Come Hell or Highwater Award Winners for August & September

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McMillen Jacobs Water Resource Division is proud to announce our Come Hell or Highwater Winners for August and September. We’re proud to recognize two outstanding individuals who represent the best at McMillen Jacobs and that have demonstrated what it means to get the job done…Come Hell or Highwater!

Kevin Jensen – August

Bad news for this person as he loves the word yes.  Good news for McMillen Jacobs and our clients he loves the word yes.  Kevin Jensen has been with McMillen Jacobs since 2010. He is currently the lead engineer on the Potter Valley relicensing effort looking at dam removal and fish passage in California, assisting on the Packwood Relicensing project in Washington, the channel restoration design lead on a Dam project in California, working on the Derby Dam Fish Passage in Nevada and Jocko Canal Fish Passage in Montana. In addition to all the technical deliverables, he is always responsive to support marketing efforts and push our fisheries and restoration program forward.   While he wasn’t able to attend the International Fish Passage Conference this past summer because of COVID, his paper on the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Idaho award-winning Fish Passage Tunnel for Midas Gold will be presented at the next conference in 2021, schedule permitting. We are fortunate to have Kevin involved in so many of our water resources projects!

Tyler Newgren – September

Tyler Newgren has been instrumental in keeping the Walla Walla Fish Hatchery Design-Build project on schedule.  He’s always the first one on-site and the last one to leave. He always catches items that would be major setbacks and finds solutions before it’s time to execute the scope of work. McMillen Jacobs construction crews recently completed the bulk of the concrete work at the hatchery project and Tyler has been providing quality control reviews on this challenging work. He’s been working above and beyond, putting in extra hours to keep the project on track for a Spring 2021 completion. He exemplifies our culture of safety by taking into consideration the working conditions and how they will affect his crew. With this summer’s forest fires and smoky conditions, Tyler was on site every day, doing what he could to carry out the project up and running, all while keeping the crew safe.  Thank you Tyler for committing to the project, Come Hell or Highwater!