Leading principal engineers in the North Bay, listed alphabetically by firm.
613 Fourth St. Ste. 203-A, Santa Rosa 95404
LEED-accredited mechanical designer Jay Takacs started this mechanical engineering company in February 2004, and it has grown to seven employees and a half-million dollars in annual revenues.
Mike Bocklund, M.E., joined the company in 2005 and is CEO. After he earned his mechanical engineering degree from UC Davis, he started his practice at heating, ventilation and air-conditioning contractor Bell Products in Napa in 1988 and then moved to Napa-based mechanical engineering firm Costa Engineers in 1993. In 1997, he joined mechanical engineering firm Horn Engineers, where he met Mr. Takacs. He is licensed in California and Nevada.
Mr. Bocklund’s top projects include the Salmon Creek School’s platinum-level LEED-rated Eco Resources Building project in Occidental, Stark’s Steakhouse renovation in Santa Rosa and remodeling of Queen of the Valley Hospital’s nuclear medicine facility.
Brelje & Race Consulting Engineers
5570 Skylane Blvd., Santa Rosa 95403
Since 2005 John “Jack” Locey, P.E., has been president of this 40-employee civil engineering firm, which has a heavy emphasis on water and wastewater systems. He was vice president for 11 years before that. One of the hallmarks of his three-decade career was oversight of infrastructure design for the 675-acre Mayacamas resort near Santa Rosa.
The firm started in 1954 and spawned Santa Rosa-based civil engineering firms Carlenzoli & Associates and Carlile Macy in a leadership split in 1987. Billings last year were $6 million.
Richard Ingram, P.E., has been with the firm for two decades, rising to the position of vice president in 2005. Since the 1990s, he has been focusing on water and wastewater fields in private and public projects, such as $20 million in capital improvements for the Town of Windsor and the award-winning Camp Meeker water system in the mid-1990s.
Thomas Jones, P.E., joined the firm in 1982 and has been a principal since 1993. His specialty has been planning for in-fill development, and his two and a half decades in practice in Sonoma County has included Agilent Technologies campuses; Skyfarm and Vintage Greens housing developments in Santa Rosa and Windsor, respectively; and the Kendall Jackson Wine Estates production campus in north Santa Rosa.
David Long, P.E., joined the firm in 1994, entered ownership in 2002 and is now a senior partner. Drawing on previous work in winemaking, mechanical engineering and construction management, he has worked with vineyard reservoirs, water tanks and pumping systems.
Tom Yokoi, P.E., joined ownership of the firm in 1991, but he’s been a professional engineer with the firm for three and a half decades. He too specializes in water and wastewater systems, particularly analysis and design of those recycling water.
15 Third St., Santa Rosa 95401
David “Dave” Hanson, P.E., has been president since before he and the four other principals acquired the firm in early 2005 from founders Dick Carlile and Jack Macy. Mr. Hanson had worked with Mr. Carlile as a civil engineer for 24 years, starting after graduation with an undergraduate degree in environmental resource engineering from Humboldt State University at what is what is now called Brelje & Race Consulting Engineers in Santa Rosa.
Two areas of expertise are subdivision planning and engineering as well as pump and steel reservoir design. Key projects include the 200-acre Skyhawk community in northeast Santa Rosa, the 2,000-acre Fountaingrove II master planned community in the same area, downtown streetscapes in Novato and Yuba City and the Prince Memorial Greenway in downtown Santa Rosa.
Another civil engineering veteran with Mr. Carlile, Mark Hale, P.E., manages all engineering for Carlile Macy. He earned civil and mechanical engineering degrees from UC Davis. Two standout projects in his 20-year career are the 82-acre public sports center in Santa Rosa called A Place to Play as well as his position as lead civil engineer on the 200-home Air Center East project in southwest Santa Rosa.
Chaudhary & Associates Inc.
851 Napa Valley Corporate Way Ste. G, Napa 94558
Arvin Chaudhary, P.E., P.L.S., rose to the position of president and CEO of this civil engineering firm in 2005. His father, Kailash Chaudhary, started the firm as a one-man business in 1976, and now the company has 45 employees and had billings of $7.7 million last year.
Arvin Chaudhary graduated from Boston University in 1987 with an undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering, and a couple of years later he rose to project manager at Chaudhary & Associates, handling large public and private projects. His specialty is design of school locations and erosion-control measures.
With that expertise, Mr. Chaudhary is part of Caltrans’ Stormwater Monitoring and Research Services, a joint venture with Montgomery Watson. He is also assisting Parsons Brinckerhoff Construction Services on replacement of three downtown bridges that are part of the Napa Flood Protection Project. Another major local project for the firm is the redevelopment of the 650-acre former Navy base in Vallejo for Lennar Mare Island.
Coastland Civil Engineering
1400 Neotomas Ave., Santa Rosa 95405
CEO John Wanger, P.E., started Coastland Civil Engineering in 1991. A registered civil engineer in California, his career started nearly three decades ago with an undergraduate civil engineering degree from Cal Poly.
The firm is one of a few in the North Bay that provides outsourced engineering services to local governments. Coastland’s services range from construction management to building inspection to plan check. Coastland is the contract city engineer for Cloverdale, Windsor and Yountville and designs public works and utility projects for Cloverdale and Santa Rosa. The Sonoma County Water Agency is another major client.
Costa Engineers Inc.
3274 Villa Lane, Napa 94558
Antonio “Tony” Costa, P.E., is president and chief mechanical engineer of the 10-employee mechanical engineering firm he started in 1976. He’s licensed in eight Western states and LEED accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council.
After graduating from Cal Poly in 1969 with an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering, he worked at Ralston & Dwyer in San Francisco, Montgomery & Roberts in El Cerrito and Mare Island Naval Shipyard during his service in the U.S. Navy.
He says his greatest challenge is “designing HVAC systems that meet California Energy Commission requirements while maintaining acceptable comfort levels within the building.” His insights on doing so were featured in the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers Journal in 2005 and at the society’s annual convention earlier this year.
Some of Mr. Costa’s most prominent projects have been the Ruben Salazar Library at Sonoma State University and phase two of Santa Rosa Junior College’s Petaluma campus.
45 Leveroni Court, Novato 94949
J. Dietrich “Diet” Stroeh, C.E., was one of the founding partners of the firm when Coleman Selmi and Wright merged with Stuber-Stroeh Associates, started in 1980, in Novato a decade later. He earned renown during the 1976-77 drought by developing programs that achieved high levels of water conservation as general manager of the Marin Municipal Water District, where he worked for 20 years, the last six at the helm. With that background, his specialty is water, sanitary sewer systems and on-site disposal systems.
A licensed civil engineer in several Western states, a land surveyor and a general contractor in California, Al Cornwell, C.E., is president of the firm. He’s also LEED accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council and has a master’s degree in civil engineering from Stanford University.
Dennis Rinehart, C.E., also is a licensed civil engineer and general contractor and has experience in land surveying over his three-decade career. He manages the firm’s headquarters office. In the early stages of the Napa River Flood Protection Project, now about half complete, he served on the technical advisory panel.
Wayne Leach, C.E., manages the Petaluma office, which the firm opened in 1999 followed by one in San Francisco a year later. One of his specialties is project permit processing, especially Caltrans encroachment permits. He is certified for erosion and sediment-control projects.
The Engineering Partnership
100 Brush Creek Road, Ste. 204, Santa Rosa 95404
Rob Main, P.E., formed The Engineering Partnership in 1998 as a mechanical engineering firm specializing in process piping system design, and Tim Souza, P.E., became the other engineering partner the following year. The firm now has nine employees, five of which are licensed mechanical engineers and another employee awaiting licensing.
After earning his undergraduate mechanical engineering degree from UC Berkeley in 1981 and his state licensing to that effect, Mr. Main went to work for IBM and then Bechtel Engineering. In 1986 he joined mechanical engineering firm Larkin & Associates. His top recent projects have been the Nickel & Nickel and other boutique wineries, the Jelly Belly plant in Fairfield and Calistoga Ranch Resort.
Mr. Souza received his undergraduate mechanical engineering degree from Cal Poly in 1983 and state licensing in 1995. He worked at Air Monitor Corp. for four years and its successor Cal-Air as a project manager for 13 years. His landmark projects include Redwood Credit Union’s transformation of 3033 Cleveland Ave. in Santa Rosa into a LEED-certified headquarters, the Hampton Inn & Suites under construction in Windsor and the Fountaingrove Inn expansion and adjacent Round Barn renovation expected to be under way soon.
Gannett Fleming Project Development Corp.
Shelter Point Business Center, 591 Redwood Highway Ste. 5220, Mill Valley 94941
Kambiz “Kam” Shadan, P.E., became president of the company, which is an affiliate of Pennsylvania-based civil engineering firm Gannett Fleming, in July 2006. Before that and in addition to this new position, he manages Gannett Fleming’s operations and projects in the Pacific region from the 18-employee Mill Valley office.
Mr. Shadan is a licensed professional engineer, real estate broker and general engineering and building contractor. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Santa Clara.
The focus of the Mill Valley-based development company is acquisition, development and construction of underutilized investment- and institutional-grade real estate. That dovetails with the project and construction management orientation of the Mill Valley office since Mr. Shadan moved it from San Francisco in 2004.
Projects the regional office is overseeing include pavement reconstruction design and construction support for the County of Marin for southern Marin jobs, street rehabilitation in Tiburon, project and construction management for Transportation Authority of Marin endeavors and a multiyear project and construction management deal for $40 million in facilities for the Livermore/Amador Valley Transit Authority.
Green Valley Consulting Engineers
335 Tesconi Circle, Santa Rosa 95401
President Elizabeth “Liz” Ellis started the civil engineering, land surveying, construction inspection and landscape architecture firm in 1997. From just former partner Tom Havens and herself, the firm has grown to have a staff of 22, including the landscape architects brought on board last year.
She earned her civil engineering degree from San Francisco State University in 1990 and went to work for Winzler & Kelly Consulting Engineers in Santa Rosa. She had started working there her senior year of college and served as an intern in the Santa Rosa Public Works Department.
One project specialty that has emerged is “green” upgrades to municipal storm drain systems to prevent sediment and chemicals such as motor oil and gasoline from washing into creeks and rivers. An example of that design work is two large catchment basins for the intersection of Santa Rosa Avenue and First Street to protect nearby Santa Rosa Creek.
Other design work Ms. Ellis has supervised includes master planning for Jepson Vineyards and Winery near Ukiah and civil engineering for Valley of the Moon Children’s Home and Charles Schulz’s commercial property portfolio in the Santa Rosa area.
70 Woodside Lane, Mill Valley 94941
Craig Herzog, G.E., is the principal in charge of this geotechnical engineering firm he started in 1994, a few years after his father, Donald Herzog, left Herzog Associates for freelance geotechnical consulting, including for Herzog Geotechnical. Another consultant with Craig Herzog’s firm is engineering geologist Donn Ristau, who was at Herzog Associates’ Napa office in the late 1980s and since then has been the principal of Phoenix Geotechnical in Napa.
Craig Herzog’s projects include studies of the impact of vertically expanding Redwood Landfill north of Novato and designing foundations for buildings at Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Ranch near San Rafael.
79 Galli Drive Ste. A, Novato 94949
Irving Schwartz, C.E., is president and CEO of the firm, which provides civil and transportation engineering and land surveying services. The firm has 15 employees and had billings of $2 million last year.
Mr. Schwartz started the firm as I.L. Schwartz Associates in 1981. That followed a 14-year stint at the County of Marin just after earning his undergraduate civil engineering degree from San Jose State University in 1965. He started as a project engineer and eventually rose to the position of deputy director of public works.
Mr. Schwartz’s key projects include the 245-berth Waldo Point Harbor in Sausalito, the 176-lot Lucas Valley Estates subdivision, Strawberry Village Shopping Center and Fairfax’s street rehabilitation program.
J.M. Turner Engineering Inc.
1335 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa 95401
Hans Vermeulen, P.E., is senior engineer and owner of the civil, structural and construction engineering firm, which has a half-dozen employees. Joe Turner started the firm in 1990 and later sold it to Mr. Vermeulen, who was one of the original employees.
Top services the firm provides are design of excavation shoring, falsework and wine caves.
Kleinfelder West Inc.
2240 Northpoint Parkway, Santa Rosa 95407
Since joining the company in 2003, Mark Stanley, G.E., has been principal geotechnical engineer for Kleinfelder West Inc.’s 34-employee Santa Rosa office, the North Bay’s second-largest civil and structural engineering operation. The company as a whole has 2,000 employees throughout the West and annual billings of $175 million, including about $11 million for the North Bay.
A licensed civil engineer and geotechnical engineer in California, Mr. Stanley has been overseeing major projects such as seismic-retrofit work on the south approach structures and north anchorage housing and pylons for the Golden Gate Bridge. He earned his graduate geotechnical engineering degree from UC Berkeley in 1990 after working for Harding Lawson for two years.
Lefler Engineering Inc.
1651 Second St., San Rafael 94901
Michael Lefler, M.E., is president of this mechanical engineering firm, which has eight employees and annual billings of $1 million. He earned his undergraduate mechanical engineering degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1980 and worked for General Motors for two years. He joined the mechanical engineering firm his father, Roger, started in 1977 and assumed ownership in 1991, when Roger Lefler retired.
Michael Lefler is LEED-accredited and licensed as a mechanical engineer in several states.
Key projects in his career include a 70,000-square-foot research lab in Palo Alto, a 300,000-square-foot building for Pacific Bell in Oakland, the 80,000-square-foot Redding City Hall complex and more than 1 million square feet of facilities for the U.S. General Services Administration.
Lescure Engineers Inc.
4635 Old Redwood Highway, Santa Rosa 95403
Peter Lescure, P.E., is president and principal civil engineer of this 15-employee civil engineering company, which specializes in innovative water and wastewater solutions that individual homeowners and small municipalities can afford.
Some of those cutting-edge wastewater systems were designed for Barlow Co. in Sebastopol, Amy’s Kitchen in Santa Rosa and expansion projects for Sonoma Wine Co. in Graton. He continues to help legislators, regulators and manufacturers understand such needs as president of the California Onsite Wastewater Association.
While he was studying for his civil engineering degree at San Jose State University he worked as a carpenter, and starting in the early 1980s he was licensed as a general engineering contractor and performed excavations.
Mr. Lescure started his company in 1979 after working for the Palo Alto Planning Department and URS Research Corp. At URS he was manager of environmental impact report and study contracts. The company had billings of $1.36 million last year.
Mead & Hunt Inc.
133 Aviation Blvd. Ste. 100, Santa Rosa 95403
Michael Shutt, P.E., and Lee Moen, P.E., operated airport engineering specialty firm Shutt Moen Associates from 1986 until they sold it to Mead & Hunt in 2002. As vice presidents of airport construction services, they continue to direct the engineering and technical aspects of projects, respectively, designed in the Santa Rosa office, which has more than a dozen engineers and a staff of two dozen.
Before Shutt Moen, Mr. Shutt operated Hodges & Shutt for 16 years and worked at Arnold Thompson Associates for eight years prior. He earned his civil engineering degree from the University of Illinois and has taken transportation-related graduate courses at UC Berkeley. He is a licensed engineer in California and Arizona.
Mr. Shutt helps project proponents seek grant funding, has guided regulators and lawmakers on airport design and noise and has lectured on these topics in California and Oregon. Recent jobs for which he was project manager include the new Petaluma Municipal Airport and runway reconstruction for Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport.
Mr. Moen has undergraduate degrees in civil engineering from San Jose State University and aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a licensed engineer in California, Nevada and Oregon. He started his career at Hodges & Shutt in 1976.
His specialty is pavement design, evaluation and rehabilitation. His recent top projects include projects for airports in Santa Barbara, San Carlos, Half Moon Bay and Colusa County.
Miller Pacific Engineering Group
504 Redwood Blvd. Ste. 220, Novato 94947
Scott Stephens, G.E., is president of the 20-employee geotechnical, geological and civil engineering firm, which had $2.5 million in billings last year. He is senior project manager for many of the geo-civil projects the firm handles, including peer-review jobs for several government agencies in the North Bay.
He got his start in the mid-1980s at one of those agencies, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, while he was going for his undergraduate civil engineering degree, which he earned in 1988 from UC Berkeley. He went to work in geotech pioneer Dames & Moore’s San Francisco office while he was working toward a graduate civil engineering degree from the same school. In 1991 he earned it and started Miller Pacific Engineering Group.
Miller Pacific has offices in Napa and Petaluma, where the firm has its soil testing laboratory.
MKM & Associates
441 College Ave., Santa Rosa 95401
Larry Miyano, C.E., Jeffrey Kennedy, S.E., and Bud Malmanis, C.E., formed this structural engineering firm in 1983, adding Eric Kreager, S.E., as a principal engineer in 1992 and John Cook, S.E., in 1994. The company has 35 employees, with 17 civil and structural engineers.
The company’s portfolio includes the international award winner Roshambo Winery in Healdsburg, the Fountaingrove Inn expansion, rehabilitation of the adjacent historic Fountaingrove Round Barn in Santa Rosa, construction of the four-story Sheraton hotel in Petaluma, Sonoma State University student apartment complexes and rehabilitation to brick buildings in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square.
Mr. Miyano has three decades of civil and structural engineering experience in Northern California, involving multi-story office buildings, banks, wineries, industrial facilities and parking garages. He received his civil engineering degree from Heald Engineering College in San Francisco in 1972 and is licensed in California and Nevada.
Mr. Kennedy has two and a half decades of structural engineering background, specializing in single- and multi-story wood-frame commercial and residential structures and rehabilitation of unreinforced masonry buildings. He graduated from Cal Poly in 1976 with an architectural engineering degree and a concentration in dynamics. He is licensed as a structural and civil engineer in California and as an engineer in Hawaii and Washington.
Mr. Malmanis’ four-decade career started in 1967 with an engineering degree from Long Beach State University, and he specializes in minimizing and dealing with seismically unsafe single- and multi-story unreinforced masonry buildings. Part of his career included eight years as a plan check engineer for the City of Santa Rosa, and since then he was involved in developing the city’s structural-inspection and seismic-safety programs. He’s a state-licensed civil engineer and has an engineering teaching credential.
Mr. Kreager has more than two decades of structural engineering experience in California. A 1984 Cal Poly graduate in architectural engineering, he’s licensed in civil engineering in this state and in structural engineering in California, Florida and Nevada.
Mr. Cook has been engineering structures for more than two decades. He has a master’s degree in structural engineering from UC Berkeley and is licensed to practice it in California and Idaho. Additionally, he is licensed as an engineer in Hawaii, Oregon, Texas and Utah and as a civil engineer in California.
One of his passions has been fostering local structural engineering internship opportunities.
359 Bel Marin Keys Blvd. Ste. 9, Novato 94949
Ronald Noble, P.E., is president and CEO of the dozen-employee firm with annual billings in excess of $3 million. Noble Consultants specializes in civil and structural engineering for coastal areas, harbors and water resources such as estuaries and wetlands. That includes design of beach stabilization projects, dredging operations, seawalls, cliffside structures and new and rehabilitated harbors and marinas. The company has offices in Novato, Irvine and Encinitas in the San Diego area.
Mr. Noble’s four decades in coastal and waterway engineering have garnered him leadership positions with the Coastal Engineering Research Council, the American Nuclear Society and the International Atomic Energy Agency. For the society he helped develop guidelines for selection of sites for nuclear power plants and design of the plants to withstand the worst possible flooding. For the agency he is the U.S. representative to the committee tasked with preventing disasters from such flooding.
Senior Vice President and CFO Scott Noble, P.E., has more than 30 years of experience in coastal and waterway engineering. His specialties are design of waterfront piers and structures as well as construction engineering for wetlands rehabilitation projects. An example of the latter is design and preparation of construction documents for berms and levees in a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to restore the wetlands around the former Hamilton Air Base in Novato.
O’Mahoney & Myer
4340 Redwood Highway Ste. 245, San Rafael 94903
In 1979 Brian O’Mahoney, P.E., and Jan Myer started this electrical engineering and lighting design firm, which has 26 employees and billings set to reach $3.4 million this year from $3 million last year.
Mr. O’Mahoney, a licensed engineer in California, Washington and Florida, handles engineering for particularly challenging projects such as data centers, high-technology facilities and high-voltage distribution systems.
He received his undergraduate electrical engineering degree in 1972 from the University of Ireland at Cork and got started in the industry as a project engineer for the Electricity Supply Board of Ireland. He came to the U.S. in 1975 and joined Charles Krieger and Associates in San Francisco.
Principal electrical engineer Paul Carey, who is licensed in the United Kingdom, specializes in photovoltaic and other “green” power-production systems as well as library and school projects. He is a graduate of the College of Technology in Dublin, Ireland, and has designed high-tech facilities in Silicon Valley and the Middle East as well as Dublin International Airport.
Principal electrical engineer Pieter Colenbrander, P.E., is licensed in California, Nevada, Oregon and Idaho. Like Mr. Carey, he specializes in sustainable design, helping project owners earn points on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system. He has designed amphitheaters for Bill Graham Presents and UC Berkeley’s Seismic Recovery Building.
PES Environmental Inc.
1682 Novato Blvd. Ste. 100, Novato 94947
Robert Creps, C.E., is one of the four principal engineers at this environmental engineering firm he helped start in 1989. He is director of the firm’s headquarters office in Novato and branch offices in Bellevue, Wash., and Eugene, Ore. The company has 32 employees in the North Bay and 44 companywide. Billings in 2006 were $9 million.
With degrees in environmental biology and civil engineering earned in the early 1980s, he joined Born Barrett & Associates as a staff engineer then moved to Harding Lawson Associates as senior engineer. Mr. Creps also is licensed in California as a hazardous waste contractor.
Mr. Creps’ key projects now are soils analysis and ecological risk assessment for the Golden Gate Bridge, environmental cleanup in Marin City as well as environmental analysis and testing for the Napa Pipe property south of Napa.
RGH Consultants Inc.
1305 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa 95401
707-544-1072, www.rghgeo.comGary Russey, P.G., Keith Gregory and Juan Hidalgo, G.E., started the geotechnical and geological engineering and materials-testing firm in 1991. Earlier this year they added Eric Chase, G.E., as an associate.
Today the firm has 24 employees in Santa Rosa, Napa and Middletown and had billings last year of $3.4 million. Much of the firm’s recent experience has been with investigations and construction observation for projects in the coastal and Mayacamas ranges.
Mr. Russey is licensed as a geologist in California and as a geologist and geotechnical engineer in Washington. He got his start early in life in quality control and materials testing for Kaiser Sand & Gravel in Windsor. In between studies for a geology degree from San Diego State University, which he received in 1979, he worked as a laborer then a materials estimator for Argonaut Constructors in Santa Rosa.
After graduation and through the 1980s, he was a geologist and project manager for Harding Lawson Associates and then Herzog Associates, now called Herzog Geotechnical. It was at Herzog where he met Mr. Gregory, Mr. Hidalgo and Mr. Chase.
Mr. Hidalgo started in geotechnical engineering at Harding Lawson offices in Novato and Anchorage, Ala., after earning his civil engineering degree from Cal Poly in Pomona in 1972. He went to Herzog in 1979 as a project geotechnical engineer and later branch manager and associate. He was state licensed as a civil engineer in 1976 and as a geotechnical engineer in 1987.
Mr. Chase was state licensed in 2003 as a geotechnical engineer and as a civil engineer in 1995. He started at Herzog as a staff engineer in 1990 and was at Geomatrix Consultants as a senior engineer from 1992 until joining RGH in 2000.
Riechers Spence & Associates
1541 Third St., Napa 94559
President Alan Spence, P.E., and Peter Riechers, P.E., purchased the civil engineering firm, formerly known as Charles W. Shinnamon & Associates, in 1992. Mr. Riechers, who joined the firm in 1981 when it was just a year old, is now semi-retired.
Mr. Spence, who is preparing to do likewise at the end of this year, joined in 1989 after two years at VanSickle Mickelson and Klein Engineers then five years at Ceegan & D’Angelo Engineers. His undergraduate civil engineering degree came from UC Davis in 1982. His recent projects include Montalcino Golf Course and Resort in south Napa, Pepperwood Preserve in Healdsburg, Vineland Station in St. Helena and the activation of Napa Valley Gateway Business Park’s recycled water system.
In 2004 the firm expanded to the Sacramento-area housing and winery markets. Last year project manager Ryan Gregory, P.E., Vice President Hugh Linn, P.E., and Chris Tibbits, P.E., became principals. The firm, which has been increasingly focusing on water and wastewater system design because of increasing regulatory challenges in the North Coast, has 50 employees and had billings of $7.37 million in 2006.
Mr. Gregory received his civil engineering degree from Cal Poly in 1998 and went straight to work for Riechers Spence. His recent projects include the Southgate housing development in south Petaluma and The Riverfront 50-home mixed-used project with two levels of underground parking in Napa.
Mr. Tibbits earned his civil engineering degree from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in 1994 and worked for Kruse Cate & Nelson for two years before joining Riechers Spence. His key projects include major ones for Napa: the Westin Verasa condo hotel, Meritage Hotel, Queen of the Valley Hospital imaging and wellness centers and Oxbow Market.
Mr. Linn was a Chico State University civil engineering graduate in 1989 and worked for Napa County Public Works Department for eight years, Brian Kangas Foulk for two years then joined Riechers Spence in 2000. His best-known work includes Mustards Grille in Yountville, Calistoga Ranch Resort and Guenoc Winery in Middletown.
3843 Brickway Blvd. Ste. 208, Santa Rosa 95403
SCS Engineers started as Stearns Conrad and Schmidt Consulting Engineers in 1970 just before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was formed, and now the environmental engineering firm has 550 employees in 40 offices in 17 states, including 18 employees in its North Bay office. Billings were more than $100 million companywide last year and approaching $4 million for the North Bay. The firm’s services include site remediation design, biological studies, construction and long-term site work.
The supervising engineers for the region are vice presidents and project directors Lenard Long, P.E., and Ambrose McCready, P.E. Mr. Long’s career spans from graduation with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Chico State University in 1976 to work at Harding Lawson Associates in Santa Rosa to starting several Bay Area consulting firms and then joining SCS nine years ago.
He holds licenses in civil and geotechnical engineering as well as hazardous materials contracting. In addition to designing cleanup work on leaky tanks at numerous California gas stations, his work has included cleaning up after the closure of a Raychem Chemical plant in Menlo Park.
Mr. McCready also worked at Hudson Lawson, in his case for 12 years, as part of his 34-year career after earning his civil engineering undergraduate degree from Sacramento State University in 1972. Top projects in his career have been landfill closures and expansions, including the latter at Potrero Hills in Suisun City.
Structural Design Group
430 E St., Santa Rosa 95404
Licensed structural engineers Richard Burris, Lawrence Dunn and Brian Hartley started the firm in mid-2000 after leaving ZFA Structural Engineers in Santa Rosa. Today the firm has a staff of nine with two other engineers.
All three are civil engineering graduates of Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where Mr. Dunn and Mr. Hartley met. Mr. Burris has 25 years of engineering experience, and the other two each have 18 years.
Recent landmark projects for the firm include 200 Fourth St., a four-story class A steel-frame office building for Hugh Futrell Corp. in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square District; Healdsburg’s three-story Deas Building, which sits on rammed-aggregate “geopiers;” and Deerfield Ranch Winery in Kenwood.
Structural Engineering Solutions
1500 Third St., Napa 94559
Donald Hogancamp, P.E., has been president since 2003 and owner since 2005, when he acquired the company from Riechers Spence & Associates founders Peter Riechers and Alan Spence. Mr. Riechers and Mr. Spence started the division in 2000 to design state-funded seismic retrofits as an ancillary to their civil engineering firm.
Now the company has a staff of nine, with four licensed professionals.
Mr. Hogancamp majored in structures and construction management when he earned his undergraduate civil engineering degree from Purdue University in 1981. He owned his own firm in Palm Desert for eight years.
Summit Engineering Inc.
463 Aviation Blvd. Ste. 200, Santa Rosa 95403
In 1975, Bill Phillips started this civil engineering firm with a focus on water and wastewater projects and brought on structural engineer Chet Adamick as a principal in 1981. Both retired last year, leaving the company in the hands of four principals: Greg Swaffar, P.E.; Zak Zakalik; Andy Tchirkine, S.E.; and Controller Pam Fischer.
Mr. Swaffar is president of the firm.
Mr. Zakalik formed the firm’s “suite16″ electrical engineering division in 2000 and manages projects such as lighting and electrical systems for Staglin Family Winery’s cave-based winery. Associate electrical engineer Terry Szalai, P.E., works in the division. Mr. Szalai is a 1994 graduate from Cal Poly.
Mr. Tchirkine, S.E., brought his two decades of experience to Summit in 2005 and manages the structural engineering division Mr. Adamick started.
Also in 2005, Summit bolstered its water and wastewater engineering skill set with the addition of Anu Shah, P.E.
513 Lincoln Ave. Ste. C, Napa 94558
Principal civil engineer Debra Hight, P.E., has managed the Napa branch office for 85-employee Triad/Holmes of Monmouth Lakes since she arrived in 1999 to bolster what had been a two-person field office for surveying. Since then the office has grown to seven employees, with billings last year of $620,000. Total company billings for the six offices were $6.8 million.
Ms. Hight started in engineering with seven years at Hughes Aircraft Co., three years working with flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base and four years as a design engineer. In 1990 she joined Triad/Holmes as a project engineer.
Key projects Ms. Hight has been overseeing include Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s new surgery center, emergency department renovation and expansion and new facilities services building. Others are the Yountville Inn expansion and workforce housing, Darioush Winery and custom home near Napa and the Hidden Glen and Magnolia Oaks housing subdivisions in Napa and St. Helena, respectively.
ZFA Structural Engineers
1212 Fourth St., Santa Rosa 95404
Gregory Zucco, S.E., now senior principal for the Sacramento office, started the firm as ZA in 1974, and the name changed to ZFA in 1993. The firm has 37 employees and billings last year of $4.18 million. ZFA has offices in Sacramento and San Francisco.
Senior principal Dennis Fagent, S.E., earned his undergraduate engineering degree from UC Los Angeles. He was first licensed as an engineer 30 years ago as a structural engineer in California in 1986 and later as such in several Western states. His specialties are public, commercial, health care and winery projects. He has been a pioneer in stabilized-earth construction, commonly called “rammed earth,” and in applying base-isolation theory to protecting wine tanks and high-value equipment from seismic damage. Recently, he worked on the Elk Grove Aquatic Center and the Charles M. Schulz Museum.
David Cooper, S.E., also has designed stabilized-earth structures such as the Fetzer Vineyards offices in Hopland and exterior curtain walls with steel-stud framing that are becoming increasingly more common in winery buildings. He earned his undergraduate civil engineering degree from Montana State University.
Kevin Zucco, S.E., came to ZFA in 1993 as a project engineer after earning an undergraduate civil engineering degree from Cal Poly then became an associate in 2002 and a principal in 2005. He was state registered in civil engineering in 1997 and in structural engineering in 2005. He also has LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. Recent projects include movie complexes for Century Theaters throughout the Northwest.
Robin Wendler, S.E., a licensed structural engineer, has concentrated her decade-and-a-half career on designing educational facilities, such as the Piner High School Performing Arts Center in Santa Rosa and Windsor High School. She is a regular plan-check consultant for the Division of the State Architect, which approves school-project design. Her undergraduate degree from Cal Poly was in architectural engineering, and she has a master’s of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
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