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Terracon Engineer Recognized by American Society of Civil Engineers

Oswaldo Bravo receives 2018 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement 

OLATHE, Kan. — Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, is pleased to announce Oswaldo (Ozzy) Bravo, P.E., M.ASCE, has been selected to receive the 2018 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Bravo is a senior associate in Terracon’s Lenexa, Kan., office specializing in bridge and highway design-build projects. As a project engineer, he provides analysis, calculations and engineering recommendations on large transportation design-build projects for regional and national clients. He joined Terracon in 2013.

The prestigious award recognizes a younger member of ASCE who has advanced the profession; exhibited technical competence, high character and integrity; developed improved member attitudes toward the profession; and contributed to public service outside his/her professional careers. He was previously recognized by ASCE with the New Face of Civil Engineering Award and continues to serve in leadership roles with the Kansas City section of ASCE.

Bravo has been recognized by several organizations for his professional, civic, and community involvement, including the 2018 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award from the Women Transportation Seminar in Kansas City; the 2017 Terracon Young Professional Award; the 2017 Engineer of the Year designation from the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers Eastern Chapter; and the 2017 Faithful Friend Award by the Friends of Johnson County Developmental Services. He currently serves as chair of the Industry Leadership Development Council for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), and on the Diversity and Women Advisory Board at the University of Kansas School of Engineering.

“It is my responsibility and privilege to share my acquired skills with others and to support them in achieving the same opportunities I have achieved in my own life,” Bravo said.

A native of Peru, Bravo has 10 years of experience in civil and geotechnical engineering in the U.S. He is a licensed professional engineer in Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Texas, and Arizona. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Kansas and his master’s degree in geotechnical engineering at Texas A&M University.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit terracon.com.


Terracon Announces Healthcare Sector Market Launch

Featured, Press Releases posted 03.29.2018.

OLATHE, Kan. — Terracon is pleased to announce the formal launch of its healthcare sector. Decades of experience in healthcare facilities has led Terracon to organize its services around the needs of thousands of healthcare clients nationwide. Watch launch video:

https://youtu.be/IfdtEgcahuo

 

“Healthcare is a local business. Terracon is rooted in the communities where we live and work, but we also have a national footprint that positions us to assist our clients wherever and whenever they need us,” said Laura Reinbold, P.E., Terracon national director of healthcare. “Our clients serve the most vulnerable populations, and they can rely on us to be an experienced, nimble partner.”

In 2017, Terracon completed more than 3,000 healthcare projects, generating $23 million in revenue. Projects included improvements and compliance for existing facilities, as well as consulting for new facilities.

With its network of offices, accredited laboratories, and exploration fleets, Terracon acts quickly to meet client needs for each stage of a facility’s life cycle, including:

  • Acquisition and development – environmental site assessments, natural and cultural resources, site investigation, property condition assessments, and report of expected geotechnical conditions (REGC)
  • New construction and dependable structures – geotechnical consulting, special inspections and investigations, construction consulting, structural and materials assessments, concrete/soils, steel/masonry, and foundation observation
  • Optimized building performance – building enclosure, including commissioning (BECx and Cx), energy audits, and system diagnostics; and facility condition assessments
  • Safe environments –  Asbestos and other hazardous material assessment, industrial hygiene, regulatory compliance, and remediation
  • Portfolio management –  single point of contact for challenges across networks of buildings; and a multi-facility approach to asset management, facilities consulting, operations and maintenance, and compliance monitoring

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 30th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit terracon.com/healthcare.


Terracon Foundation Awards $50,000 in National Partner Grants to Girl Scouts of the USA and Society of Women Engineers

OLATHE, Kan. — The Terracon Foundation is pleased to announce the presentation of two National Partner grants: $25,000 to Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and $25,000 to the Society of Women Engineers. To date, the Foundation has granted more than $1.6 million to community organizations, universities, dependents of employees, and for disaster relief efforts. The Terracon Foundation encourages employees to submit grant requests for local organizations aligned with the company’s mission.

GSUSA Grant

The grant money awarded to Girls Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) will be used to support the organization’s National STEM Strategy: Math in Nature Badge Program. GSUSA works with 1.8 million girls through 800,000 volunteers in 112 councils in all 50 states and overseas troops in 92 countries. This is the second time the organization has received a national partner grant from the Terracon Foundation.

“In recognizing the need to address the future demand for strong female talent within the STEM arena, Girl Scouts remains committed to programming that encourages girls to embrace the STEM career path,” said Sylvia Acevedo, GSUSA chief executive officer. “This generous grant from the Terracon Foundation will help to ensure our organization - both at the national level and through our Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri council - will have the ongoing support necessary to fortify our STEM leadership development efforts.”

The GSUSA grant was recommended by Karen Rieken, P.E., site investigation group manager in Terracon’s St. Louis office. Rieken’s long association with the organization started when she became a girl scout in first grade and has continued into adult volunteer roles including troop leader and educator. Rieken recently presented the grant check to Bonnie Barczykowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, on behalf of the national organization. For more information about Girl Scouts, visit www.girlscouts.org.

Society of Women Engineers Grant

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will use the grant money awarded by the Terracon Foundation to help support its SWENEXT program to engage the next generation of female engineers. SWE has nearly 40,000 members, 100 professional sections, 300 student sections, and global affiliates throughout the United States and around the world.

“Through the generous support of the Terracon Foundation for the SWENext program, SWE can develop new resources to inspire the next generation of female engineers and technologists,” said Jonna Gerken, SWE president.

SWE’s grant request was submitted to the Terracon Foundation from Catherine Rocky, P.G., CSPM, national account manager in Terracon’s Wichita office. She has been a supporter and participant in the SWE local, regional, and national organizations since college, and currently serves SWE Magazine’s editorial board. Rocky recently presented the check to Gerken at the organization’s local conference in Tulsa. SWE was also the 2015 recipient of the Terracon Foundation’s national partner grant.

The Terracon Foundation’s goal is to reach out and become a real part of the lives of Terracon employees and the communities where they live and work. Employees may apply for local community, university, and national partner grants, allowing them to recommend investment in causes in their own communities.

For more information about the Terracon Foundation and other organizations it has supported, visit www.terracon.com/foundation.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices with services in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 30th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


Terracon Foundation Awards $86,390 in Community and University Grants

OLATHE, Kan. ­­– The Terracon Foundation is pleased to announce the award of $86,390 in grants to six universities and 12 community organizations. The Terracon Foundation was established as the community investment arm of Terracon with a goal to reach out and become a real part of the lives of company employees and the communities where they live and work.

University Grants

As part of an ongoing effort to support higher education, the Terracon Foundation presents university grants for graduate-level scholarships, fellowships, and programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

This year, the Terracon Foundation has presented a total of $50,000 to six universities:

  • University of Arizona - graduate scholarships;
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Terracon Foundation Fellowships;
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte - female and underrepresented minority scholarships;
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - Terracon scholarship;
  • University of Washington - graduate geotechnical fellowships; and
  • Virginia Tech Foundation - Terracon Graduate Fellowships.

Community Grants

The Terracon Foundation has also awarded $36,390 in community grants to 12 local, nonprofit organizations that were recommended by Terracon employees involved in these organizations. The Terracon Foundation grants are intended to support education and causes focused on the natural and built environment.

Terracon Grant Employee Champion LocationCommunity Grant Recipient OrganizationGrant Recipient Location
Bettendorf, IowaLeadHerDavenport, Iowa
Bettendorf, IowaJunior Achievement of the HeartlandMoline, Ill.
Birmingham, Ala.Freshwater Land TrustBirmingham, Ala.
Cincinnati, OhioYWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.Cincinnati, Ohio
Dallas, TexasMartha Turner Reilly PTADallas, Texas
Lenexa, Kan.Shawnee Mission Education FoundationShawnee Mission, Kan.
Little Rock, Ark.Boys & Girls Club of Saline CountyBenton, Ark.
Mountlake Terrace, WAChrist the King SchoolSeattle, Wash.
Tulsa, Okla.A New Leaf, Inc.Tulsa, Okla.
Tucson, Ariz.Tucson Clean & Beautiful, Inc.Tucson, Ariz.
White Bear Lake, Minn.Pine Bend Elementary SchoolInver Grove Heights, Minn.
Winter Park, Fla.Field Manor FoundationMerritt Island, Fla.

For more information about the Terracon Foundation, visit terracon.com/foundation.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices with services in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 30th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


Terracon Announces Jared Mechetti as Senior National Account Manager

Jared MachettiSACRAMENTO, Calif. — Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, has named Jared Mechetti, P.E., as senior national account manager.

Mechetti joins Terracon with a proven track record of delivering engineering and inspection services throughout the United States. His experience includes managing pursuit and delivery teams for technology, commercial, retail, transportation, water, healthcare, and education projects. At Terracon, Jared will focus on technology, commercial, and retail market segments.

“I am extremely excited about my opportunity to join Terracon,” said Mechetti. “It’s a company that has had tremendous success and an outstanding reputation in the engineering industry. I’m proud to be a part of the team. In this new role, I look forward to working with some of the brightest minds in the business and helping to exceed our clients’ expectations.”

Mechetti has more than 18 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, and special inspections and construction materials testing. He is a licensed professional engineer in three states. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon and his Master of Science from Oregon State University.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 30th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.