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Terracon Foundation Awards $86,390 in Community and University Grants

OLATHE, Kan. ­­– The Terracon Foundation is pleased to announce the award of $86,390 in grants to six universities and 12 community organizations. 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.

University Grants

As part of an ongoing effort to support higher education, the Terracon Foundation presents university grants for graduate-level scholarships, fellowships, and programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

This year, the Terracon Foundation has presented a total of $50,000 to six universities:

  • University of Arizona – graduate scholarships;
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Terracon Foundation Fellowships;
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte – female and underrepresented minority scholarships;
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – Terracon scholarship;
  • University of Washington – graduate geotechnical fellowships; and
  • Virginia Tech Foundation – Terracon Graduate Fellowships.

Community Grants

The Terracon Foundation has also awarded $36,390 in community grants to 12 local, nonprofit organizations that were recommended by Terracon employees involved in these organizations. The Terracon Foundation grants are intended to support education and causes focused on the natural and built environment.

Terracon Grant Employee Champion LocationCommunity Grant Recipient OrganizationGrant Recipient Location
Bettendorf, IowaLeadHerDavenport, Iowa
Bettendorf, IowaJunior Achievement of the HeartlandMoline, Ill.
Birmingham, Ala.Freshwater Land TrustBirmingham, Ala.
Cincinnati, OhioYWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.Cincinnati, Ohio
Dallas, TexasMartha Turner Reilly PTADallas, Texas
Lenexa, Kan.Shawnee Mission Education FoundationShawnee Mission, Kan.
Little Rock, Ark.Boys & Girls Club of Saline CountyBenton, Ark.
Mountlake Terrace, WAChrist the King SchoolSeattle, Wash.
Tulsa, Okla.A New Leaf, Inc.Tulsa, Okla.
Tucson, Ariz.Tucson Clean & Beautiful, Inc.Tucson, Ariz.
White Bear Lake, Minn.Pine Bend Elementary SchoolInver Grove Heights, Minn.
Winter Park, Fla.Field Manor FoundationMerritt Island, Fla.

For more information about the Terracon Foundation, visit terracon.com/about/foundation.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices with services in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 30th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


Brownfields Redevelopment: Revitalizing a Cultural Heritage Center

 

A touchstone to the Hispanic community in Utah, Centro Civico Mexicano (Centro) is a place where generations celebrate the traditions of their heritage. Centro was first established in 1935 by Mexicans who came to Salt Lake City and surrounding communities to work on the railroads and in the mines. Today, the well-loved cultural center is solidifying its commitment to future generations by revitalizing its downtown property; made possible through a combination of brownfields funding tools.

IDENTIFYING HISTORICAL USES

Originally purchased in the 1950s, the Centro property was facing the all-too-familiar challenges of urban neighborhoods—aging facilities in need of repair, pressure from surrounding development as part of downtown gentrification, and options to sell the property and relocate. Knowing the challenges at hand, community leaders decided it was time to reconstruct and design a new facility at the site of Centro’s existing home.

“The best reason for the cleanup and new construction is to build a showpiece representing the history of Hispanics in Utah and to give them something to be proud of, including taking part in an environmental improvement of the District,” said Brandy Farmer, president and CEO, Centro Civico Mexicano.

Serving as a trusted partner, Terracon helped Centro assess the property’s history, identifying past industrial uses on the site and surrounding properties as part of the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. Terracon discovered the site had been contaminated by Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) from past coal use, and chromium and petroleum hydrocarbons from other past industrial activities. These needed to be cleaned up to meet the requirements of the new development. Development money was raised to cover the new proposed Centro buildings, but not the environmental costs.

BROWNFIELDS FUNDING SOLUTIONS AID CLEANUP

Terracon provided solutions to address both the environmental issues identified and the unexpected financial challenges associated with the cleanup. By helping Centro prepare successful applications for both an EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant and a Revolving Loan Fund Cleanup Subgrant from the Wasatch Brownfields Coalition, Centro received $400,000 in funding to aid in the cleanup.

Although a small footprint, this piece of downtown Salt Lake City has a powerful future. The new plan for mixed-use development will include low-income senior housing, offices, classrooms, a multipurpose gymnasium, a rooftop soccer facility, and a black box theater.

“This has been one of my favorite projects. The people working on this are fantastic, and together they are all bringing solutions to the table,” said Craig Eaton, Terracon’s environmental department manager in Salt Lake City. “My thanks go out to everyone at Centro Civico Mexicano, Corroon Development Company, Salt Lake City Corporation, Salt Lake County, Utah’s Voluntary Cleanup Program, EPA Region 8, EPA Office of Brownfields & Land Revitalization, and the generous foundations in the local community.”

Belinda Richard, Terracon’s national Brownfields program manager added, “This project is a wonderful example of how local partners, community members, and regulatory agencies can come together to make a project happen—it takes a village.”


Terracon Foundation Awards $105,500 in Grants

OLATHE, Kan. ­­– The Terracon Foundation is pleased to announce the award of $105,500 to grant recipients. The 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. Employees complete applications which are then reviewed and decided upon by a volunteer board of professionals.

The Foundation bi-annually awards funds in the grant categories of universities and community organizations, and annually presents funds for scholarships supporting dependents of employees. To date, the Foundation has distributed more than $1.3 million in grant funds.

“Through the Terracon Foundation, we have been able to support the education of 55 young adults in the last three years,” said David Gaboury, P.E., president and CEO of Terracon. “The scholarships are one facet of our broader commitment to providing financial support for industry-focused higher education at universities across the country.”

Dependent Scholarship Grants

The Foundation distributed $24,000 in scholarship grants to 12 dependents of Terracon employees who are pursuing a four-year degree through a community college, college, or university.

University Grants

As part of an ongoing effort to support higher education, the Foundation also presented university grants for graduate-level scholarships, fellowships, and programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This year, the Foundation presented $55,000 to nine universities: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; Texas A&M University – San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; Texas Tech University – The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, Lubbock, Texas; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.; University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.; University of Missouri – St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo.; University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.; University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; and University of Utah – Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Community Grants

Terracon also awarded $26,500 in community grants to eight local, nonprofit programs in which employees are actively engaged with an emphasis on education and the built and natural environment. Recipients include: Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne, Inc., Cheyenne, Wyo.; Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.; Celeste Henkel Elementary School, Statesville, N.C.; Community Help for Autism Spectrum Everywhere, Olathe, Kan.; Great River Greening, Saint Paul, Minn.; Junior League of Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Kiwanis Club of Bradenton Foundation, Inc., Bradenton, Fla.; and Sustainable Tulsa, Tulsa, Okla.

For more information about the Terracon Foundation, visit terracon.com/about/foundation/terracon-foundation/.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.

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Unique Approach to Supporting At-Risk Youth Builds on Success

Terracon Foundation Supports Founding of Family Enrichment Center of Davenport

BETTENDORF, Iowa — Kathy Toft, who has lived in the Quad City area 38 years, and others in her community wanted to create a unique program focused on supporting the underserved Goose Creek Heights neighborhood of north Davenport, population approximately 1,600.

They desired to create a safe and self-funded setting with free programming that could serve every member of the household – children, young adults, and caregivers. From this dream came the development of the nonprofit Family Enrichment Center of Davenport (FEC).

“Our goal from the beginning was to create a continuous system of support,” said Kevin Kellums, FEC executive director. “By offering relevant programming for the whole family, including the Head Start program, afterschool tutoring and parenting classes, we hoped to produce a momentum shift that would change the neighborhood norms away from destructive patterns and toward constructive goals.”

To help make this dream a reality, Kathy Toft, a senior administrative professional in Terracon’s Bettendorf office, has provided volunteer hours, spearheaded fundraisers, and championed the FEC by applying for annual grants through the Terracon Foundation.

“It’s nice to work for a company like Terracon that shows support for its employees’ passions and enables us to help others in our local communities,” said Toft. “If we could raise enough funds to establish the FEC, we thought it could be a resource and support to families. We had a vision and followed it through. With more than 700 kids in the neighborhood, the opportunities are there to make a real difference.”

To date, the Terracon Foundation has donated $4,500 to the FEC.

Expanding Programs, Enduring Support

In 2013, construction began on the building that would house the nonprofit. Terracon engineering and technical staff volunteered and offered services by observing the construction site conditions, performing materials testing, and monitoring placement of support structures.

Once the facility was completed, enrollment for Head Start and Early Head Start programs began as well as afterschool programs throughout the year reaching as many as 40 children. Today, there are 18 Head Start students and eight Early Head Start students. While there is no charge for the programs, families are asked to “pay it forward” by volunteering in the community.

Along with providing engineering expertise, Terracon employees have participated in many fundraisers to support the FEC. Golf tournaments and toffee sales, along with personal donations, show continued support for the organization.

The $2,500 the FEC recently received via Toft’s Terracon Foundation request will be used to establish an after-school tutoring program expected to enroll up to 15 students. In addition, the organization has developed a partnership with Iowa State University’s Extension Center which provides the curriculum for two parenting sessions designed to equip caregivers with child-rearing skills and resources.

About the Terracon Foundation

The Terracon Foundation was established with a goal to reach out and become a real part of the lives of employees and the communities where they live and work. Employees complete applications which are then reviewed and decided upon by a volunteer board of professionals.

Twice a year, the Terracon Foundation awards grants to community organizations and universities, and once a year presents funds for scholarships supporting dependents of employees and also awards a national partner grant. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $1 million to organizations nationwide. For more information about other organizations the Foundation has supported, visit www.terracon.com/about/foundation.

About Terracon

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.

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Terracon Foundation Awards $127,700 in Grants

OLATHE, Kan. ­­– The Terracon Foundation is pleased to announce the award of $127,700 to grant recipients. The 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. Employees complete applications which are then reviewed and decided upon by a volunteer board of professionals.

“This past year we celebrated our 50th year of business. We are especially thankful for the partnerships we have developed with clients that have allowed us to become a strong, prosperous company capable of giving back to our communities,” said David Gaboury, P.E., president and CEO of Terracon. “Through the Terracon Foundation and with guidance from our employees, we have been able to support a number of very deserving recipients.”

The Terracon Foundation also awards funds twice a year in the grant categories of community organizations and universities, a once-a-year grant to a national partner, and annually presents funds for scholarships supporting dependents of employees.

National Partner Grant

The Society of Women in Engineering (SWE) was the recipient of the 2015 national partner grant of $50,000. SWE is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering. The grant funds will be used to support the Collegiate Leadership Program which prepares female engineering students to become leaders in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Specifically, funds will be used to host webinars during the 2015-2016 academic year, provide for 75 students to attend the Collegiate Leadership Institute in October 2016, and support the Leadership Coaching Committee.

Community Grants

Terracon awarded $52,700 in community grants to 20 local, nonprofit programs in which employees are actively engaged with an emphasis on education and the built and natural environment. Recipients include: Bicycle Cooperative of Fort Collins, Fort Collins, Colo.; Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, Springfield, Mo.; Bonner Springs Elementary, Bonner Springs, Kan.; Bradley Central High School, Cleveland, Tenn.; Communities in Schools of San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; Family Enrichment Center of Davenport, Davenport, Iowa; Foundation for the Edmonds School District, Lynnwood, Wash.; Great Parks Foundation, Cincinnati, Ohio; Greenspaces, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Houston Habitat for Humanity, Houston, Texas; The Literacy Lab, Kansas City, Mo.; Manara Academy, Irving, Texas; Martha Turner Reilly Parents and Teachers Association, Dallas, Texas; Niles Home for Children, Kansas City, Mo.; Salvation Army, Birmingham, Ala.; Science Pioneers, Kansas City, Mo.; Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society, Tucson, Ariz.; Systematic Tutoring Resulting in the Development of Essential Skills, Greenville, S.C.; University of New Hampshire, Manchester, N.H.; and WFR Construction Technology Career Academy, Knightdale, N.C.

University Grants

In an effort to support higher education, the Foundation also presented university grants to support graduate-level scholarships, fellowships, and programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Foundation presented $25,000 to two universities: University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill., and the Virginia Tech Foundation, Blacksburg, Va.

For more information about the recent grant recipients and to learn more about the Terracon Foundation, visit terracon.com/about/foundation/terracon-foundation/.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices in 42 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 35th 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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