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Mark Luzmoor, MA, Archaeologist

Mark Luzmoor, MA, Archaeologist

RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL ANNOUNCES HIRE OF MARK LUZMOOR, ARCHAEOLOGIST (12/3/2014) San Antonio Steve Jones, CHCM, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Environmental, has announced that Raba Kistner has hired Mark Luzmoor, MA to serve as an archaeologist. Mr. Luzmoor has more than 5 years of experience in archaeology, with a wide range of experience, including numerous archaeological investigations in the Central Texas area.

Mr. Luzmoor was at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) for 2 years before coming to Raba Kistner, first as a graduate student, then as a practicing archaeologist. During his tenure with CAR, he provided archaeology services in Brackenridge Park, San Pedro Park, Mission San Juan, Mission Espada, as well as various projects along the San Antonio River as a part of the Mission Reach project. Of particular note were the significant prehistoric findings during excavations of San Pedro and Brackenridge Parks. Mr. Luzmoor has also worked on the San Pedro Creek project and the HEB Arsenal, both in San Antonio.

Originally from Wyoming, Mr. Luzmoor, received an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Wyoming. During this time, in addition to participating in archaeological digs in Wyoming and Montana, he participated in a field school in Western Belize where he studied the anthropological impact of the ancient Mayan civilization. Mr. Luzmoor then went on to receive his Masters of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.


RABA KISTNER SELMA PROJECT AHEAD OF SCHEDULE (11/26/2014)
“Work Continues on Selma Park Project” by David DeKunder, mySA.com

Rick Klar, PG, Vice President

Rick Klar, PG, Vice President

RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL ANNOUNCES PROMOTION OF RICK KLAR, PG TO VICE PRESIDENT (11/20/2014) San Antonio Mr. Steven E. Jones, CHCM, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Environmental (RKE) is pleased to announce the promotion of Rick V. Klar, PG to Vice President of the firm. Rick has been with RKE since 1996 and currently serves as the Manager of Operations for RKE, in addition to the corporate discipline leader for geosciences services. He is directly responsible for leading, guiding, evaluating, and supporting the work of environmental project staff, in addition to weekly operational planning and resource allocation. Rick also interacts with other RK companies as necessary to provide environmental support for complex, multi-disciplinary projects.

Rick is a registered Professional Geoscientist in the state of Texas and is responsible for implementing/overseeing site exploration and characterization activities in support of due diligence (Phase I, II, and III ESA) assessments, contamination assessments and remedial action plan development, soil and groundwater remediation projects, water quality/resources investigations, aggregate reserves planning, groundwater protection, in addition to a wide range of other environmental project types. His project experience includes design and implementation of innovative site assessment approaches and strategies to address regulatory requirements and meet our Client’s long-term planning and project objectives. Representative project experience includes geological mapping, karst feature surveys, surface and subsurface sampling of environmental media, landfill-gas and ground-water monitoring/recovery well design and installation, hydrogeologic investigations, and ground geophysical surveys.

According to Jones, “Rick is an extremely valuable leader in our department and a trusted resource for our clients. He has been with us for 18 years and his historical knowledge on our projects is extensive. Over this time period, Rick has worked extensively with the majority of our repeat clients in addition to sub-consultants, subcontractors, and strategic teaming partners, and has established excellent working relationships that greatly benefit our company on many different levels. He is an excellent communicator and takes exceptional pride in the preparation of the written project deliverables and other client correspondence. These relationships and unfailing commitment to high-quality work over his tenure have been recognized through this most recent promotion.”

Mr. Klar is currently a member of the Alamo Air and Waste Management Association in addition to the National Ground Water Association. He received his M.S. in Applied Geology (Hydrogeology) from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1996 and his B.S. in Earth Sciences from Saint Mary’s University in 1992.

RICK KLAR, PG PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT
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Fitz Sanchez, PE, Project Manager II

Fitz Sanchez, PE, Project Manager II

RABA KISTNER INFRASTRUCTURE HIRES FITZGERALDO SANCHEZ, PE AS PROJECT MANAGER II FOR AUSTIN OFFICE (11/20/2014) Austin Russel Lenz, PE, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Infrastructure (RKI), has announced that Fitzgeraldo “Fitz” Sanchez, PE has been hired to serve as Project Manager II with responsibilities for managing the Owner Verification Services on up 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.

Mr. Sanchez is working under RKI’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, Mr. Sanchez worked for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as a permit engineer, serving as the project manager for Title V air quality operating permits for the water utilities department. He also served as the Webb County Engineer, where he completed a $5 million water and wastewater program of projects for the water utilities department, and a $2 million engineering contract for the Border Colonia Access Program for paving projects.

Mr. Sanchez earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&I University – Kingsville (now Texas A&M University – Kingsville), as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.


FITZ SANCHEZ HIRED BY RABA KISTNER INFRASTRUCTURE

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Russell DeBorde, Director of Business Development

Russell DeBorde, Director of Business Development

RABA KISTNER CONSULTANTS ANNOUNCES HIRE OF RUSSELL P. DEBORDE FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT (11/20/2014) Houston Martin Vila, PE, F. ASCE and Senior Vice President of Raba Kistner Consultants announced today that Russell P. DeBorde has accepted the position of Director of Business Development in the Houston area, targeting the private and educational sectors. His primary responsibilities include establishing and managing client relationships.

“We are happy to have Rusty on board with us. Houston is a dynamic market and a focus for growth for Raba Kistner Consultants,” said Vila. “He will play a highly visible, key role in fulfilling the direction of our office as we go forward.”

Mr. DeBorde has had a long career in the commercial and high end, custom home construction industry. Most recently, he was President of Texas Signature Builders, responsible for developing funding for projects and oversight of construction operations.

He is currently in his 4th year serving on the Pearland ISD Board of Trustees and currently in his third year as serving as President of the Board. He is also on the Bay Area Builders Association Board of Directors, is a member of the Greater Houston Builders Association and the Texas Association of Builders, as well as others. He belongs to Ducks Unlimited, St. Helens Catholic Church and is a BABA Support Our Troops volunteer.

Mr. DeBorde received a BBA from Stephen F. Austin State University.




RUSSELL DEBORDE HIRED AS DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
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RABA KISTNER SELECTED AS CONSULTANT FOR BELTON ISD (11/18/2014)
“Belton ISD trustees choose select pool of architects” by Lindsey Hernandez, Temple Daily Telegram

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Kevin Milner, ,PE, Associate Engineer

KEVIN F. MILNER JOINS RABA KISTNER INFRASTRUCTURE AS ASSOCIATE  ENGINEER (11/6/2014) Dallas Russel Lenz, PE, Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Infrastructure (RKI), has announced that Kevin F. Milner, PE has been hired to serve as Associate Engineer I. Mr. Milner was hired to assist in providing Independent Quality Assurance for Pegasus Link Constructors (PLC) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for the construction of the Dallas “Horseshoe” project, including construction inspection and material testing operations to ensure compliance with plans, drawings and specifications.

As a part of the Pegasus Link Constructor’s team on the Dallas “Horseshoe“ project, RKi is responsible for development of a Quality Management Plant (QMP) for the project, including Independent Design Quality Assurance, Independent Construction Quality Acceptance, and Environmental Compliance. The $800 million project is slated for completion in spring 2017, and will upgrade parts of Interstates 30 and 35E in downtown Dallas.

Mr. Milner has 15 years previous construction management and quality assurance experience on a wide variety of projects that include fast-track, industrial, heavy highway and municipal projects.   Mr. Milner was originally hired by RKI in April 2010 on the I-15 CORE project as an Assistant Area Manager and served in Area 1 and Area 2 though project closeout and during his service, earned his PE.

Mr. Milner has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Utah.

KEVIN MILNER JOINS RABA KISTNER INFRASTRUCTURE AS ASSOCIATE ENGINEER
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Amanda Barber

Amanda S. Barber, Enterprise Quality Officer

RABA KISTNER, INC. ANNOUNCES ENTERPRISE QUALITY OFFICER, AMANDA S. BARBER (11/4/2014) San Antonio Gary Raba, D ENG, PE, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Raba Kistner, Inc., announced today that Amanda S. Barber has taken the position of Enterprise Quality Officer for the firm and its subsidiaries, including 14 offices across the state of Texas, Utah, Mexico and New York. Ms. Barber is responsible for the implementation and management of the firm’s Quality Management System (QMS) consistent with the baseline requirements defined within ISO 9001. The goal of the system is to achieve consistent and predictable outcomes across all services and all companies.

Amanda comes to the firm with over 15 years of managing Quality Management Programs for the manufacturing and nuclear power industries. She has an extensive background in quality assurance systems and processes, including ISO 9001, quality auditing, environmental consulting, power generation and process engineering.

Ms. Barber has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, a B.A. in Chemistry, and is an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor.

AMANDA BARBER JOINS RABA KISTNER AS ENTERPRISE QUALITY OFFICER
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PC SPORTS CHOSEN AS PROJECT MANAGER FOR NEW WINNER’S CIRCLE SUITES AT CHURCHILL DOWNS (10/30/2014)
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Kristi Nichols, MA, Archaeologist

RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL ANNOUNCES HIRE OF KRISTI NICHOLS, MA, ARCHAEOLOGIST (10/30/2014) San Antonio Steve Jones, CHCM, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Environmental, has announced that Raba Kistner has hired Kristi Nichols, MA to serve as an archaeologist. Ms. Nichols has more than 16 years of experience in Texas archaeology, with a particular expertise in the Spanish Colonial era.

Ms. Nichols was at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) for 16 years before coming to Raba Kistner. During her tenure with CAR, she provided archeology services for the National Parks Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the City of San Antonio, among many others. While her specialty is Spanish Colonial archaeology, Ms. Nichols has worked on projects dating back to 10,400 years ago, through to current standing structures to determine their historic eligibility. She has investigated all of the San Antonio Missions, including excavating and discovering 27 previously undiscovered graves at Mission San Juan, and has conducted a field level school at the Alamo. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate level students on archaeological best practices, she also aided in the development of summer programs and workshops for at-risk students as a part of the Legacy Outreach program, allowing students from Title 1 schools to participate in archeology activities.

She received her master’s degree from the University of Texas – San Antonio in Anthropology, and bachelor’s in Anthropology from the University of San Diego in San Diego California. Ms. Nichols is an active member of the Council of Texas Archaeologists.

 


KRISTI NICHOLS HIRED BY RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL
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Harry A. Giannaris, Project Coordinator

Harry A. Giannaris, Project Coordinator

RABA KISTNER CONSULTANTS HIRES HARRY A. GIANNARIS AS HOUSTON MATERIALS TESTING PROJECT COORDINATOR (10/23/2014) Houston Martin Vila, Senior Vice President of Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc. (Raba Kistner) has announced the hire of Harry A. Giannaris to serve as the Project Coordinator for Raba Kistner’s Houston office. As the Project Coordinator, Mr. Giannaris will be responsible for management of Raba Kistner’s Houston area Construction Materials Engineering and Testing services. He will lead materials testing personnel and investigations, and monitor construction materials testing activities.

Mr. Giannaris has more than 26 years of experience in the Construction Materials Engineering and Testing field, where he has served as a project manager for major building and roadway projects, valued from $1 million to $50 million dollars, including for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the City of Houston. Mr. Giannaris is currently serving as Project Coordinator for the City of Houston’s Clinton Drive Reconstruction project, the Alley Theatre Expansion and Renovation, the Velasco Terminal Backlands expansion at the Port of Freeport, and the Cy-Fair ISD Food Production Center Warehouse Addition, among others.

Mr. Giannaris is a member of the Association of General Contractors of Houston, and holds a Level III certification by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology (NICET) in concrete, soils, and asphalt.

HARRY GIANNARIS HIRED BY RABA KISTNER CONSULTANTS
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Kaufman GroundbreakingGROUNDBREAKING HELD FOR KAUFMAN’S STATE HIGHWAY 34 BYPASS (10/20/2014)
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Convention CenterHENRY B. GONZALEZ CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION, PROJECT CONTROL/RABA KISTNER PROJECT, UNDER BUDGET, AHEAD OF SCHEDULE (10/14/2014)
by Neal Morton, San Antonio Express News

 

 

Russel Lenz, PE, Raba Kistner Infrastructure COO

Russel Lenz, PE, Raba Kistner Infrastructure COO

RABA KISTNER ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF INFRASTRUCTURE: RUSSEL W. LENZ, PE (10/7/2014) San Antonio Raba Kistner, Inc. is pleased to announce that Russel W. Lenz, P.E. has joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Raba Kistner Infrastructure, Inc. (RKI).  Russel has more than 34 years of experience in the development, design, construction, maintenance and operation of transportation projects. He has served in executive level leadership positions within TxDOT as the Director of the Construction Division, Corpus Christi District Engineer, Abilene District Engineer, Waco Deputy District Engineer and South Travis/Hays County Area Engineer.  In 2013, he served as the Director of Heavy, Municipal and Utilities Divisions for the Associated General Contractors of Texas. Having expertise in managing activities associated with transportation planning, operations, right-of-way, design, construction, inspection, maintenance, safety, environmental, ferry operations and administrative support functions adds significantly to the body of knowledge within RKI.

Raba Kistner would also like to announce that Robert L. Wilson, P.E. will be stepping down from the COO role of Raba Kistner Infrastructure as of September 30, 2014.  Robert was the second employee hired to join Raba Kistner Infrastructure in 2002 and has been instrumental in its growth and national recognition in the transportation Design/Build industry.  He has served as Project Manager on over $5B of design/build quality programs across the U.S. and has served as COO of the firm since 2013.  Robert will remain an employee of RKI, assisting with project pursuits, project development and project management.

RUSSEL LENZ ANNOUNCED AS NEW COO OF RABA KISTNER INFRASTRUCTURE
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RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL’S TOMKA INCLUDED ON ALAMO PLAZA DISCUSSION PANEL (8/27/2014)
by Paul Flahive, Texas Public Radio, “The Source: Renewing Alamo Plaza”

PC SPORTS PROJECT, PINNACLE BANK ARENA, HONORED IN ENR MOUNTAIN STATES BEST PROJECTS (8/13/2014)

SELMA COMMUNITY PARK TO BE FINISHED BY JANUARY (8/12/2014)
by David Dekunder, San Antonio Express News

Devin Williamson, Associate

RABA KISTNER CONSULTANTS ANNOUNCES PROMOTION OF DEVIN WILLIAMSON TO ASSOCIATE (7/22/2014) Austin Mr. Gabriel Ornelas, Jr. PE, Vice President of Raba Kistner Consultants (RKCI) and Principle-in-Charge of the Austin office, is pleased to announce the promotion of M. Devin Williamson to the position of Associate.  Devin has earned this promotion in recognition of his significant contributions to the firm in the past, as well as his expected role to develop the Austin and New Braunfels regions going forward.

Devin Williamson has been with RKCI for more than 7 years and has been a strong supporter of the overall growth vision of the firm.  Devin began his career as part of the Corporate Development team in San Antonio, in 2007, supporting geotechnical and construction materials testing and engineering growth objectives.  In a short period of time, he demonstrated excellent skills in client management, client retention, and expanding the firm’s client network.  When a business development position became available for the Austin regional office, Devin was selected to bring his skills to Austin. He has made Austin his home and covers much of the I-35 corridor area, including the Austin-San Antonio corridor, including north to Waco, east to Bastrop, south to Seguin and west into the Hill Country. He’s also helping to develop the company’s New Braunfels office, opened in spring, 2012.

“Devin is a close advisor to his clients, helping them to accomplish their project objectives, often with a shortened learning curve because of his experience and relationships,” said Joe Irizarry, Vice President of Corporate Development. “He makes sure that his clients have full access to all of our services, as well as access to all of our economic development and financial partners in the industry. We consider Devin to be a true Thought Leader and an unmatched asset in our industry.”

“Devin has been an excellent addition to Austin’s growth team,” said Mr. Ornelas.  “He has proven himself to be very responsible and trustworthy, both qualities which earn him the trust and confidence of many of our clients and employees.  His tenacious drive to collect intelligence and implement strategic plans to position RKCI for new projects is unparalleled.  I am very pleased with his promotion and feel strongly that he will continue to implement the growth strategies of the firm,” Ornelas finished.

Mr. Williamson graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Advertising.


RABA KISTNER CONSULTANTS ANNOUNCES PROMOTION OF DEVIN WILLIAMSON TO ASSOCIATE

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Steve A. Tomka, Senior Archaeologist

Steve A. Tomka, Senior Archaeologist

RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL ANNOUNCES HIRE OF DR. STEVE A. TOMKA, SENIOR ARCHAEOLOGIST (7/16/2014) San Antonio Steve Jones, CHCM, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Environmental, has announced that Raba Kistner has hired Steve A. Tomka, Ph.D. to develop and manage Cultural Resources projects for the firm. As the Senior Archaeologist, Dr. Tomka is working closely with Prehistoric and Historic Project Archaeologists and Field and Laboratory Technicians at Raba Kistner Environmental on several new and exciting projects in the San Antonio area and around Texas.

Dr. Tomka has over 30 years of experience in Texas archeology.  In San Antonio and its immediate vicinity, Dr. Tomka has accumulated over 18 years of experience and knowledge working on archaeological projects.  His particular areas of expertise include Archival Research, Historic and Prehistoric Archaeology, NRHP Eligibility Testing and Data Recovery Excavations.

He has worked on prehistoric archaeological sites dating to 10,800 years before the present (BP), as well as 18th and 19th century Spanish Colonial missions and 20th century residential complexes in downtown San Antonio.

“We are very excited that Dr. Tomka is joining our Environmental group,” said Jones. “His very distinguished career, including serving in a voluntary capacity with many historical oversight groups, brings relationships and a level of knowledge about Texas archaeology that is unmatched in our industry.”

Dr. Tomka maintains a strong working relationship with all clients including architectural and engineering firms and City, County, and State agencies.  He has served on the State Board of Review for National Register of Historic Places nominations, and was the Chair of the Antiquities Committee of the Texas Historical Commission, where he served as Commissioner.   In these capacities, he acquired in-depth knowledge of the Antiquities Code of Texas as well as the processes and procedures associated with Section 106 compliance of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Dr. Tomka served as Director, Center for Archaeological Research, University of Texas at San Antonio, for 12 years before coming to Raba Kistner. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas in Austin in 1994, and his M.A. from there in 1985. He received his BA in Anthropology from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1980.

Dr. Tomka is pre-certified to conduct TxDOT archeological surveys (2.10.01) and has served as a Principal Investigator on multiple TxDOT statewide general services contracts.

RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL ANNOUNCES HIRE OF DR. STEVE A. TOMKA, SENIOR ARCHAEOLOGIST
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Carlos Ceballos, PE

Carlos Ceballos, PE

RABA KISTNER CONSULTANTS ANNOUNCES HIRE OF BROWNSVILLE AREA PROJECT MANAGER, CARLOS CEBALLOS, PE (7/14/2014) Brownsville Mr. Isidoro Arjona, PE, Vice President of Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc. – Rio Grande Valley and Mexico operations – has announced that Mr. Carlos Ceballos, PE has been hired to serve as Area Project Manager for Raba Kistner’s Brownsville office. In this role, Mr. Ceballos is responsible for client relationship development, as well as scoping geotechnical engineering investigations and construction materials engineering and testing opportunities in the Brownsville area.

Mr. Ceballos’ project experience includes pavement design – using his knowledge of geosynthetics and pavement materials – as well as design of transportation facilities, including roadway geometrics, storm drain systems and drainage facilities, traffic control plans, bridge layouts, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SW3P’s) and signing and pavement marking design.  In addition, Mr. Ceballos has expertise in construction management and inspections to provide quality assurance, safety, and construction materials testing review. He has been involved in multiple projects working with large municipalities, counties, TxDOT, and the United States International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC), where he had the opportunity to participate in the engineering oversight and project management of several miles of Federal levee construction improvement projects along the U.S.-Mexico Border.

“I see so much potential in Brownsville and in the Valley as a whole. The area is growing at an unbelievable pace. Raba Kistner has been here almost 25 years and they’ve proven that they share my vision. My service goals in joining the Raba Kistner team are to oversee Quality Assurance procedures and to deliver the kind of service that only a local firm with a local Manager can achieve.”

Mr. Ceballos is a Brownsville native and graduated from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2003 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas.

RABA KISTNER CONSULTANTS ANNOUNCES HIRE OF BROWNSVILLE AREA PROJECT MANAGER, CARLOS CEBALLOS, PE
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RABA KISTNER INCLUDED IN TOP 500 DESIGN FIRM LIST (7/14/2014)
ENR, “The Top 500 Design Firms”

RABA KISTNER SELECTED TO PROVIDE GEOPHYSICAL STUDY FOR CITY OF ROLLINGWOOD (7/9/2014)
Community Impact Newspaper, “City Council approves funds for gephysical roadway exploration” by Kyle Webb

ENR-6-9-14-Kyle-FieldRABA KISTNER/PC SPORTS KYLE FIELD PROJECT FEATURED BY ENR (6/9/2014)
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SA-Const-News-6-14-J-IrizarryRABA KISTNER’S JOE IRIZARRY ATTENDS CUDE ENGINEERS OPEN HOUSE (6/14/2014)
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SALLY VICTOR, RABA KISTNER ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORIAN, PROFILED (5/2014)
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RABA KISTNER’S SCOTT YOUNG MENTIONED IN ARTICLE ON KAUFMAN BYPASS FUNDING
“Bypass funding OK’d by council” by Danielle Haynes, The Kaufman Herald

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David White, RRC, RRO, CDT, CEI, CIT, RWC

DAVID WHITE, RABA KISTNER CONSULTANTS, INC., EARNS RARE DESIGNATION FOR BUILDING ENVELOPE SERVICES (4/29/2014) San Antonio Paul Lampe,  Executive Vice President of Raba Kistner Consultants (RKCI), has announced that David White, RRC, RRO, CDT, CEI, CIT, RWC,  Senior Roofing Consultant and Manager of Building  Envelope Services for the firm, has earned the title REGISTERED WATERPROOFING CONSULTANT (RWC) from RCI, Inc.*  White qualified for this designation by meeting the requirements of a rigorous two-part program based on verifiable levels of education, ethics and experience, and successfully completing a challenging examination.

“David is one of about 70 Registered Waterproofing Consultants in the U.S. and Canada who have this certification,” said Lampe. “We are pleased to be able to offer this level of experience, training and confidence to our building envelope clients.”

David has been with Raba Kistner since 2011. As Senior Roofing Consultant, Mr. White is responsible for Raba Kistner’s Roofing Inspection, Surveys, Design and Consulting capabilities. His primary duties consist of facilities project management with emphasis on scope development, budget estimates, roofing inspection reports, surveys, roofing redesigns, and engineering solutions with attendant specifications.

David graduated from Southwest Texas University in 2001.

DAVID WHITE, RABA KISTNER CONSULTANTS, INC., EARNS RARE DESIGNATION FOR BUILDING ENVELOPE SERVICES
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RABA KISTNER INFRASTRUCTURE, INC. INDEPENDENT QUALITY ASSURANCE ON I-15 UTAH COUNTY CORRIDOR EXPANSION (CORE) PROJECT (4/18/2014)
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RABA KISTNER/PC SPORTS’ KYLE FIELD PROJECT FEATURES DISCUSSED (4/18/2014)
by Josh Cain, Houston Business Journal, “Texas Stadium Update”

ENR’S “TOP STARTS” FEATURES PROJECT CONTROL PROJECT (4/14/2014)
by Louise Poirier, ENR Texas & Louisiana, “Diverse Projects Abound in Region’s Top Starts List”
Full list of ENR “Top Starts” Top 25 Projects

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”
Texas Contractor

Bruce D. Nipp, PE

Bruce D. Nipp, PE

RABA KISTNER PROGRAM MANAGEMENT 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”
Texas Contractor

 

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”
Texas Contractor

 

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
Texas Contractor

 

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
Texas Contractor

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