For over thirty years, Nicklaus Engineering, Inc. (NEI) has provided comprehensive architectural, and engineering consulting services from our offices in Yuma Arizona. When NEI founder, Vonne Nicklaus retired in 2010, Ms. Gutierrez and Ms. Canales assumed ownership of NEI.
In 2002, Gutierrez Canales Engineering, PC (GCE) was established through a mentoring relationship with NEI. Stacy Gutierrez, PE, CIH and Marisol Ayon Canales, PE, formed GCE, a minority owned, women owned, certified 8(a) firm to pursue federal projects.
While NEI's strength lies in our long history of providing comprehensive A/E services, surveying and geotechnical services, GCE has become the regional powerhouse in environmental engineering, industrial hygiene, and construction paving projects, especially under federal contracts for military clients.
The two firms, now commonly owned by Ms. Canales and Ms. Gutierrez, work together seamlessly to provide the most comprehensive range of services in the desert southwest.
Core Disciplines and Services Offered
- Site Development
- Master Planning
- Site Design and Layout
- Street/Road Design
- Stormwater Drainage System Design
- Sewer Collection Systems Design
- Water Distribution Systems Design
- Specialized Military Structures and Systems
- Structural Airfield Pavement Design
- Hangar Facilities
- FAA/NAVAIR Compliant Design
- Construction Plans and Specifications
- Cost Estimating
- Architectural Design
- Construction Contract Administration
- New Construction Supervision
- Remodel and Renovation Design
- 3D Renderings
- Animated 3D Renderings
- LEED "Green" Design
- ADA Compliance
- Topographic Surveys
- Boundary Surveys
- ALTA Surveys
- Lot Splits/Lot Ties
- Subdivision Plats
- Construction Staking
- Construction Management
- Quality Control
- Construction Staking
- Materials Testing
- Soils Investigations/Reports
- Concrete Testing
- Asphalt Testing
- Soils Compaction Testing
- Drilling- Soil Borings
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING/INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE
- Field Investigations
- Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments
- Asbestos Inspections/Management
- Lead Based Paint Inspections/Management
- Multi-Media Sampling
- Microbial Investigations Site Characterizations
- Indoor Air Quality Assessments
- Noise Assessments
- Permitting and Compliance
- CIH Oversight/Consultation
- UST / LUST Closures
- Land Use Planning
- NEPA Assessments
- Groundwater Studies
- Hydrogeologic Studies
- Regulatory Interface
- Biological Surveys/Monitoring
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans
- Confined Space Services
- Accident Prevention Plans
- Health and Safety Plans
- Exposure Assessments
- Safety and Environmental Training
- Industrial Hygiene/Safety Consultations
- Remediation System Design/ Operations
- Building Inspector
- Building Inspector UBC
- Building Plans Examiner
- Building Plans Examiner UBC
- Commercial Electrical Inspector
- Plumbing Inspector, Mechanical Inspector
- Uniform Fire Code Inspector
- Structural Steel & Welding Special Inspector
- Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector
- Prestressed Concrete Special Inspector
- Structural Masonry Special Inspector UBC
- Structural Masonry Special Inspector
- Sprayed-Applied Fireproofing Special Inspector
- Fire Inspector II
- EIFS Inspector
Marisol Ayon Canales, PE, is President of GCE and a principal and co-owner of NEI. With 15 years of technical experience and managing projects, her experience includes working for the Yuma County Airport Authority, US Department of Defense, US Army Corps of Engineers, Arizona Department of Transportation, City of San Luis, City of Somerton, City of Yuma, Yuma County, Town of Wellton, and Winterhaven Water District. Ms. Canales is a disciplined and dedicated Project Manager, able to identify the critical path to project development to complete projects on time and within budget. Her technical experience includes construction management, civil engineering design, paving designs, foundation design, site development, road design, water distribution and transmission main design, sewer collection systems, sewer lift station design and sewer force main systems.
Stacy Gutierrez, PE, CIH, is a principal and co-owner of GCE and President of NEI. Ms. Gutierrez has 15 years of technical experience managing environmental projects. Her experience includes environmental assessments, environmental sampling, and remediation design. Ms. Gutierrez has a strong background in regulatory and agency compliance for all environmental areas of concern. Ms. Gutierrez also provides safety oversight and maintains compliance with applicable regulations on contracts and multiple concurrent task orders. Ms. Gutierrez is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and is EM385 certified for safety compliance on military projects. Her thorough understanding of jobsite activities as a Professional Environmental Engineer, combined with her strong background in health and safety, offer a unique benefit to our clients.
Timothy V. Eisenmann, PE, RLS, Vice President, has been with NEI since 1979. In that time, he has amassed a remarkable body of experience in every community in the area. Mr. Eisenmann is extremely detail-oriented and is considered a local expert in the community regarding surveying, data gathering, and analysis. Mr. Eisenmann is responsible for overseeing our survey crews, performing property research, right-of-ways research, survey mapping, and preparing legal descriptions. His particular expertise includes right-of-way research. Mr. Eisenmann also oversees construction staking efforts for a wide variety of projects and interacts with contractors for timely completion of staking during construction.
Edward A. Fagin, AIA, Principal Architect. With over 33 years of professional practice, Mr. Fagin has designed, managed, and supervised architectural projects both within the United States and internationally. His responsibilities have included Interior Design, Space Planning, ADA Compliance, Feasibility Studies, Code Analysis, Specification Writing, Master Planning, and Construction Contract Administration. Mr. Fagin's experience includes success across a wide spectrum of project types including; federal, commercial, industrial, educational, residential, medical, and health care buildings. A lifelong advocate of "green" design, his work has been recognized in national and local publications.
Antonio Alvarez, PE, Vice President, Senior Engineer/Geotechnical Division Manager, has worked in the field of engineering for five years in both California and Arizona. His responsibilities include taking projects from the conceptual phase into design and through construction. His design work includes site design, road design, water and sewer projects, pavement, and road design. Mr. Alvarez also oversees the Geotechnical Department, which includes all soil investigations and material testing. Mr. Alvarez has experience in measuring in-situ shear wave velocity profiles using refraction micro tremor equipment. Refraction micro tremor is an economical means of obtaining shear wave profiles for liquefaction analysis and void and fault detection.
Andrew Klakulak, LSIT, has over 20 years of experience as an environmental professional. His technical experience includes completion of toxico-logical studies at sites of environmental concern, sampling of all media (soil, sediment, water, and air), completion of ground-water modeling and design of remediation systems. His projects have included work for the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, various state, county and municipal agencies, and numerous industrial and commercial clients. Mr. Klakulak's specialized training includes Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team (START) Training, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and Risk Based Corrective Action Training.
Mark Kelland is our Construction Manager and oversees all construction projects. He possesses a broad base of skills, knowledge and experience that he has developed over 30 years as a field operations manager, project manager, heavy equipment supervisor and operator, crusher plant manager, hot plant manager, and business owner. His experience includes successful delivery of federal, state and local government contracts. He is a skilled estimator, and has a proven record of success. Mr. Kelland's experience, and education in civil engineering makes him a multi-disciplined businessman and contractor with the communication skills necessary to successfully complete complex construction projects.
Donald Murrieta is our Laboratory Manager, who oversees operations of our in-house laboratory, NEI Geotechnical. His professional licenses include Radiation Safety; Use of Nuclear Soil Gauges, and American Concrete Institute: Field Testing Technician, Grade I. Mr. Murrietta's experience includes soils and materials testing for purposes of foundation, spread footings, settlement analysis for construction purposes, and all phases of materials and concrete testing. Mr. Murrietta also performs asphalt and concrete mix designs for various asphalt producing companies
Oscar Galindo, Special Inspector, is a fully certified special inspector. Mr. Galindo has extensive experience in all phases of construction and as a construction inspector. Mr. Galindo is an ACI Testing Technician - Grade I and is certified as: Building Inspector, Building Inspector UBC, Building Plans Examiner, Building Plans Examiner UBC, Commercial Electrical Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, Mechanical Inspector, Uniform Fire Code Inspector, Fire Inspector II, Structural Steel & Welding Special Inspector, Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector, Prestressed Concrete Special Inspector, Structural Masonry Special Inspector UBC, Structural Masonry Special Inspector, EIFS Inspector, and Sprayed-Applied Fireproofing Special Inspector.