Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Garver reaches highest spot in ENR's regional rankings

Garver has reached its highest position ever in the latest Engineering News-Record regional rankings of top design firms.
Garver came in at No. 27 on ENR's Texas & Louisiana rankings, which includes revenue generated in 2016 for work in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Garver was 63rd in the ranking last year, and has moved up 51 spots in the last three years.

Of Garver's 22 offices nationwide, 14 are located in this footprint.

"This ranking reflects the work that we've done in the region of our core client base, and where we have traditionally done most of our work," said President and CEO Dan Williams. "Garver has always been dedicated to servicing the infrastructure needs in our home region, and our rising place on this list shows that we have no intentions on changing that."

In addition, Garver is ranked eighth in the categories of environmental and geotechnical engineering, and sewerage/solid waste, and ninth in structural engineering.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Garver employees pass professional exams

Garver congratulates its employees who have recently passed professional exams.

Sara Andrews, PE, is a civil engineer on Garver’s Aviation Team. She serves in our Frisco, Texas office.

Preston Campbell, PE, is a structural engineer on Garver’s Transportation Team. He serves in our Jackson, Mississippi office.

Mary Fair, PE, is a civil engineer on Garver’s Aviation Team in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office.

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Stodola named NSPE Fellow

Garver Project Manager Adam Stodola has been named a Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers, one of the highest honors given to a member of the organization that was founded in 1934.

Adam, a member of Garver’s Transportation Team in its Kansas City, Missouri, office, has served NSPE since 2001 on the local, state, and national levels. Roughly one percent of NSPE members achieve this honor.

Adam served as president of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers in 2015-2016 and recently completed his term as past president. During his time with NSPE he has displayed “the highest ideals upon which the NSPE Fellow program was established – a strong record of unselfish service to his state and national society, a tireless commitment to excellence, and an enduring devotion to our profession,” according to a letter from NSPE.

“I firmly believe that it’s important to give back to your profession in some way and I have enjoyed investing time in both KSPE and NSPE as a way of doing just that,” Adam said. “NSPE’s mission is to protect and enhance the value of licensure and the opportunities for the licensed engineer. I am proud to work for a firm that recognizes that mission by supporting my involvement in this important organization.”

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Broadway Bridge earns Eugene C. Figg, Jr. Medal

A Garver-led project was named one of the year’s top achievements in bridge engineering at the International Bridge Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. The Eugene C. Figg, Jr. Medal for Signature Bridges was presented by the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department for the Broadway Bridge, designed by Garver and sub-consultant HNTB, during last week’s conference. The medal is given annually to a single recent outstanding achievement for bridge engineering, which is considered an icon to the community for which it was designed.
The Broadway Bridge joins projects from Bolivia, China, France, Vietnam, as well as the United States, to have been recognized for this prestigious award since 2002.

“Receiving the Eugene Figg Medal is a significant accomplishment and validates all the hard work of the Garver design team,” said Garver Project Manager John Ruddell. “The Broadway Bridge serves as an iconic downtown landmark for the two cities we've called home, and we were honored to play a role in its design."
Garver provided traffic analysis and design services for the roadway approaches and replacement bridge, which spans the Arkansas River connecting the downtowns of Little Rock and North Little Rock. The new structure, designed for cost effectiveness and to minimize closure time, consists of twin 448-foot basket-handle network tied arches and four traffic lanes to accommodate up to 24,000 vehicles per day.

The bridge opened to traffic in March 2017, five months after closure of the old bridge, reopening a main artery through the state’s largest metropolitan area. The twin-arch design replaced the outdated bridge that had been in use since 1923 and deemed structurally deficient.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Garver celebration benefits Night Light Tulsa

Garver encourages all of its employees to engage in community activities in an effort to make impacts outside of their offices. Those in Tulsa have been as active in that endeavor as any other, having taking part through the last year in clothing drives, food drives, and holiday events.
The latest charitable event was held outside of the Tulsa office and it benefited Night Light Tulsa, which supports the city’s homeless community. The event featured a dunk tank, and employees took their shots dunking their coworkers while raising $700 for the organization, which accepts meals, and clothing, that benefit the homeless community.
“Garver has been in Tulsa for a long time, and we feel obligated to assist organizations that exist to improve our community,” Project Manager Matthew Youngblood said. “We hope this event, and all
that we participate in throughout the year, have a hand in assisting them.”

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Monday, June 12, 2017

DDI design detailed at OTEA conference

Garver Transportation Project Managers Jenny Sallee and Mike Spayd recently presented at the Oklahoma Traffic Engineering Association’s spring conference in Ardmore, Oklahoma detailing the traffic analysis and preliminary design of a diverging diamond interchange (DDI) at I-35 and Waterloo Road just north of Edmond, Oklahoma. Three different interchange configurations were included in the preliminary engineering study, and the DDI was selected based on its ability to handle the existing and projected traffic congestion.
This DDI is the first to be designed by Garver’s engineers and may be the first completed on an Oklahoma interchange (the Oklahoma Department of Transportation recently began working on design of another DDI that could be constructed first). The DDI is a relatively new interchange design that allows traffic to move to the left side of the cross road in advance of the interchange. This configuration eliminates intersection conflict points, signal phases, and left turns crossing through traffic at the ramps. Garver proposed the idea at this location during the project interview because Mike recognized it would best serve the traffic volume patterns, which include high ramp volumes and low through volumes, at the interchange.

“We treated this as an opportunity to show clients and those in the industry that Garver isn’t apprehensive about applying innovation to roadway solutions,” Jenny said. “The selection of this interchange design will improve safety as well as accommodate existing and future traffic demands.”

Engineers are currently on the second phase of the project, which includes detailed design and preparation of construction plans. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in 2022.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Zweig Group places Garver on 2017 Hot Firm list

For the seventh year in a row Garver has been recognized among the fastest-growing companies in the A-E industry.

The Zweig Group released recently their annual Hot Firm list, which ranks the top 100 firms in the field based on employee and revenue growth rate over the previous three years. Garver is ranked 43rd on the list, the seventh consecutive year that it has been included in the top 100.

“We’ve made a point to focus our expansion efforts on certain markets, which has allowed us to sustain this period of unprecedented growth for our company,” said President and CEO Dan Williams. “Our continued presence on this prestigious list is proof that we’re not simply growing, but growing the right way, and we plan to continue that trend.”

Over the last three years, Garver has expanded further into Texas by adding offices in Fort Worth, Round Rock, San Antonio, and East Texas; while offices in Phoenix, Arizona, and Wichita, Kansas have also been added. Garver, founded in 1919 in Little Rock, Arkansas, now has over 400 employees spread across 22 offices in 10 states.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mach completes Leadership for Engineers course

Garver Oklahoma Water Team Leader Mary Elizabeth Mach has completed the Leadership for Engineers course hosted by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Oklahoma.

Mary Elizabeth was one of 15 engineers to finish the class, which was held over six half-day sessions that discussed 10 topics designed to continue development of future engineering leaders. 

The topics included discussions on accounting, strategic planning, ethics, community involvement, and business development.

“In engineering, great emphasis is on the technical aspects of our work; however, effective leadership requires one to also develop other skills and ideas that are vital for a successful team,” Mary Elizabeth said. “This program took me to areas I had not yet experienced in engineering, which will benefit me as I continue in my career.”

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