Monday, July 6, 2015

Auld Earns EnvisionTM Certification



Project manager and senior engineer Matt Auld successfully completed the EnvisionTM certification test through the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. By passing the exam, Auld has proven that he has a thorough understanding of the principles of sustainable infrastructure and how those theories through a rating system can be applied to projects. 

 “GBA has always been an industry leader in sustainable design,” said Dennis Cantrell, principal and vice president. “With this additional planning and design guidance tool, we can better support our client’s efforts to enhance the performance of their infrastructure.”

Auld is one of the first professionals in the St. Louis metropolitan area to have secured this designation and works in GBA’s offices in Chesterfield and O’Fallon, Missouri. He has more than 10 years of professional sanitary, water and stormwater infrastructure project experience.

Monday, June 29, 2015

GBA Going Through Leadership Transition


Michael Smith

GBA has announced a transition in leadership. The leadership transition plan has been in place for some time, but it will officially take effect July 1, 2015. Michael Smith, P.E., GBA’s current President/CEO announced his retirement in April 2016. The Board recently elected Tim Ross, P.E. as the new President and Dan Abitz, P.E. will serve as the Executive Vice President.

Smith, who has been President/CEO since 2001, will remain the CEO and Chairman of the Board until February 2016. Over the next few months the three will work together to make sure it is a smooth transition.

 
“The leadership of GBA across the board is in great hands going forward. I have the utmost confidence GBA’s future is very bright,” said Smith.


Tim Ross
Dan Abitz

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Beck and Cantrell to Co-Lead GBA’s Water Environment Group


Gary Beck

Gary Beck and Dennis Cantrell have taken over the leadership duties of GBA’s Water Environment Group, and together will be responsible for the strategic direction of the team. The leadership transition occurred because of the recent retirement of Bill Carter.

Using his more than 30 years of professional experience,
Dennis Cantrell
Beck will have direct oversight of the management of projects and department operations; which includes developing field training, design standards and process improvement programs to strengthen the team’s project management capabilities. Beck joined GBA in 1986 and has completed project management services for large scale sewer improvement programs in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. He sits on the Water Environment Federation’s Collection Systems Committee.

In addition to directing marketing, client development and investment growth opportunities in the group’s four locations, Cantrell will also identify new hires and manage individual staff development. Cantrell joined GBA in 2011 and has 39 years of consulting engineering experience. He has worked on large infrastructure projects throughout the U.S. and several countries around the world.

GBA’s Water Environment Group has offices in Lenexa, Kansas, Omaha, Nebraska and O’Fallon and Chesterfield, Missouri. The staff of nearly 40 consists of 16 licensed engineers, technicians, scientists and GIS specialists.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sue Marino Joins GBA


Sue Marino has joined GBA as a senior engineer in the Omaha, NE office with the Water Environment Group. In this position Sue’s role includes engineering studies, design, and management of projects involving sanitary & stormwater collection systems, sewer separation, sewer/manhole renovation and rehabilitation, field investigation, Inflow/Infiltration analysis, sewer backup solutions, stormwater management, and marketing.


Marino previously worked with the City of Omaha as the Sewer Separation Program Manager before joining GBA. She is a member of Engineers Club, American Public Works Association (APWA) and National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Handley Achieves Two Important Credentials


Katie Handley successfully passed her professional engineering exam and can now add the letters “PE” after her name. She is a member of the Water Environment Group and has worked with stream stability and Best Management Practices as related to stream surveys, data collection, site monitoring and design. Other experience includes preparing designs based on ecological engineering principles to alleviate flooding issues.

Along with the PE, Katie has also achieved the designation as Envision™ Sustainability Professional Credential (ENV SP).  Attaining the PE was the natural progression in furthering her engineering career, but she is the first individual at GBA to have accomplished the ENV SP designation.  The ENV SP credential is offered by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and trains the practitioner to use the Envision™ rating system as a way to apply principles of sustainability to infrastructure projects.

When asked why receiving this designation was so important Handley stated, “I was introduced to EnvisionTM through work while we pursued projects with the cities of Omaha and Kansas City, Missouri.  I was extremely excited to see a system that strives to pair sustainability with a broad range of infrastructure projects (airports, dams, roads, bridges, and more).  I think it is highly important that as we work to improve our aging infrastructure system, we make every effort to conserve our natural resources.  Envision™ encourages this way of thinking in order to foster a dramatic change to improve not only the technical performance of a project but also evaluate and improve the social, environmental, and economic aspects.  I’ve always been interested in sustainability from rain gardens to phytoremediation; and I feel like Envision™ takes a new approach to working sustainable practices into projects that would be considered traditional.  I believe that we need to work to develop remarkable solutions in order to enhance our infrastructure and environment for the generations to come.”
Congratulations, Katie!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rob Kline Recognized as Young Leader at NPWW


Rob Kline (left) receiving his award.

Rob Kline was recognized by the American Public Works Association (APWA) at the annual National Public Works Week (NPWW) Luncheon on May 20 as the 2015 KC Metro Chapter Young Leader. The award recognizes Kline’s exceptional service to the organization and the profession. 
 
He has been involved with APWA since 2009 and has been a part of several committees including the Arrangements Committee where he assisted with event registration and setup. Then he moved to a position as Chapter Meeting Chair which he has held since 2012. He is also a graduate of the 2014 Emerging Leaders Academy (Class VII).  As a young member of the organization, Rob is dedicated to creating a beneficial environment within the chapter for engineers in the early stages of their careers. He is the Chair of the chapter’s Emerging Leaders Committee and is in the process of bringing the chapter a Young Professionals Group.  

Kline, who joined GBA in 2006, is an engineer with the Highways and Streets Group where he provides planning and design for state and local agencies.               

Congratulations, Rob!