LAA Presents for KidZ Engineering 101

On August 2nd, Andrew Fuller from the LaChaine and Associates Goleta office gave a presentation on land surveying to the KidZ Engineering 101 class in Santa Barbara.  The presentation provided an introduction into the profession of land surveying showing how surveyors are involved throughout the life of a project from initial topographic surveys to construction staking to as-built records.  The kids also got an opportunity for hands-on learning by using a real total station and reflector rod to stake out a few points around the room.  The kids had a great time and hopefully they were able to catch a glimpse of what engineering is all about.  LaChaine and Associates enjoys taking the opportunity to give back to the community and hopes to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in the field of engineering.

KidZ Engineering 101, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that provides camps for kids where they take the knowledge they’ve learned in school and apply it to practical life through fun and creative activities.  It is intended to “Open their world to new technology and make them creators and inventors…”  Throughout the week the kids learned about the construction process from getting a permit to building completion and learned how to design and build like architects and engineers.  To find out more information about the camp, visit http://kidzengineering101.com/.

Andrew Grubb Lands New Position

Andrew Grubb has moved on from LaChaine and Associates to continue his career as a member of the City of Santa Barbara’s Transportation Division. We are grateful for his hard work and dedication over the last 3 years in helping LaChaine and Associates become the company that it is today. We wish him the best of luck as he continues on in his career.

LAA Receives Master Services Contract Agreement from FMOG

LAA-FMsmallLaChaine and Associates, Inc. has received its Master Services Contract Agreement for on-call consulting from the Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas (Formerly Plains Exploration and Production (PXP)) office in Orcutt, CA. LAA has provided engineering services to multiple Freeport-McMoRan plants in the Santa Barbara County area since 2008 and is excited to continue providing quality services into the future.

LaChaine Team Competes in APWA Golf Tourney

AJG Golf 2013On Friday, LaChaine team members Steve LaChaine, Andrew Grubb, and Andrew Fuller teamed up with Dan Van Beveren (City of SLO) to compete in the APWA’s “Scramble for Scholarships” golf tournament.  They shot a combined net score of 60.6!  They’ll spend the upcoming year honing their skills and hopefully bring home the trophy next year!

LaChaine and Associates was a corporate sponsor for a sixth year for the annual tournament that is held to raise money for the Central Coast Chapter’s scholarship program for college students interested in Public Works, Engineering, and/or Construction Management.

Andrew Grubb Passes PE Exam!

Congratulations to our own Andrew Grubb for passing the California PE licensing exam! Welcome to the next stage of your career!

LAA Hires New Office Manager

Today marks the official first day for our new office manager, Polly LaLiberte! Polly comes to LaChaine and Associates with an accounting background and has years of experience as an office manager for small businesses. She has a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of LaVerne and also holds Associate Degrees in Small Business Management and Clerical Science. We are excited to have her on board. Welcome to the team, Polly!