The Sacramento Chapter of the American Public Works Association selected the Norwood Avenue Bridge Replacement Project for an APWA Project of the Year Award. LSA served as the environmental consultant to TY Lin, project engineers. This project was funded under the Highway Bridge Program. It required coordination with both the City of Sacramento and Caltrans under Local Assistance Procedures. LSA prepared a Mitigated Negative Declaration, technical studies for a NEPA Categorical Exclusion, and agency permit applications. After the project was awarded, LSA provided construction monitoring services, including swallow exclusion, during project construction. The project won the award in the $2 Million to $10 Million Large Agency Division, in the Category of Transportation.
The Northern California Chapter of the American Planning Association recently honored the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan prepared by LSA for the East Bay Regional Park District with an Award of Merit for Best Practices. As the Project Manager, LSA Principal Judith Malamut received the award at the ceremony on May 11, 2012. The Plan is an innovative fire-science and resource-based vegetation management program that provides sound, long-term strategies and best management practices (BMPs) for reducing fuel loads while managing vegetation and sensitive resources on 19,000-acres of hill and shoreline parks for the District.
LSA received an award for Excellence in Reclamation for the Canal Quarry project, operated by the Bottoms Family Trust, located in Point Richmond, California. The award was sponsored and presented by the Department of Conservation, Office of Mine Reclamation, during the 2010 CalCIMA Annual Education Conference. Prior to reclamation, Canal Quarry was a complex site with numerous geotechnical, drainage, archaeological, and revegetation issues. The State Mining and Geology Board had sited the Quarry for six violations and numerous corrective actions. During preparation of the Reclamation Plan, we assembled a project team consisting of geological engineers, geotechnical engineers, civil engineers, and numerous other subcontractors to ensure that all regulatory compliance requirements were met. We oversaw the reclamation construction phase and assisted with ongoing vegetative monitoring and maintenance. We used a geo-grid reinforced fill buttress covered with an erosion control blanket, core wattles, hydroseeding, woody plants, and v-ditches lined with turf reinforcing materials. Today, Canal Quarry boasts a grassy hillside of lush native vegetation flourishing on the face of the formerly oversteepened, severely eroded quarry slopes. After much anticipation and through all of the site’s complexities, Canal Quarry has become the successful result of strategic reclamation practices at work. Recognition for the innovative techniques in mine reclamation and environmental restoration employed at Canal Quarry has been a tremendous honor.
Judith Malamut, AICP, of LSA's Berkeley office coauthored the article Creating Trails to Benefit Communities, which was published in AEP's quarterly publication, The Environmental Monitor. To read the article, click here
Sherry has been with LSA since 2002, when she started in the Rocklin office as a project hire; she has been Office Manager since 2006. Sherry has exceptional organizational skills, is highly motivated, and approaches challenges with a "can do" attitude. Sherry keeps track of just about everything that goes on in the Rocklin office and is the "go to" person for most of the staff. Sherry also has several "corporate" duties to attend to... and she does this all within a 30-hour week. We are regularly amazed at her ability to juggle so many responsibilities. Sherry is always cheerful and pleasant and is LSA to the core. We can't imagine the Rocklin office without Sherry.
The Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan, prepared by LSA for the East Bay Regional Park District, receives the 2011 Outstanding Environmental Resource Document Award by the Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP).
"Trail Planning for California Communities" (Solano Press, 2009) receives the 2010 Award of Merit for Focused Issue Planning by the American Planning Association, California Chapter. Judy Malamut, Principal in our Berkeley office, is a contributing author. "Trail Planning for California Communities" fills a void in trail planning literature by providing environmental professionals and community decision-makers with a multi-disciplinary, broad interpretive framework for incorporating public access into urban, suburban, and rural community projects and adjoining open space lands. The book uses a clear and user-friendly approach to each chapter’s contents, which allows the reader to easily understand each topic covered and find relevant information for each phase of a trail project. Buy the book here >>