2013 ACEC California Engineering Excellence Awards

The American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) has unveiled the 2013 recipients of its prestigious Engineering Excellence Awards.  In all, nineteen California firms representing twenty projects, nineteen in the state and one in China, were recognized. 

Continue reading

State Bureaucracy: There They Go Again!

When the State’s voters recently approved Prop 30, they basically expressed their trust that the Governor and the Legislature will spend well the state’s new tax money. Unfortunately just two days after the election, a powerful state employees union (PECG representing Caltrans employees) renewed its efforts to expand its control over major transportation projects in California.

Continue reading

Gov. Brown’s veto of SB 975 sends the wrong message to small business

The American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC California) today expressed disappointment with Governor Jerry Brown’s veto of SB 975, authored by State Senator Roderick Wright (D-Los Angeles). Governor Brown vetoed the bill yesterday. The bill would avoid duplicate agency requirements that impose extra regulatoryhurdles, restrict competition and impose extra costs on consumers.

Continue reading

ACEC California Merit Award Winner: AECOM for the Harris Reservoir Replacement

AECOM was retained by California Water Service Company as the prime consultant to provide a design solution for a failing four million gallon prestressed concrete reservoir that was experiencing structural distress due to slope movement and expansion of the existing concrete. The final solution for the new reservoir consisted of a 50-foot-deep, buried, four million gallon structure that was constructed within the walls of the existing reservoir. AECOM’s innovative “tank within a tank” design provided the least community impact at the lowest cost. The Harris Reservoir Replacement project was completed on time, within budget and without a single interruption to service. As a further testament to the project’s success, the 18-month construction progressed without a single complaint from the neighboring community. The total cost of this project was $9.5 million, and total construction change orders were less than 0.5 percent of construction costs.

ACEC California Applauds Gov. Brown’s Delta Water Proposal

The American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC California) today commended Governor Jerry Brown for announcing a plan to make California’s water supply dramatically more safe and stable, while improving environmental quality. The Governor’s plan focuses on major improvements to the Sacramento and San Joaquin river delta, which is widely regarded as the hub of California’s water supply.

Continue reading

ACEC California Congratulates Caltrans and San Francisco County for Accelerated Schedule and Innovation on Presidio Parkway Project Issues

The Board of Directors of the American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC California) issued a Resolution this week congratulating and applauding Caltrans and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) as the driving forces behind the successful $2 billion Presidio Parkway project, which is creating a dramatically safer southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Continue reading

ACEC California Welcomes Central Valley EIR for High Speed Rail

The American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC California) today welcomed the timely release of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) covering the Fresno to Bakersfield section of the proposed high speed rail system and also encouraged Governor Jerry Brown to reintroduce his proposal aimed at protecting the rail project from delaying tactics caused by abuse of the CEQA process.

Continue reading

ACEC California Supports CA Legislature’s Water Bond Decision (AB 1422)

The American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC California) today supported the California Legislature’s decision to postpone for two years a statewide vote on the proposed $11 billion water bond. Yesterday both the State Assembly and the State Senate voted to approve AB 1422, which pushes a decision originally scheduled for this November to the November 2014 ballot.

Continue reading