Face of High Speed Rail Investing in Small Business

Douglas Scheidt, Vice President of Vanguard

Veteran is Vanguard for High-Speed Rail Third-Party Agreements

November 10, 2016 – Douglas Scheidt's cubicle office isn't quite what you would expect for Vice President of Operations for Vanguard Construction Services, Inc. The bustling shared space houses engineers working on Construction Package 2-3 (CP 2-3), 65 miles of the high-speed rail project which stretches through the counties of Fresno, Kings, and Tulare.

Vanguard is a minority- and veteran-owned construction services company based in Fresno. It is a subcontractor to Arcadis, the prime contractor handling project and construction management on CP 2-3. As the Third Party and Utility Coordination Segment Manager, Scheidt is ensuring that the design-build contractor meets the Authority's expectations. He's working with over 40 entities including cities, counties, water, and irrigation districts as well as communications and power companies. Often times, a negotiated agreement must be reached before any work can commence.

Scheidt believes in improving the place he calls home. He's also worked on other local projects such as Chukchansi Park, the downtown Fresno baseball stadium and the Veterans Home of California-Fresno, a 300-bed, long-term care facility. Despite juggling multiple priorities, Scheidt explained why he chose to be on the high-speed rail. "This is where my heart lies," he declared. "I have worked on a lot of large projects, but none like this one."

Creating Opportunities in San Jose

October 25, 2016 – NSI Engineering is a San Jose-based firm doing quality assurance on the high-speed rail program. NSI is certified as a woman-owned small business, a disadvantaged business and a disabled veteran business. Watch the video so see why owner Laura Uden says the High-Speed Rail Authority’s aggressive small-business participation goal has given her company opportunities it might have not otherwise had.

Clearing the Right of Way

October 12, 2016 – O'Dell Engineering is a certified small business based in Modesto that is working on the high-speed rail project doing right-of-way and surveying. Learn three ways working with HSR is helping this firm grow by leaps and bounds.

Providing a Foundation for High-Speed Rail

May 10, 2016 – Curtis Lovett, Owner of Outback Materials, describes how his small business provides concrete for California High-Speed Rail projects.

Capturing Data from the Skies

November 30, 2015 – Marc Cañas, Vice President of J.L. Patterson & Associates, Inc. explains how the company uses Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to create detailed, topographical data for engineering purposes.

Forming a Business in California

November 30, 2015 – J.L. Patterson & Associates, Inc. are sub-consultants to the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Watch how the owner, Jacqueline Patterson, made her way from Nicaragua to forming her own business in California.

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Preparing for Heavy Construction

November 18, 2015 – Count 2R Drilling as among the first certified Small Business Enterprises to do preliminary construction work on the high-speed rail project in the Central Valley. The firm rolled out giant drilling rigs and sucked up soil samples in more than 24 locations in Fresno and Madera. Some of the borings punched down 100 feet or more below the earth's surface.

"We were boring samples to test soil where the foundation for a bridge has been planned and we're always in before heavy construction begins," explained owner Brian Serl. "The samples will tell construction contractors what kind of conditions to expect when finalizing designs."

2R Drilling got the job done with Tier IV rigs. "Those Tier IV machines have ignition and exhaust systems that put out fewer emissions into the atmosphere," Serl said.

2R Drilling based in Ontario, California, was started by Serl"s father in 1978.

Investing in Fresno

November 17, 2015 – California High-Speed Rail is investing in small businesses. Two of those businesses share their stories and how their contracts with high-speed rail are allowing them to hire more workers and change lives.