MNS Welcomes Principal Transportation Manager to Southern California Market

MNS Engineers, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Joy Sharma, PE, Principal Transportation Manager. Joy is an accomplished civil engineering professional with 20 years of experience in design and project and construction management. Joy is well respected for her project delivery leadership, overseeing project teams for highways and transit projects, building strong working relationships with federal, state, and other government agencies. She has exceptional stakeholder/client management and team building acumen.

“Joy is a great addition to our transportation team. She has established herself as a leader in the transportation field, managing a wide range of capital projects. Her remarkable skills in team building and fostering relationships with internal and external stakeholders will be a great asset to our rapidly growing team,” said Greg Chelini, PE, Vice President – Construction Management.

“I am excited to join the rapidly expanding team at MNS.” says Joy. “My extensive experience in providing engineering and project delivery leadership will be beneficial in my new role to help strategically plan, manage, and operate the growth of the Transportation Division in Southern California.”

Joy began her career working for general engineering contractors before accepting a position with Caltrans District 4 where she spent several years directing design and construction management of road and bridge infrastructure projects, as well as supervising, mentoring, and leading her own team. Joy’s extensive experience in the transportation market includes transit projects such as large grade separations, track/station construction, highway projects, local streets, and other infrastructure improvements. Some of her most recent and notable projects include the Broadway Burlingame Grade Separation, 25th Avenue Grade Separation, Marin and Napoleon Bridge Replacement, the Marin/Sonoma Narrows on US 101, and US 101/Presidio Parkway in San Francisco.

“We are excited to have Joy join the MNS team,” said Shawn Kowalewski, PE, Vice President – Transportation Division. “She is a proven leader in transportation design, and her knowledge and experience will further strengthen our ability to provide a high level of service to our clients.”

Joy enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, hiking, running, and doing yoga.

VTA’s Montague Expressway Pedestrian Overcrossing Milestone

An exciting milestone for #MNSTrans on the VTA’s Montague Expressway Pedestrian Overcrossing as the 229’ steel pedestrian bridge was lifted over the Montague Expressway. Over 25 semi-trucks equipment for the lift, 25 craftspeople working all night, and 2 massive cranes lifting the bridge in 2 segments were the culmination of extensive planning and coordination. The colorful fins on the steel bridge provide a unique gateway to City of Milpitas. The next stage is finishing the entrance to the bridge. Project partners: VTA, County of Santa Clara, City of Milpitas, and BART. Project Team: Hill International, Biggs Cardosa, DMZ Builders and Artik.

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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
eBART to Antioch Extension Project Wins 2019 ACEC Engineering Excellence Honor Award

MNS along with team members PGH Wong Engineering, Inc., AECOM, Ghirardelli Associates, and Stacy and Witbeck, Inc./Amaroso/MRS Joint Venture are the 2019 recipients of the prestigious ACEC California Engineering Excellence Honor Award for the eBART to Antioch: East Contra Costa Extension Project in the Transportation category. The 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards competition recognizes engineering and land surveying firms for projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement, and value. [ read more… ]

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… ]