Friday, August 21, 2015
Monday, July 6, 2015
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.”
Monday, June 29, 2015
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.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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,
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 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.
Monday, June 1, 2015
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!