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Terracon Earns 32nd Ranking in the ENR List of the Top 500 Design Firms

Engineering News-Record (ENR) announced the 2016 Top 500 Design Firms list naming Terracon number 32. This is up from number 35 in 2015 and 2014. ENR provides the engineering and construction news, analysis, commentary and data that construction industry professionals need to do their jobs more effectively. ENR reports on the top design firms, both architects and engineers, and the top construction companies as well as projects in the United States and around the world.


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Jim Wright Joins Terracon as the National Director of Safety and Health

OLATHE, Kan. — Terracon is pleased to introduce Jim Wright as its national director of safety and health. In this position, he will lead the corporate safety group in proactively partnering and collaborating with operations, working closely with all levels of leadership to support and anticipate safety needs, and help operations build and sustain an Incident and Injury-Free (IIF) workplace.

“We all go home safe to our families – that is everyone’s goal at Terracon. When I came here, I could immediately see the commitment to safety that the management team has,” Wright said. “I could also see that employees are embracing the safety culture. I have a passion for safety so it was important to me to find a company that shares that same commitment.”

Wright has more than 25 years of experience in safety management, programs, and compliance. Before joining Terracon, he served as compliance manager for safety, health, environmental, and quality for National Exploration, Wells and Pumps in Woodland, Calif. Wright has designed and implemented world-class safety systems for drilling operations in the U.S., Africa, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and South America.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Central Methodist College and a master’s degree in industrial hygiene from the University of Central Missouri. Wright is chairman of the National Groundwater Association’s Professional Development Safety Subcommittee and received the organization’s 2012 Safety Advocate Award.

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 in 42 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 35th 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 Reinforces Facilities Capabilities with Texas Acquisition

OLATHE, Kan. – Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials engineering services, announces the expansion of its facilities services capabilities through the acquisition of Building Exterior Solutions LLC (BES) of Texas. Terracon retains BES’ 25 employees and offices in Houston and Austin.

Founded in 2008, with the experience of professionals from architectural, engineering, and construction industries, BES provides innovative investigation, evaluation, and construction solutions for exterior building systems. BES’ experience resolving existing building enclosure problems and developing new integrated building enclosure designs reinforces Terracon’s facilities capabilities and strengthens the firm’s ability to service clients across the country.

“BES adds significant bench strength to our building enclosure practice and we are excited to have them join Terracon’s Facilities Division,” said David Gaboury, P.E., president and CEO of Terracon. “The depth of their expertise allows us to further demonstrate our commitment to bringing even greater value to our clients.”

The BES staff includes licensed engineers and certified roof and waterproofing consultants who provide design for new facilities or rehabilitation of existing building enclosures that exhibit distress, deterioration, and air and/or water infiltration. BES clients include owners, developers, architects, contractors, and organizations such as Kirksey, Memorial Hermann, Lincoln Properties, and Gensler.

BES operates as Building Exterior Solutions, A Terracon Company, as of the January 31 closing.

“Terracon is well-known in the marketplace and gives BES clients the benefit of an expanded network of resources and capabilities,” said Jerry Abendroth, BES president. “The facilities services capabilities of our firms align perfectly, enhancing our ability to serve clients across the country.”

The acquisition strengthens Terracon’s powerful Texas presence as BES joins a network of more than a dozen offices in the state. Engineering News-Record ranks Terracon as the 3rd largest General Building design firm in Texas and Louisiana, and 11th on the Top Texas Design Firms list.

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 in 42 states. Terracon currently ranks 35th 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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Local engineering firm celebrates golden anniversary, shares the love

MetroWire Media - December 17, 2015

As part of its 50th birthday, Terracon is celebrating by giving back to the communities it serves across the country. Since its start in 1965, the Lenexa-based engineering firm has grown to nearly 4,000 employees across more than 150 offices, and is now considered the largest specialty geotechnical/environmental engineer of its kind.

Craig Denny is a 42-year veteran of Terracon and serves as chair of Terracon Foundation, where he leads efforts to give back a quarter of a million dollars annually in grants and scholarships.


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Terracon Foundation Presents $50,000 Grant to Society of Women Engineers

OLATHE, Kan. — The Terracon Foundation presented a $50,000 National Partner grant to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The grant funds will be used to support SWE’s Collegiate Leadership Program.

The check was presented by Catherine Rocky, P.G., EIT, CPSM and national account manager at Terracon and a member of SWE.

SWE is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. The Collegiate Leadership Program prepares female engineering students to become leaders in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Terracon’s grant funds will be used to host webinars during the 2015-2016 academic year, provide for 75 students to attend the Collegiate Leadership Institute in October 2016, and support the Leadership Coaching Committee.

“It was an honor to present this $50,000 grant to SWE,” Rocky said. “This is an organization dedicated to the education, support and advocacy of women who choose a career in the fields of STEM. I am proud to be a part of SWE, and equally proud to work for a company that supports organizations its employees are passionate about through its foundation.”

Cindy Hoover, SWE treasurer for national board of directors, accepted the grant funds on behalf of the organization. “This generous donation will have a major impact on SWE’s ability to continue our Collegiate Leadership Forum,” Hoover said. “It will also support further collegiate work over the next year.”

Rocky first joined SWE in college and then became a professional member after graduation. She has served as vice president of the SWE Wichita, Kan., section and as a representative to the Wichita Council of Engineering Societies. For the last two years Rocky has been a member of the SWE Magazine editorial board.

The Terracon Foundation was established with a goal to reach out and become a real part of the lives of Terracon employees and the communities where they live and work. The Foundation has awarded a National Partner grant for the past four years. To date, the Foundation has granted more than $1 million to community organizations, universities, dependents of employees, and for disaster relief efforts. For more information about the Foundation and other organizations that have received Foundation grants, please visit www.terracon.com/foundation.
Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices in 42 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 35th 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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Craig Denny Recognized with American Society of Civil Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award

LENEXA, Kan. — Craig K. Denny, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, was recently honored with the Region 7 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes the lifetime efforts of civil engineers who further advance the field through their contributions, innovative concepts, research, and materials.

Denny is a senior principal and senior consultant at Terracon, a multi-disciplined engineering firm, and has been with the company for more than 40 years.

He has been active with local and regional ASCE activities and events since 1973. He joined the Kansas City Chapter in 1985, and became an ASCE Fellow Member in 1991. He is also active in his community and is a part of the Shawnee Mission School Board, Rotary Club of Lenexa, Lenexa Economic Development Council, Lenexa Park & Recreation Board, many additional groups and societies over the last four decades.

“Craig has extensively promoted the profession and helped in many ways to influence younger generations locally and regionally,” said Craig Buhr, P.E, Denny’s friend who nominated him for this award. “He has accomplished this through various collaborations and with his alma mater, Iowa State University, with various endowments toward the development of the science and engineering arenas.”

Denny has established several endowment and scholarship funds over the years to give back to the next generation of students who study in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“The recent scholarship/endowment gifts given by both Craig Denny and his late wife Terry clearly display the family devotion to the entire realm of STEM development,” said Buhr. “But more importantly, these gifts display the desire to pay back the rich heritage of where one has come from with the long-standing desire of leaving a legacy of opportunities for those yet to come.”

Concurrent with his career at Terracon, Denny served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas from 2000 through 2004. In this capacity, he taught graduate-level geotechnical engineering subjects.

 

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices in 42 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 35th 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 David Harwood Named Planning & Design Division President For The American Road and Transportation Association

OLATHE, Kan. —David Harwood, P.E., senior vice president at Terracon, has been named the 2015-2016 Planning & Design Division president for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

“It’s an honor for me to be representing ARTBA. Collaborating with federal agencies on the transportation planning and design issues facing our nation is an incredible responsibility and I look forward to furthering the objectives of organization,” Harwood said. “I am involved with ARTBA because it is the voice of the profession and industry for key transportation policy, funding, social, and safety issues.”

Harwood is also a 2008 graduate of ARTBA’s Young Executive Development Program and served as the 2014 chairman of the Young Executive Leadership Council.

As president of the P&D division, he will support ARTBA on key transportation planning and design issues with federal agencies, including key officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies. He will also be a leading advocate for industry market development and regulatory protection issues.

At Terracon, a full service environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials engineering consulting firm, Harwood manages the strategic planning and direction of a $150 million business sector program focusing on transportation, municipal infrastructure, oil and gas, power generation and transmission, and government services.

Harwood earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado. He is a registered professional engineer in Kansas and five other states, plus several Canadian provinces. He also is a member of the Civil Exam Development Committee for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying responsible for the development of the Geotechnical option of the professional engineer’s exam.

Harwood was recently appointed by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to the board of Kansas Works State Board, a review panel charged with making recommendations to align workforce development with the state’s economic development needs. He also serves on U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder’s Transportation Task Force.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices in 42 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 35th 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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David Gaboury Profiled in CENews.com

CENews.com - September 2015

DavidGabouryDavid Gaboury, P.E., President and CEO, shared the story of his personal path to industry leadership with cenews.com. Find out what motivates him and why he still has more work to do.

“My passion is this business, getting all of these moving pieces to work together is a great challenge to have.”


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Ron Ebelhar Featured in National Media

Pile Buck International Magazine - May/June 2015

Ron Ebelhar, P.E., D.GE, Cincinnati office, is featured in the cover story of Pile Buck International magazine’s May/June 2015 issue for Terracon’s work on the Kentucky Lake Bridge pipe pile load test program. The project involves the replacement of two bridges built in 1932. Ebelhar, who lead the geotechnical work and is also the 2015 Chairman of the Board for ASTM International, discusses the unique aspects of the project including the soil conditions, seismic load demands, and foundation elements. To find out more about this impressive project, read the full article and Interview with Ron Ebelhar.

As if working on such a project wasn’t enough, as a professional engineer, Diplomate. Geotechnical Engineer, Fellow of ASTM, and Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Ebelhar also found time to sit down with GEOSTRATA magazine.  The article “Look Who’s a D.GE” in the July//August 2015 issue took a personal approach to interviewing Ebelhar, where he revealed his appreciation for Broadway, desire to be a better golfer, and his commitment to his specialized field of practice that lead him to pursue the D.GE certification. GEOSTRATA magazine is distributed to members of Geo-Institute, a specialty membership organization of ASCE. Learn more about the D.GE certification.


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Terracon Named to Champions of Business for 2nd Year

Kansas City Business Journal - May 15, 2015

Terracon is honored to once again be named to the Champions of Business by the Kansas City Business Journal. This is Terracon’s second consecutive year earning the award which recognizes businesses that demonstrate industry leadership, innovation, and have a commitment to giving back to the community where their employees live and their businesses thrive.

Read the full article as David Gaboury, president and chief executive officer, and Gayle Packer, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, share their thoughts on Terracon being named a Champion of Business for the second year.

The Champions of Business winners were honored at the annual award luncheon which was attended by employees from Terracon’s Lenexa office and Olathe headquarters.2015ChampionsTerraconteam