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.


Martis Camp-87
Schaffer's Mill-168
Martis Camp-87
Curve Appeal
Schaffer's Mill-168
Modern on a Budget
Lake Tahoe-01
Martis Camp-138
Lake Tahoe-01
Tahizzle
Martis Camp-138
Vernacular Meets Modern
Martis Camp-323
Whitethorn Ranch
Martis Camp-323
Cabin on the Green
Whitethorn Ranch
Sonora - Strawberry Riverfront
Martis Camp-489
Carnelian Bay-01
Martis Camp-489
View in the Round
Carnelian Bay-01
Truckee-08
Alpine Meadows-21
Truckee-08
Modern Retreat
Alpine Meadows-21
South Lake Tahoe-986 Park Hotel
Martis Camp-77/78
South Lake Tahoe-986 Park Hotel
Award winning commercial transformation
Martis Camp-77/78
Hillside Retreat
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
El Dorado Hills Residence
Incline Village-01
El Dorado Hills Residence
Incline Village-01
Lahontan-316
Lahontan-509
Lahontan-316
Lahontan-509
Lahontan-386/387
Lake Tahoe-02
Lahontan-386/387
Lake Tahoe-02
Mountain Lotus
Schaffer's Mill-202
Mountain Lotus
Hot Yoga Studio and Event Center
Schaffer's Mill-202


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11165 Brockway Road - Truckee, California 96161
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