Thomas Hunt joins LACO as a Senior Civil Engineer in our Ukiah office. Mr. Hunt has over 30 years of civil engineering experience in Lake and Mendocino Counties with a diverse background in engineering design and project management, commercial and residential site development, roadway and ADA design, public launch ramp and boarding float facilities, and grading and drainage. He is also skilled in erosion control, hydrology and hydraulic analysis, landslide repairs, utility infrastructure design, topographic mapping, boundary and construction surveying, residential and commercial foundation design together with a variety of miscellaneous structural design experience. Thomas has performed construction management and inspection for a wide range of projects for private and public agencies, and Native American projects including residences, commercial buildings, water treatment plant improvements, road and utility infrastructure, launch ramp facilities, and landslide repairs.
Mr. Hunt is a third generation resident of Ukiah and has a degree from Humboldt State University in Environmental Resources Engineering. Prior to attending Humboldt State University, Thomas worked for more than six years in the Land Title Insurance Industry in Mendocino County, and assisted a Title Company in Eureka for a four-month period while completing his senior project at HSU. He also earned an Associate of Arts degree from Mendocino Community College.
Thomas is licensed in Civil Engineering and Land Surveying in the State of California, holds a certificate as a Qualified Storm Water Practitioner and Developer, and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is among the first group of California Naturalists certified by the University of California. Mr. Hunt has spent 12 years mentoring young engineers in the workplace, and frequently shares information about the engineering field with college-bound students.
Outside of the workplace, Mr. Hunt enjoys competitive sailboat racing, hunting, fishing, rock collecting, and wildflower photography. He also enjoys carpentry, a talent he used to construct his own residence. Thomas, his wife, and teenage son, have frequently volunteered with Ukiah Valley Trail Group for 10 years, performing trail maintenance, trail realignment and construction, and pioneering and constructing new hiking trails around the community of Ukiah. The Hunt family has performed trail work in Low Gap Park, on various trails around Lake Mendocino, and hiking trails in Mill Creek County Park and Cow Mountain Recreational area.
Thomas also prepared an engineering plan for concrete abutments for a 60-foot long equestrian-rated bridge to aid in a trail realignment project at Lake Mendocino. He and his family contributed labor alongside other Ukiah Valley Trail Group volunteers and Army Corp of Engineers staff during the construction of the concrete footings and assembly of the pre-manufactured bridge. For the past eight years, Thomas has assisted his wife as a 4H volunteer project leader as needed.