George Jurica Awarded ASCE OC Lifetime Achievement Award

On February 27, Cannon’s very own George Jurica, PE was awarded with the American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County Branch with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Due to a previously scheduled trip, George was unable to attend the awards ceremony so his daughter, Marina Jurica-Preston, and son, Gregory Jurica, accepted the award on his behalf. The linked video was shown during the ceremony and provides a little history about George’s storied career.

With more than 45 years of experience providing thoughtful engineering solutions to clients throughout Southern California, George has certainly earned this honored award. During his professional career, he began PENCO Engineering which recently merged with Cannon; worked on notable projects such as Downtown Disney Entertainment Center, Port of Long Beach Improvements, the Platinum Triangle Development in Anaheim, Link Union Station in Los Angeles, and the Regional Fire Operations and Training Center in Irvine.

He is a very active member and Board Member of various professional organizations including APWA-SoCal and ASCE-OC. Adding to his most recent Lifetime Achievement Award, George has received several others throughout his professional career including, 2013 Private Sector Leader of the Year for APWA – SoCal; 2003 Private Sector Engineer of the Year for ASCE-LA; 2003 Distinguished Engineer of the Year for the OC Engineering Council; and 2001 Civil Engineer of the Year ASCE-OC.  

Cannon’s Response to COVID-19

As concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to escalate, we want our community members and clients to know we are committed to maintaining our high standard of work efforts. We understand this is a dynamic and difficult situation, and we are all in this together.

Our goal is to keep communication open, projects and business running smoothly, and to continue to meet deadlines.  

Because we have several offices on the West Coast, we are adept at working remotely. Years ago, we implemented firmwide video conferencing technology and have experience with several online platforms. We are maintaining project output and staying connected through these platforms.

We are taking action to minimize the risk of contributing to the spread of the coronavirus. We’re focused on safeguarding the health of our employees, their families, our valued clients, and local communities.  

Valentine’s fundraiser spreads global love

San Luis Obispo – February 18, 2020 – For the eighth year in a row, volunteers and local businesses such as Popolo Catering and Lucy’s Coffee participated with Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign to serve up a hearty Valentine’s-themed pancake breakfast. This sweet start to the morning was hosted in an effort to raise funds and awareness to help end the global water crisis.

 “This was our best Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser so far,” announced Liz Moody, one of the founders and Chair of the Well Worth It Campaign. “2020 marks the tenth anniversary since we started the Campaign. Seeing how the community came together to help raise $1,800 towards clean water projects was truly inspiring!”

Popolo’s Catering and Lucy’s Coffee generously donated the food and coffee for the event, while employees and local community members volunteered to set up and serve at the fundraising event.

Beyond raising funds for clean water projects in developing countries, the event provides an opportunity for neighbors to meet in a fun and festive environment while learning more about water scarcity and how to help end the global water crisis.

If you would like to volunteer at the next fundraising event or learn more about how you can help end the global water crisis, reach out to Liz Moody at [email protected].

More about Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign:
Since the inception of Well Worth It in 2010, Cannon has helped raised more than $140,000 to build more than 20 wells and fund a drilling rig. The firm has partnered with the organization “charity: water” to help serve more than 5,000 people with safe, clean drinking water.

Clean water gives children in developing nations the opportunity to attend school and get an education. With education, communities can raise strong leaders, making it possible to break the cycle of poverty and allow future generations to improve their quality of life.

SPE Donation to 5Cities Homeless Coalition

As a long-time member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Cannon proudly facilitated SPE’s Annual Golf Tournament Benefit for the 31st year. As an organization whose mission it is to bring technical knowledge about oil and gas resources, SPE has a lengthy history of assisting local nonprofits that helps benefit our local communities. This year, proceeds went to help support the 5Cities Homeless Coalition (5CHC) program which specializes in providing resources, support, and hope to those in need throughout Southern SLO County.

5CHC is a nonprofit program that aids in homelessness prevention through addressing how a lack of financial stability can have a life-changing impact on safety, health, education, and can lead to multi-generational homelessness. The services and programs offer intensive case management services that help empower clients to take control of finances through deposit and rental assistance. In addition, individuals and children are helped with the immediate needs, benefits advocacy, housing and other supportive services.

SPE’s golf tournament fundraiser raised $500 dollars to go towards 5CHC programs such as Rapid Rehousing, Eviction Prevention, unaccompanied Youth Mentoring and Outreach, and Supportive Services for Veteran Families. Cannon is proud to partner with SPE in contributing to this worthy cause.

Cannon Sponsors Cal Poly Civil and Environmental Industrial Program

Cannon is excited to announce an expanded effort in supporting the next generation of Cal Poly Engineers. After a three-year sponsorship of the Cal Poly Water Lab, Cannon has increased their commitment with Cal Poly’s Civil and Environmental Industrial College as Platinum-level partners.

Since 2017, Cannon has been a proud sponsor of the Cal Poly College of Engineering Water Resources Laboratory, also known as the Hydraulics Laboratory. Used as a teaching lab for both graduate and undergraduate engineering students, the Lab offers equipment to instruct in hydraulic theory.

As a multi-discipline engineering firm, Cannon engineers are working on hydraulic projects that range from recycled water, water supply, watershed management, and construction management of water-related structures. Students can “learn by doing” with the help of real-world engineers as they explore the principles and applications of weir and pipe flow measurement, atmospheric discharge, rainfall-runoff simulation and hydrograph models.

As many of Cannon’s engineers are Cal Poly alumni, this five-year funding partnership offers Cannon the opportunity to give back in a big way. Aiding students in research, instructional materials, competitions, and projects provides opportunity for Cannon to build community relationships and provide guidance to future engineers.