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Garver Gives: Engineering firm celebrates 30 years of service by donating $30,000 to benefit Oklahoma nonprofits

Garver is nationally known for professionalism, generosity and community involvement. With more than 1,000 employees at 47 offices in 17 states, its reach can be felt far and wide. That commitment to community has recently taken on new challenges in Oklahoma.

The firm is celebrating 30 years since opening its first office in Oklahoma by donating $30,000 in 30 days to local nonprofits.

Could Stephenson Park in Edmond reopen this summer?

Stephenson Park in Edmond, long known as the city’s “rocketship” park due to its eye-catching spacecraft-themed slide, will soon once again be available for the public to enjoy. The park’s renovation is underway with Oklahoma City firm Freese and Nichols.


“We expect the park to be open for public use by early summer,” said Bill Begley, marketing and public relations manager for the City of Edmond. “There will be some parts that won’t be complete until this fall.”

Garver recognized as WTS Employer of the Year, outstanding organization for the advancement of professional women


March’s status as International Women’s Month comes to fulfillment in diverse ways, one of which is female leadership in the workplace. WTS, an international organization originally named Women’s Transportation Seminar, is dedicated to the advancement of women’s careers in the transportation industry. The group’s Oklahoma chapter recently named Garver as Employer of the Year in recognition of the company’s outstanding contributions and support of women and minorities.

Olsson’s designs engineer student success at Tulsa Community College


How does engineering prepare Oklahoma’s students for tomorrow’s success? 


In some instances, it’s a matter of spaces.

Creating spaces that matter by eliminating the need for rows of counters and the hassle of long lines was the goal of the engineering and design work recently completed by Olsson at three Tulsa Community College student success centers.

Self-driving vehicles addressed at January transportation infrastructure meeting in nation’s capital


When will most vehicles on the nation’s roads and highways be of the self-driving variety?


We’re probably much closer to that being the case than you think, says Mike Patterson, vice president and Department of Transportation national practice consultant at HNTB in Oklahoma City.


Kimley-Horn employees contribute to community through work and volunteerism

Holiday cheer may sometimes go over the river and through the woods, but it’s centered in Oklahoma City for Kimley-Horn’s regional office. TheNorth Carolina-based planning and design consulting firm has expanded to more than 100 locations in the U.S. and Canada, including an Oklahoma City office with more than 30 employees. A Tulsa branch is also set to open in 2023.

Freese and Nichols to lead renovation effort at Edmond’s Stephenson Park

Projects of all sizes contribute to livable communities. Vital infrastructure is the result of intentional design, from utilities to planned greenspaces, with civil engineers involved at every phase. Freese and Nichols, Inc., a member of Open for Business Oklahoma, will lead the renovation of Stephenson Park, Edmond’s oldest city park, best known for its beloved rocketship slide.


The public will enjoy a new playground, an expanded pavilion, curated landscaping, better food truck access, level sidewalks and improved lighting. A parking lot with 50 spaces is also planned as an overflow area for downtown Edmond as the community continues to grow. See more project details from Freese and Nichols’ summary.

Professional opportunities, personal commitment: Outside investment bolsters local careers, benefits the public


Lucas Reed, licensed professional engineer, knows the value of working close to home. His role as senior technical manager at Atkins has given the University of Oklahoma graduate the opportunity to stay in his home state, which in turn benefits from engineering expertise as more professionals continue to share their skills instead of relocating.

Making communities better: Jimmy Sparks shares industry outlook centered in helping Oklahoma thrive


Jimmy Sparks knows the value of having companies like Olsson close to home. A civil engineer and regional leader for the engineering and design firm’s Oklahoma City office, Sparks is an Oklahoma State University graduate who describes himself as “a lifelong Oklahoman.” His commitment to leading projects for Olsson is also evident in the ways he gives back to local students.

Local firm helps Oklahomans with local services, charitable initiatives


Good corporate neighbors provide essential public services, create

job opportunities for professionals and contribute to the community. Their reach goes far beyond regional headquarters or a local office building. It extends to customers, families and the towns they

call home.

Garver is an engineering, architectural and environmental services firm with more than 38 offices and 1,000 employees in 15 states. Nearly 100 employees live in Oklahoma, with offices in Tulsa and Norman, as well as an Oklahoma City office that opened in 2019.

Lochner Provides for Native Oklahoman

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“I’ve had a career of public service. Employment with Lochner has allowed me to continue serving Oklahoma, with the heart of a servant” - Troy Travis, professional engineer

Troy Travis was looking for an opportunity after retirement to continue serving the business community in Oklahoma City.

Licensed professional engineers find career development opportunities through NSPE’s Emerging Leaders Program

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Networking opportunities and career development are the purpose of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), along with raising public awareness about the role of licensed professional engineers. The only national organization committed to addressing engineers’ concerns across all branches of the field, its members live and work throughout the country.

Paving the way: How firms like
CP&Y make Oklahoma better


Roads and bridges, buildings and municipal systems: the work engineers do behind the scenes keeps Oklahomans safe. Ensuring public safety and planning for the future is the unwritten part of their job description.

David Neuhauser, vice president of engineering and architectural consulting firm CP&Y, oversees project management, including roadway reconstruction and bridge replacement.

Halff Associates Recognized as Top 10 Workplaces in the USA for 2022

Halff Associates is a unique, multi-disciplined, regional consulting firm in the Southwest that provides full-service engineering, architecture and related services.  Halff is committed to continually investing in employees, fostering a culture of collaboration and delivering unwavering high-quality results for clients and is proud to announce they have been selected as one of the Top Workplaces in the USA for 2022, ranking #10.

Oklahoma's engineers help ensure public safety where they work and live

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The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the role essential workers, including medical professionals, public servants and even grocery employees, play in our everyday lives. Less noticed might be the importance of licensed professional engineers in making sure the vital systems in our communities continue operating even during crises.

Garver: Firm helps Oklahomans with local services, charitable initiatives


Good corporate neighbors provide essential public services, create job opportunities for professionals and contribute to the community. Their reach goes far beyond corporate headquarters or a local office building.It extends to customers, families and the towns they call home. 

Garver is an engineering, architectural and environmental services firm with more than 30 offices and 700 employees in 13 states.

Hatley named NSPE

National President

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Tricia Hatley, vice president and principal at Freese and Nichols, will be installed as president of the National Society of Professional Engineers on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Hatley has been a member of NSPE, engineering’s largest professional group, since graduating from Oklahoma State University with a 

bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in1993. 

“Working together is something engineers understand, as our project work is accomplished through teams,” Hatley said. “I’m excited about the year ahead, as we work together with our state societies to create a world where the public can be confident that the engineering decisions impacting their lives are made by qualified and ethically accountable professionals.”

Kimley-Horn Gives Back

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Moving to Oklahoma was more than an opportunity for Garrett Putman to further his career at Kimley-Horn. Since relocating from Texas four years ago, he has found lifelong friends and a connection to a community that he says is unlike any other. 

“I absolutely love Oklahoma. The people are friendly and have 

welcomed me as one of their own,” said Putman. “Working for Kimley-Horn in Oklahoma City has provided me the opportunity to find lifelong friendships and become connected to a really great community.” 

New ODOT Memorial Foundation helps families of fallen transportation workers

The deaths of James Dawkins in 1931 and Rickie Nichols Jr. in 2018 connect a group of 61 people who gave their lives in service to the state while keeping highways and interstates safe and open to the public. 

These transportation workers lost their lives to a distracted driver while flagging traffic through a work zone or keeping highway rights-of-way clean and clear. Some lost their lives while in their vehicles well away from the highway like Tim Vandiver in 2012. Others were struck while surveying for future highway projects like Donald Killian in 1970 or checking bridge integrity during a flood like John E. Botts in 1973.

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Open for Business Oklahoma members are offering free, virtual-based STEAM - science, technology, engineering, art and math - curriculum for Oklahoma teachers and parents. To read the full article, visit

Velocity | October 22, 2020


HNTB's OKC Office Helps Provide Important Resources to Community Orgs During Pandemic

HNTB is committed to helping our Oklahoma City community through the challenging times of 2020.  Through its REACH (Retaining, Enriching, and Advancing our Culture at HNTB) initiative, the firm identified engagement opportunities to help employees donate and volunteer for organizations in need. To read the full article, visit | April 15, 2020


Garver named ENR Texas & Louisiana’s 2020 Design Firm of the Year

Garver employees across the country spent 2019 celebrating the firm’s centennial year by connecting with clients and students, while providing the same exemplary services clients have come to expect over a century. To read the full article, visit

The Journal Record | February 9, 2021


Study: In Oklahoma, 25% of people working in STEM fields are women, compared with nearly 29% nationwide. To read the full article, visit

The Journal Record | July 28, 2020


Hatley Named NSPE National President

Tricia Hatley, vice president and principal at Freese and Nichols, will be installed as president of the National Society of Professional Engineers on Saturday. To read the full article, visit | Mar. 25, 2020


40 UNDER 40 2020:

Matthew Youngblood, Garver

At Garver, Matthew Youngblood acts as a project manager and engineer with specific expertise in construction and rehabilitation for highway projects. To read the full article, visit the

Garver USA | February 1, 2021


Mach named to ENR Texas & Louisiana's Top Young Professionals

As Garver’s Oklahoma Water Team Leader, Mary Elizabeth Mach, PE partners with communities to achieve the ultimate goal of protecting our most precious natural resource – clean, safe water. To read the full article, visit

The Journal Record | June 1, 2020


Hydrologist joins Freese and Nichols' Tulsa Office

Freese and Nichols Inc. hydrologist Jeremy Rice has moved to the Tulsa office. To read the full article, visit | Fall 2019


Bus Rapid Transit:  Brightly into the future 

The city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has a transportation vision for its commuters - one that includes bus rapid transit (BRT). To read the full article, visit



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