Helping PALS in need
Cindy Cameron, Administrative Assistant Supervisor at PEC Field Services has been an animal lover her whole life. She’s a volunteer for PALS Animal Rescue. PALS is an organization of volunteers who place animals into qualified homes. Most animals are rescued from the Wichita Animal Shelter. PALS helps a limited number of animals from private individuals who, due to hardships, can no longer care for their pets. One hundred percent of all donations go towards medical expenses, supplies and advertising of PALS animals. Cameron has been a PALS volunteer since 2005. “I’ve fostered over 50 dogs in my home – not all at once!” she says.
Collecting good for a greater good
Wesley Nyberg did not hesitate when a friend asked him to volunteer at the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas (MHASCK). He jumped right in. “It sounded like a good opportunity to help the community,” says Nyberg, transportation design engineer at PEC. MHASCK is a non-profit organization that provides services such as adult case management, attendant care, senior companion program, housing, counseling and more. It has been serving the citizens of South Central Kansas since 1957. The organization’s goal is to achieve a just, humane and healthy society where all people are treated with respect, dignity and the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential free from stigma and prejudice. Its mission is to empower and assist youth, families and adults in the community to achieve optimal mental health and wellness through education, advocacy and service.
PEC repairs main line to Wichita treatment plant
PEC staff worked with City of Wichita Public Works crews and to help fix a leak repair at the City's main water treatment facility. The leak was found late January in the main pipe connecting the Equus Beds Aquifer and Cheney Lake. Both deliver water into the treatment plant, and are primary water sources for the City. If the leak had led to failure, it could have significantly affected water service to Wichita customers. Mike Kelsey, PEC Principal and Samantha Dillion, Civil Design Engineer met a survey crew, headed by Charles Brooksher, Survey Division Manager on-site at 10:30 pm to start the topographic surveys. When construction crews exposed the underground 66” leaking water main, water seeped to the surface. The leak is believed to be the result of age. The bypass was designed to deliver up to 50.0 MGD of raw water for treatment to the water treatment plant. Key elements including structural support systems were designed to accommodate the loading and forces from the bypass water mains. The design of the outlet system came with adjustment capabilities that would not disrupt water treatment plant processes. The PEC team provided solutions to make the materials work and how to obtain them in a timely manner.