Gilberto Ruiz Joins Stantec to Grow Transportation and Water Sector Practice Areas
Los Angeles, California, NYSE, TSX:STN: Gilberto (Gil) Ruiz has joined global engineering, architecture, consulting, and construction firm Stantec as principal environmental planner, joining the Environmental Services team in Los Angeles, Calif. Ruiz will manage the firm’s preparation of environmental compliance documents and focus on growing Stantec’s transportation and water sector practices in Southern California.
With more than 25 years of experience working across a wide variety of project types including residential, commercial, public works and transportation, Ruiz has an advanced knowledge of both National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documentation. Ruiz joins Stantec from ICF International, where he served as a Senior Project Manager for the firm’s Los Angeles-focused environmental planning business. His experience includes the development of customized mitigation monitoring programs for complex and often controversial projects throughout Southern California. Ruiz’s familiarity with state and federal Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act compliance requirements has allowed him to efficiently process permits under both acts.
Ruiz has served as project manager on a number of challenging projects, including the first phase of the California High-speed Rail System project designed to bring high-speed rail service to the urban Los Angeles area. As deputy project manager, Ruiz oversaw the proposal of three alignments along the approximately 40-mile corridor (known as State Route 14, E1 and E2) connecting the Antelope Valley to the San Fernando Valley, including station proposals at the Palmdale Transportation Center and near the Hollywood Burbank Airport. In his role, he was responsible for project management and oversight of various technical studies in support of the largescale project. Additionally, Ruiz served as deputy project manager for the widening of the I-405 from Euclid Street to the I-605 interchange in Orange County, Calif. for Caltrans District 12.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Gil to our Environmental Services team,” says Simon Bluestone, Stantec vice president, Environmental Services, based in Pasadena. “Gil’s expertise in NEPA/CEQA documentation and biological resources is an invaluable asset for our team and our clients, as we look to grow our transportation and water services practices in Southern California and beyond.”
Cross-trained in biological resources, Ruiz holds bachelor and master’s degrees from UCLA. He also holds an endangered species permit and is a member of several national and state advisory panels and committees where he diligently works to address issues concerning transportation and biodiversity.
A native of Venice, Calif., Ruiz is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys surfing and hiking in his spare time.
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