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Celebrating 40 Years of Engineering Excellence

Forty years is a long time. And yet, 1976 seems like just yesterday. For forty years, Jones|Carter has crafted a solid reputation of smart engineering and smart solutions, growing into the company we are today with unlimited potential. Having 550 personnel, nine offices, and nine practices is truly something to be proud of. This year, more than ever, we are celebrating our accomplishments, legacy, and momentum, looking toward a bright future. 2016 finds us ready for the opportunities ahead and committed to outstanding client service and design excellence. As trusted partners, you are key to our overall success. Join us as we say “congratulations!” and get ready to celebrate the next forty years with us.
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James Jones, PE Named as TSPE Young Engineer of the Year

James C. Jones, PE with Jones|Carter has been named as the Greater Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineer’s (TSPE) 2016 Young Engineer of the Year. Recognizing the achievements and contributions of young engineers in the state is the goal of this annual award. “It is an honor to receive this recognition from such a great organization. I am proud to be a part of the TSPE Greater Houston Chapter which is committed to representing our profession and elevating the stature of the engineering community,” says Jones.

The Greater Houston Chapter of TSPE is 600 members strong and was formed in the early 1940s. TSPE has a long-standing tradition of promoting the engineering profession and bestows a young engineer of the year award annually. Jones will formally receive the award at a luncheon in February, 2016. Mike Talbott, PE, 2015’s Houston Area Engineer of the Year and current president of the Greater Houston Chapter of TSPE said this about Jones’ award, “I’m very proud to have James Jones represent the Greater Houston Chapter of TSPE as its 2016 Young Engineer of the Year. His accomplishments are a great example of a citizen-engineer through his service to the profession, technical and professional societies, and the community. I look forward to more great things from him as he continues his career.”

James graduated from Texas A&M University in 2005 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. James is based in the Houston office of Jones|Carter (JC), a Texas-based civil engineering firm celebrating its 40th year in 2016. He currently serves as a vice president in the firm’s Water Practice and is a shareholder, serving on the board of directors. He has worked across the state in JC’s Austin, Dallas, and Houston offices, as well as internationally on projects in Libya. Always active in the community, he currently serves as a director for the Greater Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and is a section trustee and past-president for the Southeast Chapter of the Texas American Water Works Association (AWWA). As a further commitment to the engineering profession, he serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University and volunteers on the Gatekeepers Committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Jones|Carter Wins First Place Award at ACEC Texas Awards Competition

Jones|Carter Wins First Place Award at ACEC Texas Awards Competition

The American Council of Engineering Companies Texas (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Award Winners for 2016 have been announced. Jones|Carter is pleased to announce that our high profile project, Cottage Grove, has received first place honors.

JC Hires Department Managers in Houston, San Antonio, and The Woodlands

New regional hires continue to augment the overall reach of Jones|Carter and strengthen the Government Infrastructure and Site Development practices. Each new hire contributes to achieving the company’s growth objectives and to fueling the firm’s core values of quality, collaboration, accountability, respect, and ethical behavior. Nicolas C. Garcia, PE has been hired in the San Antonio office as a department manager in the Government Infrastructure practice’s Transportation Division. Nicolas will concentrate on building core business with TxDOT, Bexar County, the city of San Antonio, and other transportation clients. Additionally, Nicolas will lead the effort on the SH249 project in Montgomery County. Jeremiah D. Kamerer, PE has been hired as a department manager in the Site Development practice in The Woodland’s office. He will assist leadership in growing the practice’s client base, while providing mentorship and internal staff development. Chiefly, he will be tasked with establishing and maintaining client relationships and expanding the firm’s footprint through community involvement in Montgomery and Harris Counties. Ralph Morlas, II has joined the Water practice as construction department manager in the Houston office. In this role, Ralph will work with project field representatives to assure QA/QC practices are being adhered to and will provide assistance with business development efforts and constructability reviews.

Jones|Carter Responds to Regional Growth

Jones|Carter’s Municipal and District Services practice responds to regional growth with three key hires in Austin, San Antonio, and Brenham, Texas. C. Rick Coneway, PE, BCEE, D.WRE has joined the Austin office as the Central Texas Division Manager. Rick will lead and manage the growing municipal and district business operations in the Austin and San Antonio regions. Shawn Rockenbaugh, PE and Grant Lischka, PE have joined the Dallas and Brenham offices respectively as Department Managers.

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HCWCID 109 Surface Water Backfill Lines

North Harris County Regional Water Authority (Authority) was created June 18, 1999 when Texas House Bill 2965 was signed into law and voters confirmed the creation of the Authority. The Authority was created to ensure a secure and reliable supply of wholesale drinking water for all residents and entities within its boundaries, comprising of approximately 335 square miles and 460,000 residents. The primary goal of the Authority is compliance with the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District’s (HGSD) Regulatory Plan to prevent and cease the subsidence observed in the Harris County area by conservation of underground water sources. The Regulatory Plan requires a reduction in groundwater usage to no more than 20% of the total water demand by the year 2030. Should the Authority not meet the reduction goal of 20% groundwater usage by 2030, a monetary penalty of $5.00/1000-gallons will be imposed upon them by the HGSD. To ensure the Authority meets this reduction goal, all participating entities inside the District’s boundaries are aggregated into a single groundwater permit and participate in a single Groundwater Reduction Plan. The Authority delivers treated surface water from the Northeast Water Purification Plant (NEWPP) to all participating members of its GRP, but the remaining demand shall be supplemented by the use of groundwater. To read the entire article please click here.

Waste Water Systems – To Repair or Replace?

Waste Water Systems

Water districts are faced with this decision frequently on the many pumps, blowers and drives that make up their water and wastewater systems. In the past, a rule of thumb was used to make this decision based on the cost of the repairs compared to the cost of a new replacement unit. The adage stated that if the repair was greater than 50% of the replacement cost, then it was better to replace the unit. The origin of this rule is unknown and the line of logic it follows questionable. The best guess is that for complicated equipment with many moving parts, a repair only brings a portion of the total machine back to manufacturer’s tolerances. If only half the machine were repaired, it might make sense that the other half may fail in short order and thus the total cost would be more than a new unit. To read the entire article, please click here.

JC and The Woodlands on a Pedestrian-Friendly Path! Bicycle Master Plan Project

The Woodlands Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Project

JC has just won The Woodlands Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan project! The plan we will develop looks toward the future of transportation and provides alternatives to connecting The Woodland’s villages to each other and to adjacent neighborhoods. The plan will build upon the momentum of biking and walking as a preferred mode of transport in the community. Our experts will explore multi-modal transportation options, safety, design that supports the integral aesthetics of The Woodlands, pivotal wayfinding, and initiatives that encourage leaving the car at home!

The JC team is comprised of Project Manager Chelsea Young, AICP and supported by Erin Williford, PE; June Farrell, AICP; Stan Winter, AICP Colby Wright, PE, PTOE; Rob Maxwell, PE; and Kevin Krahn, PE. Expert subconsultants include John Ciccarelli with Bicycle Solutions and Michael Mauer, ASLA with M2L and Associations Inc.

Congrats to our team who get to use their passion and expertise to transform the way this community lives, works, and plays!

Key Position Added to HR Team

Chris Torrie – Learning and Development Manager

Chris Torrie has recently joined Jones sand Carter as Learning and Development Manager in the Human Resource practice. Chris brings over 17 years of experience including learning program strategy and design, instructional design, training delivery, and learning infrastructure management. He holds the Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) credential and a Master degree in Teaching and Learning with Technology. His extensive experience includes creating and developing learning programs that are innovative, effective, fit-for-purpose, and technology rich. Additionally, he has created learning programs for multiple disciplines such as technical training, leadership development, certification programs, and business skills. In his prior position he created a competency development program for oil and gas engineers.

Chris’ vision for JC’s learning and development is to create programs that build skills and competencies for all employees to better position our people, and the firm, for success. He will be refreshing and expanding Jones and Carter University so that our employees have increased access through new methodologies and technologies. Additionally, leadership development and competency-based training programs will be enhanced and he will assist in the development of defined career paths for all our JC people.

Chris has been married for 16 years and has a 10-year-old son. Born and raised in Colorado, Chris has lived in Florida, Australia, and Washington D.C. before settling in The Woodlands. He was an exchange student in the former Soviet Union and speaks Russian proficiently. Please welcome Chris to JC.