Milestones are checkpoints along a journey that allow you to know you are precisely in the place you determined for yourself when you started the journey. Milestones also provide an opportunity to acknowledge accomplishments that have been made and, in some cases, provide opportunities to reach even higher for the next goal. The founders, leadership, and staff of KSA certainly did not set out on this journey with the belief that 40 years of successful consulting practice would be our final destination, and thankfully it’s not.
A LOT has been happening around KSA latley!
Chennault International Airport Runway 15-33 Rehabilitation, Lake Charles, LA
As part of a multi-year contract, KSA was engaged to conduct a study that would determine the load-bearing capacity of Runway 15-33 and its connecting taxiways. KSA provided maintenance and rehabilitation recommendations for a 20-year period and obtained federal funding for construction.
TIME FOR AN UPGRADE?
CHRIS AYLOR, P.E. AND JEREMY ORR, P.E. OF KSA ENGINEERS DISCUSS AUTOMATED METER READING AND ADVANCED METERING INFRASTRUCTURE.
After just two years, they want to be the CEO. Molding the go-getters (early on) is crucial if you don’t want them to leave for better opportunities at another firm.
OK, two years might be a bit of an exaggeration. Or maybe not. We once had a young engineer who had been with the firm for only a few months after college. Upon meeting the president of our firm, the young engineer said, “Great to meet you, sir. Thanks for keeping my chair warm for me.”
City of Idabel McCurtain County Regional Airport Parallel Taxiway, Idabel, OK
KSA is excited to welcome Peter J. Van Pelt, AAE, to our Aviation Services group as National Aviation Director. Peter was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and was fascinated with flight, aircraft, and airmen from a young age. At the age of 14, Peter began flying planes and conducted his first solo flight at 16. His fascination has never wavered.
KSA is pleased to welcome Clay Livingston, P.E., PMP, to our Municipal Services Group. Clay will serve as a Project Engineer in Austin, Texas. Clay received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as his Master of Science in Civil Engineering. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, as well as a licensed Site Evaluator for On-Site Sewage Facilities (OSSFs) through the TCEQ. Clay is also certified as a Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute (PMI).
KSA is pleased to welcome Craig Clairmont, P.E. to our Aviation Services group. Craig will serve as a Regional Manager and Senior Project Manager working from our Sugar Land, Texas office. Craig received his Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in Texas, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
Site visits are an excellent learning opportunity. Emily Avery, Engineering Intern; Dallas Wendling, EIT; Scott O'Brien, EIT; Raymond Yuen; and Matt Armstrong, EIT had a group outing to the construction site in Lindsay, Texas to observe the boring process for a Water and Wastewater system improvement project.
Blake Bogenschutz, a recent Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio, is joining the KSA team in Tyler, Texas. Blake is an East Texas native from Carthage, Texas and is excited to be back close to home.
Blake decided on civil engineering because it is a profession that can change lives in a number of ways. From safety and welfare, to sustainability, civil engineering is a career that impacts people worldwide. Blake is excited to have a helping hand in improving the lives and structures around us.
Gratitude and Business - Not Contradictory in Nature
I've read a metric boatload of management, marketing, business development, workplace efficiency, and self-improvement books through the last 34 years, and I've learned some wonderful things as a result. But if I had to condense all of that down and offer one immediately actionable nugget of advice to managers and leaders of the AEC industry today, it would be this...
Expand the volume of gratitude in your life.
This week's project spotlight is the New Fire Station in Greenville, Texas!
KSA provided design services to provide a new, two-bay fire station for the City of Greenville, Texas. This station is approximately 4,175 square feet and is located near the downtown area to improve response times for emergency needs. The station is located on a corner site that allows the apparatus vehicles to return through the back of the building on a less populated street and leave directly out the front for emergency calls.
If You Want to be a Great Consulting Engineer or Architect, Listen to Your Grandparents
My grandparents passed away years ago, but I still have very fond memories of my time spent with them on their family ranch in East Texas. My family and extended family hunted together, fished together, ate together, celebrated together, and generally enjoyed life together. Times were different back then, but I believe there is a lot we can learn from our grandparents about being great consulting engineers and architects.
KSA’s annual shareholder meeting was held on January 25, 2018. Four new professionals were added to the company’s distinguished group of shareholders: Eric Hudson, P.E., P.L.S., Jeremy Orr, P.E., Dan Neelley, P.E., and Chris Wilde, P.E., CFM.
KSA Design Engineer, Michael Shangreaux, EIT, helped design, install and acquire funding for the first LED PAPI system in Texas at the Taylor Municipal Airport. “PAPI” stands for Precision Approach Path Indicator. PAPI systems are used by pilots as a visual guidance system on the ground that assists in landing their planes safely. As pilots approach the Taylor Municipal Airport, the LED PAPI system will use a combination of red and white lights to indicate if they are on the correct trajectory, or if they are too high or too low.