Cannon’s 12th Annual Well Worth It Drive-Thru BBQ: A Smokin’ Success!

For the twelfth year running, Cannon hosted their Well Worth It Drive-Thru BBQ in the last week of July to raise awareness and funds for the global water crisis.

This year’s Drive-Thru BBQ raised a successful $8,500 to be directly donated to clean water infrastructure projects through Cannon’s charitable partner, charity: water. In total, 250 tri-tip dinners were sold, 30 donations were made to local families in need through a partnership with CAPSLO, and an additional 30 were donated to local veterans in partnership with the Vet Center.

As a result of the $8,500 raised, 240 people will get access to clean, safe water. Cannon thanks all the participants who made the event possible and those who purchased a dinner. To donate directly to the charitable campaign, donations are still being collected on the charity: water website.

Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign began in 2010. Since then, more than $170,000 has been raised for clean water projects. For more information about Cannon’s Well Worth It campaign, or to learn more about the water crisis, click here.

Cannon Ranks in Top 30 Central Coast Best Places to Work, Second Year Running

For the second year running, the Pacific Coast Business Times has recognized Cannon as one of the best places to work in the Central Coast Tri-Counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

Cannon ranked among top businesses from Ventura to Paso Robles as one of the best firms with 35 employees or more. Each year, the publication reaches out to employees with a survey to collect nominations and determine the region’s best employers. Only individuals employed by the organization and based in the region may submit, and each employee is limited to one survey submission. The survey measured key factors, such as company adaptivity, leadership strategies, and whether employees feel valued in their positions.

This year, Cannon was highlighted in a special feature in the journal, titled Creating room for employees to care for themselves, family. The publication explored three employees’ experiences working at Cannon: Adrienne Bettencourt, Dinesh Peeramsetty, and Sandy Hodge. It also captured a quote from President, Mike Cannon, stating “the one thing [I have] taken the most pride in for [my] employees is being infinitely reliable. When I say I’m going to be somewhere, I am there. When I say we’re starting a meeting at a certain time, I start the meeting. When I say I’m going to show up or do something, I do it. Leadership is by example.”

Cannon participated in the ceremony that took place at Santa Barbara Zoo on June 21st, 2022, to accept the award. Chief Financial Officer, Bruce Ray, said a few words: “On behalf of Cannon, I want to thank you all for this award. We really appreciate it, and we’re thrilled to be part of the Pacific Coast Business Times Best Places to Work award. I’ve been working at Cannon for almost seven years now, and I can say that it’s a great company, and the employees love working there. Cannon not only provides reliable responsive engineering solutions to all of our clients but is also a great place to work and has an amazing staff.”

Cannon Ranks in Top 30 Best Places to Work

The Pacific Coast Business Times recently recognized Cannon as one of the best places to work in the Central Coast of California. Pacific Coast Business Times is a weekly business journal of record serving Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties.

Cannon ranked among top businesses in the Tri Counties from Ventura to Paso Robles as one of the best firms with 35 employees or more. Each year, the publication reaches out to employees with a survey to collect nominations and determine the region’s best employers. Only individuals employed by the organization and based in the region may submit, and employees are limited to one survey submission.

To read the issue and see the full ranking, check out the web publication here.

Cannon’s President, Mike Cannon, had this to say about the company’s achievement: “I am so proud of this team. It is uplifting to see so many share such positivity about their teammates. It also speaks volumes that they took the time to participate in this program. We appreciate that the Pacific Coast Business Times puts this program together to give voice to employees – recognizing companies who make it a priority to build and invest in great culture and workplaces.”

The survey measured key factors, such as how effectively companies adapted to COVID-19 operations, their leadership strategies, and whether employees felt valued in their positions. A few employees shared what they enjoy most about working at Cannon with us:

“We’ve got a great group of talented people. And when you can take that group of people and use those talents to help our clients achieve their goals, it makes our job that much more enjoyable and worthwhile.”

“My favorite part about working at Cannon is the breadth of engineering knowledge at my disposal.”

“The variety of project types, opportunities to grow, and being part of such a large and diverse team.”

From movie nights and sunset hikes to the Cannon Coasters biking the length of the California Coastline, Cannon has made it a priority to engage their employees in team building. This year, as Cannon celebrates 45 years in business, they are also celebrating the people who contribute to Cannon’s status as a best place to work on the Central Coast. Thank you for participating in the survey!

APWA Honors City of Pismo Beach for New Pismo Beach Plaza

Every year in Spring, the Central Coast chapter of the American Public Works Association announces both their Project of the Year Awards and Professional of the Year Awards. This year, the City of Pismo Beach was honored with a Project of the Year award for the newly installed Pismo Beach Pier Plaza project. Cannon’s team led the materials testing, office engineering services, funding administration, and the construction management and inspection for this keystone project.

The recently constructed Pismo Beach Plaza project transformed the base of the historic Pismo Beach Pier into an attractive and functional public space, housing the new pedestrian plaza and parking lot. Upgrades included lighting along the perimeter seawall; cast-in-place concrete seating with decorative formwork and tile inlays of ocean scenes; showers and restrooms; colorful low impact development (LID) pavers; storm drain and sewer system improvements; and underground storm water detention storage and infiltration. A new parking lot, beach access structure, and a playground were also featured. The most striking addition to the plaza might be the free-standing “Pismo Beach” sign, an illuminated art installation with fiber glass letters, standing over 6 feet tall.

The completed Pismo Plaza has quickly become an iconic destination for tourists and locals alike. Charlie Gray, who acted as Cannon’s resident engineer on the project, had this to say: “I would like to thank Earth Systems Pacific and SWCA for assisting Cannon with the Materials Testing and Archaeological Monitoring on this project, and the City of Pismo Beach with trusting us with such an important project for them. I would especially like to thank Christine Kahn, our lead Construction Inspector for the project who was onsite everyday making sure the work was constructed per plan.” Congratulations to the City of Pismo Beach for this great success!

Anaheim’s New Stormwater System Becomes Award-Winning Project

Modjeska Park Underground Stormwater Detention and Infiltration System Project in Anaheim, CA, designed by Cannon of San Luis Obispo, CA, was recently honored two awards for its beneficial public contribution and engineering excellence.  

It was announced in November that the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Southern California Chapter named the system Project of the Year in its category. Additionally, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) selected Cannon to receive an Honor Award for their annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition, to be celebrated at their virtual gala on February 4th, 2021.  

This state-of-the-art underground system solves local flooding issues for the residents of Anaheim by diverting and treating up to 182 acre-feet of urban runoff per year. The system is located underneath a 37,000 square-foot parking lot in Modjeska Park. As part of Orange County’s Stormwater Resource Plan, the modular concrete system also protects regional water quality by collecting, treating, and infiltrating urban runoff, thereby recharging the groundwater supply. The finished project is engineered with drywells which draw water to deeper, more favorable soils, facilitating groundwater recharge. It also features a custom-designed pre-treatment system with a trash capture device to prevent clogging. The beautified parking lot was refinished with permeable, interlocking concrete pavers to enhance water conveyance to the system, and upgraded to increase accessibility for those with disabilities. 

“This project has some unique features that aren’t just off the shelf. The custom-design was a group effort by Cannon, GHD, and the City of Anaheim,” said Gary Solsona, Cannon’s Project Manager and Principal Civil Engineer. “The main issue was an undersized storm drain, and the conventional fix would be a larger pipe. Our underground system is more environmentally sensitive and addresses water quality, recharge, and overall sustainability. I’m excited to see the difference it makes during the next large storm event.” 

The new system prevents flooding and damage to the roadway infrastructure and homeowners’ properties during storm events. By infiltrating the runoff, pollutants are naturally filtered into the soil, which replenishes the water table and reduces marine pollution. The underground structure does not impede park use or future park development. 

“It feels awesome to be recognized for our team’s dedication and hard work,” said Solsona. “I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished. A strong client, strong engineers, and strong construction manager all lead to a great project success.”