Friday, November 21, 2014

Pre-Engineering Students Visit Garver Headquarters

Bryant Middle School pre-engineering students recently toured Garver headquarters in North Little Rock, Arkansas to learn more about the types of engineering available to someone considering a career in the industry.  

Engineers from Garver’s Aviation, Transportation, and Water teams addressed the students regarding major projects they’ve been working on, including Conway Municipal Airport, the Cottonwood Creek Bridge project, and the Tupelo Bayou Wastewater Treatment Plant.

“It’s an invaluable experience for these students to be able to meet with working engineers who can address the questions they have at such an early age about reaching their career goals,” said Garver Project Manager Aaron Stallman, who is a graduate of Bryant High School. “If I would have had the opportunity to do something like this when I was in school, it would have accelerated my experience as an engineering student.”

Garver is a proud sponsor of the pre-engineering program at BMS, which is a Project Lead the Way school. PLTW is an internationally recognized provider for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum and teacher training.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

City of Norman Kicks Off Phase 2 of Water Reclamation Facility

Officials recently met at Norman’s Water Reclamation Facility for a groundbreaking celebration to kick off the largest capital project in the history of the city of Norman. The Garver-designed $63 million program will include the addition of headworks improvements, biological reactors, additional clarifiers, ultraviolet disinfection, post aeration, odor control, and a new 66-inch effluent outfall line among other ancillary improvements.

“The city of Norman has long been a champion of reclaiming wastewater and their commitment to this project reinforces their objectives to identify long-term and sustainable water supply sources for its citizens,” said Water Team Leader Michael Graves.

The project addresses a number of operations and maintenance issues as well as an increase in treatment capacity and preparation for new water quality requirements including potable reuse. 

A project of this magnitude came to fruition over the last several years through a diverse team with lots of collaboration and support from the citizens of Norman, the Norman City Council, Norman City Management and Utilities staff, Plant Operations Staff, and Garver Water Design Center expertise.

Various entities involved in the project had representatives attend the groundbreaking, including the construction contractor (Archer Western), the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB). The OWRB provided funding for the project in the form of the largest Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan ever issued in the state of Oklahoma.

For more information on this project, check out the Norman Transcript’s coverage and IQ Online.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Garver Proudly Supports Our Veterans

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On this Veterans Day, Garver asks that you remember the men and women who have served our country, as well as those who continue to serve our country through the nation’s military services. There are those amongst us who have volunteered to put themselves in harm’s way in the name of defending our great nation and to spread peace across the globe. We are all indebted.

Garver proudly serves those who serve. One of the ways we’re doing that is at the Center for the Intrepid at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where veterans who have sustained amputation, burns, or functional limb loss seek rehabilitation. The center also provides education on rehabilitation modalities and promotes rehabilitation research. Garver’s Facilities Design Team is working to repair and renovate portions of the facility, and also to expand the facility's capabilities to manufacture IDEOs, which are devices used by those who hav trouble walking or standing because of lower leg injuries.

Click on the video above to see how the Center for the Intrepid is making a difference in the lives of our veterans. To find out more about this project, contact Garver Architect Joe Orloff at

Monday, November 10, 2014

Major Thoroughfare in Florence, Alabama Re-opens

Officials gathered recently for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to re-open a major thoroughfare in the city of Florence, Alabama, which sits in the northwest corner of the state. A portion of the road was closed to traffic while the Hermitage Drive Bridge over Railroad Avenue underwent a $4 million replacement project.

“We’re excited about reopening this major corridor to our downtown,” Mayor Mickey Haddock said.

Garver provided engineering services that included environmental studies, field surveys, preparation of roadway and bridge plans, and right-of-way map and tract sketches for the project.

“This was a big project that included improvements to the existing Railroad Avenue, removal of the existing bridge, construction of the new bridge and reconstruction of the roadway approaches to the new bridge, just to name the biggest pieces,” said Project Manager Scott Leach. “Completing this project is a big deal for this city—it shows their commitment to providing their citizens with quality infrastructure.


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