Monday, November 30, 2015

Garver Helps Mark the Bicentennial of Louisiana Purchase Land Survey

In recognition of the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase Land Survey, a group of government-funded agencies held celebrations at four locations in Arkansas's Louisiana Purchase State Park. Students and visitors attending the celebrations watched living historians portray surveying practices used in the 1815 survey, among other things. The new Base Line Trail and visitor's access/parking lot were also dedicated during the two-day event.

Joseph Brown and Prospect Robbins had the task of being the first to survey land west of the Mississippi River in October 1815. The Initial Point of the Fifth Principal Meridian is situated where the Base Line intersected the Meridian on November 10 of that year. This grid origin enabled numbering of townships and ranges in land boundaries in six states and as far north as the Canadian border. 

“These scraggly men of science lived for months in the wilderness under primitive conditions in fall and winter weather while recording detailed measurements and environmental reports,” said Garver Senior Project Manager Bill Ruck, who volunteered at the bicentennial. “Brown and Robbins were obligated to deal with the convergence of the meridians as they squared up a round world.”

Sponsors of the bicentennial included the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the U.S. Forestry Service, the Arkansas Society of Professional Surveyors, the School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Arkansas State Parks, and the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Committee on which Ruck has served since 1999.

The committee recently announced intentions to place an 18-foot-tall monument to Brown and Robbins that will stand in downtown Little Rock once funding for fabrication is secured.

Technology has changed since the days of the Louisiana Purchase, but surveying is still as important. Find out what Garver’s Survey Team can do for you by visiting our website today.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Garver Publishes IQ Volume 7 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
Garver will always have opportunities for hardworking employees
The preservation and proliferation of our unified Garver culture is what makes us strong. That culture engages our employees to provide the highest level of service to our clients and establish their trust, while attracting others to join us in doing so.

Abilene Regional Airport

Abilene, Texas
Runway 17L-35R Rehabilitation
ABI's existing aircraft fleet mix and annual operations exceeded the structural capacity for its primary use runway, which was experiencing delamination on the pavement surface and sub-surface layers.

Frisco Trail
Fayetteville, Arkansas
New Connection
This $1.4 million project has opened up areas of the City to developers, who see the trail system as an amenity that helps make their development more desirable for future buyers or renters, whether that's students biking to class, or commercial businesses that cater directly to the trail's users.

Grace Creek WWTP
Longview, Texas
Increasing Performance
Garver prioritized the City's improvements based on condition and designed innovative solutions that focused on optimizing anaerobic digestion performance, increasing biogas production, and alleviating operations and maintenance challenges.

Environmental Team
All Garver Locations
Expanding Capabilities
The team is well versed in everything from site assessments to biological and habitat evaluations, NEPA documentation, wetlands and stream mitigation, and permitting and certification.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Garver Adopts Portion of Springdale's Trail System

Garver employees recently partnered with the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks (BCO) and Bike Springdale to give back to the Northwest Arkansas bicycling community and support the BCO's mission of promoting bicycling by adopting a portion of the Razorback Greenway Trail in Springdale.

“Garver has worked with local cities to plan and develop portions of the Northwest Arkansas trails system; uses the trails system; and feels a responsibility to help provide upkeep on the trails for the betterment of the community,” the City of Springdale said in a press release.

“We have a strong bicycle culture at Garver, and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to keep the trail clean, but we also look forward to assisting the city, BCO, or other groups with beautification projects from time to time along this stretch of the trail,” said Project Manager Bart Gilbreath.

Employees utilized the company’s GarverGives matching program to turn their volunteer contribution into a financial one from the company. For more information about GarverGives, visit

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Garver Thanks Veterans for Their Service

On this Veteran’s Day, Garver would like to honor and give thanks to all 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. Today, we recognize those veterans who previously served our country to provide a safer nation and who now serve Garver in our mission to provide that same nation with sound infrastructure.

Thank you, veterans.

Wade Carpenter, Senior Project Surveyor, Survey
Guy Choate, Corporate Editor, Marketing
Darold Davis, Senior Project Manager, Transportation
Michael Hall, Technician, Water
Perry Havenar, Senior Planner, Aviation
Steve Haynes, Senior Project Manager, Transportation
Roger Knobeloch, Project Engineer, Aviation
Matt Koss, Project Manager, Aviation
Jerry Martin, Project Engineer, Water
Clarence Matthews, Chief Pilot/Travel Director, Corporate
Bryan Melton, Project Manager, Facilities Design
Melissa Mixon, Technician, Transportation
Jim Morris, Senior Construction Engineer, Construction
Robert Mullen, Construction Observer, Construction
Adam Peterson, Technician, Aviation
Randall Richards, Project Engineer, Aviation
Wallace Smith III, Director of Federal Services, Federal
Joe Sober, Project Engineer, Aviation
Kevin Sullivan, Senior Designer, Facilities Design
Bob Sunta, Project Manager, Facilities Design
Jim Ward, Senior Construction Observer, Construction
Robert Wilds, Operations Specialist, Water (Not Pictured)
Dan Williams, President and CEO
Wendell Williams, Senior Construction Observer, Construction

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

AASHTO Names Springdale Project Best Use of Innovation

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently awarded the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department’s $13.23 million Don Tyson Parkway Interchange an America’s Transportation Award in the Best Use of Innovation category. Garver designed the project around a buried landfill under the interchange to ensure a stable roadway without excavation, completing the project more than six months ahead of schedule and $2.6 million under budget.

"Ultimately it's the American people who are the big winners," said John Cox, president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. "These [winning] projects are a small example of how state DOTs are saving taxpayer dollars while building innovative projects to meet community needs."

"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," said Project Manager Jeff Webb.

AASHTO represents state departments of transportation in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Read more about the Don Tyson Interchange project and see construction time-lapse videos in IQ Magazine Online.


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