The Pismo Pier Overhaul Is Complete

The Pismo Pier Overhaul Is Complete — Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

November 7, 2018
After being closed for 18 months while undergoing a full rehabilitation, the popular Pismo Pier has finally reopened. Locals and visitors alike are excited to once again enjoy the historic city landmark, whose major facelift was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

Cannon is proud of our long partnership with the City of Pismo Beach and we were thrilled to provide construction management, inspection, and funding administration services for this $8.8 million overhaul. The multi-year project began in March 2017 and was concluded by October 2018, seven months ahead of schedule and below the initial budget.

“We’re grateful for the team at Cannon who helped make this special project a success,” said Patrick Riddell, Cannon’s Construction Management Division Manager. “We’re especially thankful for the contributions of Charlie Gray, our on-site Construction Manager, who was instrumental in driving this complex rehabilitation across the finish line.”

Hosting just under one million visitors each year from all around the world, the Pismo Pier is an iconic symbol of classic California culture — but it was overdue for a renovation.

Originally built in its current location in 1924, the Pier has taken on its share of damage over the years. Major storms damaged the south side of the pier’s sea wall very early in its existence, slicing off a 500-foot stretch at the end of the pier that was never replaced. Another storm wreaked havoc in 1983, forcing a rebuild in 1985-1986 which resulted in the current — and much-loved — four-diamond layout.

The 2017-2018 rehabilitation project was carefully planned to preserve the pier’s existing configuration and footprint while making several improvements, including structural repairs and installation of updated decking, information boards, public art, and utilities running the length of the structure to facilitate more events. The renovated structure extends for over 1,200 feet, making it the 18th longest pier in California.

The freshly updated Pismo Pier was unveiled to the public on October 20th as part of the 72nd annual Clam Festival. Thousands of people turned out to enjoy the celebratory event and get a first-hand look at the renovations. The team at Cannon is honored to be included on a new plaque which commemorates the pier and its importance in the community.

Laurel Lane Improvements

October 16, 2018 05:58 PM

Parents and children heading to school or Sinsheimer Park in San Luis Obispo’s Laurel Lane area will have safer streets to walk and bike on with the recent completion of safety improvements, according to city officials.

Wider sidewalks, reduced street crossing distances for pedestrians and new crosswalks designed with higher visibility for drivers are part of a $2.5 million upgrade — of which $2.1 million has already been spent, San Luis Obispo officials said.

2015 Traffic Safety Report ranked the intersection at Laurel and Southwood Drive among the most dangerous for vehicle collisions with pedestrians on city-maintained streets. In a 2016 report, no Laurel Lane intersections rose to the same level of concern.

More than 180 people cross Laurel Lane every day, including children and parents making their way to and from Sinsheimer Elementary School and Sinsheimer Park, as well as seniors and those using the community garden and local marketplace.

The completed street improvements included widening the sidewalk at two intersections: Laurel Lane and Augusta Street, and Laurel Lane and Southwood Drive.

Crews removed a driving lane in each direction of Laurel Lane, but added a center turn lane. About 30 on-street parking spaces were added as well, with more space available from the driving lane reductions.

 “These types of projects (going from four lanes to one in each direction) often result in reduced vehicle speeds along a corridor,” said Jennifer Rice, a city transportation planner and engineer. “The city will continue to monitor Laurel Lane over the next several months to see if this is the case.”

“If so,” she added, “the posted speed limit could be reduced as well (as allowed by the California Vehicle Code) further promoting a safe neighborhood corridor.”

Additional work included striping improvements for pedestrian enhancements to the crosswalk on Augusta Street and Sinsheimer Elementary, buffered bike lanes on Southwood Drive and shared lane markings on Augusta and Victoria streets. The project also included 557,879 square feet of sealing neighborhood streets, Rice said.

Only minor improvements remain, including replacing some signage, city officials said.

In June, the City Council approved the $2.5 million Laurel Lane Complete Streets and Roadway Maintenance Sealing project, with major funding coming from the Local Revenue Measure (Measure G).

The Laurel Lane project drew criticism from mayoral candidate T. Keith Gurnee, who believes the City Council should have allocated at least some of the money to dredging Laguna Lake instead. The council reallocated about $200,000 from its Laguna Lake dredging funding pot to spend on the Laurel Lane project.

But Mayor HeidiHarmon, who’s running for re-election, has defended the project. She identifiedmultimodal transportation — including bicycling and walking — as a major city goal to help reduce vehicletraffic and carbon emissions from cars in alignment with the council’s 2035 working target for carbonneutrality, an overall goal to achieve a zero carbon footprint

Grillin’ for Good!

San Luis Obispo, California, July 31, 2018 – For the eighth year in a row, a team of co-workers, friends, and neighbors, spent the day grilling tri-tip, buttering bread, and scooping beans all in an effort to raise money to help provide access to clean water for those without. Under the campaign name of “Well Worth It” the team raised $9,000 that will go toward clean water projects in cities around the globe including Mozambique, Niger, and Bangladesh. In addition to funding clean water projects, this unique fundraiser also provided donated BBQ dinners to 75 local families and veterans.

Through a partnership with CAPSLO and the Vets Center, Well Worth It supporters were able to buy a dinner for themselves as well as donate dinners to a local family or veteran. Since the Well Worth It Drive-Thru BBQ began, more than 375 dinners have been donated.

Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign began in 2010 in an effort to raise awareness and funds to provide access to clean water to men, women, and children around the globe who lack access to clean drinking water. To date, the team and community have raised more than $118,000 in funds and have built over 20 wells in villages throughout Africa and Asia.

Cannon would like to thank everyone who contributed to this year’s BBQ. Individuals volunteered their time and businesses throughout SLO County contributed goods and services to this global and local cause. In particular, the Drive-Thru BBQ was made possible in part by Popolo Catering for beans at cost, Grocery Outlet of SLO for discounted salad, CRS for printing services, and countless local companies who purchased dinners for their employees.

The Well Worth It Drive-Thru BBQ is an annual event hosted by Cannon, a multidiscipline engineering firm located in San Luis Obispo. Contact Cannon if you’d like to join our future events, volunteer, or wish to make a donation directly to the cause. Let us know and we can sign you up!

To see some of the completed wells funded through the Well Worth It Campaign, please check out our website here.

Cannon Merges with a SoCal Engineering and Survey Company

Irvine, CA – Cannon Corporation, a full-service engineering consulting firm, announced that it has merged with PENCO Engineering (PENCO), a civil engineering, land development, planning, and surveying firm with offices in Irvine and Corona, California. Founded in 1988 by George Jurica in Santa Ana, California, PENCO has worked on an array of projects for important clients like Disney, Irvine Company and Los Angeles Department of Public Works.

With this merger, the company expands their ability to serve more clients in Southern California.  They have offices in eight locations including Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, Corona, Irvine, Ontario, Santa Barbara, California and Issaquah, Washington.

When asked about the recent merger, Cannon’s president Michael Cannon shared, “PENCO Engineering has provided reliable solutions to clients in development and public infrastructure for 30 years. When combined with Cannon’s four decades of serving clients in transportation, land development, water and wastewater, energy and industrial sectors, Cannon’s ability to provide Reliable Responsive Solutions continues to expand throughout California and the western United States.”

Find out more about the offerings by both Cannon and PENCO by visiting their respective websites: and

Grilling Tri-tip for Water Wells

San Luis Obispo, California, July 7, 2018 – Once again, Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign – a charitable effort to build clean water projects for villages around the world – is grilling up tri-tip dinners to raise funds to build new water wells for those in need. This is Cannon’s eighth annual “Well Worth It Drive-Thru BBQ” and is a greatly anticipated event every year. The Drive-Thru BBQ takes place on July 31, 2018 at 1050 Southwood Drive in San Luis Obispo and runs from 4:00-6:00pm.

By purchasing a $45 ticket, participants not only provide clean water to a developing community, but they also receive a whole barbequed tri-tip, beans, bread, and salad to feed 4-5 people. Fortunately, you don’t have to live or work in SLO to participate in the fun; deliveries are available from Paso Robles to Santa Maria—just let us know when you make your purchase!

If barbecue isn’t your thing, but helping others is, we are partnering with CAPSLO and the Vets Center to donate dinners to local families and veterans in need. When purchasing a dinner, just let us know and we’ll take care of the rest. In the past, Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign has provided dinners to more than 225 local families and veterans. That means your donations have benefited both the local community and our global neighbors!

Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign began in 2010 as a proactive response to learning about the global water crisis. As engineers, planners, and surveyors, we thrive on finding solutions to problems, and Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign is our platform to raise awareness and funds to provide clean drinkable water to some of the world’s poorest communities. To date, the Campaign has raised more than $118,000 in funds and has built over 24 wells in places throughout Africa and Asia.

Care to volunteer or wish to make a donation directly to the cause? Let us know and we can sign you up!

Tickets can be purchased any number of ways: online at , calling 805.544.7407, or via email [email protected]. Any questions or comments can be directed to Liz Moody.