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OLATHE, Kan. – The Terracon Foundation is pleased to announce the award of $67,450 in community and university grants and scholarships. 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.
“We are pleased to award grants to a number of universities in order to provide students with equipment and scholarships to further their educations, as well as to a diverse group of community organizations,” said Laura Campa, P.E., chair of the Terracon Foundation and manager of the Baton Rouge, La., office. “Each grant was championed by a Terracon employee who is actively involved in the organization or university.”
As part of an ongoing effort to support higher education, the Terracon Foundation presents university grants for scholarships, fellowships, and programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The Terracon Foundation has presented a total of $45,000 to eight universities:
- Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.
- Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Ark.
- University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.
- Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
- North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
- Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
- Alamo Colleges Foundation, San Antonio
- Virginia Tech Foundation, Blacksburg, Va.
The Terracon Foundation has awarded $22,450 in community grants to nine nonprofit organizations:
- Freshwater Land Trust, Birmingham, Ala.
- Whitney High School, Cerritos, Calif.
- The GrowHaus, Denver
- Macon Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc., Macon, Ga.
- Nahant Marsh Education Center, Davenport, Iowa
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) – University of Missouri-Kansas City Chapter, Kansas City, Mo.
- Girl Scouts Louisiana East, Inc., New Orleans
- Folds of Honor Foundation, Owasso, Okla.
- Wild Utah Project, Salt Lake City
For more information about the Terracon Foundation, visit terracon.com/about/foundation.
Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 5,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s 2019 list of Top 500 Design Firms.
Builds Upon Growing Presence in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia
OLATHE, Kan. – Terracon is excited to announce its acquisition of Skelly and Loy (S&L), headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa. S&L is a privately held environmental consulting and engineering services company, with more than 50 years serving public- and private-sector clients in the Mid-Atlantic region.
“S&L’s environmental and engineering expertise and long-time regional presence allows us to further strengthen our service offerings and geographic resources in Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon President and CEO. “By joining forces, our shared capabilities and focus on outstanding client experience allows us to bring even greater resources to clients regionally and nationally.”
Founded in 1969, S&L has built a reputation for excellence delivering professional services including mining, civil, and environmental engineering; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance; natural resource management; wastewater permitting; noise and air quality investigations; hazardous waste management investigations and remedial design; industrial hygiene studies; archaeology and cultural resources; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); and water, wastewater, and remediation treatment systems.
S&L’s 150 employees will become part of Terracon, serving clients from offices in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and State College, Pa.; Hagerstown and Hunt Valley, Md.; and Morgantown, W.Va. The organization will continue to serve clients locally as Skelly and Loy, A Terracon Company.
“We are proud of the strong relationships we have built over our 50+-year history, and that our commitment to outstanding expertise and client service has created this opportunity,” said John Gunnett, P.G., president of S&L. “This merger allows us to join forces with Terracon’s national network, so we can bring even greater resources to our employees and clients.”
The new acquisition is supported by Terracon’s existing offices in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. metro areas, Charleston, W.Va., and others throughout the region.
Terracon is an employee-owned consulting engineering firm with more than 5,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms.
Hawthorne, N.J. (January 30, 2020): Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust and the Terracon Foundation announce the establishment of the DFI Educational Trust/Terracon Consultants Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarships to engineering students attending any U.S. college or university. The endowment was established through a generous $50,000 National Partner Grant from the Terracon Foundation. The Foundation’s pledge will be used to annually award a $2,000 scholarship.
The Terracon Foundation encourages employees to submit grant requests each year for organizations focused on education and the built and natural environment. Andrew Verity, national account manager for Terracon’s transportation and infrastructure sector and member of the DFI Educational Trust Board of Trustees, championed the grant application.
“As a trustee and advocate for the DFI Educational Trust, I was honored to recommend the organization for a Terracon Foundation grant,” says Verity. “The Trust is committed to supporting students in the fields of study related to the deep foundations industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundations industry leaders.”
Verity presented the check to Theresa Engler, executive director of DFI, on January 13.
“DFI is extremely thankful for the Terracon Foundation’s support of the DFI Educational Trust,” says Engler. “The future of our industry depends on encouraging promising young engineers to consider careers in the deep foundations construction field. Through the generous support of DFI member companies such as Terracon, the DFI Educational Trust has awarded more than $1,200,000 in scholarships to more than 300 students in fields of study related to the deep foundations industry.”
Several DFI Educational Trust Scholarships, including the Terracon Consultants Scholarship, will be awarded this year through the Trust’s At-Large Scholarship program. The 2020 application period for these scholarships will open on April 1, 2020. More information is available at www.dfitrust.org.
The Terracon Foundationwas 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. Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 5,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust is an independent, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2006 by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) as its charitable arm. The mission of the Trust is to support and encourage individuals in the fields of study related to the deep foundation industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundation industry leaders. Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) is an international association of more than 3,500 contractors, manufacturers, engineers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Download photo: Terracon presents a $50,000 check to DFI. Left to right: Theresa Engler, executive director, DFI; Bernie Hertlein, senior consultant GEI and DFI Educational Trust board member; Liz Smith, senior principal, Terracon; and Andrew Verity, national account manager, Terracon
Deana Ruud, Terracon Communications Manager, Public Relations & Online Strategy,
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Emilio S. Fandino, DFI Educational Trust Administrator, (973) 423-4030, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New leadership changes position the company for continued growth
OLATHE, Kan. — Terracon, a nationally known and respected consulting engineering firm, announces several strategic organizational changes designed to guide the company as it continues its pattern of growth.
Bob Cords, P.E., is now national director overseeing the leadership of the company’s transportation and infrastructure, oil and gas, and logistics business sectors. Based in Terracon’s Jacksonville, Fla., office, Cords has more than 35 years of engineering industry experience in operations management, client development, and project management. Recently, he served as a senior national account manager focused primarily on Terracon’s logistics clients, and has been a business sector lead and division manager.
David Lipka, P.E., is now national director for transportation and infrastructure.Lipka has more than 35 years of experience in geotechnical and materials engineering services with much of that experience focused on transportation and infrastructure projects. He has been serving as the national program manager for transportation and infrastructure focused predominantly in the eastern operating group, and has led pursuits for projects nationwide. Lipka is based in Terracon’s Charlotte, N.C., office.
Mohammad Nasim, Ph.D., P.E., is now national director for geodesign services. A principal engineer with extensive experience working with federal, state, and local agencies, Nasim has led projects throughout the U.S., as well as internationally. His design and construction experience includes deep foundations, support of excavations, underpinning, ground improvement, numerical modeling, and seismic analyses. He is based in Terracon’s DC Metro North office in Germantown, Md.
R. Sean Williams is now national manager of laboratory services. Based in Terracon’s Chattanooga, Tenn., office, Williams is leading the company’s plans for the growth of its laboratory services and providing technical support to operations. Williams brings more than 28 years of experience in laboratory and quality management experience to this role, including laboratory accreditation, and operation, development, and implementation of quality management systems.
Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 5,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms.
Unique event encourages girls to learn through hands-on workshops
OLATHE, Kan. – Terracon Consultants, Inc., and Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri (GSKSMO) announce they have partnered to present the first LIVE STEAM event at Union Station’s Science City in Kansas City, Mo., on the evening of Friday, Nov. 8. More than 200 local fourth and fifth grade Girl Scouts will be participating in this unique educational experience.
The event encourages girls to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) through hands-on workshops and activity stations presented by local educators, professionals, and organizations with a focus on how they live STEAM in their professional and personal lives.
“Terracon is excited to partner with GSKSMO to support, encourage, and inspire interest in STEAM careers among girls as they prepare for a lifetime of leadership in STEAM fields,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon president and CEO. More than 40 employee-owners from Terracon’s offices in Olathe and Lenexa, Kan., are volunteering for the event.
“Girl Scouts is committed to adding 2.5 million girls to the STEM pipeline by 2025. With the help of STEM leaders like Terracon, this pledge can become a reality,” said Joy Wheeler, GSKSMO CEO.
“Science City is thrilled to host the inaugural LIVE STEAM event for area Girl Scouts presented by Terracon Consultants,” said LeAnn Smith, Director of STEM Programming and Outreach for Science City. ”We know the importance and value of providing young people, especially girls, the opportunity to experience a wide variety of science-based activities that engage their minds, expand their horizons and open the future to infinite possibilities.”
About Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts is the largest organization for girls in the world. Its mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Through its four program focus areas: STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and math combined with experiences in the arts); Entrepreneurship, Outdoor Experiences, and Civic Engagement, Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities for fun and friendship, while fostering development of leadership skills and self-esteem.
About Science City
Internationally awarded for “Visitor Experience” by ASTC and regionally voted “Favorite Family Friendly Attraction” by Visit KC Visitors Choice Awards, Science City powered by Burns & McDonnell is named one of the country’s TOP 25 science centers. Union Station Members enjoy Science City visits free of charge. To learn more, please visit SCIENCECITY.COM.
Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 5,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s 2019 list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit terracon.com.