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K/J HWEA 2017 Skills Challenge

The Hawaii Water Environment Association (HWEA) sends a team of operators to WEFTEC each year to compete in the National Ops Challenge. This year, KJ sponsored two teams to compete in the Collection Systems Event, which helps fund sending a local public operating team to the National Event.
In the collection systems event, teams are required to drill a hole in a segment of pipe and then cut out an 18-inch length. They cut out a 20-inch section in another segment of pipe and insert the tapped segment of pipe into the opening with banded rubber couplings. Teams are judged primarily on speed and technique.
Kennedy/Jenks Team Cobra Kai won this year’s event. Kudos to Jon Honda, Stephen Carlson, Stephen Esaki, and Sean Klein for showing what K/J engineers are made of.
Well done everyone and a perfect way to revel in the world of engineering for National Engineering Week!

Laurie Bishop joins K/J as new CFO

Kennedy/Jenks is pleased to announce that as of January 9th, 2017,  Laurie Bishop has joined the company as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer. She will be responsible for the overall management and direction of the accounting and finance staff. Laurie will be located in the Federal Way, Washington office.

Laurie has worked the last 25 years as a Vice President/Regional Finance Director for the Pacific Region, for the DCS Division of a large multi-national engineering firm. She has held many roles including developing and documenting accounting policies, preparing financial budgets, forecasting and driving cash management and working with both public and private clients. The move to K/J fits perfectly with Laurie’s career aspirations after her long previous tenure.

Laurie has Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a minor in business from Central Washington University. She received a certificate in accounting in 2011 and is a licensed CPA in the State of Washington.

Laurie is a Director for the Auburn, Washington School Board and is a huge Washington State Cougar fan.

Welcome to the firm Laurie!!

K/J engineers earn their certifications

We want to recognize and congratulate Rachael Burk, Nick Lazarakis, Alex Page, and Mike Wilson, for obtaining their Professional Engineering License. We would also like to congratulate Nathan Moxley for obtaining his LHG which is Washington State’s Hydrogeology license.

PE licensure is the professions highest standard of competence, and symbol of achievement and assurance of quality.  Congratulations on this accomplishment!


KJ supports first perchlorate treatment system for Public Drinking water in California History


Together with several city and state political dignitaries, the West Valley Water District formally dedicated their new groundwater wellhead treatment facility in Rialto in early November.  This is the first biological treatment facility to treat perchlorate-contaminated groundwater for direct potable water use in the State of California.

Kennedy/Jenks (WIBU & IEBU) performed program management, regulatory support, construction observation and construction management services for the project over a period of several years.  There were two primary construction projects in the program: design and construction of the treatment plant which took place in 2012 and 2013, and refurbishment of two groundwater wells which supply the water to the treatment plant, which took place in 2013 and 2014.  Both projects were delivered as traditional design-bid-build projects.   After construction, WVWD undertook testing and plant operational refinements to satisfy approving agencies for approximately two years.

To support development of the project, permitting and cost recovery from potentially responsible parties, Kennedy/Jenks also delivered presentations to the community, regulatory agencies, and potential responsible parties.

It is exciting that that construction of the perchlorate treatment facility has been completed and is successfully operating to limit further migration of perchlorate in groundwater while safely returning the groundwater to beneficial use for the community.

Congratulations to everyone involved on this innovative project!!

K/J’s ARG welcomes Bhargavi Subramanian 

subramaniangavithumbKJ’s Applied Research Group would like to welcome Bhargavi Subramanian (Gavi) to Kennedy/Jenks. Gavi received her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of in 2015. After her Ph.D. she completed a year of internship at SFPUC where she was involved in bench scale and field studies to improve their digester performance.

For her Ph.D. Gavi investigated foaming issues in anaerobic digesters. She authored and co-authored several publications, conference proceedings as well as a guidance manual for foaming. Her specialties include optimization of wastewater treatment processes and biosolids treatment (specifically anaerobic digestion). She is particularly interested in working on resource and energy recovery projects, and planning and preliminary design related to wastewater, biosolids and biogas treatment.

Gavi is currently helping with the food waste co-digestion project at Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW), and a WERF research project on unintended consequences of co-digestion. As part of the project at SVCW she is also helping them address ongoing rapid rise issues in their digesters.

Please join us in welcoming Gavi to K/J!

K/J Delivers PPP Regional Water Supply Project

The Public, Private Partnership team of Carmichael Water District, Aerojet/Rocketdyne, and Golden State Water Company completed a $16 million dollar water supply project addressing groundwater contamination, regional water supply reliability and environmental restoration.

img_3220Kennedy/Jenks (K/J) was instrumental in the concept development in 2010 and provided sound technical support from the initial planning studies through the final construction completion. Our trusted relationship with all three parties provided for confidence as this exciting effort evolved into the final complex pipeline project crossing the American River using HDD methods and tying together two water purveyor distribution systems. The regional solution to lost groundwater supply due to contamination had plagued the Rancho Cordova water provider for over 15 years before the innovative idea in 2010 of using conservation derived new asset capacity, combined with offsetting reuse supply, freeing up 4.5 MGD of CWD water treatment capacity was first seriously investigated. It was six years from concept to completion including Corp 404 permitting, EIR, Funding and execution of complex three party operating agreements and was truly a fast track solution to a difficult problem.

dscf1498The American River Pipeline Conveyance Project was developed to provide a replacement water supply for Golden State Water Company’s customers in Gold River and parts of the City of Rancho Cordova utilizing existing treatment capacity at Carmichael Water District’s Water Treatment Plant. The replacement water supply originates from remediated Aerojet Rocketdyne groundwater wheeled through the American River between Buffalo Creek and downstream to the existing CWD Ranney Collector diversion. Project elements include approximately 7,400 feet of 24-inch diameter pipeline with a 1,100 foot HDD crossing of the American River at a depth of 80 feet, environmental restoration and parkway improvements. In addition, the design of the pipeline provides for drought relief through a pump back approach from GSWC to Carmichael Water District’s service area if needed during emergency conditions.

img_3249Kennedy/Jenks’ Team included many people, such as those supported by Margaret Wild for SWPPP compliance, Kevin Kennedy for cost of water, and Bob Logan and Maya Key for hazardous soil mitigation, to significant roles filled by Calvin Sugg and Larry Marx for CAD design. Trenchless design was provided by Staheli Trenchless, surveying provided by Andregg Geomatics, Kleinfelder for Geotechnical support and Analytical Environmental Services for EIR, permitting and on-site native resources monitoring. Client and Project Manager was Alex Peterson, with Ryan Young, leading the design team and signing the package as the Project Engineer. Staff included Jake Hanson and Margarita Kovalchuk (intern) and others. Thank you to everyone! The K/J team provided the planning, design and construction phase services necessary for the American River Pipeline Conveyance Project to be successfully completed and formally dedicated on October 24, 2016.

The dedication ceremony speakers included a US Congressman, California Assembly Member, City of Rancho Cordova Mayor, District Board Members, GSWC Executive Vice President, and Aerojet/Rocketdyne Vice President in Charge of Groundwater Cleanup, Sacramento. Congratulations to the team and we look forward to pursuing awards for this exciting multi-party collaborative project addressing regional needs as our client Carmichael Water District wraps up their first year of their second century of meeting the water supply needs of their community.


garvinchantellthumbPlease join us in welcoming Chantelle Garvin to K/J Sacramento!

Chantelle joined K/J as a Staff Civil Engineer on September 6, 2016. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Sacramento and two Associate degrees from American River College, Sacramento.

Chantelle is currently working on a project report that is part of a technical package required by the State of California Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program for the City of Roseville’s Pleasant Grove Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade. In addition, Chantelle is working on two master plans for Calaveras County’s Wastewater Treatment Systems.

Chantelle is very excited to be working at K/J and said, “Everything has been perfect, from my first meet and greet with Alex Peterson, the interview process, the support I receive from Tracie Mueller, and the assigned projects.  I could not have found a better place to spend most of my days.”

Welcome Chantelle!!


dscn0097Kennedy/Jenks is proud to welcome Michael Lubovich to our Washington Water Group.

Michael is a graduate of Gonzaga University from the Class of 2008. Prior to joining K/J, Michael worked for 8 years as a Mechanical Engineer where he designed water and wastewater pumping facilities, fuel storage and transfer systems, chemical systems, and HVAC systems. Over the last 3 years, he has managed the construction of several facilities including a 0.25 MGD MBR Wastewater Treatment Facility ($10M in construction); two 0.3 MGD sewage lift stations ($0.75M in construction each); and two reservoir and booster pump stations ($3.3M in construction each).

In his free time, Michael enjoys playing sports and learning new things.  We’re excited that he’s a part of the group and we’re looking forward to great things from him!!

Welcome Michael!!