Happy New…Engineers!

With the ringing in of the New Year, we have many reasons to celebrate. For our firm, the two reasons that rise to the top of the list are the announcements of both Jeff Morgan and Ian Shoebridge obtaining their Professional Engineering licenses with the State of California! They are now the 8th and 9th licensed members of our company, making Ashley & Vance the only civil and structural engineering firm in the County with a fully licensed engineering staff. Be on the lookout for the next email or letter you receive from Ian or Jeff - it may just contain additional letters behind their...

Belmont Steaks Set for November 7th

To be clear, November 7th does not mark the day of the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing—that would be the Belmont Stakes. These "steaks" will be of the celebratory kind, in honor of the one they are named after, R. Paul Belmont, P.E. You may be asking yourself, "Why celebrate Paul Belmont? And does he really deserve a barbecue in his honor where steaks will be served?" Great questions. While the answers to those questions are varied and numerous, the main one grabbing our attention on November 7th is that he'll...

Taste and See...

Construction is nearly complete on the Tasting Room at Shale Oak Winery ! Conceived by Heidi Gibson of studio2G Architects and engineered by our very own Jordan Denio, P.E., the Tasting Room's many notable features include a full height stained glass wall, exposed steel frames, extremely tall ceilings, and a large cantilevered awning. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the building is on track to receive LEED ...

Pull up a Stool

The Santa Margarita Tavern at the corner of El Camino Real and Encina Avenue is nearing occupancy. In order to mitigate for the site’s expansive, clayey soils, project engineer Ian Shoebridge designed a mat slab foundation. Because the Tavern is being built alongside an existing structure, construction practices were considered from the outset and a full-height masonry wall was integrated into the design. CalTrans requested that the front awning be "removable" from the structure, so it will actually cantilever out over the sidewalk with a zero back span, providing cover to patrons making...

Hidden Creek Village Apartments Near Occupancy

The highly-anticipated Hidden Creek Village multi-family housing complex is nearing its date of occupancy. Working with Thom Jess of Arris Studio Architects , Truitt Vance and Chad Pruett navigated the challenging aspects required to receive City approval on a project of this magnitude. Breaking ground in August of 2010, onsite attention was critical to finding construction solutions and meeting the tight timelines set forth. Located at the corner of South River Road and Niblick Road in Paso Robles, the 83-unit complex will provide a comfortable, low-...

Ace in the Hole

In a recent golf outing, Charles Ashley & Jeff Morgan of Ashley & Vance witnessed Greg Connell of Belsher, Becker, and Roberts score a hole-in-one on the 18th green of Dairy Creek golf course. While re-telling the story and being met with incredulous looks on the faces of those Ashley & Vance employees who weren’t there to witness the accomplishment, Charles promised that documentation would be published in the SLO Tribune . The article has yet to surface, so we thought we’d give Greg some "ink"...

Windset Farms

The largest structure Ashley & Vance has completed is just a few weeks away from opening. Windset Farms has developed two greenhouses, very similar to the ones here that are 32 acres each. The buildings are constructed with aluminum, steel, and glass - lots of glass. We like it when we can measure our buildings in "acres" and not square feet. Jeff Morgan, Ian Shoebridge, and Charles Ashley teamed up with JW Design & Construction and...

The A & V Blog: Consider it Done

We at Ashley & Vance Engineering have decided to replace the neglected News section of our website with a more dynamic medium: this blog. In addition to keeping you abreast of our most exciting projects and accomplishments, we have invited all of the talented members of our team at A & V to contribute to the blog. You may find updates here about our professional conquests like passing a test or completing a unique project; or you might find interesting tidbits from the office like who just got married or A & V's last social outing. If...

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