published on January 11, 2019 - 8:37 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
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Images via ACEC | The Calgren cluster and Fulton Street Reconstruction Project netted Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group two American Council of Engineering Companies awards.

ENGINEERING

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) has selected two Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group’s projects to receive merit awards in their California 2019 Engineering Excellence Award competition. Projects selected were the City of Fresno’s Fulton Street Reconstruction project, and Calgren Dairy Fuels LLC’s Pixley dairy digester cluster project. The awards will be presented to the firm at the Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet, Feb. 7, 2019. According to ACEC California, the Engineering Excellence Awards competition has become an effective tool for engineering and surveying recognition for projects that benefit local communities and California as a whole.

Created in 1965 by converting 12 adjacent blocks in downtown Fresno to a pedestrian mall with an urban park setting, the Fulton Mall had become outdated and the City was looking for ways improve economic activity. The project reintroduced a pedestrian-friendly commercial streetscape together with a narrow two-lane street with on-street parking. It also restored and relocated all of the significant public art and water features that made the corridor a virtual outdoor art museum. The merit award from ACEC follows up awards previously won by the project, including awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Public Works Association (APWA).

The Calgren cluster project includes constructing digesters at dairies near the Calgren ethanol plant located in Pixley, California, and pipelines to transport the biogas produced by the digesters to the Calgren plant.Currently, Phase 1 and 2 of the pipeline project have been designed and constructed with the first digester going on-line in August 2018.Up to four more dairy digesters are being connected to this pipeline system.The Phase 3 of the pipeline project has been designed and is under construction to add four more dairy digesters to the existing pipeline system.Phase 4 of the pipeline project has been designed and will be constructed after Phase 3 is complete, adding another four dairies to the existing pipeline system.Excess capacity has been designed into the piping network to accommodate additional dairies located in the area.

Engineering firm QK (formerly Quad Knopf) has welcomed some new personnel to the team. Ana Covey joins the Clovis office. Covey, a Fresno State graduate, has a background in geotechnical engineering, land development and surveying. Antonio Westerlund, PLS, CFedS, joins the Clovis office as a senior associate surveyor. A graduate of Fresno State, he has more than 9 years of land surveying experience. Carie Wingert joins the Clovis office as a senior environmental scientist. She earned a master’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has more than 16 years of experience conducting general habitat assessments, impact analyses and focused animal surveys. Ryan Jackson joins the Clovis office as an associate land surveyor. A Fresno State graduate, he’s a previous small business owner with five years of experience in land surveying.

GOVERNMENT

Last week, Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) was re-appointed as vice chair of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture, a post he has held since 2016. Mathis was also named to the Assembly Committees on the Budget, Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, Governmental Organization, Natural Resources, Rules and Veterans Affairs.

Kristin Olsen, former Assembly Republican Leader in the state Assembly from 2014-16, has been named a new principal of Sacramento public affairs consulting firm California Strategies & Advocacy LLC. Based in Modesto, Olsen served the 12th district.

DEVELOPMENT

Tejon Ranch Co. (NYSE: TRC) announced the addition of retired State Senator Jean Fuller to the board of directors of Tejon Ranch Co. She was added to the Board effective Jan. 1, 2019, following a vote by directors. Dr. Fuller, who lives in Bakersfield, served two terms in the California State Senate, from 2010 to 2018, when she was termed out. Prior to her time in the State Senate, Fuller was twice elected to the California State Assembly, serving from 2006 to 2010. In addition to Fuller, the members of the Tejon Ranch Co. Board of Directors include Board Chairman, Norman J. Metcalfe, and directors Robert A. Alter, Steven A. Betts, Gregory S. Bielli, Anthony Leggio, Geoffrey L. Stack, Daniel R. Tisch, and Michael H. Winer.

SMALL BUSINESS

Recognizing businesses that consistently impact and improve our community is a long-standing tradition at The Visalia Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is seeking nominations from the community to honor the outstanding businesses and individuals that help our community thrive.Nominations can be made in seven different categories:

Man of the Year

Woman of the Year

Young Professionals of the Year (under 40)

Non-Profit of the Year

Small Business of the Year

Medium Business of the Year

Large Business of the Year

Businesses who have not won a business of the year award in the last 10 years are eligible for this year’s recognition. All business nominees must be members of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce in order to be considered. Winners will be announced at the 66th Annual Awards Celebration presented by the Visalia Chamber of Commerce on June 13, 2019 at the Visalia Convention Center. Submit your nominations online at http://www.visaliachamber.org/annual-awards/ or by calling (559) 734-5876 by March 1st.

AGRICULTURE

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) named Simplot Grower Solutions its 2018 Retailer of the Year. The award is sponsored by Bayer and AgPro Magazine and is recognized as a symbol of quality and prestige within the industry. This coveted award honors an ag retailer, large or small, that represents the best of the best. Simplot Grower Solutions, the retail arm of the J.R. Simplot company, was started in 1945 as Simplot Soil Builders and has grown over the last 70-plus years into one of North America’s premier ag retailers.


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