Rincon News

Rincon Planner Contributes to Planning Magazine

Posted on Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Chris Williamson.jpgDr. Chris Williamson, AICP, a Supervisory Planner with Rincon, is a featured contributor in the February 2017 issue of Planning, the magazine of the American Planning Association.  His article entitled "Countdown to the National Selfie" takes a look at the upcoming 2020 census and how planners can effectively apply these statistics to their upcoming projects. Dr. Williamson has over 30 years of experience in land use and coastal planning, voter-imposed growth management, general plan and coastal program updates, grant and project management, environmental review, population and related projections, and academic-quality policy research to local governments. 

To browse the article and for additional information about Planning, please click here.

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Topics: APA, 202 Census, Planning Magazine

Rincon Opens Redlands Office and Hires Archaeological Program Manager

Posted on Mon, Jan 9, 2017

On December 1, 2016, Rincon Consultants opened the doors at a new location in Redlands, California. This office is intended to help better serve current Inland Empire clients and expand regional business while accommodating staff who live in the region, including newly hired Archaeological Program Manager, Benjamin “Benny” Vargas, MA, RPA.

Benny Vargas.jpgMr. Vargas comes to Rincon with 27 years of experience working on numerous and varied types of cultural resources projects throughout the southwestern United States. His professional experience includes all phases of survey, excavation, and laboratory analysis, collections management, forensic recovery, Section 106 and CEQA regulatory compliance, Native American consultation, and project management. “After almost 30 years of environmental consulting, I know I have finally landed in the right place at Rincon! I am very excited to begin a new chapter in my career, and look forward working with the amazing team that Rincon has assembled,” said Mr. Vargas. He continued, “With the opening of our office in Redlands, I am looking forward to the opportunity to help Rincon continue its history of excellent work in the Inland Empire, and to expand our capabilities in this quickly growing region.”

“I am very pleased that Benny has joined the Rincon team to provide regional leadership and senior technical expertise” states Kevin Hunt, Cultural Resources Program Manager of Rincon Consultants. “Benny has developed an excellent professional reputation throughout his career for archaeological research, staff mentorship, and client service. His contributions will benefit both Rincon and our clients statewide.”

Topics: Cultural Resources, Archaeology, Inland Empire, Redlands

27th Annual Focus on the Future Conference

Posted on Fri, Dec 2, 2016

Sunday, December 4th marks the start of the Self-Help Counties Coalition’s  27th Annual Focus on the Future Conference at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood. This year’s conference, which continues through December 6th, focuses on topics such as attracting riders for transit success, transportation connecting communities to opportunity, the annual state of Caltrans, and an update on the California Transportation Commission. Rincon is sponsoring the event, and will be exhibiting at Booth 20.

For more information on the conference, check out http://selfhelpcounties.org/focus/index.html

Topics: Conference, Focus on the Future

Rincon Presenting at the ACWA Fall Conference

Posted on Mon, Nov 28, 2016

November 29th through December 2nd, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is holding their annual Fall Conference at the Anaheim Marriott. This year’s theme is “Bringing Water Together” and key topics include drought, agency transparency, and groundwater sustainability. On November 30th at 3:30pm in Grand Ballroom H, stop in and hear John Dreher and Lindsay Griffin of Rincon Consultants present a discussion entitled “Dry Towns: Managing Natural Resource Needs and Water Rights during Drought”. Also be sure to stop by Booth 104 to chat with Rincon’s Director of Business Development, Linda Hunter, and Senior Project Manager, Aubrey Mescher.

For more information on the ACWA conference: http://www.acwa.com/events/acwa-2016-fall-conference-exhibition

Topics: Conference, ACWA, Presenters

Join Rincon at the Mobility 21 Summit

Posted on Wed, Oct 19, 2016

On October 21st, Mobility 21’s 15th Annual Summit entitled “Empowering California” will be held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. The Summit brings together more than 1,100 transportation leaders and elected officials under one roof to discuss ways to ease congestion, provide meaningful jobs, and improve quality of life through transportation. Key topics include self-driving cars in the community, reversing the trends of declining transit ridership, discussions of the impacts of California’s 2017 policies, and revitalizing transportation in the region, which includes Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties.

Rincon is a sponsor for the event and will be exhibiting at booth number 5. Stop by and say hello to John Dreher, COO, Jennifer Haddow, Principal, Linda Hunter, Director of Business Development, and Stephanie Goff, Business Development Coordinator!

For more information, check out: http://mobility21.com/2016summit/

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ICSC Conference Sponsorship

Posted on Wed, Aug 24, 2016

The 2016 International Council of Shopping Centers’ Annual Western Conference and Deal Making Event will be held in San Diego, August 30th through September 1st. This annual event is a great opportunity for owners, developers, retailers, brokers, lenders, municipalities, property asset managers and product and service providers to gather under one roof to exhibit, meet new contacts, and form successful business partnerships. Scott English, a Senior Project Manager / Remediation Supervisor from Rincon’s Ventura office, and Stephanie Goff, a Business Development Coordinator from Rincon’s San Luis Obispo office will be in attendance. Stop by booth 315 and say hello! 

For more information on the event, go to http://www.icsc.org/.

Topics: ICSC

Rincon Consultants Named a Zweig Group Hot Firm

Posted on Tue, Jul 12, 2016

2016_Hot_Firm_Winner.jpgRincon Consultants was placed on the Zweig Group’s prestigious Hot Firm List for 2016. This marks the sixth time the firm has garnered a spot on the list (2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016).

The 2016 Hot Firm List honors the fastest growing firms in the A/E/P and environmental consulting industry. In an industry comprised of over 100,000 firms, the ones who make the list demonstrate their ability to thrive and be recognized among an elite 100 fastest-growing organizations. Rincon placed 35th nationally in the Hot Firms list among all architecture, engineering, and environmental firms, up from 80th in 2015.

Michael Gialketsis, president of Rincon Consultants, said about his firm’s inclusion on this prestigious list, “We are excited and honored to be recognized again by the Zwieg Group as a Hot Firm. This success is reflective of the strong commitment of our team to achieving excellence in everything that we do. The strive for excellence is a job that never ends. I am especially grateful for the loyal support from our clients who help us to grow and improve our practice.”

The top firms that make Zweig Group’s 2016 lists will be celebrated at the Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference held at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, September 22-23, 2016.

Topics: Hot Firm

Carlsbad and Oakland Offices Expanding

Posted on Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Rincon is expanding. Two of our offices, Oakland and Carlsbad, have relocated to larger facilities to accommodate a growing number of staff and operations. Rincon has maintained an office in Carlsbad since 2002 and in Oakland since 2012. Both locations have become strategically important parts of the company’s professional reach across California. These moves are a testament to the demand for our quality services and growth of our client relationships, manifested in the greater San Diego and Bay Area regions.

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Rincon Wins Four Professional Achievement Awards

Posted on Wed, Apr 6, 2016

Rincon has collected four awards of excellence from the 2016 Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Awards program. This is the most the firm has received in one year since the company’s founding. Rincon’s work has received three 2016 AEP Outstanding Awards for Environmental Analysis Document, Environmental Resource Document, Public Involvement / Education Program and one Merit Environmental Analysis Award.  This record-breaking achievement is evidence that Rincon’s investment in talent and innovation is being recognized.

See below for a short –description of each award-winning project

California Flats Solar Project EIR received a 2016 AEP Outstanding Award in the Environmental Analysis Document category. This EIR was unique in that it involved components being built in two counties,  programmatically analyzed future decommissioning of a solar site, integrated at least 11 different technical studies and incorporated the latest and best available information on several emerging topics, including: public health effects associated with exposure to valley fever; biological data specific to solar projects, such as the potential for bird strikes; and the potential for the project to cause local climate change by emitting radiant heat and raising the ambient temperature of surrounding areas.

Chorro Valley Trail Study received a 2016 AEP Outstanding Award in the Environmental Resource Document Category. This trail study provided a plan for opening State Route 1 through the Chorro Valley, a nationally recognized Scenic Byway, to active modes of transportation. Rincon evaluated opportunities and constraints for each potential trail segment, simplifying a complex array of data into a visual key for stakeholders in knitting together a preferred trail alignment. The visual key considered a broad range of environmental and engineering factors, landowner preferences, traffic safety, and land use conflicts.

Community Bank Sustainable Project Loan Program received a 2016 AEP Outstanding Award in the Public Involvement / Education Program. Rincon was hired by the Community Bank of the Bay to develop a Sustainable Project Loan Program to educate the public on local sustainability programs and promote sustainable community investment within the Bay Area community. The program included a comprehensive set of criteria to transparently screen sustainable projects in a manner that would hold up to outside scrutiny and could draw on the public involvement to facilitate sustainable change within their local community. Within the first year, the result has been overwhelming with over $27 million in BAGF deposits and over $16 million in sustainable business and project financing.

Rio d’Oro Specific Plan EIR received a 2016 AEP Merit Award in the Environmental Analysis category. This innovative, conservation-oriented project required the development of an EIR that would implement green building strategies while conserving the vast open space that was part of the development. As one of the largest projects in Butte County in recent years, the environmental review process was anticipated to be highly challenging, especially considering the climate and economic conditions in the area. The successful public outreach effort and the fine-tuned coordination of the many stakeholders, assisted in making the EIR review process timely and, once the concerns of all stakeholders were met, the project was approved in June of this year by a unanimous vote of the County Board of Supervisors.

 

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Rincon Receives 2015 Environmental Business Journal Business Achievement Award

Posted on Wed, Mar 9, 2016

Rincon Consultants, Inc.  has been named as a  Silver Environmental Business Journal award winner for Business Achievement: Small Firms ($10-25 million).Environmental Business Journal® (EBJ), is a business research publication which provides strategic business intelligence to the environmental industry.  EBJ honored 56 companies for revenue growth, acquisitions, innovative project designs, technology applications, new practice areas, social contributions and industry leadership in 2015.

 “In what is widely regarded as a stable market, a number of companies exceeded the norms of low single-digit growth with double-digit growth or ambitious ventures into new practice areas or technology development,” said Grant Ferrier, president of Environmental Business International Inc. (EBI, San Diego), publisher of Environmental Business Journal.

 Rincon was recognized for growth of over 74% from 2012 to 2015, along with the expansion of several service lines. This growth has been fueled by an improving California economy and ongoing success in the transportation, water, energy, and utilities market sectors. Additional information is available on the Environmental Business Journal website at http://ebionline.org/business-achievement-awards

The 2015 EBJ awards will be presented at a special evening ceremony at the Environmental Industry Summit XIV in San Diego on March 9, 2016.

 About Rincon Consultants, Inc. Rincon Consultants, Inc. is an environmental science, planning, and engineering consulting firm with ten offices throughout California. Founded in 1994, the firm was has emerged as a statewide leader in environmental impact assessment, urban planning, biological resources, and soil assessment and remediation.  Rincon’s wide breadth of expertise and qualifications are mirrored by the diversity of projects they manage, serving both public and private entities.

Detailed information about Rincon Consultants, Inc. is available on the Web at www.rinconconsultants.com.  Please also connect with us on our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.