LIGHTING IT UP FOR ORANGE
COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

CPSI FACILITATES LIVE-FIRE TRAINING FOR THE ORANGE COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY, STATION #74, ON MATER DEI HIGH SCHOOL PROPERTY

We’re on fire! CPSI is providing voluntary acquisition and real estate services to Mater Dei High School to expand its existing campus. Already, most of the properties have been acquired with residents being happily relocated to new homes.

Because many homes in the project area are empty and set for demolition, the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), Station #74, accommodated by CPSI and Mater Dei High School, seized the opportunity to conduct live-fire training.

Live-fire training in an acquired structure is a difficult setting to control, which is why it was closely supervised and monitored by the OCFA. This enabled Orange County firefighters to gain valuable knowledge and practical experience while operating in a safe environment that closely resembled real life. It was also an ideal setting to practice crew integrity and accountability on the ground.

OCFA Station #74 and Fire Captain Mike Ortiz were very appreciative to CPSI and Mater Dei for facilitating this live-fire training for firefighters within Santa Ana and Orange County.

“Thank you [CPSI and Mater Dei] for the time you spent helping us accomplish our training fires. They were a success and the crews couldn’t be more appreciative as these are rare opportunities, yet extremely valuable,” Ortiz said.

With County-wide support, they successfully had more than 300 firemen training for three consecutive days beginning on May 19, 2017. The OCFA prepared extensively for this operation as live-fire training can be very dangerous. As always, safety was the number
one priority. 

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CPSI Ranks #1 in California high-speed rail procurement

CPSI ranks number one! In December 2016, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) issued an RFP to receive proposals from qualified firms to provide right of way services for the California High-Speed Rail Project. CPSI scored the highest points out of 12 consultants based on our knowledge of the project, understanding of the required services, experienced project leaders and overall company qualifications. The geographic scope extends primarily north of Merced to south of Bakersfield.

This project will see the construction of the first high-speed rail system in the nation and will positively change the economic, political and social environments throughout California by extending and connecting its major metropolitan areas. This type of modernization and investment will make the state home to one of the most innovative and advanced transportation systems in the country. We are excited to be a part of this monumental project!


INDUSTRY LEADERS JAMES STAUDINGER
AND DIANA STAUDINGER JOIN CPSI

We are excited to announce the additions of James Staudinger and Diana Staudinger to the CPSI team. Proven right of way leaders and Caltrans experts, James and Diana come to us with a combined 50 years of experience providing appraisal, acquisition, relocation, property management and utility coordination services for public agencies in California
and Washington.

James is an expert in the knowledge and interpretation of the Uniform Act and the Caltrans Right of Way Manual. Previously, he served as the Deputy District Director for right of way for Caltrans District 12 and Right of Way Manager for the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority and the Orange County Transportation Authority. Diana has served as project manager and acquisition manager for various large-scale projects throughout California. Specifically, as a Caltrans utility coordinator, she was responsible for relocating utility facilities for Caltrans projects and had oversight for utility coordination activities for local agencies.

They will be based in our Fresno office, leading CPSI efforts on the California High-Speed
Rail Project.


CPSI Adds Team of Right of Way Experts

CPSI enthusiastically welcomes Brett A. Paulson, SR/WA, R/W-NAC, RAC, and Jeff Wellcome, SR/WA, R/W-RAC, to our hand-picked team! They come to us from Cornerstone Right of Way and have a combined 36 years of experience in public sector projects. Brett and Jeff have both earned their SR/WA and R/W-RAC designations from the International Right of Way Association, with Brett also holding the R/W-NAC certification.

Brett is an expert in managing all aspects of right of way services, particularly for transportation projects. As Project Director, he has and will continue to provide his expertise as a hearing officer on unresolved acquisitions and relocations with numerous transportation agencies.

Jeff brings to CPSI more than 16 years of exposure to Caltrans-related projects, including five years of experience in county government. He has an unparalleled ability to resolve difficult acquisition and relocation assignments and is consistently requested by clients as the “go-to” agent for settling complex cases.