Thursday, November 16, 2017

Garver project wins DBIA merit award

A Garver design-build project that provided the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with a state-of-the-art canine training facility has earned one of its industry’s top awards.
The Design-Build Institute of America awarded the Canine Training Facility at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, with a National Award of Merit in the Educational Facilities category at its annual awards dinner last week in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Garver provided design project management, design quality control, and architectural, civil, communications, mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection design services.

Garver was joined on the design-build team with The Ross Group and HDR for the 25,000 square-foot-facility that includes classrooms, offices, and large gathering spaces. The LEED Silver facility is equipped to educate around 230 canine-handler teams per year.

“We were proud and honored to work on a project that is so important to the TSA’s mission,” said Greg Archer, Director of Architecture at Garver. “The finished product was exactly what we envisioned – an open design that is as elegant as it is functional and will be of use for a long, long time.”
The DBIA said the academy provides the National Explosives Detection Training Program with “an optimal educational environment for the critical training functions of the men, women, and explosives detection canines who protect and serve our country.”

To learn more about what Garver’s Facilities Design Team can do for you, visit GarverUSA.com.

Garver drive contributes to Arkansas Children's Northwest

Garver affects its communities on a daily basis through improvements to airports, roads, and water treatment plants. But Garver’s Fayetteville, Arkansas office recently impacted a vital addition independent of infrastructure design.

About 60 employees in the Fayetteville office united last week to raise more than one-third of what resulted in a $30,000 donation from GarverGives, the company’s corporate giving arm, to Arkansas Children’s Northwest, a state-of-the-art pediatric care center scheduled to open in January 2018 in Springdale.
To raise the money, Garver employees made donations that came with perks, such as shoving a pie in the face of their manager, making their manager lip sync, and some agreed to shave their heads if the 
employees met a fundraising goal.

“It was important to us for our employees to have fun with this campaign,” said Project Manager Adam White, who helped organize the drive. “But the most important part was the impact this will have on the new hospital, which will impact Northwest Arkansas for generations. To be a part of that is a true blessing.”
Arkansas Children’s Northwest will be the first freestanding children’s hospital in the area, which will aid Garver’s employees and their families along with the rest of the community.

“With this coming here, that’s going to allow Northwest Arkansas families to stay close to home during some of the most difficult times when they otherwise would have had to go to the hospital in Little Rock for an extended period,” White said. “That was something we really wanted to get behind.”

To learn more about Garver’s charitable giving, visit GarverUSA.com/GarverGives.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Garver honors America's veterans

Garver is eternally grateful for the sacrifices made by the men and women who served our country, as well as those who continue to do so. On Friday, we will recognize those veterans who provided a safer nation by serving the military and who now serve Garver in our mission to provide that same nation with sound infrastructure.

More than 20 current Garver employees served in various military branches – a group that touches multiple business lines and Garver offices – and to them we say thank you for what you’ve done for our country and continue to do for our company. 


Wade Carpenter, Senior Project Surveyor, Survey, Huntsville, Alabama
Guy Choate, Communications Team Manager, Communications, North Little Rock, Arkansas
Colin Cordell, IT Intern, IT, North Little Rock, Arkansas
Darold Davis, Senior Project Manager, Transportation, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Michael Hall, Software Support Analyst, IT, Norman, Oklahoma
Steve Haynes, Senior Project Manager, Transportation, Jackson, Mississippi
Bobby Johnston, Project Surveyor, Survey, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Matt Koss, Project Manager, Aviation, Franklin, Tennessee
Jerry Martin, Project Manager, Water, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Bryan Melton, Project Manager, Facilities Design, North Little Rock, Arkansas
Melissa Mixon, Technician, Transportation, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Jim Morris, Senior Construction Engineer, Construction Services, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Robert Mullen, Senior Construction Observer, Construction Services, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Randall Richards, Project Engineer, Aviation, Huntsville, Alabama
Lucio Rivas, Construction Observer, Construction Services, Austin, Texas
Jennifer Russell, Senior Project Manager, Transportation, Overland Park, Kansas
Wallace Smith, Director of Federal Services, Federal, North Little Rock, Arkansas
Kevin Sullivan, Senior Designer, Facilities Design, North Little Rock, Arkansas
John Vernor, Designer, AssetMax, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Jim Ward, Senior Construction Observer, Construction Services, Conway, Arkansas
Jeremy Weiland, Project Manager, Aviation, Norman, Oklahoma
Dan Williams, President and CEO, North Little Rock, Arkansas
Wendell Williams, Senior Construction Observer, Construction Services

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Dusek, Luna, Snyder win Spirit of Garver Awards

Each year, Garver Summit is held to celebrate company achievements and the employees who helped make them possible. That’s why, one of the features of each Summit is announcing the Spirit of Garver Awards, which go to the individuals who best exhibited dedication, passion, and leadership toward the company's mission over the previous year.

Kaylee Dusek
This year, for the first time ever, three were announced as Spirit of Garver winners. Kaylee Dusek, Edoardo Luna, and Andrew Snyder each won the award, which comes with a cash prize and recognizes their achievements in best displaying Garver’s values.

Edoardo Luna
Dusek is a project engineer on the Water Team in the Frisco, Texas office. Luna is a Regional Finance Leader in the Frisco, Texas office. And Andrew Snyder is a Project Manager on the Transportation Team in the Tulsa, Oklahoma office.

These three were joined by 10 others as finalists, which came from a collection of nominees recommended by their colleagues.

Andrew Snyder



Congratulations to our winners, our nominees, and finalists. To see more photos from Summit 2017, visit our Facebook Page.

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