News & Media



New Employee Hire: Hayden Coombs on May 4, 2018.


New Employee Hire: Kade Beck on February 1, 2018.


New Employee Hire: Lance Houser with 25 years of experience. January 1, 2018.


Project Award: FCE was notified that our project, Helper City Utility Improvements, was awarded the 2018 ACEC-Utah Engineering Excellence Grand Conceptor Award, recognizing it as the BEST project in the State of Utah. The award was presented at the ACEC-Utah EEA Banquet on November 16, 2017.


WaterSMART Grant Winners!  August 29, 2017.
Two clients have been awarded grants from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) WaterSMART Program, totaling 27% of the funds granted in Utah ($2 out of $7.45 million):

Benson Irrigation Company -- $1,000,000 for the Benson Canal Enclosure Project, which will 
        convert nine miles of open canal into pressurized pipeline in Cache County, Utah.

Mountain Green Secondary Water Company -- $1,000,000 for improvements to their 
        secondary system, which will improve water efficiency in Morgan County, Utah.

FCE has extensive experience assisting clients in obtaining funding to plan, design and construct their projects. Within the past decade, FCE has acquired over $130 million for our clients.  


New Employee Hire:  Josh Prettyman on July 18, 2017.


Utah Division of Drinking Water Board:  Eric Franson was nominated to be added to the Utah Division of Drinking Water Board. He began serving on Friday, July 14, 2017.


New Employee Hire:  Kyle DeVaney on July 5, 2017.


Promotions Announced:  On June 12, 2017, two in-office promotions were announced.
Barry Prettyman obtained his P.E. license and was promoted to Staff Engineer. 
Layne Jensen was promoted to Principal. 


The Rebirth of Helper:  Article published in the Utah Engineers Council Journal, May 2017.


New Employee Hire:  Tyler Withers on May 9, 2017.


Most Improved Wastewater System: On March 1, 2017, Helper City, an FCE client, was awarded the "Most Improved Wastewater System" by the Rural Water Association of Utah at their annual conference in St. George, Utah.


Project Award: On December 28, 2016, FCE was notified that our project, Last Chance Diversion Dam Rehabilitation, was awarded the ACEC-Idaho Engineering Excellence Grand Award. The award was presented at the Idaho EEA Luncheon on April 10, 2017.


WaterSMART Grant Winners!  June 23, 2016.
Three clients have been awarded grants from the USBR WaterSMART program, totaling 38% of the funds granted in Utah ($2.3 out of $6.0 million): 

Scipio Irrigation Company -- $1,000,000 for the Ivie Creek Pipeline, which will convert four
        miles of canal into pipeline in Millard County.

Spanish Fork South Irrigation Company -- $300,000 for the South Field Canal Metering and
        Piping Project, which will improve water efficiency and pipe open canal in Utah County.

Woodruff Irrigating Company -- $1,000,000 for the Woodruff Hydroelectric Project, which
        will convert four miles of canal into pipeline and add a hydropower facility in Rich County.


New Employee Hire:  McKenna Sumrak on May 16, 2016.













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Public Official Award Winner:  FCE is pleased to announce our client, Gary Harwood, Helper City's Public Works Supervisor, was awarded the 2016 ACEC Public Official of the Year Award. The award was announced at the 2016 Engineering Excellence Banquet held on November 19, 2015.


Young Professional Finalist:  Barry Prettyman, Engineer I at FCE, was selected as a finalist for the 2016 ACEC Utah Young Professional of the Year Award; also announced at the 2016 Engineering Excellence Banquet.


Gen Next: A/E/C 40 & Under:  Chad Brown, Senior Engineer at FCE, was selected to be highlighted and published as a Talented Professional in the Utah Construction & Design Magazine, October 2015 Issue. Click here to see the article.


Employee Passing:  We regret to announce our employee and staff engineer, Spencer D. Tressler, passed away unexpectedly on October 22, 2015. In addition to being a loved and professional colleague, Spencer was a devoted husband and father to seven children. Those who knew him are encouraged to leave memories or thoughts on the tribute wall by following the link on his name above.


Ephraim Agencies Team to Save Water Supply:  Press release July 2, 2015.


New Employee Hire:  Megan Judd on June 1, 2015.


WaterSMART Grant Winners!  May 20, 2015.
Four clients have been awarded grants from the USBR WaterSMART program, totaling 43% of the funds granted in Utah and Idaho ($3.23 out of $7.51 million): 

Ephraim Irrigation Company and Ephraim City, Utah -- $1,000,000 for improving the Ephraim 
          Tunnel and piping the Gobblefield Ditch.

St. John's Irrigating District, Idaho -- $1,000,000 to design and install a pressurized irrigation
          system to replace a portion of its canal.

Welby Jacob Water Users Company, Utah -- $230,190 to improve water efficiency in Salt Lake
          and Utah Counties.

Woodruff Irrigation Company, Utah -- $1,000,000 to design and install a pressurized irrigation 
          system to replace open canals.




New Employee Hire:  Barry Prettyman on December 29, 2014.


WaterSMART Grant WinnerRichmond Irrigation Company received a $1,000,000 grant from the USBR WaterSMART program. Funds are for the Upper High Creek Canal Enclosure and Hydropower Development Project. The funding agreement was signed on September 18, 2014.


New Employee Hire:  Ed Vidmar with 31 years of experience. September 3, 2014.


WaterSMART Grant Winner:  Holmes Creek Irrigation Company received a $300,000 grant from the USBR WaterSMART program. Funds are for the Water Conservation and Renewable Energy Project. Announced June 9, 2014.


WaterSMART Grant Winner:  Duchesne County Water Conservancy District received two grants from the USBR WaterSMART program. The first, Duchesne County Water Efficiency Project, was awarded a $299,763 grant. The second, Red Creek Piping Project in collaboration with Red Creek Irrigation District, was awarded a $300,000 grant. Announced June 9, 2014.


Franson Civil Engineers 25-Year Anniversary!  March 15, 2014.
Founded in 1989 by Jay W. Franson, FCE has flourished as one of the top water engineering firms in the state. Jay began the firm with the values that still exist today, which include providing specialized capabilities and superior service. His guidance of FCE has made us a national award winning firm with creative and effective solutions for clients. Jay is the core of the FCE atmosphere which encourages excellence, integrity, industry, dedication, and loyalty.


Fairview Lake Dam Rehabilitation:  A news story with Dave Marble, Utah's dam director, over at the rehabilitation site can be seen on the link above. FCE engineer Eric Dixon is interviewed. August 22, 2013. For more details on this project, please see the project page.