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ACEC 2017 Engineering Excellence Award for Sustainability

Demae Rubins of Summit Engineering and Tony LeBlanc, general manager of Silver Oak Cellars accepted the 2017 Project of the Year Award for Sustainability at the ACEC North Coast Engineering Excellence Awards event and a Certificate of Recognition from California State 3rd District Senator Bill Dodd. The Silver Oak Cellars facility design focused on sustainability, seeking both LEED Platinum certification and Living Building Challenge (LBC) Petal Certifications. Summit provided recommendations to achieve sustainability credits for LEED, LBC and other client sustainability goals in addition to process equipment layout, civil site design, structural design, water system coordination and permitting, an Aerobic Membrane Bio-Reactor Wastewater Treatment System, and construction assistance.


Marbles, Nuts & Algebra - Oh my!

What’s more fun than spending a few days of your summer at Summit Engineering, Inc.?  The 9th grade students from the Mike Hauser Academy (MHA) got to interact with engineers Cristina, Nick, Zach & Kevin to increase their interest in pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related careers.  The students, led by Instructor Jesse Hauch, split into teams and played with marbles, nuts, and algebra to predict velocity and buoyancy for each of their projects.  

At the end of the lesson, the students interviewed the engineers about their jobs and education.  “I liked how we got to meet people who worked in careers that I didn’t even know existed.  This program was very fun, and helped prepare me for algebra next year.” -2015 Academy Student

This amazing MHA program through the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber  is in partnership with local companies and was created through the vision of the late Mike Hauser, President of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce.  From this vision, an incredible partnership was formed between the Chamber, local educators and businesses to launch the first Mike Hauser Algebra Academy in the summer of 2008.

According to the 2016 MHA survey results, 95% of participants reported that the Academy increased their interest in a STEM career - We are looking forward to next year’s group of future leaders!


The Spotlight is on Katie!

The IES Illumination Awards program recognizes individuals for professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design based on the individual merit of each entry. Summit Engineering is proud to announce Katie Cornelius was awarded the 2017 SF LUX Lumen Award of Excellence for Outdoor Lighting Design, as well as an Award of Merit from the National Illuminating Engineering Society for the American AgCredit Headquarters lighting design. The building was designed by TLCD Architecture of Santa Rosa, and features vertical strips of lighting throughout its exterior. These strips can be programmed to generate changing patterns of light in the evening. Another key lighting feature includes the landscape forms on the rooftop deck that create an ethereal glow at night. The building utilizes LED lighting throughout and modular power distribution to maximize flexibility.


EWB Sponsorship

Summit is proud to be a sponsor for Engineers Without Borders this year. The organization is making a difference in other parts of the world by providing clean drinking water and other infrastructure improvements that we take for granted every day. We are supporting their efforts by donating $10,000 to the Sonoma County Chapter, where our very own Steve is serving as the President of the chapter this year.


ACEC 2017 Engineering Excellence Award

Summit Engineering, Inc. was selected by the ACEC California judging panel to receive a Commendation Award Certificate for the Napa Berryessa Resort Improvement District project in the ACEC California 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards competition. Gina Giacone, P.E., Principal and Water/Wastewater Division Manager accepted the award, shown here with Bryce Bauer of Bauer Associates.


Giving Back - Careers in Engineering

Summit Engineering's Jason Roberts, PE, participated in a panel discussion at El Molino High School's College and Career Center. It was a great opportunity for students to learn more about opportunities in the engineering field. The engineers on the panel specialized in water/wastewater, environmental, civil, electrical, structural, and computer engineering. Jason's discussion focused on how Civil Engineers use science and mathematics to solve real world problems, and develop ways to construct the "built environment" in which we all live.