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Terracon Announces Plans for New Headquarters

Company to build $21 million facility in Olathe

OLATHE, Kan. — Terracon is pleased to announce the next phase of its growth will occur close to home. The company will build its new $21 million corporate headquarters in Olathe, keeping nearly 200 employees close to the company’s existing location.

Currently located on two non-adjoining floors in the Corporate Ridge Office Park near Kansas Highway 10 and Ridgeview Road, Terracon’s new facility will be just south, neighboring the John Deere sales and marketing center. As sole occupant of the two-story, 65,000-square-foot office building, the company sees the move as an opportunity to support its growth and expansion plans.

“Terracon is focused on growth as evidenced by our internal expansion and acquisition activities,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon’s chief administrative officer. “Our strategic plan guides us to continue growing at a rate of 10-15 percent each year, and we expect that the employment base at our corporate office will increase accordingly.”

Terracon Announces New HeadquartersOlathe has been home to Terracon for more than 10 years. Since 2007, the company has grown from $335 million in revenue to more than $580 million. The announcement follows Terracon’s acquisition of five smaller firms on both coasts in 2016. Terracon credits a successful partnership with the City of Olathe and the engagement of city officials in helping make the new building possible.

“We would like to thank our partners at the City of Olathe and the Kansas Department of Commerce in assisting us in our expansion,” said Don Vrana, Terracon chief financial officer.

“This investment represents the passionate commitment of our employee-owners to progress our growth,” said Swaminathan Srinivasan, who was named as Terracon’s new president earlier this year. “Inspired by new surroundings, we will focus our future on serving clients in new, innovative ways and seeking out opportunities to make positive impacts on the communities where we live and work.”

The property is owned and will be developed by a design-build team led by VanTrust Real Estate. Though Terracon is working through the design details, the office will emphasize collaborative spaces including a new training conference center and expanded amenities. The new building is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2018.

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 serving all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For more information, visit terracon.com.


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Terracon Names Srinivasan New President

Firm Finds Its Next Generation of Leadership Within

As part of its executive succession plan, Terracon is pleased to announce Swaminathan (Vasan) Srinivasan, P.E., is now president of Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Srinivasan assumes leadership of Terracon’s operating company, including the firm’s geographical operating groups, service lines, business sectors, and quality group, which provide professional services across the country.

He succeeds David Gaboury, P.E., who has served as president of Terracon since 1997. Gaboury continues as Terracon’s chairman and CEO. Under Gaboury’s direction, the company has created a legacy of safety, climbed 57 spots on Engineering-News Record’s Top 500 Design Firms list, and exceeded $600 million in revenues. Gaboury and Srinivasan will continue the executive transition throughout the year.

“Vasan has been a large part of Terracon’s success. His drive to advance innovation in all we do, his initiative, and his commitment to our employees, clients, and communities makes him a highly effective leader,” Gaboury said. “He represents the outstanding quality and dedication of the employee-owners at Terracon.”

Since joining the firm in 2007 as part of Terracon’s acquisition of H.C. Nutting in Cincinnati, Srinivasan advanced from senior engineer to geotechnical engineering manager to division manager. His progression continued while serving as Western Operating Group manager and executive vice president. He has held a seat on the company’s board of directors since 2013, and recently served as Terracon’s chief operating officer.

“It is an exceptional honor to be entrusted with leading Terracon into the next phase of our journey as a company,” Srinivasan said. “I look forward to working together with our employee-owners to build on our strong foundation and find new, innovative ways to serve our clients, contribute to the advancement of our industry, and make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work.”

Srinivasan is a licensed professional engineer with a master’s degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Among his accomplishments are leadership positions with the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Geoprofessional Business Association, and Deep Foundations Institute. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Cincinnati State College, authored several technical papers, and delivered presentations on numerous geotechnical engineering topics.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For more information, visit terracon.com.

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Terracon Announces Robert Pavlicek as Manager for its Eastern Operating Group

RALEIGH, N.C. — Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, is pleased to name Robert (Bob) Pavlicek, P.E., as manager for its Eastern Operating Group which spans from Maine to Florida and from Louisiana to the East Coast.

He joined Terracon in 1988 as a materials technician, and has since served as staff engineer, senior geotechnical engineer, geotechnical department manager, regional manager, and division manager. With almost 30 years of experience with Terracon, Pavlicek brings a strong knowledge of operations and delivering results by growing a team of successful leaders.

“I am honored and excited to take on this role and looking forward to leading the continued safety, growth, and profitability of the Eastern Operating Group,” Pavlicek said.

Pavlicek recently served as assistant operating group manager for Terracon’s Eastern Operating Group and interim division manager for its Northeast Division. He holds a master of science degree in geotechnical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from The University of Iowa. Pavlicek is licensed as a professional engineer in four states.


Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd 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 Foundation Awards $142,255 in Grants

Karen Rieken, P.E., environmental services department manager in Terracon’s St. Louis office (L), presents the Terracon Foundation $50,000 National Partner Grant to Bonnie Barczykowski, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Inc. (R), who accepted on behalf of the national Girl Scouts of the USA headquarters.

OLATHE, Kan. ­­– The Terracon Foundation is pleased to announce the award of $142,255 to grant recipients. The 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 employees and the communities where they live and work. Employees complete applications which are then reviewed and decided upon by a volunteer board of professionals.

The Terracon Foundation awards funds twice a year in the grant categories of community organizations and universities, a once-a-year grant to a national partner, and annually presents funds for scholarships supporting dependents of employees. To date, the Foundation has distributed almost $1.5 million in grant funds.

National Partner Grant
The Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is the recipient of this year’s $50,000 national partner grant from the Foundation. The GSUSA works with 1.8 million girls through 800,000 volunteers in 112 councils in all 50 states and 92 countries. The grant will support the development, pilot, and rollout of a national engineering series, the curriculum of which is being developed in partnership with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), last year’s recipient of the Foundation national partner grant. This engineering program is being piloted in 11 councils in nine states and Washington, D.C., beginning in early 2017. It will rollout nationwide in the fall.

“Through the Terracon Foundation, we have presented our annual national partner grant to The Girl Scouts of the USA,” said David Gaboury, P.E., Terracon CEO. “As a preeminent leadership organization for girls in the world, the Girl Scouts are in a unique position to provide additional learning opportunities for young women throughout the U.S. This grant will support a national engineering series, aligning with the Foundation’s focus on education.”

University Grants
As part of an ongoing effort to support higher education, the Foundation also presented university grants for graduate-level scholarships, fellowships, and programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This year, the Foundation presented $52,500 to six universities: Alamo Colleges, San Antonio, Texas; University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, Ill.; University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Neb.; University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas; University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.; and Virginia Tech Foundation, Blacksburg, Va.

Community Grants
Terracon also awarded $39,755 in community grants to 14 local, nonprofit programs in which employees are actively engaged with an emphasis on education and the built and natural environment. Recipients include: Bexar County 4H, San Antonio, Texas; Blue River Watershed Association, Kansas City, Mo.; Community Culinary School of Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.; Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines, Iowa.; Diamonds and Fields, Parkersburg, Iowa; Explore Knowledge Foundation, Las Vegas, Nev.; Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Inc., St. Louis, Mo.; HawkWatch International, Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah; Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa; National Institute for Construction Excellence-KC, Kansas City, Mo.; Olive View-UCLA, Sylmar, Calif.; Rebuilding Together South Sound, Tacoma, Wash.; Spring Branch Independent School District, Houston, Texas; and Survive & Thrive, Raytown, Mo.


Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. Visit terracon.com/foundation for more information

 


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Terracon Boosts West Coast Presence with Purchase of California’s CHJ Consultants

OLATHE, Kan. – Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, announces the acquisition of CHJ Consultants (CHJ). CHJ provides geotechnical and materials testing services from its three southern California locations.

“We are pleased to further demonstrate our commitment to growing our presence, expertise, and service offerings in southern California and throughout the West,” said David Gaboury, P.E., president and CEO of Terracon. “CHJ’s depth of expertise allows us to expand our regional presence and bring additional resources to national and local clients.”

CHJ Consultants was founded in 2011 by Robert Johnson along with Jay Martin and help from a former business associate. From its headquarters and laboratory in Colton, and with a laboratory in Victorville and an office in Palm Desert, Calif., CHJ supports projects throughout the San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties. CHJ’s services include geotechnical investigations, soil testing, engineering geology, environmental consulting, materials testing, and construction inspection.

The transition is effective immediately. The company operates as CHJ Consultants, A Terracon Company. All 55 CHJ employees have been retained.

President and principal geotechnical engineer of CHJ, Robert Johnson, P.E., G.E., said, “We believe this is a unique opportunity for CHJ employees and our clients. We could not be more excited to join a national company committed to the success of its employee-owners. The merger brings us the added resources that will allow us to focus on bringing greater value to our clients.”

CHJ has a professional staff which includes geotechnical and civil engineers, geologists, materials technicians, and inspectors. The CHJ portfolio includes a number of major hospitals, roadways, schools and universities, power projects, and flood control projects.

The new acquisition is supported by Terracon’s existing Orange County office. The CHJ acquisition is Terracon’s fifth of 2016. Over the past two years Terracon’s western expansions have included NORCAL of Sonoma County, Calif., and Mayes Testing Engineers and Argus Pacific, both of Seattle.


Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


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Terracon Acquires Geotechnical Consulting & Testing Inc.

Establishing Company’s First Virginia Locations

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OLATHE, Kan. – Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, announces the establishment of its first Virginia office locations through the acquisition of Geotechnical Consulting & Testing Inc. (GC&T), headquartered in Woodbridge, with a laboratory in Dulles.

Formed in 1990, GC&T is a privately owned firm primarily dedicated to providing geotechnical and materials testing services. GC&T provides services for transportation and infrastructure, commercial, industrial, retail, residential, office, medical, and hospitality projects throughout the Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

David Gaboury, P.E., president and CEO of Terracon, said, “As Terracon continues our strategy of profitable growth and geographic expansion, we seek to build our presence in regions such as the Mid-Atlantic, where we can bring value to even greater numbers of clients nationwide.”

The transition is effective immediately. The company operates as Geotechnical Consulting & Testing, A Terracon Company. Terracon is retaining all 52 GC&T employees.

GC&T is especially well-regarded in Washington D.C. for its laboratory testing capabilities and cost-effective performance of tests on soil, concrete, and reinforcing steel. The laboratory is accredited by the Washington Area Council of Engineering Laboratories, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies, and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

“Aligning with Terracon is a great opportunity for our employees and clients,” said Emad Saadeh, P.E., chief engineer and president of GC&T. “This change provides our employees with the support of a national organization, and our clients with an expanded network of resources and complementary service offerings.”

GC&T joins Building Exterior Solutions, Mayes Testing Engineers Inc., and ROC Geotechnical Consulting Engineers as Terracon’s fourth acquisition in 2016.


Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


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Terracon Consultants, Inc., Kansas Office, Receives Outstanding Employer Recognition Award

Terracon Consultants, Inc., has been awarded the 2016 Outstanding Employer Recognition Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Committee of Younger Members (CYM). This recognition is given to outstanding employers who supports professionals early in their careers and encourages their involvement in ASCE activities.

“Terracon’s dedication to young civil engineers through their promotion of continuing education, support of Society involvement, and outreach into local community activities, aligns with ASCE’s goals of developing people, advancing the profession of civil engineering, and serving the public good,” said Leslie Payne, Director of Student and Younger Member Programs at ASCE.

Terracon places a high priority on continuing education by covering up to 90% of the tuition expenses for approved coursework. They also cover the costs of registration and preparation of material for young professionals taking the P.E. exam. Additionally, an award of up to $1,000 can be earned for writing technical papers and articles for professional conference proceedings or journals. Terracon encourages employees to present a single topic paper at least twice per year.

Terracon encourages young engineers to be involved in professional societies by covering national and local fees. Specifically, Terracon covers Society and Section dues for young engineers involved with ASCE. Travel is supported for Society events, such as the Central Region Multi Regional Leadership Conference, Emerging Leaders Alliance Workshop, and Section and Branch Leaders Workshop.

Through its young professional staff, Terracon has presented programs about engineering and science to local community groups and led a Geotechnical Engineering Tour in Kansas City for local university students.


The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society.   ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment.


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Terracon Continues to Rise in ENR Rankings

OLATHE, KS —Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, has continued a pattern of growth and its market presence expansion as evidenced in Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) annual listing of top design firms and top regional design firms.

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Terracon has advanced in each of the following national listings:

  • Top 500 Design Firms – #32 (up from #35)
  • Top 100 Pure Designers – #16 (up from #17)
  • Top 200 Environmental Firms – #59 (up from #61)
  • Top 150 Global Design Firms – #63 (up from #71)

“Terracon has continued to become more diversified through both organic and external growth,” said Gayle Packer, chief administrative officer for Terracon. “In the past 10 years, we have opened more than 50 new offices, expanding our services and value to more clients throughout the U.S.”

Terracon’s focus on strategic business sectors within its core service lines has resulted in strong growth — transportation revenues up 8 percent; power generation and transmission (including renewable energy) revenues up 45 percent; and oil and gas revenues up 39 percent. By providing local service with support from offices nationwide, Terracon continues to support clients’ business objectives.

ENR performs annual surveys of the construction industry’s key segments and ranks companies engaged in general contracting, specialty contracting, engineering, architecture, and environmental services, among other specialties. The rankings, based on annual revenue, are further divided into market categories and geographic regions. Significant upward movement in the Top Design Firms regional listings includes rising to #9 in the Southeast, #10 in the Southwest, #11 in Texas and California, and rising ten places to #41 in California. A full list of ENR rankings can be found here.


Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


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Blair Loftis Named Terracon’s National Director of Power Generation and Transmission

Firm Continues Focus on Renewable Energy

PORTLAND, Ore. — Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, is pleased to name Blair Loftis as the national director of power generation and transmission.

Loftis brings to the position more than 25 years of industry leadership in consulting engineering, construction management, and electric utility management. His work in the areas of operations, strategy, project management, and finance bring a unique understanding to project development and meeting client objectives.

Recognized as an expert on renewable energy, Loftis leads Terracon’s marketing of innovative services such as solar pile load testing and the patent-pending Pile Driving Performance Monitoring. He also published an article on the recent North Star Solar Project and supports a Terracon success story presentation at the upcoming Solar Power International conference.

Looking ahead, Loftis sees even greater opportunities. “We have grown our service line by more than 59% in the past two years,” he said. “That’s a significant increase and a credit to the leadership and experience of our nationwide team. I look forward to capitalizing upon this momentum and continuing to find ways to provide value for our clients.”

Since joining the firm in 2015, Loftis has served as national program manager of renewable energy from his office in Portland, where he was responsible for leading the direction of Terracon’s services to support renewable energy clients, primarily within the wind and solar energy sectors. He has worked closely to develop Terracon’s professional staff to efficiently position the company for targeted opportunities and to coordinate with Terracon’s scientific and engineering staff to effectively execute projects.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental toxicology from the University of California at Davis. Loftis has authored several industry articles on energy and renewable power. He is president of a local non-profit agency, husband, father, and an avid outdoorsman.


Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees in more than 130 offices with services available in all 50 states. Headquartered in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. Terracon also recently announced the acquisition of Mayes Testing Engineers Inc. with offices in Portland, Ore., and Lynnwood (Seattle) and Tacoma, Wash. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


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Mentor-Protégé Collaboration Establishes Competitive Environmental Team

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Terracon, a leading national engineering consulting firm, and Consultech, a recognized small disadvantaged business (SBD) and woman-owned enterprise (WBE) providing environmental consulting and construction, announce the establishment of their mentor-protégé relationship.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Mentor-Protégé Program was developed to encourage long-term, mutually-beneficial business partnerships between large and small companies. Mentor companies voluntarily support protégé businesses interested in pursuing federal government contracts, enhancing small businesses’ ability to perform large federal contracts. Establishment of the relationship provides increased contracting opportunities specifically set-aside for program participants.

“The mentor-protégé program is an invaluable tool for the strategic growth of our company,” said Pragna Shah, Consultech managing officer. “With access to the expertise and resources of Terracon, we will gain new operational experience and overcome barriers to entry we might otherwise encounter.”

The agreement brings together the resources of two complementary organizations with extensive environmental experience. Terracon’s capabilities include a wide range of risk management activities including asbestos, industrial hygiene, regulatory compliance, and site investigation consultation. Paired with Consultech’s experience in general contracting, waste management, remediation, industrial, environmental, and storage tank management services, the relationship creates a full-service environmental team.

Charlie Vernoy, Terracon program manager, said the Mentor Protégé Program is a learning opportunity for mentor companies as well, “We have been fortunate to grow our business and appreciate being able to share our experience, but we also expect to learn from Consultech’s construction expertise.”

The firms also intend to pursue the formation of a joint-venture relationship, providing further growth and experience opportunities for each organization.


About Terracon

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.

About Consultech

Consultech Environmental LLC., is an environmental consulting and construction company, certified as an 8(a) small disadvantaged business (SDB) and woman-owned enterprise (WBE). From their location in Cary, N.C., Consultech’s mission is to emphasize integrity, creativity, professionalism, and commitment. For more information about Consultech, visit www.consultechenv.com.