Butier Team Attends Groundbreaking Ceremony for Trampas Canyon Dam & Reservoir

Mark Butier, Eric Weber, Casey Lack, and Katie Squires (left to right) from Butier Engineering, Inc. attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Trampas Canyon Dam & Reservoir on February 22, 2018. Butier is providing construction management services for the high-profile project, which is a partnership between Santa Margarita Water District and Rancho Mission Viejo. The $82-million dam and reservoir will provide seasonal storage of 1.6 billion gallons (5,000 acre-feet) of recycled water to maximize a local resource for South Orange County. Construction is anticipated to be completed by Spring 2020. AECOM is the Engineer of Record and Sukut Construction, LLC is the General Contractor.

Butier’s Founder and President Mark M. Butier Received ECA’s 2017 DIG Award!

Congratulations to our founder and President Mark M. Butier for receiving the Engineering Contractors’ Association’s Dignity, Integrity, and Generosity (DIG) Award. The late Bill Davies of Albert W. Davies was honored with the Posthumous DIG award, which was accepted by his son Les Davies. Since 1988, the ECA has honored professionals like Mr. Butier and Mr. Davies who have laid the foundations upon which the Southern California underground and heavy construction industry is built. The black tie dinner and ceremony was attended by 200 guests, dignitaries, and colleagues at the Los Angeles Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

During his acceptance speech, Mr. Butier paid tribute to his parents for the enormous sacrifices they made to give him and his siblings the opportunities they never had. “My father was 18 years old when he immigrated to America from Konavle, Croatia after the death of my grandfather. He sent money back to his widowed mother and seven siblings for 20 years. At the age of 40, he married my mother and they worked hard to raise four children and provide them each with a college education,” Mr. Butier explained.

In 1952, Mr. Butier received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Santa Clara University. He spent his early career as a structural engineering design consultant with a leading Los Angeles based firm. His design background varied from multi-story buildings to large-scale civil infrastructure throughout California. After a decade as a design professional, he transitioned to the construction industry where he served several leading civil contractors as a senior project manager and resident engineer.

Mr. Butier elected to strike out on his own in 1976 to form Butier Engineering, Inc. His vision was to provide services to public owners, offering a full complement of technical and project / construction management services. In its 40-year history, Butier has successfully managed over $1.5 billion of public infrastructure projects throughout Southern California and Arizona.

Water Replenishment District Awards Butier CM Contract for Multiple Safe Drinking Water Wellhead Treatment Projects

The Water Replenishment District of Southern California has selected Butier to provide construction management and inspection services for the Multiple Safe Drinking Water Wellhead Treatment Project. The project includes the City of Huntington Park Well 15, City of Lynwood Well 11, and the California American Water Company Arlington Well. The wells are a part of the District’s Safe Drinking Water Program, which promotes the cleanup of groundwater resources at specific well locations that have been adversely affected by years of improper disposal of industrial solvents. Wellhead treatment facilities will be installed at each well location in order for the District to remove contaminants from the underground supply and deliver the extracted water for potable purposes.

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: Vista Verde Reservoir Replacement—Phase II

Butier Engineering is providing construction management and inspection services for the replacement of the City of Escondido’s Vista Verde Reservoir. The existing 750,000-gallon steel reservoir, which suffered from internal corrosion, is being replaced with two 1 million-gallon Type I pre-stressed concrete reservoirs that will be partially buried. The extra capacity for water storage will allow additional development in the area. To find out more about this project, please click on the links below.

Butier Awarded West Basin Municipal Water District Visitor Center Renovation Contract

Congratulations to Butier for being selected to perform construction management services for West Basin Municipal Water District’s Visitor Center Renovation Project. The existing visitor center, which is located at the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility, is visited by school groups, members of the public, and visitors from various countries. At the facility, visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the District’s mission, various water recycling treatment processes, as well as Southern California water issues. Construction of the project will be completed in September 2018. Major components of the project include the following:

  • Reconfiguration of the existing large conference room to accommodate 140 people (seated)
  • Relocation of the small conference room
  • Remodeling of the lobby and entry vestibule and rest rooms
  • Reconfiguration of the existing parking lot
  • Construction of a new parking lot on the east side of the entrance

PROJECT UPDATE: JWA’s Terminals A & B Improvements Project

Since 2016, Butier Engineering, Inc. has been providing project management services for JWA’s $102 million Thomas F. Riley Terminal Improvements Project, a three-year phased endeavor that includes safety, code compliance, and aesthetic improvements. When completed, the Riley Terminal will provide travelers and tenants with the same security, comfort, and convenience as Terminal C, which opened in 2011. Progress on the key components of the improvement project includes the following:

  • Seismic Retrofit—ongoing seismic upgrades to over 175 columns throughout the interior and exterior of Terminals A and B
  • Completed New Nursing Mother’s Lounge—private space with comfortable seating, sink, outlets, and adjustable lighting
  • Completed New Animal Relief Area (ARA)—equipped with synthetic grass, waste disposal bags, a wash down hose and drainage
  • Completed Restroom Refurbishment—ADA compliance and complete fixture upgrades to Departure Level and Arrival Level restrooms
  • All Gate Areas—vaulted ceilings, new carpet and paint, lighting renovations, interior signage and wayfinding
  • Ticketing, Terminal B—receiving aesthetic improvements, including new paint and light fixtures

Additional project information can be found on our “Project Details” page (see link below) and on the airport’s website at

OCWD Fletcher Basin Dedication Ceremony

Butier Engineering, Inc. (Butier) attended Orange County Water District’s and Orange County Flood Control District’s dedication ceremony for Fletcher Basin on October 27, 2016. Butier’s team was recognized for their construction management, field inspection and materials testing (Ninyo & Moore) efforts for the $5.6 million project. The Basin, which was designed by Black & Veatch and constructed by Sukut Construction, Inc., will provide stronger flood control for the region and recharge more than 400 acre-feet of water into the Orange County Groundwater Basin annually. This increase in local groundwater will result in a significant cost savings to the region.

PROJECT UPDATE: New Bridge Installed Across Agua Hedionda Lagoon

A new bridge across the Agua Hedionda Lagoon was installed Tuesday, June 14, 2016 as a part of the City of Vista / City of Carlsbad sewer system upgrade. Butier is providing Owner’s Representative services during construction of the two-year, $64.2 million Agua Hedionda Sewer Lift Station and Interceptor Sewer Reaches Project.

Please click on the following link to the San Diego Union Tribune’s article regarding the bridge installation.

New Bridge Installed Over Agua Hediondo Lagoon

County of Orange Awards Butier 5-Year Program Management Agreement at JWA

Butier recently entered into a five-year agreement with the County of Orange to provide Program Management Services at John Wayne Airport (JWA). Butier’s project managers and field representatives will assist JWA with managing its Capital Improvement Program and various airport improvement projects involving rehabilitation and modification of building systems, design and construction of security improvements, and design and construction of new structures.

OCWD Awards CM Services Contract to Butier for Mid-Basin Injection: Centennial Park Project

Congratulations to Butier Engineering, Inc. for being selected to provide construction management and inspection services to Orange County Water District for the Mid-Basin Injection: Centennial Park Project located in Santa Ana, California. The project will consist of the construction of four (4) groundwater injection wells in below grade vaults within Centennial Park; a monitoring well at the Heritage Museum; 500 LF of supply line connecting to the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS); and 4,000 LF of backflush pipeline discharging to the Greenville-Banning Channel.