Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Davis Fishing Derby

Garver was recently a key contributor to an annual fishing derby for kids in Davis, Oklahoma. Garver's contributions enabled event organizers to purchase new rods, reels, and tackle for more than 40 children.

After the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation conducted a training session on safety and ethics, the kids spent the rest of the day fishing. Garver's Oklahoma Water Team Leader, Michael Graves, participated in the event with his sons, Gavin and Keegan.

"We enjoy working with the City on a routine basis on project-related activities," said Graves, referencing Garver's current design services associated with a new water treatment plant for Davis. "However, it's nice to have an opportunity to partner in a recreational activity that benefits children and parents. For many of these kids, it was their first time to catch a fish and learn about Oklahoma's wildlife and water resources."

Friday, June 25, 2010

New Professional Engineers

Five Garver employees recently passed their exams and received their professional licenses.

Wayne Black, PE is an engineer in Garver's Transportation Group. Wayne works in our Brandon, Mississippi office and has been with Garver for four years.
Josh Crawford, PE is an engineer in Garver's Aviation Group. Josh works in our Fayetteville, Arkansas office and has been with Garver for five years.
Jamie Eubanks, PE is an engineer in Garver's Water Group. Jamie works in our Destin, Florida office and has been with Garver for less than a year.
Ryan Patton, PE, LEED AP is an electrical engineer in Garver's Aviation Group. Ryan works in our Huntsville, Alabama office and has been with Garver for five years.
Blake Staton, PE is a structural engineer in Garver's Transportation Group. Blake works in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office and has been with Garver for two years.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Garver Promotions

Earl Mott, PE is our first  Director of Construction Services.  Earl will have a company-wide role of strengthening our Construction Services Business Line, focusing on increasing revenue and improving our methods of performance for internal and external clients.  Earl will also continue to provide leadership to the NLR Aviation Team as we develop  new leadership.

Lanny Beavers, PS is our first  Director of Surveys.  Lanny will have a company-wide role of strengthening our Survey Business Line, focusing on improved performance and expanding our business for internal and external clients. 

Paul Davis, PS is our  first Survey Standards Manager.  Paul will assist Lanny by focusing on improving our performance, including standard methods, contracting, software, hardware/equipment, safety training, etc.

Congratulations to Earl, Lanny, and Paul for these well-deserved promotions.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Garver Helps Airport Take Steps Toward Expansion

Garver's Aviation Group is working to help Anniston Regional Airport prepare to expand its airfield hangar space; airport officials hope the project will pull in additional air traffic and spur economic opportunities in the area. Garver created a land use plan and will soon submit it to the FAA for review. Once the plan is finalized, the airport will move forward with its goal of constructing additional hangars. The land use plan is flexible and suggests creating enough space for at least another 80 planes and building both large and small hangars.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Garver Studies Help ALDOT Choose New Airport Site

The Alabama Department of Transportation has chosen a location near Thomasville, Alabama as the site for a new regional airport that will serve Clarke County and parts of Wilcox, Marengo, and Choctaw counties. Garver performed the feasibility study and site identification study that helped ALDOT make its decision.

Garver narrowed the site selection down from 23 sites and used a number of factors to help determine the site. A recent article written by the Thomasville Times and carried in the Alabama Aviator provides additional information on ALDOT's selection. The site study proposes that the airport may feature a 5,000-foot runway, a partial parallel taxiway, the capability for aircraft to perform instrument-guided approaches, a weather system, refueling system, a terminal building, hangars, and parking.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Energy Workshop

Garver's Energy Services Group recently served as a Silver Sponsor at the annual Public Power Workshop in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma. The Grand River Dam Authority, Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority cosponsored the event. Garver met with more than 100 public power, electric utility, and supply attendees from Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, and Arkansas. Garver's sponsorship opened the door to introduce our energy services to potential clients and develop new business relationships.

Friday, June 4, 2010

National Running Day 5K

Employees Bill Ruck and Mason Atkinson represented Garver in the 2nd Annual National Running Day 5K Fun Run/Walk on Wednesday at Murray Park in Little Rock, Arkansas. Little Rock Marathon and Little Rock Parks & Recreation sponsored the event.

National Running Day aims to strengthen a nationwide grassroots movement to get people running; encourage Americans of all ages and fitness levels to get out and run; get kids interested in running as part of a healthy lifestyle; and inspire children by introducing them to runners who enjoy the benefits of the sport.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Bicycle Challenge Winners

Employees in Garver's Fayetteville, Arkansas office won first place in the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozark's bicycle commuter challenge for its size category. This is Garver's second year in a row to win the challenge. Seven Garver employees participated this year. In addition, Brandon Bynum received a certificate for having the second longest commute. He pedaled 15 miles one way.

The Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks conducts this competition during May's National Bike to Work Week to reward businesses with the highest percentage of bicycle commuters and to raise awareness about the viability of bicycle commuting as a way of life. The commuter challenge invited all businesses in Washington and Benton counties to participate in the low-cost, healthy way to travel to work.


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