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.

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

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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