Inside Seven
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Employee Spotlight
Newly-appointed Maintenance Design Chief Allan Tanjuaquio settles in to his new office.

by  Judy Gish
Issue Date: 06/2008

New Maintenance Design Chief brings Construction experience, perspective to the job.

Business is booming at the California Department of Transportation and, in District 7,  the work bonanza has necessitated the creation of another chief position in Maintenance Design.

The new chief is Allan Tanjuaquio, who was previously a Senior Resident Engineer (RE) on some of the District’s toughest projects, including the $47 million High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on southbound I-405.

“There has been a tremendous increase in the pavement program, and we’re expecting a lot more projects,” said Maintenance Deputy Dan Freeman. Prior to the new chief position, one chief supervised 10 seniors. “The new chief position will create greater management oversight, making us more productive, efficient and responsive.”

In his new position, Tanjuaquio will administer scoping documents and Plans, Specifications and Estimates for major maintenance, Cap M and minor projects. He also will oversee the preparation of emergency contracts and director’s orders, facilities design and the Geographic Information System (GIS) program. 

One of the things Tanjuaquio would like to accomplish is to strengthen the communication between Construction and Maintenance, a task for which he is obviously well qualified. “In Construction, you see the end of a project and here in Design, you get to be in on the beginning,” he says. “I want to work with everyone to help create the best possible outcome.” 

Another goal: to deliver more projects and to have projects available at all times, he adds.

“In addition to his experience and capabilities, one of the reasons we chose Allan is because he’s a real high-energy, enthusiastic guy and we believe he will bring that to the job,” Freeman said.

Tanjuaquio’s promotion certainly should make at least one other person very happy-- his mom, Milagros Tanjuaquio, a Caltrans civil engineer working in the Irwindale Construction office.