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(L to R) Construction Deputy Peter Chan stands next to Structures Rep of the Year Roger Miramontes and Senior RE Jose Ventocilla, accepting the RE of the Year Award for Rudy Cao.

by  Judy Gish
Issue Date: 06/2008

RE's need to hang on to their hardhats--a lot of heavy work is coming their way. Plus, RE and Structures Rep of the Year!

Resident Engineers learned many new things at their two-day Annual Meeting on May 14, held this year at the District 7 Headquarters Building.

They heard presentations on Environmental Mitigation, Safety, Asphalt Concrete, among some. District 7 Chief Deputy Raja Mitwasi, in discussing issues facing the District,  also told them something they probably already knew: “We’re really, really busy,” he said.

Three billion dollars worth of projects will be in construction in the next 18 months, he said, including the $950 million northbound I-405 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane from I-10 to U.S. 101, which could be awarded as early as January of 2009.

“The challenge is that the Construction workload keeps increasing,” Mitwasi said. Although 20 percent of the work is contracted out, it might be necessary for some designers to move to Construction, he added. Employees will be working 24/7,” he warned.

The question is: is the industry ready for us?”  Mitwasi advised that Caltrans needs to work jointly with contractors to develop them and ensure that they are ready to bid. “Coordination is key,” he said.

Mitwasi also recommended that problems should be solved at the lowest level and that REs should endeavor to help prepare others to work in Construction.

The Grand Finale of the meeting was the announcement of RE of the Year and Structures Representative of the Year, which went to Rudy Cao and Roger Miramontes respectively.Both are working on the $167 million High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane project on both directions of I-405 from Route 90 to I-10.


(L to R) Construction Office Chief Ghassan Dagher, Construction Deputy Peter Chan and Senior RE Jose Ventocilla pose with RE of the Year trophy. Chief Deputy Raja Mitwasi (L) stands with 

Chief Deputy Raja Mitwasi (L) stands with RE Mashhur Ali on a break from the RE Annual Meeting.
RE of the Year Award winner Rudy Cao.