MNS Welcomes Principal Surveyor

MNS Engineers, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of James Ryan, PLS, as Principal Surveyor! James brings over twenty years of surveying experience to the team, strengthening our ability to provide a high level of service to clients throughout California.

“I have known James for years and have a high degree of respect and admiration for his leadership abilities and municipal expertise. He will be an integral member of MNS’ Leadership Team as we implement our strategic growth initiatives throughout California. We are thrilled to welcome him to the MNS Survey Team!” Mark Reinhardt, Vice President and Principal Surveyor

Most recently, James served as the City and County Surveyor of San Francisco guiding developers, attorneys, and other city agency staff on all subdivision matters for large redevelopment projects in the City and County of San Francisco. His responsibilities included oversight and management of a $5M+ annual budget in support of the agencies $352M annual operating budget. Along with his robust technical skills and management background, James has a demonstrated ability to navigate challenging situations with poise and diplomacy. His extensive experience includes development agreements, subdivision applications and approvals, final map package reviews and recordings, easement and right of way dedication, and vacation and acceptance. James routinely represented his division at Public Works Director hearings and Board of Supervisor hearings as well as served as a subject matter expert to other municipalities and attorneys.

“I am excited to join this dynamic and growing survey team. I look forward to working with this team of professional land surveyors and technical specialists as we continue to grow and expand our services and technology-driven solutions for projects of all sizes throughout California.” James Ryan, Principal Surveyor

 James enjoys spending time outdoors with his dogs and loves to golf and fish. His favorite quote is “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”  ~ Albert Einstein

TAMC Salinas Intermodal Transportation Center Wins Coveted ACEC CA Award

Congrats to the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) Salinas Rail Extension project team for winning a coveted 2022 ACEC California Engineering Excellence Honor award and a national ACEC Engineering Excellence recognition award! The Salinas Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) is the first project completed in the Monterey County Rail Extension Project’s Kick Start Project, Phase I, which will ultimately create a rail extension from Salinas to Gilroy. The Salinas ITC is in downtown Salinas on Market Street, a walkable distance to the Monterey Salinas Transit (MST) bus center and the main employment areas of downtown Salinas. The project included improvements at the Salinas ITC, a new direct signalized access point to downtown via the extension of Lincoln Avenue across Market Street, a five-bay bus transfer area, bike lanes and bike lockers, safe pedestrian crossings and sidewalks, and commuter parking. This station integrates alternative transportation options with a new passenger rail service to the San Francisco Bay Area with at least two commute-oriented round trips every weekday at the start of service and an opportunity to expand, Amtrak buses, MST local buses, and Greyhound intercity buses. MNS provided construction management, resident engineer and construction inspection. #MNSTransportation

Thousand Oaks Boulevard Streetscape Improvements (Ph. 1) Project Wins Award

Congratulations to #MNSTransportation and the City of Thousand Oaks, winner of an APWA Ventura County Project of the Year Award for Transportation for the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Streetscape Improvements project. The $3.5M Thousand Oaks Boulevard Streetscape project (Phase 1) is the first phase of the City’s adopted Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan (Specific Plan). Phase 1 extends from west of Erbes Road to just west of Dallas Drive. This streetscape project transformed Thousand Oaks Boulevard into a more pedestrian and business friendly environment without impacting traffic. Specific improvements included a gateway into the new downtown, widened south sidewalk 12-feet into the street with a finished width of 22-feet, beautification with 22 new trees (London Plane canopy shade trees and accent Crape Myrtle), new day and night street lighting for sidewalks, decorative brick pavers and colored concrete on sidewalks, intersections and pedestrian crossings, enhanced pedestrian nodes (bulb-outs), new benches, sidewalk planters, potted plants, and bollards, traffic signal modifications and new traffic signal poles, and replacement of aged and undersized waterlines, valves, and hydrants within project limits.

City of Goleta Wins Two Awards for the Old Town Sidewalks Improvements Project

Congratulations to the City of Goleta and #MNSTransportation for winning the APWA Central Coast Project of the Year Award and ASCE Santa Barbara-Ventura Project of the Year Award! The Old Town Sidewalk Improvements Project improved the safety and livability for residents in one of the area’s most disadvantaged communities – Old Town Goleta. The work included constructing sidewalks on at least one side of each street, for several residential streets in the neighborhood north of Hollister Avenue between South Fairview Avenue and Mallard Avenue as well as on Pine Avenue south of Hollister Avenue. The new sidewalks provide a much-needed continuous path of travel for area residents. Additionally, the project improved drainage, reconstructed driveways, constructed ADA curb ramps, replaced or relocated trees, repaved streets, and constructed 39 back-in angled parking spots (on Magnolia Avenue) which were desperately needed in this compact area. There was a dire lack of parking in the residential areas of Old Town and adding parking was a request from the community and direction from City Council.

MNS ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH LONG POINT CAPITAL

MNS Engineers, Inc. is pleased to announce that Long Point Capital, a New York-based private equity group, acquired an interest in the privately held firm. Headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, MNS is a multi-service infrastructure consulting firm offering construction management, civil engineering, and surveying services throughout California. The transaction closed in August and represents a substantial investment by both firms to accelerate MNS’ growth within California and other geographies nationally.

MNS’ organic and M&A based growth strategy has proven successful, more than doubling corporate revenue since 2016. “We had already successfully acquired S&C Engineers in 2018. We knew that to remain competitive in the market space, we needed to continue to grow and diversify our service offerings. Our partnership with LPC provides us with a platform for meaningful growth and expansion while maintaining our firm culture and legacy.” – Jim Salvito, President & CEO

The firm’s legacy dates back well over 100 years and has long been the cornerstone of the Central Coast community. With nearly 200 professionals located in nine (9) offices throughout California, the firm has provided services to the transportation, water resources, government services, and federal markets for nearly 60 years. “Our strategic partnership with LPC will allow MNS to continue to build upon our history and collective expertise, deepening our resources and specialties through acquisition.” – Miranda Patton, Vice President Business Development 

“MNS was an ideal match given our prior experience in growing similarly sized A/E firms. We look forward to working with MNS’ management team, combining our capital and operational expertise, to accelerate growth and drive financial performance.” – Ira Starr, Managing Partner, LPC

Long Point Capital (LPC), founded in 1998, is a Michigan and New York based investment firm which invests in outstanding founder, family, and management-owned companies, with highly capable management teams and strong growth prospects.  LPC focuses on professional service companies with EBITDA between $5 million and $50 million with defensible market, customer and product positions, solid long-term industry fundamentals, and a history of stable earnings.

County of San Joaquin, McHenry Avenue Corridor Improvements Project Wins CTF Award!

Congratulations to the County of San Joaquin’s Improve McHenry project as the California Transportation Foundation’s (CTF) Local Street Project of the Year Award Winner! This project significantly alleviated motorists’ frustrations by literally and figuratively clearing the air along one of the busiest and most essential routes between San Joaquin County and Stanislaus County. The McHenry Avenue Corridor Improvements included replacing two bridges, widening the roadway to include a two-way left turn lane, and signalizing the McHenry Avenue/River Road intersection. Using a robust public outreach strategy focused on digital technology and the ingenuity of its project team, the project was completed 6 months ahead of schedule and over $1 million under budget.

“The project was successful because the owner, the contractor and the construction management team knew from the beginning that working together on solutions for a successful outcome is not a cliché but a reality when executing complex transportation projects.” Mauricio Rivera, MNS Resident Engineer

#MNSTrans  #CTFAwards #TransportationExcellence2019

MNS CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESPONSE

 

MNS Engineers (MNS) remains committed to the health and safety of our staff, clients, and the communities we serve as we navigate these challenging times. We have been actively monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as federal, state, and local government with respect to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, MNS has implemented Preventative Protocols consistent with guidance provided by world health officials to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. These protocols will continue through March 31, 2020, at a minimum, and include:

Protecting Employee Health and Well-being
The health and welfare of our team and their families is a top priority. We have implemented the following Preventative Protocols internally to minimize risk and exposure to COVID-19:
  • Telecommuting for all office staff, where feasible
  • Field implementation of OSHA recommendations on active construction sites
  • Practicing social distancing of 6 feet or more
  • Work-based travel and meeting restrictions
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures in our offices
  • Encouraging the practice of excellent hygiene etiquette in the workplace
  • Case management for individuals who become ill or are in close proximity to those who become ill
  • Staying informed of (and expressly communicating) and complying with local health department updates and guidance
The above safety precautions have been identified as effective approaches to slow transmission of communicable diseases to protect the public from avoidable risks of serious illness or death resulting from exposure to COVID-19.

Enacting Our Business Continuity Plan
MNS understands the vital role our public agency clients play in delivering projects and services to the public during emergencies. Our team takes great pride in supporting these efforts with our agency partners.
As an industry leader in the use of technology, all critical systems have been deployed to the cloud and are accessible to our workforce remotely, allowing for MNS staff to continue to support our clients’ project delivery in a safe and uninterrupted manner. These systems include the following:
  • RingCentral – Unified Communications (phone, chat, and virtual meetings)
  • Microsoft Office365 (Email and Productivity)
  • Autodesk (Engineering and CAD)
  • Deltek Vision ERP (Accounting, Project Management, and CRM)
  • Paylocity (Human Resources and Payroll)
  • MNS Connect (Intranet)
  • Box.com (Cloud File Storage)
For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, our team will continue working towards the successful completion of projects and services. Whether in the field or office, we are committed to delivering on-time, as promised, and have protocols in-place to quickly adapt in this rapidly evolving health pandemic.
As new developments emerge regarding COVID-19, we will share information with you about how we continue to operate safely and effectively.

Active Projects and Jobsites
Many of our projects are in various stages of design or construction and must remain active through this crisis. This means our staff remains on the job working with our clients, contractors, and community stakeholders. MNS has developed a workplace action plan based on guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) to reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19. MNS’ action plan includes:
  • Awareness
  • Prevention
  • Communication and training, and
  • Addressing potential cases in the workplace
We will continue to follow all health and safety procedures to ensure we are doing everything we can to continue to provide a clean and safe work environment for our clients, contractors, staff, and communities.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to closely monitor the situation and evaluate additional measures.
James A. Salvito
President and CEO
MNS Welcomes Tyler Hunt

MNS Engineers, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Tyler Hunt, PE, QSD, Supervising Engineer to the Water Resources Design Team. In this role, Tyler will lead strategic growth initiatives for the Water Resources team in the Central Coast and greater Los Angeles areas.

“We are pleased to welcome Tyler to our growing Water Resources group. His substantial experience with water and wastewater treatment, low-impact development, and municipal infrastructure projects will immediately benefit the company’s water resources clients,” said Jim Salvito, President and CEO.

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Two MNS Projects Win 2018 National APWA Project Of The Year Awards!

The Elkhorn Road Emergency Storm Damage Repair Project in Monterey County wins a National American Public Works Association (APWA) Project of the Year Award for Disaster/Emergency Construction/Repair projects less than $5 Million. Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 5, wins a National American Public Works Association (APWA) Project of the Year Award for Disaster/Emergency Construction/Repair projects over $5 Million but less than $25 Million.

Elkhorn Road Emergency Storm Damage Repair: Winter storms battered the Central Coast of California in January and February of 2017. In February, cyclone force winds ripped through the Monterey-Salinas area, shredding trees, blocking lanes of Highway 101, and wreaking havoc throughout the County. This new winter storm added a new vocabulary word to area residents: bombogenesis. This rare occurrence of a bombogenesis is a mid-latitude cyclone that drops in surface barometric pressure by 24 or more millibars in a 24-hour period, which means intense downpours along with extremely strong winds battering the area. [ read more… ]

MNS Expands Southern California Market with New Principal Engineer and Ontario Office

MNS Engineers, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Sheilah Neff, Principal Engineer and Southern California Transportation Market Leader, to our Transportation Department. Ms. Neff will be based in our new Ontario office.

“I am thrilled to be instrumental in opening our new office in Ontario,” says Sheilah. “Over three decades of experience, training, and lasting relationships will be beneficial in my new role to help strategically plan, manage, and operate the fast growth of the Transportation group in Southern California. I’m proud to be a part of a company that provides solutions to our crumbling infrastructure.”

Sheilah has over 33 years of experience in the civil engineering industry and specializes in transportation projects. Sheilah began her career at Caltrans at the age of 18 working as an Engineer Tech while attending school full-time. [ read more… ]