Seth Swaringen, PE, Transportation Project Engineer, was awarded the 2020 Young Engineer of the Year award from the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) on February 18th during the Preston Trail Chapter Annual Engineers Week Award Luncheon.
“It is truly an honor to have been selected as the TSPE Preston Trail Young Engineer of the Year,” Seth said. “Jones|Carter has contributed greatly to me winning this award by actively pushing me to engage in professional societies that allow me to learn and grow in the field.”
Seth has more than 6 years of experience in transportation engineering. He is an active member of the community and leads the North Texas MATHCOUNTS volunteer initiative within our firm. To be eligible for the award, Seth had to meet seven criteria categories ranging from community involvement and career achievements to collegiate activities and professional society activities.
Vice President Kent O’Brien, PE has been awarded the 2020 Engineer of the Year Award for the Travis Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE). He accepted the award at the Travis Chapter’s 2020 Engineers Banquet on February 14th.
“I am thankful to be selected by the TSPE Travis Chapter as Engineer of the Year. To be recognized in such a way by my PE peers is incredibly rewarding and humbling,” said Kent.
Kent is an innovative and result-driven leader with more than 35 years of experience in business leadership, project development and civil engineering. His work history encompasses a range of land development, water resource and transportation projects for public and private clients across South Texas.
In addition to the TSPE, Kent is an active member of multiple organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the National Society of Professional Engineers.
The Jones|Carter team would like to congratulate Kent on this monumental achievement.
Last year our team ranked 28th on the list of the city’s Top Workplaces. Now, our team ranks 12th out of the 257 companies competing for recognition. The jump from 28th to 12th also earned us the accolade as one of the most improved works places in the Bayou City.
The Houston Chronicle determines the city’s top workplaces based on a “scientific employee survey process” conducted by employee engagement platform Engergage. The company surveys random employees at eligible companies on issues related to workplace culture including confidence in leadership, employee connection and quality of benefits.
Nearly 75,000 employees from 257 companies responded to the survey, but only 150 companies made the cut. The qualifying companies are grouped based on size: large, midsize and small. Each size band includes companies from various sectors such as real estate, government, healthcare and service.
We are grateful to our talented team for making Jones|Carter a great place to work!
To nominate Jones|Carter as a Top Workplace for 2020, click here.
SXSW recently announced its 13-story, 145,000 square-foot headquarters received LEED Gold Certification in addition to an Austin Energy 2-Star Certification. The striking center was designed to achieve the green building status, and Jones|Carter is proud to have provided civil site services for the new community landmark.
Located in the Capitol Dominance Corridor in Downtown Austin, the structure boasts various environmentally friendly features including rain gardens, xeriscaping and native landscaping, low plumbing features and low VOC interior finishes. Jones|Carter designed the three rain gardens on site. Pond one and two act as rain gardens and are situated on piers while pond three features granite walls and native aggregate.
Additional features helping the center achieve LEED Gold Certification include a rooftop terrace, compliance with the Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO), bike storage and shower rooms and an efficient mechanical system that is 14 percent more efficient than a baseline building.
Building a headquarters that was environmentally friendly and capable of achieving LEED Gold Certification were major goals for the client that the team was excited to achieve. In addition to their Austin headquarters, SXSW has taken many environmental initiatives ranging from producing collateral on 100 percent recyclable or biodegradable material to composting or recycling more than 75 percent of the trash collected at their annual festival.
Structures aiming to achieve LEED certification earn points across multiple categories including location and transportation, water efficiency, material and resources, indoor environmental quality and more. To achieve Gold status, a structure must earn between 60 and 79 points.
SXSW LLC. encompasses two floors of the building with the remaining space being leased to WeWork, Parthenon Capital and Butler Snow. The center features amenities such as an onsite gym, private rooftop garden and a 300-space parking garage with electric vehicle charging stations. Austinites and visitors can enjoy the SouthBites coffee bar equipped with collaborative indoor and outdoor workspaces.
The headquarters began construction in 2016 and was completed in early 2019. SouthBites opened to the public in June, with spaces for named tenants expected to open by early 2020.
The conference will focus on development challenges facing the area and project updates for local developments. Gemsong will be speaking at the “Major Project Updates” session to discuss updates on Jones|Carter projects in Austin.
The North Houston Development Corporation officially opened the Rockstar Energy Bike Park on August 16, 2019. The BMX facility is one of the largest in the United States and boasts more than 20-acres of bike attractions for all skill levels.
Jones|Carter provided program and construction management services for the project since it broke ground in 2016. Martin Murdock, Vice President of Municipal and District Operations says he’s proud to have worked on a project that bring so much to the community.
“It’s really satisfying being able to bring new parks to North Houston and give kids this opportunity.” said Murdock.
The park is uniquely designed, according to Murdock. Jones|Carter was able to utilize the space under the starting ramps, something that has never been done before. Rather than leaving the space hollow, the area is being used as a concession stand, office and storage space.
Whether you are a beginner or expert, the park offers something for everyone. Those wishing to improve their BMX skills can utilize the street course, concrete bowls, asphalt pump tracks and various ramps. The park also boasts wooded mountain bike and walking trails, green space, bleacher seating, education areas and pavilion space for events.
The park encourages community involvement through educational initiatives. Kids between kindergarten and third grade can participate in BMX 101 where they will be taught how to ride a bike and learn about the sport through engaging lesson plans. Older school aged children can also learn about track modeling and bike building.
The Rockstar Energy Bike Park will have a big inaugural year, hosting the USA BMX Lone Star Nationals in October, the BMX Nationals and World Championship Qualifier in March 2020 and the UCI BMX World Championships in May 2020. The park is also expected to draw competitors from around the globe for its certified professional status.
Jones|Carter has been working with the North Houston Development Corporation for more than 15 years. Our team has also worked alongside the TRIZ on projects such as the North Houston Skate Park and Dylan’s Park.
Jones|Carter’s Aiza Jose, Hydrology and Hydraulics Manager, will be speaking at the 2019 EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference in Denton, Texas. The Conference will be held at the Denton Convention Center from July 28 through August 1.
The conference will center around “Responding to Change: Dynamic Stormwater Management in Economic, Political, and Climatic Transitions.” Aiza will be speaking on “Design Practices for Stream Erosion Control in the Urban Environment.” She will also serve as Session Chair covering “TMDLs and Watershed Protection Planning.”
Design Practices for Stream Erosion Control in the Urban Environment (Speaker)
J|C’s David Leslie and Paul Richey celebrate development of a $600 million data center alongside Google executives and Midlothian community leaders on 6/14.
On June 14th, Google hosted a sneak peak of their new $600 million data center, which is being built in Midlothian, Texas 25 miles south of Dallas. Late in 2018, the news broke that the mega-search engine company was the procurer of 375 acres in the Railport Business Park. This groundbreaking event was attended by local, state, and national political delegates. Jones|Carter team members David Leslie and Paul Richey were also in attendance.
Community leaders and collaborators made their mark on the Google beam which will be used in the construction of the project.
Jones|Carter is proud to be a part of the development. Our team was responsible for relocating critical infrastructure, including drainage and utilities, to create sufficient buildable space for the development.
On May 30th, the Texas Transportation Committee approved Brazos County’s request to create the Regional Mobility Authority (RMA). The RMA has proposed eight projects, the first of which is a tunnel under University Drive in College Station between Texas and Wellborn. Governor Abbott will name a chairman of the RMA and County Commissioners will appoint four members of the board. A RMA serves as a tool to help solve transportation problems by bringing new funding sources and new approaches for developing projects while providing local governments more control in transportation planning. Jones|Carter is proud to be able to help provide this tool for the county and play a role in its development.
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Freddie Guerra will be speaking at the 2019 Annual Texas APWA conference in Austin, Texas. Freddie has 27 years of experience optimizing assets and infrastructure through technology, the Internet of Things, analytics, Big Data, and predictive maintenance.
Freddie will be discussing “How to Maximize Your CIP Dollars” in the Asset Management track of the conference. The presentation will touch on optimizing maintenance and capital investment infrastructure as well as the benefits of predictive maintenance.