Keish Environmental
Keish Environmental
Stormwater and Mitigation Compliance Specialists
Stormwater and Mitigation Compliance Specialists

Project Experience

Below are sample projects where our staff expertise has made a difference:

BART, Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension and UPRR Freight Railroad Relocation Projects, Fremont to San Jose, CA Rachael Keish served as environmental coordinator for the design and construction of the BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Design-Build Project, as well as for the Freight Railroad Relocation Project within the same corridor. The $700 million BART extension includes the 9.9-mile segment from Warm Springs (future station) in Fremont to the Berryessa (future station) in San Jose. The Freight Railroad Relocation includes relocation of the UPRR tracks and utilities such as MCI telecommunications and Kinder-Morgan and Chevron petroleum pipelines. Rachael was responsible for incorporating mitigation measures and permit conditions into the project design documents and served as liaison for the client, design team, regulatory agencies and construction contractors. She was also responsible for construction monitoring to ensure environmental compliance in the field, and for administering the Supervisor’s Environmental Training program.

 

Santa Clara Valley Transportation, Measure A/B Highway Program, Santa Clara County, CA Rachael Keish served as the construction environmental coordinator and Resident Engineer for the Measure A/B Program as part of a joint venture team to provide program management services for the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority. This $550 million highway program includes various improvement projects on nearly every major freeway within Santa Clara County. She was responsible for ensuring that the eight highway projects were compliant with environmental permits and mitigation measures. Her duties included interfacing with project engineers, biologists and archeologists to keep construction on schedule even when working in sensitive environmental and archeological areas. Rachael was also the project coordinator for the design and construction phase implementation of a $6.2 million, 17-acre mitigation planting project that included creating new wetlands, shaded riverine aquatic and riparian habitats. The consolidated environmental mitigation site was required to complete the highway projects with no unmitigated environmental impacts. As the Resident Engineer, Rachael was responsible for all day-to-day management activities on construction projects, including coordinating with the client, design team, local agencies and construction contractor. She was also responsible for the financial management, scheduling and overall monitoring of the projects to ensure compliance with client's needs and project goals.

 

Senate Bill (SB) 45 Oversight of State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), Santa Clara, CA As a project engineer on the SB 45 Program, Rachael served as part of a joint venture team that provided program management services for the Santa Clara County oversight of STIP projects. The projects included the $70 million Dixon Landing Road Interchange, $60 million S.R. 237, I-880 Stage A and B Interchanges and $10 million widening of S.R. 87 from Julian Road to U.S. 101. She was responsible for a 17.5-acre mitigation site as part of the 835-acre Eden Landing Ecological Reserve wetland restoration. This mitigation was necessary to complete the I-880 at Dixon Landing Road interchange, which impacts a salt marsh harvest mouse wetland habitat. Rachael was on the team responsible for coordinating with the cities of Fremont and Milpitas, Caltrans, California Department of Fish and Game, design team and regulatory agencies, including the Regional Water Quality Control Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Marine Fisheries Service.

 

Bay Area Toll Authority, FasTrak, Santa Clara and Alameda County, CA Rachael was the Resident Engineer for the $4 million Dumbarton and San Mateo-Hayward bridges toll plaza improvement project, which included upgrades to the toll plaza and installing changeable message signs to improve toll operations. The project also included converting toll lanes into FasTrak lanes. She was responsible for all day-to-day management activities on the construction project, including coordinating with the client, design team, local agencies and construction contractor. She was also responsible for the financial management, scheduling and overall monitoring of the project to ensure compliance with the client's needs and project goals, including a three month acceleration of the new FasTrak lane opening for the Dumbarton Bridge.

 

Stevens Creek Corridor Park Project, Cupertino, CA Stevens Creek Corridor Park Project, Cupertino, CA – Rachael was the project manager for the design of the Phase 1A and 1B park improvements. The $8 million project includes 2,600 lineal feet of creek restoration and realignment, a new 3/4 mile long multipurpose trail with multi-use bridge, a reconfigured 800 person group picnic area with upgrades to the pool enclosure and landscaping, a new golf course maintenance building, and a new main parking lot and entry kiosk.   Rachael was responsible for all day-to-day design management activities, including plans production, specifications and estimate for construction, processing design change notices, timely response to requests for information, issuance of record drawings and coordinating with the client, design team, local agencies and construction manager.

 

Wrigley Creek Improvement Project, Milpitas, CA Rachael was the project manager for the creek relocation and restoration design. The $2 million project includes 2,000 lineal feet of creek realignment and replanting. The restoration and floodplain wetlands will fully mitigate for the regulatory impacts of several culvert extension projects. Rachael was responsible for all day-to-day design management activities, including coordinating with the client, design team, local agencies and external stakeholders. She was also responsible for financial management, scheduling and the overall monitoring of the project to ensure compliance with the client's needs and project goals.

 

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant Long Term Improvements, San Bruno, CA The Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant serves as the emergency back-up and supplementary water supply system for the entire San Francisco Peninsula. This project, with a construction value of $245 million, improves delivery reliability and provides seismic upgrades at this regional water treatment plant to achieve a sustained capacity of 140 million gallons per day (mgd) for at least 60 days, and to provide 140 mgd within 24 hours following a seismic event on the San Andreas Fault. Work includes the addition of filters, upgrades to various systems, and seismic retrofits of critical process units. Rachael served as the project’s Qualified Storm Water Pollution Control Plan (SWPPP) Developer (QSD), responsible for writing the SWPPP to fulfill all requirements contained in the State Water Resources Control Board statewide Construction General Permit for storm water.

 

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Crystal Springs/San Andreas (CSSA) Transmission System Improvements, Unincorporated San Mateo County, CA This $99.7million water transmission system upgrade centers on the pipeline between the Crystal Springs Reservoirs (Upper and Lower) and San Andreas Lake, as well as the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant. The project will improve seismic and delivery reliability of this transmission system. Construction consists of seismic and functional upgrades to the transmission pipeline, outlet structures, and pump station facilities. Rachael served as the project’s Qualified Storm Water Pollution Control Plan (SWPPP) Developer (QSD), responsible for amending the Kiewit Infrastructure SWPPP to fulfill all requirements contained in the State Water Resources Control Board statewide Construction General Permit for storm water. She also procured the dewatering permit for discharges to an environmentally sensitive creek habitat.

 

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Lower Crystal Springs Reservoir Improvements, Unincorporated San Mateo County, CA The Lower Crystal Springs Reservoir System (Upper and Lower Crystal Springs Reservoirs) serve as the primary water storage facility for emergency back-up and supplementary water supply for the entire San Francisco Peninsula. The $17.4 million reservoir project involves widening the spillway, raising the parapet wall, and replacing the stilling basin with a new, larger facility to comply with the California Department of Water Resources – Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD) mandate for hydraulic upgrades to the dam’s spill capacity. The project will bring the dam into compliance and restore the maximum storage capacity of the reservoir. Rachael served as the project’s Qualified Storm Water Pollution Control Plan (SWPPP) Developer (QSD), responsible for amending the Kiewit Infrastructure SWPPP to fulfill all requirements contained in the State Water Resources Control Board statewide Construction General Permit for storm water. She also procured the dewatering permit for discharges to an environmentally sensitive creek habitat.

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