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Costa of Nodarse, a Terracon Company, Receives Hispanic Professional of the Year Award

ORLANDO, Fla. —  José Costa, E.I., was recently honored at the 14th Annual Don Quijote Awards Gala, sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) and the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida (HBIF), Inc. Of the nearly 100 nominations received by the selection committee, Costa received the Hispanic Professional of the Year Award during a sold out event with more than 1,000 attendees.

The Don Quijote Awards were created by HCCMO and HBIF to recognize and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of individuals who have shown character of great strength, courage, conviction and determination.

Costa is the construction materials department manager with the Orlando office of Nodarse, a Terracon Company. He has more than 15 years of experience in the construction materials testing discipline, and has overseen numerous high-profile construction materials and threshold inspection projects throughout Central Florida and Puerto Rico. His construction project experience includes the new 20,000-seat Amway Center, Nemours Children’s Hospital, the new 1.2-million-square-foot Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lake Nona and most recently, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 

As an active member of his community, he has been a member of the HCCMO since 1998 and has served as an ambassador since 2009. In addition, he is a board member of the Blanchard Park Family Center YMCA and presides over the HCCMO East Orlando LEADS Group to help businesses in the East Orlando area promote their products and services in a non-competitive environment. Recently, Costa was appointed by Mayor Teresa Jacobs to serve on the Environmental Streamlining Task Force. Costa also serves as an adjunct professor at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico – Orlando Campus since 2009, where he teaches the undergraduate construction materials and laboratory course.

In April 2011, Nodarse joined Terracon, an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 2,700 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