Last week, Dr. Brian Gottardy, Superintendent of NEISD, and Garrett Sullivan, Executive Director of Construction Management and Engineering at NEISD, spoke at SMPS luncheon about the district's $499.95 million bond. Below is a video previewed at the event and flyer detailing the work proposed in the bond. If you're a member, don't forget to login to MySMPS to download exclusive materials from the September luncheon!
Click here to view the NEISD Bond Flyer
SMPS San Antonio is proud to announce the newly selected 2015-2016 Board of Directors:
President-Elect/Programs DirectorNick Holscher, PE | Kimley-Horn
Past PresidentChristy Rhone | Cram Roofing
TreasurerCindy Delgado | Lehmann Engineering, Inc.
Communications DirectorAudra Allen | Cude Engineers
Membership DirectorCharli Valadez | BD Structural Engineers
Congratulations to the new Board members and thank you to all our members and sponsors for your support and dedication to the San Antonio Chapter. Let's make this another great year!
Name: Stephanie Silva, CPSM
Company: Intelligent Engineering Services, LLP (IES)
Role: Director of Marketing & Business Development
What services does your company provide: Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, & Land Survey
Years of Experience: 15 years
Number of years as a member of SMPS: 5 years
Other organizations/affiliations/associations involved in: AIA San Antonio, CEFPI, Real Estate Council of San Antonio, IFMA, San Antonio Food Bank, Feed My Starving Children
Education background: Alamo Colleges
Why did you originally join SMPS and how has it benefitted you and your firm?
I originally joined SMPS for the opportunity to meet in person others in the industry I had only knew through email. SMPS has allowed me to develop relationships with so many other amazing talent and has allowed me the opportunity to learn through them and form meaningful collaborative partners.
What are you interests and hobbies outside of work?
I love spending time with my family. I love my church. I enjoy traveling, baking, watching sappy Hallmark movies, and all things Food Network.
How did you get into the A/E/C industry?
My dear friend’s father was one of the original Managing Partners and it all evolved from there.
The restoration of San Antonio Independent School District’s historic “rock pile,” Alamo Stadium, is an important piece of San Antonio history. Originally completed in 1940 on an old rock quarry, the stadium was in need of several upgrades to bring it up to modern building codes and comply with current ADA standards. While retaining its fundamental historic integrity, the design of the stadium renovations and upgrades included the restoration of stone walls, improved play areas, ADA accessibility, concessions, restrooms, locker rooms, sound system, security system, lighting, press box, scoreboard and storage. Spectator seating was replaced with new bench seating.
The design of the site amenities includes new parking circulation and drop-off areas, as well as infrastructure upgrades including electrical, plumbing, storm drainage system, sidewalks, landscaping, irrigation and parking. At the west entrance, a new plaza was designed to provide additional circulation and vendor space on game days.
Since 2011, the Alamo Stadium has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The restrictions to keep a historical status, drastic changes in ground elevations, unknown existing foundation and soil conditions, and unique project location, created challenges for the design and construction of the stadium upgrades, however the project was completed by the deadline and ready for the first game of the 2014-2015 season. The renovated facility is available as a multi-sport venue, including football, track and field, and soccer.
Name: Lacey Beicker
Company: Beicker Martinez Engineering
Role: Office Manager
What services does your company provide: Structural Engineering
Years of Experience: 2 years
Number of years as a member of SMPS: 2 years
Education background: Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance
I am new to the marketing world. I joined to learn and get involved in the A/E/C industry.
I'm expecting my first child in August. I have two English bulldogs, Pirate and Buster Chops, that keep me entertained.
Family (my dad).
Name: Louis Edward Rowe
Role: President, Texas Division
What services does your company provide: Locally we provide Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Consulting Engineering, Company-wide we provide MEP, Structural, Civil Engineering & Construction Services.
Years of Experience: 44
Number of years as a member of SMPS: 30
Other organizations/affiliations/associations involved in:
Louis is heavily involved in the community, including previously serving on the San Antonio City Council, San Antonio River Authority Board of Directors, the Alamo Community College District Foundation Board of Directors, and serving as President of our San Antonio Chapter of SMPS. His present involvement includes:
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas-Austin (1971)
I joined SMPS early in my career as a means of expanding my marketing skills and my marketing relationships. Local meetings and National conference helped with both.
Golf, Tennis, Skiing, and Scuba Diving
I joined the MEP Engineering industry directly out of college after graduating with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering.
Name: Kathleen K. Acock
Company: Alpha Building Corporation
Role: President, Owner
What services does your company provide: Construction services for institutional, governmental and commercial facility management. Our work involves new construction, retrofit, additions and technical installations. We have a client list of over 100 organizations here in Texas, in Arkansas, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
Years of Experience: I have been with Alpha 37 years and Alpha celebrates 45 years of continuous business this year.
Number of years as a member of SMPS: Several.
Other organizations/affiliations/associations involved in: UTSA Construction Science and Management Advisory Council, Texas A&M Construction Science Advisory Council, the Associated Builders and Contractors, South Texas and Texas State organizations, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), San Antonio Chapter.
Education background: Sam Houston State University, University of Houston, University of Houston Clear Lake, completed Business Management, accounting courses.
My first membership with SMPS was in Houston, Texas during the period 1985-1990. I joined at the time, and remain convinced that this organization provides valuable training, networking, opportunities to try new things and keep up with our industry.
Travel, genealogy, and cooking big holiday dinners.
I was born into it. My parents founded Alpha Building Corporation in 1968. I joined as a purchasing clerk in 1977 and between then and 1991, when I was named as President, I held a variety of positions including estimating, buying and project management. In 1993 my parents had passed and I became the owner of the firm. I have often thought I could not have found a better more interesting and challenging industry to work in, nor one more personally and professionally fulfilling.
Name: Summer Shuler
Company: CDS Muery
Role: Marketing Manager
What services does your company provide: Civil Engineering Design and Surveying
Years of Experience: 10 years
Number of years as a member of SMPS: 3 months
Other organizations/affiliations/associations involved in: CEFPI
Education background: Texas Tech University, BA – English/Technical Communication; minor in Spanish
I joined SMPS because I want to meet other marketing professionals in the industry and keep up to speed with the latest marketing trends. For CDS Muery, SMPS has allowed us to improve our internal communications and market our firm more effectively. PR and Marketing are crucial for success! We are always looking to partner with other firms on government RFQs so SMPS has been a great venue to allow us to meet possible teaming partners.
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and going to movies. I also love to be outdoors and take long walks with my 7-month old daughter Cambelle and dog Luna. My husband and I are building a modern home in the country – we are building it ourselves so that takes up most of our free time!
I worked for a large consulting firm as a contractor for the Air Force Civil Engineering Agency at Lackland AFB. I traveled to military construction and renovation projects at various air force bases around the US and promoted them through newsletters and press releases. This opened the door to a great opportunity to come work for CDS Muery. It’s a great fit! At a smaller firm, I’m able to get involved in more activities and broaden my skill set.
SMPS San Antonio is proud to announce the newly selected 2014-2015 Board of Directors:
Congratulations to the new Board members and thank you all for your continued support and dedication to our Chapter. We look forward to a fantastic year!
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