Name: Daniel Kershner
Company: Fugro Consultants, Inc.
Role: Business Development Manager
What services does your company provide?Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Materials Engineering and Testing
Years of Experience: 1 year
Where are you originally from?San Antonio
Tell us something really interesting about you.Not sure if this is interesting, but I was a cheerleader in college at Southwest Texas State University. I cheered at two national championship football games and worked in the summers teaching cheer camps across the country – junior high, high school, and college.
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?SMPS provides a great knowledge base from which to learn. Being new to Business Development and Marketing, I needed lots of help. I was a friend of SMPS prior to joining the AEC industry and the fit was natural.
What drew you to the A/E/C industry?In my previous career at Judson ISD, I oversaw the Facilities Planning Department. As you can imagine, I was on the receiving end of AEC Business Development. I met some great people and felt a strong connection to the industry when I retired in January 2015.
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?Has to be Mike’s in the Village in Bulverde. The food is prepared by a New Orleans trained chef and the prices are reasonable. The chili relleno is fantastic!
What do you like to do in your free time?Play golf (or should I say, TRY to play golf), Bootcamp/Crossfit, enjoy trips to Fredericksburg wineries, DIY home projects.
Do you have any pets?Yup – two dogs. Ranger is a beagle and Junior is a French Brittany Spaniel.
What would be impossible for you to give up?I don’t really have any physical possessions or obsessions that I couldn’t part with. But it would be extremely hard for me to give up my family. I’ve read tons of books and novels – all different genres. Some of the mystery and espionage types have characters who must leave their families in order to protect them. I’ve often wondered if faced with a life or death situation, could I just disappear. I know my heart would want to pull me home.
Describe your ideal vacation.I love the beach, the snow, Vegas, and cruises. I even like to visit historical sites. If I could combine these into one, that would be awesome . . . . take a cruise to Europe, hitting French and Spanish beaches, moving onto a Swiss snow skiing resort, gambling in Monte Carlo, and ending with a train tour of European castles!
Client: Comal ISD
Construction Cost: $42 million (estimated)
Completion Date: July 2018 (estimated)
What value does the project bring to the community?
Throughout the planning process, Pfluger included the community in a series of charettes that helped develop several guiding principals for the design.
FLEXIBILITY: Spaces will be designed so they can easily be transformed to facilitate different styles/approaches of teaching. Spaces will also be designed to give consideration to future modifications (perhaps if some spaces need to become classrooms in the future).
ONE ROOF / NO WASTED SPACE: The ability for students to move from one part of the campus to another without travelling outdoors is important. Efficiency of design is also important.
COLLABORATION: Providing areas where students and faculty can collaborate with each other is important. The days of strict, rigid teaching environments are long gone. Nowadays students are working more and more in small groups, incorporating project-based learning, and these types of learning approaches need collaboration spaces.
Above Image: First Floor Plan
TRANSPARENCY: The ability to see all aspects of a school, and see how different classes are approaching education is important.
OBSERVABILITY: Also important is the ability to monitor and observe all students, to ensure safe learning environments.
FINGER-TIP RESOURCES: Technology has made giant leaps with current education – for a student to take advantage of these new technologies, they have to be readily available and accessible
EMPHASIS ON THE EXTRACURRICULAR: In addition to core curriculum subjects, a well-rounded student participates in extracurricular activities as well. These activities need adequate spaces to support their needs.
Above Image: Second Floor Plan
What was special about this project?
Comal ISD took significant steps to reconceptualizing their middle school model...a Visioning Committee was established, with members from District administration, local campuses, parents, district departments, community members, and students. The Visioning committee met over the course of two months, and set the foundation for these new schools. A forward thinking approach is what sets this project apart.
The building has been designed around a courtyard concept – in keeping with the direction that the visioning committee established for this project. The circular concept has also allowed the building to “step down” with the topography, thus minimizing the amount of cut/fill that will have to be brought to the site. A circular concept also allows for all aspects of the school to be within easy distance from each other.
The courtyard is intended to be a multi-use area: circulation space for passing from one side of the school to another; a teaching space that can be used by classes during the day for outdoor lessons; a large amphitheater-type gathering area that will promote school-wide assemblies or community events; a natural environment or “oasis” that encourages students to embrace and treasure their natural surroundings.
All classrooms are situated off of the main circulation corridor, which is oversized to accommodate various collaboration areas within the circulation spine. All classrooms also have exterior walls with windows, so that each learning environment can benefit from natural light and views to the outside. The collaboration areas also have large expanses of glass.
Classrooms are grouped so that there is the ultimate flexibility in school organization – the administration can choose to have a grade-based alignment (6th grade all together, 7th grade all together, 8th grade all together), or a subject-based alignment (language arts all together, math all together, etc.). There is even the possibility to do a hybrid of the two – 6th grade all together and then 7th and 8th grade are aligned by subject.
What were some of the challenges faced on the project? Middle School # 7 (Kinder Ranch) will be located on an approximately 136-acre site that will eventually also house a high school and stadium facility. As such, careful consideration was given to the siting of the middle school, so as to operate in conjunction with the future high school and stadium. By considering all of these elements at the beginning, we set ourselves up to make the best possible decisions regarding location. The presence of many large, heritage trees provides us unique opportunities to incorporate these valuable elements into the design. We have situated our building to minimize the disruption of as many large trees as possible.
Who were the project consultants?
thinkSMART Planning, Inc. Educational Facility Planning Consultant
AGCM Cost Estimating Consultant
Pape Dawson Civil Engineering
Alpha Consulting Engineers Structural Engineer
Cleary Zimmermann MEP Engineering
BAI, LLC Acoustical Design Consultant
Cooper-Lochte Landscape Architecture, LLC Landscape Architecture
Foodservice Design Professionals Food Service Consultant
Combs Consulting Group Technology Consultant
WJE Associates, Inc Roofing
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Name: Laurie Montgomery
Company: Clean Scapes Landscaping
Role: Business Development
What services does your company provide?Commercial Landscaping – Construction, maintenance and irrigation
Years of Experience: 10 years
Where are you originally from?
Burlington, WI. My family moved to San Antonio when I was 4 years old to get out of the cold and into the heat. I spent 4 ½ years in Birmingham, AL while in college and a few years in Austin. Home is San Antonio!
Tell us something really interesting about you.I played volleyball in college, but love golf now.
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?The people are great, the programs are very informative and the events are FUN. I heard about SMPS from a few connected people and attended my first mixer about 3 years ago. I enjoyed the mixer and met so many people that I started attending more events and lunches. Christy Rhone helped me decide that it was time to become a member. I have now been a member for 1 year and have developed many new business and personal relationships due to this organization.
What drew you to the A/E/C industry?I enjoy the industry because it is so diverse. The people I meet and connect with in this industry are so knowledgeable about AEC and this city. I learn something new or up and coming at every meeting I attend.
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery – Beers and atmosphere is awesome!
What do you like to do in your free time?Golf – I have started a womens golf networking event and a womens golf league. My favorite courses are La Cantera Resort, Brackenridge and Oak Hills Country Club.
Do you have any pets?Sadie is our Boston Terrier. She has been a part of our family for 5 years now. She is full of life and love.
What would be impossible for you to give up?My mother, father, sister, brother and their spouses and my son, Mason, have supported me through some ups and downs in life. Even when I don’t always agree with them, I know they always have my best interest foremost in their minds.
Describe your ideal vacation.Beach, golf course and some mountains with the people I love.
Client: Dignity Health
Construction Cost: $156 million
Completion Date: Scheduled for 9/2016
What value does the project bring to the community?
The new five-story tower will offer an additional 141 private rooms, bringing the total at the Siena Campus to 360. The 220,000 square-foot project includes 28 additional emergency bays and 19 observation beds for a total of 73 patient treatment locations within the emergency department. The expansion also includes six new operating suites, separate entrances for cardiology and cardiovascular services, and an expanded space for admitting, nutrition services, radiology, lab, pharmacy, endoscopy suites and other highly utilized outpatient support services.
We provided structural design, construction documents and construction administration for the project which is the latest milestone in a three-year renovation and expansion project of the Siena Campus.
The addition will increase the hospital’s capacity to 360 private rooms. “This project is so important for the community the Siena Campus serves. With this new tower, St. Rose will have the ability to bring that quality, state-of-the-art care to more individuals who need it most.” – Rob Davis, Senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health Nevada.
What was special about this project? All utilities are being modeled in BIM, from medical gas to HVAC ducts to plumbing conduits. The goal is a LEAN build to eliminate clashes, to minimize waste, to minimize seismic bracing and to expedite construction. BIM modeling is required of all disciplines on this project.
What were some of the challenges faced on the project? The 3rd floor Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was expanded, requiring the adjacent roof to be replaced by a new floor. Expanding the floor area while keeping the hospital enclosed, occupied and dry and keeping the adjacent NICU open for business presented a particular challenge.
Orcutt| Winslow Architect
Carl Nelson, Healthcare Studio Director
Kitchell Contractors Contractor
Clark Sauer-Project Executive
Name: Kelly Tant
Company: Thomas Printworks
Role: Strategic Account Executive
What services does your company provide?Print, Repographics & Sinage provider
Years of Experience: 15 years
Where are you originally from?Growing up in a Navy family we moved frequently. Born in Japan, moved to Corpus Christi, TX, over to Spain, to southern Florida and finally to Texas as a teenager and graduated college in Hawaii.
Tell us something really interesting about you.Worked as a former Golf Professional in Europe (Germany & England). Also PGA Professional in Maryland when we returned from overseas. Decided to leave that industry when my kids (now 24 – Ryan and 22 – Rachel) were starting to grow up. As a golf professional working weekends was a definite. My guys (Ryan & Rachel) were active in sports and I wanted to be a part of it, coaching & cheering…
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?Due to the facts I’d never worked this industry I was intrigued about working this industry. The industry is exactly what I thought. Going onto worksites wears on shoes. Had to buy working/steel toe boots (as a city slicker, something totally new). The industry & relationships I’ve built is exactly what I thought it would be… Totally love it!
What drew you to the A/E/C industry?A totally new industry that I had never worked within (see above)…
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?I live in New Braunfels, so reaching outside the box… And following on the coat-tails of Felicia’s responses about HAMBURGERS from last month, my favorite restaurant would be Freiheit’s Country Store on FM 1101. They use the FAMOUS sweet Hawaiian rolls. Graduating from school in Hawaii, I’m a bit partial to those rolls!
What do you like to do in your free time?Play golf… :)
Do you have any pets?Two Labrador Retrievers (a mother and her pup) -- Named Momma & Baby… Okay, not so creative… But it works!
What would be impossible for you to give up?Having FUN! I love it here in Texas. There is always something to do. I’ve become real good friends with quite a few of the Vineyard owners out in the Fredericksburg / Johnson City area. And totally enjoy going out there.
Describe your ideal vacation.Another Club Med vacation like I took in the past to Swiss Alps (St. Moritz, Switzerland)… However, would like this one somewhere in the Caribbean. Probably a week-long trip to Costa Rica!
Name: Felicia T. Love
Company: Marmon Mok
Role: Marketing Specialist
What services does your company provide?Architecture, Interior Design and Master Planning
Years of Experience: 8 years
Where are you originally from?Born in San Antonio but have also lived in the Philippines, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, Germany and Rhode Island.
Tell us something really interesting about you.I have lived out of the country and was able to travel to almost every European country . . . I married my high school sweetheart, after graduating college we reconnected and the rest is history :) . . . I have been matched with my Little in Big Brothers/Big Sisters for going on 6 years. I am a mentor at Business Careers High School.
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?When I joined the industry, my company at the time wanted me to get better acquainted with other AEC marketing people and learn more about our trade through SMPS. Before I even joined, they signed me up to be a mentee in the Mentorship program and I am glad I did. I was paired with a very knowledgeable and well known colleague and as my mentor she gave me a lot of great industry insight. In my almost 6 years with SMPS, I have been involved with various committees and served on the board as Secretary and Membership Director. I have always believed “you get as much out of something as you put in,” so it was important for me to get involved early to really appreciate all that SMPS has to offer. My experience with the organization has all been positive.
What drew you to the A/E/C industry?Honestly, I knew nothing of the AEC industry while I was in college and taking my marketing classes. I initially wanted to work in advertising; however, when I graduated the economy was on the downturn so it was difficult to find work. I put my resume in with a temp agency and was hired at Marmon Mok for a few months which opened my eyes to this whole other field of marketing. After about a year and a half later, I found my way back to the industry through a referral from my time working at MM. And after a couple of years I found my way back also to MM. Overall, the AEC industry has been good to me and I have enjoyed it so far.
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?Well, it is hard to say just one when there are so many great places to eat in SA. Let’s see. . . Lüke is always good for seafood and their burger. Whenever I have a guest in from out of town I always seem to take them to La Gloria. The Grill at Leon Springs has famous crab cakes and their Sunday brunch is a must have. I love Halcyon for their chai tea, brunch and S'MORES! I think Whiskey Cake is probably one of my new favorites, many of their menu selections are great plus they have fresh juice mixes and of course their whiskey cake is kind of a big deal . . . Okay that may be enough :)
What do you like to do in your free time?Shopping, trying new restaurants (if you didn’t notice from the previous question), watching and analyzing movies . . . going to Burger Friday (every Friday my Marmon Mok friends and I, we eat burgers – website coming soon: burgerfridayforever.com)
Do you have any pets?Two Cats: Queenie and Mischa
What would be impossible for you to give up?My sense of humor. Sometimes serious moments need a little laughter.
Describe your ideal vacation.Somewhere on a secluded, calm beach with clear waters, white sand and water sports.
Name: Adrian Grau, CPSM
Company: Foster CM Group, Inc.
Role: Marketing Manager
What services does your company provide?Program/Project Management, Construction Management, Construction QA/QC Inspections, Web-Based Document Controls, Construction Administration, Record Keeping
Where are you originally from?Lake Jackson, Texas – the home of Buc-ee’s!
Tell us something really interesting about you.I’m the only person that I know named after by my Mom and my Dad. My maiden name is Adrian Elizabeth Lindsey: Adrian is my Dad’s first name and because I was named after him, I have the masculine spelling. Elizabeth is my Mom’s middle name. My great grandmother’s first name was Elizabeth and my grandmother, my mother, numerous great aunts, two of my cousins, my niece and I all share the same middle name in honor of our matriarch.
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?I was completely unfamiliar with the AEC industry when I joined Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. in 2005. I had a BBA/Marketing degree and some sales experience, but didn’t feel very prepared to take on the job at hand (I was hired as Corporate Marketing Specialist). Some of the other marketing staff at LAN were a part of SMPS and invited me to a luncheon. I immediately joined the organization, got involved on the membership committee and still see and keep in touch with some friends from the Houston chapter today. I joined the organization because it gave me a connection to others that were in the same boat—if they could do this job, so could I! And what better way to learn the ropes than from others that were already leading the way?
What drew you to the A/E/C industry?Honestly, I didn’t go out looking for a job in the AEC industry. To be frank, I didn’t even know that marketing in the AEC industry was a thing, much less had its own certification! A childhood from of mine, who I also went to college with (she also has a Marketing degree), told me about the job opening at LAN. She was working there as a Marketing Coordinator in their Traffic/Transportation group. I was living in Dallas at the time and was looking to get back to the Houston area to be closer to family. I knew I wanted something new career-wise, so asked her to send me the job description and application information. I submitted my resume, had a few interviews and the rest is history. Ten years later, I’ve worked as Corporate Marketing Specialist at LAN, Marketing Coordinator at Raba Kistner, and now Marketing Manager at Foster CM Group.
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?That’s a really, really hard question. San Antonio has some really good food options, especially Mexican! I’m not sure that I have one single favorite place, but I can usually always go for sushi at Li’s Sushi & Chinese Restaurant, brunch at Cibolo Moon at the JW Marriott, a sandwich from Zito’s Deli on Broadway, Italian food at Pesto, or Mexican at Lupe Tortilla. Their queso flameado with chorizo and their frozen margarita with sangria swirl—they both have my mouth watering just thinking about them!
What do you like to do in your free time?Free time? What’s that?! With a 5-month old, free time is a thing of the past! That said, my favorite free time activity these days is SLEEPING, but I also love cooking, spending time with friends and family, traveling and just about anything that involves water and sunshine! With two stepkids currently attending Texas A&M, our free time has also involved a lot of travel to College Station for Texas Aggie football games!
Do you have any pets?Yes, I have an 11-year yellow lab named Bella (she was my first baby). My husband and I also have two other dogs, Chance and Chewy. They’re both Cocker Spaniels.
What would be impossible for you to give up?My family. Hands down. Without them, I wouldn’t be who I am. I wouldn’t be successful at what I do.
Describe your ideal vacation.That’s easy—a trip to the Playa Fiesta Hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! My husband and I got married there in November 2013 and we’d go back annually if possible. That vacation consists of a beachfront luxury boutique hotel complete with the best staff on the planet (seriously, their customer service can’t be beat!), beautiful accommodations, private serenity just as if you’ve rented your own private villa, delicious food (the best chilaquiles and guacamole I’ve ever eaten!), bar service that is bar none and even a hotel dog, Jefe! The owners Lindsey and Adam (and their entire staff) really do go above and beyond to make their guests feel right at home and ensure a vacation they’ll never forget!
Applications are now being accepted! The SMPS San Antonio CPSM Scholarship Program is designed to help qualified SMPS members overcome financial barriers that may keep them from attempting CPSM certification.
One (1) CPSM Exam scholarship will be awarded for the 2015-2016 CPSM Exam Study Group and will cover the expenses associated with the exam application and registration fees–up to $545 in value.
Don’t miss your chance; download the application below!
Instructions:Complete and email your application to Stephanie Silva, CPSM, 2015-2016 SMPS San Antonio Sponsorship Director, at email@example.com
Name: Nick Holscher
Company: Kimley- Horn
Role: Project Engineer - Associate
What services does your company provide?Kimley-Horn is a multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm offering services to local and national clients in the public and private sectors. Our services include Land Development, Water/Wastewater, Transportation Planning, Roadway Design, Planning, Aviation, Environmental, Water Resources, Survey, and Landscape Architecture, among many others.
Years of Experience: 9 years
Where are you originally from?I was born in Augsburg, Germany (military brat), but my family moved to San Antonio when I was two. So I consider myself a native San Antonian.
Tell us something really interesting about you.I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we have 3 wonderful children under the age of 6.
Everyone at SMPS has a story about why they joined the organization. What’s yours?I joined SMPS because I was tired of being a wall-flower at all the various professional organization luncheons, breakfasts, happy hours, etc. I wanted to feel like I could walk into any meeting in San Antonio and have a good shot at knowing a large majority of the folks. SMPS just felt like the best fit and most welcoming for me. Over the last few years of being on committees and now being on the board, it has turned into so much more for me and my career.
What drew you to the A/E/C industry?I was always good at math in grade school, but can’t handle blood, so being a doctor was out of the question. I took to Civil Engineering in college because it just seemed the most practical to me. I didn’t know what part of Civil Engineering I would end up in, but went straight on Kimley-Horn’s Land Development team out of college and realized it’s a great fit for me.
Where’s your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?Two Step Restaurant and Cantina. Food is awesome….margaritas are better.
What do you like to do in your free time?Sports, Sports, and more Sports. Any and all things Spurs, Cowboys, and Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Do you have any pets?Not yet, but my kids are getting antsy.
What would be impossible for you to give up?ESPN
Describe your ideal vacation.I can’t wait to take my family on a European vacation when the kids get older and show them where I was born.
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