Jillian Welch is New General Manager of Jensen Precast Sacramento

Jillian Welch is the new General Manager of the Jensen Precast Sacramento Branch in California. She brings a wealth of experience to the role, which is her third internal promotion since joining Jensen Precast in 2012. Welch most recently served the company as Regional Sales Manager in Northern California, where she has been instrumental in growing product sales, leading the ERP system integration, and driving stronger customer service and employee skills initiatives. As a Sales Manager for Sewer & Storm Drain Manholes, she grew the product line across Northern California. Welch joined Jensen Precast as an Outside Sales Representative from Teichert Precast, where she helped increase sales and assisted during the acquisition of the company by Jensen Precast. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Drexel University in Sacramento and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Welch is APICS Certified in Production and …

Walmart Shops at Jensen Precast

When America shops for daily goods, Walmart is often the go-to choice. When Walmart shops for a package grinder vault, Jensen Precast is known to deliver. The Walmart Supercenter in Gallup, New Mexico, needed a remedy to customer restrooms backing up with high levels of impassable solids. Walmart contacted JWC Environmental to address the issue. JWC worked with Jensen on the solution. “The store needed a plug and play solution to drop in with its existing setup,” says Chris Purdie, Jensen Water Resources Project Manager. “Our team preassembled a package grinder vault system inside a precast concrete unit. The grinder has ‘teeth’ powered by a 5 hp motor that grind up solids to enable pass through within the sewage system. The unit is designed for easy delivery, offloading, and installation at the jobsite. You basically drop it in, attach the inlet and outlet pipes, and you’re ready to go.” Purdie’s Jensen …

Borjana Savic Earns NPCA Master Precaster Designation

Congratulations to Borjana Savic, Jensen Precast Water Resources Project Manager, on earning the designation of Master Precaster from the National Precast Concrete Association. Savic was presented with an NPCA Precast University certificate and gold hard hat during a February 28 recognition event at The Precast Show 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. “Being recognized as a Master Precaster is a major accomplishment, and one that requires a great deal of commitment,” says NPCA President Ty Gable. “Although the path is arduous, nothing is more important than ensuring that employees are equipped with the right tools, resources, and knowledge to be successful in the workforce. We are very proud of the Master Precaster class of 2019.” To become a Master Precaster, students must complete six NPCA Precast University courses totaling 89 hours that consist of topics spread across three Production and Quality School levels. Notable topics include batching and mixing for precast concrete, …

One Job Leads to Another

Reputation counts a lot when it comes to business. For the Fieldstone North residential subdivision project in Elk Grove, California, the reputation of Jensen Precast counts with the Reno, Nevada, engineering firm Woods Rodgers. “Wood Rodgers was able to handle unique site requirements and obtain detailed drawings and a 3-Part CSI format specification from Jensen Precast without having to hire structural or consulting engineers,” says Charlie Moses, Director of Sales Operations for Jensen Precast. “Our reputation and diverse precast concrete box culvert product offering were the reasons we were engaged in the design of the project. The design engineer wanted to use as much precast as possible for the box culvert drainage easement, including wing walls and headwalls.” Short construction duration by the contractor, Marques Pipeline Inc., lent to the specifying of precast box culvert for the job, including two triple barrel type 1 segmental box culverts, consisting of one center 12’ x 5’ box …

Pump Stations: Inlet Considerations

The job of the inlet is to convey the liquid from the inlet pipe to the impeller entrance in a fashion that imposes minimal loss, and creates the most uniform velocity profile at the impeller entrance. Therefore, the ideal inlet geometry is a straight pipe entrance with a slight taper from the pipe flange to the impeller eye. The taper slightly increases the velocity and tends to stabilize the fluid streamlines prior to the impeller. All curved inlets cause at least a minor penalty and in some cases a major efficiency penalty. This includes straight inlets with an elbow attached close to the suction flange. It is preferred to have at least 5 diameters of straight pipe the same size as the inlet flange, leading up to the pump inlet to prevent non-uniform velocity profile at the impeller eye. With submersible pumps the inlet configuration is planned for you by …

Ask an Engineer: Stormwater Water Treatment Units

A new series from Jensen Precast and its Water Resources Division, Ask an Engineer touches upon complicated topics and queries that have been asked of our Engineering Team members. Much like a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, Ask an Engineer will address questions that our Engineers face more often than other inquiries. This Ask an Engineer session is with our Stormwater Systems Division Director, Walt Stein P.E., who answers this common question about Stormwater Treatment Units: How do you keep a stormwater full capture device from filling up? Watch this video to hear Walt’s question, or read below for his answer in blog format. Often times Walt Stein, P.E., Stormwater Division Manager for Jensen Water Resources, is asked questions very similar to the one he was faced with recently: How do you keep a stormwater full capture device from filling up? Stein’s simple answer: “You can’t.” Stein’s detailed explanation: You …

Blue Skies and Dirt

Project Lifecycle Day 5: When you build a beautiful precast concrete structure for a massive underground project, does it hurt to watch your work covered up in dirt? As phase one of the 307’ x 180’ x 12’ Lakewood Stormwater and Runoff Capture Project comes to a close in Southern California, phase two has already been excavated, and the dug-up dirt from phase two is used to cover up phase one. Good use of resources, eh? No one’s singing the “Subterranean Precast Blues” in Lakewood. When your work goes undercover of dirt it means you’re in the homestretch. Only blue skies ahead.  

Update: California Wildfire Relief Efforts from Jensen Community Engagement Team

Update from the Jensen Community Engagement Team: Responding to the devastation from the recent California Wildfires, Jensen Precast employees generously donated via the American Red Cross to help those affected by the 2018 disaster. These donations were then matched by Jensen Precast. Collectively we raised a total of $5,690 for California Wildfire Relief Efforts. For an update on the Red Cross response to the wildfires, click here Red Cross 2018 California Wildfire Relief Information.

Feature from Concrete Products Magazine: Jensen Precast System Captures Stormwater Regulators’ Attention

Our thanks to Concrete Products Magazine for featuring Jensen Stormwater Systems in its February 2019 issue, discussing the recent certification of the Jensen Deflective Separator (JDS) as a Full Capture System Device for Trash Treatment Control by the California Water Resources Control Board. Here is a snippet from the article: “The California Water Resources Control Board recently certified the Jensen Deflective Separator (JDS) as a Full Capture System Device for Trash Treatment Control. Certification of the technology from Sparks, Nev.-based Jensen Precast dovetails revised water quality control plans—collectively known as the ‘Trash Amendments’—that the agency adopted in 2015 for drainage infrastructure serving public and private retrofit or new development projects. ‘Our stormwater customers in California will enjoy full compliance with all trash control stormwater regulations at both state and regional levels,’ says Jensen Precast Stormwater Systems Division Manager Walter Stein, P.E. ‘We are helping reduce and, in most cases, eliminate …

Gaining the Corbel Edge – Mayfair Park, Lakewood, California

Project Lifecycle Day 4: Landing 16’ x 8’ x 10” slabs onto the jutting corbels of box culvert modular sections takes fortitude, finesse, and one of the best designs precast concrete has to offer. It’s a match made in Lakewood, California. Gaining the corbel edge means less concrete and more storage capacity for stormwater projects like the one being built in Mayfair Park. “Alternating between rows of box culvert and top/bottom slab sections reduces the amount of concrete per cubic foot required to attain a target storage capacity within a given three dimensional space,” says Vanessa Gallo, PE, Jensen Precast Project Manager for Water Resources. “In fact, the larger the span of slab sections, the more storage capacity we gain from incorporating them.” Designed and engineered in Sparks, Nevada by Jensen Water Resources, the culvert, corbel, and slab manufacturing is taking place daily at the Jensen Precast Fontana Branch. Upon …