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RABA KISTNER INFRASTRUCTURE, INC. INDEPENDENT QUALITY ASSURANCE ON I-15 UTAH COUNTY CORRIDOR EXPANSION (CORE) PROJECT (4/18/2014)
North San Antonio Chamber

City of Terrell Ground Breaking AttendeesCOOPERATION BETWEEN CITY OF TERRELL AND TxDOT DALLAS DISTRICT BRINGS ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS TO FM148 S AND IH 120 TO SUPPORT PROJECTED AREA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (4/2/2014) Terrell Two projects are being officially kicked off this morning, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, that will benefit Terrell and Kaufman County by supporting projected growth in population and traffic levels in the area. As a result of a “pass through” funding agreement between the City of Terrell and TxDOT/Dallas, and with the financial assistance of Kaufman County, Terrell Economic Development Corporation, and Developers, two of a total group of five transportation projects are officially breaking ground today.  

Improvements include:
•             Two new travel lanes being added to FM 178 – from Spur 557 to IH-20 – giving the road two 12-ft. inside travel lanes and two 14-ft. outside lanes, as well as an 8 ft. wide paved shoulder. According to project documents, this new capacity would result in minimal delays, even up to the year 2030, based on growth projections from the TxDOT Transportation Planning and Programming Division (TPP). The traffic count is projected to be 23,300 vehicles per day (VPD) at that time, up from 16,000 VPD when the last count was taken in 2010. A 14-ft. wide median will be created with dedicated turn lanes for added safety to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
•             A new westbound exit ramp and frontage road will be added on IH-20 that will allow for improved access for the developments along that corridor, including the future Buc-ee’s and Baylor Health Care Systems facility.
•             Planned accommodations for future development of a 5-ft wide, ADA-compliant sidewalks.

Speakers for the event include: the Mayor of the City of Terrell, Hal Richards; Kaufman County Judge, Bruce Wood; and TxDOT Dallas District Engineer, Bill Hale. Mike Sims, Assistant City Manager of the City of Terrell will host the presentation.

Raba Kistner Infrastructure has served as Program Manager for the Terrell Pass-Through Toll Program,  whose role has included ensuring that the Projects meet State and Federal rules and comply with the Pass Through Toll Agreement. According to Bruce Nipp, PE, with Raba Kistner Infrastructure, who is acting as Regional Construction Manager for the project, “The Construction Cost of the FM 148 project is $1,820,532, and the Construction Cost of the IH-20 is $2,619,188. Both projects are scheduled to be completed by October 1, 2014. Already businesses such as Buc-ee’s – as part of the Terrell Market Center – the Crossroads at Terrell, and Baylor Health Care Systems have plans for the area that is being served by the improved facility.”

Other projects funded by the Pass Through Agreement and in various phases of development include:
•             Developing new ramps at Spur 557 at CR 305, which should finish this spring;
•             New frontage road and ramps along Spur 557; and
•             Improvements on FM 148 including replacing the Bridge and approaches

TxDOT BEGINS FM 148 WIDENING PROJECT TO MAKE WAY FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT (3/24/2014)
By Matthew Richards, inforney.com

RABA KISTNER INFRASTRUCTURE NEW YORK PROJECT DISCUSSED (3/24/2014)
By Aileen Cho, Engineering News-Record, “Political Will Boosts Tappan Zee Project”

RABA KISTNER NAMED IN TOP SAN ANTONIO ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AND TESTING LIST (3/14/2014)
San Antonio Business Journal, “The List”

STEVE JONES, RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL, FEATURED IN EAGLE FORD SHALE ROADWAY DISCUSSION
San Antonio Business Journal, “Road Work Opens More Paths for Engineers”, by Mike W. Thomas

RABA KISTNER INFRASTRUCTURE HIRES ROSA E. TREVINO, PE AS PROJECT MANAGER II FOR AUSTIN OFFICE (3/12/2014) Austin Robert L. Wilson, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Infrastructure (RKI), has announced that Rosa E. Trevino, PE has been hired to serve as Project Manager II with responsibilities for managing the Owner Verification Services on one-third to one-half of the TxDOT Energy Sector Road Repair Project. This is a construction project that will rebuild 30 separate segments of roadway in the Eagle Ford Shale region in South Texas.

Ms. Trevino will be working under RK’s contract with TxDOT with the responsibility to verify the quality of the construction on the project, including construction inspection and material testing operations to ensure compliance with plans, drawings and specifications.

Before joining RKI, Ms. Trevino worked for TxDOT/Laredo District (1993 – 2013), finally serving as Director of Construction, where she was in charge of construction and materials, and contract compliance operations (Federal and State) of over $342 million in construction projects in the eight county Laredo District.

Ms. Trevino received her MA in Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word/San Antonio and her BS in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University-College Station.

RABA KISTNER HIRES ROSA E. TREVINO, PE AS PROJECT MANAGER II
South Texas Construction News, “Round-Up”
San Antonio Business Journal, “People on the Move”
Austin Business Journal, “People on the Move”
Houston Business Journal, “People on the Move”

Bruce D. Nipp, PE

Bruce D. Nipp, PE

RABA KISTNER FACILITIES HIRES BRUCE D. NIPP, PE, AS PROJECT DELIVERY MANAGER (3/12/2014) Dallas A. Scott Young, PE, Vice President of Raba Kistner Program Management, has announced that Bruce D. Nipp, PE has been hired as a Project Delivery Manager. He will be directly responsible for project delivery functions, including environmental processing, project design, corridor planning, sub-consultant management, schematic development, construction management and approval. In addition, he will also be responsible for promoting good client relations and assisting in the development of new business opportunities.

Mr. Nipp’s experience is in transportation planning and engineering where he has managed numerous transportation related projects involving all states of development, including preliminary planning, environmental assessment, public involvement, schematic design, plans, specification and estimate (PS&E) and construction management. He served for 15 years in various functions at TxDOT, working as Area Engineer, Assistant Operations Engineer and Amarillo District’s Transportation Planning and Development Director, before entering the private sector in 2000.

Mr. Nipp has been a professional engineer, licensed in Texas since 1990. He received his Bachelors of Science and Bachelors of Architecture from Texas Tech University, both in 1985.

RABA KISTNER HIRES BRUCE D. NIPP, PE AS PROJECT DELIVERY MANAGER
Dallas Business Journal, “People on the Move”

 

Melissa Karlin, Environmental Planner

Melissa Karlin, Environmental Planner

RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL HIRES MELISSA L. KARLIN AS ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNER (3/3/2014) Austin Steven E. Jones, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Environmental (RKEI), has announced that Melissa L. Karlin, Ph.D. has been hired as an Environmental Planner, with responsibilities to include preparing environmental documents such as Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments, and others. Additionally, Melissa will be supporting RKEI’s environmental projects with GIS data management.

In this position, Karlin will be applying her knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Texas Antiquities Code.

Karlin’s most recent experience includes working as an Aviation Environmental Compliance Specialist in Fort Lauderdale Florida, as a Research Biologist for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection; and as an Environmental Scientist in Hobe Sound, Florida.

Karlin’s received her Ph.D. in Infrastructure and Environmental Systems from the University of North Carolina in 2011. She received her M.S. in Biological Sciences in 2005, and her B.A. in Biological Sciences from Florida Atlantic University in 2002.

 

RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL HIRES MELISSA L. KARLIN AS ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNER
Dallas Business Journal, “People on the Move”
Houston Business Journal,
“People on the Move”
San Antonio Business Journal, “People on the Move”

 

Bryan Raschke, PE, Senior Project Manager

Bryan Raschke, PE, Senior Project Manager

RABA KISTNER INFRASTRUCTURE HIRES JOHN BRYAN RASCHKE,PE AS SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER (2/26/2014) Austin Robert Wilson, PE, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Infrastructure announced today that the firm has hired Bryan Raschke, PE to serve as a Senior Project Manager.

Bryan will be responsible for all area and project operations, including construction inspection and material testing operations to ensure compliance with project plans, approved shop/working drawings and specifications. His responsibilities will also include lead quality management, quality acceptance management and other similar assignments.

Bryan Raschke possesses extensive management and engineering experience on major highway projects throughout Texas. Mr. Raschke has over 30 years of experience in transportation design, construction and Quality Assurance Management. He has designed, constructed, and managed a number of major projects for TxDOT. Mr. Raschke has played an active role in quality assurance and quality control of these projects, to insure TxDOT design requirements and construction specifications requirements were met.

Mr. Raschke has held the positions of Director of Transportation Planning and Design and Director of Operations for TxDOT in the Odessa District and as The Brownwood Area Engineer for TxDOT in the Brownwood District. He received a B.S., Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1987 and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.

 

 

 

RABA KISTNER INFRASTRUCTURE HIRES JOHN BRYAN RASCHKE,PE
Austin Business Journal,
“People on the Move”

 

Sally Victor, Historian

Sally Victor, Historian

RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL ANNOUNCES HIRE OF SALLY VICTOR, HISTORIAN (2/25/2014) San Antonio Steven E. Jones, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Environmental, has announced the hire of Sally Victor, Historian. Ms. Victor is an historic preservation specialist with more than 31 years of experience in conducting historical and archival research, including documentation supporting Sections 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Her experience also encompasses Planning and Permitting projects, including dozens of Transportation projects.

Her role as Project Professional for Raba Kistner includes preparation of reports from project data and field observation notes, conducting field activities, analysis of field data, and performing field surveys of historic resources. Ms. Victor also contributes to various NEPA documents, coordinates environmental resource studies, and works to resolve issues for a variety of projects, including transportation projects.

Ms. Victor has worked closely with State Historic Preservation Officers in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico. She has contributed substantially to multiple highway transportation, utility corridor, surface mining, airport renovation, rail traffic reports, high speed rail, and disaster recovery projects under Section 106 of the NHPA. With her extensive experience, she has become adept at developing ways to avoid and/or minimize impact to identified National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) or State Archeological Landmark (SAL) eligible sites.

Ms. Victor received her B.A. in American Studies – History and Anthropology – and her M.S. in Community & Regional Planning, both from The University of Texas at Austin.


RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL ANNOUNCES HIRE OF SALLY VICTOR, HISTORIAN
North San Antonio Chamber
Dallas Business Journal,
People on the Move”
South Texas Construction News, “Round-Up”
Austin Business Journal, “People on the Move”
San Antonio Business Journal, “People on the Move”

 

Joe Irizarry, Vice President

Joe Irizarry, Vice President

RABA KISTNER, INC APPOINTS NEW VICE PRESIDENT – JOE A. IRIZARRY, CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT (2/24/2014) San Antonio Raba Kistner’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the promotion of Joe Irizarry to the position of Vice President, Corporate Development, effective January 1, 2014. Joe has been with Raba Kistner in Corporate Development for more than nine years, serving as an Associate for the last five years.

Joe is responsible for managing the Corporate Development Department: leading the firm’s business development efforts; establishing and managing client relationships; developing and facilitating training and coaching; coordinating annual planning and facilitating departmental growth planning.

Previous to working with Raba Kistner, Joe spent most of career in sales, sales management and internal consulting with Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) and its successor, Allied Waste. As a divisional sales manager, he oversaw the management, hiring and training of five sales managers and over 30 sales representatives selling multiple services in Central and South Texas with over $125M in annual revenue.

Joe is very involved in professional organizations, including serving on the Board of the Associated General Contractors (AGC); as Past President of the Council of Education Facilities Planners International (CEFPI)/ South Texas Chapter; Second Vice President of CEFPI/ Southern Region; and the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)/Program Committee.

 


RABA KISTNER APPOINTS NEW VICE PRESIDENT – JOE IRIZARRY

San Antonio Business Journal, “People on the Move”
Austin Business Journal, “People on the Move”
North San Antonio Chamber

 

STCN 2-14 cropRABA KISTNER FEATURED AS CONSULTING CORPORATE CITIZEN (2/2014)
South Texas Construction News

 

 

PC SPORTS’S PAULA PORTZ’S CONTINUED ROLE IN PINNACLE BANK ARENA PROJECT DISCUSSED IN PROJECT ARTICLE
“Construction Jobs Move On After Arena”, Lincoln Journal Star, by Nancy Hicks

 

Eric Neuner, PE, Manager, San Antonio Geotechnical Engineering Services

Eric Neuner, PE, Manager, San Antonio Geotechnical Engineering Services

RABA KISTNER CONSULTANTS NAMES NEW MANAGER FOR GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING SERVICES IN SAN ANTONIO: ERIC NEUNER, PE (1/21/2014) San Antonio Chris L. Schultz, PE, PMP, President and COO of Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc. (RKCI), is pleased to announce that Eric J. Neuner, PE has been selected as Manager, San Antonio Engineering. With more than 14 years of experience, Mr. Neuner is responsible for scope development, financial management, and effectively allocating corporate resources for geotechnical services.

Mr. Neuner has had the opportunity to provide geotechnical engineering services both in the Midwest and in the San Antonio, Texas area. His expertise is in the geotechnical aspects of foundations, retaining walls, slope stability, seismic evaluations, liquefaction potential, and groundwater evaluations. In his career, he has performed foundation studies, including site feasibility and forensic studies, and geotechnical construction services for the public and private sector. He has provided numerous geotechnical studies for medical facilities, educational institutions, roadways, bridges, water/wastewater utilities and treatment facilities, waste disposal facilities, recreational facilities, industrial and manufacturing facilities.

Chris Schultz said, “Eric is filling a role as our geotechnical leader in RKCI’s home town, a critical and very visible position in our company. We are fortunate to find somebody with his broad range of geotechnical expertise and solution oriented attitude to lead the San Antonio team.” Eric will work closely with Mr. Schultz and with Garland Burch, PE, who will remain a Senior Geotechnical Consultant with the firm.

Mr. Neuner has a M.S. in Geological Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla in 2001, and a B.S in Geological Engineering received in 1999 from the same university. Professional memberships include Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has served as an officer in both the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists. Mr. Neuner has authored and co-authored numerous papers; several of which he presented at technical conferences.


ERIC NEUNER NAMED AS MANAGER OF SAN ANTONIO GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING SERVICES
San Antonio Business Journal,
“People on the Move”

 

AGC Joe cropJOE IRIZARRY PICTURED AT AGC ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE (1/13/2014)
AGC San Antonio Chapter Newsletter, “People and Places”

 

 

 

Preston Parker, PE, PMP, Vice President

Preston Parker, PE, PMP, Vice President

RABA KISTNER, INC. APPOINTS VICE PRESIDENT – PRESTON PARKER, PE, PMP, CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS ENGINEERING/TESTING FOR SAN ANTONIO AREA (1/13/2014) San Antonio Raba Kistner’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the promotion of Preston Parker, PE, PMP to the position of Vice President effective January 1, 2014. Preston Parker has been with Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raba Kistner, Inc., since 2008. He has 17 years of experience and is responsible for overseeing Construction Materials Engineering and Testing (CoMET) projects in the San Antonio area. He has earned this promotion in recognition of his important contributions to the firm over the last five years, but also for his role already supporting the firm’s growth into the future.

“Preston has been a great leader for CoMET since he joined us six years ago,” said Paul Lampe, Executive Vice President of Raba Kistner Consultants. “He is recognized for his technical skills and shares his knowledge with others within the company. He has a nice leadership style, his employees respect him, and he has a great level of urgency needed for this job. Clients like and respect him because they know he takes care of their needs. I know that I can rely on him to continue to manage and grow Raba Kistner Consultants in San Antonio.”

Mr. Parker manages and performs engineering investigations and studies dealing with construction related issues including analyzing and providing solutions to engineering problems and preparing forensic, engineering and testing/inspection reports. While responsible for total project management, he assists his team members by analyzing field data and laboratory test results, performing engineering calculations, and providing opinions and recommendations for the completion of engineering reports. Mr. Parker is also responsible for the training and mentoring of staff engineers and construction materials technicians.

PRESTON PARKER, PE, PMP APPOINTED RABA KISTNER VICE PRESIDENT
Engineering News Record
San Antonio Business Journal,
“People on the Move”
North San Antonio Chamber

STCN RGV Christmas cropRABA KISTNER’S RIO GRANDE VALLEY OFFICES HOLIDAY PARTY FEATURED
South Texas Construction News, “Party in the Valley”.