Oscar Merida’s love for geotechnical engineering (and golf shoes) drives him to collect soil samples with his pitching wedge on the golf course at every opportunity he receives. The calm and quiet reflection that he gains on the course is an excellent foil to the crazy demands of his daily work directing geotechnical and drilling operations throughout the Washington Metro Area. Oscar has contributed to some of F&R’s most high profile and complex projects, but moreover to our nation’s most valuable treasures, with his extensive work in support of the Smithsonian and the National Parks Service. A true “renaissance” engineer, his vast knowledge of regional substrata and the intricacies of geotechnical engineering leads him to excel on every type of project imaginable; a museum built within mere yards of the Washington Monument, a fifteen story building with below grade parking next to a Metro Station, or the replacement of a nearly two mile bridge, Oscar gets the job done on solid foundations. He has successfully managed the single largest and most multifaceted project ever awarded our firm with a relative ease that astonishes his co-workers. Oscar views the work he has done on the museums and monuments of our nation’s capital as his contribution to the country and hopes that these places will serve proudly as gathering places to be enjoyed by citizens and visitors for decades to come.