On July 29th, seven Kleinschmidt employees joined the American Society of Civil Engineers Portland Younger Member Forum for a technical tour of the 1911 River Mill Hydroelectric Project in Estacada, Ore. Robert Schomp, ASCE YMF volunteer coordinator and staff engineer with Kleinschmidt, organized the tour. The group learned about dam safety, earthquake structural retrofits, biological studies and downstream and upstream fish passage.

Kleinschmidt employees were Matthew T. Davis (tour guide), Peter Christensen (tour guide), Christina Johnsen, Mustafa Abou Darwish, Jeff Coffin, Fatima Oswald and Michael Eller.


Photo courtesy Shawmut Design and Construction

Shawmut Design and Construction hosted its 13th annual Safety Week (May 2-6), focusing on physical and mental health, safety and well-being. The week consisted of 602 events and training sessions held across 112 locations, including Shawmut’s Southern California jobsites and Los Angeles office.

Shawmut CEO Les Hiscoe is shown with chief safety officer Shaun Carvalho giving a Toolbox Talk.

Franklin Elementary STEAM Magnet School

Photo courtesy C.W. Driver

Franklin Elementary STEAM Magnet School students, alumni, community members and San Diego Unified School District representatives took part in a groundbreaking celebration in May to mark the beginning of the school’s highly anticipated Whole Site Modernization project.

This effort will bring a state-of-the-art two-story classroom building, renovations and modernizations to all classrooms as well as campuswide enhancements to the almost 100-year-old site.

Construction is anticipated to complete in late 2024. The district is working with the school and community to integrate historical elements into the modernization. Funding is made available through Propositions S & Z, and Measure YY, which are local school bond measures approved by San Diego voters to improve San Diego Unified schools.