Thursday, March 31, 2016

Calaveras Road Traffic Advisory - Increased Haul Truck Traffic Starting April 4th

Please expect increased truck traffic on Calaveras Road beginning April 4, 2016 through April 29, 2016 during daytime hours. The project will haul materials from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Night hauling also continues through June 1st which begins approximately from 6:00 pm to 4:00 am, Monday through Friday.

This affects the portion of Calaveras Road between the I-680 entrance in Sunol to the entrance of the construction site for the Calaveras Dam Replacement Project located south of Geary Road. Commuters may experience periodic delays. Cyclists: please try to avoid this area if at all possible to remain safe.
  • Calaveras Road remains open to the public
  • Increase in haul trucks expected between the hours of 6:00 a.m to 4:00 a.m Monday thru Friday
  • Please drive and ride safely on the narrow portions of Calaveras Road and expect delays
  • Speed limit is 25mph in construction zones

March 2016 Aerial of Calaveras Dam Replacement Project 

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Throwback Thursday at the Sunol Water Temple

In honor of Throwback Thursday, we thought we’d share an oldie from our archives.

August 1960. This family is clearly enjoying their picnic at the Sunol Water Temple, which was built in 1910 and restored in 2000. 

Construction on the Alameda Creek Watershed Center near the Temple and the nearby Sunol Corporation Yard will begin later in 2016. Future families will once again enjoy picnics below the temple as early as 2019.

See you around Sunol Valley!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Women in Construction

March is Women’s History Month and across the nation we pay tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to improving the world around them have proven invaluable to society. Right here at the Calaveras Dam Replacement Project, there are some outstanding women who are not only excelling in the construction profession, but are helping to protect the water supply of 2.6 million customers of the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System through their extraordinary efforts. 

Project Manager Susan Hou, P.E.
Susan Hou is our fearless leader here at the Calaveras Dam Project. As the Senior Project Manager, she oversees all aspects of the largest project in the $4.8 billion of Water System Improvement Program (WSIP). She has over 20 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry including leading multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, environmental professionals and construction managers in the planning, design, environmental permitting, and construction of dams, reservoirs, treatment facilities, fish passage facilities, tunnels, pipelines, and pump stations.  Her attention to detail has helped steer her team through some challenging issues.

Collette Frawley – Maintaining Quality Assurance
We are fortunate to have Collette Frawley as part of the Construction Management team. Collette is a registered Civil Engineer with Kleinfelder. Collette’s primary responsibilities at Calaveras Dam are to ensure every step of construction for the replacement dam is in compliance with the design and technical specifications. She oversees quality assurance staff who inspect and monitor construction activity on a daily basis. During her spare time, Collette serves as an engineering mentor for a local high school as part of the Architecture Construction Engineering (ACE) Mentor program and as the Practitioner Advisor for the San Jose State University American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 

Shary Truong, Dragados / Sukut/ Flatiron Joint Venture
Shary Truong has served as the Field Engineer at the Calaveras Dam Replacement Project since January 2012 for the General Contractor (DFSJV). Shary recently coordinated and managed the construction of the new Spillway Bridge for the project. On a daily basis, Shary performs quality control on work that is completed, maintains a construction schedule with over 4,000 activities, reviews inspection reports for accuracy and completeness, and develops mitigation cost and time impacts due to any unforeseen conditions at the project. Shary reviews and verifies construction plans to ensure they are in compliance with project contract specifications. Shary also plays an important role at the on-site concrete batch plant, where she helped develop the concrete mix design for structural work at the dam. Shary hopes to inspire future women engineers in the Construction Industry and to help build a better community overall.

Shary Truong (far left), Susan Hou (center), and Collette Frawley (far right)
tour guests at the Calaveras Dam Project

Friday, March 11, 2016

Time to Spring Forward!

It is starting to look a lot like spring in the Sunol Valley. One of our team members snapped this picture of some Golden Poppies from the Calaveras Dam Replacement Project construction site. In addition, it is time to spring forward with Daylight savings time starting this Sunday, March 13, 2016. Don’t forget to turn your clocks forward one hour for more light in the evening and a later sunrise! Hello Spring!