Orange County Branch Newsletter

March 2014

Branch News

Branch News - 2014 Annual Awards Dinner

By Joshua Nelson, P.E.

This year's annual awards dinner came an went and it went well. Congratulations to all the winners. We had so many talented people and wonderful projects that showcased what Orange County Civil Engineers have to offer. As I mentioned at the dinner, we have so many more categories now, be sure to think of projects and people you can nominate next year so we are able to give out an award in each category. We even have an "Other" category just in case one of the 20 other categories just doesn't fit. Once again the categories are:

Airports & Ports Project
Parks & Recreation Project
Architectural Engineering Project
Roadway & Highway Project
Bikeways & Trails Project
Small Project
Bridge Project
Structural Engineering Project
Community Improvement Project
Sustainable Engineering Project
Construction Project
Transportation Project
Energy Project
Urban or Land Development Project
Environmental Engineering Project
Water Project
Flood Management Project
Water/Wastewater Treatment Project
Geotechnical Project
Historical Renovation Project

Look for next year's nominations to open in September or October. See below for more information about each project or individual. Also scroll to the bottom of this page for some candid photos from the evening. Click HERE to see that set on Flickr. Click HERE to see all the winners receiving their awards. Also if you click the individual's names or the project names it will take you to a page with more info about the individual or the project.

Project of the Year

SR91 Widening from SR-55/91 Separation to SR-241/91 Separation

This project is part of the SR-91 Corridor Improvement/Implementation Plan. The accountability act of the voter approved bond fund requires a project to be delivered within specified timeframe to qualify for the fund. Caltrans team responded to the challenge and delivered the project in time and successfully captured the available funding.

Architectural Engineering Project of the Year

Edwards Lifesciences Parking Structure

The Edwards Life Sciences project is a five-story 1200 car parking structure at Edwards Life Science campus in Irvine, California and is located in the Irvine Business Complex (IBC). The parking structure replaces 6-acres of parking area that will be converted to campus open space for a future phase. The parking structure has a living wall that is the largest living wall installed in California and has a vegetated swale surrounding the structure to comply with the current stormwater requirements. The landscape design uses native and drought tolerant materials throughout the project and is sustainable.

Bikeways & Trails Project of the Year

San Juan Creek Bike Trail at Pacific Coast Highway

The County of Orange and the City of Dana Point worked together to improve public access along the San Juan Creek Bike Trail by constructing improvements to reduce flooding of the trail undercrossing at Pacific Coast Highway.  The project was funded by the County of Orange, City of Dana Point, and a federal Transportation Enhancement Grant.

The trail connects the communities of San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point to Doheny State Beach Park and other coastal facilities.  Without the project, the trail would be frequently inundated for prolonged periods from storm flows or high tides trapped behind the sand shoal formed at the coastal outlet of San Juan Creek.

Bridge Project of the Year

Gene Autry Way & I-5 HOV Interchange Project

The Gene Autry Way & I-5 HOV Interchange Project creates a direct route between major tourist and event destination points in the City of Anaheim while at the same time incorporating artistic, sustainable streetscape designs to create a sense of place and livability.
  The Gene Autry Way Project team coordinated open houses and community meetings to provide a foundation for open honest communication, trust, understanding and teamwork for the success of the project.  The project was located within a diverse community that included two major hotels - Holiday Inn and Aryes Suites, three mobile home parks, six multiplex apartment complexes, and a major business parking lot (Disneyland). A 3D simulation video was shown to demonstrate construction staging and provide residents with a “visual” perspective for a better understanding of the project.  These community meetings served as public forums which provided residents the opportunity to ask questions and express their views and concerns.  This allowed the City to realize the community’s real needs and preferences and develop ways to implement these issues.  Community outreach representatives also developed a tailored outreach plan to accommodate a bi-lingual community and out-of-state business tourism throughout the duration of the project.
The project addresses complex issues including safety, accessibility, congestion, and high occupancy vehicle access.  Interstate-5 Freeway (390,000 ADT at the site) bisects the most direct route between major destinations contributing to unreasonable congestion for over 20 million annual tourists and 33,000 hospitality workers.  Of significance, the project not only improves mobility challenges with a new bridge over the I-5 Freeway, but also positively impacts the quality of life for residents/tourists through innovative artistic elements and a strong sense of place.  Most striking are elegant palm trees, flanking both sides of the corridor and median, with sustainable LED accent lighting that produces an artistic silhouette for motorists and pedestrians. Ornate green streetlight poles accent the tree lines and a memorable “footprint” is established through scored concrete sidewalks and pedestrian crossings. These sustainable and unique artistic elements, woven into a traditional construction project, have created a significant sense of place for the community.
With the completion of the new bridge over the I-5 Freeway and new corridor connecting Gene Autry Way to Haster Street, we are now providing seamless mobility between major tourist destination points -the life blood of Anaheim (e.g. Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, the Anaheim Convention Center, Honda Center, Angel Stadium, the Platinum Triangle, and the ARTIC-Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center.  This seamless mobility has multiple positive “quality of life” benefits not only for its local citizens but for the millions of visitors from around the world.

Community Improvement Project of the Year

Anaheim Canyon Pedestrian Improvement Project

The Anaheim Canyon Pedestrian Improvement Project created an urban greening and safe pedestrian network between the newly constructed Metrolink Commuter Rail Station, Kaiser Permanente medical campus, and the Anaheim Canyon Business District – Orange _ounty’s manufacturing powerhouse.  The result is improved safety, accessibility, and mobility for the more than 40,000 people employed within four square miles, and residents living in nearby work/live lofts and condominiums.  The project addresses pedestrian issues including safety and accessibility in one of the oldest industrialized areas of Orange County. The Anaheim Canyon Business District is four square miles with approximately 1,800 businesses employing over 50,000 people. The area is undergoing major transformations including Kaiser Permanente’s 1;3 million square foot medical campus (260 beds), an expanded Metrolink Station with a 2nd track/platform, and new condominium homes.  Pedestrian safety and accessibility is a top priority because it attracts a diversified workforce and improves quality of life.  The pedestrian elements are holistic -elements complement each other with the end result being a safe, convenient, and beautiful pedestrian network. Elements include traffic calming measures to increase pedestrian safety, networking walkways between major destinations points, providing effective emergency access to Kaiser Hospital, and adding attractive landscaping to create an urban greening environment, including raised landscaped medians (which prevents midblock crossings) and parkways.

Construction Project of the Year

Bake Parkway and Lake Forest Drive Roadways, Bridges and Infrastructure Improvements

The Bake Parkway and Lake Forest Drive Roadways, Bridges and Infrastructure Improvements project constructed major and primary arterial roadways, three bridges, a gabion lined and two rip rap lined flood control facilities, surface and subsurface storm drainage, a recycled water transmission main, a domestic water main, and relocated existing SCE 66kv transmission mains. This project also required the preparation of intricate roadway right-of-way, easements and quitclaim legal documents to carry out necessary property conveyances to satisfy County of Orange Flood Control District, City of Irvine, Southern California Edison and Irvine Company agreements for the overall project’s complex division of property, roadway and infrastructure and their maintenance responsibilities. Additionally, the project site is bound by numerous topographical and Regulatory Agency deed restricted sensitive wildlife habitat areas prompting close coordination with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) and California Department of Fish & Game (CDFG). Environmental documentation required minimization of impacts to these mapped sensitive wetlands areas and the Regulatory agency permitting process resulted in site specific project design mandates.

The Bake Parkway and Lake Forest Drive Roadways, Bridges and Infrastructure Improvements project presented numerous complex constraints and challenged Hunsaker & Associates and the project team to develop and implement modern engineering design solutions, to offer cooperation and compromise during the extensive permitting process and to provide quality construction methods which resulted in the $16 million project’s completion on schedule and on budget.

Energy Project of the Year

OC Waste & Recycling/Broadrock Renewable Energy Program – Olinda Landfill

The Project is a state-of-the-art combined cycle electricity generating facility that became operational in late 2012. The Project, which has been under development since 2006, is currently the 3rd largest landfill gas (LFG) fueled power plant in America. It leads the industry in both high efficiency and low emissions and represents a unique and extraordinary example of the benefits of a public-private partnership.  The Project was a winner of the prestigious U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Project of the Year award.

• The Project represents a $130 million private sector investment in clean, renewable energy that created jobs and provide low-cost power to residents of Anaheim.

• The Project produces 32.5 megawatts of low-cost renewable energy, which, together with the existing facilities at the site produces 37.5 megawatts. Because the Project converts LFG to electricity on a 24/7 basis, the output is equivalent to the energy output of approximately 100 one-megawatt wind turbines and is roughly ten times the size of the average LFG to electricity project.

• The Project produces enough renewable energy to power more than 22,000 homes, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

• The electricity produced by the Project is delivered to the regional grid and bought by the City of Anaheim/Anaheim Public Utilities, with the output used throughout Anaheim

Environmental Engineering Project of the Year

Buck Gully Canyon Restoration

The Buck Gully Canyon Restoration project was a successful effort in designing and constructing erosion control improvements for the stabilization and restoration of Lower Buck Gully in Newport Beach.  The project was a proactive effort by the City of Newport Beach to implement solutions to protect the health of the canyon.  The project implemented measures to restore the creek back to its normal water course, and provide energy dissipation within the streambed in a non-intrusive manner, that was necessary for maintaining a stable equilibrium within the canyon.  The specific measures used included bend-way weirs along the upper bend of lower Buck Gully to train the stream flows away from the toe of the slope; and stepped-gabion grade control structures in the lower reach to safely convey increased flood flows through this reach of the canyon.

RBF provided the City of Newport Beach with planning, design, and permitting for the stabilization and restoration of Lower Buck Gully.  RBF provided detailed hydrology, hydraulic, and sediment transport studies for development of the final design.  RBF’s services also included obtaining permits from the California Coastal Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State Fish and Wildlife, and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Flood Management Project of the Year, Geotechnical Project of the Year

East Garden Grove-Wintersburg Channel from the Bolsa Chica Tide Gates to Warner Avenue

The $42.5 million flood control improvement project utilized a double row of steel sheet piles and soil cement mixed columns (inserted between the sheet piles) to form structurally sound flood control levees in a seismically active area over liquefiable soils subject to tidal influence set within a highly sensitive and publicly active coastal environment.

The project utilized many different technologies to construct a structurally sound levee within a very adverse project site, such as: soil-mixed columns in a hexagonal pattern to optimize the space between the sheet piles and mitigate liquefiable soils; Giken Reaction Base Sheet Pile Drivers that utilize the press-in method rather than vibration or pounding, Grade A690 Marine Grade Steel to mitigate steel corrosion for the sheet piles; stainless steel rebar for retaining walls under two major traffic bearing bridges; soil nail shoring during construction activity; hydrogeologic and ground motion monitoring before, during, and after sheet pile driving; and, the utilization of and underground infiltration cistern that doubles as a groundwater regulator as well as a project Low Impact Development (LID) BMP for the project.

Historical Renovation Project of the Year

The Packing District

The Packing District project, located in downtown Anaheim on South Anaheim Boulevard, is comprised of several components, including the Packing House, Packard Building, Farmers Park, Brookfield Homes multi-family residential complex, Claudina parking lots and Anaheim Boulevard street and pedestrian improvements.

The Packing District was the site of a citrus packing zone that harkens back to Anaheim’s agricultural roots. This urban infill mixed-use project has positively transformed this primarily commercial/industrial neighborhood. The five-acre site showcases the adaptive reuse of the historical Anaheim Citrus Packing House and adjacent Packard Building into an upscale commercial/retail venue featuring restaurants and shops. A pedestrian paseo, Farmers Park, links the two structures and provides easy access for residents of a multi-family residential complex also developed within the Packing House District. Brookfield Homes’ eight three-story residential buildings are comprised of 88 live/work and residential condominium units. 

The Packing District’s reuse of architectural elements has reclaimed the historic flavor of this distinctive neighborhood that had provided the economic engine at the core of the city’s early success: orange cultivation and packing. Unfortunately, over the years this historical locale deteriorated to a handful of faded, neglected structures and parking lots. The City of Anaheim’s redevelopment strategies, achieved in collaboration with designers, engineers and developers, have wrought dramatic improvements and now The Packing District is in the full flower of restoration.  The Packing District has successfully transformed into a viable, vibrant place for people to live, work and play in a setting that pleasingly combines the modern and the historic, the built and the natural.

While providing comprehensive engineering, survey/mapping and water quality assurance services for all of The Packing District redevelopment projects, Fuscoe worked with the City of Anaheim to resolve challenging sewer and stormwater technical issues. Additionally, critical street improvements were made to Anaheim Boulevard on the northbound side from Santa Ana Street to Broadway. To make the project pedestrian-friendly, the parkway was enlarged/widened to accommodate pedestrian right-of-way and landscaping. This infrastructure work completely upgrades The Packing District’s outdated facilities and brings them up to the City’s demanding downtown design standards, ensuring efficient functioning for years to come. Additionally, the Fuscoe team devised a unique pilot project consisting of a water quality alley, composed of rock, gravel, sand and pavers, in the public right-of-way.

Land Development Project of the Year

Laguna Altura (PA 18)

The Laguna Altura (PA-18) project was a landmark coastal canyon village project designed and developed by the Irvine Company.  Laguna Altura is situated in the master-planned City of Irvine, nestled atop the hillsides and just minutes from Laguna Beach.  The project involved design and construction of 855 Mediterranean and Tuscan style homes on a beautiful hillside. The exclusive gated village encompasses the four luxury neighborhoods of Siena, San Remo, Cortona, and Toscana. Work included a large hillside grading operation, storm drain including water quality treatment basins (part of NTS system), sanitary sewer, domestic water, reclaimed water, environmental mitigation, SR-133 widening, Lake Forest Drive, SCE transmission undergrounding, large transmission waterline relocations, landscaping, gated entries, and parks.  The project presented number complex constraints which required a tremendous amount of collaborative work among numerous consultants and agencies to achieve design and construction goals. Work was a collaborative team effort and involved numerous consultants and agencies to make the project a success.

Parks & Recreation Project of the Year

Haster Retarding Basin, Pump Station and Recreational Field Project

OC Public Works and OC Parks partnered with consultants, contractors and the City of Garden Grove to deliver a successfully joint-use facility that provides increased flood protection and additional recreational opportunities to the public. The project was funded by the Orange County Flood Control District, OC Parks and State Department of Water Resources Grant.

Roadway & Highway Project of the Year

City of Laguna Hills - La Paz Road at Interstate 5 Improvements

The City of Laguna Hills, in cooperation with Caltrans, directed the improvement of the La Paz Road interchange with Interstate 5 to relieve traffic congestion, create a fourth southbound off ramp lane, create a new east bound to north bound exclusive freeway access lane utilizing tie-back wall technology, create a second La Paz Road east bound to south bound left turn lane to Cabot Road, replace traffic signals, provide irrigation with recycled water, enhance water quality and add aesthetic features to this regional interchange. The project was mostly constructed at night over a 15-month construction period to reduce traffic impacts at a cost of approximately $6,000,000. An improvement strategy for widening of La Paz Road was the construction of the tie-back walls underneath the I-5 Bridge to accommodate additional lanes on La Paz Road. This work created a new lane out of otherwise unusable space under the freeway bridge and was an innovative solution to a tight cross-section. This project was designed to be aesthetically pleasing in keeping with the standards of the City of Laguna Hills and surrounding communities. The tie-back wall was faced with poured in place granite stone formliners after which each stone was individually painted to create a lifelike appearance, an extensive use of granite stones were used to line the raised median island on La Paz Road and for slope face protection on the northerly side of the La Paz underpass area and the entire project site was irrigated with recycled water and landscaped with low water use plantings. The addition of recycled water for irrigation was a City contribution to reducing the use of potable water by Caltrans to irrigate freeway plantings.

Small Project of the Year

Lake Forest II Aquatic Facility Cogeneration Energy Production System

A unique application of cogeneration (combined heating and power system) was applied at the Lake Forest II Community’s aquatic facility consisting of two junior Olympic pools and one adult pool, reducing heating and electricity costs by 22%, while also reducing their carbon footprint by 54%. Cogeneration replaces on-grid power demand by converting natural gas into heat and power. Through engineering the system to integrate with the existing aquatic facility equipment and providing a state-of-the-art automated control system that can be operated remotely, the community succeeded in reducing their overall energy use and operational costs, while upgrading to better and newer technology.

To reduce power and heating costs, the HOA considered alternative energy sources such as PV solar and thermal solar to power and heat it’s two Junior-Olympic pools (3,350 ft² each) and it’s Adult pool (2,200 ft²). However, the solar system was only projected to save approximately $12,500 per year (15+ year payback) and required additional reserves to be set aside to replace expensive inverters every 10 years and panels every 20 years. Cogeneration, on the other hand, offers a $40,000/year or 22% annual cost savings with only a five-year payback period, the savings includes on-going maintenance costs. In addition, the facility has also successfully decreased their carbon footprint by 54% by reducing their electricity consumption.

The system consists of a 75 kW cogeneration module installed in the existing main pump room to provide both power and heat for the facilities.  Heating of the pools and electric generation are optimized by a customized control system developed which allows for automatic unattended operation of the cogeneration system.  The control system continuously monitors and analyzes site power consumption and pool water temperatures so that power and heat are only generated when they can be consumed. The control system also monitors the electric utility loads so that even in the absence of heat demand, the cogeneration unit can run during “peak” demand periods, thereby minimizing “on peak” electric demand charges.  The entire control system was supplied with a secure internet connection which allows remote monitoring, control and data collection via an iPad or Windows PC.

Transportation Project of the Year

Interstate 5 / Crown Valley Parkway Corridor Improvement Project

Lead by the City of Laguna Niguel, and sponsored jointly with the City of Mission Viejo, the Interstate 5 at Crown Valley Parkway interchange improvement project widened Crown Valley Parkway from the intersection of Cabot Road in the City of Laguna Niguel to the northbound I-5 loop entrance ramp in the City of Mission Viejo.  The project included widening three bridges over Camino Capistrano, and the SCRRA railroad, Oso Creek Channel, and I-5 freeway. Extensive coordination was necessary with rail, water, sewer and electrical transmission facilities serving south Orange County. The improvement project addressed significant operational deficiencies at one of the busiest arterial interchange locations in Orange County. The improvements lengthen the existing right turn lane approach to the southbound I-5 on-ramp and add an additional lane through the northbound I-5 on-ramp intersection.  The four eastbound through lanes match the City of Mission Viejo’s segment of Crown Valley Parkway east of the I-5 freeway.  The improvements provide improved accessibility to the Gateway Specific Plan area, including the proposed transited-oriented development and Metrolink transit station.

RBF provided preparation of plans, specifications and estimates for major capacity and operational improvements.  The project marked the final stage of improvements, originally planned by RBF, and executed in four stages over a 20 year period.

Urban Development Project of the Year

Anaheim Convention Center Grand Plaza

The Anaheim Convention Center Grand Plaza was transformed from a busy vehicular roadway shared with high pedestrian usage into a 100,000 square foot pedestrian-friendly outdoor area utilized year-round for a variety of events.  The project was a public-private partnership between the City of Anaheim, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, and Resort District Hotels. It is located at the end of Convention Way, and framed by the Convention Center to the west, the Hilton Anaheim Hotel to the north, and the Anaheim Marriot Hotel to the south.

The scope of work consisted of relocation of underground utilities including a major water transmission line and storm drain, new water features with underground vaults, specialized concrete decorative paving with intricate patterns and embedded color aggregates, planting and transplanting of hundreds of mature trees, installation of more than 300 DMX controlled in-ground light fixtures.  In addition, weekly coordination meetings between 3 hotels, the convention center, visitor’s bureau, contractor and city staff, resulted in aggressively addressing construction impacts, scheduled events, and construction black out days which ultimately enabled the project to complete immediately prior to the largest annual convention.

The design elements of the Grand Plaza are representative of Anaheim and Orange County’s natural landscape as described in the following storyline:

The “River of Light” is the winding blue segment of decorative concrete infused with light features that connects the fountains at each end of the plaza.  It is symbolic of the Santa Ana River that flows from the mountains to the sea. Over 300 individually controlled in-grade LED lights with over 1,500 channels of control comprise of the “River of Light” that runs along the length of the plaza. These luminaries pulsate in sequence between each of the three fountains resulting in a landscape of light that flows from one fountain to the next.

The “Mountain Fountain” is the first fountain and represents the Santa Ana Mountains that can be seen in the distance, east of the Grand Plaza. It lies collinear with the “River of Light” and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The fountain walls contain different water levels and their sedimentary veneer finish is inspired by an eroded mountainside.

The “Anaheim Fountain” consists of four graceful arching arbor structures, inspired by the date palm, representing the original four boundaries of the Anaheim colony (North, South, East, and West Streets). The arbor structures change color as the river lights illuminate.

The “River of Light” flows into the “Ocean Fountain” that is comprised of three levels of upward projecting water and LED lit amphitheater seating for concerts and small venue events. The entirety of the Grand Plaza requires only 16,000 watts of light, equal to 0.16 watts per square foot.

Water Project of the Year

Rawlings Reservoir Replacement Project

The City of Tustin’s existing 4 MG Rawlings Reservoir was constructed in 1971.  Due to the age and deteroriating condition of the structure, the City was forced to take the existing facility out of service.  The City then proceeded to design a replacement for out-of-service tank.  The City initiated two construction contracts; a demolition contract to remove the existing structure and a contract for the construction of two 3.0 MG prestressed circular concrete tanks. Due to the existing site geometry, construction access limited.  In order to address this issue the City entered into an agreement with the adjacent property owner of an undeveloped property.  The agreement allowed the City to utilize the property for the purpose of facilitating construction by providing an access road down to the bottom of tank elevation (about 18 feet below finished grade) as well as providing a staging and stockpiling area.  This foresight facilitated construction and minimized off-site hauling.  The second challenge overcome by the City was the geotechnical complexity of the site including weathered and fractured underlying bedrock (shear zone) and ground water.  The City performed extensive geotechnical exploration as construction required extensive shoring.  The project site is surrounded on the north and east side by residential areas and by Foothill Boulevard on the south side.  A conceptual layout of the temporary shoring was developed by the design and construction support team prior to bid.  Due to a concern of potential movement the City instituted monitoring of the ground and shoring in order to anticipate potential ground movement and protect the surrounding residences.  By assembling a team consisting of the City staff, design engineers and construction management, the City was able to address the construction access, complex geology and temporary shoring issues in the contract documents reducing the risk perceived by contractors during bidding and providing for a high quality product that was completed within budget and within the project schedule

Water Treatment Project of the Year

Michelson Water Recycling Plant Phase 2 Expansion

Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) provides potable water, recycled water (RW), and sewer collection and disposal for over 316,000 customers within the City of Irvine and portions of surrounding cities. The Michelson Water Recycling Plant (MWRP) is IRWD’s largest water recycling plant. IRWD set out to expand the treatment capacity of MWRP to increase its usage of RW and reduce its dependency on imported water.

IRWD owns and operates two water recycling plants that treat wastewater to tertiary or advanced levels of treatment. IRWD maintains a completely separate recycled water pipeline system of over 300 miles serving over 3,500 customers. MWRP is the larger of the two plants and treats approximately 18 million gallons of wastewater per day (MGD). MWRP treats wastewater to recycled water quality using conventional activated sludge with the Modified Ludzak-Ettinger process to achieve nitrification and denitrification, followed by advanced treatment using seven dual-media (sand and anthracite) gravity filters and sodium hypochlorite disinfection.
The MWRP Phase 2 Expansion project is designed to meet projected capacity and effluent quality requirements. Construction began in September 2009 and is scheduled for completion in early 2014. The project will expand nominal capacity from 18 MGD to 28 MGD. The expansion includes approximately 1,900 FT of new influent sewers, a new headworks facility with screening, grit removal, and solids handling equipment, four new rectangular primary sedimentation tanks and associated sludge and scum pumping, expanded flow equalization and primary effluent distribution facilities, upgrades to the existing activated sludge process, a new high-rate clarifier for secondary effluent and backwash return flows from the dual media filters, upgrades to the chlorine contact basins, a new membrane bioreactor, and a new UV disinfection facility for MBR permeate. The expansion also includes new support facilities; including a new odor control facility, chemical feed systems, stormwater pump stations, and electrical buildings.

The project also establishes two parallel process trains for recycled water production. This offers unique research opportunities since direct comparisons can be made between the two processes. IRWD has installed multiple research stations to allow researchers to monitor, sample, and run pilot programs at the various stages of treatment.  The two processes have different operational challenges and costs and produce difference effluent water qualities.  This plant offers a unique opportunity to compare the more conventional activated sludge / sedimentation / filtration process with the more advanced membrane bioreactor facility.

In addition, the high-rate clarifier allows the plant to recover their filter spent backwash and extends the runtime of the filters by reducing secondary effluent turbidity, resulting in improved operational efficiency and reduced waste.

Wastewater Treatment Project of the Year

Orange County Sanitation District- Plant No. 2 Headworks Replacement Project

The Plant No. 2 Headworks Replacement Project is one of the largest and most complex projects undertaken by Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) to date. The new 340 mgd headworks facility consists of 14 process structures including influent metering, bar screens, screenings handling, influent pumping, grit removal and handling, primary flow splitting and metering, odor control, chemical feed facilities, electrical and control building, and standby power generation.

Complicating factors in the design and construction of the project included: deep construction; high groundwater; highly corrosive soils; several seismic faults within the project site; corrosive ocean air outside and corrosive atmosphere inside structures from raw sewage; hydraulic limitations due to existing upstream and downstream hydraulic grade lines; the characteristics of raw sewage (solids, rags, grit); odor and noise control due to the proximity of neighboring residences; and the criticality of the headworks facility being at the head of the plant. Because all flow entering the treatment plant must pass through and be pumped by the headworks facility, the headworks must remain in service at all times with sufficient reliability as a headworks failure could result in raw sewage backups and spills in city streets.

An important part of the design involved developing very comprehensive and detailed construction sequencing, start-up, and commissioning plans to allow construction, testing, and start-up of the new facilities without compromising plant operations. One of the major design challenges was intercepting the five major trunk sewers entering the plant and connecting them to the new headworks facility. These trunk sewers range in size from 78-inches to 108-inches diameter. Since bypass pumping was impractical because of the high flows and high risk involved, a concept to construct junction boxes around the live pipes and make live tie-ins was developed during design and implemented very successfully during construction. This concept also allowed operational testing of the new headworks facilities with raw sewage while the existing headworks facilities remained operational throughout the testing and start-up period so flow could be routed back to it if necessary.

Design and construction of the project included many innovative and unique features to improve reliability, operability, safety and efficiency. For example, the new odor control facility includes the largest biological odor treatment facility of its kind in the country, treating almost 190,000 cfm of foul air from the trunk lines and headworks to well below regulatory requirements. The innovative two-stage system consists of foam biotowers that remove the bulk of the hydrogen sulfide followed by wet chemical scrubbers for final polishing. The system has reduced chemical use at the plant, reducing costs while improving operator and public safety, and helped OCSD in its commitment to being a “good neighbor.”

Civil Engineer of the Year

Thomas T. Kim, PE

Tom Kim, PE, is a Senior Vice President and Southern California Transportation Director for HDR Engineering, Inc.  He has been active in the ASCE since 1989, and he has more than 24 years of expertise in engineering and planning of transportation project, and has been recognized for his passion to improve the quality of life for Southern California residents through his work on projects such as award-winning Colton Crossing Grade Separation Project and the Port of Long Beach Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility. Both projects are critical in making national goods movement more effective.  The Colton Crossing Project eliminated a major rail bottleneck in a key goods movement corridor by grade-separating two major transcontinental railroads.  The project has significantly relieved congestion and reduced rail and roadway traffic delays while improving regional air quality.

In addition, Tom has successfully delivered numerous key transportation projects throughout Southern California including complex grade separations, highways, commuter rails, Port facilities, and station designs. He is an effective communicator and proven consensus builder, which he has demonstrated on projects that required the buy-in of multiple stakeholders.     

Tom is very passionate about making a difference. He likes to know that what he does matters and will help the quality of life for others. He wants to contribute to people’s lives, and he is passionate about turning a “can’t do” into a “can do.”

Government Engineer of the Year

Don Hoppe, PE

Don graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BS in Civil Engineering and became a RCE in 1981. He worked for three private firms until he joined the City of Fullerton in 1981. Don worked his way up the ranks to Assistant City Engineer in 1992, was named Director of Engineering in 2004 and presently serves as Director of Public Works.

He has overseen the design and construction of more than $110 million worth of successful projects throughout the city of Fullerton including the following highlights: 

Major Projects:
• Wilshire Avenue 300 Space Parking Structure - $1.8 M  
• Various Citywide Annual Major Storm Drain Projects – Over $25 M
• Gilbert Street Roadway Extension through Chevron Oil Fields $1.2 M (Includes new Arch Bridge for Oil Company Traffic)
• Plummer Auditorium 400 space Parking Structure - $3.7 M
• Highland Avenue BNSF Railroad Grade Separation - $8 M
• City Maintenance Yard Reconstruction/Expansion - $8.5 M
• Police Station Remodel/Expansion - $12 M
• Hillcrest Park Water Reservoir Replacement - $8 M
• City Library Remodel/Expansion Phase 2 - $10 M (LEED Gold)
• 35,000 SF Community Center - $25 M (LEED Gold in progress)
• Compressed Natural Gas Filling Station and NPDES Compliance Enhancement – Basque City Maintenance Yard $2.6 M

Additional Achievements:
Don was an original member of the City of Fullerton’s Economic Development Action Team, which is a pro-active group of technical personnel from the city of Fullerton’s Fire, Building and Engineering departments assembled to meet with potential developers/architects to assist in pre-vetting proposed developments and potential hidden costs and/or design constraints. Don has been an active volunteer in local groups that develop beautification projects throughout the City, including the City’s annual Arbor Day tree planting.  He is an active member of American Public Works Association. Don has served as Chairman of OCTA’s Steering Committee and OCTA’s Technical Advisory Committee and is presently serving as the President of OC City Engineers Association.

Land Development Engineer of the Year

Doug Staley, PE

Doug Staley has over 30 years of experience in Land Development Engineering and currently serves as President of Hunsaker & Associates Irvine, Inc.  As president he brings to the company a lot of energy, creativity, and high expectations.  From an early age Doug has always had a knack for fitting things together and helping to solve practical problems. He is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Civil Engineering.  He is a Registered Civil Engineer in the State of California since and Hawaii.  Mr. Staley has been with Hunsaker & Associates since 1980 and as president he divides his time between managing projects, supervision of project managers and overall company operations. His in-depth knowledge and expertise in all aspects of land development including: due diligence, conceptual design, final engineering, surveying, and construction support and management provides the perfect foundation for his current role.

His practical, down-to-earth approach makes him consistently successful in helping clients to define, design, and execute a wide variety of successful land development projects including:

• Porter Ranch Master Planned Community, Porter Ranch, CA
• Soak City, Buena Park, CA
• The Marketplace, Laguna Niguel, CA
• Vista del Verde Master Planned Community, Yorba Linda, CA
• Black Gold Golf Course, Yorba Linda, CA

A father of three sons, Doug enjoyed coaching youth athletics.  He is a long-time sponsor of the Porter Ranch YMCA, Capistrano Valley High School athletics, and a volunteer for the American Red Cross. Of all the volunteer work he does, Doug gets the most personal fulfillment from mentoring others by sharing his own experiences and knowledge of the Engineering profession. He is never too busy to share his skills and knowledge with fellow engineers or engineers-in-training.

According to Mr. Staley, Civil Engineering is all about community service, development, and improvement.  When he looks at a piece of land he has a vision of what it can be – a place where real people spend their lives, whether at work, at home or at play. He takes pride in seeing a development achieve the twin goals of building a sense of community and creating a distinctive place identity.

Young Engineer of the Year

Ravi Shah, PE

Ravi’s dedication to the industry is exceptional for any engineer to have accomplished. However, given that he’s only been in the industry a handful of years, it’s actually phenomenal.

Ravi Shah has consistently demonstrated his commitment to ASCE ever since he first stepped into a Younger Member Forum meeting several years ago. Since then, Ravi has exceeded the expectations of his fellow ASCE members and has continued to maintain his ongoing dedication to the Society, while also maintaining a balance with his work commitments at HDR and personal life. Without a doubt, Ravi has acquired leadership skills as he has progressed through in various positions within YMF – each time acquiring larger and more important responsibilities.

As the 2012-2013 President of ASCE OC YMF he led an amazing growth for the LA Centennial and 60th Anniversary. He led a fresh group of young engineers to host and/or participate in 95 events, increase the diversity of these events, bring the university students and professionals closer together, increase the active membership of younger members in OC, and become one of the 2014 New Faces of Engineering. None of the great accomplishments of the 2012-2013 year would have been as possible without his leadership, dedication, and passion.

Ravi has been a phenomenal mentor to many of the board members. Ravi has dedicated his time to meet individually with board members on a regular basis to help them advance in their respective careers. Ravi has proven to be able to identify the set of skills inherent to each of his team members and has offered them all a specific path to develop their leadership, communication, problem-solving, and networking skills. An excellent communicator, Mr. Shah inspires many individuals to learn by his side.

As Design Engineer become Assistant Project Manager of C-Street, he became the “heart and soul” of the project. Ravi took it upon himself to become the champion for this project where he was recognized not only by his co-workers, but his supervisors, and more importantly the client.

Wherever Ravi puts his dedication, everyone involved thrives as a part of it. From his project work to ASCE, and even beyond, his impact on our industry is great for any engineer, but phenomenal for a young engineer.

Government Engineer of Merit

Mark Vukojevic, PE

Mark is the City Engineer for the City of Anaheim and has been in that position since 2007.  As City Engineer, he oversees Anaheim’s Capital Improvement Program including the implementation of hundreds of roadways, bridges, sewers, storm drains, traffic, and land development projects infrastructure improvements in the City. He also oversees all Traffic and Transportation Engineering and Land Development services providing direct services to City residents, businesses, developers and visitors. As City Engineer, Mark also approves and oversees on behalf of the City all regional projects within Anaheim’s 50 square miles of jurisdiction including freeways and railroad grade separations. Mark has extensive municipal and construction experience, and has worked for the cities of Seal Beach, Claremont, Sierra Madre and Los Angeles.  He has a Civil Engineering Degree from Cal Poly Pomona and is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer and a General Engineering Contractor. He is also a board Director for So Cal APWA and the current Vice-President of the Orange County City Engineer’s Association.

Distinguished Engineering Educator

David Naish, PhD

Dr. David Naish is a young conscious new generation engineering educator. Students will greatly benefit from his teaching and research and so is the industry. Not only he is knowledgeable in the the theory but also he is well qualified for hands on structural engineering experiments which the students need so much today. In course of of time he will be a valuable member of the engineering department.

Excellence in Promotion of Infrastructure

Lacy Kelly

Lacy Kelly has been a true champion in promoting and raising the awareness for the need to pay attention to infrastructure improvements. Lacy has partnered with ASCE OC to promote the ASCE OC report card during the annual OC Infrastructure summit, targeting local government and business leaders in order to tackle the challenges of infrastructure design, funding, policy, construction and maintenance.

Lifetime Achievement in Civil Engineering

Gary L. Miller, PE

With four decades of public sector experience, Gary Miller has provided hands-on engineering to local cities, counties, and airport authorities throughout his career.  He specialized in transportation and has successfully implemented numerous major arterial roadway, interchange/freeway ramp, and airport taxiway improvements.  His extensive experience with Federal, State and Local reimbursement funds, coupled with expertise in processing federally-funded projects through the Local Assistance Branch of Caltrans, has proven invaluable to the communities he has served.

President’s Award

Kenneth Rosenfield

Ken Rosenfield was president when I was secretary of the branch. I found him to be a very practical, no-nonsense kind of guy – very sharp and aware and just understood things well. He cut to the chase, as they say. I’ve said this before, but after his time on the board passed, I often found myself saying WWKD - “What would Ken do?” He’s a humble leader and has put many years and hours into ASCE and probably the only reason he hasn’t received an award from us before is because he was on the selection committee.

Outstanding Civil Engineer in Community Service

Andrew Easterling, EIT

Andrew Easterling joined the OC-YMF group at the beginning of the 2012-2013 FY and has continually blown us away with his commitment to ASCE, the profession, and service to the community. Without Andrew’s dedication to Community service we would not have come close to the 12 events hosted this year. In a single year Andrew helped planned more Community Service events than YMF hosted in the last 2 years combined. His commitment to Community Service and our Profession is outstanding. The majority of his involvement Community Service, and other committees, were focused on outreach outside of our profession. In addition he also frequently participated in discussions for overall improvement of our group and industry.

Furthermore, when the OC-YMF group needed a Treasurer for FY 2013-2014, when no one else volunteered and stepped up, Andrew ensured that the position would not remain unfilled. Since becoming treasurer he has not only fulfilled his duties, he has also sought ways to improve upon it and attempted to make changes to make his work more efficient and ease the burden for future Treasurers.

He is an excellent candidate for this award as I know no other individual within OC that deserves this honor more. His efforts with our Community Outreach efforts, have helped ASCE OC-YMF and its members become more active and realize the satisfaction of giving back to the community.

Outstanding Civil Engineer in Legislative Activities

Steven L. King, PE

After moving to Orange County 2 years ago, Steven has immersed himself in several professional societies including ASCE. While professionally managing projects for OCTA, he engages in government/legislative affairs at various levels and for different organizations. His familiarity and attentiveness with up and coming legislation on transportation funding and methods of delivery is evident when he explains the benefits or repercussions to a certain bill being proposed by California Legislature.

Steven has also helped the ASCE OC Branch in establishing and re-confirming relationships with various state legislators in the County. Along with members of the Government Affairs Committee, Steven has organized several Legislative Drive-Ins with local leaders and focused his attention on local issues such as obtaining authority for Design-Build on the I-405 Widening Project.

Outstanding Life Member

Steven R. Marvin, PE

Steve has spent his 45 year career studying the performance of over 25,000 lane miles of pavements exposed to the combined effects of cumulative wheel loading and the environment.  Unique pavement engineering challenges have included evaluating the impacts of moving large loads across southern California roadways such as the recent ‘Rock’ moved to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the decommissioned generators moved from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

He has shared his knowledge of pavement performance thru teaching specialized pavement design classes at colleges and universities throughout Southern California and a mixture of seminars, conferences and professional gatherings sponsored by the ASCE, APWA, Asphalt Pavement Association, League of California Cities and California Chip Seal Association.  He has balanced his career with family and growth of the engineering consulting firm LaBelle Marvin. 

Steve has served ASCE as President of the Orange County Branch, the Los Angeles Section and the California Society of Civil Engineers.  He served on the ASCE Committees for the National Conferences held in Anaheim and more recently in Los Angeles.  Steve also served on the ASCE National Government Affairs Committee and as Chairman of the ASCE National Technical Activities Committee.  He is presently serving as Vice President of the Southern California American Public Works Association. 

During his career he has taken time to navigate a 1932 Chevrolet from Norfolk Virginia to Spokane Washington with his wife Carla and sons Brett and Griffin, winning the Sportsman Division of the Great American Race and continues to participate in vintage automobile racing as a mechanic.  When not working as a Civil Engineer, Steve has served as President of two Rotary Clubs raising funds and working to improve the lives and health of people throughout the world. 

Outstanding Civil Engineering Student

Jose G. Jimenez Jr.

Jose has been active in ASCE since the time he first joined UC Irvine’s student chapter in 2010. He states that being in ASCE has been a rewarding experience and the people he has met in the organization has greatly helped him advance his career. He currently serves as UC Irvine’s ASCE student chapter president where he strives to organize events that attract members and specifically to expose UCI CEE students to the many rewarding benefits ASCE has to offer. Jose is in his last year of his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a focus in structural engineering. He aspires to one day work as a bridge engineer and will be attending graduate school in the Fall to advance his career as a structural engineer. In his free time he enjoys playing the Alto Saxophone, running and reading mystery novels. 
One of his most notable achievements includes co-leading the planning and execution of UC Irvine’s first CEE Career fair. It is a civil and environmental engineering focused career fair where representatives from UCI’s ASCE, Chi Epsilon, and AAEES student chapters collaborated to register eleven companies and attract over 200 UCI students to attend. Under his leadership and his dedicated board members the ASCE UCI student chapter has increased its paid member count to over 150 students, first time since ASCE UCI’s inception, and has 104 UCI students registered to attend this year’s Pacific Southwest Conference. Jose has also had experience conducting Earthquake Engineering research at the University of Washington. During the summer of 2012 he was invited to participate in the annual Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (PEER) summer research program. In this research project he expanded his knowledge on hybrid fiber reinforced concrete bridge columns with epoxy coated pre-stressed strands and stainless steel rebar. He is very excited to be a Civil Engineer and aims to one day become an ASCE Life Member.