Entrée into SoCalGas for E2 Consulting Engineers, Inc. came through a small subcontracting opportunity to support the PSEP project. A year later, the firm was awarded two prime contracts of its own.
E2’s elevation from subcontractor to prime supplier in 2014 resulted in 50 new employee hires and the opening of a new Los Angeles office. The firm, which has a total of about 350 employees, has provided SoCalGas civil and mechanical engineering, valve automation design, project and construction management and inspection services, and more.
‘We hire and mentor small and diversified businesses, which allows us to share our experiences.’
One of the innovations the Emeryville, California-based company brought to SoCalGas was a software program that allows inspectors to use iPads in the field and share information in real-time. “The level of automation that we’re doing for PSEP is well beyond what others in the industry are doing — it’s very much cutting edge,” says E2’s Program Manager and Vice President of Environmental Engineering John Lucero.
Founder and CEO Hersh Saluja adds that SoCalGas has provided opportunities to greatly expand E2’s corporate resume. “We’ve benefited through expansion of our skills and processes because PSEP has such a broad range of requirements, from initial planning and permitting, through engineering design, construction and project closeout.”
“This is a tremendous amount of growth for a small business and speaks volumes about SoCalGas’ commitment to supplier diversity,” he adds. “We share SoCalGas’ commitment. We hire and mentor small and diversified businesses, which allows us to share our experiences.”
Pictured above: E2 team with Founder and CEO Hersh Saluja (standing). For the full article, please visit Sempra’s website HERE.