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Steve Funderburg, PE, Vice President

Steve Funderburg, PE, Vice President

STEVEN W. FUNDERBURG, PE, PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT OF RABA KISTNER INFRASTRUCTURE, INC. (4/16/2015) Austin Russel Lenz, PE and COO of Raba Kistner Infrastructure, Inc. (RKI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raba Kistner, Inc., has announced the promotion of Steven W. Funderburg, PE, to Vice President. Mr. Funderburg has proven himself to be a valuable resource in Environmental Compliance for the company, serving as the Environmental Compliance Manager (ECM) for projects such as the Dallas Horseshoe project and the Loop 1604 Western Extension project.

Mr. Funderburg has more than 30 years of environmental engineering and compliance experience, and has been a constant with Raba Kistner for more than 20 of those. Mr. Funderburg has managed complicated projects ranging from permitting for municipalities to the investigation of Superfund sites. His experience included serving as a full-time compliance manager for the design and construction of State Highway 130, where he was responsible for managing the pre-construction due diligence and clearance for more than 400 parcels of land purchased for the project.

“Mr. Funderburg effectively and efficiently manages the environmental components of multiple projects,” says Lenz. “He does an exceptional job guiding and mentoring staff in the application of environmental rules and regulations, insuring projects incorporate environmental commitments and meet regulatory agency requirements.”

Mr. Funderburg holds a Master’s in Engineering, a Master’s of Art in Botany, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology, all from the University of Texas at Austin.

FUNDERBURG PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT OF RKI
Austin Business Journal, “People on the Move”

San Antonio Business Journal, “People on the Move”

 

Newel K. White, PE, Associate

Newel K. White, PE, Associate

NEWEL K. WHITE, PE, PROMOTED TO ASSOCIATE OF RABA KISTNER INFRASTRUCTURE (4/16/2015) SALT LAKE CITY Russel Lenz, PE and COO of Raba Kistner Infrastructure, Inc. (RKI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raba Kistner, Inc., has announced the promotion of Newel White, PE to Associate of RKI. Mr. White is successfully managing projects in the company’s Salt Lake City office, including serving as the Independent Quality Manager (IQM) for the $100 million S. Davis Design/Build Project for the Utah Department of Transportation.

Mr. White is a vital part of Raba Kistner’s Utah operations and client management activities. He has served in a variety of roles on projects such as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint’s Payson Temple and the $1.1 billion I-15 CORE project for the Utah Department of Transportation. In addition to his project duties, Mr. White actively participates as a member of project pursuit teams for alternative delivery transportation projects throughout the Country.

Mr. White holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Stanford University, as well as both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida. In addition to his role with Raba Kistner, Mr. White is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Brigham Young University in the Civil Engineering Department.

 

Paul G. Hawryluk, PE, Vice President

Paul G. Hawryluk, PE, Vice President

PROJECT CONTROL PROMOTES PAUL G. HAWRYLUK, PE TO VICE PRESIDENT (4/7/2015) San Antonio Project Control of Texas, Inc. (PCT), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raba Kistner, Inc. (Raba Kistner), has promoted Paul G. Hawryluk, PE to Vice President of the project management consulting firm. Paul has proven himself as a highly effective project manager for PCT, and previously for Raba Kistner, and will continue to serve as the Senior Program Manager for the $485 million Kyle Field Redevelopment for Texas A&M University.

While at Raba Kistner, he served in various roles for their Facilities and Program Management divisions. During this time, he was responsible for all the construction management services, including Building Envelope services and architectural peer review services.

“I am extremely impressed with Paul,” says Dick McNary, President of PCT. “His attitude of excellence – forward thinking as a manager and in the field – and his actions are in alignment for the future of our enterprise.”

Prior to joining PCT and Raba Kistner, Paul worked as Director of Facility Program Management for Lockwood, Andrews, & Newnam (LAN), and was an Associate with Walton & Associates Consulting Engineers. Paul holds two Bachelors of Science degrees from Texas A&M University – College Station, and is a member of the Council of Education Facility Planners (CEFPI), the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Project Management Institute.


PROJECT CONTROL PROMOTES PAUL G. HAWRYLUK, PE TO VICE PRESIDENT
Houston Business Journal, “People on the Move”
San Antonio Business Journal, “People on the Move”
North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

 

Jeff Haberstroh, Vice President

JEFF HABERSTROH PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT OF PROJECT CONTROL OF TEXAS, INC. (4/6/2015) San Antonio Project Control of Texas, Inc. (PCT), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raba Kistner, Inc., is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Haberstroh to Vice President of PCT. Mr. Haberstroh has more than 30 years of experience in the San Antonio area, including currently serving as the Program Manager for the expansion of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Mr. Haberstroh has been with PCT for seven years, and has extensive experience managing construction projects and bond programs for municipalities and school districts. Most recently, under Mr. Haberstroh’s leadership, PCT was chosen by the City of San Antonio to manage the proposed renovations of the Alamodome in preparation for the 2018 NCAA Final Four. “Mr. Haberstroh has repeatedly proven himself to be an excellent Project Manager and is making terrific strides within the municipality market place in the San Antonio Area,” says Dick McNary, President of PCT.

Mr. Haberstroh serves on the City Council for the City of Boerne and represents the City of Boerne on the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Mr. Haberstroh is a member of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), and holds an Associates of Applied Arts and Sciences in Building Construction Technologies, Construction Engineering, and Construction Management from Texas State Technical College.

 

JEFF HABERSTROH PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT OF PROJECT CONTROL
North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

 

Donald Peterson, PE

Donald Peterson, PE

DONALD A. PETERSON, PE, HIRED AS PROJECT MANAGER II BY RABA KISTNER INFRASTRUCTURE (4/2/2015) Austin Russel Lenz, PE and COO of Raba Kistner Infrastructure, Inc. (RKI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raba Kistner, Inc., has announced the hire of Donald A. Peterson, PE as Senior Project Manager II. With more than 28 years and $741 million in experience in highway design and construction, Mr. Peterson will be responsible for all areas of project operations for assigned projects for RKI, including construction inspection and material testing operations, to ensure compliance with project plans, approved shop/working drawings, and specifications. He will have a special focus on South Texas energy sector roadway reconstruction projects for the Texas department of Transportation (TxDOT).

Prior to joining RKI, Mr. Peterson had an almost 30 year career with TxDOT, 20 of which was spent as the San Angelo Area Engineer. During this time, Mr. Peterson was responsible for the design of the freeway facility on the Loop 306 project, design of US 87 in Sterling and Glasscock Counties, as well as millions of dollars on various other projects in the area. Prior to taking a position in the San Angelo Area, Mr. Peterson also worked for TxDOT in the Central and South Texas areas.

Mr. Peterson has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Mr. Peterson’s projects have been awarded the Design Award by the Association of General Contractors and TxDOT, and the Texas Quality Asphalt Pavement Award by the Texas Asphalt Pavement Association and TxDOT.

DONALD PETERSON HIRED BY RABA KISTNER INFRASTRUCTURE
Austin Business Journal, “People on the Move”

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

 

Dick McNary, COO, Raba Kistner Program Management

Dick McNary, COO, Raba Kistner Program Management

DICK MCNARY TAKES HELM OF RABA KISTNER PROGRAM MANAGEMENT (4/1/2015) San Antonio The Board of Directors of Raba Kistner, Inc. has announced that Dick McNary, President of Project Control of Texas (PCT), has been named as Chief Operating Officer of Raba Kistner Program Management (RKPM). In his new role, he is directing the efforts of RKPM and its subsidiaries, Project Control and PC Sports, focusing on program management services and the application of the full range of quality assurance services that the companies offer. Dick retains his position as President of PCT.

“I look forward to building on the success of RKPM by leveraging the success of the existing clients of Project Control and PC Sports and by building our client base throughout the RKPM companies,” said Dick. “Having worked closely with RKPM leadership and staff for the past two years, it’s apparent that there are opportunities for growth, both geographically and through additional services.”

Dick joined PCT in 1985 – this year marks his 30th year with the firm – became COO in 2007 and President in 2012. He has served in the roles of both Project and Program Manager on an extensive history of projects that includes schools, hospitals, corporate headquarters, banks, hotels, entertainment venues, museums, and much more.

“My plans include growing RKPM geographically and increasing our market share in established areas such as Houston, Austin, and Dallas,” said Dick. “We plan to develop offices in new market sectors such as Bryan College Station.”

Dick is replacing Robert Costigan, PhD, PE, PMP, CFM, LEED GA, who has been with Raba Kistner since 2006. Dr. Costigan served as President and COO of Raba Kistner Consultants until 2013, when he accepted the role of COO of Raba Kistner Program Management. Dr. Costigan will continue with the firm, serving as Senior Consultant to help develop and implement sustainable Quality Management and project manager training programs.

Bob Crittenden, CEO and Principal of Project Control, continues in his role in Business Development for all divisions of RKPM. “I am very happy that Dick is taking on these new leadership responsibilities,” said Crittenden. “He is a strong and creative leader and RKPM will benefit from his extensive experience. He is well respected in the program management community and brings great value to both our private and public clients.”

 

DICK MCNARY NAMED COO OF RABA KISTNER PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce


Paige Ginn

Paige Ginn, Senior Environmental Professional

RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL ANNOUNCES HIRE OF PAIGE GINN, SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONAL (3/25/2015) Houston Steve Jones, CHCM, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Environmental, has announced that Raba Kistner has hired Paige Ginn to serve as a senior environmental professional, supporting Raba Kistner’s environmental projects across the State, with an emphasis on projects throughout the Greater Houston area. Ms. Ginn has more than 15 years of experience in environmental consulting, with a wide range of experience in the Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Rio Grande Valley areas.

Prior to joining Raba Kistner, Ms. Ginn was an environmental project manager in the Houston, Conroe, and Dallas areas, where she was responsible for managing and overseeing technical assignments, in addition to business development activities. Ms. Ginn has experience in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) projects that included Conditional Exemptions (CE); Environmental Assessments (EA); Environmental Impact Statements (EIS); 404 Permitting; Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications; Housing and Urban Development (HUD) EAs; and Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs); and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permitting.

Ms. Ginn has a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Bachelors of Science in Natural Resources, Recreation and Parks, and Tourism from Texas A&M University – College Station. She is also a member of the Underground Construction Technology Association, where she served as the North Texas Board Treasurer from 2010-2014.


PAIGE GINN HIRED BY RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL
Dallas Business Journal, “People on the Move”
Houston Business Journal, “People on the Move”
Houston Chronicle, “People in Business”
San Antonio Business Journal, “People on the Move”
North Houston Association, “Member News”

 

RABA KISTNER CONSULTANTS SAN ANTONIO MATERIALS TESTING SUPERVISOR FEATURED FOR VOLUNTEER EFFORTS (3/15/2015)
“basiC humanity” San Antonio Construction News

 

RABA KISTNER DIRECTOR OF MARKETING MEETS COACHING GREAT (3/15/2015)
San Antonio Construction News

 

Sam Blanco, Jr., AICP, Associate

Sam Blanco, Jr., AICP, Associate

RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL ANNOUNCES PROMOTION OF SAM BLANCO, AICP TO ASSOCIATE (3/23/2015) San Antonio Steve Jones, CHCM, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Environmental, Inc. (RKEI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raba Kistner, Inc., has announced that Sam Blanco, AICP, has been promoted to Associate of the company. Mr. Blanco has been a valuable asset to Raba Kistner since 2002 and, over these 12 years has been an exemplary employee and excelled in a number of roles.

Mr. Blanco joined RKEI as an environmental planner, and consistently exhibited a dedication to his clients, the company, and a desire to serve as a leader, providing ecologically-friendly solutions for his projects. “On multiple occasions, Mr. Blanco has worked beyond the call of duty to successfully complete major projects, meet challenging deadlines or resolve client issues,” said Jones. “His professional conduct in all work-related matters has always been note-worthy, consistent and dependable. Sam is respected by all of his peers and works successfully with them to garner cooperation, unity and success with project goals.”

Mr. Blanco is responsible for managing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and natural resource planning and permitting projects, including Environmental Assessments (EA); Categorical Exclusions (CE); Waters of the U.S. determinations/delineations; threatened and endangered species habitat evaluations, and other studies for local, state, and federally-funded projects. Mr. Blanco has experience working with the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas Water Development Board, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, among many others.

Mr. Blanco has a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Texas A&M University – Kingsville. 

 

SAM BLANCO PROMOTED TO ASSOCIATE OF RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL
Austin Business Journal, “People on the Move”

Dallas Business Journal, “People on the Move”
Houston Business Journal, “People on the Move”
North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
San Antonio Business Journal, “People on the Move”

 

CITY OF SAN ANTONIO SAFE SOIL RELOCATION FACTS (3/4/2015)

THIRD TEST CONFIRMS SOIL NEAR FOOD BANK IS SAFE (4/8/2015)
By Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express News

CONVENTION DIRT DECLARED CLEAN AND SAFE, AGAIN (3/4/2015)
By Robert Rivard and Iris Dimmick, Rivard Report

CITY REASSURES COMMUNITY CONVENTION CENTER SOIL IS SAFE (3/4/2015)
By Stephanie Serna, KSAT 12 News

DOWNTOWN PARK PLANNED AT SITE WHERE HEAVY METALS FOUND IN SOIL (3/3/2015)
By John Tedesco and Benjamin Olivo, San Antonio Express News

SA FOOD BANK GARDEN DIRT GIVEN CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH (2/28/2015)
By Bob Rivard, The Rivard Report

CONFUSION STILL REIGNS ON EXCAVATED SOIL (2/28/2015)
By John Tedesco, San Antonio Express News

CITY OF SAN ANTONIO TRANSPORTATION & CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT TO CITY MANAGER ON CONVENTION CENTER SOIL EXCAVATION (2/17/2015)

RABA KISTNER ADDRESSES CONVENTION CENTER ACTIONS (2/17/2015)

KSAT 12 COVERAGE OF CONVENTION CENTER SOILS EXCAVATION (2/18/2015)




 

RABA KISTNER JOINS THE HOUSTON REGION TRANSPORTATION ADVOCACY GROUP (2/3/2015)
Transportation Advocacy Group Houston Region Newsletter, “Hello New Members”

PROJECT CONTROL OF TEXAS TO PROVIDE PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES ON THE ALAMODOME RENOVATION (1/23/2015)
“Aging Alamodome the new center of attention” by W. Scott Bailey, San Antonio Business Journal

Bryan A. Wood, PE, Senior Project Manager II

Bryan A. Wood, PE, Senior Project Manager II

RABA KISTNER INFRASTRUCTURE ANNOUNCES HIRE OF BRYAN A. WOOD, PE AS SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER II (1/22/2015) Austin Russel Lenz, PE and COO of Raba Kistner Infrastructure, Inc. (RKI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raba Kistner, Inc., has announced the hire of Bryan A. Wood, PE as Senior Project Manager II. With vast experience in executive leadership and oversight of all facets of project management, including planning, design, construction, and maintenance, Mr. Wood will be responsible for all areas of project operations for RKI, including construction inspection and material testing operations, to ensure compliance with project plans, approved shop/working drawings, and specifications.

Prior to joining RKI, Mr. Wood had a long career with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). In his more than 30 years with the organization, Mr. Wood served as a District Engineer for the Bryan District, Interim District Engineer for the Corpus Christi District, Associate Area Engineer II in the Brownwood District, and began his career in Austin as an engineer in the Bridge Division. Mr. Wood also served as a Division Head of the Constructed Facilities Division of the Texas Transportation Institute in conjunction with Texas A&M University in College Station, where his duties included coordination of all University research in the areas of construction engineering and management, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, and major highway structures.

“RKI is very excited to have Mr. Wood as a member of our team,” said Lenz.  “Mr. Wood had a distinguished career with TxDOT, holding numerous technical, managerial and executive level positions.  His experience and expertise in the development and delivery of transportation projects make him an excellent addition to our team.”

Mr. Wood graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor’s of Science in Architectural Engineering, and a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

 

Brian Platfoot, Health and Safety Manager

Brian Platfoot, Health and Safety Manager

RABA KISTNER, INC. ANNOUNCES CORPORATE HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGER, BRIAN PLATFOOT (1/19/2015) San Antonio William L. Raba, President and Vice Chairman of the Board of Raba Kistner, Inc., announced today that Brian Platfoot has taken the position of Corporate Health and Safety Manager for the firm and its subsidiaries, including 14 locations across the state of Texas, Utah, Mexico and New York. Mr. Platfoot will manage the Enterprise-Wide Health and Safety program, which includes planning, developing, and coordinating compliance with federal, state, and local safety and environmental regulations, laws, codes, and rules in order to preserve health and environmental integrity for corporate, regional, and project site offices.

Mr. Platfoot comes to Raba Kistner, Inc. with more than 14 years of experience in health and safety practices. He has been a regional health and safety manager in the construction and oil and gas industries for multiple companies in Alaska. Mr. Platfoot is a Certified Environmental Health and Safety Management Specialist, Certified Emergency Management Specialist, Certified Safety Auditor, Certified Ergonomics Safety Technician, and a Certified Workplace Violence Prevention Specialist. He is also an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 501, 500, H2S Instructor, and has been through the ConocoPhillips Safety Leadership Training for supervisors.

Mr. Platfoot has a Master’s of Science in Occupational Safety and Health, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Safety, both from Columbia Southern University.

BRIAN PLATFOOT HIRED AS CORPORATE HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGER
Austin Business Journal, “People on the Move”
Dallas Business Journal, “People on the Move”
New York Business Journal, “People on the Move”
AGC The Quick Read, “Here and There”

North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
San Antonio Construction News

 

S-TX-Contractor---1-15---SMPS-Holiday-LuncheonRABA KISTNER SUPPORTS LOCAL ORGANIZATION’S TOY DRIVE (1/15/2015)
South Texas Construction News

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROJECT CONTROL’S ANDREW HUNT QUOTED IN IHS ENGINEERING 360 ARTICLE (1/13/2015)
“Can a Rating System Ensure Infrastructure Sustainability?”, by Winn Hardin

 

Shennandoah Goodson, Marketing Coordinator, Project Control of Texas, Inc.

Shennandoah Goodson, Marketing Coordinator, Project Control

PROJECT CONTROL ANNOUNCES HIRE OF SHENNANDOAH GOODSON (1/8/2015) San Antonio Project Control of Texas, Inc. (Project Control), a subsidiary of Raba Kistner, Inc, has announced the hire of Shennandoah Goodson as Marketing Coordinator. Ms. Goodson will be responsible for the overall marketing efforts of Project Control and PC Sports, Inc., including managing Requests for Qualifications and Proposals, creation of marketing materials, including brochures, pamphlets, and presentations, and managing marketing and advertising initiatives for the company.

Before joining Project Control, Shennandoah was a public relations and marketing consultant for a variety of authors, small businesses, and Inc 500 companies across the country. She has served as contributor for such outlets as SXSW Interactive, YFS Magazine, Commercial Real Estate Women, and Women in Communications. Ms. Goodson has a Bachelor’s of Art in Economics from St. Edward’s University in Austin.




Jacob R. Fuentes, EIT

Jacob R. Fuentes, EIT

RABA KISTNER CONSULTANTS ANNOUNCES THE HIRE OF JACOB R. FUENTES, EIT (1/7/2014) San Antonio Preston S. Parker, PE, Vice President of Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc., (Raba Kistner) announced that the firm has hired Mr. Jacob R. Fuentes, EIT to serve as a construction materials engineering and testing Engineer-in-Training. Mr. Fuentes is serving as a project manager on various projects for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) across Central Texas, as well as for the new $110 million Kallison Ranch High School for Northside Independent School District.

Mr. Fuentes’s primary responsibilities include reviewing project documents, technical review of observation and testing reports, client communication, reviewing field and laboratory engineering reports, performing construction materials testing engineering investigations and studies dealing with construction related issues. Mr. Fuentes will also coordinate and participate in field investigations, classification and characterization of construction materials’ physical properties, and assignment of laboratory and field tests.

Prior to joining Raba Kistner, Mr. Fuentes served as a Construction Inspector and Engineering Assistant for the San Antonio District of TxDOT. He also gained more than five years of experience in the field of materials testing as a laboratory technician for various firms in the San Antonio area.

Mr. Fuentes is certified by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, and the Texas Asphalt Paving Association. He is a member of the San Antonio Chapters of the American Concrete Institute and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. Fuentes received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2014.


JACOB R. FUENTES, EIT, HIRED AS MATERIALS TESTING ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING
San Antonio Business Journal, “People on the Move”
North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce


SACN Reindeer Games

RABA KISTNER’S SAN ANTONIO HOLIDAY PARTY FEATURED (1/2015)
“Raba’s reindeer games”, San Antonio Construction News








S-TX-Contractor-Jan-2015-RGV-XmasRABA KISTNER MCALLEN AND BROWNSVILLE HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES HIGHLIGHTED (1/2015)
“‘Tis the season”, South Texas Contractor