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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
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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.
OLATHE, Kan. — The Terracon Foundation announced a $5,000 grant to Heart to Heart International for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts, to support deployment of medical teams to treat patients and administer vaccines to those impacted by the storm.
“Terracon is pleased to support Heart to Heart in its efforts to provide urgently needed medical care to the people in the Bahamas still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Dorian,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon president and CEO. “We value the opportunity to give back to those who need critical assistance at this time.”
“The incredible 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. Being able to provide health and hope to people struggling through terrible ordeals is why Heart to Heart International was founded, and why we are so grateful to our supporters and partners,” said Kim Carroll, chief executive officer, Heart to Heart International.
Heart to Heart International strengthens communities through improving health access, providing humanitarian development and administering crisis relief worldwide. For more information, visit hearttoheart.org.
For more information about the Terracon Foundation and other organizations it has supported, visit terracon.com/about/foundation.
Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,500 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 2019 list of Top 500 Design Firms.
Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, has continued a pattern of growth and market presence expansion as evidenced in Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) annual listings of The Top 500 Design Firms and Sourcebook rankings.
Terracon’s current national rankings reflect our continued excellence in many key areas:
- ENR Top 500 Design Firms: 24
- ENR Top 200 Environmental Firms: 60
- ENR Top 20 General Building: 12
- ENR Telecommunications: 17
- ENR Top 100 Pure Designers: 10
- ENR Top 150 Global Design Firms: 56
- Education: 14
- Multi-Unit Residential: 12
- Retail: 16
- Commercial Offices: 8
- Hotels, Motels and Convention Centers: 15
- Distribution and Warehouses: 2
- Transportation: 35
- Highways: 24
- Airports: 23
- Power: 26
- Solar Power: 3
- Transmission and Distribution: 21
- Pipelines: 18
- Petroleum: 40
- Water Supply: 39
- Sewerage and Waste: 50
- Hazardous Waste: 16
- Chemical and Soil Remediation: 15
- Site Assessment and Compliance: 9
- Asbestos and Lead Abatement: 1
- Industrial Process: 29
- Manufacturing: 26
- Towers and Antennae: 8
- Chemical Plants: 16
- Data Centers: 10
- Mining: 9
ENR ranked Terracon #1 in Asbestos/Lead Abatement for the seventh consecutive year.
Significant upward movement for Terracon in the Top Design Firms regional listings includes rising to #10 in Intermountain, #11 in Southwest, #35 in California, and #38 in MidAtlantic. Terracon was listed for the first time for the New York Region, debuting at #60.
Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states.