Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuscumbia Membrane Water Plant Underway

The City of Tuscumbia broke ground last week on its new
$13.3 million water treatment plant
that will soften the local
spring water source that is high in alkalinity

Garver designed the new water treatment plant to include a state-of-the-art, series membrane process involving ultrafiltration followed by reverse osmosis.

The plant also will nearly double the capacity of the existing treatment facility at 4 million gallons per day. The plant is expected to take
18 months to complete once construction begins.

City officials are also excited that local contractors are providing design and construction services. Tuscumbia Utilities Director David Thorton told the Times Daily newspaper, "I can't think of a better team for this project. All these [Shoals] local contractors mean local labor."

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Two Rivers Bridge: Lifting the Truss

Two cranes lifted a 210-foot-long steel truss and set it on its piers across the Little Maumelle River on Wednesday in Little Rock, Arkansas. The 200,000-pound truss arches across the navigational span and is a vital component in the completion of the Two Rivers Bridge. By next summer, bicyclists and hikers will have miles of trails to explore as the bridge connects the Arkansas River Trail with Two Rivers Park.

The eight-piece truss was prefabricated and transported by truck to the site where it was bolted together. The remaining bridge sections are 100-foot prestressed concrete spans that will be constructed in place. The bridge's profile will continue to take shape as the remaining beams will soon be delivered, and in the near future construction crews will begin pouring portions of the concrete deck.

Garver provided engineering services to design the 13-span, 1,162-foot bridge.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

IQ Volume 2 Issue 3

The newest issue of Garver's IQ newsletter is hitting the streets. This issue features:

An arsenic-treatment technology that is helping an Oklahoma city reclaim its water and revenue. High arsenic levels within drinking water have forced cities to shut down their supply wells, resulting in the surrender of expensive infrastructure and accumulation of idle assets. Rather than accept this forfeiture, the city of Norman pursued an innovative arsenic-removal system to reclaim abandoned wells.

A concrete-recycling method that helped an international airport save millions of dollars in reconstruction costs. When a primary runway at Nashville International Airport in Tennessee required full-depth reconstruction, Garver pursued a progressive concrete-recycling method to reuse the pavement, which saved the client an estimated $2 million in aggregate costs alone.

Garver provides design on a Corps of Engineers project 1,000 miles away. Garver worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a $31 million project to construct a new Bureau of Indian Affairs Wingate High School in Fort Wingate, N.M.

When DOTs face critical deadlines, Garver answers the call. Departments of transportation rely on Garver to provide fast and reliable service through on-call contracts.

Need CE&I? Garver is strengthening its diverse field of work by enhancing its construction services group and pursuing construction engineering and inspection opportunities.

Watch your mailbox for IQ or read it online along with past issues.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Historic Bridge Reopens

The renovation of the century-old War Eagle Bridge in Benton County, Arkansas is complete, and it has reopened in time for the War Eagle Arts and Crafts Fair this weekend.

Garver provided planning, design, and construction observation and administration to rehabilitate the bridge's main truss span, replace the approach spans, and rehabilitate the stone piers, timber deck, and other structural aspects. Faced with construction time constraints due to the area's nationally acclaimed craft fairs, Garver understood the importance of these events and worked hard to complete the project on time and under budget.

The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the integrity of its appearance was maintained throughout the construction process. Historical information on the bridge is available on the national register nomination form posted by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A South Central Top Designer

South Central Construction has ranked the region's Top 50 design firms, and Garver is listed as #15.

Garver's ranking is based on regional revenue numbers that involved our offices in Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. Garver also is listed as the #1 design firm in Arkansas, #15 in Mississippi, and #18 in Tennessee.

The South Central region is Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Based on regional revenue, Garver also ranks high across the region in multiple disciplines:

  • #4 - transportation
  • #4 - sewerage/solid waste
  • #7 - civil engineering
  • #8 - water supply
  • #9 - surveying and mapping
  • #10 - structural engineering
  • #12 - MEP engineering

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Presenting at the Governor's Water Conference

Garver is making two presentations at this year's Governor's Water Conference and OWRRI Water Research Symposium in Norman, Oklahoma. The conference brings together water officials with expertise in Oklahoma's water resources to discuss and share developments in water management and quality, infrastructure financing, and other topics.

Garver engineers Michael Graves and Mary Elizabeth Mach will lead the following topics on Tuesday, October 26.

  • "Reclaiming Water and Revenue through Wellhead Arsenic Removal" (10:00 to 11:30 a.m.)
  • "Water, Water Everywhere, and Not a Drop to Waste... Is Wastewater Reuse Attainable?" (3:30 to 5:00 p.m.)
The conference is October 26–27 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center. Online registration is available until October 12.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Supporting the Big Dam Bridge 100 Cycling Tour

While some Garver employees were pumping the pedals in last weekend's Big Dam Bridge 100 Cycling Tour in central Arkansas, other employees showed their support by volunteering at a rest stop for weary bikers. This past Saturday, Garver pitched a tent in our North Little Rock office's parking lot, and our employees turned out from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. to hand out food, drinks, and encouraging words to cyclists tackling rides ranging from 16 to 100 miles.

Garver, which was recently named a leading bicycle-friendly business, supported the event in other ways. For the second consecutive year, Garver sponsored and designed the Big Dam Bridge 100 bicycle jersey. In addition, Garver Transportation Director Bert Parker serves on the Big Dam Bridge Foundation board of directors, which promote the use, support, and preservation of the Big Dam Bridge for the advancement of health, fitness, cultural, and recreational activities in Arkansas.

Nearly 2,000 cyclists turned out for the race, which is one of Arkansas' largest bicycling events.


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