master Plan and the Platte Avenue Corridor Study for the City of Colorado Springs.  Ritschard is a Colorado native who has built and led offices to serve clients across the Rocky Mountain West.

Ritschard earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Northern Arizona University.

The new office in Colorado Springs expands Olsson’s footprint in Colorado. The firm operates two offices in Denver and one in Loveland.

Olsson is ranked 76th on the latest Engineering News-Record’s top 500 design firms list. It marked the fourth consecutive year Olsson was ranked in the top 100.

Olsson is a nationally recognized engineering firm made up of people who craft expert solutions and designs that improve communities. The firm offers design and consulting services in planning and design, engineering, field services, environmental and technology. For more information, go to www.olsson.com.

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