October 25th, 2023

Odin Receives Double Honors from ASCE Sacramento Section for Exceptional Projects

Roseville, CA – Odin is thrilled to announce that the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Sacramento Section has bestowed two prestigious awards upon the team, recognizing outstanding achievements in the field. The ASCE Sacramento Section has named the Dixie Fire Emergency Debris and Hazard Tree Removal Project the “2022 Outstanding Environmental Engineering Project of the Year” and the Oak Fire Structural Debris and Hazard Tree Removal Project the “2022 Outstanding Community Improvement Project.”

Both awards commend the exceptional work done by the Bamford, Odin, and P31 joint venture (BOPJV) team, underscoring the significance of collaboration and excellence in addressing critical challenges. The recognition acknowledges the profound impact of the projects in the wake of devastating fires that ravaged California.

The Dixie Fire, which scorched a staggering 963,309 acres, marked California’s largest wildfire in 2021. BOPJV played a pivotal role by providing Emergency Structural Debris and Hazard Tree Removal Services to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) across five fire-impacted counties, including Lassen, Plumas, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity. This immense undertaking involved the cleanup of structural debris from approximately 800 properties and the removal of 15,000 hazardous trees. The project was celebrated for its ability to overcome the challenges posed by the vast project area, extensive coordination across multiple counties, and limited communication access. Odin’s innovative approach empowered its craft employees, ensuring the project remained under budget, on schedule, and, most importantly, safe. The successful completion of this project enables residents to begin rebuilding their lives and homes.

The Oak Fire, which consumed 19,244 acres in Mariposa County, California, demanded the careful preparation, removal, transportation, and recycling or disposal of metals, ash, debris, concrete foundations, hazardous trees, and contaminated soil from residential properties. The project also entailed the removal of 4,500 hazard trees and clearing 127 residential and commercial spaces, setting the stage for future restoration.

“Odin is deeply honored to receive these awards from the ASCE Sacramento Section,” said Louay Owaidat, President and CEO of Odin. “These accolades highlight our unwavering commitment to safety, efficiency, and community well-being. We are grateful to CalRecycle, Mariposa County, our JV partners, and subcontractors for their invaluable collaboration. These projects not only showcase our technical prowess but also demonstrate the positive impact engineering can have on our communities and the environment.”