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Monday, March 17, 2014, 6:15 am

Construction: Canyon Rock buys Cazedero quarry, concrete plant

Also: Fairweather adds 10,000sf; Napa Co. new planning chief

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    Jeff QuackenbushDiamond T Natural Resources, LLC, an affiliate of Forestville-based rock, gravel and concrete supplier Canyon Rock, Inc., on Jan. 31 acquired the 119.5-acre aggregate rock quarry and concrete plant at 600 Austin Creek Rd. in the western Sonoma County community of Cazadero from Bohan & Canelis Austin Creek Ready Mix, Inc., for $2.51 million, according to public records.

    Wells Fargo and U.S. Small Business Administration financing conduit TMC Financing provided the 504 program loan involved in the purchase.

    Canyon Rock bought Bohan & Canelis’ Cazadero quarry and concrete

    The sale didn’t include the Austin Creek Materials concrete plant the Canelis family opened several years ago near Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport. Jim Bohan and Theseus Canelis started the Cazadero quarry in 1946.

    Canyon Rock, which operates an eponymous aggregate quarry and River Ready Mix for concrete, plans to keep operations at the Cazadero quarry and plant similar to before but “low key for right now,” according to Wendell Trappe, part of the family that purchased the Canyon Rock quarry in 1972. The Trappes started River Ready Mix in 1975.

    “It will be a little better for our concrete deliveries to the coast to have a plant close by,” he said.

    Canyon Rock closed the Cazadero plant Feb. 1 to dispose of old equipment and modernize the facility, Mr. Trappe said. It is set to reopen with four employees on April 1.

    The Cazadero property became available for sale last year, Mr. Trappe said.

    That quarry became the target of a county of Sonoma enforcement action in 2010 about whether gravel removed from two lower Russian River beaches was illegal mining under county rules or allowed maintenance.

    Mr. Trappe said he didn’t think that action was involved in the sale of the Cazadero property. The Canelis family could not be reached for comment.

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    Residential design-builder Fairweather & Associates is expanding its shop at the former Hosokawa-Bepex complex on Todd Road southwest of Santa Rosa again.

    Simon Fairweather expanded Fairweather & Associates sixfold in 2011

    Simon Fairweather expanded Fairweather & Associates sixfold to this southwest Santa Rosa warehouse in 2011.

    Earlier this year, the company leased another 10,000 square feet of industrial space, now occupying 22,000 square feet in 160 and 170 Todd Rd., according to owner Simon Fairweather. Last year, the company leased the 3,800-square-foot former plant engineering offices for Fairweather & Associates’ headquarters.

    The company employs 25 and has been looking for up to a half-dozen journeyman carpenters and crew foremen.

    The builder made a sixfold expansion to the current Santa Rosa location in late 2011. The goal at that time was to have more room for prefabrication of systems used in constructing homes and for a venture in using reclaimed wood and other building materials for furniture and finishes.

    Mr. Fairweather is keeping mum for the moment on what’s behind the latest expansion, saying only that it’s a new business venture.

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    Another of the second generation of the founders of Brelje & Race Laboratories, Inc., is at the helm of the Santa Rosa-based water and wastewater testing center.

    Hal Race

    Hal Race

    Harold “Hal” Race, son of co-founder William “Ben” Race, took over as general manager in November, when Ann Hill, daughter of co-founder Walter Brelje, retired after three decades there. Both had worked as assistant lab technicians before going to college. Ms. Hill returned immediately, while Hal Race came back after 44 years.

    During college, Mr. Race opened a music store in Chico and in the North Bay. Later, he earned general contractor and real estate licenses then went into property management. For the past 10 years, he was a US Bank mortgage banker.

    “A good thing for me in running this company is drawing on my experience in running properties and overseeing personnel,” he said.

    The labs employ 14, and the staff has remained steady over the years.

    The company started in 1967 as a spinoff from Santa Rosa-based Brelje & Race Consulting Engineers, which is owned and operated separately. Because the company designed a number of water and wastewater treatment system, the state asked the company principals to start doing water and wastewater quality testing for government and private clients, according to Hal Race.

    Today, Brelje & Race Laboratories remains one of a few companies certified by governments to perform such tests. Frank Sarles started an eponymous civil engineering company in 1954, then Walter Brelje and Ben Race joined in 1955 and 1956, respectively. Mr. Sarles retired in 1964, and the other two, in 1981.

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    Like the county of Sonoma, the county of Napa has a new planning director. David Morrison, currently assistant director for planning and public works in Yolo County, was accepted by the Napa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to fill the role left vacant when Hilary Gitelman accepted a position in Palo Alto in October.

    David Morrison

    David Morrison

    Starting March 31, Mr. Morrison will be at the helm of Planning, Building and Environmental Services. With a staff of 72 and an annual budget of $10.7 million, the department oversees planning, building, development, environmental health, conservation, engineering, parks and open space.

    “Napa County is the birthplace of agricultural protection in California and has long been a leader in managing land uses consistent with local values,” Mr. Morrison said in a statement. “I am honored to be a part of creating solutions to meet the challenges that face our community and to maintain Napa’s role as the forefront of rural sustainability.”

    In his Yolo County since 2000, Mr. Morrison was responsible for planning, building, code enforcement, special districts, economic development, parks, airport, tribal relations, natural resources, mining and the airport. He oversaw adoption of a General Plan update, Housing Element and Climate Action Plan, streamlined the Zoning Code and helped establish Cache Creek Nature Preserve. In the past year, he was in charge of integrating Yolo County’s environmental health with planning and public works functions.

    Since 2007 Mr. Morrison has been a guest lecturer at University of California, Davis, focusing on how agriculture interfaces with urban life. Before the county of Yolo, he was a Tulare County associate planner and a Fresno County planning intern.

    Mr. Morrison has a bachelor’s degrees in economics and anthropology and a master’s degree in city and regional planning, both from Fresno State University.

    “Preserving agriculture and the environment is vital to the success of Napa County, and David’s depth of experience in this area will be valuable in guiding the department forward,” said County Executive Officer Nancy Watt in a statement.

    Last fall, commercial property investor and former Marin County planning official Tennis “J.T.” Wick became the new director of the Sonoma County Permit & Resource Management Department.

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    Registered civil engineer Rick Carlile, PE, joined the Santa Rosa office of BKF Engineers this month as a project manager.

    Rick Carlile

    Rick Carlile

    Key local projects in his two-decade career include Saggio Hills, a 258-acre luxury resort in Healdsburg; a Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit station area plan in Petaluma; and Best Family Winery in Sebastopol.

    Previously, he worked for nearly eight years as an associate civil engineer at Carlile-Macy in Santa Rosa. For almost 11 years before that, he was a project manager for Ruggeri Jensen Azar & Associates, a civil engineering, planning and surveying firm based in Pleasanton. Fresh from his BS in civil engineering degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 1994, he worked at Grenier in Pleasanton for about a year.

    A longtime Santa Rosa resident, Mr. Carlile is a member of the Sonoma County Alliance and director-treasurer of the Santa Rosa South Youth Soccer Club.

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    LACO Associates added Erich Rauber to its Santa Rosa office as a senior geotechnical engineer and Virgil Garner in Ukiah as materials testing laboratory manager.

    “These two new members of our team strengthen our geotechnical and materials testing service offers for the regional communities,” says Chris Watt, president and chief executive officer.

    Mr. Rauber has more than 30 years of  geotechnical and environmental engineering experience, working with local governments, schools, developers, and architects. His projects have included geotechnical investigations, design management, construction oversight for commercial and residential developments, landslide mitigation, high-rise buildings, waterfront and port facilities, mine site development, environmental restoration, remediation of contaminated sites, roads, bridges, rail facilities, earthen dams and levees.

    For almost five years previously, he was a principal engineer of Brunsing Associates in Santa Rosa.

    Mr. Garner has nearly 24 years of experience in special inspection and quality control for asphalt, concrete, steel, and other materials for construction projects. His project experience includes schools, hospitals, commercial developments, highways, rail facilities, and bridge projects.

    For nearly 10 years before LACO, Mr. Garner was a laboratory and project manager for Windsor-based Consolidated Engineering Laboratories.

    Also with a Eureka office, LACO offers civil engineering, building and site design, planning and permitting, geology and geotechnical engineering, environmental science, materials testing and special inspection, land surveying, and drilling services.

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    Santa Rosa-based land surveyor Cinquini & Passarino, Inc., is celebrating its 60th year.

    The company started as Passarino Associates in 1954, then George Cinquini & Associates opened in 1989. The two merged in January 1994.

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