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Terracon Delivers Success to Florida Communities


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Terracon plays important role in 120-year-old BNSF Bridge rehabilitation

The 120-year old Bellefontaine railroad bridge spans the Missouri River north of St. Louis and consists of four 440-foot trusses. The open-deck bridge once housed two tracks, but was later reduced to one. In March 2013, BNSF undertook a rehabilitation project on the bridge to enhance its longevity. BNSF called on Terracon to provide health and safety monitoring for its workers during the project. Chris Brewer, P.E., and Jonathan Reber, both from Terracon’s St. Louis office, provided airborne lead, total respirable dust, and noise monitoring. Senior oversight and review was provided by Gary Ganson, CIH, CSP, from Terracon’s Corporate office.

Project completion is planned for November of this year, when crews will use a 60-hour maintenance window to shift the mainline track. The rehabilitated bridge will allow for wider loads to cross the river. The project was highlighted as the cover story for the June 2013 issue of BNSF’s “All Aboard” magazine. BNSF recently requested that Terracon perform similar services for a bridge project in North Dakota. Terracon’s network of professionals, commitment to safety, and ability to provide a consistent client experience regardless of service at multiple locations across the country are just a few reasons why companies like BNSF choose Terracon.


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Terracon Receives MSPE Presidential Award

OLATHE, Kan. – Terracon received the Presidential Award presented by the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) at the MSPE Annual Conference held at Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Mo, on June 17, 2013.

The MSPE Presidential Award recognizes the professionalism and expertise of Terracon’s Facilities group for their pro bono Property Condition Assessment of the MSPE Education Foundation building in Jefferson City, Mo. Terracon’s report provided a critical tool for long-range planning of the Foundation’s building, which is their largest asset.

“Terracon was very pleased to be able to provide these services to the MSPE Education Foundation,” said Joseph W. Marsh, P.E., director of employee development and wellbeing for Terracon. “The assessment is being used to help guide their facility planning process and to allow the Foundation to direct more support to the promotion of professional engineering.”

MSPE is an individual member association that protects the public health, safety, and welfare by promoting and defending the engineering profession. MSPE’s offices are located in Jefferson, Mo.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices in 40 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 38th on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit: www.terracon.com

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Terracon's Oklahoma City office staff help introduce eighth grade students to the world of biology and engineering

IMAG0097On June 13, 2013 Terracon’s Oklahoma City (OKC) office hosted 25 eighth grade students, and five faculty members, attending Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) summer camp titled, “Biology and Engineering for a Sustainable Tomorrow.” The camp was funded through the State Regents Summer Academy and was aimed at introducing the students to the vast world of biology and engineering as applied in everyday life. Terracon employees were tasked with covering the topic of bioremediation.

Phil Wood, Terracon’s OKC office manager, welcomed the visitors with an introduction to Terracon, a description of the math, science, and engineering behind all that we do, and an encouraging word regarding the dedication to education required to pursue a career in these fields. Members of Terracon’s OKC environmental department then took the students on a tour through the world of environmental consulting!

First, the students witnessed the drilling of a soil boring and installation of a monitoring well by Terracon’s OKC drilling staff. The students aided in classifying soils, gauged the monitoring well, and learned about such topics as groundwater flow, subsurface contamination, plume migration, and contaminant delineation. In the afternoon, they broke into groups and rotated through five stations covering the topics of geology, groundwater flow, injections, bioremediation, and health and safety. Through discussion and hands-on learning, the students discovered the world of rocks and minerals, learned about groundwater quality and field data collection, developed an appreciation for the intricacies of enhanced anaerobic bioremediation, tried on an array of personal protective equipment, and took a stab at creating their own mini-landfarm.

The program was an opportunity for Terracon to reach out to the community, and share with the next generation the importance of math, science, and engineering. The students had a great time at Terracon and the OSU staff is already looking forward to next year’s camp!


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2013 Engineering-News Record Regional Rankings - Texas and Louisiana

#9 – Texas and Louisiana

  • #9 – Top Texas Design Firms
  • #3 -General Building
  • #7 – Power
  • #6 – Education/ Research
  • #2 -Environmental and Geotechnical Engineering Firms
  • #2 – Distribution and Warehouses
  • #4 – Hospitality
  • #7 – Commercial
  • #6 – Correctional
  • #10 – Religious and Cultural
  • #1 – Retail
  • #3 – Manufacturing
  • #3 – Multi-Unit Residential
  • #6 – Sports/ Recreation

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2013 Engineering-News Record Regional Rankings - Midwest

#16 – Midwest

  • #6 – General Building
  • #24 – Top Indiana Design Firms
  • #29 – Top Illinois Design Firms
  • #19 – Top Michigan Design Firms
  • #10 – Hospitality
  • #4 – Top Missouri Design Firms
  • #16 – Health Care
  • #11 – Top Ohio Design Firms
  • #24 – Top Wisconsin Design Firms
  • #1 – Distribution and Warehouse
  • #16 – Commercial
  • #15 – Government/ Public Service
  • #3 – Multi-Unit Residential
  • #17 – R&D Facilities
  • #1 – Retail
  • #14 – Religious and Cultural
  • #12 – Sports/ Recreation
  • #12 – Industrial Process
  • #11 – Petroleum
  • #6 – Manufacturing
  • #11 – Power
  • #10 – Telecommunications
  • #17 – Water Supply
  • #23 – Sewerage/ Solid Waste
  • #32 – Transportation
  • #68 and #69 – Architecture
  • #59 – Civil Engineering
  • #4 – Environmental and Geotechnical Engineering Firms
  • #18 – Correctional
  • #26 – Education/Research

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Terracon Recognized for Wellbeing Program

OLATHE, Kan. – Terracon was announced winner of the 2013 Edington Next Practice Pillar 1, Senior Leadership Award by Edington Associates LLC and CBIZ Employee Services, a division of CBIZ Inc.

The Next Practice Awards recognize organizations that are actively engaged in the pursuit of a healthy, high-performing workplace. The awards specifically recognize companies that exhibit distinctive approaches to improving the wellbeing of workplaces and employees and excel in innovation and initiatives.

The Next Practice Award nominees are considered in each of the five core pillars: Senior Leadership, Operational Leadership, Self-Leadership, Recognition and Rewards and Quality Assurance.

A pre-qualification survey was required for award consideration to ensure nominees met minimum criteria across the five pillars of an effective strategy. Judging considerations included enterprise effort and participation, organizational resources dedicated to the initiative, engagement rate and outcomes including employee satisfaction, health and wellness improvements, and productivity.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,000 employees providing geotechnical, environmental, construction materials, and facilities services from more than 140 offices in 40 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 38th on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit: www.terracon.com

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Gaboury Honored with Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in Central Midwest

OLATHE, Kan. — Ernst & Young LLP announced David R. Gaboury, P.E., president and CEO of Terracon, a winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in the Central Midwest at a gala event at the Sheraton in Overland Park, Kan., on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013.

The award recognizes outstanding high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

“This is a great honor because it recognized the collective success of our more than 3,000 associates nationwide,” said Gaboury.

Gaboury joined Terracon in 1997 as executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer, and was named president and CEO in 2002. Gaboury has more than 20 years of experience as an engineer with expertise in environmental, geo-environmental, and water resources engineering. He is a graduate of the Harvard School of Business Advanced Management Program and holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of Massachusetts at Amherst, respectively.

When Gaboury joined Terracon, the company was a successful Midwest consulting engineering firm. The entrepreneurial opportunity and challenge for him at the time was to increase Terracon’s success and profitably grow the firm to become a national leader in its industry. As an outside hire, Gaboury’s first challenge was to strike a balance between showing appreciation for the firm’s previous successes and bringing in his new ideas and vision. This was accomplished by developing strong relationships within the company and building consensus around the strategic direction of the firm through the development and implementation of clear, concise strategic plans.

The entrepreneurial building blocks that Gaboury used to consistently and profitably grow the firm included building and strengthening Terracon’s existing services while adding adjacent service lines; emphasizing the balance of internal and acquisition growth; building a core competency of identifying, making, and integrating acquisitions; and developing corporate services consisting of best in class corporate functions (e.g., information technology, legal, finance, and accounting, etc.). He also emphasized a concept that Terracon field offices were the “clients of the corporate office” and should be treated as such, through timely response to requests, quality corporate support, and other various other activities that contributed to the success of these offices.

Gaboury has also built a future entrepreneurial strategy for continued success that is outlined in Terracon’s five-year Strategic Plan 2017. The plan includes three key parts that include expanding adjacent service lines related to the company’s core service lines; emphasizing employee safety, wellbeing, and engagement not as a mere business strategy, but based on genuine care and concern for employees and their families; and expanding Terracon’s business presence outside the United States. He also established and regularly emphasizes Terracon’s purpose of “Delivering Success to Employees, Clients, and Communities.”

Gaboury and the nine other winners in the Central Midwest will now go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on Nov. 16, 2013.

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

About Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 167,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential. For more information, please visit ey.com.

About Terracon

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 2,800 employees providing geotechnical, environmental, construction materials, and facilities services from more than 130 offices in 39 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 38th on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit: www.terracon.com

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Consulting Firm Awards Grant to the University of Utah-Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health to Expand Online Graduate Certificate Program

In commemoration of Utah Workplace Safety Week, the Terracon Foundation will present a $12,000 grant to the University of Utah-Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH) to assist in expanding the organization’s online occupational safety and health graduate certificate program.

The grant will be presented to RMCOEH by Donald Marano, president of IHI Environmental, a Terracon Company, on Friday, June 28, at the AFL-CIO Convention taking place at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. The timing of the grant award during Utah Workplace Safety Week is quite relevant according to Marano, who has had a close working relationship with the RMCOEH in various capacities over the past 33 years.

“This funding will contribute to the future safety of workers by providing online educational tools for the health and safety students of today, who will be the practitioners of tomorrow,” Marano said. “The program will also advance our profession by giving students more alternatives to learn about various occupational hazards, solutions to these challenges, and proactive measures for prevention of injury and illness in the workplace.”

Marano added that the grant will support the RMCOEH program in issuing graduate certificates in Occupational Safety and Health through online courses to individuals desiring to expand their knowledge and skills in their fields of expertise. These certificates will include ergonomics and safety, industrial hygiene, occupational health, and general occupational safety and health.

The creation of a graduate certificate program for studies related to occupational and environmental health and safety provides the opportunity for individuals who are working in these or related fields to obtain increased information and training to improve their skills at a pace that will generally fit their schedule and while continuing to work full-time.

In addition, the students who take courses for the program will be permitted to apply the course credits they successfully complete toward a Master of Science degree in the future. University of Utah Professor and RMCOEH Director Dr. Kurt Hegmann acknowledged the importance of the award.

“We are very excited about receiving this grant from the Terracon Foundation, as it will provide much needed support for faculty time to convert our industrial hygiene courses to a distance-based format,” Hegmann said. “We are also very pleased about extending our long-term, symbiotic relationship with IHI Environmental to their new parent company, Terracon.”

Terracon acquired local consulting firm of 33 years, IHI Environmental, during early 2013.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 2,800 employees providing geotechnical, environmental, construction materials and facilities services from more than 130 offices in 39 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 38th on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit: www.terracon.com.

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