ASCE Project of the Year


Carson City’s Downtown Streetscape Improvement Project was named the 2017 Transportation Project of the Year, by the American Society of Civil Engineers Truckee Meadows Branch. This prestigious award is judged by industry professionals, members of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.


The project spanned 14 blocks of Carson Street, created an open air plaza (McFadden Plaza), updated event power, and replaced all water, sewer, and storm utilities. Not only were utility and surface improvements desperately needed, but Carson City sought to make downtown a destination again. With this revitalization, Downtown Carson Street can now be recognized as a Complete Street.


“Complete Streets are for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk.” –

Through the hard work and dedication of the team and partners at Carson City and Q&D, the Downtown Streetscape Improvement Project was completed within budget and schedule and is an award-winning legacy project that will be enjoyed by many future generations.

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Best Places to Work

Lumos & Associates was a finalist in the 2017 Northern Nevada Best Places to Work program and event hosted by Northern Nevada Human Resources Association (NNHRA) in the Medium Business category. The Best Places to Work program was established to recognize companies and organizations in Northern Nevada who deliver an outstanding work experience.

To qualify for Best Places to Work, a certain percentage (dependent on company size) of all employees were required to fill out a 30-question survey, provided by the program. From those surveys, 90% had to be positive reviews. This collection of information was used to assist in evaluating the workplace environment. The program helps to provide employers with feedback and insight into employee engagement, leadership development, employee recognition, recruitment, manager involvement, turnover, and retention.

We are honored to make this year’s list of finalists. Our determined, energetic, and passionate employees truly make Lumos one of the best places to work!

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Reno-Sparks Indian Colony’s Water And Sewer System

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[ Written by: Craig L. Wesner, P.E., Chief Executive Officer, Lumos & Associates ]

Lumos & Associates is managing the construction of improvements to the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony’s water and sewer system. One of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony’s housing areas is located on Reservation and Colony Road in Reno. This area is bounded by I-580 to the east, Mill Street to the south, Glendale to the north and Golden Avenue to the west. The Colony purchases water from the Truckee Meadows Water Authority through two master meters, and it delivers its sewage to the City of Reno with a connection at Glendale Ave and Mill Street. Everything within the colony proper is managed and maintained by the tribes Public Works Department. The system was originally constructed in the mid-60’s and is now, after 50 years of use, begun to show signs of failure. Also, the fire flows were not adequate for the level of development that has occurred since it was installed. Lumos has worked with the Tribe on a number of projects in and around Reno, and with our experience in rehabilitating utility systems, the Tribe selected Lumos to help them with their system.

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After completing a Preliminary Engineering Report, Lumos assisted the tribe in obtaining financing for the project. Lumos also completed the design and developed the bidding documents. The project went out to bid, and Sierra Nevada Construction Inc. was the successful bidder.

The project is now under construction and progressing nicely. As with any underground project, you never know what you’re going to run into, and we were not exempt. We have encountered a few utilities that were not supposed to be there and as a result, we had to complete some fairly innovative, on the fly engineering to make sure all the new pieces could be installed correctly and operated as intended.

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The project is planned to be completed in early December. As a result, the Tribe will have a more reliable utility system capable of meeting its life and safety needs for the foreseeable future.

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