Soroptimist (Best for Women) International of Coeur d’Alene, chartered in 1948 as the first civic service group for women, works to better the lives of women and girls in their local community. With an international purpose to enable women and girls to take control of their lives and live their dreams, Coeur d’Alene Soroptimist annually awards two scholarships to our Live Your Dream winners and hosts a Dream It, Be It mentor program for girls 14 to 17. Soroptimist also annually presents their “Women of Distinction” awards to women whose achievements and dedication to community service set them apart. This year Soroptimist celebrates the 40th year of these awards!
J-U-B is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the event. Riannon Zender, Hannah Anderson, Kylie Cutler, and Angie Comstock are all members of Coeur d’Alene’s local Soroptimist Club, and Angie was the MC for this year’s award ceremony and has been the committee chair for 7 years. Click HERE to read the article in the Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls Press.
“I am excited to celebrate this 40th anniversary and am grateful for the opportunity to chair this event and recognize women in our community while raising funds to support women and girls. The impact this fundraiser has on our Live Your Dream winners cannot be understated.”
Angie Comstock, Committee Chair
The Women of Distinction Awards is our club’s largest fundraiser and allows us to fulfill our mission of providing women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. Earnings from the event directly fund
our Live Your Dream program, which provides scholarships for women in our community seeking higher education that are the primary financial support for their families. A big thank you to J-U-B and the Coeur d’Alene Community Giving Committee for supporting this important and uplifting event!
-Riannon Zender, PE
The GHID Demonstration Garden and Xeric Landscape Renovation project was recently featured on KSL news regarding the drought and xeric landscaping. Although not mentioned by name, we are excited to have this project featured to educate the general public about their options for water-wise landscape design. Click HERE to view the news story.
J-U-B has worked with GHID on multiple phases for the redesign of their 13-acre administration center campus. This effort first involved developing an overall site master plan to enhance access and circulation, minimize lawn areas, and lead out in the district’s efforts to conserve water through a water-wise and drought- tolerant landscape design. Initial phases of detailed design and construction included new parking lots, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, an entrance plaza and gathering space, entry signs, water-wise landscaping, and irrigation improvements.
Our landscape architecture team recently designed and is currently providing construction administration services for 2.2 acres which includes a residential scale demonstration and teaching garden. This interactive outdoor space is designed to mimic the size and scale of a typical single-family home in the neighboring community, with the goal of educating the public in water-wise landscape design they could then implement in their own yards. It features a large pavilion (representing a home), as well as front and back yards, complete with a patio, synthetic turf, and a low-water-use natural lawn, vegetable garden area, play set area, and attractive xeric landscaping.
J‑U‑B has again joined the ranks of Idaho’s top 100 privately held companies for 2022—our 11th year on this annual list. The state’s leading privately held companies were celebrated recently at a virtual celebration. You can view Idaho Private 100 magazine HERE.
J-U-B sponsored and Engineers Without Borders Golf Scramble fielded two teams for the Treasure Valley chapter of Engineers Without Borders Golf Scramble in Boise in September. Don Bloomquist (Meridian) is the chapter’s vice president and led the organization of the tournament. Fellow J-U-Bers Rhen Thurgood, Brad Watson, and Chris Webb also played in the tournament (to varying degrees of success).
J-U-B’s support of this cause helped make the tournament a big success, raising over $7,800 in total! All proceeds from this fundraiser go the the Treasure Valley chapter’s ongoing work to provide clean drinking water to the community of Villa America, Peru.
Please join us in congratulating Dakota Wilson, PE, of the Lewis Clark Valley office on
obtaining his Professional Engineers License!
Here’s what Dakota has to say. “I grew up in Cottonwood, Idaho, and attended the University of Idaho. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2018 and joined J-U-B in 2019. I moved to the LC Valley in 2020, where I enjoy the easy access to the Snake and Clearwater Rivers and the mild climate ideal for growing a garden.
Since beginning at J-U-B, I have gotten the opportunity to work on the design of a wide array of projects, including fast pace emergency slide repairs, state airports, and rural roadways, as well as observer the construction of many projects. I have also been involved in helping clients seek project funding through the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council programs. I joined the Transportation Group in the fall of this year and am looking forward to the opportunities it will bring to work on projects outside my area and with staff in other J-U-B offices.”
J-U-B’s Tim Blair, of the Meridian office, was named ACEC Idaho President at the recent ACEC Idaho conference. Tim, also the conference chair, has served as the president-elect this past year. Being involved in ACEC and other organizations helps shape our industry and fulfills J-U-B’s purpose of “Helping Each Other Create Better Communities.” Thanks, Tim, for your service.
The 2022 Annual American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Idaho Fall Conference was recently held on October 5-6, 2022, at the Shore Lodge in McCall, ID. The conference, chaired by J-U-B’s Tim Blair, was themed Risky Business- Engineering in the New Normal.
The conference was designed to provide optimum time for networking with colleagues, learning from speakers about new ways of looking at risk, and challenging attendees to think strategically about their firm’s business.
The conference had quite the lineup of speakers, including executive and legislative leadership in Governor Brad Little, Senator Lori Den Hartog, and Representative Brooke Green. Idaho’s DEQ Director, Jess Byrne, ITD’s COO, Dan McElhinney, and Marve Griffith from the US Army Corps of Engineers joined the conference for an interactive panel.
Please join us in congratulating Cole Henderson, PE, of the Coeur d’Alene office on obtaining his Professional Engineers License!
Cole became employed with J-U-B in 2018, immediately after graduating from Walla Walla University with his degree in Civil Engineering. He has become an asset to the Land Development Team using his skills and expertise to help with residential, commercial, and industrial projects.
He worked out of our Kennewick office for three years prior to getting married and transferring to J-U-B’s Coeur d’Alene office, where he continued working on various land development projects for the past year.
Cole is experienced in putting together construction documents from beginning to end, working with clients on beginning concept plans, utilizing AutoCAD Civil 3D to do site grading, earthwork calculations, roadway design, and managing utility infrastructure. He has been involved with large master planning efforts with sites over 400 acres to other small plans for less than an acre. He has been fortunate enough to work with many P.E.s and planners in both Kennewick and Coeur d’Alene, which have helped him learn and grow his development engineering skills in several different regions.
Please join us in congratulating Sam Mineer PE, of the Spokane office on obtaining his Professional Engineers License!
Sam joined the Spokane office in June 2016 and has been involved in a variety of water, wastewater, stormwater, roadway, and general site design projects. He has helped prepare construction plans and specifications, technical reports, and has assisted with construction observation and project administration. He actively works with an array of clients, ranging from private companies to public entities.
He has worked with the Washington Department of Health, Washington Department of Ecology, and Washington Department of Commerce on various projects, bridging a connection between regulatory agencies and the clients so that projects meet funding requirements and the appropriate documentation is maintained.
Sam graduated from Brigham Young University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering and in 2016 with a Master of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with an emphasis in Transportation Planning. Sam interned in the J-U-B Orem office in 2014.
J-U-B would like to thank Austin Meyer of the Transportation Services Group (TSG) in the Salt Lake City office for writing the following unsolicited letter. Austin describes his experience searching for a new company to work for and the effort he put into it, along with the realities he has found at J-U-B. His employment has been a win-win for Austin and J-U-B, and since starting in March 2022, he has excelled in fulfilling J-U-B’s purpose of “helping each other create better communities.”
Thanks, Austin, for your letter!
I recently moved to J-U-B ENGINEERS from a large engineering firm. I had a great experience with that firm over the past 5 years, but the environment was changing, and I wanted to continue to pursue my passion for local transportation projects, so I decided to resign.
During the interview phase, I did my homework to research firms, their projects, and their cultures. I estimate that I spent over 60 hours searching for the employer I felt best internalized my career goals. This included interviews, lunches, phone calls, emails, comparing offers, and consulting with mentors. After 6 invitations for interviews, 5 verbal offers, and 4 written offers, I chose J-U-B! I perceived that J-U-B Engineers has a culture that would allow me to put my family first, advance in my career in ways that interest me, and have assistance from mentors and managers.
I truly respect the leadership within J-U-B, as they have employees’ best interests in mind. I believe statements like this from Mike Arneson from the 2022 First Quarter Transportation Services Group (TSG) Update are rare in our industry, “We are being very selective and very careful in making sure we do not overwhelm our capacity. The market right now can produce more work than we can get done. Thankfully, the culture at J-U-B supports a healthy balance between work and life, and we are watching that balance closely with selective business development.” J-U-B has a culture that honors employees and their time. Leadership is placing employee work-life balance over profitability. I enjoy being able to work 40 hours a week, and my family appreciates it even more.
I believe that J-U-B did not create a strategic plan and stick it in a filing cabinet and forget about it. I believe that the leadership team lives by it and makes decisions by it. I am glad to work for a company that is employee-owned, and that does not answer to a publicly owned board of shareholders who are only looking to increase profit. I am glad that I chose J-U-B ENGINEERS and feel that I have a voice and leadership that hears and supports that voice.
Kennewick’s Volunteering Committee recently spent a Saturday morning alongside a group of Eagle Scouts at Chaplaincy Health Care’s Corks Place, a grief support facility for children and teens, to build raised garden beds, assemble playground equipment and clean up their playground area.
Thanks, everyone, for fulfilling J-U-B’s purpose of “helping each other create better communities.”
J-U-B is pleased to announce that Toby Epler, Lead of our Aviation Services Group (ASG), will fill retiring board member Troy Green’s vacancy for the remainder of his term (through March 2024). Toby’s experience leading ASG staff throughout multiple offices, coupled with his prior experience working with large national and multi-national firms, has given him a unique skill set and perspective that will enhance Board discussions and decisions as we advance.
Toby will make an excellent addition to the Board. His breadth of experience and business savvy will help take J-U-B to the next level.
J-U-B was recently a major sponsor of the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers, Northern Chapter, MATHCOUNTS golf tournament fundraiser. Angie Comstock, TSG Regional Lead, has facilitated this annual ISPE fundraiser for over six years to support the chapter’s local MATHCOUNTS event held annually in February. MATHCOUNTS provides engaging math programs to US middle school students of all ability levels to build confidence and improve attitudes about math and problem-solving. Money raised from the golf tournament is used to purchase student awards, lunch, and prizes for the event.
Through Angie’s work and sponsorships from local firms, including J-U-B, this event raised over $3,000! Also in attendance and support were Geremy Russell, PLS, Kevin Smith, P.E., and Riannon Zender, P.E. from the Coeur d’Alene office, along with many local clients.
“Being a part of MATHCOUNTS every year helps fulfill my personal goal of promoting the importance of math, science, and engineering to local youth. I am appreciative of J-U-B’s support and our mission of creating better communities. Through events like these, we are certainly contributing to future engineers and a better community!”
-Angie Comstock, PE, TSG Regional Lead
Please join us in congratulating Ellie Libby, PE, of the Treasure Valley office on obtaining her Professional Engineers License!
Ellie is originally from Coeur d’Alene but spent several years growing up in Central Florida and Western Washington as well. After graduating from Gonzaga University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, she made her way back to Idaho to join J-U-B’s Treasure Valley office as part of the Municipal Group. During her time with J-U-B, Ellie has provided engineering support on a wide variety of water and wastewater projects, including potable water and sanitary sewer design, as well as master planning and hydraulic modeling. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring all that Southern Idaho has to offer with her fiancé.
Jay Hassell, P.E., has been selected as the next Area Manager for J-U-B’s Coeur d’ Alene and Spokane offices, effective September 1, 2022. Jay will transition into this role as Cory Baune, P.E., moves into his new position as an Executive Committee Member. Jay has been with J-U-B for more than 23 years and has served as the assistant area manager for Coeur d’ Alene for the last three years. Jay’s primary experience is in transportation and traffic engineering on projects ranging from small local road improvements to major federal aid projects.
He has been an important part of the growth and success of J-U-B’s Transportation Services Group and has provided strong mentorship and coaching for staff at all levels throughout his tenure in Coeur d’Alene. Jay is also actively involved in leadership within the engineering profession as the past president of the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers. A graduate of the University of Washington, Jay is a licensed professional engineer in Idaho and Washington.
Layne Merritt, P.E., will remain as Assistant Area Manager in Spokane and will continue to work with Jay and our entire team to build our engineering practice throughout the Inland Empire Region. Layne has 32 years of engineering experience with professional licenses in Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming. He has been with J-U-B since 2010, and his practice includes all aspects of municipal engineering.
To continue our Innovation Initiative focus, J-U-B is excited to announce the appointment of Kasey Hansen as the Director of Innovation. Kasey is no stranger to technology and innovation. During his work as the Group Leader for Gateway Mapping Inc., he has applied many innovative ideas and technological approaches to improve the client interaction experience and efficiently use geospatial data to educate and guide clients to make important decisions in day-to-day operations.
Kasey will spend a dedicated portion of his time focused on innovation efforts while continuing to serve as the Group Leader for Gateway Mapping Inc. As Kasey spends time on innovation, members of the GMI team will take on additional responsibility, providing growth opportunities for all involved. As innovation continues to improve our processes across J-U-B, other opportunities for growth will develop for employees across all aspects of our company. Congratulations, Kasey!
We are celebrating National CAD Day on August 2nd. It is a day to celebrate everything that computer-aided design (CAD) has made possible. What are you doing in your office to recognize J-U-B’s many CAD professionals?
J-U-B has come a long way since the early days of Manual Drafting, starting with the introduction of AutoCAD version 9 in 1989. What started out as drawing lines and text with a puck mouse and digitizer tablet has evolved into Autodesk Civil 3D, Bentley OpenRoads Designer, and others utilizing 3D models to create dynamic data for plans and construction.
J-U-B’s CAD Team is currently testing and prepping for the next Civil 3D release (Civil 3D 2023) to be implemented by the end of the year. Our CAD Team continues to work on innovative ways to stay up to date on the latest version of CAD software while supporting our 250-plus CAD Users.
Our CAD Professionals do a great job of supporting each unique project within J-U-B while trying to maintain a standard look and
feel to our plan sets, which is not an easy task. It’s great to have a day set aside which celebrates this profession.
Check out this vintage newsletter about drafting from J-U-B in 1978
J-U-B’s purpose of “helping each other create better communities” is exemplified by Rosalia, WA resident Mike Day. Our purpose is not just an internal one, it is shared by our clients and the community members we serve.
Mike, a long-time fixture in the community, describes J-U-B as “the best” and describes himself as “J-U-B’s biggest fan.” You can see his support evident in the swag he proudly wears. Mike enjoys spreading the word in the community about J-U-B’s importance to the town of Rosalia. Thanks, Mike, for your support!
“Working together with clients and community members like Mike Day helps us fulfill our purpose of helping each other create better communities.”
Layne Merritt, PE
Spokane Assistant Area Manager
After patiently waiting due to COVID delays, J-U-B’s Twin Falls office hosted an Open House and celebrated their new building with clients, family, and friends. They all had a great time mingling, snacking, and giving tours. The cupcakes were a huge hit and were made by the wife of our very own CAD Drafter.
J-U-B is pleased to announce that J-U-B’s Board of Directors executed several leadership transitions at the June 2022 Board of Directors meeting.
Chairman Troy Green announced his retirement after 34 years with J-U-B. Before he was appointed Chairman, Troy was involved in many leadership roles, including being a member of J-U-B’s Executive Committee for 15 years and Board of Directors for 20 years. We are honored to wish Troy the best in his future endeavors, including spending more time with his family and improving his golf game.
“Troy has been a great leader, mentor, and friend for many of us at J-U-B for many years. He’s brought a common-sense approach to this business that will be missed but not forgotten to those carrying on. Best wishes to a long, healthy, and fun retirement, my friend!” -Tim Haener, Chairman.
The Board named Tim Haener as Chairman to replace Troy Green based on his experience with over 16 years on the Board and 15 years on the EC. Tim was also Area Manager for our Boise office for five years before joining the EC.
Tim served as President for four and a half years and CEO for two and a half years. During that time, he has significantly impacted the company’s direction through his leadership in our 2018 strategic plan, its implementation, and recent update. We’ve had unprecedented growth and profitability under Haener’s leadership while focusing on our employees. Tim also helped navigate J-U-B through COVID, which was no small task.
“Tim had a tough decision when asked if he’d be willing to transition from President/CEO to the Chairman role. It didn’t take him long to acknowledge what was best for J-U-B in taking the important oversight role as Board leader. It’s been great working with Tim on the EC for over 15 years, and I can count him as a true friend and great leader.” Troy Green, Vice President, Former Chairman.
Brian Smith was named President/CEO of J-U-B. He has been with J-U-B for 27 years focusing primarily on transportation and municipal engineering. Brian has worked throughout the company with leadership tenures in Boise, Twin Falls, and Fort Collins, providing him a unique and holistic perspective of our different markets within the firm. Brian joined the Board of Directors in 2014 and has been on J-U-B’s Executive Committee since January 2020.
“Brian Smith will make an excellent President and CEO for J-U-B going forward, and I could not be happier for him. He’s got the experience and aptitude to lead the EC and take J-U-B forward to our next phase of development. He, Zan, and Cory will make a great team on the Executive Committee.” Troy Green, Vice President, Former Chairman.
Cory Baune was named Executive Vice President and Executive Committee (EC) member.
Cory has been with J-U-B for 24 years and is currently the Area Manager for our Coeur d’ Alene and Spokane Offices. He has an excellent grasp on all aspects of consulting engineering, is a great leader and coach for the Team, a super Project Manager and client service provider, and very smart and visionary businessman.
“Cory is the real deal…a true consultant who has proven himself a great businessman and leader at J-U-B. Those skills will serve him well as he transitions into the role of Executive Vice President. He, Zan, and Brian will be an awesome EC for the company.” Troy Green, Vice President, Former Chairman.
Beginning in 2015, The Langdon Group has maintained a trusted advisor role to the City of Nampa, Environmental Compliance Division (ECD). Funded by Environmental Protection Agency grants, TLG has functioned as an extension of ECD staff to support their Stormwater Education Program in an effort to increase the community’s awareness and participation concerning stormwater impacts on water quality in local water bodies, with special focus on Nampa’s Hispanic communities, one of the largest in the state.
Bryant Kuechle and his team work closely with the City and community members to facilitate an advisory committee and implement community lead programs, including:
We are thrilled to announce the newly renovated “J-U-B Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory” was dedicated on April 28, 2022, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held in conjunction with the annual Engineering EXPO events on the U of I campus in Moscow, ID. This lab will be a focal point for student activity, which will help the College to recruit students while providing great exposure for J-U-B. The lab was made a reality through J-U-B’s contribution to the project, which was then generously matched by Tim and Chris Haener, enabling the completion of the project and the naming opportunity in J-U-B’s honor.
The lab, which is already getting a lot of foot traffic, is located on the first floor of the BEL Civil Engineering Building. It will house four separate undergraduate classes with lab elements. It will also serve as a HUB for student activities and groups. The space boasts new modular laboratory tables and seating, a state-of-the-art remote audio/video system for high-tech and remote learning, and new lab equipment.
The mural inside the lab depicting J-U-B “Helping Each other Create Better Communities” was designed and executed by two Civil Engineering Undergrads, Madelynn Gregoire, and Anna Young, with painting help from Philip Lohman.
Fritz Fiedler, P.E., Ph.D., Chair of the UI Civil and Environmental Engineering, said, “The J-U-B Teaching Laboratory is an important addition to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. It will allow us to better provide hands-on education to the next generation of Civil Engineers and continues a long tradition of J-U-B supporting the department in many ways.”
The University of Idaho is the alma mater of many J-U-B employees and is also one of the most recruited schools for J-U-B’s top-tier talent. Our employees are members of advisory boards and mentor capstone project teams constantly to develop our industry, help individuals achieve their aspirations, and give back to the University for what it provided them. Our investment at U of I will benefit thousands of students in the future and continue to sustain our industry and company with great employees for decades to come.
Thanks, U of I, for the opportunity to give back. GO, VANDALS!
“Tim and Chris Haener’s incredible generosity and
dedicated support to higher education was wonderful to
celebrate with the unveiling of the “J-U-B Undergraduate
Teaching Lab.” J-U-B is so very proud to partner with them
on this outstanding addition to the University of Idaho’s
civil engineering department! This space, previously
nothing more than storage for used material samples and
equipment is now a modern learning environment that will
benefit civil engineering students at U of I for years to
come. One more shining example of how we truly are
helping each other to improve our communities and train
the next generation of civil engineers!” -Brian Smith
Executive Vice President, J-U-B
J-U-B Engineers is a strong supporter of engineering programs in our region, and the University of Idaho Engineering Design EXPO is no exception. We were pleased to be a sponsor at this year’s EXPO, held on April 29th at the brand new Idaho Central Credit Union Arena.
The EXPO welcomed young learners, industry leaders, and community members to experience the many ways UI students are making a difference and solving real-world problems. According to the UI website, the EXPO is the “longest-running student engineering and technological innovation showcase in the Pacific Northwest, showcasing senior projects from the UI College of Engineering’s senior capstone program, recognized by the National Academy of Engineering as one of the best in the country.” Braxton Klas (MOS) and David Watkins (MOS) were both judges in the event. Braxton also mentored a team on the Lewiston Well No. 7 project. In addition to J-U-B’s volunteer efforts at the EXPO, David serves on the UI Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Advisory Board and Tim Haener is a UI College of Engineering Advisory Board member. Go, Vandals!
J-U-B is honored to be included in the Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms for 2021. We were ranked #240, up one spot from #241 in the 2020 rankings. It is great to be in the top half of those ranked. We have been on a steady rise in the ranking for the past several years. Rankings are based on revenue for design services performed in 2021 in $ millions.
“J-U-B’s grown not for growth’s sake…it’s all about opportunities for our employees and clients. Congratulations, one and all, for making J-U-B a great place to work – ‘Helping Each Other’ be successful every day.” -Tim Haener, President &CEO
National Surveyors Week – the annual week-long celebration of the surveying profession is the perfect time to honor J-U-B’s surveyors. Thank you for all you do as you represent J-U-B’s purpose of “helping each other create better communities.”
According to the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), it’s not breaking news that the annual number of retiring surveyors exceeds the number of those entering the surveying profession. We can all help reverse this trend by introducing the newest generation to the surveying profession. Look for ways to educate and inform.
Please join us in congratulating Angie Comstock, PE, of J-U-B’s Coeur d’Alene office, who was recently honored with the 2021 WTS Woman of the Year Award.
WTS “Woman of the Year” recognizes a woman who is an outstanding role model in the transportation industry AND who has contributed to the advancement of women and minorities in transportation. WTS is an international organization dedicated to shaping the future of transportation for the public good through the global advancement of women.
Six years ago, Angie changed her career path from being a successful Geotechnical Engineer to learning and becoming a Transportation Engineer. In 2020, Angie was promoted to a new J-U-B Transportation Services Group position as the Regional Lead for Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.
While in the inaugural leadership group, defining and developing the new leadership role and reorganizing staff from five offices, she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She hit pause on work for a few months to take care of herself and fight cancer. She then returned to work and, within a few weeks, was back up to full speed, taking charge and leading the group, and participating in the corporate reorganization. She did all this while still raising a family, being a highly effective project and client manager, staying positive, and having positivity left over for her staff.
“Angie promotes and mentors other women in transportation engineering in our offices and promotes opportunities for women engineering internships. She is always mentoring our younger professional engineers and finding opportunities for growth and success. She recently helped a female staff member redirect her time towards her desired field of traffic engineering. This has helped this person grow, become more connected at a corporate level, and be recognized for her strengths and skills as a traffic engineer,” says Jay Hassell, Assistant Area Manager of the Coeur d’Alene office. “Angie is a key part of J-U-B, taking transportation client services and relationships in the region to the next level,” he concludes.
Angie says that “the culture I experienced at J-U-B helped me realize who I am in my career and has much to do with the mentors and coaches surrounding me. To that end, I feel that an inherent barrier exists for those who cannot see themselves in their coaches or leaders and therefore cannot envision themselves succeeding in the same capacity. As a woman leader at J-U-B, I am proud to contribute to creating a broader picture of what leadership looks like and to be a mentor and coach. I am honored to be recognized with this award.”
We are pleased to announce that Darral Moore, PE is the new Land Development Group leader for the Kennewick area. Vince Loftus, PE, who has led the Kennewick group for over 30 years, will now focus more on his role as the J-U-B Corporate Land Development Lead and working with our Area Managers and Group Leaders to grow our private practice in some of our bigger markets.
Darral has over 26 years of engineering experience, specializing in land development for industrial, commercial, residential, and institutional developments. His variety of clients and project types have resulted in a vast knowledge base including land use planning, site feasibility, site grading, stormwater, utilities, and
Darral’s promotion will allow him to focus more on business development, management, and leadership of Kennewick’s local Land Development Group. He is supported by a team of 7 professionals who provide engineering and planning services to a continually growing commercial, residential, and industrial development market in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas.
Vince started with J-U-B as an intern in the summer of 1985. His engineering experience includes observation, storm drainage, water, sewer, traffic modeling, road design, airport, and municipal engineering. Eventually, Vince specialized in land development and the private sector. Vince has been licensed in seven states and has served clients’ needs on projects in Washington, Oregon,
Idaho, Utah, Nevada, California, Hawaii, Montana, Colorado, Arizona, and Kansas.
In the land development market, Vince led J-U-B teams on many different projects, including retail rollouts, master-planned communities, hospitals, schools, life sciences, and industrial facilities, to name a few.
Vince was elected to J-U-B’s Board in 2012. His focus at J-U-B has been building relationships and project teams through the long hallway, sharing J-U-B’s history and culture, and increasing awareness of the engineering opportunities in the private sector to “help each other create better communities.”
“This transition is a progression of leadership opportunity for both Darral and Vince, and one that will only strengthen our overall land development practice throughout the company. Darral’s relationships in the Kennewick market and his extensive experience and timeproven expertise with land development projects in the Tri-Cities area make him a natural choice to continue our growth and success in that region.
Vince has a lengthy and very successful track record of tremendous business acumen with a focus on growing and strengthening relationships. His new role will allow him to better focus on working with our area managers throughout the company to promote more coordinated business development, recruiting, and growth and opportunities for our land development practice company-wide. We are truly excited for both Vince and Darral with their new roles!”
Executive Vice President
J-U-B’s Logan, UT office was busy during the holiday 2021 season providing service within their community. “Helping Each Other Create Better Communities” drives our purpose. Here’s what the team did to help:
They shopped and sponsored, through Little Lambs Foundation, a family with five children that needed PJs and books for Christmas.
They purchased 16 pairs of Christmas PJs for foster children that are transitioning from a bad situation into foster care. Little Lambs Foundation helps to provide these things to give these children some normalcy throughout the holidays.
They assembled 42 busy kits for the little Lambs Foundation. The kits are provided to hospitals and to the Cache Court House for foster Children that have to sit through long court proceedings.
J-U-B is committed to our purpose of “Helping Each Other Create Better Communities.” Our Treasure Valley office put this into practice in 2021 by helping many organizations in our community. Here’s a short video highlighting all the Thank You’s we received.
There’s no better example of putting J-U-B’s purpose of “helping each other create better communities” into action than rehabilitating a 70-year-old dam! Moyie Dam, in Boundary County, ID, was in desperate need of repair. The dam has provided reliable, cost-effective power to Bonners Ferry Electric customers – a benefit they will be able to continue to provide for years to come. These videos shows the hydro demolition of the deteriorating surface and the subsequent shotcrete application.
Photo cred: KBMedia
J‑U‑B has once again joined the ranks of Idaho’s top 100 privately held companies for 2021—our 10th year on this annual list.
On October 27, Lisa Bachman (Treasure Valley Area Manager) represented the company at a virtual celebration held
to reveal and recognize the recipients. The list of companies was also published in a special section of the Idaho Statesman on October 31. Both the virtual presentation and publication can be found at Idaho Private 100.
Each year, executives at the top firms are asked to share some thoughtful responses to several questions. Not surprisingly, one of this year’s questions centered around the ongoing pandemic.
How has your company culture changed due to the impact and changes surrounding the pandemic? What are you doing to guide the culture of the company?
To which Tim Haener responded:
“J‑U‑B’s purpose is “Helping each other create better communities.” The pandemic hasn’t changed our culture, instead, it’s confirmed and reinforced it. Throughout COVID, our Team has focused on ‘helping each other’ and our clients…through caring interactions, service, collaboration, teamwork, win‑win solutions, and comradery. We’ve all gone through a lot and, at J‑U‑B, we’ve become a closer network of friends and associates – leaning on one another to overcome any challenge. J‑U‑B’s culture has enabled this.”
Please join us in congratulating Jessica Waller of the Coeur d’Alene office on receiving her professional engineering license!
Jessica has worked for J-U-B for a little over four years. She is currently a member of the water/wastewater team in the Coeur d’ Alene office. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in 2017.
Jessica enjoys working on various water and wastewater projects including the design of well and well houses, lift stations, sanitary sewer and waterline, and trenchless rehabilitation. She has worked on several cured-in-place pipe project designs for the area.
The Kennewick office was finally able to throw their summer BBQ! On Friday, September 17th some of the J-U-B employees gathered at a local park for yard games and food. The Dogfather food truck provided delicious hot dogs with different toppings. It was a fun and relaxing end to the work week!
In May of this year, the Kennewick office Volunteering Group gathered a group of employees to help pick up trash at the annual Bateman Island Cleanup. The Tapteal Greenway hosts this event each year for people in the community to volunteer. The crew that showed up for J-U-B worked through rain and sun to fill multiple large trash bags along the riverfront. We even had a little helper join us! Thank you to everyone who volunteered for helping make our park a little cleaner!
Each year the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Idaho sponsors the Idaho Engineering Excellence Awards Competition. The competition is to give public recognition to those engineering achievements that demonstrate a high degree of merit and ingenuity, and that provides a major contribution to technical, economic, and social advancement.
J-U-B Engineers was recently awarded three Engineering
Excellence Awards. The awards represented a variety of projects in various engineering disciplines and throughout Idaho.
Annually, the Northern Nevada Human Resources Association (NNHRA) puts on a banquet to celebrate the finalists of the regional Best Places to Work awards. The awards are separated by company size and awarded based on scores from anonymous employee surveys. The Reno office enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Atlantis resort before awards were announced. J-U-B Reno placed 3rd in the Micro category! Of all the categories, the micro had the most companies apply and had the biggest competition. As much as we are thrilled to receive this award, we are even more grateful knowing how happy and fulfilled our employees feel working for J-U-B.
J-U-B’s Reno employees were invited to fill out a survey and provide optional responses to several open-ended questions. Here is a random sampling of their responses:
“I have been a part of this organization for almost two years and everyone that I work with and have worked with inspires me to be the best in their position. The company always thinks of the employees first and they go out of their way to help in any way they can. Working with this company has renewed my desire to be the best at what I do. I have worked in this profession for over 30 years and have never been happier and with my renewed spirit I hope to help this company in any way that I can.“
“I feel supported by my managers and leaders, they not only care about my work life, but they care about my home life as well. The benefits package, including time off and the ability to work remotely, are all above my expectations. I feel recognized and supported in the work I do daily. Our company culture is amazing, it feels more like a family. I feel excited to come to work and proud of where I work. The open communication and transparency with the company leaders is something you don’t see in many workplaces and I appreciate that.”
“I’ve been around for a long time and worked for multiple firms and haven’t felt this positive about an organization as I do about this one. I’ve had the opportunity to work at our corporate office and it seems the culture there is the same. The leadership and staff are always so positive which is a good indication of a successful culture.”
“Each employee values a different aspect of their job–salary, benefits, leadership opportunity, promotion potential, autonomy. This company gives each employee what they are looking for because the leadership group takes the time to find out what is important to the individual employees.
The Town of Windsor selected J-U-B Engineers through a competitive RFP process to design the intersection of SH-392 and Colorado Boulevard. During the scoping process for the intersection project, the Town decided to include additional scope for two major trail projects. These two trail projects create a key pedestrian connection for west Windsor residents. Development of a trail to connect residents living west of Colorado Boulevard (CR 13) to the core of Windsor has been a long-standing priority identified in the Windsor Trails Master Plan. In 2018 the Town kicked off this effort by commissioning conceptual design drawings connecting the #2 Ditch Trail at 17th Street to the River Bluffs, Poudre Trail Head Parking Lot. This includes a 140’ single-span pedestrian bridge over the La Cache Poudre River.
J-U-B provided the Town with design services from the conceptual phase through to construction documents. J-U-B was instrumental in coordinating the design with the Colorado Department of Transportation, and adjacent property owners to acquire right-of-way and easements to build the proposed improvements. Given the Town’s funding sources and timeframes, J-U-B split the project into several bid packages.
The design phase of the project was completed in the spring of 2021 and construction started shortly after. The Town retained J-U-B to provide construction management and inspection services during the construction phase of the project. Portions of the trail project have already been completed and the roadway improvements are anticipated to be fully constructed by the fall of 2021. The Town has continued adding scope to J-U-B’s contract to widen SH-392 east and west the intersection with Colorado Boulevard, which design is underway!
Congratulations to Jessica Krueger on joining the Aviation Group. This transition will bolster the Aviation Group with their Airport Master Plan efforts, and also serve as a great career growth opportunity for Jessica as she brings her planning and funding skills to the Aviation team. Jessica will continue working with our planning and funding teams on an ongoing basis, serving as a liaison between the disciplines. In Jessica’s new role as an
Aviation Planning Technician, she will:
Congratulations to Addison Coffelt on her promotion as the Idaho Funding Lead. Addison’s planning and funding expertise will serve our Funding Group well, given her in-depth experience with developing capital improvement plans, funding plans, transportation plans, and corridor studies. Addie will continue to be an integral part of our planning team on master plans and public facility permitting projects. In Addison’s new role as the Idaho Funding Lead, she will:
J-U-B and Strata, a Geotech Company, competed in a very friendly yet competitive obstacle course and hike this past June. This event was created in 2020 due to Covid-19 canceling a Spartan Race that both companies were to compete in. There was lots of sweating, laughing, and memories made among the two companies, and we all look forward to carrying on the tradition yearly.
We are pleased to announce that Christina McCullock, a member of the Gateway Mapping Team in our Orem Office, has earned her GISP certification. GISP stands for Geographic Information Systems Professional and is the nationally recognized certification standard for GIS professionals. To earn a GISP, GIS professionals must fulfill a rigorous set of requirements that include several years of experience working in a GIS role, educational requirements, contributions to the GIS industry and community, and an exam. This process is not easy and takes significant time and dedication to complete. It is a great accomplishment for Christina!
Christina has been a part of the Gateway Mapping team since 2013, serving first as a GIS analyst, then a senior GIS analyst, and is currently GMI’s Geospatial Services Director. Christina is a master problem solver and is dedicated to taking care of the GIS needs of our clients. Christina has experience working on a wide range of GIS projects with various groups across the company, and she currently is the administrator of GMI and J-U-B’s ArcGIS Online accounts. Nationwide, GISP certification is increasingly becoming a requirement on projects involving GIS work, and by reaching this milestone Christina has further strengthened the GMI/J-U-B team. Congratulations Christina!
“I am so very proud of Christina! The hard work she put in to accomplish earning her GISP
exemplifies her dedication to everything she does for Gateway Mapping. I am excited for her and am looking forward to the good things she will continue to do for GMI and J-U-B. Great work Christina!”
– Kasey Hansen
GM, Gateway Mapping, Inc.
The Logan, UT office recently purchased and assembled 48 backpacks for the Little Lambs Foundation to help kids that are in difficult/foster situations, as well as families that are unable to purchase their needed school supplies. Another example of J-U-B’s commitment to “helping each other create better communities.”
Marcus Simons & Colton Smith
John Wohlford, Weston Bellon, & Paul Willardson
Backpacks filled and ready for delivery
Zan Murray recently spoke at the ribbon-cutting for the new Cache County Road Shed Relocation project. J-U-B has been involved throughout the entirety of the project lifecycle. We are excited to for Cache County to begin using this beautiful new facility.
The Cache County Road Department and Vegetation Management departments were operating in an outdated and too-small facility in Logan, UT. Land was purchased in Hyrum, Utah (next to the Cache County Gravel Pit) for a new campus of buildings to house both departments (the fire department joined later in the process as well). A small satellite site was also constructed in Richmond, UT to facilitate the needs of the county there.
J-U-B was hired in late 2018, with Zan Murray and Paul Willardson as joint project managers, to facilitate the relocation of the Cache County Road and Vegetation Management facilities from Logan, UT to Hyrum, UT. We assisted in the due diligence of the purchasing of the property where the site would be located and securing the needed utilities. J-U-B also lead the charge in selecting an Architectural/Engineering team to design the project and a CMGC contractor to assist in the design and to be the General Contractor. Throughout design and construction, J-U-B acted as the Owners representative to assure that the original project goals were being met and the job was staying within budget.
J-U-B’s Kennewick Community Giving group recently put together a volunteering event for the whole office to create memory boards for Creekstone Senior Living. The boards can help residents enhance their hand-eye coordination, finger dexterity, and increase muscle strength. The residents at Creekstone are already getting great use from these donated boards! Thank you Kennewick office! Another example of J-U-B’s commitment to our purpose of “helping each other create better communities.”
Laurel Fritz, CPA has been appointed Director of Finance and Corporate Treasurer by the J-U-B Board of Directors. Having over 20 years of experience in accounting, tax compliance, and audit – including professional services – Laurel will manage the day-to-day financial activities of the firm and report regularly to J-U-B’s Board.
“We are thrilled to have Laurel here to lead our financed team and report on J-U-B’s financial status as we continue to grow in the marketplace,” says Troy Green, P.E., Chairman of J-U-B’s Board of Directors. “During her short time here, Laurel has shown herself to be a true team builder who will make everyone better going forward. She understands J-U-B’s mission of ‘helping each other create better communities.”
Neal Fraser is relocating to St. George, UT, to represent J-U-B in the southern Utah region. J-U-B has considered southern Utah a potential market area for many years. Neal’s presence in the area will allow us to explore strategic efforts.
Working remotely, Neal will continue to serve in his capacity leading Airport Planning efforts in the Aviation Services Group.
Neal started his career at J-U-B with Gateway Mapping, Inc. while still a student at BYU over 18 years ago. In 2009 the Aviation Services Group tapped into GMI’s expertise to support growing needs in the aviation industry and to meet FAA requirements. Neal led GMI/J-U-B’s efforts in AGIS, GIS for airports, and integration with our survey team for various projects. That progression has given Neal experience in airspace analysis, airport layouts/runway configuration design, and FAA regulations. All this guided Neal towards making a change in his career a few years ago to become a full-time member of the ASG as part of the Airport Planning team.
Today, Neal works with engineering project managers to develop business with airports and manages our Airport Master Plan projects. He enjoys leading the Airport Planning team in developing strategies for the future growth of airfield facilities.
“J-U-B is excited for Neal and his family to be able to start a new chapter while continuing to do great work and provide new opportunities for himself and J-U-B.”
-Toby Epler, PE
Aviation Services Group Leader
National CAD Day, or National Computer-aided Design Day, is celebrated each year on August 2nd. J-U-B recognizes and appreciates each of our talented CAD designers and technicians. Your contributions are invaluable. Thank you!
Click here to watch a short video about the history of CAD.
Please join us in congratulating Thomas Leija of the Twin Falls, ID office for receiving his professional engineering license!
Thomas attended the University of Idaho and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Human Resources, a Graduate Certificate in Adult and Organizational Leadership, and a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering finishing his time at U of I in 2016. Thomas was hired in 2016 starting in the water/wastewater group, then moving to the Aviation Group in early 2019. Thomas is currently overseeing over $7-million in construction on the Twin Falls Airport, with more projects on the way.
Craig Friant, PE, of the Orem, UT Office was awarded the ASCE Utah Section Engineer of the Year at the Annual ASCE Utah
Section Meeting at Utah State University on June 18, 2021.
The ASCE Utah Section Engineer of the Year award is to “recognize outstanding engineers that have achieved significant accomplishments in the Society and the civil engineering community.” Craig was nominated for his excellent work leading the Utah Infrastructure Report Card Committee to successfully release the Utah report card in December 2020. The report card is a big part of ASCE’s efforts to advocate for infrastructure investment with Congress and states.
Craig’s responsibilities as the ASCE Chair and the ASCE Infrastructure Report Card are a big deal. Craig was interviewed by multiple news outlets. Click HERE for links to several news stories and to read more about the ASCE Infrastructure
Report Card team.
Congratulations, Craig, on this prestigious award and for your fine example of representing J-U-B’s purpose of “helping each other create better communities.”
“Craig has been an outstanding engineer and leader for J-U-B’s Transportation Practice in Utah and this award reinforces the value that Craig Friant brings to our team! Congrats to Craig on this achievement and honor.”
Vijay Kornala, P.E., TSG Regional Lead
Please join us in congratulating Quinn Dance of the Logan, UT office for receiving his professional engineering license!
Quinn Dance has been practicing civil engineering since 2013 in Oregon and Utah and has been with J-U-B since 2015. During his time at J-U-B, his engineering focus has been primarily on municipal engineering including water planning, sanitary sewer planning, and storm water planning and permitting for many communities in northern Utah. Each of the above areas of focus have included compiling planning documents and creating infrastructure models to assist in projecting future needs for the municipalities.
Throughout these projects, Quinn has developed strong relationships and has realized the importance of understanding the needs of the municipalities and communities he has served.
Please join us in congratulating Brian Klatt of the Coeur d’Alene, ID office for receiving his professionalengineering license!
Brian worked for three years as a J-U-B surveyor and engineering intern prior to his graduation from the Colorado School of Mines in 2014. He had worked full-time for J-U-B as a design engineer in the Fort Collins office until the fall of 2020 and has since transferred to the Coeur d’ Alene office. He is part of the TSG and is experienced with AutoCAD Civil 3D, roadway design, drainage and pipe design, and site layout. Brian has completed numerous drainage reports with hydrology and hydraulic calculations. In addition, he has prepared several Storm Water Management Plans, drainage reports and traffic control phasing plans.
The Vineyard City (UT) Center Street Overpass Project Team has won a 2021 IPI Partnered Project of the Year Award! Congratulations.
With Vineyard City divided in half by UPRR & UTA railroad tracks, another access into the city was critical with the growing population. The overpass design included three MSE walls, traffic signals at two intersections, and a 180-foot single-span bridge over UPRR & UTA railroad tracks. Started construction in September 2019 and was completed in December 2020. The prime contractor was Wadsworth Brothers Construction with Whitaker Construction, Hunt Electric and Terracon as subcontractors. The project had its challenges including working with two railroad agencies schedules requiring working nights and weekends, COVID and residents adjacent to the project.
J-U-B working with the City and many partners is a great example of our purpose of “Helping Each Other Create Better Communities.”
“The project was a true success. The team built trust early in the project through respect for each team members value and experience. We even celebrated project milestones together as a team, truly representing pride and commitment to the success of the project from everybody involved. This allowed us to deliver a quality bridge to Vineyard City that will be a tremendous asset to the community on time and on budget.
– Rick Perea
Construction Observation Supervisor
We are pleased to announce two new videos created to support the J-U-B’s purpose of “Helping Each Other Create Better Communities.”
Thank you to the many employees from the Salt Lake City and Treasure Valley offices who participated in the videos.
J-U-B Engineers, Inc. is proud that we have so many women engineering professionals. We recently reached out and asked a few to share their experiences that led to their careers in STEM and what advice they would give to young women contemplating joining the discipline. We thank them for always pushing to be their best and helping to inspire a younger generation of future Women Engineers.
Do it! It is so much fun and so rewarding to find solutions and help people and communities solve problems. –Caitlin Arnold
You can do whatever you want to do. If engineering makes you feel excited and passionate, then go for it! Let yourself experiment with the different engineering disciplines. Find yourself a coach and a mentor. Explore your interests and passions. There are no limits to achieving your dreams! – Jessie Shocklee
Be yourself. Don’t be afraid to pursue what you want. Speak up and make your voice heard! Women have so much to contribute in the workplace.—Jill Hagen
Engineering is a highly creative and innovative industry and engineers play a significant role in shaping the future and community. It’s looking at problems and finding solutions and then you get the satisfaction of seeing your dream or idea brought to life. There are many fields of engineering to spark your curiosity and lots of possibilities for high-paying and rewarding careers that are a perfect fit for women.—Amber Morse
J-U-B supports me as an engineer by providing me with new opportunities and challenges so that I can grow in my career. I feel that my opinions are respected and my contributions to projects are valued.
– Sharon Strom
J-U-B has been extremely supportive by providing flexible work schedules to make it possible for me to pursue my career as an engineer while being a new mom.—Katie Reams
By offering me opportunities to lead and by supporting my growth through coaching and mentoring.—Angela Comstock
I am fortunate to work directly with two female engineers, who are not only co-workers, but also mentors, a sometimes rare occurrence in STEM. I am witnessing the female engineer community at J-U-B continuing to grow, providing me with more opportunities to connect with like-minded women on my career path.—Lauren Schmidt
I wanted a career that would challenge me intellectually on a daily basis, and engineering constantly provides new challenges and new learning opportunities. I also get to work with a bunch of nerds every day (and I LOVE it).—Kylie Cutler
Engineering allows me to work on fulfilling and meaningful projects that directly contribute to bettering my community.—Riannon Zender
One summer I was an intern helping with surveying—one day when a car slowly approached us, the doors opened and I overheard a mom tell her young children, “See girls you can do anything.” I had inadvertently become the State’s second surveyor that summer and a model to future generations of females.
Pend Oreille County, WA hired J-U-B to complete an infrastructure and feasibility study of possible future uses for a mix of public and private land. The study will include infrastructure planning and identification of easements and access points for future land usage, including a business park, residential and commercial areas.
Funding for the study is made possible by a grant from the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) and the Pend Oreille County EDC, which is also managing the project. This study is necessary for the county to apply for future state and federal funding for infrastructure development in the area.
J-U-B is also working on a separate study for Newport, WA, focusing on their wastewater system infrastructure.
Congratulation to Daniel Johnson on receiving his Professional Engineering License.
Dan graduated from Utah State University with his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2017. He was hired by J-U-B right out of college. In his time here he’s had the privilege of working with several wonderful engineers and mentors on a wide variety of projects, including: street designs, parking lots, a water treatment park, city storm water management, waterlines, storm drains, diversion structures, canal piping and detention basins.
Dan has been involved in municipal engineering projects for cities and districts that include: Woods Cross, Farmington, Kaysville, Hooper, Clinton, Salt Lake City, Plain City, Coalville City, Haights Creek Irrigation Company, Bona Vista Water Improvement District, and Pineview Water Systems
J-U-B Engineers, Inc. enjoyed participating in the Canal Boulevard Roll & Stroll on Saturday, May 15, 2021, to celebrate the opening of the new connector route! The road and surrounding trails support many different modes of transportation and connect communities, including Highland City, Alpine, and Cedar Hills.
Canal Boulevard, the new east-west connection in Highland between Alpine
Highway and North County Boulevard, will help drivers save time and travel less.
By the year 2040, this new road will:
J-U-B Engineers is a strong supporter of engineering programs in our region and the UI Engineering Design EXPO is no exception. This year, the EXPO was held live on April 30th at the UI’s Memorial Gym under COVID-19 restrictions. David Watkins (MOS), Chris Horgan (CDA), and Tim Haener (BOI) were all judges in the event. Chris and Jon Baune (CDA) also sponsored a project, the “Post Falls WRF Outfall Replacement” which enabled a student team to design a real-world project with guidance from Chris and Jon.
In addition to their volunteer efforts at EXPO, David serves on the UI Civil Engineering Advisory Board, and Tim is a member of the UI College of Engineering Advisory Board.
Every college engineering program in the country now has a capstone design class culminating in an end-of-year exposition. The University of Idaho pioneered the Design EXPO concept and has the oldest program in the northwest – in addition, the UI is the #7 ranked Engineering EXPO nationally (according to the National Academy of Engineers). Go Vandals!
The Design EXPO is also a great recruiting tool for J-U-B. Case in point, one of the team members this year, Edie Engelmann, accepted a position in our La Grande office and will start after graduation.
“I enjoy living close to the University of Idaho and being able to take part in these events. I had a lot of fun as a judge, challenging them to think outside the box and discuss big picture impacts of their designs. This year was a great group of professionals.”
– David Watkins, PE
“I had a great time working with my student team this year and enjoyed helping them apply their technical skills to a real-world application. Judging at EXPO is a fun way for me to stay connected to UI (my alma mater) and give back to the College of Engineering. It’s great to visit campus and to see all the innovative capstone design projects.”
– Chris Horgan, PE
We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Mark Holtzen as Area Manager of the Twin Falls, ID office. Mark is replacing Rob Hegstrom, who retired at the end of May 2021.
After graduating from Utah State University in 1998 with a Master’s Degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering, Mark began working for Radian International on hazardous waste remediation sites at Hill Air Force Base. After one year at Radian, he began working at Amalgamated Sugar Company as their Environmental Engineer. In 2000, Mark was recruited by Bill Block and Tracy Ahrens to start working in the J-U-B Twin Falls office. Marked worked in the Twin Falls office until 2019 when he took a job as the City Engineer for the City of Twin Falls. After 2 years, he made the decision to come back to J-U-B to work as the Area Manager for the Twin Falls office. Mark is a licensed engineer in the State of Idaho with 23 years of experience in the planning, design, construction, funding, permitting, and management of water and wastewater systems.
Please join us in congratulating Mark and welcoming him back to the J-U-B family.
“We are so happy to have Mark leading the Twin Falls office! He’s a great leader who knows the consulting business – helping our clients succeed and fostering career growth for the J-U-B Team. Mark will do a fantastic job continuing to build our firm in the Magic Valley and companywide.”
– Tim Haener, PE
Rob Hegstrom, long-time Area Manager of the Twin Falls office is retiring at the end of May 2021.
Rob Hegstrom has worked for J-U-B since 1995. Rob’s work includes project engineering and design, construction coordination with clients and contractors, construction observation and testing, and project closeout. He was also responsible for attending and participating in meetings and public hearings to facilitate and promote beneficial infrastructure projects for clients, that include cities, municipalities, and private companies and developers.
In 2002 Rob assumed the position of Area Manager of the Twin Falls office. As the Area Manager, one of his favorite accomplishments was most recently the construction and completion of the new Twin Falls J-U-B office, completed in December 2020.
Rob feels very lucky to have had such a wonderful career working alongside people who have become life-long friends, at an incredible company.
“Rob has contributed greatly to the success of J-U-B in many ways. He’s developed a loyal client following in the Magic Valley, contributed on a corporate level through his leadership in Recruiting/Retention and on the Efficiency Committee, and has helped to build a solid team in Twin Falls. More than all that, Rob is just a great guy who will be missed! Congratulations Rob on your retirement!”
-Tim Haener, President, CEO
ACEC Idaho, including member firm J-U-B Engineers, have helped a coalition of stakeholders in securing a sustainable transportation funding solution for the State of Idaho. Several bills were passed that will fund needed infrastructure investments in the following ways:
HB 306 – Is a one-time appropriation of one hundred twenty-six million dollars ($126 M) to help advance bid-ready transportation projects across Idaho. This includes four million dollars ($4 M) to state aeronautics and seventy-two million ($72 M) to strategic Initiatives. These funds are from the state’s record budget surplus as part of Governor Little’s “Building Idaho’s Future” plan.
HB 326 – Is a one-time appropriation of eighteen million dollars ($18 M) to Idaho Transportation Department.
HB 362 – Amends existing law to increase funding for state and local transportation by redirecting a larger share of existing sales tax that goes to the Transportation Expansion and Congestion Mitigation (TECM) account. This legislation increases the sales tax distribution from 1% to 4.5%. These changes will allocate no-less than eighty million dollars ($80 M) annually to the Idaho Transportation Department (“ITD”) for large infrastructure projects on the state highway system. The excess of eighty million dollars, if any, is dedicated to local units of government for roads and bridges as sales tax revenues increase. This amount also allows for approximately one billion six hundred million dollars ($1.6 B) in bonding authority over a twenty-year period.
“J-U-B is thankful to have been a part of helping secure funding for transportation projects across Idaho. Our commitment is to the communities we support and to making the infrastructure of Idaho the best it can be. This funding will be a game-changer for transportation across Idaho, both in terms of improving safety and capacity of the system. This funding will be paramount in helping mitigate for the unprecedented growth. J-U-B looks forward to supporting ITD, Highway Districts, Counties, and Cities in implementing transportation projects with this funding package.”
– Mike Arneson, PE
TSG Group Leader
The City of Umatilla, Oregon retained J-U-B to assist with permitting, planning, design, and construction services of their industrial wastewater (IWW) reuse pipeline which conveys data center non-contact cooling wastewater to a nearby irrigation canal for agricultural reuse.
The rapid development of data centers (water-intensive industry) in the City of Umatilla posed concerns regarding the management of projected wastewater flows and limited wastewater treatment system capacity. Data centers, using evaporative cooling to control computer equipment heat output, require large amounts of water. Cooling water not evaporate is discharged as industrial wastewater when dissolved solids become excessive. Prior to this reuse project, cooling tower IWW was discharged to the City’s WWTP resulting in a 65% increase in wastewater flow when ambient temperatures increase above 80 degrees. The non-contact cooling tower IWW is relatively clean and requires no treatment prior to being discharged with sufficient mixing water in the canal to dilute the increased dissolved solids concentration in the IWW. Since 2013, two more data centers have been built and at least two more are planned in the near future.
To mitigate the negative impacts the cooling tower IWW had on the City’s wastewater treatment plant, J-U-B proposed an industrial wastewater reuse pipeline to direct non-contact cooling tower IWW to the BOR Phase 1 Exchange Canal, which eventually connects into the West Extension Irrigation District (WEID) canal. The pipeline consists of an 18-inch PVC pipe with a length of approximately 12,000 linear feet and a diversion structure where water is sampled prior to discharge. The wastewater is conveyed through the new pipeline and discharged into the irrigation canal for agricultural reuse. J-U-B assisted the City in securing a NPDES permit for the new discharge. A second industrial wastewater reuse line has been installed connecting a second data center to the diversion structure. This project alleviated capacity concerns within the system preventing a large wastewater treatment plant upgrade, while also providing an economical way to dispose of non-contact cooling tower water.
ACEC Idaho and the Idaho QBS Facilitators Council have successfully passed an update to the QBS law in Idaho.
Idaho has had a strong QBS statute for more than 35 years, but last year a stakeholder group questioned the need for QBS and suggested that a significant price component be added to the qualifying process.
ACEC Idaho and the Idaho QBS Facilitators Council, which represents all the design professional associations and several Idaho agencies, worked through the second half of 2020 to educate the the legislature and the public on the core benefits of QBS and to gain input on improvements that would not destroy the law’s intent.
It was a team effort, including ACEC/ID Lobbyist Jeremy Chou of Givens Pursley; ACEC/ID Government Affairs Chairman Paul Wasser of STRATA, Inc; QBS Facilitators Council Chair Tim Haener of J-U-B Engineers, Inc.; both current ACEC/ID and QBS Facilitators Council Executive Director Liz Conner and past Executive Director Teri Ottens; Idaho AGC CEO Wayne Hammond; and ACEC National Senior Vice President for Advocacy Steve Hall.
The result is a bill that not only addresses the concerns of stakeholders to strengthen the law but reaffirms that QBS is “the right way” to hire design professionals.
A small army of J-U-B volunteers gathered in Post Falls, ID to support our purpose of “Helping each other create better communities” by participating in the annual tree giveaway. In addition to our great engineering, surveying and planning for the City of Post Falls, it’s always fun to give back to others. This was a great way to show support for our clients and connect as a group…definitely helped that we had a sunny afternoon!! Big THANK YOU to Brad Marshall for not only organizing this group of volunteers but spending countless hours organizing the donation and shipping of the trees.
“It has been a pleasure to coordinate this event for nearly 20 years that will create a canopy of trees in Post Falls for generations to come.”
– Brad Marshall, PE
J-U-B is honored to be included in the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms for 2020. We were ranked #241, up from #278 in the 2019 rankings. It is great to be in the top half of those ranked. We have been on a steady rise in the ranking for the past several years. Rankings are based on revenue for design services performed in 2020 in $ millions.
“Hitting the ENR Top 250 Design Firms is quite a milestone! Our sustained growth provides employees opportunities and enables us to continue toward Our Future – one firm delivering a host of services in any location. Congratulations to everyone on Team J-U-B for our continued success by taking care of our clients and each other.”
–Tim Haener, President & CEO
To improve mobility in the growing region of Highland City, the community teamed with UDOT to build an extension of Canal Boulevard, which connects the town of American Fork with Alpine Highway. The planned roadway crosses over the American Fork River, and Geneva Pipe and Precast manufactured a three-sided arch bridge with a 44’ span and 11’ rise. Each reinforced precast concrete segment is 4’ – 11 ½“ in length and weighs over 50,000 pounds. Placed together, the segments are approximately 75’ in total length. A unique design feature of this structure is the form-liner finish on the headwalls and wing walls. Requested as an aesthetic enhancement, the textured facade complements the organic beauty of the river habitat and the distinct character of the surrounding community.
Since river flow would be restricted during construction, project stakeholders sought an expedient solution with minimal environmental impacts. Working closely with the structural designers, we produced a precast structure engineered to meet the specific needs of this project. By using precast, the contractor was able to coordinate the just-in-time delivery of each section to coordinate with the adjacent road construction. Compared to cast-in-place construction, precast minimized the noise and traffic of trucks in this quiet, residential community.
Precisely planned logistics and exceptional communication were critical to ensuring the timeline of this project. Despite challenging curfews for wide loads during transport, we delivered all components to the project site for a timely installation. The structural engineering team at SPECS was impressed with our support from start to finish:
“The production team maintained communication with SPECS to ensure the design and subsequent QA/QC was followed, understood, and verified…J-U-B and Geneva’s teams were on-site on installation day to make sure the right materials were delivered, the markings on the product were clear, and the installation proceeded smoothly. Communication with Ian in logistics was critical and very appreciated.”
-Gina Spears, SPECS Civil Solutions, Inc.
We are pleased to announce our newest office in Craigmont, ID, affiliated with the Lewis Clarke Valley Office.
The new Craigmont office is located in a small town on the Camas Prairie of north-central Idaho. Although the town may be small, the service area and a number of J-U-B clients and projects in this region is tremendous. With over a dozen Highway Districts and a County Road and Bridge Department, all the cities on the Prairie (Craigmont, Winchester, Cottonwood, Nezperce, Grangeville, Ferdinand), Idaho Forest Group mill, and others as clients, it made sense to set up a small field office to better serve them. Many of these clients have asked, “when will you open an office on the Camas Prairie?” With J-U-B leadership’s support, we are now better situated to meet clients in a comfortable location to discuss projects and not have to rely on finding an available table at a coffee shop.
“Under our LCV office, it’s great to have a local office on the Camas Prairie to better serve our many clients in that region. Hats off to John Watson, Kayla Brown, Karin Shannon, and our IT gurus in making that happen.”
– Tim Haener, President & CEO
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Idaho recently honored J-U-B with the 1st Place award in their 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) for Water Resources projects. This top honor was awarded to the Redwood Creek Pipeline project that J-U-B completed for SUEZ Water Idaho, Inc. (SUEZ).
The working relationship between J-U-B and SUEZ spans several decades. Over that time, J-U-B has provided design and construction engineering services on dozens of projects, including the Redwood Creek Pipeline. SUEZ owns and operates the largest potable water system in the State of Idaho with a service area of approximately 155 square miles and over 100,000 residential, commercial, public authority, and fire service customers.
The Redwood Creek Pipeline project’s purpose was to increase available water supply and provide a redundant source to SUEZ’s Hidden Hollow Tank by transmitting excess water from Redwood Creek Well, with potential future connections to other sources in the area. It involved a new pipeline from Redwood Creek Well to Hidden Hollow Tank and preliminary engineering related to the additional pipeline necessary to transmit excess water south of the Boise River into the Redwood Creek transmission main. Design tasks involved an alignment study/hydraulic analysis/alternatives analysis, topographic ground survey, utility base mapping, preliminary engineering report, construction plans, agency permitting, easement negotiations, bidding services, and construction support. The project also entailed coordination with multiple stakeholders and utilities to acquire needed information, easements, access, and permits.
The magnitude of the project and desired completion date required a proactive approach to begin several key elements in parallel – the routing analysis, initial contact with landowners/homeowners, agency coordination and permitting, as well as identification of congested utility corridors and critical time-sensitive crossings. J-U-B also recommended a phased schedule to complete as many design tasks as possible concurrently while focusing on efficiency and practical solutions.
When SUEZ selected J-U-B as the engineering consultant, the project solution was conceptual, but turning the project into reality required successful navigation of many unique challenges. The alignment study phase considered utility congestion, surface repair types, public disruption, critical crossings, anticipated groundwater elevations, permitting requirements, easement needs, overall length, and potential costs. The final design employed over 1,800 feet of trenchless technology design related to horizontal directional drilling and boring/jacking applications.
J-U-B ultimately negotiated eight private easements, executed five license agreements for irrigation facility crossings, designed and obtained permitting approval for three flushing stations, and worked through a variety of permitting and construction approval requirements with Ada County, ACHD, Andeavor Petroleum, the Cities of Boise and Eagle, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ), Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
This project took a small army of resources to complete successfully in a short timeframe while navigating various complex challenges. Josh Elliott served as the Project Manager and one of the primary design engineers, but the project succeeded thanks to the efforts of many key team members, including a permitting team, led by Lisa Bachman, that operated in parallel with the design team to obtain permits, approvals, and easements. Without the hard work of Lisa Bachman, Allen Beahm, Addie Coffelt, Phil Krichbaum, Bryant Kuechle, Ellie Libby, Bert Nowak, and Brad Watson, project success could not have been a possibility. A special thanks goes to Phil Krichbaum for providing much of the technical content for the proposal and guiding design from concept to construction.
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) awarded the 2020 Utility Infrastructure Project of the Year in the Small Contractor Division to the 1700 North Trunk Line Sewer Rehabilitation at City Drain Project. The project was designed by Jordan Pugmire and constructed by Beck Construction & Excavation, Inc. for Salt Lake City Corporation.
This project included the replacement of the existing 12-inch sewer line with new 16-inch HDPE piping inside of 24-inch steel casing under a city drain installation of a new manhole and 12 by 5 by 20 box culvert. The project required bypass pumping of the existing sewer line as well as bypass pumping of the city drain.
Here’s a link to a short video about this project and award; https://youtu.be/kror19F8gm8
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Utah announces that the team of J-U-B Engineers of Orem and Jones & DeMille Engineering of Springville has been awarded the 2020 Engineering Excellence Award in the Water Resources category for its efforts on the Utah County Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) project.
The Bald Mountain and Pole Creek fires in southern Utah County in late summer 2018 were among the largest in the nation, burning over 121,000 acres and affecting three major watersheds over 530,000 acres. The resulting damage and potential for storm run-off, debris flow, and flooding from the burn scars endangered public safety, property, water resources, wildlife habitat, and surrounding communities’ economic viability.
Project sponsor, Utah County, and co-sponsors: Elk Ridge, Payson, Santaquin, Spanish Fork, and Woodland Hills, received funding through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) EWP program to conduct EnvironmentalAssessments and design and construct flood mitigation improvements. Due to the time-sensitive nature of this project, it was critical that the selected engineering team work quickly and efficiently to deliver improvements on time and coordinate effectively with multiple agencies on the federal, state, county, and local levels and private landowners and other entities.
Other challenges included high elevations and snow cover associated with most project sites and numerous land-use permits and private property easementsneeded before construction could begin. Although delays in receiving the NRCS contract created a very tight window for completion of improvements, the team’s efforts resulted in substantial completion before the NRCS deadline of December 7.
Improvements implemented included berms, silt fencing, debris, and sediment removal in debris basins and drainage channels, low-water crossings, stream bank restoration and stabilization, spring protection, and the repair of water control structures.
“Utah County appreciates the professionalism and commitment demonstrated by the J-U-B/Jones & DeMille team in the successful delivery of a quality project that has been critical in our recovery from the devastating wildfires of 2018,” said Utah County Public Works Director/Engineer, Richard Nielson.
Millcreek honored Michael Lasko (SLC) as the Volunteer of the Year during its State of the City address on February 8, 2021.
In 2020, the Millcreek was tested by a pandemic, an earthquake, nearby civil unrest, wildfires and a hurricane-level windstorm. As a resident and representative of J-U-B, Michael stepped up to the challenge and organized a disaster relief effort in his neighborhood. Thanks, Michael, for extending J-U-B’s purpose of “helping each other create better communities” to your neighborhood.
Video – (begin at 24.50)
It’s worth a watch, starting at minute 14.40, to see Millcreek’s mayor, Jeff Silvestrini’s State of the City address. At minute 24.50, the mayor extends an emotional thank you to Michael and his family.
Here’s what the City said in its newsletter: “Michael Lasko and Tresann Lasko deserve special recognition. Michael assisted Millcreek even before our City incorporation in January 2016 with engineering assistance. After last fall’s windstorm, Michael organized his neighborhood and gave the City maps of the worst damage, suggesting locations for waste trailers so the neighborhood could clean up their fallen trees. He and his family later hauled load after load of green waste to the city’s collection site on Wasatch Blvd. For these efforts, we recognize Michael Lasko as Millcreek’s Volunteer of the Year! Thank you, Michael, Tresann, and the Lasko family for your service and your contributions to our community’s resilience.”
Michael, along with Neal Fraser (Orem) and Christina McCullock (Orem) volunteered to work with Millcreek’s Emergency Response Manager and local neighborhood leaders across the City to become better prepared in the event of an emergency. They are continuing to monitor additional support needed by the City in 2021 and beyond.
“Our hope would be that one City at a time, with the support of volunteer neighborhood organizations, we will see the value in being more prepared before disasters occur like Millcreek experienced in 2020 (pandemic, fires, windstorm, earthquake.) Our neighborhood recognized that we could do our part, neighbors helping neighbors, to prioritize incidents of life/health/safety and then repair and recovery next.” -Michael Lasko, PE
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.
Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:
The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is ‘Choose To Challenge’. A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change.
International Women’s Day has occurred for well over a century with the first gathering held in 1911. Learn more about the day’s timeline.
International Women’s Day is not a country, group, nor organization specific. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network, or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist, and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” So make International Women’s Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.
J-U-B partnered with the Utah STEM Action Center and the Utah chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to celebrate Engineers Week. This year’s theme is Imagining Tomorrow, providing an invitation for students to reach for the horizons of innovation and imagination. A website link providing resources to spark interest and get the conversation about engineering going in classrooms was shared with all the STEM coordinators across the State of Utah in K-6, Junior Highs, and High Schools. This is another way that J-U-B is “helping each other create better communities.”
After asking the question, “what are we doing to support E-week this year given the pandemic?” we put on our creative thinking caps to consider something that would be an easy and minimal effort but far-reaching beyond one school. Brittany Adams, Craig Friant, and Michael Lasko connected with David Wicai, Communications Lead with the Utah STEM Action Center (an Extension of Utah Governor Cox’s office) in a Zoom call. We followed up with emails to describe why we celebrate E-week and activities that we have done in the past. David went to work and developed the webpage full of resources.
For over five decades, J-U-B Engineers, Inc. (J-U-B) has provided our clients with surface transportation project support. Starting in our early days with roadway design services, our practice has grown to include the full project life cycle from planning through construction management. Over the past 20+ years, J-U-B has expanded our surface transportation practice to include projects for public and private clients in Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. During those years, J-U-B maintained smaller groups of transportation professionals generally functioning independently in each of the states where we had a presence. This business model allowed localized success in meeting our client needs. However, J-U-B leadership recognized we could meet our clients’ needs more completely and efficiently with an adjustment to our historic business model. Effective January 1, 2021, J-U-B implemented the Transportation Services Group (TSG). All of the full-time surface transportation resources within J-U-B are now part of the same operational group that serves our practice across our entire geographic footprint.
This change was implemented for many reasons, foremost to provide our clients the full expertise, capability, and capacity of J-U-B regardless of the project location. As importantly, to provide our employees with an opportunity for increased exposure to new clients, projects, challenges, and processes which allow them to grow and become more proficient in their profession.
The TSG is now a combined group of nearly 60 transportation professionals working to seamlessly support projects in our clients’ best interest regardless of the project location. This combination of resources into one group allows us to be more flexible, increases our capacity, and ensures we provide the best team for the specific project and client need.
The TSG is positioned to help our clients succeed in developing all types of surface transportation projects from larger federal aid to smaller local agency…..everything from Interstate interchanges to local bike paths…..the TSG is the perfect size and combination of resources to meet local needs while bringing the combined resources to meet the needs of larger projects as well. This transition to a combined surface transportation group at J-U-B is an exciting time for our staff. We are anxious to provide our clients with increased capability and capacity as a result.
J-U-B is rolling out a “mini-campaign” that emphasizes Our Purpose as a company: Helping each other create better communities. Our Purpose will help facilitate an emotional connection to J-U-B for both our employees and our clients by using the words “helping each other create better communities” in various ways.
Did you know that J-U-B is represented on several different social media platforms? For the past several months we have been working on creating content and sharing what is great about J-U-B, specifically as it relates to J-U-B’s purpose of “helping each other create better communities.” Help us spread the word. Follow us, like us, share us! Click the icons below:
We have created a video highlighting how J-U-B has taken care of employees throughout the pandemic. Check it out on our YouTube channel.
Thanks to all of the employees who participated and especially to Rachel Lawrence for putting the video together.
Stay tuned for more videos later this month, and throughout the year as we work to add content to the channel.
Kyle has worked for J-U-B for almost three years and has become an integral part of the Fort Collins office. Kyle received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in 2009. He excels at transportation design, plan production, and the use of AutoCAD Civil 3D for annotation of plans, creation of alignments and profiles, site grading, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and waterline design, and general plan production. Prior to joining J-U-B, he worked for another engineering firm along with the CSU hydraulic lab. Kyle is competent in client interaction and motivated to solve problems in the civil engineering industry, promoting a high level of workmanship.
A snapshot of Kyle’s projects includes:
Kevin has worked for J-U-B for over two years. He is currently a member of the Transportation Service Group (TSG) where he will supply structural design. Kevin graduated from Colorado State University in 2016. Kevin works extensively with Alan Cukurs in our structural group where he has worked on several bridge designs. Prior to joining J-U-B, Kevin performed structural design work for Quality Engineering. Kevin has gained experience with timber, steel, concrete, and masonry for a variety of construction projects including custom homes, hotels, commercial buildings, and retaining walls.
A snapshot of Kevin’s projects includes:
The University of Idaho is naming a primary civil and environmental engineering teaching laboratory the “J-U-B Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory” in honor of J-U-B’s major contribution to the effort.
The lab, located on the first floor of the Buchannan Engineering building, will host undergraduate lab classes in geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, and others. In addition, the flexible space will be a meeting place for student organizations, be used for industry lectures, and serve as a senior design space. The project includes a complete space renovation, new modular laboratory tables and seating, a state-of-the-art remote audio/video system, and new lab equipment.
J-U-B’s contribution to the project was matched by Tim and Chris Haener, enabling the naming opportunity in J-U-B’s honor. “It’s a great project,” says Haener, President and CEO of J-U-B. “This space will be a focal point for student activity, which will help the College to recruit students while providing great exposure for J-U-B. We’re thrilled to team with J-U-B and the U of I to help make this happen.”
QUOTE FROM PATRICIA COLBERG, P.E., PhD, Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: “Without the munificent support of J-U-B and Tim and Chris Haener, this renovation would be a long way off. It is the largest and most visible space in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is long overdue for a major “face lift”. We are pleased to be able to continue our efforts to improve our student work spaces as part of our commitment to excellence in engineering education — a commitment that would largely fall flat without the support of our generous industry partners and devoted alumni.”
J-U-B’s program of employee engagement and teamwork for community giving has been a staple in J-U-B’s culture for many years. For 2021’s program, the firm has committed over $50,000 to facilitate and supplement our Team’s volunteer efforts in our communities. Key to the success of this giving is the engagement of local offices to develop their own plans on how to best use the money to help society. Getting the local team involved, particularly our young professionals, is a fun way to engage together in meaningful ways in addition to the work we do. From food insecurity due to COVID 19, to youth sports, to women’s shelters, or neighborhood clean-ups…this program truly reflects J-U-B’s Purpose, “Helping each other create better communities.”
“I am truly impressed by J-U-B’s dedication to their purpose, “Helping each other create better communities.” This past fall, I approached the executive committee about donating to an annual fundraiser for Make-a-Wish Idaho that I started in 2017 at the University of Idaho. J-U-B immediately made a large donation and promoted the fundraiser during the Meridian Business Buzz Facebook Live. J-U-B’s involvement allowed me to grow a fundraiser for a cause that means so much to both myself and my family. As a young and relatively new employee, I was shocked at how generous and supportive J-U-B is. I feel very proud to work at a company like J-U-B that values all of its employees and our communities. I look forward to seeing how J-U-B will continue to make a positive impact on our community in the Treasure Valley in the year 2021!” –Cooper Felton, Boise Office
“As someone who was born and raised to volunteer, J-U-B’s 2021 Community Giving commitment is empowering to me and motivates me to continue to invest my time in our community because I know my employer values my time investment.” –Angela Comstock, CDA Office
“It is important to work for a company that is passionate about supporting our communities. J-U-B promotes generosity and team building through community service activities. No effort is too small. It is great to see what impacts we have made with each effort.” –Brooke Holm, SLC Office
J-U-B recently surveyed our employees and asked, “Are you satisfied with the way that J-U-B has handled the COVID-19 crisis?” Here are some of the comments.
What’s Going Well?
Some of the positive comments:
▶ “Excellent job and very proactive.”
▶ “I have been grateful to work with very little disruption.”
▶ “I feel safer in the office than I do on my own.”
▶ “J-U-B has been exceptional with COVID-19. I really appreciate the flexibility they have allowed us during this uncertain time on staying home if we feel uncomfortable coming into the office, and also having the option for people to come in who just do better in the office setting.”
A triple-helping of kudos to our HR Team and our IT Team for doing the super-heavy lifting to make us “safe and productive” through this crisis.
“Our Team, all our employees, have done a tremendous job in being both safe and productive at work and/or at home. We are by no means out of the woods, so your continued attention and self-awareness of safety are greatly appreciated. It’s the fourth quarter…stay focused and let’s get through this!” –Tim Haener, President/CEO
Utah State University, home of the Aggies, is one of the top schools where J-U-B recruits great talent. Over 40 of our employees have degrees from USU that bring benefit to our company in engineering, landscape architecture, and technical writing.
Most, if not all, the graduates from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at USU have gained substantial knowledge about Civil Engineering professional practice from our involvement in school-sponsored career fairs, student internships across the company, professional lectures, and adjunct professorships at the school.
In alignment with our Strategic Plan Values of Sustainability and Win-Win Solutions, the J-U-B Board of Directors authorized the Executive Committee to donate to USU’s Civil and Environmental Department to remodel the Civil Engineering study room in the Engineering Lab Building. As many of you may recall, the existing study room is tight, dark, and crowded. The remodeled space will open the room by removing walls, installing glass partitions, and will include many technology upgrades to meet student needs today and in the future. The new space will be called the J-U-B Study Room. We will be able to display our projects and efforts to partner with students and USU in the new Study Room.
Design on the renovation has begun, and construction is expected to occur this spring and be completed by the fall semester when students return from summer break. We look forward to our continued partnership with Utah State University for decades to come. Go Aggies!!!
Taylor Stauffer, EIT (J-U-B’s Kaysville office), was recently featured in the Author Highlight section of the AWWA Journal. Having recently published an article in AWWA Water Science, Taylor answered a few questions for the editor.
Read all about Taylor’s career influences, mentors, research, and personal interests HERE.
Taylor is a Design Engineer specializing in water resources engineering. He supports design projects working as a design engineer within the project team. His expertise includes utilizing AutoCAD Civil 3D to design and assemble plan sets and developing opinions of probable cost. Taylor performs complex hydraulic modeling to aid in the sizing and design of pipelines to meet the needed capacity.
Taylor’s article, Multiple Tap Sets to Improve Venturi Flowmeters Performance Characteristics With Disturbed Flow, was published in AWWA Water Science.
J-U-B’s very own Craig Friant has been leading the development of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Utah Infrastructure Report Card. He kicked off the report card in November 2019 with his committee of over 30 engineers. The committee included retired engineers, university professors, working professional engineers, Engineers-in-Training, and engineering students from Brigham Young University. The committee was trained by ASCE staff and worked for the last year to do research, interview government agencies, write the detailed chapters of the report card, grades, coordinate with the ASCE Committee on America’s Infrastructure, and finalize the report card. The ASCE Utah Section hosted a media release on December 16, 2020, and Craig presented the grades to the media. The media release can be found HERE on YouTube. Nine media outlets covered the report card release, one of the largest media coverages for an ASCE State Report Card in 2020.
J-U-B was represented well on the report card committee. Erica Zaugg, Helam Hernandez, Joey Laprevote, and Sean Black led the research and writing for the infrastructure chapters on Transit and Bridges. ACEC also supported the development of the report card. Michael Lasko represented ACEC and worked with the ASCE report card committee to facilitate reviews and communicate with the Legislature and Governor’s office.
The ASCE Utah Infrastructure Report Card is a significant step in helping us make our communities better. As engineers, we have a responsibility to provide input and recommendations to our elected officials and policymakers to help protect and advance the health, safety, and welfare of the public through the practice of Civil Engineering. Please use the Utah Infrastructure Report Card to start a conversation with our clients about Utah’s infrastructure and how we can help them make our communities better. The full report card will be available HERE after January 11, 2021. Check it out.
Ahmad Salah, Ph.D., M.B.A., P.E., GISP, C.F.M., of the Orem office, recently spoke to civil engineering and environmental science faculty and graduate students at UCLA .
The seminar explored the various ways civil engineers and environmental scientists use both GIS and remote sensing, better referred to as geospatial technologies. With the advent in hardware and software tools, engineers and scientists can use these technologies to save time and answer many questions effectively and efficiently on their day-to-day tasks. These technologies are well embedded in the four phases of most, if not all, projects. Students and faculty learned about how pretty maps and satellites are used in planning, design, construction as well as operation and maintenance of the infrastructure all around us!
Click here to view the presentation.
Ahmad has 25 years of experience in engineering applications of GIS, remote sensing, and CAD. His experience includes 23 years of water resources engineering, hydrological, and hydraulic modeling studies. He was a member of the software development team of the Watershed Modeling System (WMS); a GIS interface for hydrologic, hydraulic and water quality 1D and 2D models. Ahmad has developed a number of award winning GIS applications and tools and has been hired by the United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization as an international GIS and remote sensing expert. With his programming experience and extensive experience in desktop, mobile, and web GIS tools and geodatabase design, Ahmad brings value to the team by providing insight on time-savings, quality control, and state-of-the-art tools to help clients on a day-to-day work tasks. Ahmad is also a peer reviewer of a member of scientific journals and a book reviewer for the American Water Resources Association. He was also a member of the Utah GIS Board and applicant review committee for GISP certification. He is affiliated with a number of professional organizations and has received numerous peer-reviewed awards.
Each year the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Idaho sponsors the Idaho Engineering Excellence Awards Competition. The competition is to give public recognition to those engineering achievements that demonstrate a high degree of merit and ingenuity, and that provides a major contribution to technical, economic, and social advancement.
J-U-B Engineers was recently awarded four Engineering Excellence Awards. The awards represented a variety of projects in various engineering disciplines and throughout Idaho. Awards included:
• Page WWTP Ammonia Project—South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District
• Twin Falls downtown Revitalization—City of Twin Falls
“This project was really a showpiece for the City and for J-U-B! We were even used as a technical consultant by the sculptor commissioned to create the John E. Hayes statue that sits in the Splash Park, across the street from new city offices.” -Rob Hegstrom, PE, AM Twin Falls Office
• Best Hill Booster Pump Station—City of Coeur d’Alene
• Coeur d’Alene Medical Campus Improvements—Kootenai Health
“Great work Team! These awards exemplify our passion for ‘Helping Each Other Create Better Communities’ through top-tier service for our clients. Cool projects!” -Tim Haener, President/CEO
The City of Meridian Chamber of Commerce recently featured J-U-B on it’s Business Buzz program. Click HERE to watch!
A big thank you to all who participated in this live event, both on-screen and behind the scenes. It was a great opportunity to showcase J-U-B’s projects, culture, and commitment to “helping each other create better communities.”
J-U-B’s Lewis Clark Valley office in Clarkston, WA recently welcomed Shayne Thatcher, PLS. Shayne has 43 years of experience in the land surveying profession. He is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor in Idaho and Washington as well as New Mexico, Colorado, North Dakota, and Texas and a Licensed Property Line Surveyor in Maryland. His experience is in all aspects of land surveying including boundaries and cadastral, topographic, construction, oil field pipelines and well locations, airport construction, high-rise construction, bridges, highways, dams, and subdivisions. He is a past business owner and has served as an expert witness in numerous trials. He has been employed as a Project and Senior Project Manager and a Team Leader.
“We are delighted to have Shayne on our team in the LCV office and are looking forward to his leadership and guidance in further developing our survey presence in the region.” – Kayla Brown, PE, Area Manager, LCV
Idaho’s J-U-B planners participated “virtually” in the American Planning Association (APA) Idaho annual conference in early October 2020. As always, there was a diverse array of training seminars, panels, and keynotes, including a session (Public Involvement during a Pandemic: Idaho’s Lessons Learned) with our own Caroline Mellor providing insights and examples from her work with The Langdon Group.
The APA Idaho award program is always a highlight of the conference, and this year was no exception. The Gem Award recognizes planning achievement and/or leadership in the topic chosen as the theme (Strengthening Roots, Cultivating Changes). In this category, the jury looks for Innovation, Transferability, Outreach, Implementation Strategy, Effectiveness and Results, and Education.
The 2020 Gem Award was presented to the City of Nampa for their Historic Preservation Plan (HPP). Led by the City’s economic development department and the Arts and Historic Preservation Commission (AHPC), the plan was initiated in the fall of 2019. The National Park Service-provided funding for the plan through the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office’s Certified Local Government program. The AHPC hoped not only to update the 008 HPP, but to strengthen the City’s historic preservation program through a long-term vision, defined goals, and a set of practical and achievable strategies. Working collaboratively with the City’s planning and GIS professionals, innovative analytic tools were utilized to assess the presence of historic resources, develop historical contexts, and prioritize future survey projects. Sheri Freemuth, AICP, was the preservation planning consultant on this project.
“We are so proud of Sheri’s accomplishment in writing such a solid plan and winning the most honorable planning award at the 2020 Idaho APA Planning conference! Sheri’s work is a prime example of how we can help each other create better communities!”
Treasure Valley Area Manager
In 2018, the City of Loveland, CO selected J-U-B through a competitive process to provide design services for a new segment of 37th Street from US-287 to N. Monroe Avenue. This included a new single-span bridge over Dry Creek and a new single land roundabout at N. Monroe and 37th Street.
The City identified this corridor along with the Dry Creek improvements as a critical infrastructure project to provide a missing gap in 37th Street and to improve the structural stability of Dry Creek. Funding for the project came primarily through capital expansion fees.
The 37th Street roadway connector project provides a new east-west arterial roadway connection from US-287 to North Monroe Ave. A new single-span bridge was required to connect the Dry Creek Ditch and a new single-lane roundabout at 37th Street and Monroe Avenue. The new roadway segment includes two travel lanes, a center turn lane, on-street bike lanes, attached & detached sidewalk, storm sewer, upgraded water and sewer lines, landscaping, and lighting. The City and its’ residents will significantly benefit from this project in the following ways:
• Improved connectivity and capacity of the City’s transportation network.
• Increased intersection safety at the 37th Street, North Monroe Avenue, and North Lincoln Avenue intersections.
• Reduced vehicle travel time and emergency response times.
• Increased east-west route options for all modes (people walking, biking, or driving).
• Reduced out-of-direction travel and neighborhood cut-through traffic.
• Evolved and improved public perception and expectations for large-scale infrastructure projects
• Provided a multi-modal corridor for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
The City advertised and constructed two additional stormwater improvement projects with the 37th roadway improvements in conjunction with the roadway project: Dry Creek Stabilization Project & 29th Street Outfall Project. The Dry Creek Stabilization Project consisted of re-shaping and stabilizing the creek banks. The 29th Street Outfall project consisted of upsizing existing storm drainage facilities for future capacity and constructing a soil nail wall to stabilize the creek banks.
J-U-B Engineers, Inc. moved up four places to 68th position in the 2020 rankings of the largest privately held companies based in Idaho. This growth is a testament to J-U-B’s employees who are engaged in rewarding careers providing top-notch service to their clients. In addition, J-U-B’s Strategic Plan calls for planned growth to broaden service offerings to clients in all primary market segments. Since 2018, J-U-B has added 20 percent to its full-time employee count.
The Idaho Private 100 is an annual event and publication that lists the top 100 based on the annual revenue of these private companies, which make their headquarters in Idaho. A virtual celebration was held on October 30th.
Results were publicized in the Idaho Statesman newspaper, including quotes from company leaders. The digital version of the Idaho Private 100 magazine and the event video are available online
“We are so fortunate to receive this recognition. I couldn’t agree more with Tim Haener’s quote in the publication that our biggest strength at J-U-B is our people. Even though we are growing, we are fortunate to have maintained a family-like culture that promotes achieving great things together!”
Area Manager, Boise
Seth Bockholt, sole owner of Bockholt, Inc., a landscape architecture firm in Park City, has accepted a position with J-U-B Engineers as Group Leader for the Landscape Architecture Group. Current Group Leader, Greg Graves, has led the practice at J-U-B since June 2007. Greg will be retiring in June of 2021. Prior to that, the leadership of the group will transition to Seth, who will lead the landscape architecture practice companywide from offices in Kaysville and Salt Lake City.
J-U-B’s arrangement with Seth includes an inter-company agreement whereby Bockholt, Inc. will continue to market and secure its traditional “high-end residential” landscape design work, which will be performed exclusively by J-U-B using Seth and the team. Otherwise, Seth’s main focus is to build the J-U-B Landscape Architecture Group for its traditional public works clientele throughout J-U-B.
For a look at Bockholt’s work, check out his website. https://bockholtlandscapearchitecture.com/
“Greg has put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into developing the Landscape Architect Group over the years. He’s done a fine job and is leaving us in a great position as he moves toward retirement. He should feel proud of what he’s accomplished. J-U-B has benefited greatly from his hard work. Thanks, Greg!” –Brian Deeter, PE, AM Kaysville
Greg has over 32 years of experience as a professional landscape architect and planner and has lead the Landscape Architecture Group since 2007. He will be greatly missed when he retires next June.
Greg’s experience includes both public and private work throughout the western U.S. He has provided complete design and project management services for residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional projects of all sizes. His expertise runs the complete gamut of project development, from concept development and master planning to site design, construction documents (including layout, grading, and drainage, construction detailing, irrigation, planting, and presentation graphics. Mr. Graves specializes in recreation planning, park and trail design, and irrigation and planting design.
J-U-B’s Reno office placed 3rd in the 2020 Northern Nevada Best Places to Work Contest! This is a HUGE deal, as many Mico sized businesses in Northern Nevada compete in the contest. Northern Nevada Human Resources Association made a post on their Facebook page about the winners and linked directly to J-U-B’s Facebook page.
Perks of being a winner include an ad in the local newspaper and the NNHRA Best Places to Work 3rd place Logo on our website, email signatures, etc.
Dyer Engineering, before its merger with J-U-B, was a finalist in 2019 but didn’t place. We are thrilled with the improvements made and that our employees feel valued and love their co-workers, managers, and work environment!
Click HERE to view the “Winner’s Video” that was shown at the awards ceremony.
Someone nominates your company. Each employee completes a confidential survey online that only goes to the NNHRA organizers of this event. Winners are selected depending on the employee’s responses. Here are our scores:
Overall Score = 96.23%
Highly Engaged Employee’s = 92.86%
Fun Work Environment and Work/life Balance = 100%
Communication and Resources = 97%
J-U-B Engineers has named Cory Baune, P.E. as the next Area Manager of their Coeur d’ Alene office, replacing long-time manager Steve James. Cory has 22 years of experience in the engineering field, 15 of those managing the Lewiston and Moscow offices for J-U-B. A graduate of the University of Idaho, Cory’s technical specialties include water and wastewater conveyance and treatment systems.
Jay Hassell, P.E., will remain as Assistant Area Manager working with Cory to build the practice in that region. Jay’s specialties are transportation engineering and project management. Also a UI graduate, Jay has been with J-U-B for over 20 years.
“Cory is the complete package. He brings excellent technical and business expertise, client service experience, and is a great leader to the Team. He’ll be able to build on what Steve James did in that region to help propel J-U-B to the next level. As for Jay, he has a unique set of skills that compliment Cory’s perfectly. He’ll continue to be a great asset to staff while taking care of clients and projects. Way to go, Cory and Jay!” – Tim Haener, President, CEO
Steve James has been with J-U-B for over 28 years and has managed the Coeur d’ Alene office for nearly 10 years. A UI grad, Steve specializes in wastewater and water treatment planning and design for clients all through north Idaho and eastern Washington. Beyond client service, his contributions include building a very tight Team in the CDA area – covering all of J-U-B’s key disciplines. He has raised the bar in employee engagement in CDA and elsewhere. Steve will continue to work for clients in the area and help build J-U-B’s treatment market in Colorado and Nevada while mentoring staff and leaders through his role on the J-U-B Board of Directors and as Vice President of the firm.
“Steve has done a superb job building our Team in Coeur d’ Alene into a dominant force in the region. He’s done that by cultivating a culture that puts the client first, builds community, and allows each employee to thrive in their careers. He’s a true leader of J-U-B, and we’re thrilled to have him continue to mentor others, take care of key clients, and build the practice in areas of great potential.” -Tim Haener, President/CEO.
We are pleased to announce that Bryce Wilcox, PE, has been selected as the Area Manager for J-U-B’s Kaysville, UT office, effective October 1, 2020.
Bryce has been with J-U-B since 1997 and has 25 years of engineering experience with specific expertise in municipal engineering, water resources, and transportation. He has been trusted to maintain and foster J-U-B’s 30+-year relationships with Davis & Weber Counties Canal Company and Clinton City. Bryce has been instrumental in J-U-B’s success in acquiring funding from the Bureau of Reclamation and NRCS, resulting in multi-million dollar projects for our clients.
The Kaysville office looks forward to Bryce’s leadership and support to continue to grow and add new services.
Former Kaysville Area Manager Brian Deeter says, “Bryce has spent his entire career with J-U-B. I’ve known him since his days in the “EIT nursery” at the old Kaysville office. He is a great project manager and an outstanding client care specialist. His co-workers like him for his easygoing personality, the great work he does, and his commitment to making J-U-B successful. I consider Bryce, a good friend. He has what it takes to be a great Area Manager for Kaysville.”
Brandon has been with J-U-B for nearly 20 years, managing water resources projects ranging from well feasibility studies, source development, source protection, water rights, well drilling and equipping design, booster stations, and pump stations.
He is active in several professional organizations and remains up to date in water rights legislation, current industry practices, evolving technologies, and State and Federal regulations affecting water resources.
Brandon is an integral part of the Kaysville office. He and Bryce will work well together in managing all aspects of the office. Congratulations, Brandon!
Brian Deeter has more than 27 years of experience in irrigation and municipal engineering throughout Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado. He’s been with J-U-B since 1994 and has been an Area Manager for 19 years, including three years with the Logan Office and 16 years with the Kaysville office. These days, Brian spends most of his time pursuing and managing large irrigation projects in Utah and Wyoming’s remote corners.
Thank you for your devotion and years of service as the Kaysville Area Manager.
When the Department of Environmental Quality first asked the City of Hagerman, ID to present on their recently completed wastewater land application project, City staff wanted to say “No!”. But instead, Justin Hulme, the public works superintendent, called J-U-B to see what could be done. Soon Dan Ayers (Boise Office) was part of the team preparing for the presentation.
The City of Hagerman’s land application project story started with an old lagoon system that discharged into the Snake River. After Total Maximum Daily Limits (TMDLs) changed with the new 2007 NPDES permit, the system was in noncompliance, and fixes needed to happen.
The City and J-U-B worked on finding solutions for the system and frequently collaborated with DEQ, who became an essential partner in the process. Rapid Infiltration appeared to be the most economical solution, but none of the areas near the City’s
lagoons worked geologically. Evaporative basins had economic, land use, and stakeholder problems. The City then decided to go with a land application, and after many visits, a local farmer agreed to sell nearly 100-acres of farmland adjacent to the lagoons – the land had not been for sale. But it still took almost a year of outreach and explanations to help an adjacent organic farmer and exclusive Hunt Club facility understand that the land application of the wastewater could be done responsibly and safely. Now that the project is complete, the City can beneficially land apply their treated wastewater instead of discharging to the river, and they are in compliance with their NPDES permit limits.
Justin and Dan presented the Hagerman story in a nationwide webinar hosted by the Pacific Northwest Water Reuse Association on July 31, 2020. They did a great job, and it was an honor to “Help Each Other Create Better Communities” by helping our client tell their story.
Waiting for the webinar to start. Left—Justin Hulme, Hagerman PW Superintendent; Right—Dan Ayers, J-U-B
After a thorough vetting and interview process, J-U-B’s Board of Directors has selected Zan Murray, PE to replace Troy Green, PE as a member of the Executive Committee. Troy will be stepping away from his role on the EC when he takes over as Chairman of the Board in March 2021. Zan’s appointment is unique as this is the first time a member of the EC is not also a member of the Board.
The Board also selected Cory Baune to replace Mike Worrall on the Board of Directors. We would like to thank Mike for his years of service on the Board.
Since graduating from Utah State University in 1998, Zan has always worked with the J-U-B Team. As he prepared to graduate from college, his first assignment was “sewer diving” in the Logan City sewer system with Bryce Wilcox. They always joked that there was only one way from there, UP! After graduating from USU, he began working in the Kaysville Office for 2 ½ years before the Logan Office was opened. In 2001, Zan, Brian Deeter, and Sam Powell, then an intern, opened the Logan Office. When the office opened, he returned to USU to receive his Master of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering at Utah State through J-U-B’s Tuition Reimbursement Program. In 2004, he was appointed Area Manager of the office and has served in that position since that time. Zan also chaired the CAD Core Group for over a decade to develop the J-U-B CAD Standard. This experience allowed him to work with many talented people across the company to shorten the Long Hallway. He has recently served on the Profitability Committee and chaired the Efficiency Committee with many of J-U-B’s great people.
Professionally Zan has worked on a diversity of projects ranging from the first warm water recirculating fish hatchery in Utah to marina reconstruction projects, to canal enclosure and pressurization projects. These projects have used various funding sources, including the Bureau of Reclamation, USDA, and NRCS. Several of these projects used alternate delivery methods, including design-build and CMGC.
Cory Baune started his engineering endeavor at the University of Idaho “GO Vandals” as a civil engineering student. After graduation, his career began with Kimball Engineering as an EIT focused on water/wastewater projects and the occasional transportation, landfill, and miscellaneous projects that came along. These projects gave him a wide variety of engineering experience, along with a healthy dose of project and client management learning opportunities.
Cory joined J-U-B in 2003 through J-U-B’s acquisition of Kimball Engineering. In 2004 Cory was selected as Area Manager for the Moscow office. His 15-year tenure brought a 6-fold increase in regional staff, many great projects for our communities, lots of great staff relationships, and many clients that Cory continues to work with after 20 years in the business. Cory relocated to Coeur d’Alene in 2019 and is supporting Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, and Lewis Clark Valley offices as a Program Manager. He has also had the privilege of chairing the 2020/2021 Growth and Opportunity Committee.
“With the appointments of Zan and Cory to these positions, J-U-B is taking a big step in continued leadership transition to the next generation. These two have the experience, skills, relationships, and tenacity to build on J-U-B’s potential as an exceptional firm for our Team and clients. I can’t wait to see where they, and other up-and-comers, can help take our beloved firm! Congrats, Cory and Zan!
Tim Haener, President & CEO
J-U-B Project Manger, Ben Haws, PE, likes living and working in the Tri-Cities, WA area because he feels directly connected to the community that he is serving. For the past couple of years, we have been working on rehabilitating some of the City of Kennewick’s major sewer trunk pipes. Here is a summary of one success we have had right here in our backyard.
Corroded pipes are a little bit unsettling (see Figure 1). The City ran across some corroded manholes and pipes as part of their proactive asset management program. This happened to be a major trunk serving a large portion of the City. To further complicate matters, this trunk in the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way is right next to the Columbia Irrigation District Canal.
The City selected our Kennewick Office to assist them with this critical project. A team of players was needed to investigate, find a solution, and carry out the plan. This was a team of local staff backed by expertise throughout many J-U-B offices.
In 2018 J-U-B performed manhole inspections and reviewed the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) information that the City had taken of the existing sewer pipes. We also contacted the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and began the coordination and paperwork process to get review and approval from the UPRR.
We conducted sewer gas monitoring by dropping some odor loggers into strategic manholes to find the source of the H2S gasses that are responsible for the corrosion of the concrete pipes and manholes. With this information, the City was able to address the source of the corrosion.
We assisted the City in evaluating the best course of action – eventually selecting a trenchless rehabilitation versus a complete re-construction. We decided to split the project into 2 phases, which helped to get the most critical pipelines rehabilitated soonest. Phase 1 involved the installation of 2,000+ LF of cured-in-place pipe (CIPP). This involved insertion of a felt fabric “sock” that is inflated inside the existing concrete pipe and then injected with steam to create a chemical reaction that turns the sock into a solid pipe. Phase 1 also involved the installation of 2 new manholes and 35 LF of 24-inch diameter pipe. Existing manholes were then coated on the inside to provide corrosion protection.
The Phase 2 project allowed for two types of CIPP – UV cure or Thermal (steam or water) cure. The awarded Contractor opted to do UV cure on 2,000+ LF of pipe and was one of the first projects in J-U-B’s history to do UV CIPP. The project also involved 500+ LF of 8-inch forcemain, boring under the UPRR tracks, and coating of existing manholes.
The project has been a success for the City and J-U-B. We have cost-effectively extended the life of a very important asset – saving the ratepayers money that would otherwise be spent on re-constructing this very expensive asset. The City operators and managers sleep a little better at night knowing that their north sewer interceptor has been protected from collapse. It has also strengthened our relationship with one of our most important Clients and has allowed us to give value back to the City that we love. This is J-U-B’s Core Purpose in action – “Helping Each Other Create Better Communities.”
J-U-B’s Young Professionals (YP for short) consist of those in their professional careers for less than ten years. Currently, we have just over 100 YPs at J-U-B. They are awesome and the future of the firm!
An in-person YP conclave was scheduled for early May but, alas, it got canceled due to COVID 19. As an alternative means to begin some YP engagement, we broke the entire YP group into six smaller YP Teams to discuss and address one specific “topic of concern.”
Facilitated in Zoom by Siobhan Locke (The Langdon Group) each Team discussed one of a variety of topics. Each group then prepared a document summarizing concerns and ideas for possible implementation.
J-U-B’s Board of Directors reviewed all six memos at their June 2020 meeting and discussed “action items” to implement over time.
“The YP Teams did a tremendous job in their review of many relevant topics and came up with some fantastic recommendations. Based on the care and creativity shown by our YPs, the future of J-U-B is in very good hands.”
-Tim Haener, PE, President, CEO
We are pleased to announce that Ben Haws, P.E. (aka “Hawsome”) has been named Kennewick’s Water Resources Group Leader! Ben holds a master’s degree from BYU and has been with J-U-B since 2008. His career has focused on water, stormwater, irrigation, and wastewater planning, modeling, design, and construction. He is looking forward to his additional duties and we expect great things in the growth of the group under Ben’s leadership.
Kennewick’s Water Resources Group is a team of six engineers and three designers providing water-related planning, engineering, and construction phase services for a wide variety of public and private clients throughout the Pacific NW.
“All I’ve got to say about ‘Hawsome’ is that he has earned his name. He is smart, organized, efficient, and responsive. I can’t think of an individual better suited to run the Kennewick Water Resources Group.” -Ben Volk, PE, Vice President
Lee Cammack, P.E., was recently honored at J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc.’s June board meeting with a plaque commemorating his years of service. The Board thanked Lee for his valuable and steady contributions to J-U-B and the board.
Lee has over 45 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He has been a steady and influential leader at J-U-B since their merger with Perkins-Thurgood Engineers, Inc. in 1995. Lee has served as the Area Manager of the Kaysville Office, as President and CEO, and has been a member of the Board since 1997. His technical expertise and engaging leadership style have helped shape J-U-B into the successful company it is today. Lee currently serves as a Vice-President and Senior Advisor.
In addition to his experience in private industry, he has served as City Engineer/Public Works Director for Kaysville City, Utah, and Chief Deputy County Surveyor for Utah County.
Lee has been active in various associations and organizations, including the Utah City Engineers Association, where he was a member of the original Board of directors and served as secretary, director, vice president, and president.
“The opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors and as President and CEO of J-U-B has been one of the great privileges of my life, and the highlight of my career,” says Lee. “I have always been surrounded by great people who made me look much better than I was. I am grateful for their help, and for the blessing of being involved with everyone at J-U-B,” he concludes.
Please join us in congratulating Shane K. Dyer, P.E. on being appointed to the Nevada Board of Directors for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).
Shane is the Area Manager for J-U-B’s Reno, NV office. He has been in the field of Civil Engineering for 19 years with an emphasis in dam and water resource engineering. This appointment is exciting for J-U-B because ACEC provides advocacy for engineering consultants by supporting and helping companies excel in fair work and contract creation. Shane’s position on the board helps extend J-U-B’s purpose of “helping each other create better communities” to the Nevada Market with regard to community, education, networking, and business practices.
ACEC focuses on advocating for the engineering community to make sure the industry stays safe, regulated, and funded so we can all continue helping our local communities.
Please join us in congratulating J-U-B’s own Tom Ruby, PLS on being appointed to the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. The term of his appointment will be for the next five years, expiring on May 24, 2025.
As the discipline lead for surveying at J-U-B, Tom has had the opportunity to take the lead on a wide variety of survey projects. Projects include large-scale control surveys, aerial mapping survey control, conventional mapping projects, preliminary and construction engineering surveys, bathymetric surveys, deformation surveys, ALTA surveys, cadastral surveys, and property surveys. Tom has twenty-eight years of experience in the survey profession and has been professionally licensed in the State of Idaho for eighteen years.
Tom has provided successful surveying projects to clients for decades, including Idaho Power Corporation, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho National Laboratories, Idaho Department of Lands, Idaho Transportation Department, numerous municipalities and countless private clients.
“The Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors regulates and protects those professions in Idaho – a critical function that ensures public safety and advancement of our industry. Tom is absolutely passionate about professional standards, ethics, and cares deeply about the art and science of land surveying. He’ll make a great addition to the Board. I’m happy that J-U-B can support him and the State of Idaho in those efforts. Congratulations Tom.” –Tim Haener, President and CEO
Adams Hales, P.E. has been selected to lead the Utah Construction Services Group. Adam joined J-U-B in 2005 and has been providing solid engineering and construction observation as part of the Construction Services Group. Adam has been around construction his entire life and started his career supervising crews working for his contracting and construction material business before becoming an engineer. This prior experience has enhanced his ability to partner with the contractor, proactively resolve field issues, and maximize quality on the projects he oversees.
Adam will manage, coordinate, and plan work for the Utah Construction Services Group, as well as make sure everyone is up-to-date on required training. Adam also leads the group in pursuing new construction management projects that are not J-U-B designed, including for UDOT and other clients. He is the Project Manager on several UDOT projects across several regions and has been instrumental in putting together and winning major projects.
The Transportation Services Group will focus on federal-aid highway and bridge projects for state DOT’s and local entities as well as any larger transportation project not performed by a local area.
Mike Arneson has been selected to lead the newly formed corporate transportation services group (TSG). Mike has more than 27 years of project management and highway/transportation engineering and has been the project manager for the development and implementation of more than $550 million in construction costs for bridge and roadway projects. Mike has also led the Idaho Transportation Group for the last two years and has worked closely with our transportation project managers and staff throughout the state to dramatically increase our business development win rate from 14% to more than 50% within that short time frame.
The Water/Wastewater Treatment Group (WTG) will perform the engineering and related services on “inside the fence” mechanical water and wastewater treatment projects as well as any treatment project not performed by a local area.
Levi Shoolroy has been selected to lead the newly formed corporate Water/Wastewater Treatment group (WTG) to coordinate and perform all mechanical treatment-related engineering services across J-U-B. Since graduating from the University of Idaho with a
Master of Engineering degree in 1999, Levi has worked in our Coeur d’Alene office on a variety of water and wastewater projects. Levi has been one of our corporate W/WW Group co-leaders since 2010 working to elevate J-U-B’s technical skillset, strengthen our internal network, and develop tools to improve the overall project process and having him step into this new role is a logical progression.
In response to the increased needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and its social and economic effects, many of our employees have shown what it really means to live up to J-U-B’s purpose of “helping each other create better communities.” Small acts of service within our own homes, offices, and communities have been inspiring. Thank you to all who are helping in your own way!
Many of J-U-B’s employees have been busy making masks! Communities throughout the country have issued the call for help, and you have answered! Kellie Borholthaus (Boise-Corporate) rose to the challenge to provide masks to our Colorado offices, which were required for them to keep working. She also made hospital masks for St. Alphonsus in the Boise area. Diane Zipperer (Coeur d’Alene Office) has sewn face masks for the Spokane Fire Department. There are many more that we didn’t mention. Thanks to all!
J-U-B spouses also contribute. “My wife is making Isolation Gowns for the doctors and nurses at Renown. The gowns are used to cover the doctor’s clothing when they go into a quarantine area. She makes the Gowns then delivers them to a person at a central location away from the hospital. After sterilization, the gowns are distributed to the appropriate medical workers.” —Dan L. Dyer (Reno Office)
“A friend of mine works in health care and requested devices to be worn with masks that reduce strain on the ears and make masks a little more comfortable to wear. I teamed up with a buddy of mine, and with our 3D printers, we produced about 70 of these “ear savers”. Pretty minor, but hopefully it’s making things a little easier for health care workers in Reno.” – Jeff A. Weagel (Reno Office)
Thanks also to Janeth Lopez (Twin Falls office) for making ear savers for nurses in her community.
Many employees and J-U-B offices have donated money and groceries to others. Without naming them individually, it goes without saying that our employees are very generous.
“We gave our UPS and FedEx driver’s Gift Certificates to South Creek Pizza to thank them for providing such a valuable service in these tough times. Plus we’ve been send-ing homemade cookies and masks to friends and family. I provide quality control on the cookies!” —Ben W. Volk (Reno Office)
“We have had the opportunity to donate to our food bank and donate weekly milk from our local dairy.” —Jeff Temple (Fort Collins)
The community giving committee in the Orem office organized a food drive in response to the increased needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and its social and economic effects. They collected and dropped off 200 lbs. of food and other items to the Food and Care Coalition. The Orem office also organized a virtual food drive to benefit the Utah Food Bank. All of the Utah offices were invited to participate.
Whether mentoring and teaching their own children or mentoring others in the community, J-U-B employees have risen to the occasion! Angie Comstock and Riannon Zender, both from the Coeur d’Alene office, have switched their Soroptimist club meetings to Zoom, which they host. The organization helps give girls the connections and support they need to enter into awesome careers.
Many J-U-B employees are taking on the role of “teacher” with schools across the country being closed. “I have to say my part in giving is learning to “teach” along with my grandsons 4 teachers and attempting to give him the time/service that he deserves that he is no longer getting at school! I am so thankful for J-U-B and their understanding of this issue for us parents that now have become teachers in a “NEW WAY”. I’m also so thankful for ZOOM and all the teacher’s efforts to keep in touch and guide us during this abnormal time.” —Deb Erdman (Kennewick Office)
J-U-B is honored to be included in the Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms for 2019. We were ranked #278, up from #284 in the 2018 rankings. The ranking is based on revenue for design services performed in 2019 in $ millions. Click HERE for more information.
“Our strategy is not to grow for growth’s sake, but to seek out opportunities for employees, clients, and markets that – in turn – lead to expansion. J-U-B continues to grow and thrive based on our Team’s commitment to their clients and each other. The GO Team, lead by Cory Baune (and previously by Ben Volk), has been a Strategic Plan enhancement that provides a deliberate mechanism to drive “good growth”. It’s nice to see us advance in the ENR Top 500 Rankings, but true success comes with happy clients thrilled with our work and engaged employees advancing in their careers”.
-Tim Haener, President & CEO
J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Toby Epler, P.E. as the Aviation Services Group Manager. Toby has been with J-U-B since January 2014. Prior to J-U-B, Toby worked on Aviation projects in the Boise, ID valley with Kimley-Horn.
J-U-B Aviation Services Group (ASG) was created over 15 years ago to promote efficiency, profitability, communication, and employee growth. Using our pooled resources, knowledge, and experience we are able to successfully compete on a local and regional level. Building on the strong foundation as we move towards the future, Toby will continue working on refining our processes, expanding our markets, and developing new team members. We currently have 25 dedicated aviation employees in nine offices serving 30+ airport clients spread across seven states. We’re excited about the future and look forward to new and exciting opportunities.
Chuck Larson to continue in ASG as a Senior Project Manager
Former ASG manager, Chuck Larson, P.E. will continue full-time at J-U-B serving as a Senior Project Manager focusing on making the team stronger and more proficient. Chuck will also continue as Chairman of the Board for J-U-B through March 2021.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of David Watkins, P.E. as the new Area Manager of the Moscow Office. David’s experience as Assistant Area Manager working with Cory Baune, P.E. has prepared him for his new role. Cory has relocated to the Coeur d’Alene office.
“David is ready, willing, and very capable of taking over the leadership role for the Moscow office.” Says Cory Baune, former Moscow Area Manager. “His technical skills, dedication to clients, and natural mentoring style, with a sprinkle of humor, will serve him well in this leadership role. Join me in congratulating David on his new adventure!” Cory concluded.
David received his Civil Engineering Masters of Science in the field of water/wastewater treatment at the University of Idaho and has more than ten years of consulting experience. He has a wide range of experience in the planning, design, and services during construction for sewer collection, wastewater treatment, water distribution, and stormwater collection systems. David also has experience with environmental compliance, regulatory permitting, and reporting.
J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc. are pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Jones, P.E. as the new Area Manager of the Salt Lake City Office.
Mike Worrall, former Area Manager of the Salt Lake City office, says that “Jason has been a great partner for me. He has done great things building a municipal practice in the Salt Lake Valley. For myself, change can be nerve-racking, but I am completely at ease handing over the reins to Jason. I am excited to see how he applies his natural leadership skills to take the SLC office to new levels.”
Jason has been the Assistant Area Manager for the Salt Lake office since June of 2019. He has over 17 years of experience in the industry and has focused his career on providing municipal engineering services to local cities, districts, and communities including stormwater, water and wastewater engineering, hydrologic analysis, hydraulic design, utility design, site development, roadway, and signal design, airport design, trail design, and plat and plan review.
“Jason is just a great engineer and leader,” says Tim Haener, President and CEO. “He understands how to take care of clients, the team, and the business. We could not be more pleased about having Jason step up and lead our Salt Lake team into future growth and success.”
J-U-B’s board of directors recently approved a new “Innovation Initiative,” and is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Worrall, P.E. as the Director of Innovation. Mike has 36 years of experience in the civil engineering industry, with a focus on Transportation, Construction, Environmental and Innovative Contracting. He has been with J-U-B for 14 years, where he has been the Area Manager for the Salt Lake City office for the last six years.
“I think I am what you might call a “responsible non-conformist” meaning that I tend naturally rebel against the system, but desire to do so in a productive, respectful way,” Mike says of himself. “J-U-B’s business model involves us so closely with our clients, we have a unique opportunity to bring creativity and innovative solutions that are specifically tailored to help our clients do their jobs better.”
J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc. is pleased to announce the following new leadership roles.
“We have made a significant change in senior leadership this year with Lee Cammack completing his tenure as CEO and Tim Haener stepping in as President and CEO. This critical transition has been developing for nearly five years. Both Tim and Lee are ready and comfortable with their new roles. Managed leadership transition keeps our organization stable and maintains our underlying culture.” -Chuck Larson, J-U-B Chairman of the Board
Lee Cammack, P.E., former President and CEO of J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc., has transitioned to a role as Vice President and Senior Advisor.
Lee has over 45 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. In addition to his experience in private industry he has served as City Engineer/Public Works Director for Kaysville City, Utah and Chief Deputy County Surveyor for Utah County.
Lee has been active in various associations and organizations including the Utah City Engineers Association where he was a member of the original board of directors and served as secretary, director, vice president, and president.
Tim Haener, P.E., has been appointed President and CEO of the firm, and will lead the Executive Committee. He has retained his position on the Board of Directors, upon which he has served since 2005.
With over 31 years of professional experience, Tim joined J-U-B in 1997 as a Project Manager in the Municipal/Water Resources Group. He served as the Area Manager of J-U-B’s Boise Office for six years prior to joining the Executive Committee in 2007.
Troy Green, P.E., has been retained as an Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors.
Troy has over 34 years of engineering experience with an emphasis on water and wastewater. Troy has been with J-U-B for 31 years in the Kennewick, WA office, and has been a Board member since 2002. He’s been an Executive VP as a member of the Executive Committee since 2005.
Brian Smith, P.E., has been appointed Executive Vice President and newest member of the Executive Committee. He will retain his position on the Board of Directors.
Brian has 30 years of engineering experience and is entering his 25th year with J-U-B. His primary background is transportation engineering, and he is currently licensed as a professional engineer in Idaho and Oregon. Brian was the area manager in Boise for 8 years and previously managed our Fort Collins office for 6 years. He has been a member of the board of directors since 2016.
Brian Deeter, P.E., has been elected to the J-U-B Engineers, Inc. Board of Directors.
Brian has more than 27 years of experience in irrigation and municipal engineering throughout Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado. He’s been with J-U-B since 1994, and has been an Area Manager for 19 years, including three years with the Logan Office and 16 years with the Kaysville office. These days Brian spends most of his time pursuing and
managing large irrigation projects in the remote corners of Utah and Wyoming.
Ben Volk, P.E. has been appointed as a Vice President of the firm. Up until this point, Ben has been the Area Manager of J-U-B’s Kennewick Office. In light of our merger with Dyer Engineering Consultants in January 2020, to help ensure a seamless integration of culture, core values, and operations, Ben has relocated to Reno, NV.
Ben has over 30 years of engineering experience with an emphasis in piping and pumped systems, water distribution, wastewater engineering, water rights, and well drilling. Ben’s areas of expertise include irrigation systems, urban stormwater drainage, hydraulic engineering, environmental review and planning, water conservation, water conveyance systems, pipeline design, sewage collection systems, on-site septic systems, and grant and loan applications.
In addition to the leadership transitions mentioned above, the following Board members were retained: Chuck Larson, Chairman; Steve James, VP; Mike Worrall, VP; Vince Loftus, VP., and Brenda Miklos was retained as Secretary/Treasurer.
In addition to frequent project-specific feedback gathered by project managers and other team members, our Executive Committee conducts a more formal feedback process. This consists of in-person interviews with key clients—as recommended by our area managers and group leaders.
We are thrilled to report that based on the 70 in-person client feedback interviews conducted by the executive team in 2019 that…
This is a testament to our Team’s commitment to service and, “Helping each other create better communities.”
“Client feedbacks have been an integral part to understanding how we are doing and how our clients perceive us. Having over 97% of them say they would recommend us to their peers is an outstanding accomplishment.”
Troy Green, PE, Executive VP
J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc. (J-U-B) is pleased to announce it’s merger with Dyer Engineering Consultants, Inc. (DEC) of Reno, Nevada.
This strategic merger expands J-U-B’s footprint into Nevada and the Reno metropolitan area and enhances opportunities for employees and clients of both firms.
“The merger of J-U-B and DEC is a unique opportunity for two firms with highly compatible cultures to join forces and provide new services to clients and new opportunities to current and future employees,” says Lee Cammack, CEO of J-U-B. “Working with all involved to make this happen has been one of the highlights of my career,” Cammack concludes.
Shane Dyer, President of DEC, says, “Our team is excited about this merger! J-U-B is an amazing firm with a great culture. We have been impressed with the company’s leadership and commitment to their employees.”
DEC is a firm specializing in aviation, roadway, water resources, mining, and land development engineering, serving clients throughout Nevada and surrounding states. Founded in 1998, DEC has established itself as a go-to firm for municipalities, service districts, airports, private clients, and project partners.
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) 654, 17 Bridges Design-Build Project continues to be recognized, most recently for an ITD Environmental Stewardship Award. The project has won the following awards so far:
• AASHTO Presidents Transportation Award
• ITD Best of the Best Innovation for 2018: One Contract
• Idaho Transportation Department Excellence in Transportation Award 2018: Large Design
• Idaho Transportation Department Excellence in Transportation Award 2019: Environmental Stewardship
The project has replaced 17 bridges in the ITD’s District 4, 5 and 6. J-U-B served in a Program Management role assisting ITD to develop and administer the project. It has been a true team effort with staff from numerous offices working on the project including Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls, Boise, Logan, Kaysville, and Salt Lake.
J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc. is honored to be included in the 2019 Idaho Private 100—a publication by The Idaho Statesman. J-U-B was recognized at a gala celebration in Boise on October 30th, as #72 in the ranking this year, up from #78 in 2018. Albertsons, Winco, and JR Simplot Companies were 1, 2, and 3, respectively.
The purpose of the Idaho Private 100 is to provide an avenue for privately-owned companies headquartered in Idaho to promote and share the growth of the private sector, while still honoring their desire to remain private. The rankings are based on total company revenues from the previous year. J-U-B has been ranked since 2012 and was one of only three engineering firms ranked this year. Thank you to our employees and clients for contributing to our success!
Congratulations to Tim Blair, P.E., of J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc’s
Boise office, on his recent appointment to the
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Idaho Board!
Tim is originally from Kennewick, WA, and moved to Boise in 1999 after graduating from Washington State University. He has been with J-U-B for a total of 17 years and spent the last 10 years in Boise working as a project manager and area transportation manager. Tim designed and managed a variety of municipal, land development, and transportation projects throughout Idaho and enjoys working with both local and state agencies to build successful projects in our local communities.
Tim volunteered as a Big Brother in the Big Brother Big Sisters program in Boise, served on the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers SW-Chapter from 2012-2017, and has been involved with ACEC over the last 11 years serving on various sub-committees during this time. Tim is married to his wife, Krista, and has two young children. He looks forward to the opportunity to continue to serve ACEC of Idaho.
Ahmad Salah, Ph.D., M.B.A., P.E., GISP, C.F.M., of J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc. Orem, UT office, was recently honored by receiving the Denis D. Stuhff Award of Excellence. The award is given annually by the Utah Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association at their conference to one or two individuals in recognition of their work in the Flood Plain Managers Profession. It is named after the late Denis D. Stuhff who was an advocate for Floodplain Managers in Utah.
Ahmad Salah is well educated in Water and Hydrology with several degrees including a Ph.D. from BYU in 2009, Masters from University of Twente, Enschede, Holland, and a Bachelor of Science from Cairo, Egypt. As part of his Ph.D., he was involved with the development of the Watershed Modeling System (WMS) and Surface Water Modeling System (SMS).
Ahmad has worked at J-U-B Engineers since 2017 assisting in Storm Water, Irrigation, Hydrology, and other water-related issues as well as geospatial tools application in engineering. Prior to that, he worked for Stanley Consultants and Aquaveo doing other major drainage 1&2D modeling projects.
Ahmad has 24 years of rich experience in the industry. He has been a CFM for many years and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in both Idaho and Utah. He holds an MBA from BYU and is a GIS professional.
“J-U-B Engineers is doing a fantastic job helping me design and fund a flood prevention project. Ahmad Salah is very helpful. He really knows what he is doing and has the firm behind him so he can get into the details and get the job done.”
– Nick Castleton, Mayor, Eureka, UT
Lisa Bachman, AICP has been named Area Manager for J-U-B’s Boise location, succeeding Brian Smith, P.E., who will be transitioning to J-U-B’s Executive Committee in March 2020.
Having practiced planning in the public and consulting field for 16 years, Lisa will have overall responsibility for employee engagement, client satisfaction, and business practices for the Boise office. She holds a Political Science degree and is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) through the Community Development Council.
Josh Elliott, P.E. has been named Assistant Area Manager for the Boise Office. He will work closely with the office group leaders on their professional practices and assist Lisa Bachman on a variety of business improvement initiatives over time. Josh holds a degree in civil engineering from the University of Idaho and has 15 years of municipal engineering experience in our Boise office. He is a licensed professional engineer in Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon.
Transitions for Lisa and Josh to these new positions will be completed within the next few months, providing time for training and workload distribution.
“We could not be more pleased with the selection of Lisa as our Boise Area Manager,” says Tim Haener, J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc. President. “She will bring a unique perspective to J-U-B’s leadership team and has the skills to grow our Boise office in a fun yet challenging environment. In addition, Josh provides the perfect complement as Assistant Area Manager in light of his engineering and business skill sets. These assignments fit into J-U-B’s long term vision and position us well for future organizational development and client success.”
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Christina McCullock as Gateway Mapping’s new Director of Geospatial Services. Gateway Mapping, Inc. (GMI) is a subsidiary of J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc.
With six years of service to J-U-B and GMI, as well as 17 years prior experience in consulting, Christina is well-qualified to step into this role. Christina will replace Neal Fraser as Director of Geospatial Services, who has served in the role since 2017 and has recently transitioned from GMI to J-U-B’s Aviation Group.
Christina quickly integrated into the GMI team when she started in 2013 and has continued to develop her skills and add value to the many projects she has worked on over the intervening years. As Director of Geospatial Services, Christina will be responsible for ensuring that our GIS team provides the level of care and quality of service that our clients have come to associate with GMI. This transition is a natural next step for her career as she spends more time taking care of clients, both within J-U-B and with external clients. We are excited about the opportunities this presents for both Christina and Gateway Mapping, and we are looking forward to successful times ahead!
“Christina is a fantastic employee and a key member of Gateway Mapping’s team. She is a great communicator, a skilled problem solver, and she knows how to take care of our clients. I am thrilled for Christina to have this opportunity and I know that this will make Gateway Mapping even better!” -Kasey Hansen, General Manager Gateway Mapping, Inc.
Throughout the previous four years, the J-U-B Survey Group has been building relationships in eastern Idaho with ITD District Six by delivering a variety of survey projects on-time, under budget, and with deliverables that have exceeded our client’s expectations.
J-U-B’s careful work and persistence recently paid off big when we were selected, through an open competitive selection, for on-call Survey Services in District Six. J-U-B was chosen over four other powerhouse survey firms. Within two weeks of notice to proceed our crews were gathering terrestrial LiDAR survey data for a bridge deck replacement project on US20 near Idaho Falls.
J-U-B recently finished the Kuna Road Bridge project for the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) in Idaho. J-U-B provided the Bridge Design and ACHD constructed the bridge with their own team.
Several highway jurisdictions nationwide have used a relatively new method for building bridges promoted by the Federal Highway Administration through the ‘Every Day Counts’ initiative. Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil – Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS) is an innovative system of constructing the bridge foundation (abutments and wingwalls).
The materials used in GRS-IBS projects are easily obtained. The construction methods are successfully implemented without specialized labor, and the ease of assembling a foundation using this method reduces construction time. These benefits promote economic efficiency, with the cost of building the GRS-IBS bridges 25% to 60% less than conventional bridge construction (percentages provided by FHWA).
Nationwide, GRS-IBS bridges have a history of excellent performance when used to replace single-span bridges. ACHD’s record of innovation comes with the courage to take advantage of a new bridge construction method and involve their workforce in the process. A video, produced by ACHD, about the unique construction of this bridge can be viewed HERE.
In addition to the time savings, benefits include the following:
• Rideability – reinforced soil approaches eliminate a common problem where a bump develops in the pavement between the roadway and a bridge.
• No specialized materials or equipment needed.
• Impact on the traveling public is reduced because construction times are minimized.
• Sponsor experiences the satisfaction of quickly building a long-lasting structure.
• With one GRS-IBS bridge complete, the bridge crew has experience and confidence to build a second bridge with this method. Efficiencies learned through the first project will save time on the crew’s second GRS-IBS Bridge project.
• If mistakes occur during construction they are easily rectified.
• GRS-IBS bridge construction can be performed during winter months.
• Cast in place concrete at the project site can be minimized and in some instances eliminated to avoid formwork, tying rebar, and curing concrete.
Did you Know:
In five years Idaho will have 1,100 local bridges that are over 50 years old! Using the Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil – Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS) method will help extend the funding for Idaho bridges by reducing bridge replacement costs.
The Idaho chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies recently awarded J-U-B Engineers with four Engineering Excellence Awards. The awards represented a variety of projects in various engineering disciplines and throughout Idaho. Awards included:
“These awards demonstrate the breadth and depth of our great team at J-U-B,” says Tim Haener, President. “We enjoy helping our clients solve tough problems in a spirit of teamwork and collaboration.”
J-U-B Engineers participated as a Platinum Sponsor at the recent 2019 Annual Conference of the Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) held in Boise, ID.
J-U-B has been a long-time partner with AIC through conference sponsorship as well as doing session presentations on many relevant topics over the years. J-U-B’s subsidiaries, Gateway Mapping and The Langdon Group, are integral to the depth the breadth of topics of interest to AIC.
The AIC is an association of over 200 Idaho Cities, and the annual conference includes the participation of mayors, council members, public works officials, and planning staff from throughout the Gem State. Attendance for the AIC’s 72nd Annual Conference exceeded 400 municipal officials.
“J-U-B’s core purpose is ‘Helping each other create better communities.’ We developed that purpose statement through engagement with our employees about what they believe about J-U-B’s mission and culture. I think J-U-B’s core purpose resonates well with AIC. Helping each other, as collaborators on programs and projects, to make Idaho’s communities better for the future. We are proud of J-U-B’s long-standing relationship with AIC toward that goal.” –Tim Haener, Excerpt from General Session Remarks
On Friday, June 7, 2019, J-U-B’s Mark Christensen, of the Orem, UT office, was recognized as the Engineer of the Year for the American Society of Engineers (ASCE) Utah Section. The ASCE Utah Section has 1,538 members and the recipients of this award are nominated by their peers from ASCE. This is a great honor and we are excited for Mark to be recognized for his integrity, work ethic and leadership skills.
Below is an excerpt from the nomination letter sent to the ASCE Utah Section Past President’s Council that votes on the Engineer of the Year Award.
“Mark represents his clients with the highest integrity and always keeps the health, safety, and welfare of the public in mind as he leads projects. Mark has represented several cities in Utah County as their City Engineer, including Lindon and Santaquin. He is also the trusted advisor of several more cities, helping them with development reviews and capital improvement projects. Delivering quality is very important to Mark. He lives by it, expects it from his project teams, and clients gratefully depend on it. He thoroughly reviews each deliverable, making sure the best interest of the client and the public are met.
Mark gives back to the community each year during E-week. He visits several schools in the cities where he works and talks about how Civil Engineering improves our lives. Mark is also very active with the BYU Engineering Department and regularly attends career fairs to meet and mentor students. “
J-U-B’s executive committee has appointed Marti Hoge as it’s Environmental Service Group leader!
“The Environmental Services Group is very key for project success in all our core markets,” says Tim Haener, President. “It’s nice to see the group developing new markets as they continue to enhance client success throughout J-U-B. We are thrilled to have Marti lead and grow this team of professionals” he concluded.
Marti joined J-U-B in 2007 after receiving a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy from Colorado State University. Her areas of expertise include NEPA, federal markets, environmental policy and permitting. Marti is looking forward to assisting with the continued advancement of the Environmental Services Group.
“Environmental processes are ever more complicated and pose a tremendous risk to our clients, our projects and their schedules. We now have the most talented and qualified team of environmental professionals that J-U-B has ever had.”
– Mike Worrall, J-U-B’s Salt Lake City Area Manager
J-U-B is honored to be included in the Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms for 2018. We were ranked #284, up from #296 in the 2017 rankings. The ranking is based on revenue for design services performed in 2018 in $ millions.
“We pride ourselves by being a larger firm with a smaller firm feel,” says Lee Cammack, CEO. “This ENR ranking recognizes our steady growth while maintaining great client service and employee satisfaction” he concluded.
We are pleased to announce that Shae Talley has been named Area Manager in J-U-B’s La Grande, OR office. Shae has been with J-U-B since 2016 and has professional licenses in both Montana and Oregon.
“Shae is truly ready to be a leader in J-U-B,” says Tim Haener, President. “She understands client care, employee development, and has a passion for making every project a success. We are proud to have her helping build our northeast Oregon market” he concluded.
We look forward to seeing the La Grande office grow and expand under Shae’s direction and leadership.
BOISE, IDAHO—Layne Merritt, P.E. has been appointed Area Manager for the Spokane Office, effective April 1, 2019. Layne will replace Dave Kliewer, P.E., who has honorably served the company for 25 years. As Dave transitions into retirement, he will continue to focus on client care and business development. “Dave Kliewer is a tremendously devoted member of our J-U-B family. He is a man of integrity and has been key to our success in Spokane. We are glad he will remain engaged,” said Lee Cammack, CEO of J-U-B Engineers.
Layne Merritt has 28 years of engineering experience with professional licenses in Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming. He has been with J-U-B since 2010 and specializes in all aspects of municipal engineering. “I am pleased with Layne’s new opportunity,” Kliewer said. “Layne has proven himself to be intelligent, honest, and very dedicated to our client’s success. I look forward to him leading the way toward continued growth for the Spokane Office and all of J-U-B,” he concluded.
Layne’s ability to build strong relationships—internally and externally—has earned him a reputation of trust and competence. “Through Dave’s example, we know the values of J-U-B will continue to be emphasized under Layne’s leadership,” said Tim Haener, President of J-U-B. “With our superb Spokane team, Layne will help clients succeed and bring up the next generation of employees to thrive in their careers,” Haener added.
In addition to frequent project-specific feedback gathered by project managers and other team members, J-U-B’s Executive Committee conducts a more formal feedback process. This consists of in-person interviews with key clients—as recommended by our area managers and group leaders.
We are thrilled to report that based on the 74 in-person client feedback interviews conducted by the executive team in 2018 that…
This is a testament to our Team’s commitment to service and, “Helping each other create better communities.”
“These results indicate our commitment to client satisfaction,” says Lee Cammack, CEO, “We build relationships of trust that allow us to help our clients succeed. Thanks to everyone in the firm for your client focus, as shown in these excellent client feedback results.”
Over the last five years, J-U-B’s Executive Committee has conducted 442 client feedback interviews from all across our service region. Of those, 96% have indicated their satisfaction with J-U-B, GMI, and/or TLG. For those few clients who sought improvement, J-U-B continues to work for nearly all of them.
J-U-B’s Chris Horgan volunteered at the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association’s (PNCWA) inaugural WaterPalooza event on October 18, 2018 before the PNCWA Annual Conference. The event, held at William Howard Taft Elementary School in Boise, Idaho, engaged elementary school students in hands-on and demonstrative activities that promoted the value of water and encourage students to become stewards of their water environment. At the event, students traveled in small groups to various stations to learn about the local water environment, the importance of water, initiatives in their community, and how to save water and protect the environment at home. Over 15 local partners participated in the event and shared their passion for Boise’s natural environment.
J-U-B’s own Chris Horgan was the Chair of the most successful annual PNCWA (Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association) Conference to date. Held in October, this annual conference is the most important event for the region’s top wastewater professionals. Some interesting facts about this year’s conference:
Read Chris’ “Message From the Chair”
Jim Kimball was presented with the 2018 Individual distinguished Achievement Award. This award is presented to a PNCWA member who is most deserving of special recognition as a result of distinguished service rendered in the interest of pollution abatement, and who has contributed fundamentally and practically to the advancement of the industry.
J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc. is honored to be included in the 2018 Idaho Private 100—a publication by The Idaho Statesman. J-U-B was recognized as #72 in the ranking this year, up from #75 in 2017. The purpose of the Idaho Private 100 is to provide an avenue for privately owned companies headquartered in Idaho to promote and share the growth of the private sector, while still honoring their desire to remain private. The rankings are based on company revenues from the previous year. Thank you to our employees and clients for contributing to J-U-B’s success!
As part of the publication’s “Executive Spotlight” feature, J-U-B’s president, Tim Haener, was asked what advice he had for professionals endeavoring to advance their careers? His answer: “Learn to set your daily priorities to the work that generates the most value to your employer. Shunt less important routine tasks to support staff. Manage urgent, important items. Then, focus most energy on the important items that are not urgent but will pay big dividends to your organization. Every day, take time to think about the future.”
BOISE, IDAHO—J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc. officially appoints Kayla Brown, P.E. as the Area Manager of their Lewis Clark Valley office in Clarkston, WA.
Kayla has nearly 13 years of engineering experience with professional licenses in both Washington and Idaho. Kayla graduated from the University of Idaho and joined J-U-B in October 2017. Her practice includes airport engineering and general transportation.
“We are thrilled to have Kayla join the management team at J-U-B,” says Tim Haener, President. “She has the experience, drive, and passion to help J-U-B live up to our core purpose: helping each other create better communities. Our clients, employees, and business will all benefit from her leadership. Hats off to Cory Baune, Area Manager of our Moscow office, for mentoring Kayla and facilitating this next step in her career at J-U-B.”
As the largest Idaho-based civil engineering firm, J-U-B employs 350 people in 18 offices throughout Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Washington, and Oregon. They serve the quad-cities and surrounding areas through newly established offices in both Clarkston, WA and Moscow, ID.
J-U-B provides quality engineering services to federal, state, and local government agencies as well as many leading industrial, commercial, and institutional organizations. With a focus on building strong client relationships, J-U-B offers complete engineering and planning services in transportation, water resources, structures, environmental, landscape architecture, site development, surveying, and construction services.
Subsidiary companies, Gateway Mapping, Inc. and The Langdon Group, Inc., add strength to the J-U-B portfolio by offering industry-leading GIS and public involvement expertise.
A statue honoring John Hayes, a pioneering surveyor, was unveiled on July 6, 2018, at a dedication event for the sculpture at the new Twin Falls Commons. The story of John Hayes is about the transformation of a region through cooperative efforts and exemplary feats of land surveying using the relatively primitive instruments of that era. Read more about John Hayes and the story behind the statue in the History-Art-Community section of the xyHt Magazine.
Dave LaMure, the sculptor of the John Hayes statue named “A Vision of Tomorrow,” consulted with J-U-B’s own Tom Ruby and Bert Nowak to make sure the details of the surveying equipment of that era were correct.
Ruby pointed out a missing tangent screw on the back of the sculpted transit, which LaMure later added and called the “Ruby key.” Rumor has it that “Ruby” is inscribed on the top of that tangent screw on the full-sized sculpture, out of view.
ONE MONTH AFTER THE DEDICATION, a local team of surveyors used high-tech surveying equipment of the present day to capture the site in as a high-resolution 3D model for preservation purposes. The model was presented to the City of Twin Falls not only so they could feature it in any future 3D virtual or augmented reality tour or educational applications, but also as a high-deﬁnition as-built of the original should there ever be a need for repair or replacement years, or even centuries from now.
Tom Ruby, Jake Smith, and Kirk Reichling were joined by Eric Stricker, PLS, from surveying equipment and solutions dealer Frontier Precision, to map the Commons and statue.
For retraceable orientation, the team used a high-precision GNSS Trimble R10 rover and real-time network kinematics (NRTK). A robotic scanning and imaging total station were then used to scan and map the site.
This scanning total station, their Trimble SX10 (read xyHt’s recent feature on these types of instruments at https://goo.gl/PTEcqT), seems like science ﬁction in contrast to the instruments of Hayes’ era. Ruby also brought an antique from that era, an 1880 Gurley surveyor’s transit, nearly identical to that featured in the sculpture—some of surveying’s past meeting its future.
As part of the J-U-B designed Sunset Peak Water Tank project in the Boise foothills for SUEZ, The Langdon Group (TLG) was contacted by a trail user with the idea of a watering station for thirsty dogs at the Hulls Gulch Trailhead, near the project area.
TLG coordinated with the City of Boise and the construction contractor, McAlvain Companies, Inc., to facilitate the installation of a combined drinking fountain/bottle fill/dog watering fountain. The project was funded through donations by SUEZ, J-U-B, McAlvain and the trail user, “North End Eric,” in partnership with the City of Boise.
These efforts were commemorated with a plaque recognizing the partnership. The suggestion, as part of the public involvement process, resulted in making the community and trail more enjoyable for everyone…and their dogs.
J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc.’s Executive Committee has selected Jestin Hurst, P.E. to lead its Federal Markets Group. This group is comprised of Project Managers and others within J-U-B who have an interest in “direct federal projects.”
According to Executive Vice President, Troy Green, “The overall goal of the group is continuous annual growth in federal market revenue. Jestin has a history in the federal market sphere and has done a great job on several recent advancements.”
Working in our Idaho Falls Office, Jestin has been with J-U-B for nearly four years. Previously, he worked with Northwind and Michael Baker on large federal projects in SE Idaho and beyond.
“I’m looking forward to helping advance this market at J-U-B,” says Hurst. “Our regional footprint and technical offerings make us a great teaming partner for many small or disadvantaged firms with Federal contracts. There is a lot of potential upside and low BD costs with that strategy”.
In addition to his new role, Jestin will continue to work on projects and develop clients in SE Idaho.
On September 12th in Boise, the University of Idaho conducted a symposium focusing on recruitment and retention of women in the College of Engineering. Hattie Zobott, from J-U-B’s Twin Falls Office and Tim Haener, President participated in the meetings. The goal of the symposium was to establish an execution strategy for supporting and retaining women students, with the following focus points:
According to Larry Stauffer, Dean of the UI College of Engineering, “Diverse perspectives will elevate problem-solving and improve the quality of all our engineers. The initiatives also apply to retain other excluded cultural groups like millennials, minorities, non-engineer professionals.”
Several ideas generated in the breakout session are relevant to J-U-B’s efforts to attract talented women engineers and other professionals to J-U-B. “Hattie and I learned some best practices that we will be discussing with Kellie in HR and with the Executive Committee,” says Tim Haener.
J-U-B has been focusing on recruitment of women engineers for the last several years. Our efforts are paying off. In 2014, only eight percent of J-U-B’s engineering staff were women. In 2018, J-U-B’s engineering staff is 17 percent women, a 110 percent increase! Nationwide, the number of women civil engineers is 14 percent, so we’re now above the national average.
“Growing our pool of women engineers and leaders is vital to J-U-B’s long-term success,” says Lee Cammack, CEO. “It’s great that we’re learning some best practices to continue our positive trend.”
J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc. Appoints New Leadership
BOISE, IDAHO—Leadership changes were announced at the annual shareholder’s meeting held in Boise, Idaho, on March 17, 2018. Lee Cammack was named as Chief Executive Officer, with Tim Haener as President, and Troy Green remaining as an Executive Vice President. The three constitute the corporation’s Executive Committee. Additionally, shareholders elected Mike Worrall as the newest member of the Board of Directors and as a Vice President.
Mr. Cammack joined J-U-B in 1995 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1999. Since his election to the Board, he has served as Vice President, Executive Vice President, and President and CEO. He will continue in his role as CEO focusing on corporate governance, directing the efforts of the Executive Committee, and as the management voice of the company.
“The company has experienced record-setting success under the direction of Lee Cammack,” says Chuck Larson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the multi-disciplinary firm. “The intent behind the change is to begin the implementation of a leadership training and transition strategy which the Board has been discussing for some time.”
“This strategy is expected to provide redundancy and leadership continuity at every level,” says Cammack, who will continue to provide veteran leadership.
Mr. Haener is in his 21st year at J-U-B. He is a University of Idaho graduate with technical expertise in wastewater treatment, pump stations, and sewer modeling and master planning. In 2005, he was elected to the Board of Directors, and has since served as a Vice President and Executive Vice President. As President, he will focus on business operations, Area Manager development, and Strategic Plan implementation. He is also a recent graduate of the ACEC Senior Executive Institute.
Mr. Worrall joined J-U-B in 2005, and became the Salt Lake City Area Manager in 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado and is a licensed professional engineer in Idaho, Utah, Colorado, and Montana. He continues to add significant client development and management experience to the corporate Transportation Group. Worrall brings a diverse and tenured perspective to the J-U-B Board of Directors.
J-U-B provides quality engineering services to federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as many leading industrial, commercial, and institutional organizations. With a focus on building strong client relationships, J-U-B offers complete engineering and planning services in transportation, water resources, structures, environmental, landscape architecture, site development, surveying, and construction services.
Through steady and sustainable growth, J-U-B now employs nearly 350 people in 17 offices throughout the Northwest and Intermountain West. Subsidiary companies, Gateway Mapping, Inc. and The Langdon Group, Inc., add strength to the J-U-B portfolio by offering industry-leading GIS and public involvement expertise.
Engineering News Record (ENR) recently released their rankings of the Top 500 Design Firms based on 2017 reported revenue. We are thrilled to report that J-U-B Engineers ranked 296, placing us in the Top 300 nationally!
Congratulations to all the clients and employees of J-U-B that made this milestone attainable. Here’s to the future!
As a subconsultant to Brown and Caldwell, J-U-B Engineers had a significant role in the planning, design, and implementation of the Dixie Drain Phosphorus Removal Project for the City of Boise, Idaho. The program was an innovative means to remove phosphorus from the Boise River by treating an irrigation drain rather than adding extraordinary systems to the City’s wastewater treatment plants.
The project garnered the Grand Award for Idaho in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC-Idaho) Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA). The Grand Award is the highest achievement in the state EEA program. Moreover, in April 2018, the project received a Grand Award at the national ACEC level, one of just 16 projects so recognized in the country this year.
“This project represents the what J-U-B is all about,” says J-U-B President Tim Haener, “we helped the team create a better Boise by saving them millions of dollars in conventional wastewater treatment though an innovative solution.”
The project consisted of a drain diversion structure, pump stations, lined earthen treatment cells, solids storage cell, effluent structure, and operations building. JUB’s scope of work included surveying, entitlement work, hydraulics, drain discharge structure and screening system, earthwork and groundwater system for the lined treatment cells, and all related systems.
This joint project between CDOT and the Town of Breckenridge resulted in a new Roundabout at South Park Avenue (SH-9) and Four O’clock Road.
The design documents were prepared to CDOT local Agency standards and were advertised by the Town. In 2010 J-U-B prepared a level of service feasibility study in which both a single lane roundabout and a conventional signalized intersection were compared.
Once the roundabout was selected as the preferred intersection, J-U-B began design in late 2012 and completed design in 2014. The design included a single lane roundabout while considering storm drain locations, major fiber optic lines, gas regulation station relocation, Right of Way, bike and pedestrian traffic and construction traffic control. Landscape and lighting (street & pedestrian) plans were included in the final construction plan set. CDOT Right of Way plans were prepared for this project by King Surveyors.
The Town of Breckenridge acquired the required ROW and easements for this project during 2015 and 2016 and the roundabout was constructed in 2017. The contractor had 2.5 months to build the roundabout in order for the roadway to be reopened for the town’s 4th of July festivities.
J-U-B was recently awarded another three-year on-call services agreement with the City of Boise. J-U-B was one of three firms selected for the On-call Civil Engineering Roster, which covers a myriad of services such as surveying, structural, site civil, collection systems and pumping, sewer master planning, and related work.
J-U-B has been selected for this roster for over 20 years. In congratulating the staff, V.P. Tim Haener said “Your great services leads the City to select J-U-B again and again.”
BOISE, IDAHO—J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc. officially opens a new office in Western Colorado. The office is located at 305 S. Main Street in Palisade, Colorado.
J-U-B is a multi-disciplined engineering firm established in 1954. J-U-B’s longevity in the industry can be attributed to their high ethics, technical diversity, and ability to do what is in the best interest of the public and their clients. This is the second Colorado office for the firm.
The new office will be led by Luke Gingerich, a licensed Professional Engineer. Luke specializes in water resource planning and engineering. He currently provides engineering services for several irrigation districts in the Upper Colorado River Basin as well as water conservation districts, small municipalities and non-governmental organizations. He has a strong background in agricultural water use, drought planning, and water rights. As a long-time resident of western Colorado, Luke has worked closely with a number of communities in the region and is dedicated to building stronger communities in western Colorado. “We are excited about the level of service we can provide to clients,” said Luke Gingerich. “The proximity of our Western Colorado team helps us stay in tune with local issues, making us more effective as our clients’ trusted advisors.”
“We have great confidence in Luke.” Said Lee Cammack, CEO of J-U-B. “Luke’s proven leadership and engineering expertise will help us continue to build strong relationships, both with clients and the public,” Cammack concluded.
Since their inception, J-U-B has become one of the leading consulting engineering firms in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West—employing nearly 350 people in 17 offices throughout Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Washington, and Oregon.
J-U-B provides quality engineering services to federal, state, and local government agencies as well as many leading industrial, commercial, and institutional organizations. With a focus on building strong client relationships, J-U-B offers complete engineering and planning services in transportation, water resources, structures, environmental, landscape architecture, site development, surveying, and construction services.
Subsidiary companies, Gateway Mapping, Inc. and The Langdon Group, Inc., add strength to the J-U-B portfolio by offering industry leading GIS and public involvement expertise. For more information, please visit www.JUB.com.
Mr. Ed Spears, P.L.S. recently joined the J-U-B team. Ed began his surveying career in 1978 as a survey technician for Surveyor’s West in Clarkston, Washington. He worked under the guidance and tutelage of his aunt, the late Kay Prickett – owner and founder of Surveyor’s West, and the first licensed female surveyor in Washington and Idaho.
Ed obtained his Professional Land Surveyor License in the State of Washington in 2009 and the State of Idaho in 2016. Ed has 40 years of land surveying experience including but not limited to boundary surveys, record of surveys, subdivision platting, topographic survey, road construction staking and layout, and legal descriptions. He has performed survey work throughout Idaho and Washington; with a majority of his work performed in Asotin, Garfield, and Columbia Counties and Nez Perce, Idaho, and Latah Counties. We look forward to working with Ed and welcome his contributions to J-U-B.
The Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport project received the ACEC Best in State: Gold Award for Social, Economic, and Sustainable design.
The close proximity of wetlands to the airport carried potential hazards for airport operations, as wetlands and streams attract wildlife. The airport needed to located the mitigation property more than two miles away, yet within the same watershed.
J-U-B Engineers obtained permits, secured land, designed and procured bids, and managed construction. The project yielded the largest mitigation site in terms of area, in eastern Washington. It included creating 8 acres of wetlands, enhancing 13 acres of existing wetlands, and preserving 91 acres in the upland buffer area. Thousands of plants, shrubs, trees, and boulders were installed.
J-U-B assisted the contractor for two years monitoring and maintaining the mitigation site.
J-U-B – Kennewick designed a unique new booster pump station for the City of Kennewick.
New residential development required the design and construction of a new closed system booster pump station to supply domestic and irrigation water demands, The booster station includes three adjustable speed pumps (one small and two large) to maintain system pressure under multiple demand conditions.
The finished pump station has the very unique aspect of a residential appearance and includes architectural and landscape features that are consistent with the overall design tone of the development.
Concerns about water quality in Eastern Washington led West Richland to address the issue of providing a street waste facility where debris could be taken care of properly. The new facility was strategically located near the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant to allow decant wastewater to be treated at the plant.
J-U-B Engineers designed the facility which consists of six different docks for unloading and processing street waste from street sweepers and eductor trucks. J-U-B also assisted during the construction phase.
This project improves water quality and solid waste handling as well as improves the quality of life for residents in West Richland.
Work on this joint project between CDOT and the Town of Breckenridge began in 2010 when J-U-B prepared a level of service feasibility study. The study compared both a single lane roundabout and a conventional signalized intersection.
Once the roundabout was selected as the preferred intersection, J-U-B began design in late 2012 and completed design in 2014. The design included a single lane roundabout while considering storm drain locations, major fiber optic lines, gas regulation station relocation, Right of Way, bike and pedestrian traffic and construction traffic control. Landscape and lighting (street & pedestrian) plans were included in the final construction plan set. The Town of Breckenridge acquired the required ROW and easements for this project during 2015 and 2016. The roundabout was constructed in 2017. The contractor had 2.5 months to build the roundabout in order for the roadway to be reopened for the town’s 4th of July festivities.
The Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) is dedicated to preserving and enhancing water resources. They have resources available on their website and recently started a new, fun feature, “PNCWA Photo of the Month.”
The very first photo spotlighted a J-U-B engineer from Kennewick, Washington, working on the City of Walla Walla’s sewer collection system. The system has over 150 miles of gravity pipe and serves a population of 32,000 residents. J-U-B’s engineer sports a smile from down in a manhole where he was calibrating the City’s sewer collection model. The meters captured sewer flows and real time storm events to measure inflow and infiltration, which was used in the model to project the impact of future growth, demands, and storm events. See PNCWA web site
The City of Loveland, Colorado recently opened a newly-built half mile of the Loveland Recreational Trail. This completed a missing connection in the city trail system. The 18-mile trail runs along the Big Thompson River and offers beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains to cyclists and those walking the trail.
“J-U-B Engineering was contracted by the City of Loveland Parks & Recreation Department to design and engineer abutments and the placement of an existing pedestrian bridge for the extension of the Recreation Trail within the City. Their attention to detail and ability to adapt led to a very successful repurposing and placement of the existing pedestrian bridge over a 50’ wide irrigation canal.” — Scott Sinn, City Planner
The repurposed bridge had been washed away from the Viestenze-Smith Mountain Park during 2013 flooding. The bridge would no longer span the changed river so the City found a new place for it on the Loveland Trail.
Delmas W. Johnson, P.E. (licensed professional engineer in UT and ID) started working at J-U-B Engineers.
Delmas has 26 years of experience in the water resource industry as a consultant and subject matter expert. Delmas has been involved with the full spectrum of public water system planning, source development, water treatment, system design and management, permitting, construction management and project financing, wastewater collection and onsite treatment, and stormwater management.
He graduated with Bachelors (1990) and Masters (1995) degrees from Brigham Young University. Delmas also is currently serving as a Chair of the Intermountain Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and as a Board member since 2012.
Delmas can be reached in the Orem office at (801) 226-0393 and his e-mail is email@example.com
Additional information about Delmas can be found here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/delmas-w-johnson-p-e-726376b/
Ahmad Salah, Ph.D., M.B.A., P.E., GISP, C.F.M. . (licensed professional engineer in UT and ID) started working at J-U-B Engineers.
Dr. Salah is an international GIS consultant & water resources expert with 22 years of experience in advanced water resources modeling, engineering, integrated management, water quality, GIS, remote sensing, asset management and data analytics.
He received a Bachelors from Ains Shams University in Cairo, Egypt; a Masters from ITC, in The Netherlands, and MBA and PhD from Brigham Young University.
Ahmad can be reached in the Orem office at (801) 226-0393 and his e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional information about Ahmad can be found here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ahmadmsalah/
J-U-B Orem is seeing the results of their labors on a project covering over 3,200 acres city-wide.
Prior to 2002, Vineyard was a small town with one main street and one small City building.
In 2005, Geneva Steel Plant’s 1,750 acres was sold to a private developer with extensive building plans. Acting as the City Engineer, J-U-B was key in guiding the City through an aggressive growth and development period. Now in 2017, building is in full swing and the City of Vineyard looks nothing like it did 15 years ago.
There have been nearly 20 phases to the project thus far with several still to come. Phases included: road improvements, a roundabout, public safety building, sewer lift stations, detention basins, an overpass, as well as water, pressure, gravity irrigation, storm drain, land drain, sewer and power lines.
Two unique challenges were:
*GMI Data Collections Specialists have set up a new “maplication” (mapping application) tool to assist engineers and increase productivity during project site visits. The technology, which is loaded on engineers’ phones, is being used throughout J-U-B to collect signs and other points relating to pavement and environmental concerns. Locational points, photos, and feature attributes are recorded with ease. Engineers are able to use the application offline in areas with limited cell/data coverage, then upload it to the network when they return to the office.
Project engineers in J-U-B’s Orem office recently used this “GIS on the Go” tool to identify potential issues and strengthen their understanding of a Utah County project. The application allowed them to see their location on a map, drop a point where they were standing, and attach notes, attributes, and pictures. Back in the office, they were able to analyze their findings quickly and efficiently.
*Gateway Mapping, Inc. a J-U-B Company
J-U-B Engineers welcomes Ahmad Salah, PE, PhD, GISP, CFM, MBA
Mr. Salah is an international GIS consultant & water resources expert with 22 years of experience in advanced water resources modeling, engineering, integrated management, water quality, GIS, remote sensing, asset management and data analytics.
He received a Bachelors from Ains Shams University in Cairo, Egypt; a Masters from ITC, in The Netherlands, an MBA and PhD from Brigham Young University.
Ahmad comes to J-U-B with strong leadership, communication, organizational and interpersonal skills. Additional capacities include statistics, decision support system, computer programming, enterprise-wide GIS solutions, design, implement and maintain geo-databases, analysis and mapping for large scale infrastructure, environmental and engineering projects.
We look forward to our association with Ahmad.
J-U-B Engineers welcomes Mr. Delmas W. Johnson, P.E.
Delmas has 26 years of experience in the water resource industry as a consultant and subject matter expert. He has been involved with the full spectrum of public water system planning, source development, water treatment, system design and management, permitting, construction management and project financing, wastewater collection and onsite treatment, and stormwater management. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Brigham Young University.
Delmas has worked the majority of his career in consulting, being associated with the following firms: Hansen, Allen & Luce, Inc., Nolte Associates and Stanley Consultants. He also spent over seven years working as a water resource manager for the Corporation of the Presiding Bishop – LDS Church.
We look forward to a rewarding association with Delmas.
The Langdon Group (TLG) is leading public involvement for the CMGC construction of the first major Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Utah. The BRT system will use specialized buses on roadways and dedicated lanes to move passengers to their destinations.
The Provo-Orem TRIP—which includes road, transit, and bike/pedestrian improvements—is a partnership between the Utah Transit Authority, the Utah Department of Transportation, the Mountainland Association of Governments, Utah County, Provo City, and Orem City.
The 10.5-mile BRT line is being constructed on major roadways in the Provo-Orem area and affects thousands of businesses, residents, and commuters. It will connect the FrontRunner commuter rail with major universities, employment centers, and malls.
TLG’s involvement includes public involvement strategy development and implementation, multi-agency coordination, conflict resolution, community advisory committees, a business promotion program, public presentations/events, web/media/social media, and traditional “boots on the ground” outreach.
The City of Sandpoint, Idaho, recently selected J-U-B to provide wastewater system planning and improvements to help the City determine how they will protect their water quality for the next 50 years.
J-U-B’s proposal was unanimously selected without an interview. A review of the scoring results showed J-U-B’s intimate understanding of the community’s needs, depth of team member experience, and a customized public outreach plan.
The results would not have been possible without the efforts of the entire team. Congratulations!
J-U-B was hired by the DFCM to design the replacement of the existing Bear Lake Marina docks. The two-phased project includes new docks, electrical, and fiber conduits.
Under the direction of Project Manager Zan Murray, our team was responsible for quality control/quality assurance, project status, budget and schedule monitoring, design, and construction administration.
The Marina, originally constructed in the 1960s, has 376 slips, storing boats of all sizes.
With the support of J-U-B and other industry partners, the University of Idaho’s 24th Engineering Design EXPO held on April 29th was another great success. The annual Engineering Design EXPO showcases UI Engineering senior engineering capstone projects, and is the Northwest’s longest-running, interdisciplinary initiative featuring student innovations. J-U-B was the sponsor of one of the Capstone Projects – “Page Wastewater Treatment Plant Design” evaluating a new 5 mgd treatment plant for one of our key clients.
J-U-B’s Cory Baune, Steve James, and Tim Haener were in attendance to lend a hand and talk to presenters…and potential recruits.
J-U-B is active on the UI Civil Engineering Advisory Board. In the past, Chuck Larson, Tim Haener, and Steve James all served multiple terms on the Board – most recently Steve James, who is just finishing up a six-year term.
The Langdon Group (TLG), a J-U-B Company was selected through a competitive process to lead a roadway alignment study through an environmentally sensitive area in the Tri-Cities area of Washington.
TLG will help answer the question: How does the community maintain and potentially enhance the natural benefits of a nature preserve while providing roadway connectivity and sufficient emergency access to a new school and surrounding neighborhoods?
Planning and facilitating pubic meetings at key project milestones, developing a wildlife report, coordinating regular Community Advisory Committee meetings, and presenting public developed recommendations are a few of the tasks to be accomplished during the course of the project.
Photo – Visit to nature preserve that proposed roadway will navigate.
The Pioneer wildfire occurred in the summer of 2016 and burned approximately 200,000 acres.
In October 2016, The Langdon Group (TLG), a J-U-B Company, began working with the Boise National Forest and Boise Forest Coalition to support public involvement activities related to the recovery and restoration of the area.
Currently, TLG facilitates the monthly meetings for the Boise Forest Coalition, which is a citizen-led group involving members with diverse perspectives on forest management. The coalition is responsible for providing consensus recommendations to the Boise National Forest on restoration projects such as the Pioneer fire project.
The Langdon Group is also working closely with the forest and coalition to plan public outreach on the proposed post-fire restoration efforts that are scheduled to begin this spring.
(photo used permission USDA-Forest Service)
Michael E. Arneson, PE is J-U-B’s new Vice President of Business Development. The company’s Board of Directors created this position to better serve our existing clients, as well as expand additional markets throughout the Intermountain West. Mike is a professional engineer with a degree from the University of Idaho and 24 years of diverse industry experience including civil, transportation, and environmental engineering, as well as a proven aptitude for effective project management, public involvement, and business development. Because Mike has a unique talent for crafting successful, high quality capture strategies, planning, qualification statements, and proposals, the Board deemed him an excellent choice for the job.
With his keen understanding of the company-wide position, vision, and growth plans, Mike will collaborate with area managers and discipline leads to help improve their marketing efforts. He will provide guidance in vetting pursuits, as well as pre- and post-RFP planning such as developing project-specific teaming selections, capture strategies, and win themes. Mike will also, at times, assist with or lead proposal development for larger and/or more complex solicitations from federal agencies and others. Additionally, he will support J-U-B’s internal Communications Group, which is a company-wide, ad-hoc resource pool responsible for producing business development submittals following established corporate standards.
Along with the responsibilities of this new position, Mike will continue to manage his ongoing projects, service existing clients, and lead the Idaho Falls area office.
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Idaho (ACEC Idaho) has elected Tim Haener, P.E. to serve as President for the 2016-2017 term. Mr. Haener took office effective October 2016 at the ACEC Idaho annual conference in McCall.
Tim, a graduate of the University of Idaho, serves as an Executive Vice President with J-U-B. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the civil engineering profession.
ACEC Idaho represents the Idaho consulting engineering industry with a focus on enhancing business and protecting public health, safety, and welfare. ACEC Idaho regularly interacts with peer associations, agencies, client groups, and registration boards to track and engage on issues of mutual interest.
The Crockett Irrigation Board in Cache County, Utah selected J-U-B’s Logan office to prepare a significant study that will lead to a new pressure irrigation system servicing the northwest area of Logan, North Logan, and Hyde Park. In addition to the Crockett service area, the study will include ten additional irrigation companies that receive water through the Crockett distribution system.
With steady growth in Cache Valley, land use is evolving from agricultural to municipal. This evolution results in a change in water resource usage. Irrigation canals are aging and water seepage is becoming problematic. For these reasons, Crockett Avenue Irrigation and Distribution System, Inc. determined it was time to investigate pressurizing their irrigation system to distribute water more efficiently and minimize loss through conveyance.
The study will also evaluate the benefits of the additional capacity in the existing canals to convey storm water. Currently, the irrigation canals convey storm water from the development areas.
An improved irrigation system will lessen culinary water consumption during summer months, which will reduce demand on the municipal culinary water systems and may result in long-term savings to the end users.
Once the study is complete, J-U-B will provide implementation recommendations to the Crockett Irrigation Board, the communities of Logan, North Logan, and Hyde Park, and other stakeholders.
Grand Junction, Colorado is the latest addition to the J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc. (J-U-B) network, joining Fort Collins and 14 other offices in Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Leading our Grand Junction team is Luke Gingerich, PE. Luke, a Colorado State University graduate, has more than 11 years of experience with a strong background in water resources and agricultural engineering, water rights, drought planning, and hydraulics. He works extensively with government agencies—local, state and federal—as well as many non-government organizations and philanthropic groups.
Having a permanent presence in Western Colorado will allow us to better serve our local clients with all their engineering needs, from project planning through implementation.
Welcome Grand Junction!!
Grand Junction Office
305 South Main Street
J-U-B’s Twin Falls office has received approval to move forward on the design, bidding, and construction engineering at the Magic Valley Regional Airport.
The project includes relocating light and sign panels and rehabilitating 4,500 feet of Taxiway “Alpha” (“A”), which is showing signs of weathering, oxidation, and block cracking.
Taxiway “A” runs parallel to the primary, high-use Runway 26. To comply with recently- changed FAA design standards, the taxiway will be reduced from 75 feet to 50 feet. A total of 2,400 linear feet of mill overlay will be used to renovate the taxiway surface, an edge drain system will be installed on the north side of the taxiway, and additional drainage structures will update a 60-year-old drainage system.
Approximately 2,000 linear feet of Taxiway “A” will be realigned and adjusted to the north. This significant effort consists of large earth-moving operations, installing new electrical conduit and drainage pipes, spreading 24 inches of gravel and asphalt, and installing lights and signs.
J-U-B will also assist the airport in purchasing a new 1,500-gallon tank Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle.
The reconstruction is scheduled to begin August 2017 and the ARFF vehicle purchase will be completed by November 2017.
The prestigious “Engineer of the Year” award from the Utah Chapter of the American Counsel of Engineering Companies (ACEC), was presented to Lee Cammack, President and CEO of J-U-B ENGINEERS. Lee received the award at a banquet held November 17.
Lee has a passion for the consulting engineering industry. He has provided leadership in the consulting community as a principal of J-U-B for 25 years, 9 as President and CEO. His extensive educational, professional, and civic involvement has made the Utah consulting engineering industry better.
In his 35 plus years as a professional civil engineer and professional land surveyor, Lee has worked with communities, agencies, and districts helping them improve their infrastructure and public facilities. Projects have included water resource development and delivery systems, wastewater collection and disposal, and transportation.
Prior to joining J-U-B ENGINEERS, Lee worked as the Chief Deputy Surveyor for Utah County and as the City engineer and public works director for Kaysville City. His experience as a civil servant has significantly enhanced his success as a consulting engineer.
The use of GRS-IBS technology for new bridges was demonstrated by J-U-B in a workshop presented in conjunction with LHTAC and FHWA to representatives from ITD, regional Native American Tribes, and a mix of Idaho cities, counties, highway districts, and other consultants. The 300 N over the S-Canal Bridge located north of Jerome is 28 feet wide with a span of 52 feet.
The engineering and construction methods were first discussed in the classroom. After the class, participants visited the bridge construction site to see this new technology and construction methods in practice.
GRS-IBS (Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System) accelerates bridge construction time, reduces cost and less sensitive to weather conditions during construction compared to other bridge types. The design is flexible and easily modified in the field. Additionally, bridge design and construction costs are usually less than conventional bridges.
The S-Canal Bridge substructure and approaches were constructed of reinforced granular soil supporting precast concrete voided slabs with an asphalt wearing surface. Removing the existing bridge to setting the new bridge beams was completed in five weeks. This project site involved no cast-in-place concrete, no concrete formwork, and negligible reinforcement, which was placed in the CMU, blocks as vertical dowels.
J-U-B completed the design and prepared standard example drawings, which are available to local agencies and consultants through LHTAC for use on future GRS-IBS bridges in Idaho.
The River Bend Business Park retained J-U-B Engineers to provide the landscape architecture and master planning services for a new business park development which will include a new Hampton Inn.
The high-end landscaping for the Hampton Inn will provide patrons terraced plazas and planters around the indoor pool, and outdoor gathering and lounging areas overlooking the Snake River.
Natural-looking meadows and native plantings will form the basis of the new landscape treatment. The goal is to increase water conservation and sustainability, while restoring a sense of original beauty characteristic of the Snake River Valley in this regions
J-U-Bs landscape architect team used a 3-D computer model to help the Owners visualize the new building, as well as the landscaping, terraced plazas and a riverside trail. Native and ornamental grasses, low-growing shrubs and trees will give the landscape a natural look.
Construction is projected to begin in March 2017 and completed in 2018.