West Yost in the News


West Yost in the News

Recent and past news about our company are highlighted below.


West Yost Makes National List of “Best Firms to Work For”

06.29.18—West Yost Associates ranked 20th in the civil engineering category of the “Best Firms to Work For” by CE News. The list recognizes the top civil engineering firms of all sizes throughout the US and Canada based on the firm’s workplace practices, employee benefits, and employee retention rates.

Photo gallery

Environmental Business Journal Recognizes West Yost
Operations Technology and Cybersecurity Awarded for New Practice Area

12.1.18 – West Yost Associates is honored to be recognized by the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) for a 2018 EBJ Business Achievement Awards for a new practice area. West Yost received a New Practice Area Award for our new services in operations technology and cybersecurity (OTC), which include cybersecurity/vulnerability assessments, operations technology optimization, cybersecurity, resiliency planning, SCADA master planning, and operations technology detailed design and implementation. West Yost’s OTC group increased staffing and revenue by 50% in 2018.


Innovative Asset Management Tools: Using InfoAsset for Informed Decisions

9.25.20 – West Yost uses Innovyze’s InfoAsset (formerly InfoMaster) to assist clients in meeting their asset management goals for sustainable and affordable facility operation, maintenance, and repair/replacement. Our team routinely uses InfoAsset to conduct risk analyses, support decisions about lifecycle costs and remaining asset life, and prioritize capital improvement projects.


Utilities Preparing for the Future Implement Cybersecurity Today
California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association Cybersecurity Workshops

9.20.20 – Our Operations Technology, Cybersecurity and Resilience team worked with AWWA to develop a training about methods for utility owners to assess their control system architectures and technology assets against national standards and best practices for secure operation. This training is available by request. Attendees will learn how to use the AWWA Cybersecurity Guidance Tool, formally known as the Process Control Security System Guidance for the Water Sector.

Consider this training if you are interested in:


Exciting Addition to our Treatment Design Team
Timothy Banyai Joins Wastewater Treatment Practice Area

7.16.18 – Timothy Banyai, PE, PMP, has joined the Treatment Business Sector as a principal engineer in our Walnut Creek, California, office. He is an experienced project manager and design engineer with over 25 years of experience with treatment plant and infrastructure projects. His treatment expertise includes facility planning and design for secondary process improvements, digesters, primary and secondary clarifiers, aeration systems, and dewatering and solids handling systems.


Groundwater Program Continues to Grow
Tom Morris Joins the Groundwater Practice Area

4..30.18 – Tom Morris joined West Yost’s Water Business Sector as a technical specialist in groundwater. He is an expert in in aquifer storage and recovery and is responsible for many of the advanced methods of well construction, engineering design, and operation utilized today to store water in groundwater aquifers. He specializes in groundwater hydraulics, facility design, geochemistry, control logic, and operation of production and recharge wells.


New Sacramento Office
West Yost Associates Opens New Office

4.1.18 – West Yost opened a new Sacramento office at 8950 Cal Center Drive. This new location, midway between downtown Sacramento and Folsom, brings West Yost closer to our clients in the Sacramento region. The office has attracted new talent to the firm and allows members of our staff to work in the same communities in which they live.


Sustainability and Reuse
Don Berger Appointed SSV Advisory Council

1.15.18 – West Yost’s Don Berger is a newly-appointed member of Sustainable Silicon Valley’s (SSV’s) Water Advisory Council. Don’s knowledge of and passion for water reuse matches SSV’s vision for optimizing water resources to ensure water resilience.

Sustainable Silicon Valley


West Yost Sponsors the Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition

5.1.17 – West Yost Associates sponsored the 2017 CWEA Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition. This esteemed science competition awards high school students for solving water-related issues. Through our sponsorship, CWEA promoted the competition and awarded money to students who ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the state competition. This year’s winner, Visala Tallavarjula, will advance to the national competition.

Photo gallery

West Yost Proudly Sponsors MCWRA as They Hosted Students from Rice University

4.1.17 – West Yost recently co-sponsored the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association​ tours of the Nimbus Fish Hatchery​, Folsom Lake, and the Placer County Water Agency​’s Foothill Water Treatment Plant for students from Houston’s Rice University​. West Yost’s Abigail Madrone discussed watershed and groundwater resources issues at the confluence of the North and Middle Fork of the American River. During the tour, students participating in Rice’s Alternative Spring Break program learned about water policy, water justice, and water production.


West Yost Associates Announces Acquisition of Whitley Burchett and Associates
Press Release

Acquisition Expands Resources and Water Expertise

3.30.17 - West Yost Associates (West Yost) has acquired Whitley Burchett and Associates (WBA), headquartered in Walnut Creek, California. WBA specializes in providing municipal water, wastewater, and recycled water planning, permitting, and design services. “WBA has been a teaming partner with West Yost for many years,” said Charles Duncan, president of West Yost.


New Service Area
Operations Technology & Cybersecurity

9.1.16 – Cybersecurity is a leading threat facing critical infrastructure. To assist our water and wastewater clients in safeguarding their systems and infrastructure, West Yost Associates (West Yost) has added operations technology to our service offerings. The Operations Technology & Cybersecurity Group provides:

Influent Pump Station, Mt. View Sanitary District – Old Pump Station, Small Budget, Big Improvement

Influent Pump Station, Mt. View Sanitary District – Old Pump Station, Small Budget, Big Improvement

2016 Winner of CASA’s Outstanding Capital Project, Small Agency


Bob Ward Joins West Yost Associates
Vice President of Oregon Operations

3.31.16 – Robert Ward, PE has joined West Yost Associates (West Yost) as the Vice President of Oregon Operations. Bob has over 30 years of water engineering and project management experience throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. His leadership skills; engineering expertise in water, wastewater, and infrastructure; and experience in the Portland area will drive the expansion of West Yost’s Pacific Northwest practice and support our mission to provide quality technical leadership and industry-leading client service.


West Yost Opens New Portland Office
Lake Oswego, Oregon

4.1.16 - West Yost Associates (West Yost) is excited to announce that it has returned to the Portland, Oregon area by opening a new office in Lake Oswego.

The new Portland area office joins our existing Eugene office to provide engineering consulting services to Oregon and will allow us to better serve existing and new Pacific Northwest clients. The Lake Oswego office specializes in infrastructure, water treatment, and water resource planning and design, and it will expand our service offerings in owner’s advisory and design build management services in Oregon.


Corie Peterson, PE Joins West Yost Associates
New Portland Area Office

4.21.16 – Corie Peterson, PE, has rejoined West Yost Associates as a Principal Engineer in our new Portland area office. Corie’s 17 years of experience in water and wastewater engineering in Oregon will help West Yost re-establish a significant base of water professionals in the Pacific Northwest. Her engineering, project management and leadership skills will result in the exceptional client service, high quality of work products and attention to detail that makes West Yost a top water firm.


West Yost Associates is a New Member of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

4.28.16 – The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) is a nonprofit organization focused on developing and maintaining a sustainability rating system for all civil infrastructure. ISI serves as a community hub for organizations and individuals involved in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of infrastructure. ISI also provides Envision at no cost to the infrastructure community and trains individuals in its use, after which they can earn the ENV SP credential. ISI also offers a project verification and award program.


Award Winning Project
2016 CMAA Northern California Project Achievement Award

5.1.16 – The Construction Management Association of America Northern California Chapter (CMAA NC Chapter) has announced West Yost Associates’ Construction Management Project for the City of Modesto’s Phase 2 Biological Nutrient Removal / Tertiary Treatment Project as the 2016 recipient of the Project Achievement Award for a public works project with a construction value greater than $25 million.


West Yost Selected for Stanislaus Regional Water Authority Program
Program Management for Regional Water Supply

4.13.16 – West Yost was selected to assist the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority (SRWA) in defining their regional water supply program. West Yost will work with the SRWA’s Technical Advisory Committee to provide Program Management services to guide and inform the SRWA Board as they decide how to move forward with detailed design and construction of a regional surface water supply project. The project could include a new surface water treatment plant to diversify and bolster water supplies for the cities of Ceres and Turlock.

Trenchless construction using horizontal directional drilling (HDD) was specified for construction of the majority of the private laterals due to limited access and to minimize property damage.

Awards: Newark Backyard Sanitary Sewer Relocation Project
3rd Place from CWEA for Statewide Engineering Achievement Awards

West Yost received the third place statewide ranking for Engineering Achievement for the Newark Backyard Sanitary Sewer Relocation Project. The design included relocation of existing sewer mains in the Newark Flat Top residential area to address structural deficiencies, maintenance issues, and system reliability. Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) was used to reroute private laterals from the backyard towards existing sewer mains located in the front streets. A low impact design approach combined with effective public outreach by the West Yost team resulted in very few complaints.