Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Garver Intern to Head University AWWA Chapter

The University of Arkansas Chapter of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) recently elected Garver’s Megan Browning to serve as chapter president. Megan is a technician intern at the Water Design Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  

In her role as president, Megan will communicate with outside associations to schedule, regulate, and control water industry events and interactions.

“It’s an honor to be elected to this position,” Megan said. “AWWA is a great organization that has given me and my fellow students a clear window into the water industry through nationwide networking events, and I look forward to the opportunity to work hard to better our U of A chapter.”

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Monday, June 13, 2016

GarverGives Awards Scholarships to Frisco ISD Students

Garver’s Frisco office recently awarded scholarships to three Frisco Independent School District student teams that competed in an end-of-the-year engineering competition. The students presented their projects to Garver engineers who judged each team based on a variety of factors and presented the top three teams with scholarships.

Garver employees raised money and volunteered their time with the school district, which was then matched through GarverGives, the company’s charitable giving program. Altogether, three two-man teams will split close to $4,500.

The students are part of Project Lead the Way—an internationally recognized provider for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum and teacher training—and plan to pursue degrees in the STEM field.

“This was a great way to get involved with students in our local community,” said Project Engineer Sara Andrews. “I’m grateful to get to meet such bright and talented students that have a great future ahead of them within many diverse engineering fields.”

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

MNAA Turns the Valve on BNA Geothermal Project

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) recently had a “turning of the valve” ceremony to mark the opening of its new geothermal cooling system, which will save Nashville International Airport an estimated $430,000 a year in cooling costs.

An abandoned rock quarry near the airport is filled with water that maintains a year-round 50-degree temperature. Not long ago, the airport considered filling the pit in, but the now that pit is at the heart of the system’s functionality. The system pumps hot water to heat exchangers submerged 50 feet below the reservoir’s surface, which is cooled by the reservoir before making its way back to the airport’s cooling plant.

Garver’s work on this project began nearly six years prior to the actual design-build team selection when we were asked to analyze potential routes for the pipeline corridor from the quarry lake to the terminal building’s central plant. When funding became available, Garver partnered with Blakely Construction Services and was selected as a design-build team to construct the project, the largest of its kind in North America.

“We had to get across the runway and taxiway during an already planned 60-day shutdown for maintenance,” said Garver Vice President Ryan Sisemore. “With the required demolition, trenching, pipe placement, backfill, drainage system installation, electrical and lighting, pavement section construction, curing, grooving and striping, I’m extremely proud of my team—as well as everyone involved in this coordinated effort—for an outstanding achievement.”

MNAA has made sustainability a priority in its planning process and is one of a dozen airport participants in the FAA’s Sustainable Master Plan Pilot program. The airport authority recently won a Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for its sustainability efforts from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and also a 2016 Environmental Achievement Award in the Special/Innovative Projects Award category from the Airports Council International-North America for the geothermal lake plate project.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

ACEC Recognizes Spring Street Parking Deck Project

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas recently awarded Garver an Engineering Excellence Award in the Structural Systems category for its Spring Street Parking Deck project in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The parking facility includes a new parking deck with two liner buildings and a three-story office building. For the site selection phase of this project, the design team conducted site surveys and compiled data for four potential parking deck sites. The most challenging site was chosen by the City and required a large volume of excavation. The new Spring Street Parking Deck provides the City with a four-level, 236-space vehicle parking deck in the downtown entertainment district and is adjacent to the Walton Arts Center. The project also included the replacement and expansion of the Walton Arts Center administrative offices and backstage space.

The administration office building design included drilled piers and structural steel with moment frames and composite beams. The parking facility uses the same pay-by-space parking system already utilized in the Entertainment District by providing drivers with six payment kiosks located throughout the deck. Additionally, free bicycle parking is available with 12 racks accommodating 24 bicycles. The new parking facility provides the City of Fayetteville with a convenient, secure facility for citizens who frequent the existing downtown merchants and the infrastructure to draw new businesses to the vibrant, growing downtown area.

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