Here’s wishing you a wonderful summer ahead! Welcome to Transtech Engineers' 2019 Summer Newsletter. We are excited to share what the team has been up to these past few months! If you missed our previous Newsletters, you can check them out here:

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) 54th Annual Regional Conference and General Assembly
The Transtech team participated at the Southern California Association of Governments' (SCAG) 54th Annual Regional Conference and General Assembly, which was attended by more than 1000 civil leaders throughout Southern California. The theme was “Beyond Boundaries,” with some breakout sessions focusing on Traffic Safety where expert panelists highlighted local strategies to improve safety, including balancing enforcement and equity, education and outreach strategies, and safe street design. The Transtech team gained a lot of knowledge through the informative sessions. SCAG undertakes a variety of planning and policy initiatives, including the development of Connect SoCal — the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy to promote a livable and sustainable Southern California now and in the future.
Transtech Team members Albert Chang, Monica Catabay, Henry Garcia, and Ayla Jefferson at the conference.
California Contract Cities Association’s (CCCA) 60th Annual Municipal Conference
Transtech Team members Okan Demirci, Ayla Jefferson, Henry Garcia, Albert Chang, Jocelyn Avila, and Monica Catabay at the conference.
Transtech Engineers attended the California Contract Cities Association’s (CCCA) 60 th Annual Municipal Seminar Conference in Indian Wells. The Conference hosted several informative seminars focusing on public safety, future transportation needs locally and statewide, and discussions on important policy and issues at the state legislative level.

Our Community Salutes
Transtech was honored to be part of the High School Enlistee Recognition Dinner Ceremony through the nonprofit organization “ Our Community Salutes .” The Ceremony took place in Pico Rivera. It recognized and honored high school enlistees and their commitment to military service as well as provided parents and guardians of enlistees with community support as their son or daughter transition into military service. Transtech was proud to be part of such an honorable event and wishes the best of luck to the new enlistees, We Salute You! We value the importance of community support and recognize the courageous, patriotic young adults who will serve in the U.S. Armed Services after graduation and join the 1% of Americans who serve in uniform.
Building and Safety Month of May!
Transtech celebrated the International Code Council’s (ICC) Building Safety Month to raise awareness about building safety, the importance of current safety codes, as well as the role of code officials in creating safe, sustainable structures that communities can rely on for generations to come. The Building Safety Month is a way for communities to celebrate all aspects of building safety.
Urban Elegance Project
Led by Transtech’s Inland Empire Principal, David Mlynarski, the Transtech team has enjoyed the opportunity and responsibility to lead the entitlement and civil design consulting team to advance the development of upscale, urban lifestyle living offered by the UCR Group in the community near Redlands, CA located in the East Valley of San Bernardino County. With over 1,100 residential units, resort style amenities, and location within walking distance to movie theaters, dining, and retail shopping, this extraordinary project area has much to offer. Working with staff, elected officials, and stakeholders from both the City of Redlands and San Bernardino County has been a wonderful experience over the past few years, and we look forward to the completion of this project area by 2024. Redlands has been in long need of new upscale multi-family rental housing that includes such amenities as resort style pools, business centers, pet friendly park areas, outdoor BBQ areas, entertainment zones, state of the art fitness center and yoga room, and multi-level parking structure. We say ‘thank you’ to all the individuals and agencies that have made this undertaking so enjoyable and memorable. The transformation of this project area is truly remarkable. We also wish to thank Steve Reeder for his vision, leadership, and trust in our abilities to be part of this venture. As he said, “when the team works, the dream works!” 
Who are the Faces Behind Transtech?
In every newsletter we like to take the opportunity to introduce you to some of our team members so you can get to know the hardworking faces behind the Transtech team. We pride ourselves in always being a team and working together. Teamwork is what makes us Transtech. This quarter we introduce you to four team members across our different departments from Building and Safety, our Public Works and City Engineering Departments, and from our Corporate Headquarters.
Ayla Jefferson is our lead Building and Safety Department Director and Principal CBO here at Transtech with over 20 years of experience in the Building Industry. Ayla was appointed to the California Building Officials (CALBO) State Licensing Committee for a 2-year term. In her new role, she will be collaborating with fellow Committee and CALBO Members and other stakeholders who will collectively be responsible for moving the organization forward within prominent issues affecting the building industry. Ayla is one of our most decorated team members, attaining over 20 ICC certifications, and was the first person in the US to become a Certified Sustainability Professional. She is also currently the Vice Chair of the ICC Sustainability Membership Council . Ayla is very active in her communities and serves as Vice President of the United Swiss Societies of Southern California and treasurer of the Rotary Club of Alhambra.
Michael Ackerman is a Senior Engineer and Project Manager at Transtech. He is a Registered Civil Engineer, certified in Construction and Industrial Stormwater Compliance, and has been working in the industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining Transtech 12 years ago, Michael worked at Caltrans District 8 in the Design, Traffic, and Construction Divisions on various freeway and bridge improvement projects. Michael has served as City Engineer and Interim Public Works Director for several Transtech municipal client agencies and has managed CIP budgets over $60M. He also designs and manages private land development projects. Michael resides with his wife and two sons, enjoys outdoor activities, and visits family back in the Midwest when he gets the chance.  
Al Pagani is our Supervising Construction Manager, with his career spanning over 40 years involving all aspects of construction, 20 of which have been with the Transtech team. He was the lead field manager for the Washington Boulevard Widening and Reconstruction Project, which was a $40M project consisting of a full street widening and reconstruction of 3.1 miles of roadway. This project was recognized for a BEST Award by the American Public Works Association (APWA) . His experience covers approximately 2 billion dollars in construction activities covering infrastructure projects, streets reconstruction, pavement rehabilitation, traffic signals, street lighting, roads, wet and dry utilities; various large vertical construction projects such as schools, medical facilities, libraries, civic buildings, parking structures, office complexes; and specialized construction including, historical restoration and adaptive reuse projects. When Al isn't working, you can find him on the water, paddle-boarding in and around Newport Beach!
Monica Catabay, a business graduate from UC Riverside, has been with the Transtech team for nearly 4 years. Monica is part of our corporate operations and manages, organizes, attends, and represents the Transtech team at several of our conferences and seminars we attend throughout the year. Monica is also a Notary Public and a key team member in Transtech’s day to day operations. Outside of Transtech, Monica is currently planning a big wedding for next year with her childhood sweetheart. They have been together since the age of 12 and now live together with their golden retriever, Jeter. 
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