GRASS VALLEY, Calif. December 6, 2019 – The Engineer’s Association of Nevada County is pleased to announce the winners of the Project and Engineer of the Year Awards for 2019. These awards serve to recognize both exceptional projects, and talented engineers here in Nevada County.
This year, the recipient of the EANC Engineer of the Year Award is Mr. Andrew Cassano of
Nevada City Engineering for his outstanding achievements, notably, achieving a now 50 year
The EANC Project of the Year has been awarded to Millennium Planning and Engineering for their efforts in the planning and permitting of the Gilded Springs Subdivision in downtown Grass Valley.
Andrew Cassano has worked as a professional land surveyor and land use planner in Nevada
County since 1969. He began his career at a local firm, and then worked as an independent
consultant for many years. In 1984, he became the first person to serve as City Planner for
Nevada City, which he did for 13 years. Then, in 1998, he joined Nevada City Engineering, Inc.
and served as managing partner for 15 years. To honor his ongoing 50 year career, the EANC
is pleased to name Andy Cassano our 2019 Engineer of the Year.
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Gilded Springs is a 27-lot residential subdivision located on a 7-acre infill site near downtown
Grass Valley. The project site fronts on Alta Street and West Main Street. The project site is one
of the largest undeveloped areas within the City of Grass Valley zoned for residential
development. The property is surrounded by development, primarily residential uses with single-family homes to the north, east, and south. There is a seasonal stream (Rhode Island Ravine) which runs along the western property boundary, and crosses West Main Street through a culvert, eventually connecting downstream with Wolf Creek which is slated for rehabilitation. A variety of housing styles are proposed from small cottage style homes (1450 sf to 1750 sf) to larger porch homes and estate homes (1800 sf to 2500 sf). The tentative map was approved in July by the City of Grass Valley’s Planning Commission.
Millennium Planning & Engineering provides land planning and civil engineering design services
to help clients through all phases of the development process, from conceptual design to
construction. Millennium’s staff specializes in navigating the regulatory process to obtain all
necessary permits for development.
Contributors to the project include:
• Owner: Tobin Dougherty
• Engineering and Planning: Michelle Layshot, PE and Robert Wood, AICP, Millennium Planning and Engineering