Donavan Rae, PE

Donavan Rae, PE
Donavan and Molly
Principal, Structural Supervisor, and Civil Engineer

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 2001, Associate of Science Degree in Math and Physics from American River College 1996, and technical training at the Phoenix Institute of Technology

Registrations: California Civil Engineer 2005 and Nevada Civil Engineer 2008

Experience: Over 33 years of Architectural and Structural, with projects from Northern and Central California to Central Arizona.

At MWA, Donavan heads the engineering department and has directly worked on or overseen more than 50 projects of varying complexity, built within this community and beyond. He has been a Partner at MWA since 2018.

Donavan’s experience covers a wide spectrum of project types ranging from single and multi-family residences, commercial residential facilities, both low and high rise commercial structures, school facilities and various assembly and religious structures to industrial and power plant facilities.

His philosophy of learning at least one new thing a day along with his statement to his clients to feel free to challenge him, has led to many innovative engineering solutions. This philosophy, accompanied by actual in the field construction experience, allows for a unique insight to solving the engineering challenges set forth in today's competitive market.

Many of the projects that Donavan was the engineer for have been recognized with awards such as Tahizzle and Alpine Meadows-21.

Community involvement is a very important aspect of Donavan's life. He served for 8 years as the East District Representative on the board of directors for the Structural Engineers Association of Central California. He is also a past president of the Tahoe-Truckee Engineers Association. Donavan enjoys volunteering at the veteran’s administration hospital and locale humane society in Reno with his son.


Incline Village-01
Martis Camp-87
Incline Village-01
A Home for Generations
Martis Camp-87
Curve Appeal
Schaffer's Mill-168
Lake Tahoe-01
Schaffer's Mill-168
Modern on a Budget
Lake Tahoe-01
Tahizzle
Martis Camp-138
Martis Camp-323
Martis Camp-138
Vernacular Meets Modern
Martis Camp-323
Cabin on the Green
Whitethorn Ranch
Spa in the Rocks
Whitethorn Ranch
Sonora - Strawberry Riverfront
Spa in the Rocks
Martis Camp-489
Lake Tahoe-03
Martis Camp-489
View in the Round
Lake Tahoe-03
Nevada City-01
Carnelian Bay-01
Nevada City-01
Carnelian Bay-01
Truckee-08
South Lake Tahoe-986 Park Hotel
Truckee-08
Modern Retreat
South Lake Tahoe-986 Park Hotel
Award winning commercial transformation
Martis Camp-77/78
Alpine Meadows-21
Martis Camp-77/78
Hillside Retreat
Alpine Meadows-21
Tahoe Donner-02
Martis Camp-612
Tahoe Donner-02
Modern remodel
Martis Camp-612
European Mountain Chateau
South Lake Tahoe-Ski Run Center
Martis Camp-148
South Lake Tahoe-Ski Run Center
TRPA Best in the Basin award recipient
Martis Camp-148
Martis Camp-142
Martis Camp-113
Martis Camp-142
Old Tahoe meets informal French
Martis Camp-113
Rooms with a View
Martis Camp-176
Martis Camp-212
Martis Camp-176
Maple Forest Cottage Style Mountain Retreat
Martis Camp-212
The Tahoe Cabin
Martis Camp-29
Northstar-305
Martis Camp-29
Bringing the Alps Home
Northstar-305
Quaint and Cozy
Truckee-05
Truckee-06
Truckee-05
Natural light and street presence
Truckee-06
Major update
Old Trestle Distillery
Mountain Lotus
Old Trestle Distillery
Mountain Lotus
Hot Yoga Studio and Event Center
El Dorado Hills Residence
Lahontan-316
El Dorado Hills Residence
Lahontan-316
Lahontan-509
Lahontan-386/387
Lahontan-509
Lahontan-386/387
Lake Tahoe-02
Schaffer's Mill-202
Lake Tahoe-02
Schaffer's Mill-202


Kurt Reinkens & Kristi Thompson - Principal Architects
Donavan Rae, PE - Principal Engineer
Eli Meyer - Principal Project Manager
11165 Brockway Road - Truckee, California 96161
PO Box 45249 - Boise, Idaho 83711
Truckee 530.587.6257 - Boise 208.473.2581 - fax 530-587-0761
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