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The American Council of Engineering Companies, California’s annual magazine Engineering & Surveying Business Review has published its 2017 issue.

The Spring 2017 issue features broad content including ACEC California’s 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards, articles on ACEC California’s successes during the 2016 elections, and key updates on legislative efforts and priorities in Sacramento. Some key articles you should check out include:

 

Engineering Excellence Awards

Every year, the EEA Honor and Award recipients showcase the exceptional work design professionals can achieve to serve communities and the wider public. ACEC California’s Golden State Award recipient, the Golden 1 Center that was designed by AECOM in association with Henderson Engineering, Inc, is featured on this year’s cover. The Golden 1 Center is home to the National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings, and is the first indoor sports arena in the world to achieve LEED platinum certification. Along with the Golden State Award Winner, each EEA Honor and Merit recipient is also highlighted in the issue.

Capitol Update

There are three separate articles that outline key legislative policy issues, give an overview of election outcomes, and summarize ACEC California’s efforts to protect and promote the engineering and land surveying professions. ACEC California Executive Director Brad Diede, ACEC California Director of Government Affairs Kelly Garman, and Gene Erbin, ACEC California’s government affairs representative from Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP, all authored articles to keep you up to speed on anticipated 2017 legislative action and revisit specific achievements in the 2016 legislation session.

Diversity Leadership Council

Another highlight of this year’s issue is the announcement by Dawn Antonucci, who serves as Vice President/Principal Towill, Inc. In her article, Ms. Antonucci talks specifically about the need to continue to encourage open and inclusive work environments in the engineering and land surveying professions and find unique ways to increase access to the profession to all who are passionate about engineering.

Check out the 2017 Engineering & Surveying Business Review

Women’s History Month: Meet Amanda Lai of Kleinfelder

FullSizeRender_new-slightly-cropped[1]During the month of March, Women’s History month, ACEC California is highlighting the past and current notable contributions of women engineers and land surveyors. As such, we are highlighting accomplished female engineers and land surveyors to gain a better understanding of how they view women’s growing place in the engineering profession and how the profession can continue to reach out to aspiring young women engineers.

Amanda Lai is a project engineer in the water group at Kleinfelder, where she works on local projects to help alleviate California’s water challenges. Ms. Lai graduated from UCLA in 2011 with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and spent three years at Parsons Corporation, working in road/highway engineering and earning her PE. She then decided to shift her professional focus to addressing the state’s water infrastructure needs.

Ms. Lai has also been named one of 2017 ACEC National’s Young Professionals of the Year.

Each year, ACEC National selects five young professionals from all over the country who represent excellence in their field and illustrate how their work has positive impacts on society. Amanda will formally accept the award at ACEC National’s 2017 Fall Conference.

Outside of the office, she serves as the President of the Engineers Without Borders San Diego Professional Chapter where she oversees international projects in El Salvador, India and Senegal that help to provide basic human needs in developing communities. She is also active in a mentorship program at Emerald Middle School in El Cajon and a STEM mentorship program at San Diego High School. In her spare time, she travels extensively and frequents local farmers markets where she dabbles with sustainable agriculture.

Below is a Q&A ACEC California conducted with Ms. Lai:

What was attractive about the profession of engineering?

Engineering is a fancy word for sustaining existence. Without engineering, the human race would have ceased to exist long ago. Most importantly, we would not have pizza.

What do you work on in your current capacity?

My team focuses on water treatment, storage and distribution. Living in Southern California is a constant reminder of the impact and imperativeness of water infrastructure. My team is comprised of a group of highly technical and creative engineers, and I am constantly amazed by their talent.

What is the one thing many people don’t understand about civil engineering?

Two things. Firstly, it’s everywhere, seen and unseen. A few obvious engineering feats are skyscrapers and bridges and the infrastructure supporting these marvels. In the last few years, I have been captivated by the things unseen, namely resource recovery. A few weeks ago, I participated in Engineering Day at the Mall where our EWB booth did a water demonstration that challenged many young students to think about where their water comes from and the engineering behind our modern existence.

Secondly, engineering is incredibly innovative. We are artists, and science is our medium. I find it amusing that engineers are often billed as less-than creative. If that were the case, we would be walking everywhere, Los Angeles would still be an uninhabitable desert, and there would be no pizza.

Is it important to you to help develop the next generation of women engineers? How might the profession do better at reaching out to aspiring young women?

I cannot imagine a world without female engineers. I was raised predominantly by strong and decisive women, and to think that there could exist a future where there are fewer females in the STEM field is unthinkable. My grandmother and her six children (5 daughters, 1 son) fled Vietnam during the Vietnam War; they oftentimes had no choice but to work hard and to work honestly. Growing up, this was normal.

We need to talk about the absence of women in leadership positions. I am lucky to work in a time and place where there are laws prohibiting explicit gender biases in the workplace, but we are now presented with the subtle microaggressions that require a different approach. Microaggressions are like the vestigial organs of our patriarch’s past. What’s worse is that people don’t like to talk about it because it’s not so obvious, but no battle worth fighting is easy. Kleinfelder hosts a quarterly women’s network to designate a space specifically to talk about inequality in all forms. Forums like this facilitate conversation to acknowledge disparities and ways to address them.

We also need to normalize women and minorities in the STEM field. My hope is that students will one day no longer have to hear the statistics about how engineering is a male-dominated field. We exist! I work with a local middle school as a mentor and STEM advocate. I have received letters from some aspiring female engineers who are encouraged by the very sight of a female engineer. I do not consider myself to be a highly exceptional engineer, but the fact that I am present in their lives is enough encouragement for them to continue pursuing their education, regardless of the antiquated statistics that they are fed.

What would be the dream project you would choose to work on?

Ideally, I would like to design a large-scale composting facility powered by vermiculture that can take in organic waste and biosolids and produce nutrient-dense compost for agriculture and protein-dense grub for livestock feed.

Realistically, I plan to travel to Senegal this summer with my EWB team to implement our sanitation project.

 

ACEC California’s Engineering Excellence Awards Wrap Up

ACEC California’s 1st Annual Scholarship Foundation Fundraising Dinner presenting the ACEC California Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) was held on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco, California. With over 300 attendees and 28 firms receiving awards, this year’s awards ceremony recognized recent achievements of the engineering and surveying industries.

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Bill Wagner presenting the 2016 Legislator of the Year award to Senator Patricia Bates, at the EEA Banquet.

In December we announced Senator Pat Bates as our Legislator of the Year. We were honored that the Senator was able to accept the award at our EEA banquet.

Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center was not the only project to receive an award. Notably, many firms won multiple awards. The top 18 award winners were eligible for the top California Golden State Award. And all 18 of these Honor Award winners are eligible to go on to the national Engineering Excellence Award competition in Washington D.C.

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Left to Right: Megan Guida, Ralph Guida, Senator Bates, Kurt Yoshii, Jeff Walker, and Stephanie Wagner.

Brad Diede, Executive Director of ACEC California stated, “Many deserving projects were submitted to this competition. All of these firms should be very proud their contributions to our society. We were pleased to be able to recognize their distinctive and inventive concepts.”

For a complete list of all the award winners, click here.

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Brad Diede, Corey Walker (Past Scholarship Award Winner) and family at the EEA Reception.

ACEC California is excited to have brought the Scholarship Foundation and EEA together and affirm the fundamental role that ACEC California member firms play in building and maintaining the quality of our infrastructure. Thank you to our panel of judges and our members’ support. Congratulations to all our award winners!

Click here for a look at all the photos from the banquet!

 

ACEC California Announces Engineering Excellence Awards

Today the American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) unveiled the 2017 recipients of its prestigious Engineering Excellence Awards. In all, 21 California firms representing 38 projects were named winners. 18 Honor Awards were granted to 12 firms and 20 Merit Awards were granted to 11 firms. An awards dinner, which is a fundraiser for the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation 501(c)3, will be held in San Francisco, February 2, 2017, and Honor Award winning projects will have photographic panels on display at the Capitol, outside of the Governor’s office, in early 2017.

“Engineering and land surveying firms excel at serving California communities through extraordinary and innovative design in order to solve real-world problems,” said Brad Diede, Executive Director of ACEC California. “This year’s award winners were no exception – from providing critical clean water infrastructure to more efficient transportation improvement projects and world-class facilities – ACEC members are moving California forward.”

ACEC California’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition recognizes outstanding achievements in engineering and land surveying projects completed by California firms. Entries are accepted into one of 12 project categories: studies, research and consulting engineering services; building/technology systems; structural systems; surveying and mapping technology; environmental; waste and storm water; water resources; transportation; special projects; small projects; energy; and industrial and manufacturing processes and facilities.

Walter P Moore Air Traffic Control Tower and Integrated Facilities Building at San Francisco International Airport

The winner of the Golden State award, signifying the best overall project, will be announced at the awards dinner in February. Honor Award winners also are eligible to enter the national level Engineering Excellence Awards competition. Last year’s Golden State Award, the Air Traffic Control Tower & Integrated Facility by Walter P Moore (pictured left), also garnered the top national honor, the ACEC 2016 Grand Conceptor Award. Photographs of award winning projects can be found here.

 Honor Awards were granted to the following firms:

  • AECOM of Orange, CA, in association with Henderson Engineering, Inc., Kansas City, MO, for its work on the Golden One Center, home arena of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Sacramento Kings, in Sacramento, CA.
  • Arcadis U.S., Inc. of Carlsbad, CA for its work on the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant in Carlsbad, CA.
  • Arcadis U.S., Inc. of Los Angeles, CA for its work on the Port of Long Beach, Middle Harbor Redevelopment Program, Phase 1 in Long Beach, CA.
  • Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. of San Jose, CA, for its work on the Central Marin Ferry Connection Multi-Use Pathway in Larkspur, CA.
  • Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. of Orange, CA, for its work on the Tustin Avenue / Rose Drive Railroad Grade Separation in Placentia and Anaheim, CA.
  • Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc. of Brea, CA, for its work on the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project 500kV Underground Transmission Mira Loma-Vincent in Chino Hills, CA.
  • Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, Inc. of Fresno, CA, for its work on the Healdsburg Avenue Bridge over the Russian River in Healdsburg, CA.
  • Hill International of Irvine, CA, for its work on the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Asuza, CA.
  • Holdrege & Kull Consulting Engineers and Geologists of Chico, CA, for its work on the Closed Lincoln Landfill Groundwater Corrective Action Project in Lincoln, CA.
  • Kennedy/Jenks Consultants of San Francisco, CA, for its work on the Converting Waste to Vehicle Fuel at the City of San Mateo Wastewater Treatment Plant in San Mateo, CA.
  • Kennedy/Jenks Consultants of San Francisco, CA, for its work on the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant (HTWTP) Long Term Improvements Project (LTIP) – 11MG Treated Water Reservoir in San Bruno, CA.
  • Kennedy/Jenks Consultants of San Diego, CA, and Trussell Technologies, Inc. of San Diego, CA for its work on the Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Project in Santee, CA.
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. of San Diego, CA, for its work on the Blue Line Light Rail Transit Renewal Project in San Diego, CA.
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. of Oakland, CA, and Mott MacDonald of Pleasanton, CA, for its work on the Interstate 80 SMART Corridor Project – Integrated Corridor Mobility (ICM) in San Francisco – Oakland, CA.
  • Kjeldsen, Sinnock & Neudeck, Inc. (KSN) of Stockton, CA for its work on the San Jose – Santa Clara RWF 3D Scanning, 3D Modeling & Mapping in San José, CA.
  • Kleinfelder of San Diego, CA for its work on the Cross Border Xpress Terminal Building and Pedestrian Skybridge in San Diego, CA.
  • Kleinfelder | Simon Wong Engineering of San Diego, CA, for its work on the Auto Center Drive Grade Separation Project in Corona, CA.
  • Maintenance Design Group, LLC (MDG) of Pasadena, CA, for its work on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Division 13 Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility in Los Angeles, CA.

Merit Awards were given to:

  • Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, Inc. of San Francisco, CA, for its work on the Sylvester Greenwood Academy + Leadership Public Schools in Richmond, CA.
  • HDR, Inc. in Irvine, CA, for its work on the expansion of Metrolink service, the Perris Valley Line from Perris to Riverside, CA.
  • HDR, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA, for its work on the San Bernardino Transit Center Omnitrans Bus Transit Center procured by San Bernardino Assoc. Government (SANBAG) in San Bernardino, CA.
  • Huitt-Zollars, Inc. of Thousand Oaks, CA, for its work on the Trancas Creek and Lagoon Feasibility Study in Pacific Coast Highway & Trancas Canyon Rd/ Malibu, CA.
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. of Orange, CA, for its work on the Monterey Peninsula Airport (CIP and RSA of Runway 10R/28L) in Monterey, CA.
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA, for its work on the VA Loma Linda Ambulatory Care Clinic in Loma Linda, CA.
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. of San Diego, CA, for its work on the A Avenue Green Street Project in National City, CA.
  • Michael Baker International of San Diego, CA, for its work on the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Central Hospital – Civil Engineering, On-Site and Off Site Development, Utilities in San Diego, CA.
  • Michael Baker International of San Diego, CA, for its work on the Mission Beach Bulkhead Seawall Replacement in San Diego, CA.
  • Michael Baker International of San Diego, CA, for its work on the Point Loma Nazarene University Science Center in San Diego, CA.
  • Michael Baker International of San Diego, CA, for its work on the Springbok Solar 1 & 2 in Kern County, CA.
  • MNS Engineers, Inc. of Santa Barbara, CA, for its work on the Colorado Esplanade in Santa Monica, CA.
  • MNS Engineers, Inc. of Santa Barbara, CA, for its work on the Los Osos Valley Road Interchange at US 101 in San Luis Obispo, CA.
  • Mott MacDonald of Pleasanton, CA, for its work on the New Irvington Tunnel in Sunol, CA.
  • Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group of Fresno, CA, for its work on the Packwood Creek Water Conservation Project in Visalia, CA.
  • Psomas of Pasadena, CA, for its work on The Santa Anita Oak Woodland Project in Arcadia, CA.
  • Rick Engineering Company of San Diego, CA, for its work on the Hanson El Monte Pond Restoration and Flood Control/Groundwater Recharge Project in San Diego, CA.
  • Rick Engineering Company of San Diego, CA, for its work on the Hotel Churchill Renovation in San Diego, CA.
  • WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff of Sacramento, CA, for its work on the Bailey Creek Bridge Replacement Project in Plumas County, CA.
  • WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff of Sacramento, CA, for its work on the Riverfront Reconnection Project-Phase I in Sacramento, CA.

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ACEC California is a statewide association representing over 950 private consulting engineering and land-surveying firms that average 20 employees each. ACEC California is dedicated to enhancing the consulting engineering and land surveying professions, protecting the general public and promoting the use of the private sector in the growth and development of our state. Our members provide services for all phases of planning, designing and constructing projects. For more information, visit http://www.acec-ca.org.

Road Charge Pilot Program: I’m Enrolled!

By: Kelly Garman, Director of Government Affairs, ACEC California

The gas tax.

As the Director of Government Affairs for ACEC California, it’s something I’ve learned quite a bit about the last three years. Every transportation seminar and conference, every transportation-related bill moving through the legislature, and every time I’ve ever heard Malcolm Dougherty, Will Kempton, Senator Beall or Assembly Member Frazier speak in a public setting, the decline of the gas tax has been front and center.

And understandably so – there are more fuel-efficient cars on the roads these days, contributing to a decline in the gas tax, which is the revenue stream used to fix California’s roads. It’s a big deal. On behalf of ACEC California and as a longtime California resident, I believe this decline translates into a dire need to search for a long-term solution.

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Walter P Moore Wins National ACEC Engineering Award

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From left to right: Brad Diede, Executive Director, ACEC California; John Moossazadeh, ACEC California National Director; and the Walter P Moore team winning the Grand Conceptor Award in Washington, DC.

This week, Walter P Moore was awarded with the prestigious Grand Conceptor Award at the national Excellence in Engineering Awards (EEA) in Washington, D.C. Their project, the Air Traffic Control Tower and Integrated Facilities Building at San Francisco International Airport, uses a cutting-edge post-tensioned system, enabling the tower to self-right and remain fully operational after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake.

Walter P Moore’s project was also honored earlier this year with the Golden State Award during ACEC California’s annual EEA awards. Click here to read ACEC California’s press release.

Walter P Moore Air Traffic Control Tower and Integrated Facilities Building at San Francisco International Airport

Air Traffic Control Tower and Integrated Facilities Building at San Francisco International Airport.

Each of the innovative projects that received either an Engineering Excellence Merit or Honor Award from ACEC California were profiled in ACEC California’s annual magazine, Engineering and Surveying Business Review. To see visuals of all of the award winners’ exceptional work, click here for the online version of Engineering and Surveying Business Review.

Six Los Angeles Area Firms Earn Engineering Excellence Awards

As part of ACEC California’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition, six engineering firms from the greater Los Angeles area were recognized for outstanding achievements in engineering and land surveying projects. EEA Honor Awards included such projects as the LAX Central Utility Plant Replacement in Los Angeles, South Bay Bus Maintenance Facility Expansion in Chula Vista, and the Firestone Boulevard Bridge Replacement over San Gabriel River in Norwalk/ Downey.

ARUP LAX Central Utility Plant ReplacementArup of Los Angeles, earned an EEA Honor Award its work on the LAX Central Utility Plant Replacement in Los Angeles, CA. The 75,000 SF, $423 million LAX CUP, is the first major design/build project undertaken by the City of Los Angeles. The new LAX CUP replaced the 50-year-old existing CUP with a more modern and efficient facility. Arup’s innovative design saved the airport nearly $20 million in capital costs and is expected to save $7 million each year in operating costs. Considered the first sustainable utility plant at any US Airport, the LAX CUP is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification and will be approximately 25 percent more energy efficient than the former facility.

Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. Firestone Boulevard Bridge Replacement over San Gabriel River

Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. of Orange, also earned an EEA Honor Award for its work on the Firestone Boulevard Bridge Replacement over San Gabriel River in Norwalk/ Downey, CA. This bridge is a vital link transporting an average daily traffic of 57,000 vehicles between the City of Norwalk and the City of Downey. The Firestone Boulevard Bridge is located on Firestone Boulevard over the San Gabriel River at the adjoining city boundaries between Norwalk and Downey.

STV South Bay Bus Maintenance Facility ExpansionThe South Bay Bus Maintenance Facility Expansion in Chula Vista, also granted an EEA Honor Award for the Los Angeles – based engineering firm, STV. The project is the first design-build contract for a maintenance facility ever issued by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the STV/Whiting-Turner Contracting Company team designed and constructed new and expanded buildings at the South Bay Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility. As part of this $50 million program, a new 49,000-square-foot high-bay maintenance building, a 12,000-square-foot operations and administration building, and a two-bay bus wash building were added to the existing facility complex. The expanded facility allows MTS to meet rising demand for its bus service, which has recently reached record highs for ridership. The facility now houses 250 buses, up from 170 prior to its expansion.

HNTB Corporation Levi's Stadium

Finally, HNTB Corporation of Los Angeles, garnered an EEA Honor Award for its work on Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Levi’s Stadium, the new home for the NFL San Francisco 49ers, has been heralded as the most innovative and technologically advanced stadium in the nation. With 68,500 fixed seats expandable to 72,000 seats (for the Super Bowl), 9,000 club seats (in nine different club spaces), 174 luxury suites with VIP amenities that include five star dining, spectacular views and upscale bars, the stadium program is reflective of the regional art, food and wine culture and technology driven industry.

Merit Awards were given to the following firms in the greater Los Angeles area:

Arcadis U.S., Inc. North Operations and IT Management Building, POLB Middle Harbor Redevelopment

ARCADIS U.S., Inc. of Irvine for the North Operations and IT Management Building, POLB Middle Harbor Redevelopment in Long Beach

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Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc. of Brea for the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project that spanned Kern County, San Bernardino County and Los Angeles County.

An EEA awards dinner was held at the Hard Rock Café in San Diego, on January 28th, 2016, and Honor Award winning projects will have photographic panels on display at the Capitol, outside of the Governor’s office, during National Engineers Week in February 2016.

 Because of their selection by ACEC California, Honor Award winners are eligible to enter the ACEC National level Engineering Excellence Awards competition.

 

AECOM and Carollo Engineers in Sacramento Earn Engineering Excellence Awards

ACEC California’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition recognizes outstanding achievements in engineering and land surveying projects completed by California firms. This year, two firms located in Sacramento – AECOM and Carollo Engineers – were named as 2016 recipients of this prestigious award for their work on two critical projects that provided careful and thorough analysis of urban levees in the Central Valley and the restoration of clean drinking water to the City of Delano, California.

AECOM California Department of Water Resources Urban Levee Evaluation Project

AECOM garnered an Honor Award for its work on the California Department of Water Resources Urban Levee Evaluation Project in Central Valley, CA. As part of the project, AECOM completed an innovative evaluation of 415 miles of urban levees, protecting more than 1 million people and more than $64 billion of property in California’s Central Valley. The project included an unprecedented multi-faceted exploration program, development of a comprehensive program technical guidance document for levee evaluation, and preparation of geo-technical evaluation for 19 urban study areas.

DCIM206MEDIADJI_0166.JPGCarollo Engineers, Inc. also garnered an Honor Award for its work on the Delano biottta™ Wellhead Nitrate Treatment Demonstration Project in Delano, CA. In April 2014, the State of California approved a grant-funded project to help provide the City of Delano with safe drinking water. The $5 million grant allowed the City to remove one of California’s most widespread groundwater contaminants: nitrates. Classified in the category of “pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors,” nitrates can cause significant health problems when consumed in drinking water. The grant funded a three-year pilot and demonstration project for removal of nitrate from the city’s drinking water. The City of Delano subsequently installed and is operating a biottta™ nitrate treatment system, designed by Carollo Engineers. The biottta™ system is being used on a critical municipal supply well that exceeded the required safety levels for nitrates.

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 An EEA awards dinner will be held at the Hard Rock Café in San Diego, on January 28th, 2016, and Honor Award winning projects will have photographic panels on display at the Capitol, outside of the Governor’s office, during National Engineers Week in February 2016.

Because of their selection by ACEC California, Honor Award winners are eligible to enter the ACEC National level Engineering Excellence Awards competition, which will be held this winter.

 

 

Firms in San Francisco & San Jose Earn Engineering Excellence Awards

ACEC California’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition recognizes outstanding achievements in engineering and land surveying projects completed by California firms. This year, five firms located in either Santa Clara County or the San Francisco Bay Area were named as 2016 recipients of this prestigious award.

Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, Inc., headquartered in Fresno with district offices in San Francisco, received an Honor Award for its work on the San Francisco Zoo-South American Rain Forest Exhibit in San Francisco.

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Cornerstone provided the structural engineering services required to create the San Francisco Zoo’s newest exhibit as well as seismically retrofit the historic WPA building. The Aviary features a realistic rainforest ecosystem, full of colorful free-flight birds, exotic plants and trees, a charming two-toed sloth, and the Zoo’s first significant herpetological collection—which will include a 15-foot long green anaconda as well as rare tree frogs, turtles, lizards, and snakes.

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Out and About with ACEC California

ACEC California President Mary Erchul recently gave a presentation to the Association for Women in Science’s Sacramento Valley Chapter on the subject of Navigating a Career in Civil Engineering.  Erchul discussed her role as a Construction Manager/Resident Engineer for Ghirardelli Associates and as President of ACEC California.  Erchul discussed how she advanced to where she is today, including diving into her background, education, job progression and mentors.  The audience was very interested in the challenges Erchul has faced along the way, including equality, empowerment, unequal pay, lack of solid role models and work/life balance issues.

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