Thursday, May 25, 2017

Garver engineers elected to ASCE Tulsa branch positions

Five Garver engineers based in its Tulsa office have been elected to leadership positions within the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). All of those elected are project engineers on the Transportation Team in Garver’s Tulsa office.

Marius Kabera is serving the 2017-2018 term as branch Vice President. 
Jordan Jones is serving the one-year term as Branch Treasurer.

Ross Helliker is serving as the Secretary.

Austin Messerli is serving as the Young Member Chair.

 Chris Siebenmorgen is serving as Event & Hospitality Chair.











Congratulations to these Garver employees and all others across the Garver footprint who serve in integral leadership positions within industry and community organizations. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Odegard-Begay to lead Garver's Arizona Water Team

Garver Senior Project Manager Andrea Odegard-Begay has been promoted to lead the company's Arizona Water Team. In her new role, Andrea will lead all business operations related to water and wastewater treatment, reuse, and infrastructure from Garver’s Phoenix office.

Andrea is a Stanford graduate with 17 years of experience in water and wastewater systems. After growing up in Southern California, she began her career as a water engineer in Phoenix, and has been in Garver’s Frisco office since 2013. Her most significant work has involved the design of water and wastewater systems, including conventional and advanced treatment facilities, pump stations, ground and elevated storage tanks, and water and wastewater network piping.

“Andrea has been a crucial part of the success of many Texas water projects and we’re excited that she now gets to return home and use that expertise to benefit another growing market,” said Steve Jones, Garver Director of Water Services. “Arizona has a need for water infrastructure improvements, and Andrea is the perfect person to lead those efforts for our clients.”

“I have a passion for water, wherever it is in the water cycle,” Andrea said. "Our Arizona Water Team is ready to provide innovative, value-added solutions to preserve and enhance water resources and help ensure that a safe and abundant water supply remains available to all of Arizona.” 

Find out what Andrea and Garver's Arizona Water Team can do for you by contacting AMOdegard-Begay@GarverUSA.com


Friday, May 19, 2017

Garver Publishes IQ Magazine Volume 9, Issue 1



Evolving and Expanding
In nearly a century of doing business, some services at Garver have been mainstays, like superior bridge and roadway design, and unwavering customer relationships. But just as strong is our instinct to evolve.

Fast-Track Lighting Upgrades
With one of three runways already closed for construction, replacing the Runway 4R-22L centerline lights was a critical task considering it would leave the airport with one open runway. Garver was entrusted to complete the repairs under an ambitious timeline needed to minimize impact on airport operations.

Back-to-Back Triple-Lane Roundabouts
New commercial development serves as a boon to any city. But just as important is making sure drivers can easily navigate their way in and out of that space. To accommodate up to 55,000 daily motorists on Highway 286 near I-40 in Conway, Garver created what is believed to be the first back-to-back, triple-lane roundabouts in the United States, which significantly improved the operational performance and safety of the interchange.

Keeping Programs on Task
A publicly-funded highway program that affects almost every corner of a state can be a daunting task. Take the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department’s Connecting Arkansas Program (CAP), a $1.8 billion, 10-year program funded by a voter-approved half-cent sales tax that includes 36 highway projects. Someone has to be behind the scenes keeping track of all the moving parts.

Furthering Expertise
As the newest member of Garver’s rapidly growing Water Technology Team, Dr. John Kabouris will serve as Water Technology Leader with more than two decades of experience in various aspects of environmental engineering.



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Damaged in flood, coworkers pitch in to help repair Garver engineer's home

Jeff Webb left his Farmington home as storms began to cover Northwest Arkansas late last month. When he returned to survey the damage, about an inch of water covered the floors of his home, about seven inches covered his backyard, and he was left with a sizable cost and workload to return it to normal.
In stepped some of Jeff’s long-time coworkers at Garver’s Fayetteville office. Jeff, a Project Manager on the Transportation Team, got the help from eight coworkers while replacing insulation and drywall damaged during the April 29 storms. About 200-linear feet of wall, two-feet high, was replaced, amounting to about half of the walls in Jeff's home, which wasn't covered for flood damage.

"I already knew the type of people I worked with at Garver, so I wouldn't have expected anything else," Jeff said. "And considering that I'm trying to do a lot of the work myself, I've really appreciated the help."

With the urging of Senior Project Surveyor Paul Davis, a crew of eight Garver employees, and one former employee pitched in. The group included Senior Project Manager Chris Buntin, Senior Construction Observer Johney Boles, Project Surveyor Jeff Jones, Project Manager Jerry Martin, Project Engineer Jared Parr, Senior Project Manager Ron Petrie, and Project Manager Keith Tencleve, as well as former Garver employee Nathan Becknell.

Jeff and his family are hoping for a return to the home sometime in July.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Garver employees pitch in at Girls of Promise conference

Garver asserted itself over the years as one of the top companies in the industry by providing quality designs across multiple business lines. Part of what put Garver there – and a key to it staying there – is attracting, recruiting, and retaining the top female professionals by forming a relationship that begins long before students pick a career field.
Garver employees recently attended the Girls of Promise conference hosted by the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, which was aimed at encouraging eighth-grade students to increase their course loads in STEM subjects with the goal of highlighting the benefits of careers in those fields. Project Engineer Jessica Halbrook, Corporate Recruiter Marque Lloyd, and Project Manager Claire McKinney, all from the North Little Rock office, attended the conference that provided them with a chance to speak with students from across the state. They answered questions about Garver projects, the benefits of careers in the A-E industry, and a typical day in the line of an engineer.

“As a student, I wasn’t aware of all the careers based in a solid foundation of Math and Science,” Jessica said. “Being able to share with these students and example of a future career in these fields
and possibly influence their paths is a privilege.”

Girls of Promise was started in 1999 to encourage girls to pursue courses in STEM subjects past the eighth grade, with goals toward careers in those fields. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Garver, STEM students meet at Texas State Capitol

Garver’s dedication to promoting the importance of a STEM education was recognized recently by the Texas House of Representatives, while it shared that message with about 200 students from across the state. The resolution passed by the Texas House accompanied “STEM Powered by Aviation at the Capitol” hosted by Rep. John Cyrier, who is also a licensed pilot.
Garver, which has eight offices in Texas, was recognized along with Southwest Airlines, Lockheed Martin, and Gulfstream Aerospace in the resolution for establishing partnerships that ensure students are prepared for future careers in aviation and promoting the acquisition of skills required for such a field. Developing a skilled workforce with a STEM foundation is “essential to the continued vitality” of aviation, which contributes significantly to the prosperity of Texas, the resolution said.

Garver Project Manager and Aviation Team Leader Josh Crawford spoke to the students at the Texas State Capitol about the GarverGives program and the importance of advancing STEM education for aviation. The students, most of whom attend Texas high schools, were given the chance to speak to Garver employees about A-E professions in the aviation industry.
“Getting out in the communities where we work is always a priority for us,” Josh said. “But it’s even better when we can meet face-to-face with students who are interested in our fields. We want to show them how rewarding a future career in our industry can be.”

Learn more about GarverGives at GarverUSA.com/GarverGives.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Garver up eight spots, now No. 166 on ENR Top 500

Garver keeps climbing the charts when it comes to the country's top design firms.

Garver came in at No. 166 on Engineering News-Record’s latest ranking of Top 500 design firms nationwide. It’s Garver’s best showing on the prestigious list, is an improvement of eight spots from last year, and marks an increase of 60 spots over the last five years. The list was compiled by ENR based on revenue for design services performed in 2016.

“Our continued rise in these rankings confirms what we and our clients already know, which is that Garver is one of the industry’s most reliable and trusted choices when it comes to design services,” said President and CEO Dan Williams. “We're going to build on this latest improvement by continuing to provide our clients with even more specialized capabilities from our offices spread across the country.”

To learn more about Garver's variety of services, visit GarverUSA.com

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

RCC Filter Pipe Gallery Improvements earn ACEC recognition

Garver’s ability to help alleviate moisture buildup in a Russellville City Corporation Water Treatment Plant filter gallery recently earned an Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas in the special projects category.
The RCC, which manages the water and wastewater systems for the city, identified five projects for improvements to its water treatment plant. One of the most pressing was to reduce the moisture buildup that accumulated in the treatment plant’s filter gallery. As temperature and humidity rose during the summer months, a humid condition was produced in the pipe gallery. The excess moisture would condense on the filter pipes, the walls of the gallery, and the other equipment to cause puddling and premature corrosion of the piping.

Garver chose a new coating system to be added to the pipe rather than dehumidification equipment, which would have reduced the humidity and moisture in the air, but also require additional controls, electrical systems, and other equipment. The coating system ceased corrosion on the pipes, provided the required thermal break, protection, and pipe color needed to identify the pipes. This solution was effective, required minimal maintenance, and no additional costs or training.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sober takes over as WEAT president

Garver’s Texas Water Team Leader Jeff Sober was elected recently as the 2017-2018 Water Environment Association of Texas President at the annual Texas Water Conference in Austin, Texas.

Jeff, who served the past two years as WEAT’s President-Elect and previously as its Vice President, began his term on April 12, when he assumed the role at the largest regional water conference, hosted by WEAT and Texas Section of American Water Works Association. WEAT is the Texas member association of the Water Environment Federation (WEF).

During the one-year term, Jeff hopes to grow the organization by advancing its operator training programs, continuing its efforts in public outreach, membership growth, and business practices. Jeff continues to serve as the Operations Challenge Competition Coordinator and is passionate about the career growth for operations and maintenance staff in the water industry.

“I have seen firsthand the benefits WEAT has for members within the water industry,” Jeff said. “Our focus on education, public outreach, regulatory affairs and our significant activity in the Texas legislature and political arena has made WEAT the preeminent water quality organization in Texas.”

WEAT was established in 1928 with a mission to promote the growth and development of its members, while educating the public on water environment issues and benefiting society through the protection and enhancement of the water environment.

Learn more about what Garver's Texas Water Team can do for you by contacting TexasWater@GarverUSA.com.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Henkhaus named Member of the Year by local WTS chapter

Dr. Rachel Henkhaus' involvement with the Greater Kansas City chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar began three years ago as a way to familiarize herself and Garver with a new community.
Garver established its Kansas City, Missouri office in 2013, Rachel arrived in 2014, and since then has helped the still-growing chapter expand while serving currently as its Programs Chair. Rachel was recognized for her continued commitment to the chapter's evolution when she was named Member of the Year during its annual scholarship and awards banquet last week.

Rachel, a project manager on Garver's Bridge Team, has helped attract locally-recognized speakers to chapter events and established the first scholarship and awards banquet for the chapter, which aims to advance the inclusion of women in the transportation industry. Rachel "exemplifies the mission and vision of WTS and what the organization tries to accomplish," a nominating letter for the award said.

“Being involved in WTS over the last four years has helped me in more ways than I could have imagined,” Rachel said. "Being exposed to differing leadership styles has strengthened me as a leader in the profession and has provided an environment in which partnerships are created with others through the goal of growing WTS."

In addition to Henkhaus’ honor, Garver, a platinum corporate sponsor of the program, was named the chapter’s Employer of the Year.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kaw Lake project draws attention

The City of Enid, Oklahoma recognized in 2009 that its traditional groundwater supply was diminishing. To replenish that supply, it looked to a lake 70 miles northeast of the city that officials expect to produce water for municipal and industrial users for up to 50 years.
Faced with the task of replacing an old system that relied solely on groundwater, Enid chose to mix surface and groundwater, highlighted by the construction of a 70-mile pipeline that will carry water from Kaw Lake to a new water treatment plant on the city’s west side. The current groundwater supply comes from wells located inside city limits, or just west of the city, some of which feature piping that was installed in the 1950s. The project was highlighted in the February issue of Municipal Water Leader, a national trade publication based in Washington D.C. that covers the water industry. It called the project “grand in scope.”

Garver is providing program management, environmental services, and lead design for the project. Phase One took all design aspects to 10 percent completion and was completed in July 2016. Phase Two, which will take all project components to 30 percent completion, began in January.

Michael Graves, a vice president and Garver’s Central Region Water Director, told the magazine that it is a “once-in-a-generation type” project for Enid and that Garver is “honored to be a partner in development of this regional water supply solution.”

To read more about what Garver’s Water Team can do for you, visit GarverUSA.com/Water.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Garver opens eighth Texas office in San Antonio



Garver is excited to announce the opening of its San Antonio office, the company’s eighth Texas location and 22nd nationwide.

Aviation planning director Tim O’Krongley and Greg Swoboda, a senior project manager on the Water Team, will be among those based in the office that will primarily serve Garver’s aviation, water, and transportation clients in south Texas.

Tim is a former Deputy Aviation Director for the City of San Antonio with 24 years of aviation experience. He will head Garver’s Aviation Planning Team.

“Garver has brought a lot of great projects to life in this state,” Tim said. “But San Antonio is my home and more than anything, I’m looking forward to the relationships we’ll build there and the extraordinary things we can accomplish as a result.”

Greg will serve as Water Team lead in San Antonio, adding more than 25 years of industry experience to Garver’s strong reputation for delivering successful water and wastewater projects in Texas. 

“It only makes sense for our rapidly growing company to have a presence in one of the nation's fastest-growing cities,” Greg said. “We’re excited to help San Antonio and south Texas through successful growth by providing it with water and wastewater infrastructure needs.”

Garver’s Transportation Team will assist the Texas Department of Transportation in key bridge replacement projects in San Antonio, the nation's seventh-largest city, and 11 surrounding counties. 

“South Texas is well known for its flash flooding concerns and the stress that heavy rainfall events place on creek and river crossings,” said Blake Staton, Garver’s local Bridge Team Leader. “We are happy to have the privilege to assist the San Antonio District in improving the region’s aging infrastructure to provide safer routes for its residents.”

The opening of a new office, located at 13750 San Pedro Ave., continues Garver's extension into Texas, which now includes thriving offices in Athens, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, Houston, and Round Rock. 

To learn more about what the San Antonio office can do for you, call 210.447.6250.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Airport lighting system update recognized by ACEC

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas recently awarded Garver with an Engineering Excellence Award in the Building/Technology Systems category for its work on updating the North Little Rock Municipal Airport’s lighting systems to LED equipment.
Garver researched design options and assembled cost estimates to assist the airport in multiple projects required to install the new equipment and infrastructure. The airport was the first in the state to install LED taxiway edge lights in 2003, and the airport wanted to completely rehabilitate all of its lighting systems to LED equipment. That work included replacing runway lights, taxiway lights, guidance signs and visual navigational aids (NAVAIDs).

The complete transformation required Garver to design three separate projects, which included discussion with the airport regarding ways to minimize disruptions to those who utilize the airport most frequently. Garver, the Federal Aviation Administration and nearby Camp Robinson, also worked together to establish a new frequency for the airport, which matched that of nearby Camp Robinson Army Airfield to minimize confusion for pilots. Garver also helped identify and remove obstructive trees to the runway.

The new LED airfield lighting equipment will provide the airport with cost savings from reduced energy and maintenance, while also improving the safety of those who use the airport.  

To learn more about Garver's Aviation Team visit GarverUSA.com.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Garver Helps High School Students Develop STEM Skills

One teacher’s desire for his students to receive hands-on education, and Garver’s continued dedication to help usher more students into the engineering field has sparked a new program at a Kansas high school.
Engineers in Garver’s Overland Park, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, offices have been working with students at Blue Valley Southwest High School this academic year to further advance their STEM education beyond what they would learn in a traditional curriculum. Mark Williams, Aviation Team Leader in Garver’s Overland Park office first spoke with Cody Parks’ A&E Design class, which sparked an even more involvement between the class and Garver. This school year, Garver has adopted the class while helping them advance in various fields.

“This program provides them with a unique experience to work hand-in-hand with Garver’s engineers, while receiving insights into possible futures in engineering,” Mark said. “We want to encourage as many young students as possible to further their interests in engineering fields.”

Blake Blakemore, Bridge Team Leader in the Kansas City office, was joined by engineers Rachel Henkhaus, Ruili He, and Derek Butler, in helping students prepare for the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers model bridge building competition. Students spent a month constructing their bridge prototypes, then tested them to failure while receiving feedback from Garver’s engineers.

Senior project manager Jennifer Russell then worked with the students to develop a re-engineered classroom space. Students considered the needs of others students in each class that used the room, the existing furniture, and the physical limitations of the room. Based on those elements, the students created a new room design using their CAD Skills to present the results. Parks and the school’s principal, acting as the clients, then decided on the best design to use for their new environment.

Learn more about Garver Gives at GarverUSA.com/GarverGives

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bryant Pedestrian and Bike Trail Honored by ACEC

Decreasing roadway congestion while increasing mobility and transportation options to promote a greater quality of life was the goal that eventually led to Walk Bike Drive Bryant. The end result was a marriage between the city’s master street plan and its master trail plan that the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas recently awarded with an Engineering Excellence Award in the Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services category.
Previous biking and walking possibilities in Bryant were blocked by Interstate 30, the railroad and an incomplete regulatory policy that led to roads being built without bike and pedestrian options. Garver’s plan emphasized connectivity and mobility by integrating bike and pedestrian paths, and also focused on development of the roadway system by creating links to help disperse traffic loads. The plan incorporated street and trail cross sections modeled on street standards that will promote design for future improvements.

The new master transportation plan solved plenty of issues for the city. Its infrastructure had been stretched by fast-paced growth and poor connectivity, funneling traffic onto a few main corridors that led to congestion and frustrated motorists. The new system took strides in meeting the infrastructure wants and needs of Bryant’s residents.

Learn more about Garver's urban planning services at GarverUSA.com.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Garver's work with small businesses at BNA recognized

In more than a decade working various projects at the Nashville International Airport (BNA), Garver has routinely partnered with smaller companies to develop and deliver successful projects. This commitment recently helped Garver earn the Large Business of the Year award from the Metropolitan Nashville Authority’s Business Diversity Department, given to the company that best works with small businesses owned by women and minorities. Ryan Sisemore, director of Garver Aviation's East Region accepted the award earlier this month from Rob Wigington, president and CEO of Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, and Davita Taylor, the airport's chief of staff.
“I remember when we did our very first job out there,” said Sisemore, “I know what it feels like to break new ground and to take on new things. I believe that has created a strong desire to work with the smaller firms and be a part of their similar development.”

During a recent project at BNA, Garver had the opportunity to serve as a subconsultant to the smaller, Nashville-based construction firm, Blakely Construction Services on a design-build project.  Blakely excelled in its leadership and innovation and paired this with Garver’s developed knowledge and familiarity with the airport. Garver has also worked with a number of other small businesses at BNA, assisting in geotechnical investigations, surveying, cost estimating, and design.

That’s not the only award Garver’s Tennessee Aviation Team has won for its work at BNA. Garver’s role in a geothermal cooling system converted from an old rock quarry earned the Grand Award in the Water Services category during the ACEC of Tennessee’s Engineering Excellence Awards banquet last week. Garver designed a pipeline corridor and worked with the airport to schedule construction phasing in helping the airport turn the quarry into the largest geothermal cooling system of its kind in North America.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Mach, Odegard-Begay to represent Garver at Water Leadership Institute

Mary Elizabeth Mach and Andrea Odegard-Begay, two of Garver’s leading water engineers each with over a decade of experience, were selected recently to participate in the Water Leadership Institute, a not-for-profit program that provides technical education and training for water quality professionals supported by the Water Environment Federation (WEF).

Mary Elizabeth and Andrea will be the first Garver engineers to participate in the Institute, providing them with opportunities to further their education and training as emerging leaders in the water industry. The program allows its participants to engage in management training and leadership development while examining the complex challenges facing the water and wastewater industries. The Institute’s curriculum includes web and face-to-face sessions, including June sessions at the WEF in Alexandria, Va., and a September appearance at the WEF's Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference in Chicago.

Mary Elizabeth has been with Garver in several capacities since 2006. She has served as a design engineer, project engineer, project manager, and in January was picked to lead Garver’s Oklahoma Water Team, leading the team in pursuit and execution of all projects that include water and wastewater treatment plants, distribution system and sewer lines, water reuse, and master plans.

“I am very excited to have been selected for the Water Leadership Institute; improving leadership and management skills specific to the water industry will benefit me as well as Garver’s Oklahoma Water Team," Mary Elizabeth said. "But more importantly my goal is to apply these skills to further enhance water and wastewater solutions for our clients.”

Odegard-Begay has almost 17 years of experience in the industry and has been with Garver since 2013. Her most significant work has involved the design of water and wastewater systems, including treatment facilities, pump stations, ground and elevated storage tanks, and water and wastewater pipelines. At Garver, her responsibilities include project management, planning, utility coordination with local and state agencies, and technical design.

"Participation in the Water Leadership Institute will provide me the opportunity to gather the skills and connections necessary for innovative, value-added solutions, to preserve and enhance water resources for our current generation, as well as future generations," Andrea said. "I anticipate the interaction with public and private sector members of the water industry from across the country, who will provide different perspectives on the issues facing the industry, and this collaboration and be the catalyst to effect change."

To find out what the Garver Water Team can do for you, visit GarverUSA.com.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

U.S. 69 Missouri River bridge opens in Kansas City

Garver has been designing bridges and roadways for nearly a century, but it’s still identifying and meeting new challenges. A much-needed replacement for two outdated Missouri River bridges will serve as a benefit to motorists traveling between two states while also marking the culmination of Garver’s first major transportation project in the area.

Representatives from Garver joined those from the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Kansas Department of Transportation, American Bridge, and others during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week to mark the opening of the new U.S. 69 Missouri River bridge that connects Kansas and Missouri.

The design-build project awarded to the American Bridge/Garver team replaced two deficient bridges, the northbound Platte Purchase Bridge and the southbound Fairfax Bridge, with a new, low maintenance, four-lane structure that connects Platte and Wyandotte counties. The new structure has a 100-year life expectancy and provides updated access to the Fairfax Industrial District, one of the United State’s oldest located in Kansas City, Kansas.

Numerous challenges were overcome working with so many agencies, including coordination with the department of transportation from two states, two levee districts, two municipalities, Union Pacific Railroad, and numerous utility providers. Because of the fast-track design schedule, Garver engineers Adam Hall and Dustin Tackett temporarily relocated to the Kansas City area to make sure that the project was completed on time.

Find out what Garver's transportation team can do for you by visiting GarverUSA.com.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Garver helps kick off Gilcrease expansion

Garver representatives were on hand as Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and others announced recently the Gilcrease Expressway expansion in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The expansion is the latest project in the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s Driving Forward campaign. Garver will be providing traffic analysis and design, roadway and bridge design and environmental services for the Gilcrease Expressway project.

Brent Schniers, Garver’s Oklahoma Transportation Team Leader, and Kirsten McCullough, Garver’s Environmental Team Leader, were at Tulsa’s Chandler Park as Gov. Fallin, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, and Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Gary Ridley revealed details of the $240 million project.

The expressway, one of six Driving Forward projects, will connect Interstate-44 with Highway 412 and will relieve traffic congestion and improve access to the some of the city’s parks and schools, officials said.

Driving Forward was announced by Fallin in 2015 with an aim to improve the state’s highway system. Garver has a wide-ranging role in the program, providing plans and permitting for widening of the Turner Turnpike, and utilizing our project controls team to provide scheduling, cost, risk, and document control to help the program stay on task and on budget.

Find out what Garver's Transportation Team can do for you by visiting GarverUSA.com.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Garver, students work together at science event

Elementary school students recently got to enjoy hands-on experiments relating to science, technology, engineering, and math topics thanks to the help of Garver during a recent event at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas. Garver’s Austin and Round Rock offices volunteered to staff creative and interactive stations throughout the museum for Science Thursday, which is put on each month by Central Texas Discover Engineering.
Around 1,000 students traveled through the museum and learned from activities performed by STEM experts. The stations included learning from a Van de Graaff generator, how to make slime, and how to make music with a theremin.
At Garver’s station, conducted by engineers Keri Burchard-Juarez, Josh Crawford, Blake Staton, Pedro Maltos and Wendy Travis, students were able to make musical instruments out of cardboard boxes, rubber bands, yarn, tape and other items. Then Garver helped students connect their instruments to an electric amplifier using a piezo disc to detect the vibration of the sound waves. It was the second time that Garver has volunteered to work this event, but it is expected to become a regular occurrence.

Learn more about Garver Gives at garverusa.com/garvergives

Friday, March 10, 2017

Grace Creek WWTP receives ACEC honor


Garver was recently awarded an Engineering Excellence Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas for its work at the Grace Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant for their Solids Improvements project in Longview, Texas.

Garver developed innovative solutions that focused on optimizing anaerobic digestion performance, increasing biogas production, and alleviating operations and maintenance challenges at Grace Creek WWTP. The city saved millions by converting an existing tank into a digester in lieu of constructing new digester space. The project also included the construction of a new grease receiving facility. This facility provides a new revenue steam to collect tipping fees from local grease haulers, while providing local grease hauling businesses a significant reduction in the cost of grease disposal. The grease will provide an increase in methane production which can be utilized in the City’s existing electrical turbine. The project resulted in significant energy, cost, and labor savings for the City while increasing sustainability by implementing a brand new technology and process.

Garver provided planning, engineering, and construction services for the project.

“By converting the digesters rather than constructing additional digester space, these much-needed improvements saved the city millions,” said Texas Water Team Leader Jeff Sober. “And the construction of a grease receiving station will provide the city with a new revenue stream through tipping fees.”

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Energy-saving project honored by ACEC

The Fort Hood Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area (BLORA) WWTP Energy Reduction Project has earned a National Recognition Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards competition.

The BLORA WWTP was chosen for improvements by the American Water Military Services as part of an energy efficiency initiative. While working alongside Garney Construction in an alternative delivery teaming arrangement, Garver developed an innovative approach to downsize the plant’s blower sizing and implement an advanced aeration process, while also identifying and implementing multiple process flexibility improvements throughout the design evaluation.

The project required an energy reduction of 20 percent through evaluation of the equalization basin and replacement of the existing aeration basin control methods. Garver’s design led to energy savings of 50 percent in the aeration basin and approaching 50 percent in the equalization basin aeration system. The plant activated sludge system is also now able to operate in series or parallel, providing a significant upgrade to the WWTP’s operability, sustainability, and social impact on the service area.

“It is a great honor to receive national recognition for this successful alternative delivery project,” said Lance Klement, project leader in Garver’s Frisco, Texas office. “Through exceptional team effort and an innovative approach, we were able to far exceed the energy savings goals.”

Friday, March 3, 2017

Garver Celebrates Engineers Week

Members of the engineering profession recently celebrated Engineers Week with events across the country. Employees in Garver offices celebrated by encouraging the next generation of engineers.


Employees in our Kansas City area offices purchased a table at the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers/Missouri Society of Professional Engineers E-Week Luncheon, where Garver engineers got the opportunity to eat lunch with high school students and discuss what the profession entails.


Employees in our Dallas office hosted two interactive stations at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field. The event gave Dallas Independent School District students the opportunity to engage in hands-on engineering activities, demonstrations, and presentations led by Garver and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) partners.

One table offered a Garver-designed airfield navigation simulation to explain the importance of air traffic controls and signage at airports. At another table, Garver’s Hydrology and Hydraulics Team provided students the chance to understand the critical role that floodplains play in the life of a watershed and the impact of development and human activity through using an innovative, hands-on flood simulator.

To see more photos of how Garver employees celebrated E-Week, visit our Facebook page here.

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