Schrickel, Rollins and Associates, Inc. (SRA) was established in 1955, combining the practices of landscape architecture, civil engineering and land planning. Our founders were committed to developing strong, long-term relationships with their clients and becoming not only problem solvers but trusted advisors. Over the years, we have expanded our services and now offer architectural design, and 3D visualization/graphic design.
Many view the 70’s as a transitional time, sandwiched between Woodstock and Reagan, that had very little identity of its own. There were significant increase in gasoline prices, which resulted in long lines at the pump. Cars, for the most part, still looked like tanks and had huge V-8 engines, although Chevy had some great looking ‘Vettes during those years. Everyone one would see flowery shirts with huge collars, bell bottom jeans and platform shoes…and that’s what the men were wearing! During this decade, the developers of personal computers, cell phones and energy efficient cars were just in the fledgling stages of their work, and the pioneers of social media were just babies. The world of technology was about to experience exponential change. We just didn’t know it at the time. Their FULL impact on this world is still unknown.
For SRA, the company had grown large enough to field a softball team, and “The Orbs” began playing a brand of softball seldom witnessed by fans. Along with the full-time participation of founders, Gene Schrickel and Al Rollins, an assortment of characters named Tiger Balls, Rock Hands, and 747 gave new meaning to chaos and disaster, when it came to playing the game. To add to the legend of this group of ne’er-do-wells, The Orb Report began chronicling the low lights of each game played. As relationships among employees grew, it was typical for small groups to take off weekends for hunting, fishing, and ski trips together. There were summer picnics and a festive Christmas party that were added to allow spouses could get to know one another, as well. A fabric of family was developing at SRA.
Conversation between Mr. Al Rollins and Mr. Larry Stone for SRA History Book. The question was about the early 1970’s and office equipment.
Al Rollins: The firm’s equipment was archaic. We didn’t even have planimeters! We had no way of measuring areas, had no way of drawing curves. The only calculator we had was the one where you turned the little handle. So the first thing we did was buy a second-hand Olivetti.”
Larry Stone: “I remember that Olivetti!”
Al Rollins: ” If you hit its carriage when it was moving, it would jam. So then we bought a set of railroad curves and a used calculator. It makes all the difference in the world.