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New Chief Information Officer Announced as Predecessor Retires After 14 Years of Service

OLATHE, Kan. — Terracon Consultants, Inc. has appointed Jason Kephart as the company’s new Chief Information Officer (CIO). Kephart will begin his tenure in early July replacing current CIO, Frank Milano, who will retire after 14 years of service with the company.

Outgoing Milano has made tremendous contributions to the firm. As the company’s first CIO, he built the Terracon Information Technology (IT) Department from a few individuals to a team of more than 50.

After Milano made his retirement announcement in late February, Terracon conducted an applicant search to find the person best suited to serve in this critical role. The company also considered internal employee applicants for the position that included Kephart. After screening and interviewing several candidates, Kephart was chosen as Terracon’s new CIO based on his enthusiasm, proven track record at Terracon, strategic direction for the IT Department, and vision for partnerships with operations.

Kephart earned a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Western Michigan University in 1995 and began his IT career that same year in Detroit, Mich., as a Systems Engineer for Electronic Data Systems. He spent the next eight years leading software development teams in the Kansas City area for Advanced Business Consultants, Quilogy, and Sprint.

Kephart joined Terracon in 2004 as Application Services Manager and was later promoted to Technical Services Manager in 2009. In this role, he provided technical and management oversight for the infrastructure architecture, network administration, and desktop support functions of Terracon’s IT department. During this time, Kephart worked alongside Milano for nine years helping making key decisions related to the growth and development of IT at Terracon. He also earned an MBA from Baker University in 2010.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 2,800 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: www.terracon.com

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Terracon and Dunkelberger Engineering and Testing Join Forces to Expand and Enhance Service Offerings to Clients

OLATHE, Kan. — Terracon Consultants, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Dunkelberger Engineering and Testing, Inc., based in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Founded in 1994, Dunkelberger provides geotechnical engineering, construction materials and inspection, environmental assessments, and building inspection services. Client sectors include aviation, infrastructure, government, commercial real estate, power, and solid waste. Dunkelberger has additional offices located in Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie, and Sarasota.

“Joining with Dunkelberger adds to our expertise and enhances our current service offerings,” said David Gaboury, P.E., president and CEO of Terracon. “The depth of their experience will bring more value to our clients in Florida and nationally. We are excited to have them become a part of Terracon.”

Terracon is retaining Dunkelberger’s 60 employees and will continue operations as Dunkelberger, a Terracon Company.

“For nearly 20 years, Dunkelberger Engineering and Testing, Inc. has maintained its reputation as a highly trusted engineering consultant in providing services to our clients in South Florida,” said Doug Dunkelberger, P.E., president and CEO of Dunkelberger. “We fit very well with Terracon, both strategically and culturally, and together we’ll be even better to serve clients throughout Florida. This merger also reunites us with familiar colleagues and friends that were formerly Nodarse and Associates, a Terracon acquisition in 2011. I’m excited about the depth and strength of our Florida team, and look forward to our future with Terracon.”

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 2,800 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: www.terracon.com

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Terracon Named #38 on ENR's 2013 Top 500 Design Firms List

OLATHE, Kan. — Engineering News-Record (ENR) ranked Terracon #38 on its 2013 Top 500 Design Firms list, moving up from #39 in 2012, showing Terracon’s consistent performance above industry average.

ENR annually surveys the construction industry to determine the 500 largest U.S.-based engineering, architectural, and environmental design firms. The rankings are based on design-specific revenue generated by each company.

Terracon’s total revenues were $395.6 million for 2012. Terracon’s top four sectors (Commercial/Retail, State/Local Government, Industry/Agriculture, and Institutional) accounted for 73 percent of revenues in total. Revenues from the State/Local Government Sector were up more than 26 percent in 2012.

In 2012, Terracon acquired three highly-reputable companies in the United States. IHI Environmental, Liesch Associates, Inc., and Earthtec, Inc. joined forces with Terracon, adding nine offices and more than 130 employees to strengthen and expand services.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 2,800 employees providing geotechnical, environmental, construction materials, and facilities services from more than 130 offices in 39 states nationwide. For additional information about Terracon, please visit www.terracon.com.

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Pounds Joins Terracon's Facilities Division

TULSA, Okla. — David Pounds, P.E., has joined Terracon as a project manager for the Facilities department, and is based out of Terracon’s Tulsa office. In his role, Pounds is responsible for managing the Facilities services for Terracon’s Tulsa and Oklahoma City offices.

Pounds bring more than 12 years of experience and a unique combination of design and construction expertise to his new role. As a project manager for both major renovation and new construction, his experience includes construction of all major types of structural and HVAC systems, as well as the most prevalent building envelope systems. He has worked with owners and architects in conducting accurate project estimates, value analysis, life cycle cost analysis, document reviews, and condition studies for multi-million dollar health care, education, leisure, airport, and office building projects.

Pounds is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and the University of Missouri, Rolla. He is a certified energy manager (CEM) and a LEED Green Associate. He holds a green advantage environmental certification and is a Construction Specifications Institute construction documents technologist (CDT).

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 2,800 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 www.terracon.com.

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Tyndall Joins Terracon's Charlotte Office

OLATHE, Kan. — Sharon M. Tyndall, P.E., has joined Terracon’s Charlotte office as a national account manager. In her role, Tyndall is responsible for maintaining and growing select national accounts. Tyndall has more than 24 years of experience in the engineering industry developing and maintaining client relationships, as well as managing a diversity of engineering projects.

Tyndall earned her master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. She is a licensed professional engineer in North Carolina.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 2,800 employees providing geotechnical, environmental, construction materials and facilities services from more than 130 offices in 39 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 39th 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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