R.A. Smith National does not claim to be genteel, but it does its best to be civil. The firm provides civil engineering, planning, surveying, and construction services for the public and private sectors. It participates in a variety of municipal projects including road building and the development of water treatment plants and wastewater systems. The company also designs parking lots, parks, bike paths, bridges, and noise barriers. Its customers include state and local agencies and land developers, primarily in southern Wisconsin. Owner and president Richard A. Smith founded the company in 1978.