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San Diego Architectural Foundation Accepted a Record Number of Nominations for 2016 Orchids & Onions

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August 16, 2016

SAN DIEGO, CA – The San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) today announced a record number of nominations for its 40th celebration of Orchids & Onions awards, which recognizes the best and the worst of architecture, planning and urban design in the San Diego region.

“Hitting 161 quality nominations for Orchids & Onions is a huge accomplishment and reflects the interest in the built environment as well as the growth in San Diego,” said Perriann Hodges, San Diego Architectural Foundation board director, 2016 Orchids & Onions program co-chair, and designer with Studio E Architects. “Our goal this year was to take Orchids & Onions back to the people and to generate a dialogue with the public about what makes for great neighborhoods. I think these numbers indicate we have been successful in engaging with San Diego’s residents on this important topic.”

The 161 entries submitted by the July 31st deadline this year represents a whopping 96 percent increase over the 82 nominations submitted in 2015.

For the 2016 program, SDAF for the first time contracted with an external public relations and marketing agency, Cook + Schmid, to design and implement a strategic communications program to promote the competition.

Annually, a committee of SDAF volunteers plans and implements the Orchids & Onions awards program. This year, with special focus on bringing the program “back to the people,” the committee has conducted a range of tactics in local communities to spread the word about the opportunity to nominate potential Orchids & Onions.

The 2016 Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony will be held on October 13th at Horton Plaza Park and Spreckels Theatre starting at 5 p.m. Early bird ticket sales begin on August 21st and can be purchased at orchidsandonions.org.

About Orchids & Onions
Orchids & Onions is a fundraising program of the San Diego Architectural Foundation; an independent 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to education and the promotion of outstanding architecture, planning and urban design throughout the San Diego region. The objective of Orchids & Onions is to raise awareness, and encourage practical discourse about our environment, thereby effecting positive change and more thoughtful design. Orchids & Onions affords all San Diegans an opportunity to nominate what they believe deserves praise or critique, comment on all nominations, and even present an award by voting for the People’s Choice Orchid & Onion as part of the program. To learn more, please visit orchidsandonions.org.

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Congratulations to Port of San Diego Commissioner Ann Moore

Cook + Schmid congratulates Port of San Diego Commissioner Ann Moore on receiving the American Planning Association‘s 2016 National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Advocate. Moore earned this award for her leadership in guiding the Integrated Master Planning process that will create a new, long-term plan for the San Diego Bay waterfront.

The award highlights the high level of community engagement and outreach conducted to inform the Integrated Master Planning process, as well as the resulting Vision and Guiding Principles that allow planners to balance commerce, economic impact and public space development of the tidelands.

To read the original Port of San Diego press release on Ann Moore’s Award, please click here.

For more information on the Integrated Master Plan, please visit www.portforall.org.

Alta Environmental and SCS Engineers Featured in San Diego Business Journal

The state recently updated the Industrial General Permit and new stormwater regulations but compliance is lagging. Two local environmental engineering firms, Alta Environmental and SCS Engineers, describe how the updated permit affects small industrial businesses and what they need to do to comply in: Many Businesses Unclear on Stormwater Rules Compliance.

For more information about Alta Environmental go to www.altaenviron.com. For more information about SCS Engineers go to www.scsengineers.com.

Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

New Pass Offers Unlimited Entry to Balboa Park Museums and Institutions Gift vouchers now available for holiday gift giving

SAN DIEGO – Just in time for the holiday season, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (BPCP) announced a new pass, the Balboa Park Explorer™, which offers unlimited general admission to 17 Balboa Park institutions for an entire year. Explorer gift vouchers are available and make the perfect gift for friends and family.

“For the first time ever, there is a pass that can be used at 17 Balboa Park institutions, as many times as an Explorer wants, all year long,” said Peter Comiskey, BPCP executive director. “The cost savings, convenience and discovery opportunities of owning a Balboa Park Explorer is exceptional and is the perfect gift for any San Diegan who enjoys art, culture, history, science, gardens or architecture.”

The Balboa Park Explorer can be purchased at www.balboapark.org/explorer and comes in a personalized plastic card similar in size and shape as a credit card. The cost for an individual adult Explorer is $129, students and seniors $99 and families $199. The family pass covers two adults and up to four children ages three through 17. Larger families can add children for $25 each.

“Owning an Explorer pass is quickly becoming a badge of honor for San Diego residents who want to proclaim, ‘Yes, I support and love Balboa Park’s cultural institutions!’” said Comiskey. “The Balboa Park Explorer is a great gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list, including families, grandparents, retirees and young singles.”

From now through spring, purchasers of the Balboa Park Explorer will have the words “Charter Explorer” stamped onto the card. This elite designation will remain with the card owner as long as the Explorer pass is renewed each year.

Valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, the Balboa Park Explorer grants free, unlimited general admission to the following institutions:

1. Centro Cultural de la Raza
2. Japanese Friendship Garden
3. Mingei International Museum
4. Museum of Photographic Arts
5. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
6. San Diego Air and Space Museum
7. San Diego Art Institute – Museum of the Living Artist
8. San Diego Automotive Museum
9. San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum
10. San Diego History Center
11. San Diego Model Railroad Museum
12. The San Diego Museum of Art
13. San Diego Museum of Man
14. theNAT (San Diego Natural History Museum)
15. Timken Museum of Art
16. Veterans Museum and Memorial Center
17. WorldBeat Center

Balboa Park Explorers will receive a non-transferable card which must be presented upon entrance at participating institutions. A photo ID is required for the adults named on the card. The Balboa Park Explorer annual pass is only valid for general admission, and does not cover special events, exhibitions, programs and certain films.

To purchase the Balboa Park Explorer, or to learn more about the pass, visit
www.balboapark.org/explorer.

About Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is a nonprofit organization through which 27 arts, science, and cultural institutions in Balboa Park collaborate to achieve shared goals. By helping these groups achieve greater organizational efficiency, innovation and excellence, it seeks to contribute to the vitality and sustainability of Balboa Park. Its 500 trustees, 7,000 volunteers, and 3,500 staff serve more than 6.2 million visitors annually.

SCS Engineers Retained to Prepare Phase I Environmental Assessment 
for Malibu Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Project

LONG BEACH, Calif. – SCS Engineers was recently retained as an environmental consultant to assess environmental conditions within the Malibu Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Plant project area. The assessment, based on the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) guidelines will be included in an Environmental Impact Report. The report, based on data obtained during the assessment, is used to identify any possible significant effects on the environment.

When completed, the project will consist of an expanded Wastewater Treatment Facility, two injection well areas, six pumping stations, and several sewage conveyance pipes within the public right-of-way. The project area is bound by Malibu Canyon Road to the west, the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains to the north, Sweetwater Canyon Drive to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

“The Limited Phase I Environmental Assessment is a necessary component of the Environmental Impact Report for this project,” said Leslie Dumas, Senior Water Resources Engineer for RMC Water and Environment. “The assessment will help us to understand any potential problem areas that may be encountered during project construction.”

About SCS Engineers
Since 1970, employee-owned SCS Engineers has delivered economically and environmentally sound solutions for solid waste management and environmental projects throughout the world. Engineering News-Record’s latest report rates SCS Engineers a top performer in six environmental categories, and, for seven years, SCS has been rated the number one solid waste engineering company.

SCS provides engineering, construction, and long-term operations and maintenance services to private and public sector clients through a network of nationwide offices and from overseas. For more information about SCS Engineers, please visit our website at www.scsengineers.com or contact service@scsengineers.com.

SCS Engineers’ San Diego Office Adds Environmental Science Professionals Tyler Overton and George Liddle

SCS Engineers’ San Diego Office Adds Environmental Science Professionals
Tyler Overton and George Liddle

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Award-winning environmental consulting firm SCS Engineers welcomes two new environmental professionals to the San Diego office: Tyler Overton as Associate Professional and George Liddle as Technical Editor.

Overton brings more than 10 years of experience managing environmental projects at engineering, development, and solid waste firms and at a nonprofit organization. At SCS his efforts will focus on due diligence and environmental site assessments. His responsibilities will include conducting Phase I environmental site assessments, regulatory compliance projects, groundwater and stormwater sampling programs, and Phase II subsurface investigations, including soil, soil vapor, and groundwater sampling.

Liddle has more than 10 years of experience as a technical writer and editor, and experience performing environmental site assessments. At SCS he will continue to perform these responsibilities, as well as assist with surface and storm water projects.

“The San Diego practice is adding experienced environmental professionals to meet our current client needs and set the foundation for future growth,” said Dan Johnson, SCS Engineers Vice President and Southwest Environmental Services Director. “George and Tyler bring a broad range of industry experience and will enable us to increase our breadth of environmental services.”

Overton earned a bachelor’s degree in geography and environmental studies from the University of Colorado. Liddle received his bachelor’s degree in biology from University of California, San Diego.

About SCS Engineers
Since 1970, employee-owned SCS Engineers has delivered economically and environmentally sound solutions for solid waste management and environmental projects throughout the world. Engineering News-Record’s latest report rates SCS Engineers a top performer in six environmental categories, and, for seven years, SCS has been rated the number one solid waste engineering company.

SCS provides engineering, construction, and long-term operations and maintenance services to private and public sector clients through a network of nationwide offices and from overseas. For more information about SCS Engineers, please visit our website at www.scsengineers.com or contact service@scsengineers.com.

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