Way to Go “Loose Cannon” SLO Triathletes!

San Luis Obispo, July 28, 2019—The City of San Luis Obispo’s Parks and Recreation Department celebrated its annual triathlon for the 40th year. Our very own “Loose Cannons” were ready with their swimsuits, bike gear, and running shoes to start the race and represent the fun, active spirit of Cannon!

The short course, designed to promote completion rather than competition, encouraged novices and experienced triathletes alike to reach their personal goals while having fun. Starting at Sinsheimer Park, the SLO triathlon consisted of a half-mile pool swim, 15-mile bike ride south along Orcutt road, and a 3.1-mile run along the Railroad Recreational Trail.

Loose Cannon triathletes worked up a sweat along the course and finished strong back at the park to take advantage of the food trucks and hydration stations. A Cannon booth was set up to greet participants behind the finish line, offering an array of swag goodies like water bottles, t-shirts, and more.

Over the last 15 years, Cannon has been a proud a proud sponsor of the SLO Tri! Supporting events such as this instills Cannon’s values of community engagement and healthy lifestyles.

Another Successful Drive-Thru BBQ!

San Luis Obispo, California, July 24, 2019 – Cannon’s 9th Annual Well Worth it Drive-Thru BBQ = Success!

On Wednesday, July 24, 2019, the grills were hot as Cannon’s Well Worth it Crew began prepping tri-tip bright and early in the morning.  The crew packed a total of 400 dinners of buttered bread, Caesar salads, smoky beans, and complete with delicious cookies. Ticket holders were thrilled to drive right in and pick up their dinners from friendly staff and volunteers.

We’d like to acknowledge the helpers who made this possible: A big shout out to Popolo Catering for helping us with a great deal on black angus tri tip and for making the scrumptious beans. And to Grocery Outlet, for providing a discounted rate on salad, we thank you! An extra big thank you to Farb’s Bakery for donating the bread, and to Cowboy Cookie, who donated 3,000 cookies for the cause!

We are pleased to share that helping others was an achievable goal for the participants of the Well Worth it Campaign: a total of 50 dinners were donated to local families and 20 dinners were donated to our community’s veterans. Way to go!

A shout out to our volunteers, local community members, Cannon employees, and the Enterprise team who helped out on the big day. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Finally, the biggest thank you to all of our participants who donated, purchased dinners, and volunteered your time for the 2019 Well Worth it BBQ Drive Thru. Your hard work and contributions were a crucial factor in Cannon’s important effort towards providing sustainable solutions for the global water crisis. Proceeds from the 2019 Well-Worth It Campaign will be going towards creating clean water projects in Asia, Africa, and around the globe.

BBQ-ing For Good

San Luis Obispo, California, July 23, 2019 – Back again for the ninth year, Cannon is heating the grill to get ready for our annual Well Worth it Campaign. This highly anticipated event is a charitable effort to raise funds for building projects that bring clean water to those in need all around the globe. The Well Worth It Drive-Thru BBQ happens on July 24, 2019 at 1050 Southwood Drive in San Luis Obispo. Be sure to purchase a ticket and drive on through from 4:00-6:00pm to pick up your dinner. Your contribution helps provide new water wells for needy communities throughout Africa and Asia.

With a purchase of A 50$ ticket, dinner includes an entire barbequed tri-tip, beans, salad, bread and Cowboy cookies. A dinner this size feeds 4-5 people, so come hungry!

Can’t make it on the big day? From Paso Robles to Santa Maria, Cannon delivery drivers are available to bring a delicious BBQ dinner straight to your door! Be sure to let us know at the time you purchase your ticket if you’d like it delivered.

Are you hungry to help others? Let us know! You can purchase a ticket to donate a dinner to local families or veterans in need through Cannon’s partnership with CAPSLO and the Veteran’s Center. In previous years, your contributions have brought meals to more than 225 local families and veterans.

Cannons Well Worth It Campaign has raised more than $120,000 in funds, helping build over 35 clean water wells all over the globe. As engineers, planners, and surveyors, it’s our job to help find solutions to problems and raise awareness about the worldwide water crisis. Cannon strives to combine our efforts to help provide drinkable water to our global neighbors.

If you’d like to be a part of the cause you can volunteer or even make a direct donation. Contact us and sign up!

Righetti Ranch Awarded “Outstanding Urban and Land Development Project” by ASCE San Luis Obispo Branch



San Luis Obispo, California, July 3, 2019 – Congratulations to Righetti Ranch for being awarded the “Outstanding Urban and Land Development Project” of the year by the ASCE San Luis Obispo Branch!

After much anticipation, the City of San Luis Obispo’s newest residential development of single-family homes—Righetti Ranch—is now officially open for purchase.

Righetti Ranch offers two different home communities, the Arroyos and the Paseos. The three-to-four-bedroom homes in each community will sit on lots that range from 4,500 to 5,500 square-feet.

As part of the Orcutt Area Specific Plan (OASP), the Righetti Ranch development includes 304 residential units, built in three phases. Phase 1 is now under construction and includes 151 single family lots. Multiple developments are included within the OASP, which will share facilities, including 14 acres of park land and 77 acres of open space. Features of the project also include a neighborhood park with tennis, basketball and pickleball courts, plus a soccer field and a playground.

A pocket park will provide a community garden, playground, picnic tables and a produce stand, while another park will feature a climbing wall and barbecue and picnic stations.

Additional amenities include bicycle and pedestrian connectivity to the Rail Road Safety trail, raised intersections for pedestrian safety, and three roundabouts.

Since 1997, Cannon has provided engineering and survey services for for the Orcutt Area Specific Plan, from the initiation of the Specific Plan to construction. Cannon’s services for the ongoing projects include entitlements, the specific plan, annexation, construction drawings, final map, and construction staking.

Cal Poly Residential Community Awarded “Outstanding Sustainable Engineering Project” by ASCE San Luis Obispo Branch


San Luis Obispo, California, July 3, 2019 – yakʔitʸutʸu, Cal Poly SLO’s First-Year Residential Community, was awarded the “Outstanding Sustainable Engineering Project” by the ASCE San Luis Obispo Branch.

yakʔitʸutʸu is a large-scale student housing project at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Translated as “Our community” in the Northern Chumash Language, yakʔitʸutʸu honors the Central Coast’s native residents. Each of the seven residence halls is named after a local tribal site in their native language all while paying tribute through art, information panels, and tribal input.

The residential community includes 696 units which total 1,475 beds, study areas, large scale living rooms for 50 students or more, outdoor courtyards and circulation routes, a mailroom, recreation center, offices, admissions welcome center, and a food market. Outdoor spaces include a large lawn with an amphitheater and a courtyard with volleyball and basketball courts, natural features, gardens, contemplative spaces, and bike paths – all designed to support new students’ engagement in the Cal Poly experience.

This LEED Gold project includes a 1.1-megawatt solar system providing net zero energy consumption, low-flow shower heads for reduced water consumption, and Low Impact Development (LID) features for increased infiltration during rain events. As part of the LEED designation effort, LID features include ample bioretention areas to increase infiltration during storm events. These areas provide a teaching lab opportunity for Civil Engineering students to see how stormwater management facilities function and operate.

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