This year, Civil West held their annual summer event at the Oregon Dunes near Coos Bay. Employees and their families gathered for fun in the sun at the local KOA. Recreational vehicles were rented for dune tours, while others enjoyed the beach. These summer events not only provide a chance for staff from our various offices to get to know each other, but also allow us to celebrate what makes truly makes our firm great: the people.
This June, Civil West provided smoke testing for the City of Warrenton. The field work identified a number of very significant areas where surface water was getting into the sewer system. The deficiencies identified will need remediation and will likely result in a significant reduction to collection system inflow. We hope to be able to keep working with the City to potentially provide design and construction oversight in the future.
Civil West was selected to develop a Water Master Plan and Water Management and Conservation Plan for the City of Monroe. From involvement with the City on previous planning projects, assisting with recent project funding, and volunteer participation in “Monroe Tomorrow” advisory group workshops, Civil West is acutely aware of the potential for City growth and the associated logistical needs, as well as current issues with the water system.
The City currently relies on a surface water source that is limited by water rights, and must consider other sources like groundwater. Adam Sussman from GSI Water Solutions is on our team to help with water rights issues. Additionally, water quality is a concern for the City. A kickoff meeting was held last week, and the projects is just beginning. We look forward to helping the City plan for their future.
Civil West was just approved as the new engineer for the Fairview Water District. Aside from providing general engineering assistance, we will be working with the District to find solutions to the following priority issues: An interconnection between the Fairview and Wilson Districts, additional water storage, solving a pressure issue at Valley View Heights (upper pressure tanks and pump station pictured), and updating the Water Master Plan. We look forward to helping the District with these improvements.
Civil West was just awarded the engineering contract for the City of Jacksonville’s 2019 Water System Improvements, a $2 million Capital Improvement Project.
The specific improvements on this project include upgrading/replacing existing water distribution lines, pump station mechanical upgrades, facility access improvements, pump station emergency power improvements, and the installation of radio read meters. These improvements are needed to ensure the community can meet the daily water needs of residents during regular operations, as well as in the event of an emergency. Once constructed, the City will also realize an increase in efficiency related to the meter reading process, enabling City staff to shift attention to other critical community needs.
Civil West is supporting FIRST LEGO League in their mission to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. This is part of our effort to engage our community and foster the development of future engineers.
The FIRST LEGO League robotics team we are sponsoring had a very successful qualifying tournament in Roseburg on Saturday, December 15th, 2018! In a field of 18 teams, they got 1st in Project Presentation and 5th Overall at the tournament for all categories! This is exceptionally good considering that they are a rookie team this year! On top of that, their 5th place finish qualified them for the state tournament in Hillsboro on Saturday, January 19th!
They have started a Facebook page for their LEGO League team if you would like to follow their progress:
Techno Coders LEGO League Robotics Team
This is a photo of their robot design that took them to the state tournament!
Recently, the City of Coos Bay successfully secured a $2 million grant for Eastside sidewalks through the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) - the maximum amount one applicant can receive.
Civil West helped by having a shovel-ready project and guided the City through the competitive grant process, including analysis by the Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee. The map at right shows the area to get new sidewalks, rapid flashing beacon crossing, access ramps, and bike lanes.
After providing civil engineering services to Winston for the past three years, we officially became their Engineer of Record on January 22nd. Recently, we advertised the Snow Pump Station project for bids, and helped secure funding for the project through the DEQ Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). The City received a $730,000 loan and $500,000 loan forgiveness. We have also solicited bids for a maintenance shop, are working on several sewer mainline projects, and are updating the City's Standard Drawings. The City has many more improvements projects on the horizon, and we are excited to help them achieve their goals.
On August 15th, Civil West's Willamette Valley Office in Albany moved into the historic Avery Mill building in downtown. Originally built in 1866, the building offers unparalleled views of the Willamette River. We are excited for a centralized location in the community, and space for our growing team. Our new address is:
213 Water Street NW, Suite 100
Albany, OR 97321
To celebrate 10 years of providing superior engineering service, Civil West staff and their families spent a day whitewater rafting on the McKenzie River, eating delicious BBQ, and enjoying each other's company while camping at Belknap Hot Springs. It was an excellent opportunity to spend time with staff from other offices and reflect on what makes truly makes our firm great: the people.
Aric and David just passed their PE Exams and are now Licensed Professional Engineers!