Tuesday, February 23, 2016

GarverGives Makes Donation to Water4

Throughout the 2015 holiday season we encouraged our Garver employees and clients to contribute to Water4, with the promise that Garver would match their donation amount through GarverGives. Water4 trains people in impoverished communities to drill their own water wells and install their own hand pumps. We hoped to raise $5,000, which would provide the initial investment for equipping a trained team to start their own drilling business.

We’re proud to announce that because of the generous donations from our clients and employees, GarverGives recently presented a $14,000 check to Water4. That money will go directly to helping bring a sustainable solution for clean water to an Ethiopian community in need.

“Our intention with GarverGives is to enable vibrant science, engineering, and technology initiatives, and to improve local communities,” says Garver President and CEO Dan Williams. “The Water4 mission is something we support as a company, but it’s also something our individual employees and even our clients support, as is evidenced by the number of personal contributions GarverGives received specifically intended for Water4.”

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Garver Volunteers with ASCE for Infrastructure Report Card

Employees at Garver’s Birmingham office recently volunteered with the Alabama Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to prepare the 2015 Report Card for Alabama’s Infrastructure.

“The report card is intended as a tool that shows the extent, condition and importance of Alabama’s infrastructure assets that support modern life,” said Shelia Montgomery-Mills, president of the Alabama Section of ASCE. “Our infrastructure is only as strong as its weakest link.”

The report card assesses the state’s infrastructure in regards to energy, aviation, ports, rail, transit, roads, inland waterways, drinking water, bridges, water and storm water, and dams. The state received a grade in each category based on data collected over the last year by industry volunteers who worked alongside members of the Alabama Department of Transportation.

“For me as an engineer, volunteering served as a great opportunity to get a first-hand look at the state’s infrastructure beyond the projects I’ve worked on before,” said Garver Project Manager Matt Mims, who researched aviation infrastructure for ASCE. “It’s important to me that we identify the weak spots in our state’s infrastructure so we can get to work improving things for the future.”

View Alabama’s Infrastructure Report Card in its entirety, as well as those belonging to other states, by clicking here.

Garver Encourages You to Vote!

As the time nears to elect our presidential primary candidates, Garver encourages each of you to exercise your right as a citizen to vote. One of the greatest things about living in a democracy is that every single voice is heard. But to be heard, you have to speak up, and you do that when you cast your vote for the candidate you want to lead the country. Do your research, educate yourself on the candidates, and find out what you need to do to cast your ballot. If you’re looking for a good non-partisan place to get information about the candidates, visit VoteSmart.org.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Strother Field Earns Pavement Award

The Kansas Asphalt Pavement Association recently recognized Strother Field’s Runway 17-35 Rehabilitation project with an airfield pavement award.

Located in Cowley County, Kansas, Strother Field decided to rehabilitate its primary runway due to rising maintenance costs associated with environmental pavement distresses on the runway. Garver performed design, bidding and construction observation services for the rehabilitation. Garver's Survey Team has also performed design surveys for drainage, taxiway, lighting, and runway projects over the last several years.

Runway 17-35 is the only runway at the airport able to accommodate the corporate jet aircraft that frequent the GE Aviation jet engine maintenance facility based on the airport. Garver designed a bituminous overlay with minimal depth milling to reduce the duration of runway closures. Garver also developed a detailed construction safety and phasing plan to meet the FAA's criteria and sequence construction operations to allow the business jets to operate throughout construction.  

The design was completed in three months to position the project to receive full funding from the FAA. The aggressive design schedule required frequent coordination with the FAA Central Region Airports Division, the Strother Field Commission, and GE Aviation. The coordination effort expedited the design and full funding for the project was realized. The construction of the project was completed one week ahead of schedule and nearly $500,000 under budget.

To learn more about this project or to find out what the Kansas Aviation Team can do for you, contact Kansas Aviation Team Leader Mark Williams at mewilliams@garverusa.com.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Employees Pass Professional Exams

Garver congratulates employees who have recently passed professional exams.

Brandon Beville, PE, is a civil engineer on Garver’s Aviation Team. He serves in our Frisco, Texas office and recently passed his professional engineering exam.
Tyler Harbin, PE, is a civil engineer on Garver’s Aviation Team. He serves in our Huntsville, Alabama office and recently passed his professional engineering exam.

Joe Kaminski, PE, FPE, is a mechanical engineer on Garver’s Facilities Design Team. He serves in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office and recently passed his fire protection engineer exam.

Pedro Maltos, PE, is a civil engineer on Garver’s Transportation Team. He serves in our Tulsa Oklahoma office and recently passed his professional engineering exam.

Annette Smalley, PE, PTOE, is a civil engineer on Garver’s Transportation Team. She serves in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office and recently passed her professional traffic operations engineering exam.

Mark Upchurch, PE, is a civil engineer on Garver’s Aviation Team. He serves in our Lexington, Kentucky office and recently passed his professional engineering exam.


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