March 6, 2018

Geosyntec Among World-Class Designers on LA County's LA River Master Plan Team

Geosyntec was selected by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation as the prime consultant and engineer to update the County's 1996 LA River Master Plan.

Key subconsultants joining Geosyntec on the Master Plan team are the celebrated architect/design firms OLIN and Gehry Partners. Nonprofit River LA will lead the development of an extensive and inclusive community engagement and outreach process.  Kearns & West, Street Level Advisors, 72 & Sunny, and Mosaic also join the team. The Master Plan will be managed out of Geosyntec's Downtown Los Angeles Office.

The Master Plan update encompasses all 51 miles of the LA River corridor and will investigate such topics as flood control, water supply, water quality, open space, and public health, among others.

"Geosyntec is honored and thrilled to support Los Angeles County in developing the Los Angeles River Master Plan update as the project's lead engineering consultant," said Ken Susilo, the firm's Los Angeles Operations Manager. Senior Principal Mark Hanna explained further, "While Geosyntec's technical role will be to tackle solutions specific to flood control, water supply, and water quality, a universe of possibilities and opportunities will be explored through a process that supports active community engagement and river revitalization."

Geosyntec professionals involved with the project are:

  • Project Director – Ken Susilo, P.E., D.WRE, ENV SP
  • Project Manager – Mark Hanna, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP
  • Senior Technical Support Staff: Najwa Pitois, Ph.D.; Al Preston, Ph.D., P.E.; Daniel Lee, P.E., CCM; Chris Wessel, P.E., QSD/QSP; and Megan Otto, P.E., QSP/QSD
  • Technical Support Staff: Paul Senker; Stephanie Tong, P.E.; Curtis Fang, P.E.; Kevin Kopp; Jose Avina; Jai Panthail; Stacy Luell, P.E.; and Olivia Lincoln

Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation provides the residents and visitors of Los Angeles County with quality recreational opportunities that promote a healthy lifestyle and strengthen the community through diverse physical, educational and cultural programming, and will enhance the community environment by acquiring, developing and maintaining County parks, gardens, golf courses, trails, and open space areas.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Works deliver regional infrastructure and services improving the quality of life for more than 10 million people in Los Angeles County.They responsible for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of roads, traffic signals, bridges, airports, sewers, flood control, water supply, water quality, and water conservation facilities. Its diverse operations fall within six core service areas: Transportation, Water Resources, Environmental Services, Public Buildings, Development Services, and Emergency Management.

Geosyntec Consultants is an employee-owned, multi-national environmental and water resources firm of over 1200, with Los Angeles County offices in Los Angeles, Culver City, and Pasadena.

Geosyntec was selected by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation as the prime consultant and engineer to update the County’s 1996 LA River Master Plan. Key subconsultants joining Geosyntec on the Master Plan team are the celebrated architect/design firms OLIN and Gehry Partners. Nonprofit River LA will lead the development of an extensive and inclusive community engagement and outreach process. Kearns & West, Street Level Advisors, 72 & Sunny, and Mosaic also join the team. The Master Plan will be managed out of Geosyntec’s Downtown Los Angeles Office. The Master Plan update encompasses all 51 miles of the LA River corridor and will investigate such topics as flood control, water supply, water quality, open space, and public health, among others. Geosyntec is honored and thrilled to support Los Angeles County in developing the Los Angeles River Master Plan update as the project’s lead engineering consultant,” said Ken Susilo, the firm’s Los Angeles Operations Manager. Senior Principal Mark Hanna explained further, “While Geosyntec’s technical role will be to tackle solutions specific to flood control, water supply, and water quality, a universe of possibilities and opportunities will be explored through a process that supports active community engagement and river revitalization.” Geosyntec professionals involved with the project are: Project Director – Ken Susilo, P.E., D.WRE, ENV SP Project Manager – Mark Hanna, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP Senior Technical Support Staff: Najwa Pitois, Ph.D.; Al Preston, Ph.D., P.E.; Daniel Lee, P.E., CCM; Chris Wessel, P.E., QSD/QSP; and Megan Otto, P.E., QSP/QSD Technical Support Staff: Paul Senker; Stephanie Tong, P.E.; Curtis Fang, P.E.; Kevin Kopp; Jose Avina; Jai Panthail; Stacy Luell, P.E.; and Olivia Lincoln

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More Information

Learn More: LA County Selects World-Class Designers To Join LA River Master Plan Team
Learn more from LA County: http://dpw.lacounty.gov/wmd/watershed/LA/LA_River_Plan.cfm.
Learn more from the City of Los Angeles: http://lariver.org/master-plan.
For more information about Geosyntec's role, contact Ken Susilo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mark Hanna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Learn more about Ken: https://www.geosyntec.com/people/ken-susilo
Learn more about Mark: https://www.geosyntec.com/people/mark-hanna

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