Wednesday, September 24, 2014

White Named to 20 In Their 20s List

Arkansas’s most prominent business journal recently named Garver Project Manager Adam White to its 20 In Their 20s list, also known as The New Influentials. Adam is the only member of the list who works in the A-E industry.

Adam has amassed a wealth of experience while serving on our Aviation and AssetMax teams. He came to Garver as an intern while studying civil engineering at the University of Arkansas, and hired on full-time after graduation.

“Aviation isn’t something they teach,” Adam told Arkansas Business. “It’s not a common trade. At Garver, I got exposed to it and I liked it. That’s the good thing about internships — you get exposed to everything. There is a lot more interaction with clients so there is a lot more project management and face-to-face time.”

For nearly a century, Garver has built a reputation around that interaction with clients, and we’re proud others are recognizing engineers like Adam who continue to participate in our tradition of providing world-class customer service.

“[Adam] and the entire Garver staff serve as a tremendous asset to the city of Siloam Springs. We greatly appreciate the partnership and are certainly proud of the recognition that [he] rightfully deserves,” said Garver client David Cameron, city administrator, Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Congratulations, Adam.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Garver Contributes to Local Elementary School

At Garver, we take pride in the difference we make in the communities in which we live and work. Earlier this year, Garver’s Fayetteville Aviation Team tasked itself with developing team service project goals for 2014. Through relationships in the community, the team decided to help a 5th grade teacher at Harp Elementary School in Springdale, Arkansas who teaches her students about animals through the use of a small chicken coop at the school. Unfortunately, the coop was too small to provide the students with an ideal learning opportunity.

Just over a month after deciding to build the school a new chicken coop, Garver’s Aviation Team had worked together to design, build, and deliver a new 12-by-8-foot coop.

“This was a fun and rewarding opportunity for our team,” said Project Manager Adam White. “Coming together to provide something good to the community is a great way to invest in each other as coworkers, but it’s also a great way to invest in our community.”

Monday, September 22, 2014

Delta Regional Airport Opens for Business

Teaming with the FAA, the Delta Regional Airport Authority undertook an ambitious  project to bring two cities and two counties together to replace two constrained airport facilities with a new, regional airport. That undertaking reached a milestone recently when officials celebrated the opening of the new Delta Regional Airport in St. Francis County, Arkansas with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Garver was proud to provide the airport authority with business plans for the new airport, including a site selection survey, an airport master plan, and an environmental assessment of the site.

"Although we are a small municipal airport, [Garver’s Aviation Team] has consistently given us the personal attention and responsive service that makes us feel like we are [their] most important client,” said Delta Regional Airport Authority Chairman John Kerr.

The airport features a 5,000-foot runway and the airport authority is currently working with Garver to design, bid, and provide construction administration services for the first T-Hangar to be constructed at the airport.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Garver Water Knowledge Tapped in Publications

In the last nine months, the Garver Water Team has further established itself as a research and development leader in the industry by publishing articles in multiple peer-reviewed journals. Here's a look at a few:

Garver Project Manager Andrea Odegard-Begay, Texas Water Team Leader Jeff Sober, and Project Manager Wes Cardwell jointly published an article in Texas WET magazine. The article, titled “Increasing Anaerobic Digester Performance for the City of Longview with Co-Digestion and Mechanical Thickening,” discusses the challenges the city of Longview faces with their existing solids-handling facilities, and identifies improvements designed by Garver. The improvements focus on optimizing digester performance, increasing biogas production, and alleviating operations and maintenance challenges. Construction on the project is expected to begin in the fall.

You can read the article in its entirety by clicking here.

Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts published an article by Dr. Ashley Pifer, Garver project engineer, titled “Assessing trichloromethane formation and control in algal-stimulated waters amended with nitrogen and phosphorus.” Nutrients are introduced to drinking water sources via surface runoff (e.g., phosphorus from poultry litter) and wastewater treatment plant effluent, and they promote algal growth. Ashley’s article is a multidisciplinary investigation of how the impacts of nutrient-stimulated algal growth on disinfection byproduct control using common drinking water treatment processes such as chlorine dioxide peroxidation and alum coagulation. The results indicated that increased algal biomass decreases the effectiveness of drinking water treatment processes, which could increase treatment costs for water utilities and consumers.

You can read the article in its entirety by clicking here.

Dr. Evan Tromble, Garver project engineer, published an article titled “Skill assessment of a real-time forecast system utilizing a coupled hydrologic and coastal hydrodynamic model during Hurricane Irene” in the journal Continental Shelf Research. The article discusses the ability of modeling systems to predict the impacts of storms.

For a fee, you can read the article in its entirety by clicking here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Conway Opens New Airport with Dedication Ceremony

Airport officials and dignitaries from the city of Conway and around the state of Arkansas recently came together to dedicate the new Conway Airport, which will be named Cantrell Field in honor of Dennis Cantrell.

The new $30 million airport replaces the previous Conway Airport, which was much smaller and believed to have played a role in two fatal crashes in the last decade.

“When we started this project many years ago, our first goal was to come away with a safe airport,” Jamie Gates, senior VP for Conway Development Corporation told reporters.

“A lot of people and organizations went into making this new airport happen, and I’m proud Garver had an opportunity to be a part of it,” said Garver Project Manager Blake Roberson. “Landing here today for the ceremony gave me a chance to recognize what every pilot and passenger that comes through here will recognize—Conway has a world-class airport.”

Garver provided property acquisition, design, bidding, and construction administration and observation.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Little Rock Port Authority Opens New Arkansas River Resource Center

The Port of Little Rock recently opened its new $2.1 million Arkansas River Resource Center, which is predicted to bring future economic development opportunities and more infrastructure along the river.

"The Port of Little Rock is an incredible economic engine for the city and it's vitally important to our growth. This new investment is further example of the decades of planning and vision that has made Little Rock a regional powerhouse in industrial and economic development," said Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, when the project broke ground last year.

"The ARRC is a key component to the voter-approved $10 million Little Rock Port expansion and the long-term development of the regional McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System," said Garver Senior Project Manager Bill Ruck.

Garver played an integral role in helping the Port Authority to secure a $960,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration to help build the resource center. Garver also provided the site work on the center’s 4.2 acres.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Garver Named to Best Firm to Work For List

ZweigWhite recently named Garver #2 on its Best Firms to Work For List in the Multi-discipline category. According to ZweigWhite, the firms that make the list “create an environment where their people feel valued, can make a difference, and can clearly see their contribution to the overall mission and success of the firm.”

“Since I started working here in 1982, this company has always been about its people,” said Garver President and CEO Dan Williams. “Just as important as promoting a healthy work-life balance, Garver has always given employees a chance to excel at what they’re good at. ZweigWhite’s list recognizes that we give our people those opportunities.”

To see the list in its entirety, click here. Garver was also recently named to ZweigWhite’s 2014 Hot Firm list.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Garver Employees Enjoy the Summer

At Garver, we value a healthy work-life balance. We see our employees enjoying work every day, but how do they enjoy life after working hours? Let's take a look at a few adventures our employees experienced over the summer...

Project Engineer Ben Ross went with friends to Rocky Mountain National Park to watch the Pikes Peak International Climb in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Corporate Recruiter Wren Ward and her boyfriend visited Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, outside of Portland, Oregon.

Director of Federal Services Wallace Smith and his daughter participated in the Run or Dye 5k at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds.

Regional Marketing Administrator Cindy Gran worked with her husband to promote the Creek County Speedway, a quarter-mile, oval, dirt track outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

For more of our employees' summer adventures, check out the rest of the photos on our Facebook page.


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