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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 Location Community Grant Recipient Organization Grant Recipient Location
Bettendorf, Iowa LeadHer Davenport, Iowa
Bettendorf, Iowa Junior Achievement of the Heartland Moline, Ill.
Birmingham, Ala. Freshwater Land Trust Birmingham, Ala.
Cincinnati, Ohio YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. Cincinnati, Ohio
Dallas, Texas Martha Turner Reilly PTA Dallas, Texas
Lenexa, Kan. Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Shawnee Mission, Kan.
Little Rock, Ark. Boys & Girls Club of Saline County Benton, Ark.
Mountlake Terrace, WA Christ the King School Seattle, Wash.
Tulsa, Okla. A New Leaf, Inc. Tulsa, Okla.
Tucson, Ariz. Tucson Clean & Beautiful, Inc. Tucson, Ariz.
White Bear Lake, Minn. Pine Bend Elementary School Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Winter Park, Fla. Field Manor Foundation Merritt 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.


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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.


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Construction Inspection Uncovers Dinosaur Discovery

One of the most complete triceratops skeletons ever found was uncovered last summer by the watchful eye of Dan Wagner, engineering technician in Terracon’s Denver office. While Dan was working on site, inspecting drilled piers, he noticed something out of the ordinary, grabbed a shovel, and discovered a bone. “Right away, the initial reaction was, ‘Wow look at that; that really could be a dinosaur,'” said Dan.

One bone became a handful, and soon, the remains of the 66-million-year-old triceratops were brought to the surface. The skeleton will become part of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s permanent collection with Dan and other construction team members being noted for their role in the find as part of the display.

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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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