Thursday, June 26, 2014

UA Engineering Students Visit Garver Offices

Engineering students tour the I-244 Multimodal Bridge in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Incoming freshmen who plan to major in engineering at the University of Arkansas recently visited Garver’s Tulsa, Oklahoma office to get an idea of what the profession will be like. Garver’s Bridge Team Leader Jason Langhammer discussed the I-244 Westbound Multimodal Bridge over the Arkansas River with the students before taking them to visit the project site.

The students are part of the university’s Engineering Career Awareness Program, which is an engineering diversity recruitment-to-graduation initiative to increase the number of underrepresented students entering and graduating from engineering disciplines. Project Engineer Pedro Maltos, who is a 2011 graduate of the program, helped organize the visit.

Garver has a strong relationship with the University of Arkansas and that’s exhibited through multiple ways. Earlier this year, Brian Henderson, director of employer relations at the College of Engineering, brought a group of upperclassmen to Garver’s corporate headquarters in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

“I want students to see first-hand what types of opportunities are out there,” said Henderson. “Bringing students to Garver helps me do that.”

UA engineering students visit Garver headquarters in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

The students spent time with engineers who each work on different teams within Garver full range of service teams—Transportation, Aviation, Water, Federal, Facilities Design, Energy, Development, Construction, Survey and AssetMax.

“It seems like just a year ago I was sitting where they are,” said Garver Project Manager Adam Hall, who has been with the company for seven years. “The foundation set and skills I learned when I was an engineering student is being applied on a day-to-day basis here at Garver.”

Corporate Recruiter Wren Ward talks with future engineers at Garver headquarters.
We rely on institutions like the UA College of Engineering to provide an educated and knowledgeable workforce to help Garver build and maintain the country’s infrastructure. If you think you’ve got what it takes, check out the current openings on our Join Us page.

Monday, June 16, 2014

New Pedestrian Bridge Spans Shillcott Bayou

Construction crews in North Little Rock, Arkansas recently replaced the pedestrian bridge over Shillcott Bayou in Burns Park. The 145-foot steel truss span bridge with a reinforced concrete deck will replace an old wooden bridge on the Little Rock metro area’s Arkansas River Trail, which is a favorite amongst the city’s bicyclists, joggers, and walkers.

Garver provided surveying, conceptual planning, environmental handling and documentation, geotechnical engineering, final bridge design, bidding, and construction observation services to replace the bridge, which is expected to be open in July 2014.

“This project provides a new bridge that gives pedestrians and cyclists the opportunity to enjoy Burns Park and the River Trail without the limitation of the existing timber bridge structure,” said Project Manager Blake Martin. “Also, the new bridge will have less maintenance and repair cost than the existing one.”

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mark Williams Named Outstanding Citizen of the Year

The Eastern Chapter of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) recently chose Garver’s Mark Williams, PE, as their Outstanding Citizen of the Year. Mark is a senior project manager on Garver’s Aviation Team serving in our Overland Park, Kansas office.

For the past 20 years, Mark has been extremely involved with his church, where he has impacted the lives of hundreds of youth through his involvement as a mentor, Sunday school teacher, and mission trip sponsor, among other things. He is also a long-time youth basketball and softball coach.

Mark has served multiple professional organizations in a variety of capacities, including a term as KSPE president, and as chairman of the Kansas Aviation Advisory Committee.

At Garver, we’re always proud to see our employees recognized for doing good things as working professionals, but we’re just as proud to see them recognized for doing good things as everyday citizens. Congratulations, Mark.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Garver Receives International Award of Merit for Oklahoma River Lighting Project

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) recently recognized Garver with an International Award of Merit for Lighting Control Innovation for the Oklahoma River Lighting Control System Design Project in Oklahoma City.

Garver worked with the city and coordinated with the Oklahoma Boathouse Foundation to design and install lighting for the equivalent surface area of nearly nine football fields along the Oklahoma River, resulting in the first permanently lit river race course in the world.

“Winning this award puts us in elite international company,” said Project Manager Bart Gilbreath, PE, LEED AP. “Everyone worked really hard to come up with this unique and detailed design, and it’s nice to be recognized at an international level for a job well done.”

The award is Garver’s third such IES award in the past 10 years. Previous awards were given for the Pulaski County Pedestrian Bridge Pier Lighting in Little Rock, Arkansas and Westbound I-244 Arkansas River Bridge Highway Lighting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2007 and 2013, respectively.

For more information about the Oklahoma River Lighting Control System Design Project, read the article in IQ.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Garver Showcases Photos from Past

As part of celebrating Garver’s 95th year in business this year, Garver is participating in the growing social media trend to post photos from the past with the hashtag #throwbackthursday. So be sure to follow Garver’s Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts to see exclusive photos from Garver projects of the past. Like this one from 1980 of the award-winning I-440 Bridge over the Arkansas River just east of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Employees Pass Professional Exams

Garver congratulates seven employees who have recently passed their professional exams.

Charles Cullen, PE, is a civil engineer on Garver’s Transportation Team. He serves in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office.

Marty Farris, PE, is a civil engineer on Garver's Aviation Team. He serves in our Norman, Oklahoma office.

Nick Holland, PE, is an electrical engineer on Garver's Facilities Design Team. He serves in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office.

Jeff Rundle, PE, is a structural engineer on Garver's Transportation Team. He serves in our Tulsa, Oklahoma office.

Zac Simpson, PE, is a civil engineer on Garver's Aviation Team. He serves in our Huntsville, Alabama office.

Andrew Snyder, PE, is a civil engineer on Garver's Transportation Team. He serves in our Tulsa, Oklahoma office.

Wayman White, PS, is a land surveyor on Garver Survey Team. He serves in our Fayetteville, Arkansas office.


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