FRESNO, CA: Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group’s Rod McNeely was named the “Outstanding Civil Engineer in Private Sector” by the Fresno Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at their recent awards banquet. Additionally, Provost & Pritchard was also honored with a pair of project awards including Outstanding Community Improvement Project for the City of Fresno’s Fulton Mall Reconstruction and Outstanding Water Project for the Los Banos Creek Diversion Project.
“Rod has been a valuable member of our firm for more than 20 years,” said Ronald Samuelian, president of the firm. “We are very proud of the work that he’s done and the positive impact to the community that his projects have brought. Rod has also been instrumental in teaching and providing leadership to many of the young engineers we have recently added to the firm as we continue to grow.”
McNeely’s ‘Outstanding Civil Engineer in Private Sector’ recognition by the ASCE was earned through his numerous years of leading projects for clients throughout the Central Valley. McNeely was a key member of the Fulton Mall project team and has served as the lead engineer for Community Regional Medical Center’s downtown Fresno campus for many years. He has also been heavily involved in the firm’s growing experience with National Park Service, including several projects in Yosemite National Park.
The Fulton Mall Reconstruction project improved the half mile stretch of the Fulton Mall. between Tuolumne Street and Inyo Street in downtown Fresno. The old pedestrian mall was completely removed and reconstructed with a complete streets design that included reintroduction two-way vehicular traffic on Fulton. The street reconstruction included new two-way streets, parallel parking and wide sidewalks. In some locations along the street, parking was not provided in order to preserve existing, healthy, shade trees.
The Los Banos Creek Diversion project is the first of several projects identified in the San Joaquin River Contractors Water Authority’s Water Resource Plan. The Plan includes diversion structures, to help direct flood releases from Los Banos Creek into the Delta-Mendota Canal. The Water Resource Plan projects are designed to increase groundwater recharge and storage capacity for flood releases and develop water within the Los Banos Creek basin. The Project included construction of a diversion weir in Los Banos Creek and gravity inlet structure into the Delta Mendota Canal providing up to 250 cubic feet per second; with an average annual yield into the Delta-Mendota Canal, 6,900-acre feet.
Press Release: April 16, 2018
Rod McNeely, PE