2016 Archives


WRECO Cruises the Catwalk October 2016


Dr. Han-Bin Liang, WRECO’s President, participated in the Sacramento Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) fourth annual fashion show event, Cruising the Catwalk on August 16, 2016. The event was a fun and lively experience where local transportation professionals (including Dr. Liang) became models for the night and strutted their stuff down the runway. The clothing was generously provided by several Sacramento area boutiques and clothing stores. Dr. Liang modeled Bass Pro Shop’s fishing attire. All proceeds from the event went to benefit the WTS Sacramento Chapter’s scholarship fund to advance women in the transportation industry.

WRECO’S Oakland Office Open House Event August 2016


WRECO’s Oakland office recently moved to a new location (1000 Broadway, Suite 475, Oakland, CA). The new office is within walking distance to BART and offers floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the City of Oakland’s lively and eventful downtown – we are loving it. On Thursday, July 28, we showed off our new office by hosting an open-house style event where we celebrated alongside friends and colleagues with music, food, drinks, and raffles. WRECO’s Oakland office staff is glad to be on the rise, and we’re looking forward to the future.

WRECO Sponsors the June 2016 American Public Works Association (APWA)/San Joaquin Engineers Council (SJEC)/American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Joint Meeting July 2016


WRECO sponsored the June 2016 APWA/SJEC/ASCE Joint Meeting held at the Lodi Beer Company in the City of Lodi, California. The keynote presentation of this meeting was "Current Status and Projected Growth of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport," presented by Mr. Harry Mavrogenes, Director of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport. As a sponsor of this event, WRECO's Senior Engineering Geologist, Mr. David Kitzmann, P.E., P.G., E.G., gave a presentation on WRECO's various areas of expertise, focusing on civil engineering, environmental compliance, geotechnical engineering, and water resources. More than 50 public works professionals were in attendance. With the success of Mr. David Kitzmann's presentation, WRECO is proud to have been able to sponsor this event and also to share our project experience and areas of expertise with our peers.

Mission/Warren/Freight Railroad Relocation Project wins 2016 APWA Project of the Year June 2016


Mission/Warren/Freight Railroad Relocation Project received the Project of the Year in Transportation, >$75M from the American Public Works Association (APWA) Silicon Valley Chapter. WRECO was proud to contribute flood control channel relocation, drainage and stormwater quality design, conceptual utility relocation plans, hydraulic analyses, and construction support services for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's project, which consisted of the relocation of Southern Pacific and Union Pacific railroad tracks, grade separation of Warren Avenue, and State Route 262 underpass improvements in the City of Fremont, California. The project involved relocation of a major flood control channel, Agua Fria (Flood Control Zone 5 Lines D and D-1), within the Alameda County Flood Control & Water Conservation District. The relocation of sewer, water, and storm drain lines was complicated by the tie-backs incorporated into the deep soil mix walls and existence of two major petroleum transmission lines and three major fiber optic lines along the railroad right-of-way. The stormwater quality design included design of a pump station and active treatment system to treat contaminated groundwater.

North Lane Pipe Bypass Project to be Constructed March 2016


A new storm drain system will be constructed in the City of Orinda to mitigate flooding issues along North Lane during major storms. Several hundred feet of 60-inch reinforced concrete pipe will be installed beneath North Lane and Camino Pablo, and the pipe would connect the North Lane storm drain bypass to a relocated outfall on the bank of San Pablo Creek. WRECO has worked with the City of Orinda since 2006 on this project, after storms in 2004, 2005, and 2006 caused flooding in the North Lane neighborhood. Flooding in 2005-2006 caused the North Lane culvert to overflow, which resulted in damage to local residences and temporarily shut down the East Bay Municipal Utility District Water Treatment Plant. WRECO analyzed the existing system, performed hydraulic and hydrologic analyses, and designed the storm drain system including plans, specifications, and estimate. We also developed the analysis of project effects on biological resources. WRECO will provide support during the construction of the project.

WRECO Awarded the Caltrans District 4 Hydraulics Design Services Contract February 2016


WRECO has been selected to provide hydraulic services to Caltrans District 4. Our staff continue to provide a variety of services within the nine-county district including sinkhole investigations, culvert inspections and recommendations for the types of replacement or repair, bank stabilization design, bridge hydraulic analyses, sea level rise and coastal erosion analyses, fish passage studies, and emergency storm damage services.

WRECO's Materials Testing Laboratory is Certified by Caltrans January 2016


WRECO is excited to announce that our Materials Testing Laboratory has received its Caltrans certification for California Tests 125AGG, 201, 202, 204, 217, and 226. This certification follows our accreditation by the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO). WRECO's Materials Testing Laboratory adheres to a rigorous quality control process and follows the current methods of AASHTO and Caltrans. We also participate in AASHTO's bi-annual Materials Reference Laboratory Proficiency Sample Program, as well as Caltrans' Reference Sample Program. WRECO's Materials Testing Laboratory is located at our Roseville office in Placer County, California. For more information on WRECO's Materials Testing Laboratory, please contact our Laboratory Director, Mike Wilson, at info@wreco.com.

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