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John Roberge founded the precursor of RACE Coastal Engineering in 1999 to provide responsive, quality coastal engineering services to clients, while maintaining the highest standards of excellence and integrity.   His specialty consulting services were provided from the original office in Guilford, CT and focused on clients throughout the New England shoreline region.


The early 2000’s saw steady growth, enhanced with the addition of Devin and Beth Santa in 2001 to the professional staff. During this time, the team of John, Devin, and Beth worked together on a wide range of waterfront projects and established a hydrographic surveying company to support their operations.  Since then, Devin and Beth have assumed roles of President and Operations Manager, respectively.


Roberge Associates Coastal Engineers, LLC was formalized in 2004 as a partnership between Roberge and Santa and the office was moved to Stratford, CT. The firm has been referred to by the acronym “RACE” since that time.   


In the firm’s first decade of its history, RACE’s coastal engineering, hydrographic surveying, and marine structure design business grew and its reputation as a regional industry leader was firmly established.  In 2010, Tim DeBartolomeo joined the firm as VP of Structural Engineering.  Tim’s expertise in waterfront structural engineering and commercial / industrial markets helped propel RACE in its next level of growth. Azure Dee Sleicher became part of the team in 2016 and joined Devin and Tim as a Principal in 2018.


Today the current staff is comprised of experts in coastal, structural, civil, and geotechnical engineering, as well as, hydrographic surveying, construction administration services, and marina design. 


With this skilled team, RACE takes a multi-disciplinary holistic approach to analyzing and solving coastal issues.  In 2016, Roberge Associates Coastal Engineers Principals embraced its nickname “RACE” and renamed the firm RACE Coastal Engineering. 


RACE Coastal Engineering remains committed to providing exemplary engineering solutions with honesty and integrity to the coastal community reflecting the core values on which the firm was founded.

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