Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Garver Softball Team Wins Championship

Garver’s Fayetteville office summer league softball team recently won the 2016 championship. After finishing the regular season fifth of six teams, no one predicted they would rally to win the end-of-season tournament, but that’s exactly what they did by winning three games in a row, to include a victory against the top-seeded team.

“We battled scheduling conflicts all season long, which kept us from being able to play a full roster, but we were able to get everyone together for the tournament,” said Team Captain Zach Moore. “Our play in the field was solid and our bats came alive at the plate. Andy [Pruitt] went an impressive eight for nine in the tournament.”

This year marked the team’s ninth season, and its first championship.

Visit the Garver Athletes album on our Facebook page for more photos of more of our employee athletes.

Monday, August 8, 2016

2016 Spirit of Garver Finalists Named

Each year Garver chooses two Spirit of Garver Award winners—one from the technical side of the house and one from the administrative side—who will receive company-wide acknowledgment as well as a cash bonus. The award recognizes employees for outstanding achievements and contribution to the company while exhibiting passion, dedication, and leadership as they aid their teams in pursuing Garver’s goals of being a strong, respected, and profitable company.

Employees are initially nominated for the Spirit of Garver Award by someone within the company, and then a selection committee narrows the list down to 10 finalists who are interviewed before the winners are chosen in October.

The following nominees have been named finalists for this year’s award.

Julie Pruss serves as payroll administrator in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office. She’s been with the company for four years.

Marie O’Quinn serves as a marketing coordinator in our Kansas City, Missouri office. She’s been with the company for two years.

Jon Hetzel serves as Arkansas Highway Transportation Department communications manager in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office. He’s been with the company for 10 years.                

Scott McReynolds serves as a project manager on our Fayetteville, Arkansas Aviation Team. He’s been with the company for three years.

Zac Simpson serves as a project manager on our Frisco, Texas Aviation Team. He’s been with the company for a total of 10 years.

Robert Mullen serves as a senior construction observer on our Tulsa, Oklahoma Construction Team. He’s been with the company for four years.

Joe Orloff serves as an architect, based in Austin, Texas, on our Facilities Design Team. He’s been with the company for five years.

Wade Carpenter serves as a senior project surveyor on our Huntsville, Alabama Survey Team. He’s been with the company for 28 years.          

Mason Atkinson serves as a project manager on our North Little Rock, Arkansas Transportation Team. He’s been with the company for 12 years.

Rama Dhanikonda serves as a project manager on our Frisco, Texas Transportation Team. He’s been with the company for two years.    

Evan Tromble serves as water technology leader on our Norman, Oklahoma Water Team. He’s been with the company for five years.

Jonathan White serves as a project manager on our Fayetteville, Arkansas Water Team. He’s been with the company for a total of six years.

Congratulations to all of our 2016 Spirit of Garver Award finalists!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Garver Named #1 "Best Firm to Work For"

The Zweig Group has named Garver the #1 “Best Firm to Work For” in the multidiscipline category. The prestigious “Best Firm” list honors outstanding workplaces at architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms based on benefits offered and employee satisfaction. This year’s ranking puts Garver in the top three for the third year in a row, but marks its first time at the top.

“By definition, a corporation has to be profitable,” said President and CEO Dan Williams, “but at Garver we believe profitability is a byproduct of providing generous benefits and creating a culture within our organization that attracts and retains world-class talent. Being named the Best Firm to Work For is evidence that we’re succeeding in our mission to do that.”

Want to join the Best Firm to Work For? Check out our job openings here.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Connect Offers Development Opportunities

Garver recently launched its newest corporate initiative, Connect, which is an employee-led group of women and men dedicated to supporting and strengthening Garver's unified vision by maximizing the value of employees through recruitment, retention, and development of the company’s women.

The program has two primary areas of purpose:  to aid in recruitment and retention of talented women through networking and mentoring amongst employees; and to encourage women by offering well-rounded personal and professional development.

“Connect will offer women the opportunities they need to overcome the challenges they face in career development and will benefit the woman, her team, and ultimately the company,” said Suzanne Peyton, the 18-year veteran of Garver who will lead Connect. “Teams with all members operating at their highest level will perform better and be more profitable.”

To discover more about Garver’s employee programs and benefits, visit GarverUSA.com/JoinUs.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Garver, Employees Invest in WTS

Several Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) chapters have spotlighted Garver as its featured platinum sponsor—chapters in Austin and Dallas, Texas, as well as the chapter in Kansas City.

In the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter newsletter, WTS recently highlighted the contribution of Garver Project Manager Kathy Kleinschmidt, who embodies the spirit of WTS in that she has benefitted from and is committed to giving back to the organization.

In 2005, Kathy Kleinschmidt was the intelligent single mom of a six-year-old. She was trying to balance a full-time job while earning her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. With one year remaining in Kathy’s education the WTS awarded her the Sharon D. Banks scholarship, which helped ease the financial burden of completing her degree. Kathy has since become a talented project manager at Garver, and a fantastic role model for her daughter. In fact, Kathy’s daughter plans to embark on her own pursuit of an engineering degree this fall.

WTS’s generosity and support inspired Kathy to do what she can to empower women through WTS. Garver takes pride in employees like Kathy, who aren’t just good at what they do, but also see what good they can do others.

Visit wtsinternational.org to learn more about WTS.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Employees Pass Professional Exams

Garver congratulates employees who have recently passed professional exams.

Wellness Coordinator Sarah Eanes serves in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office and recently fulfilled her requirements to be recognized as a certified personal trainer.

Ben Perea, PE, is a civil engineer on Garver’s Aviation Team. He serves in our Fayetteville, Arkansas office and recently passed his professional engineering exam.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Aviation Team Named to Top 25 in Nation

The Engineering News-Record publishes an annual ranking of the top 500 design firms nationwide, based on revenue for design services performed at home and abroad. They also provide a more detailed level of market analysis by ranking industry leaders in particular market sectors.

This year ENR named Garver a top 25 firm for airport work, the company’s first such recognition in a particular sector.

“I’ve never worked with a more talented and dedicated staff than our current Aviation Team,” said Director of Aviation Mike Griffin. “They’re committed to the quality of their work and they’re committed to the vision of our clients. That’s never going to change with this crew and I think the industry is starting to recognize that.”

Overall, Garver ranks at #174 on ENR’s Top 500 list, up 18 spots from last year and the firm’s highest ranking to date.

To learn more about the Garver Aviation Team, visit GarverUSA.com.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Burchard-Juarez Urges Industry Introspection

The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) recently featured an article written by Garver Project Manager Keri Burchard-Juarez in its national publication, PE Magazine. The article, entitled “In Flint’s Aftermath, a Time for Introspection,” addresses the obligation engineers have to ensure public safety as it relates to infrastructure, even under substantial financial strain.

In the wake of the recent water crisis in Flint, Michigan, in which the city’s financial strain led to compromised decision-making—and ultimately a water supply contaminated with lead—Keri urges engineers to “examine our own practice of the engineering profession and sharpen our focus on the responsibilities that come with the title of professional engineer.”

“Many local and state governments are operating under the acute financial strain of maintaining aging infrastructure,” Keri said. “We can use the lessons of Flint to strengthen our resolve to provide complete, competent, and honest engineering recommendations even in the face of financial and political pressures.”

At Garver, we’re committed to our clients, but we're also committed to our clients’ constituency, and the integrity of the infrastructure we design. Public health and safety is paramount in our work, as it should be across our industry, and we’re proud to have professionals like Keri championing that message.

NSPE members can click here to read Keri’s article in its entirety.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Garver Intern to Head University AWWA Chapter

The University of Arkansas Chapter of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) recently elected Garver’s Megan Browning to serve as chapter president. Megan is a technician intern at the Water Design Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  

In her role as president, Megan will communicate with outside associations to schedule, regulate, and control water industry events and interactions.

“It’s an honor to be elected to this position,” Megan said. “AWWA is a great organization that has given me and my fellow students a clear window into the water industry through nationwide networking events, and I look forward to the opportunity to work hard to better our U of A chapter.”

We're always looking for promising students like Megan to join our rapidly growing team. Visit GarverUSA.com/JoinUs to get started today.

Monday, June 13, 2016

GarverGives Awards Scholarships to Frisco ISD Students

Garver’s Frisco office recently awarded scholarships to three Frisco Independent School District student teams that competed in an end-of-the-year engineering competition. The students presented their projects to Garver engineers who judged each team based on a variety of factors and presented the top three teams with scholarships.

Garver employees raised money and volunteered their time with the school district, which was then matched through GarverGives, the company’s charitable giving program. Altogether, three two-man teams will split close to $4,500.

The students are part of Project Lead the Way—an internationally recognized provider for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum and teacher training—and plan to pursue degrees in the STEM field.

“This was a great way to get involved with students in our local community,” said Project Engineer Sara Andrews. “I’m grateful to get to meet such bright and talented students that have a great future ahead of them within many diverse engineering fields.”

To find out more about GarverGives, visit GarverUSA.com/GarverGives.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

MNAA Turns the Valve on BNA Geothermal Project

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) recently had a “turning of the valve” ceremony to mark the opening of its new geothermal cooling system, which will save Nashville International Airport an estimated $430,000 a year in cooling costs.

An abandoned rock quarry near the airport is filled with water that maintains a year-round 50-degree temperature. Not long ago, the airport considered filling the pit in, but the now that pit is at the heart of the system’s functionality. The system pumps hot water to heat exchangers submerged 50 feet below the reservoir’s surface, which is cooled by the reservoir before making its way back to the airport’s cooling plant.

Garver’s work on this project began nearly six years prior to the actual design-build team selection when we were asked to analyze potential routes for the pipeline corridor from the quarry lake to the terminal building’s central plant. When funding became available, Garver partnered with Blakely Construction Services and was selected as a design-build team to construct the project, the largest of its kind in North America.

“We had to get across the runway and taxiway during an already planned 60-day shutdown for maintenance,” said Garver Vice President Ryan Sisemore. “With the required demolition, trenching, pipe placement, backfill, drainage system installation, electrical and lighting, pavement section construction, curing, grooving and striping, I’m extremely proud of my team—as well as everyone involved in this coordinated effort—for an outstanding achievement.”

MNAA has made sustainability a priority in its planning process and is one of a dozen airport participants in the FAA’s Sustainable Master Plan Pilot program. The airport authority recently won a Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for its sustainability efforts from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and also a 2016 Environmental Achievement Award in the Special/Innovative Projects Award category from the Airports Council International-North America for the geothermal lake plate project.

Discover what Garver's Aviation Team can do for you by visiting GarverUSA.com.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

ACEC Recognizes Spring Street Parking Deck Project

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas recently awarded Garver an Engineering Excellence Award in the Structural Systems category for its Spring Street Parking Deck project in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The parking facility includes a new parking deck with two liner buildings and a three-story office building. For the site selection phase of this project, the design team conducted site surveys and compiled data for four potential parking deck sites. The most challenging site was chosen by the City and required a large volume of excavation. The new Spring Street Parking Deck provides the City with a four-level, 236-space vehicle parking deck in the downtown entertainment district and is adjacent to the Walton Arts Center. The project also included the replacement and expansion of the Walton Arts Center administrative offices and backstage space.

The administration office building design included drilled piers and structural steel with moment frames and composite beams. The parking facility uses the same pay-by-space parking system already utilized in the Entertainment District by providing drivers with six payment kiosks located throughout the deck. Additionally, free bicycle parking is available with 12 racks accommodating 24 bicycles. The new parking facility provides the City of Fayetteville with a convenient, secure facility for citizens who frequent the existing downtown merchants and the infrastructure to draw new businesses to the vibrant, growing downtown area.

Visit GarverUSA.com to discover what Garver can do for you.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Gilbreath to Lead ATU Engineering Advisory Board

Arkansas Tech University’s Electrical Engineering Advisory Board recently elected Garver Project
Manager Bart Gilbreath to serve as the board’s first president.

The board is made up of industry professionals who will assist the Department of Engineering in their self-study review process, creating goals and expectations for the curriculum and program as they relate to the industry’s needs from graduates.

“It’s an honor to serve on the board,” Bart said. “And I look forward to making sure this program stays on the cutting edge of industry advancements to ensure graduates are ready to have an immediate impact in the field.”

Bart’s goals for the board include creating its vision, bylaws, and structure for how the board will operate in the future, at which point the length of Bart’s term as president will be decided.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ACEC Recognizes Garver for Frisco Multi-Use Trail Design

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas recently awarded Garver an Engineering Excellence Award in the Transportation category for its Frisco Multi-Use Trail design project in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

For years, the Frisco Trail system ended north of a congested Highway 180 — the south boundary of the University of Arkansas campus — cutting off citizens who reside in that area from the trail and isolating one of the City’s largest and most utilized parks, Walker Park.

Garver provided surveying, design, property acquisition documents, bidding, and construction-phase services to complete the trail. Improvements included extending the Frisco Trail from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to the trail located in Walker Park, including 0.5 miles of a 12-foot-wide trail with lighting, a 120-foot tunnel under Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, two prefabricated bridges, and a pedestrian hybrid beacon crossing at Highway 71B.

To read more about this award-winning project, visit the IQ Magazine page at GarverUSA.com.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Garver Up 18 Spots in ENR Top 500

Garver moved up 18 spots on Engineering News-Record's annual list of the Top 500 Design Firms nationwide. The publication ranks companies on the list according to revenue for design services performed in 2015. Garver is listed at #174, up from #192 last year, marking the company's highest ranking to date.

“Our climbing the list directly reflects the steps we’ve taken to provide our clients with a more specialized collection of service capabilities,” said President and CEO Dan Williams, “and we’re doing it from the largest Garver footprint ever with 18 offices in 10 states.”

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Garver Relocates Austin, Texas Office to Accommodate Growth

Garver recently hosted an open house to celebrate its relocation in Austin, Texas. While Garver already had an Austin presence, the new office gives the company more space, which will accommodate its growing staff and diverse disciplines--including aviation, transportation, and facilities design services--serving the Central Texas area.

"We've been very blessed in Austin," said Project Manager Josh Crawford, who leads the Austin office. "This expansion of our facilities will provide Garver with the capacity to grow and continue offering our clients a range of services from a local level."

Garver offices in Austin, Fort Worth, Frisco, Houston, and Round Rock handle a variety of different project types all across the state. Call or stop by our new Austin office to find out what Garver can do for you.

3755 S. Capital of Texas Hwy
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Austin, TX 78704


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Garver Celebrates National Engineers Week

Garver’s Kansas City office recently participated in Engineers Week by hosting a table at the annual Discover Engineers Week Celebration. Attendees at the Garver table included local high school students interested in pursuing engineering degrees.

“This event provided a great opportunity for Garver to show its support to the local Missouri and Kansas societies of professional engineers, STEM initiatives in our area, and also the future of engineering on the whole,” said Garver Project Manager Adam Stodola, who also currently serves at the state president of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers.

Attendees of the event heard presentations from a variety of colleges and local industry businesses. Winners were also announced for student competitions that included MathCounts, Bridge Building, and Future Cities.

To learn more about how National Engineers Week benefits students or how you can get involved, visit DiscoverE.org


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