Rodney L. Wilburn, Jr.

PE, Vice President of Engineering

Mr. Wilburn has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader, delivering well-managed design and engineering projects. He has a proven ability to plan, manage, and oversee activities and operations of design and engineering projects. Mr. Wilburn has a deep understanding of individual roles on a civil engineering design team through advancement from a planner, developer, assistant engineer, registered civil engineer, project manager, to a Public Works Director. His achievements include planning, preliminary design, development of bid documents, and construction management for water, wastewater, water resources, and related infrastructure projects.

Areas of Expertise

Public Works Engineering

Technical Project Management

Design

Contractor Negotiation

Water Resources

Stormwater Management

Roads

Water Storage and Distribution

Hydraulics

Construction Management

Drainage

Residential

Wastewater and Sewer Design

Education

Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Resources Engineering, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

Registrations and Certifications

Registered Civil Engineer, State of California, No. 69388

SWPPP Developer (QSD)

SWPPP Practitioner (QSP)

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Humboldt Street & Vicinity Rehabilitation Project, Phase I – City of Willits, California.

Contracted to perform construction management and provide construction inspection services. The construction contract was $485,822 and the final construction cost was $486,085.98.

Humboldt Street & Vicinity Rehabilitation Project, Phase I – City of Willits, California.

Contracted to perform hydrology and hydraulic analysis of proposed storm drain system. He also reviewed improvement plans and technical specifications.

Main Street Water Main Project, Phase II – City of Willits, California.

Contracted to perform water system analysis and preliminary engineering for the project with an estimated construction cost of $2.2 million.

Encroachment Permit Plan Review – City of Willits, California.

Review of plan submittals, drainage studies, and inspection of improvements within the City of Willits right-of-way.

Sherwood Road Rehabilitation Project – City of Willits, California.

Contracted to complete engineering design, plans, technical specifications, and provide construction management and daily inspection services.

West Commercial Street Rehabilitation Project – City of Willits, California.

Contracted as design engineer and assisted with technical specifications and engineer’s estimate. Mr. Wilburn also provided bidding support services.

Van Lane & Vicinity Storm Drain Project – City of Willits, California.

Contracted as design engineer and assisted with technical specifications and engineer’s estimate. Mr. Wilburn performed hydrology and hydraulic calculations for the proposed storm drain system.

Central Street Rehabilitation Project – City of Willits, California.

Contracted as design engineer and assisting with technical specifications and engineer’s

Humboldt Street Rehabilitation Project Phase II, City of Willits, California.

As the Public Works Director, Mr. Wilburn was responsible for overseeing the project and making the final decisions with respect to the pavement section, sidewalk construction, and ADA facilities. The project was a local street in a busy part of downtown Willits with a mix of residential, commercial and public properties. The City of Willits City Hall and historic Carnegie Library were located on the northern end of the project and the U.S. Post Office was at the southern end of the project. The scope of work for the project included complete repair of the failing pavement and sidewalk for about 1,100 feet of the roadway with right-of-widths that varied from 40-feet on the south end to 60-feet on the north end. Mr. Wilburn’s final decision was to grind the top 3 inches of the existing paving, put down pavement reinforcement fabric and repaving the street with 3 to 5 inches of new asphalt. After reviewing the condition of the existing sidewalk, Mr. Wilburn made the determination that it wouldn’t be a successful project without replacing the entire sidewalk on both sides of the roadway. ADA ramps were installed at the corners as necessary and the pavement at two of the intersections was raised to eliminate the need for those corner ramps, which also eliminated conflicts with utilities and the need for easements on private property. The construction was sequenced to minimize the impacts to the affected businesses to the greatest extent possible and provide residents with access to their property. There was consistent and ongoing communication with both residents and businesses that was a big factor in the success of this project.

Willits Main Street Relinquishment Project, City of Willits, California.

As the Public Works Director and now as a consultant, Mr. Wilburn has been working with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on behalf of the of the City of Willits to ensure that the Main Street Relinquishment Project benefits the City of Willits residents to the greatest extent possible. The project consists of approximately 1.5 miles of Main Street (U.S. Highway 101) that Caltrans has agreed to bring to a state of good repair prior to relinquishing that section to the City of Willits. The construction and actual relinquishment will take place following the Highway 101 Willits Bypass Project, which is scheduled for completion in November of 2016. Caltrans currently has $3.44 million budgeted for this portion of the project.

Willits Main Street Corridor Enhancement Planning Project, City of Willits, California.

In 2015, the City of Willits was awarded a grant in the amount of $164,000 through the Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program. Mr. Wilburn represented the City of Willits at countless meetings with Caltrans, other city staff, planning consultants, downtown business people, and other community stakeholders to discuss how post-bypass Willits should look. Mr. Wilburn’s focus was to ensure that the improvements to the pavement section, sidewalk and ADA facilities, and the storm drain infrastructure were adequate to ensure a reasonable design life. He was the technical representative for the City of Willits that understood the impacts on city maintenance crew resources if the relinquished section of roadway needed extensive maintenance in the near future.

Central Street Rehabilitation Project, City of Willits, California.

Mr. Wilburn worked as a consultant directly with City of Willits staff on the design and management of this project. He performed hydrology and hydraulic calculations to size the drainage facilities. He assisted city staff with an overall design of the roadway section, sidewalk construction, and ADA facilities. The project included approximately 1,200 feet of a local collector being repaved and new sidewalk being constructed on both sides of the road. The street is a local bypass of Main Street and the properties along the roadway included both commercial and private ownership. At the southern end of the project is Safeway, which is the most used supermarket in town.

West Commercial Street Rehabilitation Project, City of Willits, California.

Mr. Wilburn worked as a consultant directly with City of Willits staff on the design and management of this project. He assisted city staff with an overall design of the roadway section, sidewalk construction, and ADA facilities. He was also contracted to provide bidding support services and assisted with construction management as needed. 

The project included approximately 1,000 feet of an arterial roadway being repaved and new sidewalk being constructed on both sides of the road. The ADA facilities included raised crosswalks in two directions at one of the intersections to avoid utility conflicts and private property encroachments.

Sherwood Road Rehabilitation Project, City of Willits, California.

Mr. Wilburn worked as a consultant for the City of Willits and prepared plans for a dig-out and crack-seal project for approximately 1,800 feet of arterial roadway. This portion of Sherwood Road was sandwiched between a small portion of the road owned by Caltrans and the remainder of the road that is owned the County of Mendocino. The road is the only access to the Brooktrails Township, which is home to over 4,000 residents. Mr. Wilburn prepared the plans and specifications, provided bidding support services, was responsible for construction management and observation, and helped the city close out the project.

Madden Lane Extension Project, City of Willits, California.

As an Assistant Engineer for the firm contracted for City Engineering services, Mr. Wilburn was responsible for designing and drafting the roadway and utility improvement plans for this project that included the rehabilitation of approximately 500 feet of the existing roadway and 180-feet of new roadway. The roadway extended Madden Lane to East Commercial Street and created a new intersection. 

East Commercial Street Rehabilitation Project, City of Willits, California.

As an Assistant Engineer for the firm contracted for City Engineering services, Mr. Wilburn was involved in the topographic survey, design, construction management, daily construction observation and construction staking. He worked on responses to Requests for Information during the bidding phase and assisted in negotiations of change orders during construction. He prepared daily construction reports and helped process progress payment requests from the contractor. The project included the rehabilitation of approximately 1,700 feet of a major arterial roadway, the construction of a new 1-acre parking lot for the baseball and soccer fields, new parking in front of the Mendocino County Library and Mendocino County Museum, new sidewalk, new ADA facilities including corner ramps and mid-block ramps, a new concrete walkway through the City of Willits Recreation Grove Park, new landscape strips to separate the parking areas from the roadway and major drainage improvements. 

Baechtel Road Rehabilitation Project, City of Willits, California.

As an Assistant Engineer for the firm contracted for City Engineering services, Mr. Wilburn was involved in the boundary survey, topographic survey, design, plan preparation, specifications, construction management, daily construction observation and construction staking. He worked on responses to Requests for Information during the bidding phase and assisted in negotiations of change orders during construction. He prepared daily construction reports and helped process progress payment requests from the contractor. The primary goal of the project was to improve 4,800 feet of badly deteriorated roadway that was once part of U.S. Highway 101. In addition to the roadway improvement, the project incorporated 2,400 feet of new sidewalk along one side of the roadway to connect the Main Street sidewalk with the Senior Center and senior housing on Baechtel Road.

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