Friday, October 31, 2014

Garver Named Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly Business




The League of American Bicyclists has updated Garver’s Silver-level designation as a bicycle-friendly business to a Gold-level designation.

As part of its Bicycle Friendly Business program, the League recognized Garver for its efforts to promote employee health and fitness through bicycling activities. In 2014, the league has designated 150 new and renewing bicycle-friendly businesses in 39 states and the District of Columbia. Garver is one of four Arkansas companies to receive a designation.

Garver’s recognition underscores the firm’s commitment to improving employees’ health through fitness. Garver’s headquarters is located less than one mile from the Arkansas River Trail system, which was a factor in relocating the corporate office to North Little Rock in 2009.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Gilbreath and Compton Receive Spirit of Garver Awards


As part of Summit 2014, Garver presented two employees each with a Spirit of Garver Award for their outstanding achievements and contribution to the company over the past year. Spirit of Garver nominees exhibit passion, dedication, and leadership as they aid their teams in pursuing Garver’s goals of being a strong, respected and profitable company.

The selection committee chose Bart Gilbreath and Heather Compton to receive the Spirit of Garver Award, which carries with it a cash prize. Ten others were chosen from among many nominees to be recognized as finalists for what is one of the highest honors within the company.

Bart serves as an electrical project manager with the Garver Aviation Team in the Fayetteville office. He earned his Spirit of Garver award through his passion to grow Garver’s aviation practice, his introduction of new technology to benefit clients, and his commitment to provide clients with a high level of service.


Heather serves as a marketing administrator in our Frisco, Texas office, where she constantly strives to push Garver to the next level. She has provided or developed ideas for increased efficiencies to Garver. Heather has proven to be a critical member of the Frisco Team by providing logistics and event planning for multiple conferences and client events.


Congratulations to our Spirit of Garver winners, our finalists, and our nominees.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Employees Gather in Tulsa for Garver Summit 2014


Some 250 Garver employees from across the region recently gathered in Tulsa to participate in Garver Summit 2014, the company’s fourth annual meeting, and the first meeting outside of the Little Rock metropolitan area where Garver is headquartered. Garver opened its first satellite office in Tulsa in 1993 with two employees, and now there are around 60 employees in Oklahoma.

Employees attended a dinner at Tulsa’s Hyatt Regency Hotel where Garver executives discussed where the company has been, where the company is, and where the company is headed.


“The fundamentals of what was critical to our success in Tulsa 20 years ago is still the same, and it has been the same since Neal Garver started this company 95 years ago,” President and CEO Dan Williams told employees. “It’s the values we embrace at our core.”


In addition to attending the dinner and business meetings, Garver employees were welcomed by Oklahoma Sen. Markwayne Mullin at POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat, where they engaged in an outdoor team-building competition across POSTOAK’s 1,000 acres.


For more photos, check out Garver’s Facebook page here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Garver Teams with TxDOT to Educate UT Engineering Students



Garver recently teamed with the Texas Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division to present University of Texas engineering students with information on careers in airport design. TxDOT Aviation Director of Engineering Bijan Jamalabad and Garver Aviation Team Leader Josh Crawford provided students with information about an area of transportation that goes unaddressed in most colleges and universities. 

Garver and TxDOT have established a relationship through working on many projects over the years, specifically 33 projects in 2014. This relationship continues to grow with last year’s opening of Garver’s Austin office, which is the company’s fourth Texas location, and through events like the UT presentation.

“Garver has a commitment to giving back to the community,” Josh said. “I believe it is important we help our engineering students become aware of the various places their degree can take them.”

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Garver Publishes IQ Volume 6 Issue 3



The newest issue of Garver's IQ should be in subscribers' mailboxes soon. In the meantime, you can begin reading our online edition now. This edition features:

Director's Insight
The Value of Attentiveness and Proactivity
"Scheduling or budgeting overruns can be detrimental and it's our job to detect the problems that might lead to such things."
Director of Construction Services Earl Mott 
 
Tulsa International Airport
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Repaving Runway 36R
"Watching the amount of communication and coordination between all the different contractors and subcontractors out here—for this project, with this tight of a deadline—it was an impressive thing to see." Construction Observer Billy Yates

Water Reclamation Center
Norman, Oklahoma
Energy Optimization Upgrade of Water Reclamation System
"We're continuously seeking ways to reduce energy, and with the help of Garver, we are confident of our success as we head into the future." — Plant Manager Steven D. Hardeman

Don Tyson Parkway Interchange
Springdale, Arkansas
New Interchange Supports Growth
"This project is another example of how Garver utilizes its strong relationships with regulatory agencies to meet requirements and deliver a complex transportation project of this size ahead of schedule on a routine basis."
Project Manager Jeff Webb

North Little Rock Municipal Airport
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Lighting Rehabilitation
"Garver's experience allows us to design systems that are streamlined while still preparing for future growth." — Senior Electrical Specialist Mike Massey

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Garver Hires New GIS Manager

There are exciting things happening at Garver with regard to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)!
To ensure our clients are getting the most out of this cutting-edge technology, we’ve recently hired expert Carrie Landgraf, who will serve as Garver’s GIS manager.

Carrie has 14 years of experience in data model development, data migration, customized training, topological relationships, and enterprise GIS deployment. She is proficient in the SDSFIE data standard, metadata creation, surface danger zone development using Range Manager’s Toolkit, and spatial and attribute validation. Carrie has been utilized primarily for local government entities, the Department of Defense, and commercial clients, and we look forward to the expansion of capabilities her expertise will bring to each of Garver’s services. 

To find out more about our GIS services, email Carrie at CMLandgraf@GarverUSA.com.

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