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New Hire Justin Pickard Brings Client-Focused Philosophy to WSC

December 11th, 2017

WSC is excited to welcome Mr. Justin Pickard, PE, LEED AP BD+C, to the WSC family. Justin has more than 15 years of construction and project management experience in the public and private sectors. He joins WSC after spending the past six years at West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) where he most recently was the Supervising Engineer in charge of managing the implementation of a $50+ million a year Capital Improvement Program. Justin is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, a registered Professional Engineer – Civil, and is a certified LEED Advanced Professional Building Design + Construction.

Understanding the culture of public utilities, including their needs and expectations, is something WSC strives for and Justin’s perspective strengthens our ability to do so. His experience in the public sector showed him that many consultants are often challenged to deliver on their promise of personalized client service. WSC’s reputation for meeting that promise stood out, Justin said.

In addition to the natural alignment between the technical expertise and client-focused philosophy that Justin and WSC share, he was drawn to the unique workplace culture.

“The emphasis WSC places on employee growth and development stood out to me,” Justin said. “Jeff has a really unique vision and WSC’s leadership is very different than what I see in this industry.”

Justin Pickard

Justin is working out of our San Luis Obispo headquarters where his experience and leadership will complement WSC’s construction management and program management practices. With a background spanning a wide range of services, including implementing essential One Water projects, he will quickly integrate with our team and bring significant value to our clients and WSC.

His project experience includes the construction of three advanced treatment facilities which included Reverse Osmosis and Microfiltration processes, program management for a complicated 40 MGD pump station that sends wastewater to a recycled water facility, and resident engineering services for an ocean water desalination demonstration facility.

On a personal note, Justin and his wife Karen, a nurse practitioner at Kaiser Permanente, have a 2 ½-year old son named Otto. They are looking forward to the bountiful outdoor activities the California’s Central Coast has to offer, as well as the reduced commute to work. A brief stint providing construction services in San Luis Obispo in 2005 planted the seed for his return.

Justin Pickard