Friday, August 30, 2013

HR Professionals Magazine features Whitney Allen

Because Garver is an engineering consulting firm, the spotlight usually shines on engineers completing large projects, but in order to allow those engineers to concentrate on such projects, they can’t be bogged down with the intricacies of confusing benefits paperwork.

That’s why we’re proud to see the spotlight shine on Garver Benefits Administrator Whitney Allen, whom HR Professionals Magazine chose to put on the cover of its upcoming issue.

Whitney chairs the Central Arkansas Human Resource Association’s committee on monthly programs. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, an organization that has since bestowed upon her a Professional in Human Resources certification. Whitney also holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from John Brown University.

Whitney joined Garver early last year after beginning her career in the health insurance industry. Read about Whitney and view the rest of the magazine now by clicking here. Great job, Whitney!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Continued Growth Places Garver on Nationwide "Hot Firm List"

For the third year in a row, Garver is ranked in the Zweig Letter Hot Firm List, which recognizes the 100 fastest-growing engineering, architecture, planning, and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada.

The Hot Firm List recognizes the nation's top 100 firms that have "outperformed the economy and competitors to become leaders in their chosen fields." Firms are ranked according to their three-year growth rate in gross revenue, with half of the ranking based on percentage growth and 50 percent on dollar growth.

Since 2010, Garver has continued to expand its regional reach and diversified service lines by opening offices in Houston, Texas; Birmingham, Alabama; Conway, Arkansas; Lexington, Kentucky; Leawood, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Dome lifted at Tupelo Bayou WWTP

A significant construction milestone was reached at the Tupelo Bayou Wastewater Treatment Plant in Conway, Ark. when a 500-ton crane lifted a section of the spiral-floating dome and placed it into the secondary digester tank. The placed section of dome weighs approximately 125,000 pounds and slipped into the 100-foot diameter concrete tank with 4.5-inches of clearance. The project, which began last year, is scheduled for completion in 2014.

Garver designed and managed construction at the WWTP at Tupelo Bayou, which will process an average flow of 16 million gallons per day and utilize a conventional activated sludge process to achieve the plant's discharge limits. The WWTP at Tupelo Bayou will replace the existing Stone Dam Treatment Plant and serve the rapidly expanding central Arkansas metropolitan area for many years.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Kansas City Airport pays tribute to childhood cancer patient

The employees in Garver's Kansas City office utilized their relationships with the Kansas City International Airport (KCI) to organize a special tribute recently. The airport teamed up with the Kansas City Fire Department to bestow a rare water salute to an arriving plane. On board, Braden Hofen and his family were returning from what doctors believe will be the Hofens’ last vacation as a family.

Eight-year-old Braden has spent the last five years fighting a form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma and was also recently diagnosed with pre-leukemia. The doctor's diagnosis doesn't look good.

According to the Hofens' blog, two family friends organized an online fundraiser, which raised over $20,000 for the family to help pay for a vacation, as well as the family’s growing medical bills.

The vacation sought out destinations that featured water fountains—the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Disneyland’s World of Color water feature, SeaWorld--as they are Braden’s favorite.

When the family’s plane landed at KCI, two fire trucks performed a water salute by streaming water in an arc over the taxiway. Braden’s mother said on her blog that he was thrilled.

“This is a very rare thing, reserved only for retiring pilots, and war heroes,” she wrote. “So meaningful and so beautiful. I fought tears to tape it from inside the plane.”

The water salute at KCI exemplifies how Garver and our clients collaborate for the betterment of the communities we serve. We appreciate the efforts of KCI for making this such a special occasion for Braden.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Richardson Enjoys the Garver Internship Experience

Civil engineering student Lucy Richardson spent her summer working with the Traffic Design Center at Garver’s North Little Rock, Ark. office.

“I was drawn to the internship at Garver because I knew I would have great opportunities to work on major projects and learn from the best engineers in the region,” Lucy said.  “I’ve always been impressed by Garver’s strong reputation and wide variety of projects, and I knew I would be able to thoroughly explore my interests in traffic engineering.”

“The best part of my internship at Garver has been the opportunity to dive right into projects. On my first day of work, before I even filled out my new hire paperwork, I started working on a report for a road extension, and things haven't slowed down since then!”

“The Traffic Group had several big deadlines this summer and Lucy was a great help to us in meeting those deadlines,” said Senior Project Manager Nicci Tiner. “Lucy gained valuable experiences working with MicroStation and AutoCAD to assist us with signing plans, maintenance of traffic plans, and signal plans.”

“An internship at Garver is a perfect fit for anyone who wants to get hands-on experience and learn not just one but many new things every day,” Lucy said. “I'd recommend a Garver internship to anyone who wants to work hard and be a part of exciting projects all over the region.”

Following her summer internship, Lucy will return to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she will be a junior civil engineering student with a minor in art history.

Garver internships offer hands-on experience for future engineers in all of our business lines. This summer Garver gave on-the-job training to 14 interns from a variety of different schools (on staff at various Garver offices).

Whether you are looking for an internship or a career, check out the opportunities listed on the Join Us page of Garver’s website to find out how you can become a crucial member of the Garver Team.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Garver's Drone Provides an Eye in the Sky

If you were at the Tupelo Bayou construction site in Conway, Ark. recently, you might have seen something flying above the concrete and steel of the new wastewater treatment plant. It wasn't a bird, a plane, or a guy in a cape, but something more practical: Garver's drone.

Garver's drone gathers footage over the Tupelo Bayou construction site.

The Parrot AR.Drone is a remote-controlled, four-propeller aircraft that has two high-definition cameras and may be controlled by mobile devices such as a phone or a tablet. While drones like this one are used for a variety of amateur hobbies, Garver's drone has a singular purpose: acquiring project footage.

The drone has four propellers and two high-definition cameras.

"A good aerial photo can communicate the size or complexity of a project in a way that pictures from the ground can't," said Brent Murray of Garver's marketing communications team. 

The drone allows the graphics team to gather photos more easily and efficiently.

Aerial drone photo of the Tupelo Bayou construction site

"Using the drone increases the communicating power of our photographs," said Graphic Designer Derek Berry. "We'll use these photos in everything from proposals to articles in our quarterly magazine, IQ."

 Drone photo of the Central Pump Station at Tupelo Bayou


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