WRECO’S 2017 ANNUAL COMPANY PICNIC
September 19, 2017, 2:07 pm
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This year WRECO held the annual company picnic in Orinda at the Orinda Oaks Park.

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WRECO staff brought delicious amounts of food to share including tri-tip, hamburgers, sausages, and more!

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Even with a scorching heat wave of over 100 that weekend, the annual picnic was loads of fun for all the staff and families.

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Dress Down Day 2017
August 16, 2017, 2:52 pm
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WRECO’s annual Dress Down Day contest was a hit this year, all the offices participated and  WRECO staff enjoyed a day of fun competition on this year’s Dress Down Day. Staff wore a variety of outfits, from tie-dye to fan gear to pajamas in a range of colors.

 



WRECO GOES BOWLING – JUNE 2017
August 2, 2017, 3:38 pm
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WRECO staff put their bowling skills to the test and cheered each other on at our staff’s bowling night on June 26 at Danville Bowl.

Team 1 Game 1 Game 2 Total
Jeff 76 96 172
Phil 121 161 282
Denny 53 67 120
Analette 107 67 174
Andrew 104 81 185
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Team 2  Game 1  Game 2  Total
Kaz 105 151 256
Amy 118 109 227
Ashley 93 63 156
Peter 87 92 179
Chris* 115 113 228
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Team 3  Game 1  Game 2 Total
Wes 86 91 177
Brecken 122 131 253
Patrick 118 118 236
Nigel 76 125 201
Joyce 78 69 147
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The winning team with a combined score out of 2 games of 1046 is Team 2 (Kaz, Amy, Ashley, Peter, and Chris)

The top individual scores for the men and women with scores of 282 and 253 go to Phil and Brecken!

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Cinco de Mayo 2017
May 12, 2017, 11:31 am
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May 5 is celebrated in both Mexico and America as the Day of the Battle of Puebla, in which the Mexican army defeated the French in 1862. WRECO staff celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a festive Mexican-inspired potluck in Walnut Creek and a trip to a new restaurant in Oakland this year.

In Walnut Creek, staff played foosball, ping pong, and destroying a piñata filled with candy.

In Walnut Creek, the nacho bar turned out to be a huge hit, with Brecken’s homemade margarita mix and Joyce’s watermelon agua fresca being the winners.



ST. PATRICK’S DAY 2017

Downtown Walnut Creek is the place to be for St. Patrick’s Day!

WRECO staff tried out a new spot for our St. Patrick’s Day company happy hour this year. Though we missed having cheap green beer, we enjoyed the beautiful weather, craft beers, whiskey, and tasty appetizers at Sauced, a local barbecue joint in Walnut Creek.  It was a great way to relax and unwind after a hard day at work!



VALENTINE’S DAY BAKEOFF 2017
February 23, 2017, 5:02 pm
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This Valentine’s Day, WRECO staff celebrated by bringing their best baked goods to WRECO’s Annual Valentine’s Day Bake-off.  We had a great turn out with 11 employees enter the competition, and everyone loved being able to take a break in the afternoon to eat and judge sweets. We had a wonderful turnout with cookies, fresh baked scones, tiered cakes, and more.

In 2nd place was the trifle pictured below on the right.

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1st place went to the chocolate chiffon heart cake baked by April.

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2017 Chinese New Year Celebration

The lunar festival of Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is celebrated by approximately one billion people worldwide each year.  The 2017 Chinese New Year took place on February 28th  this year, and the celebration typically lasts two weeks.

This is the year of rooster which is the tenth animal in the Chinese zodiac.  People who were born in the year of Monkey are considered to be hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented.

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WRECO celebrated this year on January 27th with a luncheon at Tomi Restaurant in Concord.  The buffet was delicious with steamed buns, sushi,  seafood, and desserts.

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WRECO’s Annual Holiday Party 2016
January 25, 2017, 5:38 pm
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WRECO held its annual holiday party at the Blackhawk Country Club Ballroom.  Thanks to the help of our Events Planning Committee, the night was a success with great food, dancing, fun games, and the silly props from the photo booth. WRECO wishes you a wonderful new year!

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Above: All of WRECO struggles to fit into one photo but they have a great time trying!

Above: Blackhawk’s decorations were gorgeous and festive

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Above: WRECO staff loved the food and wine.

Thank you to the staff, clients, and collaborating firms that made this year an outstanding success, and here’s to 2017!



WRECO’S HALLOWEEN CONTESTS 2016
November 10, 2016, 11:27 am
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Halloween has come and gone again here at WRECO. WRECO staff enjoyed having Halloween on a Monday this year and many staff dressed up to celebrate.  We had a pumpkin drawing contest to see which group could draw the best designs on their pumpkins as well as out annual costume contest.

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A Finding Nemo themed pumpkins

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Our Geotechnical Manager Rob was featured as a pumpkin theme

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Minion themed pumpkins

Who do you think had the best costume or most creative?

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Erica dressed up as the game Operation

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Bill Lumberg and Peter from Office Space

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Patrick was a T-Rex

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The WC office had a great time drawing on pumpkins



Walnut Creek Community Service Day

WRECO encourages its employees and their families to volunteer in the community and give back locally. This year’s Walnut Creek Community Service Day features more than 50 projects and offers something for all ages, all interests, and all skills levels. WRECO staff volunteered at the “Make Walnut Creek’s Downtown History Shine Event” and the “Pine Creek Cleanup – Oak Grove Area Event.

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Brecken picking up trash by the (mostly) dry creek bed

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Jon and Patrick finding empty beer cans and other recyclables next to the edge of the road

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WRECO staff and our project leader after we finished creek cleaning all morning



WRECO’s 2016 Annual Company Picnic
September 14, 2016, 5:19 pm
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This year WRECO held the annual company picnic at Lafayette Reservoir in Lafayette. img_4381

WRECO staff brought delicious amounts of food to share including kabobs, sushi, hamburgers, sausages, and more!

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For the first year, WRECO tried their hand a BINGO, which was a huge success!imag7020

Thanks to everyone helping out, and beautiful weather along the reservoir trails, the annual picnic was loads of fun for all the staff and families.



Dress Down Day 2016

WRECO’s annual Dress Down Day contest was a hit this year, all 3 offices participated and  WRECO staff enjoyed a day of fun competition on this year’s Dress Down Day. Staff wore a variety of outfits, from sports jerseys to fan gear to pajamas in a range of colors.

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Oakland office winners: Garrett and Erica

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Roseville office winner: Amanda

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Walnut Creek office winner: Kathryn

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Walnut Creek office winner #2: Scott



WRECO Goes Bowling – June 2016
July 21, 2016, 2:01 pm
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WRECO staff put their bowling skills to the test and cheered each other on at our staff’s bowling night on June 30 at Danville Bowl. While our lanes had some technical difficulties, like the conveyor belt not bringing the bowling balls back, everyone enjoyed having a chance to unwind, chat, give bowling pointers, and get competitive. The winning team actually had the most evenly matched scores in each game, with each member scoring around 80 in the first game and around 120 in the second game. Our president, Han-Bin Liang, also gave out prizes for the second worst male and female bowlers (so that no one would strive to do the worst!).

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St. Patrick’s Day Happy Hour
April 12, 2016, 3:38 pm
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WRECO celebrated this St. Patrick’s Day at Scott’s Seafood since Pyramid Alehouse closed in Walnut Creek in January.  WRECO staff celebrated by watching March Madness and playing various games during Scott’s Seafood’s Happy Hour.

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Sandy and Jeff starting a fun game of Jenga

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Sonia, Andrew, and Analette focusing on becoming the Jenga champions

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Chris and Brecken learn how to play a new game called Bounce-Off

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WRECO staff enjoying delicious plates of food and great drinks



Valentine’s Day Bakeoff 2016
March 11, 2016, 11:03 am
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This Valentine’s Day, WRECO staff celebrated by bringing their best baked goods to WRECO’s Annual Valentine’s Day Bake-off.  We had five employees enter the competition, and everyone loved being able to take a break in the afternoon to eat and judge sweets.

Our entries included Mochi with Tropical Fruit, Spice Cake, Indian Sweets, Twix Cupcakes, and Mini Cheesecakes with Cherries.

WRECO staff were very intent on trying all of the creations, for judging purposes only, of course!  The winner of the contest was the Chocolate with Caramel Frosting Twix Cupcakes, and the Mini Cheesecakes with Cherries were a close second.

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2016 Chinese New Year Celebration
February 26, 2016, 11:22 am
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The lunar festival of Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is celebrated by approximately one billion people worldwide each year.  The 2016 New Year took place on February 8th this year, and the celebration typically lasts 15 days.

This is the year of Monkey which is the ninth animal in the Chinese zodiac.  People who were born in the year of Monkey are considered to be smart, innovative, and quick witted.

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WRECO celebrated this year with a luncheon at Tomi Restaurant in Concord.  The buffet was delicious with steamed buns, sushi,  seafood, and desserts.

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WRECO wishes you a happy and prosperous new year.

 



Celebrating the Holidays and Another Great Year
December 22, 2015, 7:12 pm
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Celebrating the holiday spirit and another year of great projects, WRECO held its annual holiday party at the Blackhawk Country Club.  The night was a success with great food, exciting games and raffles, awesome company, and lots of laughs in the photo booth! Thank you to the staff, clients, and collaborating firms that made this year an outstanding success, and here’s to 2016!

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Above: Squeezing our growing firm into one photo was no easy feat!

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Above: Our geology/geotech team says,”Happy Holidays!” from the photo booth…

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Above: Relieving some of that tight deadline tension!

WRECO wishes you the best this holiday season and a wonderful new year!



WRECO’s Halloween Costume Contest 2015
November 24, 2015, 3:14 pm
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With Halloween falling on a weekday this year, WRECO celebrated with our annual costume contest on the 31st. Costumes ranged from spooky to goofy – who do you think had the best or most creative costumes?

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On the left, the Stacie (upside down meadow) won Best Costume and Analette (ecosystem) won most original.

On the left, the Stacie (upside down meadow) won Best Costume and Analette (ecosystem) won Most Original.



WRECO’s 2015 Annual Picnic
November 17, 2015, 3:11 pm
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WRECO hosted the picnic at Buckeye

 

WRECO hosted its annual company picnic at Tilden Park in Berkeley this year.

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All of the families had a great time

One of our staff, Gil, helped with most of the grilling and meats.  His lumpia’s were a huge hit.Gil being the master griller

No picnic would be complete without a raffle to give out excellent prizes.

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Winner of the raffle

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Raffle winner #2

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Raffle winners #3

Thanks to a fantastic turnout and the hard work of the organizers, WRECO is proud to say the event was a huge success!



WRECO Goes Bowling – June 2015
July 20, 2015, 4:15 pm
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This June, for a team building event, WRECO staff headed to Danville Bowl to see who would become WRECO’s 2015 bowling champion.  Everyone was divided up into teams, and they each played two rounds.

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Grant was our overall winner with 329 points!

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Our first place team included Sonia, Grant, and Jeff.

And the results are in:

Group Placement:

1st Place:   Team 4   746 (points)  Grant, Sonia, and Jeff
2nd Place:  Team 3   637   Raja, Patrick, and Kaz
3rd Place:   Team 1   610   Analette, Eman, and Sarah
4th Place:   Team 2   529   Chris, Alvin, and Seerat

Individual placement:

  1. Grant 329 (points)
  2. Kaz 275
  3. Sonia 238
  4. Eman 217
  5. Raja 210
  6. Sarah 207
  7. Seerat 204
  8. Chris 195
  9. Analette 186
  10. Jeff 179
  11. Patrick 152
  12. Alvin 130
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The WRECO Team

Everyone had a blast, and we can’t wait for next year!



Cinco de Mayo 2015
May 19, 2015, 11:10 am
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WRECO staff celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a festive Mexican-inspired potluck in Walnut Creek and a trip to a new restaurant in Oakland this year.  May 5 is celebrated in both Mexico and America as the Day of the Battle of Puebla, in which the Mexican army defeated the French in 1862. In Walnut Creek, the burrito bar turned out to be a huge hit, with Tony’s guacamole as the clear winner.IMG_0081 IMG_0082 IMG_0084 In Oakland, our staff stopped by Parlour to enjoy some Happy Hour drinks and tapas to unwind and celebrate the day after work on Cinco de Mayo.

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Mt. Diablo 5K Trail Challenge
April 23, 2015, 9:08 am
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Last Sunday, April 19th, WRECO participated in the Mt. Diablo 5K trail run hosted by Save Mount Diablo.  The run was located in Mt. Diablo Regional Park in the Castle Rock area and it was a hit!  WRECO wanted the opportunity to get out of the office and enhance our fitness while simultaneously helping the non-profit Save Mount Diablo preserve the open space and trails around Walnut Creek.  The trail consisted of climbing up moderately rough terrain and running through 4 different creeks before turning around and doing it all over again.  We found out that part of the Castle Rock area is temporarily closed right now to help facilitate the nesting of a listed species, the peregrine falcon.  Mt. Diablo is home to many indigenous creatures that only live in this area (14 in fact!), and we were proud to help support the preservation of their habitats.

WRECO employees getting ready before the race

WRECO employees getting ready before the race

Han excited to reach the finish line

Han excited to reach the finish line

Cuyler speeding towards the end

Cuyler speeding towards the end

We had a great time and some of our employees turned out to be quite athletic.  Cuyler Stapelmann finished 16th overall, and 2nd in his age group, at a great time of 26 minutes and 13 seconds.  That’s fast!

Everyone was awarded with beautiful medals to remember our accomplishment

Everyone was awarded with beautiful medals to remember our accomplishment



Quarterly Birthday Celebrations 2015
April 15, 2015, 9:07 am
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Since it isn’t feasible to celebrate every birthday at WRECO on our Staff’s birthday (we do still have to get work done here!), WRECO throws a quarterly cake day to celebrate all of the staff who recently had birthdays!

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Grant is missing! He was working in the field on his own work Birthday Party.

This quarter we were celebrating Ruey-Wen, Amy, Cuyler, Scott, Kaz, and Grant’s birthdays.  Two delicious cakes were picked up from Whole Foods to help feed the office’s mid-afternoon sweet tooth.  The Chocolate Explosion cake was decadent and creamy, while the Tiramasu cake was lighter and more refreshing.

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Everyone can’t wait to try the cake from Whole Foods Bakery

Thanks for helping cut the cake, Chris!

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St. Patrick’s Day 2015
April 8, 2015, 4:48 pm
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In the spirit of exploration, WRECO staff tried out a new spot for our St. Patrick’s Day Celebration this year. Though we missed the infamous green beer from our usual St. Patty’s Day haunt, McCovey’s, we enjoyed the beautiful weather, craft beers, and tasty appetizers at Pyramid Alehouse, a local brewery in Walnut Creek.  It was a great way to relax and unwind after a hard day at work!

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Luckily our new WRECO t-shirts are green, so no one was pinched this year on St. Patrick’s Day

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Chinese New Year Luncheon 2015

This year WRECO is celebrating the Year of the Goat.  This animal is the 8th in the Chinese Zodiac, and this year is also known as the Year of the Sheep or Ram. tomi front To celebrate Chinese New Year, the WRECO team met up at Tomi’s Seafood and Sushi Buffet in the City of Concord. The buffet had an endless array of sushi, steamed buns, soups, seafood, and desserts.  The food was so delicious that everyone ate until they were stuffed. boas On behalf of WRECO, we wish you a happy and prosperous Year of the Goat!



Valentine’s Day Bakeoff 2015
February 19, 2015, 10:49 am
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This year’s Valentine’s Day Bakeoff was a success.  We had 8 different contestants for the prestigious title of best baker in WRECO, and the employees were very excited to try all of the treats.

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We had lots to choose from this year.  There was a gluten-free orange chocolate mousse, molasses cookies, chocolate chip cookies, Xiao Long Bao buns, a taro sweet roll, salted peanut butter cookies, honey cake, and red velvet cookies with white chocolate chips.

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It was a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with an assortment of baked goodies, and the staff enjoyed having an excuse for friendly competition that resulted in with delicious snacks.

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The overall winner of the competition was the Orange Chocolate Mousse!  The runner-up was the homemade molasses cookies.

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Holiday Party 2014
February 18, 2015, 5:00 pm
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This year’s annual WRECO holiday party was held at the prestigious Blackhawk County Club in San Ramon.   The setting was very cozy, and everyone enjoyed the good food and the company of friends.  The night started off with an icebreaker game, followed by dinner, a recap of the year with a slideshow, a Photo of the Year contest, and recognition of outstanding WRECO employees.  Highlights of the night are pictured below:

Everyone having fun during the holiday gift exchange!

The banquet food was delicious and bountiful.

WRECO staff and friends – we drew quite a crowd this year!



Thanksgiving Potluck 2014

Thanksgiving has come and gone but this potluck was one to remember!  The amount of food everyone brought filled up three separate tables.  We have the savories: fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, spring rolls, stews, and breads.

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For the sweet: we had homemade cranberry sauce and Chinese bunsIMG_1698

For dessert we had two different pies, egg custard, dozens of cookies, and cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory.

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Healthy? No.  Delicious? YES.  Everyone was excited to take a lunch break for this potluck.

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One of our employees even brought KFC; how can you say no to that?  Does anyone have any favorite dishes to bring to potlucks?



Halloween 2014
October 31, 2014, 12:39 pm
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Double, double toil and trouble
Fire burn and cauldron bubble…
By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
Open, locks,
Whoever knocks.
~ Macbeth, Act 4, Scene 1

Halloween has come and gone again here at WRECO. There were some spooky costumes and some decidedly wacky ones as well.  Who do you think had the best costume or most creative?

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This year the staff had some great costumes.

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DSC00903Garrett won the award for Most Creative as the Headless Man!

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Coastal Cleanup Day at Belmont Creek

WRECO team hard at work Working together to remove shopping cart

WRECO staff added a new dimension to their familiarity with Belmont Creek after focusing efforts this year on the segment of Belmont Creek adjacent to Alameda de las Pulgas at the California Coastal Commission’s Coastal Cleanup Day.  Of the refuse and recyclables cleaned out by WRECO, beer cans, gum wrappers, and cigarette butts were most common.  The catch of the day came in the way of a shopping cart that had been lodged in the creek; it had been within the creek so long that a tree had grown around it.  For WRECO however, it was nothing a little sweat and determination couldn’t dislodge and remove!

Prior to the creek cleanup, staff were familiar with the area through work on a watershed study for a client with facilities located adjacent to the creek.  This watershed study has brought together the many parties that hold jurisdiction over the creek to help determine solutions for flood protection and environmental improvements. 

WRECO’s findings

WRECO President Han-Bin Liang hard at work

Staff engineer Alvin off to find treasure



WRECO Staff Take to the Iron Horse Trail
September 6, 2014, 2:25 pm
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On September 6, WRECO staff held their first ride along the Iron Horse Trail in Walnut Creek. The event had a great turnout, with almost 20 riders of all ages in attendance. Highlights along the route included stops at Larkey Park and Heather Farms Park. Keep an eye out for our riders on future events!

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Taking a short break at Larkey Park

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Fun for all ages!

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Hopping on to the Iron Horse Trail



2014 Annual Company Picnic
August 23, 2014, 2:24 pm
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The 2014 Annual Company Picnic was held at Richmond’s Wildcat Canyon this year. There was a great turnout of people and lots of great food.

 

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Gil brought his special marinated chicken skewers to grill, along with grilling other meats.

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Dress Down Day at WRECO
July 17, 2014, 4:32 pm
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WRECO held the annual Dress Down Day on July 17th. Staff members came dressed down in comfortable casual clothing, from pajamas to athletic wear to mellow tropical shirts.

 

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Jeff was voted Most Original dressed down, and Wana was voted Most Creative dressed down. All in all, it was a fun, relaxed day in the office!

 



WRECO’s First Staff Rock Climbing Event
June 12, 2014, 11:41 am
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WRECO staff had a fun day at the Diablo Rock Gym on Thursday, June 12th. After putting on climbing shoes, belts, and harnesses, staff members watched each other climb rock walls…

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And boulders…

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…and other difficult surfaces…

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At the end of the evening, everyone was drained but had a great workout!

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WRECO’s 2014 St. Patrick’s Day
April 24, 2014, 10:37 am
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On St. Patrick’s Day, WRECO staff enjoyed a food and drink-filled happy hour at McCovey’s Restaurant in downtown Walnut Creek. Nachos were served, chicken wings were passed around, and there was much chatter and excitement.

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Towards the end, the 521 Burger was presented – 44 ounces of Angus beef, able to feed a whole table of people!

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Staff Event: Bowling at Danville Bowl!
January 22, 2014, 3:01 pm
Filed under: Bowling Night, Events & Outings

This season, WRECO held their company-wide staff activity at Danville Bowl. Staff gathered to test their skills of might and compete for the ultimate WRECO bowling championship!

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Two rounds were played with lots of laughs and lots of cheering throughout the games. At the end of the night, staff gathered to determine the two highest scorers of the two rounds – Grant Wilcox and Patrick Yim! It was a fun night, and we hope to see everyone at the next staff activity!

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Chinese New Year Luncheon 2011
February 4, 2011, 3:00 pm
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We are celebrating the year of the Rabbit this year.   

In Chinese mythology, the Rabbit is a symbol of endurance and their essence is said to have originated from the Moon. During the Chinese mid-Autumn festival when the Moon is usually at its best, Chinese children still carry lit paper lanterns made in the form of a Rabbit, and climb the hills to look at the Moon and admire the Moon Hare.

The year of the Rabbit is a peaceful year, very much welcomed and desired after the fierce year of the Tiger. We should go somewhere tranquil and get some well deserved rest after all the encounters of the year before. Good taste and enhancement will excel on everything, and persons will recognize that influence is better than force. A time to make sure that we do not become too indulgent. The influence of the Rabbit tends to spoil those who like too much comfort and therefore weakens their value and sense of responsibility. –www.yearoftherabbit.info

Instead of having a traditional Chinese lunch this year, WRECO staff ventured to the Kobe Japan Restaurant in Pleasant Hill for some teppanyaki action.  We were all entertained by the exciting and flaming presentation, and we look forward to another great year ahead.



WRECO Holiday Party 2010
December 11, 2010, 5:00 pm
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WRECO hosted this year’s company holiday party at the Farmer Restaurant in downtown Pleasanton. 

Our staff, significant others and special guests had a great time playing the holiday-themed bingo and learning more about one another, while enjoying the delicious dinner.  Steve and Jessica provided comedic relief throughout the night.  In the holiday spirit of giving, WRECO donated our secret gift exchange items on behalf of our receipients to the Toys for Tots Foundation. 

See highlights of the night below.

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Chris Receives a Special Gift for 10 Years with WRECO

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Han's Special Mini Golf Set

More Toys for Tots Donations

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and Some Dancing at the End of the Night...




Staff Planning Day 2010
November 12, 2010, 1:00 pm
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The WRECO staff started the day early at Hyatt Summerfield Suites in Pleasant Hill. Thankfully, we had plenty of coffee, muffins and bagels to keep us alert during the important presentations and goal-setting sessions. Design-Build was a significant topic this year and we learned more about the exciting future of WRECO through the course of our presentations.

After lunch, we spent the rest of the afternoon with some friendly team-building competition. See some of our activities below.

WRECO staff showed off their culinary skills during the Iron Chef competition.

Then, we put our creative minds together to create a conceptual plan for a dog-friendly community park.

Team MEP won the overall competition. Congratulations!

We look forward to next year’s event.



Halloween 2010
October 28, 2010, 3:00 pm
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Happy Halloween 2010!

WRECO celebrated another fun Halloween event this year. Although we did not get as many participants as hoped, there were still a lot of creative costumes and an abundance of sweet goodies.

Best Costume Winner: Alvin as Super Mario (far right)

Most Original Costume Winner:
Analette as a Qualifying Rain Event (2nd from left)

Oakland Office Winner: Gil as a Giants fanatic

We hope to see more costumes next year.



WRECO Picnic 2010
September 11, 2010, 1:00 pm
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WRECO held this year’s picnic event at the Briones Regional Park in Martinez, CA.  After a long work week, our WRECO staff spent the day enjoying the nice summer breeze with friends, family and pets.  All of us greatly appreciated Han, Chris, and Dave’s hard work in getting the grill started and the delicious food that everyone brought.  See some of our photos below.

Our Picnic Site

Bean Bag Toss

The BBQ Masters

Sue W. & Family

Analette & the Kids

Andrew S. & Family

Ulysses & Family

Kaz, Jeff & Kevin Hanging Out

Last Photo Before We Left



Billiards Night 2010
June 10, 2010, 12:00 pm
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It has been a few years since the WRECO Team has played billiards together.  This year, we went to The Broken Rack in Emeryville to enjoy some friendly competition and to see whether the rumor about Sue R.’s skills still holds true. 

We played tournament style, and at the end of the night, everyone stopped to watch the final playoff between Han & Sue R. and Hong & Claire.  It was a very close game, but Han & Sue R. had managed to defeat the other team.  Not to mention, some of our most inspirational players of the night were Hong, Erica, and Claire.

Below are some photos highlighting the night.



2010 St. Patrick’s Day Happy Hour
March 17, 2010, 2:00 am
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On St. Patrick’s Day, the WRECO team took a stroll over to McCovey’s Restaurant in Walnut Creek.  We celebrated the Irish tradition with a feast including a few rounds of appetizers and drinks.  Luckily, we were all attired in green and no one got pinched. 

Dr. Liang also revealed his Irish heritage and that his ‘real’ last name is O’Liang.  At the end of the night, everyone enjoyed the nice break from the office. 

Table 1

Table 2



Chinese New Year Luncheon 2010
February 11, 2010, 12:00 pm
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2010 is the year of the golden tiger.  The tiger is a sign of courage and is revered by the ancient Chinese as the sign that wards off the three main disasters of a household: fire, thieves and ghosts.

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the WRECO team met up at Szechwan Restaurant in the City of Orinda.  We enjoyed our lunch hour with an assortment of appetizing entrees and laughter of coworkers.  

It was a great way to start off the new lunar year, and we hope this year will be a great one. Happy New Year!



Staff Planning Day 2009
December 18, 2009, 6:21 pm
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The WRECO Team carpooled to the Courtyard Marriott in Milpitas and started the day early with staff presentations. We made sure we had plenty of coffee on hand (of course). Each group presented an overview of their 2009 projects and goals for the next year. 

After our presentations, we enjoyed a buffet lunch prior to an afternoon of team-building activities.  See below for highlights of our activities. 

Modern Marvels (Constructing a structure, building or engineering feature from aluminum foil) 

Team Sabercats

Team WRECO Unicorns

Team Chosen One

 What Does Sustainability Mean to You? 

 

 

 

 

Team GG scored the highest and took home First Place after completing all nine activities.  We all learned more about our teammates’ strengths and how to strategize best to meet each challenge. The event was a great success!



2017 Chinese New Year Celebration

The lunar festival of Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is celebrated by approximately one billion people worldwide each year.  The 2017 Chinese New Year took place on February 28th  this year, and the celebration typically lasts two weeks.

This is the year of rooster which is the tenth animal in the Chinese zodiac.  People who were born in the year of Monkey are considered to be hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented.

chinese-new-year-2017

WRECO celebrated this year on January 27th with a luncheon at Tomi Restaurant in Concord.  The buffet was delicious with steamed buns, sushi,  seafood, and desserts.

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