Jones|Carter is getting a new look! Much like your favorite childhood superhero, your favorite survey company is getting a reboot. Our cape may look different, but our powers are still as strong and steady as ever. For 40 years, we have provided professional surveying services under a variety of company names including: Cotton Surveying Company, Charlie Kalkomey Surveying, and Terra Firma. To read more, please click here.
With a change to surface water many municipalities have had episodes of poor water quality that are the result of several factors. This memo is intended to give a little background on why conversion was necessary in the Houston area, a discussion of what those factors are, and recommendations on what to do as we move forward.
Our conversion to surface water in the Houston area is the result of subsidence, but many areas of Texas use surface water because of a lack of ground water. Surface water differs from ground water in many ways but of particular importance is that it has naturally occurring organic material in it. This is important because when disinfected with chlorine, this material forms byproducts that are shown to be carcinogenic. The byproducts are many and generally classified as either haloacetic acids or as trihalomethanes. Collectively they are called disinfection byproducts (DBPs) and are now regulated by the EPA. To avoid the formation of DBPs, many entities supplying surface water changed from using straight chlorine to chloramines, chlorine dioxide, or other disinfectants. Chloramines were the disinfectant of choice in Houston. Making chloramines is a tricky process, and the addition of too much chlorine can form Di- and Trichloramines that have a bad taste and odor. If chlorinated water were blended with chloraminated water the free chlorine residual would combine with the chloramines and form Di- and Trichloramines. This would be undesirable and thus the reason that all the regional water suppliers asked their customers to match their form of disinfection. To read the entire article, please click here.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
In 1998 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated that the country’s states impose limitations on nutrients entering its surface water resources. The primary nutrients targeted are nitrogen and phosphorus for their ability to severely impact the quality of the nation’s surface waters. In extreme quantities, these nutrients can cause eutrophication which is the rapid growth of algae, commonly referred to as algae blooms, and hypoxia or areas of rapid phytoplankton growth. Inland blooms are very unsightly, can kill aquatic life by reducing the dissolved oxygen concentrations and impart taste and odor problems for drinking water plants. In recent years hypoxia has received media attention as the limits of the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico have been mapped. In accordance with the EPA’s mandate, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) began the laborious process of quantifying the problem through stream testing, identification of sources, a review of technological capabilities for nutrient removal and establishing a priority for nutrient reductions. The TCEQ’s State Implementation Plan calls for the reduction of nutrients and as such the TCEQ has begun writing discharge permits with technology based limits. To read the entire article, please click here.
Jones|Carter responds to needs in their Marketing and Business Services practices by hiring the following new employees:
Lori Grubbs has joined the Marketing Practice as the Graphic Design Manager. Lori will define graphics standards, develop global templates for presentations and proposals, and reinforce the JC brand in internal and client-facing collateral. Lori will further utilize her 15 years of experience to design marketing materials that reflect JC’s new direction. Lori’s career includes engagements at several AEC industry firms. She is a lifelong Houstonian.
Jacob Priego is the newest member of the Business Services Practice. As CAD Division Manager, Jacob will manage CAD resources and staff at all JC locations. Jacob’s prior experience includes serving as an IT director and a corporate CAD manager at emerging technology consulting firms. Jacob has relocated from El Paso, Texas to accept this new opportunity at JC.
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Jones and Carter Adds New Staff to Accommodate Growth
Jones and Carter responds to exceptional growth by adding experienced staff and welcoming back prior employees. The following have been added to their respective teams:
Kara Heasley, PE, LEED AP is an experienced addition to the Site Development Practice. As a Senior Project Manager in the San Antonio office, Kara has in-depth knowledge of the single family residential market and will offer expertise in private development as well as provide insight for sustainable design on low impact development (LID) projects as well as LEED Certified projects. She is very familiar with the San Antonio market and has provided site development services for both public and private entities.
Stormy Garcia has joined the human resources team as a Recruiting Manager. She has provided comprehensive human resources and recruitment for large professional services firms throughout Texas. Stormy’s focus will be in hiring experienced staff for growing JC practices.
Kimberly Derry, CPSM has been hired as Proposal Manager, joining the marketing team. Seventeen years’ experience and a keen acumen honed in marketing and business development for the A/E/C industry, will enable Kimberly to put solid practices in place to build the proposal and presentation process and lead the in-house proposal team.
Zhi “Gao” Lee has returned to JC after several years overseas. Previously, he spent nearly a decade at JC serving as a hydraulics & hydrology design engineer working on numerous large and complex drainage and floodplain related projects. He will rejoin the Government Infrastructure Practice.
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Government Infrastructure Practice
Jones and Carter is projecting growth in all of offices for 2015. A large percentage of that growth is expected to occur in regional offices and therefore, the firm is proactively planning how the practice will be managed in the future. Outside of the Houston Metro area, capable H&H groups in the San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas offices will be supported by a second H&H Division; the H2 Division (H2). H2 will be led by Zach Toups who will be promoted to Division Manager. Zach will work closely with the regional offices to ensure they are an integral part of our practice and provide consistency across the firm.
Similar growth is expected in the other practices across southeast Texas. To accommodate this, Scott Saenger will serve as the Division Manager of the H1 Division in this area. He will continue to utilize the H&H expertise he has relied upon for the last 30 years. Additionally, in preparing for this expected growth, we are promoting Stephen Reiter to Assistant Division Manager to assist Scott in coordinating the backlog of work for the H1 division, as well as coordinating with Zach on tasks assigned to the H2 Division.
“We feel these changes are necessary to provide support for the anticipated growth of our practice, while maintaining consistency and quality to our internal and external clients.” says Rob Maxwell, Government Infrastructure Practice Leader.
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Jones and Carter continues to hire exceptional staff who bring unique talents, experience, and skills to our growing firm. The following new employees have been added to their respective teams:
Sean E. McMillan, PE has joined the Water Practice as a Department Manager in the Electrical Division. Sean graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 with a degree in electrical engineering. Sean’s skills and 19 years of experience will be utilized to build and lead the Electrical Division. He has provided electrical and instrumentation design for many water treatment plants, pump stations, and SCADA systems. Sean will be officing out of the Rosenberg location.
Erin Williford, PE attended Texas A&M where she received a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, and Rice University where she earned a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering. In her 10+ years of experience, Erin has worked on a number of civil design and H&H modeling projects. She served as project manager for HCFCD’s high profile Buffalo Bayou Park project. She has joined the Municipal and District Services Practice as a Department Manager in the Houston office.
Chris Curtis, RPLS has joined the Survey Practice in the Bryan/College Station office as a Project Surveyor. Drawing from nine years of experience staking oil wells and pipelines across the country, he will be pursuing and adding expertise to O/G projects for the firm. Prior to receiving his surveying license, Chris played professional baseball for such teams as the Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
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