PRESIDENTS MESSAGE

…And we’re back. You may have noticed the EOG took a brief break in January, but this month more than makes up for the hiatus with a number of exiting goings on, as follows:

First, the Shasta Branch, whose memberships centers around Redding, CA; is in the process of re-invigorating itself. A small cadre of dedicated individuals persuaded, cajoled, and (when needed) hard-sold fellow engineers in the area to join them in making ASCE’s presence more than just words on the wind in northern NorCal. Stay tuned for exciting things to come form this highly motivated group!

Secondly, the 2019 California Infrastructure Symposium and Region 9 Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, March 29 in San Diego, CA. The symposium focuses on informing engineers, educators, elected officials, and the general public about the issues, challenges, opportunities, and importance of infrastructure investments in California. Then, in the evening, we can celebrate the outstanding achievements of civil engineers and the exceptional projects from across California at the ASCE Region 9 Awards Dinner. We in the Sacramento Section are well represented by these award recipients:

Civil Engineer in the Public Sector: Ted Craddock, PE, CA DWR

ASCE Life Member: Maurice D. Roos, PE, CA DWR

ASCE Branch Officer: Om Prakash, PhD, PE, WEST Consultants

State Legislator of the Year: Assemblyman James Gallagher, CA State Assembly, District 3

Excellence in Journalism: Richard Ehisen, LexisNexis State Net

Lifetime Achievement: Camilla Saviz, PE, PHD, University of the Pacific

Architectural Engineering Project: 316 Vernon, City Hall Annex
Location     Roseville, California
Owner         City of Roseville
Engineer     Buehler Engineering, Inc.
Architect     LPAS Architecture + Design

Construction Project: Mule Creek State Prison Level II Infill Complex
Location     Ione, California
Owner         California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Engineer     KSN, Inc.

Environmental Engineering Project: Sacramento River Joint Intake and Fish Screen Project
Location     West Sacramento, California
Owner         Reclamation District 2035
Engineer     Stantec

Flood Management Project: Feather River West Levee
Location     Yuba City, California
Owner         Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency
Engineer     HDR, Inc.

Small Project: Yuba Goldfields 100-year Interim Flood Control Project
Location     Yuba County, California
Owner         Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA)
Engineer     MBK Engineers

Transit Project: Butte Regional Transit Operations Center
Location     Chico, California
Owner         Butte County Association of Governments (BCAG)
Engineer     GHD Inc.

That’s quite an impressive list. I plan on attending the awards banquet to cheer for our colleagues and celebrate their remarkable achievements. If you happen to see any of these folks, please congratulate them and give them a well-deserved pat on the back.

Lastly, you may know of a project that deserves recognition, and may find yourself asking “how can my project join such august ranks?” Well, the answer is simple: nominate a project for the 2018 ASCE Project Awards by visiting asce-sacto.org. Nominations are now open for a variety of project categories through March 1, 2019. Don’t wait until the last minute, nominate today!

Sincerely,

Michael V. Konieczki, PE, D.WRE
ASCE Sacramento Section President