VSCE, Inc. (VSCE) was founded by Jesús M. Vargas in 2004. The firm is headquartered in Oakland with additional offices in Stockton, Fresno, and Los Angeles. Our staff has worked on numerous projects in complicated geographic and/or political environments for public agencies such as BART, Caltrans, CA High Speed Rail, Alameda County Transportation Commission, Caltrain, VTA, Merced (the Bus), MTC, OCTA, AC Transit, and the Cities of Oakland, Tracy, Modesto, Manteca, Fresno, Woodlake, Porterville and Manteca. A condensed list of VSCE’s breadth of work includes the following:
• Alameda CTC, Project I-680 Northbound and Southbound Express Lanes
• BART, On-Call Sustainable Construction Management Projects
• Caltrans District 4 & 10, On Call Program / Project Management Support
• VTA, BART Phase 1 Extension to Berryessa Design Build - Outreach and Construction Management
• City of Tracy, 11th St East Tracy Overhead Bridge Replacement, Tracy, CA.
• I-5 Improvements, Elk Grove CA - Construction Management
• City of Stockton, Safe Routes to Schools – Outreach
• City of Modesto, SR-132 West - Construction Management
• CA HSR, Fresno to Corcoran – Outreach and Construction Management
VSCE is a San Francisco area based engineering consulting firm with more than 16 years of experience providing services for numerous highways, bridge, transit and building projects in the Bay Area and throughout Northern California.
We have a team of highly qualified Program Managers, Design Engineers, Public Relations Specialists, Resident Engineers, Construction Managers, Inspectors, Office Engineers, and Administrative staff.
Our professionals offer in-depth knowledge, decades of experience, and continue to deliver and manage projects of high value ($250M+).
Our firm's infrastructure borrows from those of larger (200+ employee) firms without the delays of a multidivisional organizational hierarchy structure. Our hiring and interviewing process allows us to swiftly bring aboard the most qualified, knowledgeable, and capable staff, who continue to out-perform and self-evolve.
Our mentorship model offers our team invaluable organic growth and development, while uncovering new processes that translate to project efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
VSCE's corporate staff roles overlap to ensure our systems are streamlined, processes are not stagnant, and ensures contract agreements are reviewed and executed so the work begins on-time. We continue to encourage our team to participate in local outreach community-centric programs to learn more about what is most important to the communities we work in and prepares us to adjust to changing policies and safety protocols.
We remain committed to partnering with community organizations, cities, counties, and regulatory agencies in full support of environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
VSCE holds certifications as a DBE (CUCP) and SBA (State of California DGS); SLBE (Alameda CTC); SLEB (Alameda County); LBE (Port of Oakland); LBE (City of Oakland); LA Metro SBE, LA LBE for (DBE & MBE) and BART Micro SBE.
Meet our founder
I founded VSCE based on these core principles:
Jesús Vargas has over 27 years of diverse experience in public and community relations, program management, project controls, construction management and project development. His work has contributed to the delivery of multi-million dollar public works, industrial, and public-private projects such as transit, highways, bridges, buildings, airports, utilities, wastewater plants, and environmental mitigation programs. He provides program management support to numerous public agencies in Northern California.
Mr. Vargas is versatile in strategic project delivery methods, program support, and networking exercises. He is a highly energetic individual with numerous contacts in transportation and public agencies. He possesses excellent presentation skills, is a thorough project controls expert, and has experience with alternative project delivery methods. Mr. Vargas has worked for Caltrans as a District 4 transportation engineer, and as a consultant he has worked seamlessly with numerous transit agencies, cities and developers.
Vargas’ Program Management experience includes quality assurance programs and risk management strategies in addition to coordinating utilities, right-of-way, permits, developing cooperative agreements and making payment recommendations for consultants and contractors.
He also has been involved in numerous organizations such as the Associated General Contractors (AGC), the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Women Transportation Seminar (WTS), Conference of Minority Transit Officials (COMTO), and The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). He was recently appointed to The City of Alameda Transportation Commission and the CA High Speed Rail Business Advisory Committee.
The Story of VSCE and the Three Fish
How it all began
Have you noticed the fish theme on the VSCE site?
Are you wondering, "Hey, what do fish have to do with an infrastructure construction and management company?"
Let me tell you... everything!
Read on to learn how the fish symbolically illustrate the story of VSCE... From the early days, to evolving to become the company we are today and how they represent the future vision of VSCE.