Frankie Vigil, APR Joins the Lumos & Associates Team

Lumos is pleased to welcome Frankie Vigil to our team. Frankie brings her decades plus experience to Lumos as business development manager. In her new role, she will play an integral part in helping us achieve our business goals.

“I am excited to join the dynamic team at Lumos & Associates,” Frankie said. “I had the pleasure of working with Lumos & Associates to implement a comprehensive public involvement and outreach plan for the South Truckee Meadows General Improvement District — and have experienced firsthand the knowledge and professionalism of Lumos team.”

For 15 plus years Frankie has worked in strategic communications, public involvement and development for various industries including utilities, water resources and non-profit organizations. An active member of Public Relations Society of America, Frankie earned the distinction of Accredited Public Relations practitioner in 2007.

Knee Deep With TMWA

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As we all tend to do, we get all wrapped up in one of our projects for weeks or months on end and then we’re off to the next one. There is a great sense of pride and accomplishment in completing a successful project and a great sense of anticipation to begin a new one. For the early part of the construction season, the Construction group has been knee deep in Truckee Meadows Water Authority’s (TMWA’s) North Valley’s Integration, Lemmon Drive Main Installation Project and we expect to wrap up this job in the next month or so.

The main focus of the North Valleys Integration Project is to provide nearly 28,000 linear feet for a 24-inch ductile iron water main to provide water from the previously unused Fish Springs groundwater supply to the North Valleys area, creating an independent water supply for this portion of TMWA’s system. Additionally, the completed project will help TMWA stretch their drought reserves and deliver 8,000 acre-feet of water each year.

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Lumos was hired by TMWA to provide complete Construction Management Services on this $9.1 million dollar construction project. We teamed with TMWA’s inspectors to provide the primary inspection on the pipe installation, while Lumos provided coordination and oversight. Rounding out the team was TMWA’s Juan Esparza, Principle Engineer; Prime Contractor Granite Construction and Underground Subcontractor Reno Tahoe Construction.

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With the main line being installed within Lemmon Valley Drive, the public relations and traffic control aspects of the project were paramount. Especially between the US-395 Interchange and the Sky Vista Intersection which has an average daily traffic in excess of 28,000 vehicles and numerous commercial developments – the project team was able to effectively communicate lane closures, alternate business accesses and the effect of construction activities.

Finally, the coordination between multiple agencies/jurisdictions proved to also be a key element of the project. These included TMWA, City of Reno, Washoe County, NDOT, NDEP, and EPA – the project team also did an exceptional job in communicating with all these different agencies.

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A Long Time Coming for Vista Grande

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[ Written by: Tim Russell, P.E., W.R.S., Group Manager, Engineering Division, Lumos & Associates ]

Vista Grande Blvd serves as the main thoroughfare for the western half of the Indian Hills General Improvement District (IHGID). However, this road historically was not IHGID’s to maintain in its entirety. Through a quirk of the creation of the District and old politics, the central portion of Vista Grande was Douglas County’s responsibility to maintain. Before the projects completion, you could tell which sections of the road were Douglas County’s and which were IHGID’s by looking to see if there was sidewalk and curbing (only in the IHGID sections). After a failed attempt about 15 years ago to fix the County portion of the road with County funds an effort by IHGID and Douglas County Public Works succeeded in allocating Douglas County Redevelopment Funds to create the road we have today. As part of the funding agreement, IHGID is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of Vista Grande in its entirety.

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Lumos provided design services that included geotechnical investigation, improvement plans and specifications, and construction management/inspection for the reconstruction project that included pulverizing of the existing asphalt and base, and placement of hot mix asphalt on Vista Grande Blvd between Peridot Ct. and Amador Ct. (approximately 2600 linear feet).

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In addition to the road reconstruction, and in many ways the more important part of the project, was the installation of new curb, gutter, sidewalk, ADA corner ramps, striping, signage, and flashing crosswalk notification near James Lee Park. The project includes an ADA accessible route through the center of Indian Hills GID from Mica Drive to James Lee Park where historically pedestrians have had to walk in the dirt or the street.

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