In 1919, Neal Garver recognized the need for quality
engineering and the company he founded has been providing that service for
nearly a century. But we’re committed to more than just meeting infrastructure
needs. We also value the importance of meeting the more fundamental needs in
our society, which is why we launched a company-wide initiative a couple of
years ago to be more intentional with our giving.
“We knew GarverGives would make an impact, but even I
underestimated how enthusiastically our employees would respond to the chance
to help those around them,” said President and CEO Dan Williams.
Over the holidays, our employees were challenged with
seeking out hunger relief organizations in their areas to discover ways to aid
those organizations in their shared mission to alleviate hunger. Here are some
of the ways Garver employees either accomplished that task or recognized and met a different need within their communities.
Employees in our Frisco, Texas office challenged themselves to raise $4,200 for a local homeless shelter called the Samaritan Inn. They eventually engaged all of our Texas offices and exceeded their goal by donating a total of $7,000 in cash, while also donating their time by helping to serve multiple dinners at the shelter.
Throughout 2016, employees in our Norman, Oklahoma office
picked up food donated from local restaurants and grocery stores, and delivered
it to a homeless shelter in Norman. They cashed in their volunteer time with
GarverGives, which turned their time into cash for the shelter.
Matthew Artigues, who interned in our Jackson, Mississippi office,
picked up where his late-grandfather left off by spending his Saturday mornings
picking up food from local grocery stores and sorting the food for
Our Tulsa employees and their families spent Thanksgiving
serving dinner at a local homeless shelter.
Garver gets a lot of credit for meeting the needs of our
communities by developing the infrastructure that will last for generations,
but we’re just as proud of the other ways we meet the needs of our communities.
We hope you’re entering into 2017 as inspired to make a
difference as we are. Learn more about GarverGives at GarverUSA.com/GarverGives.
Garver Chief Administrative Officer Bert Parker has been accepted as a member in the ACEC
College of Fellows, a distinguished class of engineers who have been selected by their peers as deserving recognition for exemplary contributions to the profession. Bert is only the fifth engineer from Arkansas to be accepted as a fellow by this elite group. Former Garver President Brock Johnson is also included in that group.
In his 38 years of service at Garver, Bert helped transform the company’s transportation team into a regional powerhouse. His work as bridge manager led the initial expansion of Garver into Oklahoma and Mississippi, and the team soon began working in Tennessee, Alabama, and Kansas. Garver currently has 21 offices in 10 states.
Bert has worked on a variety of projects and contributed to the industry in many ways, but he considers his most rewarding achievement to be serving as the project manager of the I-540 Bobby Hopper Tunnel project in northwest Arkansas. That first and only highway tunnel in the state was the culmination of many years of environmental planning and transportation engineering to provide a highway through one of the most scenic corridors in the United States.
As 2016 comes to a close, Garver’s intern development
program is searching for its next round of participants. In 2016, the program
welcomed 28 summer interns from 14 different universities to learn more about
the company and the roles working engineers play on a daily basis.
“When you’re young, just getting started in your career, you’re
eager to get to work,” said Garver Chief Operating Officer Brock Hoskins. “Garver
Launch gives our interns real-world experience working on current design
projects so that if they come to work for us later, they’ll be ready to
contribute on day one.”
A volunteer committee of Garver employees drives the Garver
Launch program, which focuses on three key areas: intern recruitment, intern
experience, and intern retention. Beyond hands-on learning experiences, the interns meet for regular lunches and outings with peers and company leaders.
“Some companies think they’re doing interns a favor by
hiring them, but Garver approaches the experience with a mindset that we’re
forging a relationship with someone who might be running the company 30 years down the road,” said
Recruiter Wren Ward. “We want them to immediately experience what makes Garver
We recently worked with a meal-packing nonprofit at our annual meeting to pack over 27,000 meals for Northwest Arkansas. The process opened our eyes to the level of hunger that exists within our company footprint.
When we open a Garver office in a community, we become a part of that community. We don't just work there, we live there. Our vested interest in the local community means we want our neighbors to thrive, and to do that, we've got to come together to fight hunger.
This holiday season, we're doing our part by making a financial donation to regional hunger relief organizations within our footprint.
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas recently awarded Garver an Engineering Excellence Award in the Structural Systems category for its Training Center for the TSA’s National Explosives Detection Canine Training Program at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
To accomplish the design and construction of the new 25,054 square-foot facility, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Fort Worth District formed a partnership between the USACE, TSA Training Team at Lackland Air Force Base, and the Joint Base San Antonio Civil Engineering Team. Garver worked to provide a space designed to support the partnership’s mission: to train and certify highly effective explosives detection canine teams.
The Canine Training Center was designed with sustainability in mind. Through the selection of some of the most energy-efficient, state-of-the-art water fixtures currently manufactured, water use in the facility was reduced by approximately 48% in contrast to comparable facilities. Due to the hot Texas sun, a holistically aware native and drought-tolerant plant palette and an efficient irrigation system were integrated, reducing landscape water use by over 99%.
Visit GarverUSA.com to discover what Garver can do for your structural needs.
Director's Insight Recruiting Quality, Not Quantity
In this issue of IQ, you'll find an article about Garver's Construction Services Team. While the article highlights our Runway Status Lighting Project, it's really about how we recruited the right person.
I-40 at I-430 Interchange
North Little Rock, Arkansas Interchange Modifications
During both the morning and evening peak time periods, significant traffic congestion occurred at the interchange of interstates 40 and 430, causing delayed—and potentially unsafe—travel for motorists. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) teamed with Garver to develop plans to improve the interchange on a compressed schedule.
BNA Geothermal Cooling System Nashville, Tennessee Innovative Solution
Nashville International Airport (BNA) recently converted an abandoned rock quarry adjacent to its runway into the largest geothermal cooling system of its kind in North America, which will save the airport $430,000 per year in energy costs.
Runway Status Lights Inspection Various Locations Construction Oversight
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Saab Sensis Corporation a multi-year contract to inspect runway safety lights at various airports across the country. They've subcontracted with larger firms in the past to provide construction oversight, but when it came to their latest projects—at John F. Kennedy International Airport and San Francisco International Airport—they chose to work with Garver.
Madison County Water Supply Madison County, Alabama Modeling to Perfection
Garver designed the first-ever water model for Madison County, Alabama, including 1,100 miles of water lines, more than 10,000 pipes, and it supplies 28,000 customers. When the model revealed that the county would soon lose the rights to a well that supplies the northwest portion of the county, Garver developed an improvements plan to offset the shortfall.
Employees from three different Garver offices recently teamed up to compete in Outback in the Ozarks, a 200-mile overnight relay race in Northwest Arkansas. The Garver Team finished the course after over 33 hours of running.
“It was exhausting, but it was a great opportunity to bond with some of my coworkers from different offices,” said Project Manager Jordan Culver. “It’s definitely something I want to do again.”
One of the reasons Zweig Group recently named Garver the top firm to work for in its multi-discipline category, is because of the company’s encouragement of health and wellness. Visit the GarverUSA.com/JoinUs to discover how you can join the Garver Team!
Congratulations to Garver’s Outback in the Ozarks team!
Garver Project Manager Jenny Sallee recently joined the Oklahoma State University School of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CIVE) Advisory Board.
The university relies on the board to bridge the gap between engineering education and engineering practice. Jenny and the rest of the board will work to provide guidance that will enhance CIVE’s curriculum, as well as other parts of the program. “It’s a chance to make a difference in the future of engineering, and to ensure the next crop of engineers are prepared for the industry that eagerly awaits them,” Jenny said. “I’m honored to be offered the opportunity and look forward to giving back to a program that gave me so much.” Jenny, an OSU Engineering alum, formerly worked to regularly provide the student's perspective to the very advisory board she will now sit on for the next four years. "To come full circle has given me the unique opportunity to help shape engineering education and the profession from both ends," she said.
Garver honors and gives thanks to all the men and women who have served our country, as well as those who continue to serve our country through the nation’s military services. Today, we recognize those veterans who previously served our country to provide a safer nation and who now serve Garver in our mission to provide that same nation with sound infrastructure.
Thank you, veterans.
Wade Carpenter, Senior Project Surveyor, Survey
Guy Choate, Corporate Editor, Marketing
Colin Cordell, Intern, Information Technology
Darold Davis, Senior Project Manager, Transportation
Michael Hall, Technician, Water
Perry Havenar, Senior Planner, Aviation
Steve Haynes, Senior Project Manager, Transportation
Matt Koss, Project Manager, Aviation
Jerry Martin, Project Engineer, Water
Bryan Melton, Project Manager, Facilities Design
Melissa Mixon, Technician, Transportation
Jim Morris, Senior Construction Engineer, Construction
Robert Mullen, Construction Observer, Construction
Randall Richards, Project Engineer, Aviation
Lucio Rivas, Construction Observer, Construction
Jennifer Russell, Senior Project Manager, Transportation
Wallace Smith, Director of Federal Services, Federal
Kevin Sullivan, Senior Designer, Facilities Design
Jim Ward, Senior Construction Observer, Construction
Jeremy Weiland, Project Manager, Aviation
Dan Williams, President and CEO
Wendell Williams, Senior Construction Observer, Construction
With the formation of its Fayetteville Chapter, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) established its second Arkansas section. Garver Aviation Electrical Leader Bart Gilbreath has been appointed to serve as the section’s first president.
The Fayetteville Section will work locally to support the IES's mission, which is "to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public."
Among his first duties as leader, Bart plans to establish bylaws and operating procedures for the section and focus on the organization’s growth at the local level. He also thinks it’s important for the chapter to get involved and attend regional and national meetings and leadership development conferences.
“For us to really succeed in the organization’s purpose, we’ve got to get as many professionals involved in things on a bigger scale,” Bart said. “I want to see more local designers, engineers, and firms submitting to illumination design awards, which will not only make them look good, but it will also showcase the owners and great community we’ve got in Northwest Arkansas.”
The section also named Garver Project Engineer Jared Parr the chair of Emerging Professionals, a position that will involve reaching out to high schools, universities, and new professionals to advocate IES involvement and IES section recruiting.
The joy of living in a democracy is that every citizen has
the opportunity to participate in government. One of the ways each of us
participates is through going to our polling station on Election Day and
casting a ballot for the ideas or candidates we think government should
embrace. Garver encourages you to take part in shaping the democracy that
governs our lives. You have a voice, and voting is your chance to use it, so educate
yourself regarding the current candidates and voting issues. For non-partisan information
about candidates and issues in your area, visit VoteSmart.org.
Early voting is already underway in most areas, so you can vote any time between now and November 8. Check your local listings for details.
Over 100 Garver employees recently volunteered at the company’s annual meeting to prepare over 27,000 meals for hungry families in Northwest Arkansas.
The volunteer event was organized by Pack Shack, a local organization committed to fighting hunger, which specializes in creating a fun atmosphere and friendly competition to reach its goal of preparing large amounts of food in a short period of time.
“The Pack Shack party was a fun way to bond with coworkers in the name of a good cause,” said Project Engineer Kevin Geoghegan. “We raced each other to feed people, and nobody loses in a race like that.”
As part of Summit 2016, Garver presented two employees each
with a Spirit of Garver Award for their outstanding achievements and
contribution to the company over the past year. Spirit of Garver nominees
exhibit passion, dedication, and leadership as they aid their teams in pursuing
Garver’s goals of being a strong, respected, and profitable company.
The selection committee chose Wade Carpenter and Jon Hetzel
to receive the Spirit of Garver Award, which carries with it a cash prize. Ten
others were chosen from among many nominees to be recognized as finalists for
what is the highest employee honor within the company.
Wade serves as a senior project surveyor with the Garver’s
Huntsville, Alabama Survey Team, while Jon serves in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office as communications manager for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation
Department's Connecting Arkansas Program.
Congratulations to our Spirit of Garver winners, our finalists, and our nominees.
Some 250 employees from across the Garver footprint recently gathered in Northwest Arkansas to participate in Garver Summit 2016, the company’s sixth annual meeting. Garver is headquartered in North Little Rock, Arkansas, but its Fayetteville office has played an integral role in the company since it opened in 1993. Its proximity to the University of Arkansas has allowed Garver to recruit a continuous flow of new talent while also allowing Garver’s Water Design Center to work with the University to research and develop new solutions to problems the world’s growing water crisis has presented.
While in Northwest Arkansas employees attended a dinner at Walmart’s Arkansas Music Pavilion where Garver executives discussed the company’s accomplishments over the past year and how the company hopes to accomplish its goals in the upcoming years.
“I’m asking you to continue to give Garver your best,” President and CEO Dan Williams told employees. “Pull out our vision every once in a while and read it. Ask yourself what you’re doing to further that vision.”
In addition to attending the dinner and business meetings, Garver employees were welcomed by Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack at the University of Arkansas’s indoor track and field facilities, where they engaged in an intense team-building competition.
At Garver, we value a healthy work-life balance. We see our employees enjoying work every day, but how do they enjoy life after working hours? Some went on trips, some spent time with family and friends, and quite a few enjoyed a summer of love by getting engaged or married. Now that fall is officially here, let's take a look at a few adventures our employees experienced over the summer.
Payroll Administrator Julie Pruss went to Gulf Shores, Alabama!
Project engineer Marius Kabera jumped out of a plane!
Project Engineer Natalie Krager explored Engineer Mountain in Colorado!
Garver is a multi-disciplined engineering, planning, and environmental services firm. We provide services for aviation, transportation, water, energy, industrial, development, federal, survey, and construction administration projects.