Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Garver basketball team gathers to aid charity

Engineers from Garver offices in three different states gathered to participate in a charity basketball tournament the effects of which will be felt all the way to central America.
Garver Project Manager Matthew Youngblood, who is on Garver’s Transportation Team in its Tulsa, Oklahoma office, was joined by colleagues from Garver’s Dallas, Texas; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Norman, Oklahoma offices to form a basketball team that participated in a tournament in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma recently. The Garver team competed against 10 other teams from A-E industry companies in the tournament organized to benefit Potter’s House, a Wisconsin-based charity that aims to curb poverty in Guatemala by providing community centers, meals, and education programs.

And while the Garver team did not bring home a trophy – that went to a team from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, a Garver client – Garver’s team helped raise more than $3,000 for Potter’s House.

“It was rewarding to see how many engineers from across the Garver footprint were so eager to participate in such a fun and worthwhile event,” Matthew said. “We all had a great time competing with our peers, and it meant even more considering it was for such a great cause.”

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Stodola chairs, discusses NSPE task force

To identify and address immediate areas in which the practice of professional engineering can adapt to evolving business models, the National Society of Professional Engineers created the Professional Engineering Task Force in 2016. Using the key theories, questions and, concepts described in “The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts," written by Richard and Daniel Susskind and published in 2016, among other resources, the task force is analyzing the current state of engineering.
Garver Project Manager Adam Stodola, who serves on the Transportation Team in the Kansas City, Missouri office, is the Chair of the task force and recently presented at the NSPE Professional Engineers Conference in Atlanta. There, Adam discussed the task force's goals and processes while it identifies opportunities, threats, and methods to expand the professional engineer’s charge to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The task force also aims to examine other regulated professions to find applicable comparisons and opportunities to learn from experiences.

“Of the many topics being evaluated, I believe that licensure and emerging technology are among the most important,” Adam said. “The license is the basis of what the professional engineer does and without it, our profession becomes extremely minimalized.  We must also be aware of emerging technologies and how they will directly impact our profession. I wanted the audience to see the threats to licensure and understand their implications and to be thinking about how technology will impact them moving forward.”

The task force will gather additional information from key stakeholders over the next year to develop a comprehensive report to be presented at the 2018 Professional Engineers Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Spirit of Garver finalists named for 2017

Two Garver employees are selected each year for the Spirit of Garver Award – one of the company’s highest honors given to those who show a passion and dedication for their profession and prove to be outstanding advocates for the company’s mission. One employee from Garver’s technical departments, and one from its administrative departments, receive the award, which provides company-wide acknowledgement and a cash bonus.

Nominations are made by Garver employees and then a selection committee narrows that list to a selection of finalists. Winners will be announced in October.

The following are this year’s finalists:


Betty McPherson is a construction services administrator on our North Little Rock, Arkansas Construction Services Team. She has been with the company for five years.

Jamie White is a print design lead on our North Little Rock, Arkansas Marketing Team. She has been with the company for three years.

Edoardo Luna is a regional finance leader on our Frisco, Texas Finance Team. He has been with the company for one year.


Kaylee Dusek is a project engineer on our Frisco, Texas Water Team. She has been with the company for two years.

Mark Hammons is a project manager on our North Little Rock, Arkansas Transportation Team. He has been with the company for two years.

Joe Kaminski is a project engineer on our North Little Rock, Arkansas Facilities Team. He has been with the company five years.

Mark McPherson is a senior construction observer on our Overland Park, Kansas Construction Services Team. He has been with the company for one year.

Ryan Mountain is a senior environmental scientist/specialist on our Faytteville, Arkansas Transportation Team. He has been with the company for 11 years.

Josh Peters is a senior designer on our Kansas City, Missouri Aviation Team. He has been with the company for four years.

Andy Pruitt is a project manager on our Fayetteville, Arkansas Water Team. He has been with the company for nine years.

Adam Roberson is a project manager on our North Little Rock, Arkansas Aviation Team. He has been with the company for 11 years.
Marty Satterfield is a project surveyor on our North Little Rock, Arkansas Survey Team. He has been with the company for 12 years.
Andrew Snyder is a project manager on our Tulsa, Oklahoma Transportation Team. He has been with the company for seven years. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Garver continues expansion, opens South Texas office

In an effort to deliver infrastructure improvements to even more communities, Garver is excited to announce the opening of its new South Texas office in Harlingen, Texas. Garver now has 23 offices spread between 10 states, including nine in Texas.
South Texas Business Leader Richard Correa and Senior Design Manager Ernesto Flores will be among those based in the office that will join eight other Garver offices in servicing Texas clients. Garver has the capability of serving multiple disciplines from the South Texas office. It will combine the expertise and familiarity of the area held by Correa and Flores, both of whom have worked in the Rio Grande Valley for more than a decade, with Garver’s decorated Water Team that includes almost 100 engineers and experts spread across the country.

“I’ve lived in this area most of my life, and have dedicated my career to improving the water needs in the Rio Grande Valley,” Richard said. “I am excited to team with Garver’s plethora of experts to realize our limitless possibilities in improving the water quality and sustainability for the citizens here.”

Among other projects in the area, Garver is currently working with the Laguna Madre Water District in Port Isabel, Texas.

The opening of the new office, located at 1906 East Tyler Ave., Suite D, continues Garver’s expansion into Texas. Along with Harlingen, Garver services clients in multiple disciplines from Athens, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, Houston, Round Rock, and San Antonio.

To find out what Garver’s Harlingen office can do for you, call 956-734-2375.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Garver aids Rogers Executive Airport in quick runway rehabilitation

When the Rogers Executive Airport-Carter Field needed to rehabilitate and strengthen its lone runway, Garver designed a plan that improved the surface while minimizing the impact on its customers.
Garver provided planning, environmental, design, and construction phase services for the project that completely rehabilitated Runway 2-20. Rehabilitation included full reconstruction of the runway keel section and a mill and overlay of the remaining runway surface. To make sure the airport was affected as little as possible, nine days were allotted for construction, with Garver's construction staff working with personnel from Emery Sapp & Sons around the clock on 12-hour shifts. The $5 million project was completed on July 1, eight days after it began and 24 hours ahead of schedule.

“We always strive to provide our clients with quality designs,” said Garver Project Manager Adam White. “But we also understand that, especially for an airport, time is at a premium. This was truly a team effort that included several Garver departments, a great contractor, and an engaged airport staff to deliver a quality product in a timely manner.”

The project included a study of the existing asphalt runway, traffic operations, traffic projections, and expected life of the existing pavement, while Garver also assessed environmental impacts. Construction included 76,000 square yards of milled surface, 14,000 tons of asphalt, 19,000 linear feet of pavement edge drains, and full rehabilitation of the runway lighting circuit, including LED PAPI systems.

To learn more about the capabilities of Garver’s Aviation Team, visit GarverUSA.com/aviation.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

GarverGives contributes to local robotics camps

Thanks to a Garver contribution, local elementary, middle, and high school students had a chance this summer to learn the curriculum for constructing high school- and college-level competition robotics systems.
A recent GarverGives donation of $5,000 to Bryant High School’s engineering department allowed for the purchase of robotics kits for a summer-long camp in which students learned how to construct and operate robots while building STEM-related problem-solving skills.

“This is such a valuable program for students in a variety of grades and skillsets that we were honored to contribute,” said Garver Project Manager Craig Leone. “Now, these students will be even better equipped to continue the great work they’ve been doing in recent years.”
Students in grades 4-7 were guided through the steps of constructing and programming a competition-capable robot, which culminated in a camp-wide tournament. Students in grades 6-8 were introduced to more advanced coding concepts while using sensor-loaded, smart robots. Informal sessions open to students in all schools were also held, allowing the Bryant Engineering Department to share their resources and knowledge with other students.

Bryant Engineering, which works with Project Lead the Way, won the State Excellence Award for robotics in 2013, and state tournaments in the four years since, while also competing at the VEX Robotics World Championships, finishing as a semifinalist in 2016.

To learn more about GarverGives visit www.GarverUSA.com/garvergives.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Garver expands services, adds commissioning

For decades, Garver has been one of the industry’s most trusted names in facility design. Now, it is attaching that dependable name to a process that makes sure critical building systems are functioning to an owner’s specified requirements and in accordance with the building’s designed intent.
Garver has added commissioning to its array of services, providing clients with an expert team of certified commissioning agents and technicians. Representing the owner, Garver’s agents will act as a third-party reporting body while working with contractors and designers to make sure a project has been designed and constructed to the owner’s desires. They will then verify and document building systems upon completion.

“Our team of certified agents will plan, organize, and implement the entire commissioning process,” said Garver Project Manager Brad Bradshaw. “We will make sure that systems are functioning properly before a new building gets up and running, and we can detect how systems in an existing building can be updated and improved.”

Garver will provide various types of commissioning services to clients, including new building commissioning, recommissioning, and retro-commissioning. Garver can commission projects designed by its own award-winning design team, or those designed outside of its office, working with the project team from the pre-design phase through completion. Commissioning projects designed by Garver’s team, ranked annually by Engineering News-Record as a top 500 design firm nationwide, will provide a streamlined process that eliminates additional contracts while still providing the same independent commissioning process that clients expect and deserve.

Certified by the AABC Commissioning Group, Garver will direct building systems testing to ensure that all systems have been installed and are performing correctly, document the results of all system and equipment verification checks, and prepare and submit a commissioning report detailing the results of all witnessed tests completed throughout the commissioning process.

To learn more about what our commissioning agents can do for you by visiting www.GarverUSA.com.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Garver again named a Zweig "Best Firm"

Garver has once again been recognized as a "Best Firm to Work For," making another appearance on the Zweig Group's prestigious list that ranks the nation's best multi-discipline architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms to work for.

The list recognizes outstanding workplaces at A-E consulting firms based on benefits offered and employee satisfaction. This is the fourth consecutive year in which Garver has ranked in the top three of that category.

“We strive to be a growing company that takes on new challenges in new markets,” said President and CEO Dan Williams, “but it is essential that we continue to take care of our employees because they are the ones who got us to this point.”

Garver’s growth in 2017 has been highlighted by the opening of offices in Athens, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Round Rock, Texas; and Wichita, Kansas. Garver, founded in 1919 in Little Rock, now has more than 400 employees in 22 offices nationwide. The growth has been made possible in part by a competitive benefits package that offers 401(k) matching, paid overtime, and health care. Garver employees also benefit from a full-time Wellness coordinator based in its North Little Rock corporate office, a gym or a gym fee reimbursement program at every office, a flexible work schedule, and management dedicated to providing professional development resources.

“It is truly rewarding to work every day alongside employees who are excited about what they’re doing and who they’re doing it for,” said Recruitment Team Manager Wren Ward. “Receiving this award based on the feedback from our employees only proves that.”

Interested in joining one of the "Best Firms to Work For," start by looking at our jobs page here.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Garver improves in ENR aviation rankings

Garver continues to improve its standing among the country's largest aviation design firms, ranking 22nd in Engineering News-Record's annual list that counts revenue generated from airport projects in 2016.

Garver’s revenues from aviation projects exceeded $20 million for the first time in 2016. It ranked 25th in last year’s ranking.

“This achievement is a testament to all of Garver,” said Director of Aviation Mike Griffin. “It is obviously a great credit to our Aviation Team, but it would not have been possible without Garver’s Construction, Facilities, Federal, and Transportation teams. It was a true team effort that illustrates our continued movement in the right direction.”

Successful airport projects in 2016 include design services for a $35 million MRO hangar at the Nashville International Airport, taxiway rehabilitations at Dallas Love Field and Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas, major pavement expansion at Huntsville (Alabama) International Airport, and construction oversight on projects at San Francisco International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

Garver also ranks 166th in ENR’s list of top design firms and 27th in ENR’s Texas & Louisiana Region that includes work in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas.

To learn more about what Garver’s Aviation Team can do for you, visit GarverUSA.com.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Garver's Polsgrove elected to ASP Board of Directors

Garver Senior Aviation Planner Nathan Polsgrove was elected recently to a one-year term on the Board of Directors for the Association for Strategic Planning. Polsgrove, based in Garver’s San Antonio office, will serve as secretary of the ASP, which aims to help organization through improved strategic thinking, planning, and action.

Polsgrove also currently serves as president of the San Antonio/Austin Chapter of ASP, while Garver Aviation Planning Director Tim O’Krongley serves as the chapter vice president. The organization has more than a dozen chapters worldwide with members working in a variety of industries.

“A good number of ASP members work in government organizations, with which we do a lot of work,” Nathan said. “So, serving not only helps the organization, but can get us even closer to our clients.”

To find out what Garver’s Aviation Team can do for you, visit GarverUSA.com.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Garver relocates Fort Worth office

To better serve its growing client base, Garver has relocated its Fort Worth office space. In Fort Worth since 2010, Garver recently moved its operations to the Bank of America Financial Center in downtown Fort Worth on West Seventh St., which will allow it to more efficiently deliver aviation, transportation, and water projects.
Garver, which recently held an open house to celebrate its move, delivered its first project at Fort Worth Meacham Airport in 2010, and since has provided master planning, runway, and lighting engineering services at the airport. The Fort Worth office added water infrastructure capabilities in 2015.

Delivered projects in Fort Worth have included the Apron A reconstruction and the Runway 17/35 pavement and lighting rehab at Meacham. Ongoing work includes a $1.3 million water pipeline relocation project for the Benbrook Water Authority, City of Fort Worth Village Creek WRF Site Evaluation, and the City of Fort Worth North Main Street improvements, which includes the closing of a drainage system, and the installation of curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lighting, fencing, and landscaping.

Fort Worth is one of Garver’s 22 offices nationwide, and one of eight in Texas, including Athens, Austin, Dallas, Frisco, Houston, Round Rock, and San Antonio.

To learn more about the variety of services provided by Garver’s Fort Worth office, call 817-740-9575 and visit www.GarverUSA.com.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

WELCOA names Garver a Gold Well Workplace

Garver has been named a Gold Well Workplace by the Wellness Council of America for its dedication to a comprehensive, corporate-wide wellness program that promotes quality work-life balance.

Garver was one of 21 companies nationwide to be recognized at the Gold level, and it is the first Arkansas-based company to ever earn the distinction. WELCOA, one of the nation’s most-respected resources for building high-performing, healthy workplaces, scored Garver the highest in three categories – administrative support, use of data to promote healthy living, and creation of a cohesive wellness team.

“Through coordination across all levels of the company, we have created a cohesive wellness network that helps our employees thrive,” said Wellness Coordinator Sarah Eanes Palmiero. “The best part about it – there’s something for everyone. Wellness is not just physical. It’s also the financial, mental, occupational, and social aspects that make up a quality lifestyle.” Sarah and Director of Human Resources Tatiana Herrington recently returned from the PSMJ A/E/C Human Resources Summit in New Orleans. At the event, Sarah and Tatiana shared the history, mission, and accomplishments of Garver’s wellness program.

"We have created and implemented a long-term, high-impact wellness program that measurably improves the health of our employees, reduces long-term health risks, and promotes a culture of well-being in all aspects of our lives," Tatiana said. "The program helps keep health care claims lower than the national average, which helps Garver to continue offering quality care to its employees and their families."

The conference presentation highlighted how Garver started and maintains the wellness program. The presenters detailed how conference attendees can develop a concept, implement strategies, and gain executive support when creating their own program. It also allowed Sarah and Tatiana to share successes and lessons learned that are now and have been a part of the Garver environment for a decade.

"I think it is fair to say that others within Garver appreciate the wellness program and this has helped create a true family culture," said Mike Ebeling, Construction Services Team Leader based in Garver's Round Rock, Texas office. "I have worked in many large corporations that stress culture, and they all pale in comparison to Garver."

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Garver reaches highest spot in ENR's regional rankings

Garver has reached its highest position ever in the latest Engineering News-Record regional rankings of top design firms.
Garver came in at No. 27 on ENR's Texas & Louisiana rankings, which includes revenue generated in 2016 for work in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Garver was 63rd in the ranking last year, and has moved up 51 spots in the last three years.

Of Garver's 22 offices nationwide, 14 are located in this footprint.

"This ranking reflects the work that we've done in the region of our core client base, and where we have traditionally done most of our work," said President and CEO Dan Williams. "Garver has always been dedicated to servicing the infrastructure needs in our home region, and our rising place on this list shows that we have no intentions on changing that."

In addition, Garver is ranked eighth in the categories of environmental and geotechnical engineering, and sewerage/solid waste, and ninth in structural engineering.

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

Garver employees pass professional exams

Garver congratulates its employees who have recently passed professional exams.

Sara Andrews, PE, is a civil engineer on Garver’s Aviation Team. She serves in our Frisco, Texas office.

Preston Campbell, PE, is a structural engineer on Garver’s Transportation Team. He serves in our Jackson, Mississippi office.

Mary Fair, PE, is a civil engineer on Garver’s Aviation Team in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office.

Joe Kaminski, PE, FPE is a fire protection and mechanical engineer on Garver’s Facilities Design Team in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Stodola named NSPE Fellow

Garver Project Manager Adam Stodola has been named a Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers, one of the highest honors given to a member of the organization that was founded in 1934.

Adam, a member of Garver’s Transportation Team in its Kansas City, Missouri, office, has served NSPE since 2001 on the local, state, and national levels. Roughly one percent of NSPE members achieve this honor.

Adam served as president of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers in 2015-2016 and recently completed his term as past president. During his time with NSPE he has displayed “the highest ideals upon which the NSPE Fellow program was established – a strong record of unselfish service to his state and national society, a tireless commitment to excellence, and an enduring devotion to our profession,” according to a letter from NSPE.

“I firmly believe that it’s important to give back to your profession in some way and I have enjoyed investing time in both KSPE and NSPE as a way of doing just that,” Adam said. “NSPE’s mission is to protect and enhance the value of licensure and the opportunities for the licensed engineer. I am proud to work for a firm that recognizes that mission by supporting my involvement in this important organization.”

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Broadway Bridge earns Eugene C. Figg, Jr. Medal

A Garver-led project was named one of the year’s top achievements in bridge engineering at the International Bridge Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. The Eugene C. Figg, Jr. Medal for Signature Bridges was presented by the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department for the Broadway Bridge, designed by Garver and sub-consultant HNTB, during last week’s conference. The medal is given annually to a single recent outstanding achievement for bridge engineering, which is considered an icon to the community for which it was designed.
The Broadway Bridge joins projects from Bolivia, China, France, Vietnam, as well as the United States, to have been recognized for this prestigious award since 2002.

“Receiving the Eugene Figg Medal is a significant accomplishment and validates all the hard work of the Garver design team,” said Garver Project Manager John Ruddell. “The Broadway Bridge serves as an iconic downtown landmark for the two cities we've called home, and we were honored to play a role in its design."
Garver provided traffic analysis and design services for the roadway approaches and replacement bridge, which spans the Arkansas River connecting the downtowns of Little Rock and North Little Rock. The new structure, designed for cost effectiveness and to minimize closure time, consists of twin 448-foot basket-handle network tied arches and four traffic lanes to accommodate up to 24,000 vehicles per day.

The bridge opened to traffic in March 2017, five months after closure of the old bridge, reopening a main artery through the state’s largest metropolitan area. The twin-arch design replaced the outdated bridge that had been in use since 1923 and deemed structurally deficient.

Visit GarverUSA.com to learn what the Garver Bridge Team can do for you.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Garver celebration benefits Night Light Tulsa

Garver encourages all of its employees to engage in community activities in an effort to make impacts outside of their offices. Those in Tulsa have been as active in that endeavor as any other, having taking part through the last year in clothing drives, food drives, and holiday events.
The latest charitable event was held outside of the Tulsa office and it benefited Night Light Tulsa, which supports the city’s homeless community. The event featured a dunk tank, and employees took their shots dunking their coworkers while raising $700 for the organization, which accepts meals, and clothing, that benefit the homeless community.
“Garver has been in Tulsa for a long time, and we feel obligated to assist organizations that exist to improve our community,” Project Manager Matthew Youngblood said. “We hope this event, and all
that we participate in throughout the year, have a hand in assisting them.”

To learn more about Garver’s charitable giving, visit GarverUSA.com/GarverGives.

Monday, June 12, 2017

DDI design detailed at OTEA conference

Garver Transportation Project Managers Jenny Sallee and Mike Spayd recently presented at the Oklahoma Traffic Engineering Association’s spring conference in Ardmore, Oklahoma detailing the traffic analysis and preliminary design of a diverging diamond interchange (DDI) at I-35 and Waterloo Road just north of Edmond, Oklahoma. Three different interchange configurations were included in the preliminary engineering study, and the DDI was selected based on its ability to handle the existing and projected traffic congestion.
This DDI is the first to be designed by Garver’s engineers and may be the first completed on an Oklahoma interchange (the Oklahoma Department of Transportation recently began working on design of another DDI that could be constructed first). The DDI is a relatively new interchange design that allows traffic to move to the left side of the cross road in advance of the interchange. This configuration eliminates intersection conflict points, signal phases, and left turns crossing through traffic at the ramps. Garver proposed the idea at this location during the project interview because Mike recognized it would best serve the traffic volume patterns, which include high ramp volumes and low through volumes, at the interchange.

“We treated this as an opportunity to show clients and those in the industry that Garver isn’t apprehensive about applying innovation to roadway solutions,” Jenny said. “The selection of this interchange design will improve safety as well as accommodate existing and future traffic demands.”

Engineers are currently on the second phase of the project, which includes detailed design and preparation of construction plans. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in 2022.

To learn more about the services provided by Garver’s Transportation Team, visit


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