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Terracon Becomes First Commercial Customer to Contribute to SRP’s Healthy Forest Initiative

Environmental, Press Releases posted 12.02.2021.

Initiative will help to ensure water resiliency for Northern Arizona

TEMPE, ARIZONA – Reducing wildfire risk and restoring the forested watersheds that provide water to about half of the Valley is why company officials at Terracon, an engineering firm, decided to take action.

Terracon is the first Salt River Project commercial customer to contribute $10,000 to the SRP Healthy Forest Initiative™ (HFI).

“Terracon’s employee-owners are deeply invested in the communities where we live and work,” said Brent Borchers, P.E., Terracon regional manager for the Phoenix area. “We are proud to contribute to SRP’s Healthy Forest Initiative to help the water supply for the Valley for years to come.”

A drier-than-normal winter has been forecast for the Southwest U.S., which includes the forests of Northern Arizona, bringing with it the potential for more devastating wildfires that will continue to threaten the state’s unhealthy forests and watershed. Over the past 10 years, large wildfires have ravaged the watershed in and around the Salt and Verde Rivers and more of these fires are expected.

The community-funded initiative HFIHFIHHHH is part of SRP’s 2035 Sustainability Goals to protect the health of the watersheds through forest restoration treatments and strategic thinning projects in the 8.3 million acres of watershed lands spread across Northern and Eastern Arizona.

“Terracon has been fortunate to have profitable operations in Arizona for nearly 30 years. In this season of giving, we wanted to impact our community in the broadest, most sustainable way possible,” said Chuck Reynolds, Terracon senior client development manager. “SRP’s stewardship of the watershed is historic and insightful for the continuing economic success of the Valley. We hope to inspire other companies to join us in this important partnership.”

HFI allows SRP customers to invest $3 a month towards strategic forest thinning projects to help reduce the risk and devastating impacts of catastrophic wildfire and protect the health of the forests.

On average, the forested lands in the northern part of the state have about 100 trees per acre, but in many areas, there are thousands of trees per acre. Overcrowded forests can fuel large, uncontrollable wildfires with catastrophic impacts. Since 2000, 3.2 million acres have burned in and around the Salt and Verde River and East Clear Creek watersheds.

“We are grateful for Terracon taking action to invest in the protection and restoration of forests, and we invite other Arizona businesses to partner with SRP on important forest restoration projects. Not only is this important to the Valley’s water supply, but it’s also critical to the state’s tourism industry for the beautiful forests of northern Arizona and helps protect the residents who live there,” said Elvy Barton, SRP Forest Health Management Principal. “Our customers and community want to help prevent devastating wildfires and be a part of the solution together with SRP.”

The first two restoration projects are expected to begin later this year.

The strategic thinning effort:

  • Removes small, unhealthy trees and leaves large, mature trees.
  • Helps store more carbon in healthy trees.
  • Creates a healthier ecosystem more resilient to the effects of climate change.
  • Protects and enhances wildlife habitats.
  • Brings jobs to the area.

SRP commercial customers can call (602) 236-5104 and residential customers can sign up at srpnet.com/healthyforest to partner with SRP on this extremely important initiative. SRP will match the donations up to $200,000 every year.

The goal of the Healthy Forest Initiative is to thin 500,000 acres of unhealthy overgrown forested lands by 2035.

About SRP

SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest provider of electricity in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving more than 1 million customers. SRP is also the metropolitan area’s largest supplier of water, delivering about 750,000 acre-feet annually to municipal, urban and agricultural water users.

About Terracon

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 ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s 2021 list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit terracon.com.


Terracon Recognized Among the 2021 Kansas City Best Places to Work

BPTW logoOLATHE, Kansas – Terracon is pleased to be recognized as an honoree of the 2021 Kansas City Best Places to Work, which is designated by the Kansas City Business Journal.

Terracon is one of five companies in the Kansas City Area recognized by the publication on September 3, 2021, as a Best Place to Work in the large category (251 – 500 employees) for creating exceptional workplaces their employees value highly.

“Terracon is honored to be named a Best Place to Work because it reflects that our employee-owners feel supported, engaged, and are making a difference with both our internal and external clients,” said John Prutsman, Terracon chief people officer. “We’re encouraged that our efforts have made Terracon a place where our employee-owners can thrive and grow in their careers.”

Award applicants were evaluated across five categories according to the number of local employees. Employees of companies in the region rated them as the highest on such values as fun, collaborative culture, solid compensation and benefits offerings, and other amenities, as well as management practices. The top-ranking companies will be unveiled on November 3, 2021, in the Kansas City Business Journal.

About Terracon

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 ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s 2021 list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit terracon.com.

 About 2021 Kansas City Area Best Places to Work 

Best Places to Work is an innovative publication and awards program produced by the Kansas City Business Journal. The rankings were determined by surveys that went directly to employees who answered a series of questions. The survey was administered online by the employers and through a service provided by research partner Quantum Workplace. The rankings are numeric based on Quantum’s scoring process. By ranking companies and sharing best practices Quantum facilitates idea sharing and help other companies learn from the best.


Terracon Foundation Awards $10,000 in Grants for Hurricane Ida Relief

OLATHE, Kan. — The Terracon Foundation announced two $5,000 grants to food banks in Louisiana for food and supplies following Hurricane Ida’s landfall on Aug. 29. The storm left over one million people without power in what is being reported as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. mainland.

The grants include a $5,000 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank in New Orleans and a $5,000 donation to Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank in Baton Rouge.

“Terracon is proud to support local food banks in Louisiana serving people in the communities severely impacted by the devastating hurricane,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon chair, president, and CEO.

The Terracon Foundation strives to become a real part of the lives of Terracon employees and the communities we serve. To date, the Terracon Foundation has granted more than $3 million to community organizations, universities, dependents of employees, and for disaster relief efforts. For more information about the Terracon Foundation and other organizations it has supported, visit terracon.com/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 available in all 50 states. Terracon ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s 2021 list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit terracon.com.


Terracon Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to Heart to Heart International for Haiti Earthquake Relief

OLATHE, Kan. — The Terracon Foundation announced a $5,000 grant to Heart to Heart International (HHI) to provide emergency healthcare in the aftermath of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that occurred Aug. 14 in Haiti.

“Terracon is pleased to support Heart to Heart International in its efforts to provide urgently needed medical care to those impacted by the devastating earthquake,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon chair, president and CEO. “We value the opportunity to partner with this incredible organization serving the critical needs of the people of Haiti.”

“The support from the Terracon Foundation and other partners enables us to rapidly deploy experienced, dedicated medical teams to disaster-affected areas. Medical needs are vast following a disaster. We are so grateful to the supporters and partners who enable us to provide vital care so quickly,” said Kim Carroll,  CEO, Heart to Heart International.

Headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas, Heart to Heart International is a global humanitarian organization focused on improving access to health. Since its inception in 1992, HHI has delivered medical aid and supplies worth $2.2 billion to more than 130 countries, including within the United States. HHI responds to natural disasters both domestically and internationally by supplying medical relief and mobilizing volunteers. The organization is a four-star Charity Navigator charity and is on the "Philanthropy 400." To learn more, visit hearttoheart.org.

The Terracon Foundation strives to become a real part of the lives of Terracon employees and the communities we serve. To date, the Terracon Foundation has granted more than $3 million to community organizations, universities, dependents of employees, and for disaster relief efforts. For more information about the Terracon Foundation and other organizations it has supported, visit terracon.com/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 available in all 50 states. Terracon ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s 2021 list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit terracon.com.


Terracon Names Brad Urhahn, P.E. Director of Major Accounts for Logistics

Facilities, Press Releases posted 08.06.2021.

Brad Urhahn, P.E.ROGERS, Ark. — Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, has named Brad Urhahn, P.E., director of major accounts, Logistics. Urhahn will contribute to the growth and development of the logistics sector by identifying, assessing, and closing project opportunities with current and new clients.

Urhahn joins Terracon with more than 30 years’ experience in commercial and industrial development experience in design and construction management mostly related to big box retail, distribution centers, and transmission and distribution of power.

“I enthusiastically embrace this next chapter in my career, joining an employee-owned company with strong past success and forward thinking growth potential. Terracon’s focus on developing business with a culture built around guiding behaviors aligns with my personal values,” Urhahn said. “I look forward to contributing to this great team, and utilizing past experience and relationships to expand visibility to Terracon’s capabilities while building long-lasting relationships for the company.”

Prior to joining Terracon, Urhahn served in several roles for Walmart, Inc., most recently as director of civil engineering and quality assurance. Before joining Walmart, he was a civil/structural engineer for Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and is a licensed professional engineer. Urhahn is currently based in Northwest Arkansas.

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 ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s 2021 list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit terracon.com.