Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

OC Report Card

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Orange County in some respects is a microcosm of our nation. We are a culturally diverse, and rapidly growing county which are getting close to being totally developed and built out. As such, our infrastructure is beginning to show its age especially in the northern and central portion of the County. Additionally, Orange County is still recovering from the recession and therefore needs to plan all of its infrastructure investments very carefully.

Six years ago, through the efforts of the UC Irvine CEE Affiliates and ASCE, Orange County became the first County in California to release its third comprehensive Infrastructure Report Card. A lot has happened since 2010 and this year we are grateful for the opportunity to be able to provide you with our fourth comprehensive update of Orange County’s infrastructure status and where we are post-recession.

Last March, we started the process of reviewing and updating the work that was done on the 2010 Orange County Infrastructure Report Card. We were fortunate to be able to gather a lot of the same dedicated individuals whom had worked on the previous Report Card efforts as well as adding new members that brought a fresh and insightful perspective to the task. The result of their hard work and dedication is the new and updated 2016 edition which was released on July 21, 2016. Our work, however, is not done. Developing the report card was the first step in highlighting the importance of infrastructure maintenance. And as you will see in this report the grades are not all good.

Much work needs to be done on the local and county-wide level to improve the grades. According to the report by the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman University, Orange County will add nearly 41,000 jobs in 2016, or a growth rate of 2 .7%. Over the next 20 years, Orange County is expecting its continued growth. The Orange County Business Council estimates approximately 300,000 additional residents and about 250,000 new jobs will be added to the County. Orange County is also transitioning from a suburban county to an urban county. With a population of over 3 .1 million people (2016 Estimate), Orange County is the third most populous county in the state of California and the sixth most populous in the United States, which makes it one of the most sought after places to work and live in the world.

In the meantime our task is to educate our public on the importance of infrastructure maintenance, encourage our colleagues in the public sector to continue the fight for infrastructure funding and maintenance, and to actively communicate to our elected officials the important role that infrastructure maintenance plays in our everyday lives.

Sincerely,

Yazdan T. Emrani, M.S., P.E.
Co-Chair, Orange County Infrastructure Report Card Executive Committee
Vice President, Southern California Infrastructure Practice Lead,
Carollo Engineers, Inc.

Farzad Naeim, Ph.D., P.E.
Co-Chair, Orange County Infrastructure
Report Card Executive Committee
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine

2016 Orange County Report Card [Full Report]

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