A Double Win for IPI’s Partnered Project of the Year Award

Hill Field Road Project

Hill Field Road involved the reconstruction of I-15 bridges and the construction of ThrU-Turns on SR-232.

Horrocks and our wonderful partners are being recognized for collaboration on not one, but two projects. The Hill Field Road Project Team and the US 60: Oak Flat to Miami, East of Superior Project Team have both won a 2017 IPI Partnered Project of the Year Award!

US-60 Partnering Team

In 2015, IPI found that for every $1 spent on Partnering led to an average of $114 Savings for the Project

The International Partnering Institute (IPI) recognize teams who achieve exceptional outcomes through Construction Partnering by highlighting their success stories in IPI’s newsletter and Partnering Magazine and by honoring partnered teams at the Annual IPI Partnering Awards Ceremony.

The award ceremony will be held in San Francisco on May 19, 2017. Congratulations to all who put in their time and effort on these projects!

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Position Opening: Traffic Engineer

hiring-241x300Horrocks Engineers, a leader in transportation engineering throughout the Intermountain West, seeks a Traffic Engineer for a position in any of our office locations throughout Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing company that works as a team within multiple regional offices and on large-scale projects. The ideal candidate will have a background in traffic operations and travel demand forecast modeling with the desire to develop their skills to be a Task Lead for traffic modeling, analysis and design on larger projects. We seek those who: have the ability to be a self-starter; is a collaborative problem solver who strives for excellence and produces organized, accurate work; has a positive attitude who works well with others; and wants to make a difference.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct traffic operations analysis, microsimulation, and travel demand forecast modeling.
  • Design signing, striping, and safety improvements for urban streets, rural highways, and interstates.
  • Design traffic signal and street/highway lighting systems.
  • Design MOT and TC plans.
  • Coordinate with project managers and reviewers to ensure accuracy and quality of work.
  • Perform work within project deadlines.
  • Clearly communicate work through drawings, documents, reports, technical memos, and verbal exchanges.

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.
  • 0-6 years of traffic/transportation engineering experience.
  • Experience with traffic operations analysis, microsimulation, and/or forecast modeling software; specifically, Horrocks uses the following traffic software:
    • VISSIM
    • Synchro and SimTraffic
    • HCS
    • Rodel and SIDRA
    • Cube
    • TransCAD
  • Experience with the MUTCD, AASHTO Green Book, and the Highway Safety Manual.
  • Experience using Bentley and Autodesk design software.
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

PROVO WESTSIDE CONNECTOR PROJECT WINS ENR AWARD

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The Provo Westside Connector project, created in partnership with H.W. Lochner, recently received the ENR (Engineering News-Record) Mountain States 2017 Best Projects Award in the Highways and Bridges category.

Provo’s Westside Connector, now named Lakeside Parkway, is a new five-lane road that offers direct access from I-15 at University Avenue in Provo to the Provo Municipal Airport. Over the next 25 years, Provo City and its residents face major hurdles in keeping up with the enormous population growth. One of the hurdles was developing better access to the Provo Municipal Airport, which could only be accessed through Center Street, a main business and residential roadway. Deemed a project that would help boost the economy, the Westside Connector was one of 14 infrastructure projects nationwide that were expedited for environmental review and permitting by the Obama administration in 2011.

“This was a great project for Horrocks and Provo City,” said Larry Reasch, Horrocks Engineers’ Project Manager. “We worked hard to understand the transportation needs of the community and to design a facility that mitigated impacts to the sensitive environment of the lakeside area, while providing value to the economy and people using the new facility.”

The new roadway increases regional mobility to the growing neighborhoods in southwest Provo and opens the entire west side of the valley to further residential and commercial expansion. Provo High School will soon be relocated to this area, and additional retail and residential development is expected to follow, creating jobs and improving the local economy. Since the opening of the roadway, the Provo Municipal Airport has already experienced an increase in flight bookings as a result of the more direct route and easy access from the freeway.

The success of this project was a result of strong partnering and support from many different sources. During the 24 months for completion, the team had opportunities to work with UDOT, the Provo City Mayor, Provo City Council, City Engineering staff, special interest groups, and local citizens. With strong teamwork and trust between the partners, they overcame challenging issues and delivered an important piece of infrastructure for the area.

There were many elements at play that created technical challenges for the project. Limited by a tight budget, the team had to collaborate and create solutions for issues concerning impacts to surrounding wetlands, impacts to property owners and adjacent neighborhoods, poor soils, and stormwater flooding.

To mitigate wetland impacts, our team worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop or enhance 30 acres of new and existing wetlands and took care to adjust the contours of the mitigation site to optimize water retention. This mitigation site also included construction of a raptor nesting platform for local birds.

Building an arterial through a wetland area — especially one with anticipated heavy travel — was a challenge from the start. Poor subsurface soil conditions required the use of geotextiles, wick drains, surcharge, and wire face walls. To drain the area and lower the groundwater pressure, over 1,000 perforated wick drains were installed in a 53,000-linear-foot area, then covered with four to eight feet of overburden to push the soil down and drain the water. In eight months, more than three feet of settlement was recorded. The remaining surcharge was removed and construction proceeded once piezometer readings confirmed that the soil settlement had leveled out with no more than one inch of future settlement expected to occur after construction. Aside from the roadway, calculating the degree of future settlement was important when constructing culverts, stormwater structures, and ditch piping. It was essential to calibrate how much camber was needed for the piping to settle concurrently with the soil.

Another challenge faced by the project team was access to the construction site, which could only be reached via residential neighborhoods. Unfortunately, this meant that for many months all the materials, equipment, and people that needed access to the project and the airport, also had to travel through these areas each day. The team took care to mitigate dust and noise and to avoid schools in an effort to cause as little disruption and inconvenience as possible.

The project physically cut several operating livestock farms in half. To accommodate farming operations, access roads and gates were built into affected properties. Regularly during construction, all operations were shut down and farmers were given assistance in moving their cattle back and forth across the site.

A unique screw lift station was installed to prevent stormwater flooding in a low section of road where the new connector tied into existing side roads. The mechanized screw lift is activated when stormwater levels reach a set height. When this height is reached, the screw lift propels the water 10 feet up and drops it into a culvert that runs to nearby Utah Lake.

With a design plan that allowed for half of the roadway to be constructed, with the other half planned for future construction, the team optimized their resources by using the surcharge and embankment material from the first half of the project to create a foundation for the second half. This benefited the client by creating forward compatibility for design elements, which will reduce future costs.

For aesthetics, it was important to weave the roadway into its surrounding environment, and preserve the area’s existing natural beauty. The design team coordinated with the City to match materials to the surrounding area and planned for the restoration of any impacted landscaping at the end of the project. Large, attractive gabion baskets constructed with rust-colored wire and filled with an architectural cobble form retaining walls up to 14 feet tall on either side of the roadway near the I-15 interchange, and the concrete headwalls were stained rather than painted to meet the City’s architectural requirements. These subtle architectural features running the length of the roadway now create pleasing aesthetics that do not distract from the natural environment.

Trails and trailheads were built to create a natural flow between the community, infrastructure, and the surrounding natural environment. The team remained very mindful of the changes that they had made to the existing intersection or landscaped areas and worked to restore the previous landscape where possible. An enclosed drainage system and drainage retention facilities were designed to control and treat water running off the roadway before entering the Provo River, Utah Lake, or surrounding wetlands.

Earlier this year, Horrocks Engineers was recognized by ENR as a top-ranking firm in several sectors, both regionally and nationally. Horrocks placed first in Civil Engineering, second in Transportation Engineering and sixth in Structural Engineering in the Intermountain West, and was recognized as ranking in the top 500 engineering firms in the United States, placing 276. Considering there are around 82,500 engineering and architecture firms in the United States, Horrocks is proud and grateful for their current ranking.

Position Opening: Fleet Manager/Human Resources

Horrocks Engineers is seeking a Fleet Manager to oversee and manage the company’s vehicle fleet. Under the leadership of the Corporate Human Resource Director, the position is responsible for ensuring the safe and economical use of fleet vehicles, planning, acquisition, maintenance, repair and disposal of fleet assets. The Fleet Manager must have strong communication skills and the ability to prioritize and execute tasks efficiently

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Maintain electronic databases of leases, registration, inspections, recalls, and maintenance of fleet management
• Ensure fleet availability to meet all request by scheduling, forecasting, and surveying current use trends
• Streamline and monitor fuel purchase system with assistance of Fuel Cards for all vehicles and drivers
• Coordinate the repair and maintenance of all company vehicles
• Develop maintenance plans
• Establish and expand outside vendor and service provider relationships
• Coordinate the acquisition and disposal of company vehicles
• Inform management of concerns or needs in a timely manner
• Investigate and resolve all complaints, questions, and problems associated with company vehicles
• Develop/run/analyze fleet productivity and operational reports
• Monitor driver performance to ensure compliance to policies, laws, and regulations
• Help manage driver assignments
• Report to management about fleet overview and analysis
• Assist with vehicle accident handling
• Maintains and coordinates employee recognition programs
• Administers various human resource plans and procedures for all organization personnel, assists in the development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures; prepares and maintains the employee handbook and the policies and procedures manual.
• Conducts exit interviews, analyzes data and makes recommendations to the management team for corrective action and continuous improvement
• Assists with recruitment tasks as needed (reviews applications, interviews)
• All other duties assigned by management

Requirements:
• Knowledge of the vehicle leasing/purchasing process
• Knowledge of basic accounting concepts
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Ability to prioritize, execute tasks, and meet deadlines
• Ability to conform to shifting priorities, demands, and timelines

• Ability to elicit cooperation from management, clients, and other departments
• Knowledge of supplier market
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, and Outlook
• Good understanding of vehicles and equipment

Education/Experience
• Bachelor’s Degree
• 2-5 years fleet experience
• Preference given to veterans

Position Opening: Traffic Engineer

hiring-241x300Horrocks Engineers, a leader in transportation engineering, seeks a Professional Traffic Engineer for its Phoenix, AZ location. This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing team in Arizona that works within multiple regional offices. The ideal candidate has the desire to develop their skills to be a Task Lead for traffic design on larger projects and a project manager for our clients who have traffic specific projects. We are looking for a collaborative problem solver who strives for excellence and produces organized, accurate work. We seek those who have a positive attitude, the ability to be a self-starter, the desire to train and mentor staff, the ability to work well with others, and the desire to make a difference.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct traffic analysis, microsimulation, and forecast modeling
  • Design signing, striping, and safety improvements for urban streets, rural highways, and interstates
  • Design ITS, traffic signal, and lighting systems
  • Design MOT and TC plans
  • Train Designer and EIT staff
  • Coordinate with managers and reviewers to ensure accuracy and quality of work
  • Perform work within project deadlines
  • Clearly communicate work through drawings, documents, reports, and verbal exchange

Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in Civil Engineering
  • Professional License in Arizona or ability to obtain Arizona PE within one year of hire
  • Registered as a Professional Transportation Operations Engineer (PTOE) is desirable
  • 5-10 years of traffic/transportation engineering experience
  • Experience with traffic analysis, microsimulation, and/or forecast modeling software
  • Experience with VISSIM and Citilabs software desirable
  • Experience using Bentley and Autodesk design software
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Design Build Experience desirable

Horrocks Engineers may identify additional skills and requirements for the hiring process. For a confidential interview, send resume to jobs@horrocks.com. Only applicants selected to interview will be contacted.

See our website at http://www.horrocks.com for more information.

Position Opening: CAD Design Technician

hiring-241x300Horrocks Engineers is currently looking for motivated team players to join our team in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Applicant must have an Associate’s degree or equivalent technical training with AutoCAD experience. The position will include design and drafting with Engineering projects in fiber optics and telecommunications. It may also include municipal, transportation, and utility design. Position responsibilities will include running line design, plan sheet development, details, site plans, drainage, grading, and electrical. Experience with utility drafting is preferred but not required. Candidate must be self-starting, highly motivated, and an effective communicator. Position will also require field visits on occasion.

At Horrocks Engineers, we provide our employees with a highly competitive salary and benefits package: 401k; excellent health and dental insurance; vacation, sick, and holiday pay. We provide challenging assignments, superior management, high standards and reputation, and individual achievement is recognized and rewarded. Personal integrity and references are a must. Horrocks Engineers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Horrocks Engineers may identify additional skills and requirements for the hiring process. For a confidential interview, send resume to jobs@horrocks.com. Only applicants selected to interview will be contacted.

See our website at http://www.horrocks.com for more information.

Position Opening: Communications Coordinator

hiring-241x300Horrocks Engineers is looking for a career and goal-oriented individual to join our fast-paced and growing Communications Department. The full-time, entry-level position is located in our Pleasant Grove, Utah, office and will require excellent technical writing skills, intermediate Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign) skills, communication skills, and the ability to follow instructions and work in groups. The Communications Department is responsible for internal and external company communications, which includes local and regional marketing coordination, project strategizing, writing and layout of marketing materials and company documents, public relations, and coordination with and organization of professional teams to meet deadlines. Applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, English, Marketing, or equivalent.

At Horrocks Engineers, we provide our employees with a highly competitive salary and benefits package, 401k, excellent health and dental insurance, vacation, sick, and holiday. Horrocks Engineers may identify additional skills and requirements for the hiring process. Only applicants selected to interview will be contacted. For a confidential interview in Utah, send resume to Lori Pratt at jobs@horrocks.com

See our website at http://www.horrocks.com for more information about our company.

Position Opening: Bridge Engineer

Horrocks Engineers is seeking a highly motivated Bridge Engineer to support the engineering design of bridges and other structures for highway projects in Utah. If you are interested in challenging ways to expand and broaden your engineering experience, come join our team of engineering professionals. Our team members have the opportunity to be involved in large, multi-discipline projects while developing diverse skill sets. Consider joining our team and advancing your career while contributing to our on-going success.

Responsibilities:
• Design, evaluate, and/or inspect highway bridges
• Prepare designs, quantity take-offs, cost estimates, and specifications
• Option to actively participate in our bridge inspection projects as a member of the inspection team
• Work in cooperation with bridge staff to deliver PS&E contract documents on time and within the project budget for local agencies, federal agencies and state DOTs
• Perform or check bridge designs using CSiBridge, Conspan, RC Pier, BRASS, MDX and/or other bridge software
• Design or check retaining wall and other structural components in support of roadway or site civil projects
• Establish and maintain client relationships; ensure client satisfaction; ensure client objectives are met
• Assist in building a strong regional presence for the firm in transportation and structural engineering

Requirements:
• B.S. or M.S. degree in Civil Engineering
• P.E. or S.E. required
• Four or more years experience in bridge design
• Willingness to work on projects locally or in workshare with other offices, some travel required (<20%)
• Experience leading bridge design teams a plus
• Design Build and Alternative Delivery experience a plus
• Solid understanding of transportation projects
• Possess a proven history of meeting project deadlines and budgets
• Experience with Microstation and/or AutoCAD with InRoads or Civil 3D a plus
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with clients, staff, and management
• Adaptability and ability to respond quickly and accurately under pressure

At Horrocks Engineers, we provide our employees with a highly competitive salary and benefits package, 401k, excellent health and dental insurance, vacation, sick, and holiday pay. We provide challenging assignments, superior management, high standards and reputation, and individual achievement is recognized and rewarded. Personal integrity and references are a must. Horrocks Engineers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Horrocks Engineers may identify additional skills and requirements for the hiring process. For a confidential interview, send resume to jobs@horrocks.com. Only applicants selected to interview will be contacted.

Position Opening: Construction Inspector

hiring-241x300Horrocks Engineers is looking for a motivated team player to join our construction management team. This is a full time, entry level inspector position. Applicant must be self-motivated and have a good understanding construction management and inspection processes.

At Horrocks Engineers, we provide our employees with a highly competitive salary and benefits package, 401K, excellent health and dental insurance, vacation, sick, and holiday pay. We provide challenging assignments, superior management, high standards and reputation, and individual achievement is recognized and rewarded. Personal integrity and references are a must. Horrocks Engineers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Horrocks Engineers may identify additional skills and requirements for the hiring process. For a confidential interview, send resume to jobs@horrocks.com. Only applicants selected to interview will be contacted.

See our website at http://www.horrocks.com for more information.

 

Position Opening: Marketing Coordinator

Horrocks Engineers is looking for a career and goal-oriented individual to join our fast-paced, deadline-driven, and growing Communications Department. The full-time position is located in our Pleasant Grove, Utah, office and will require 3-5 years of marketing experience, excellent technical writing skills, Adobe Creative Suite (specifically, Adobe InDesign) skills, public relations skills, and the ability to follow instructions and work in groups. Applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in communications, English, marketing, journalism, public relations, or equivalent. This is a marketing production position. Ideal candidates will be able to manage and coordinate the technical proposal process including client development and relations, submittal strategy/coordination, technical and marketing writing/editing, layout and design (using Adobe InDesign), and final production (printing, binding, delivery, etc.).

Horrocks’ Communications Department is responsible for internal and external company communications, which includes: regional marketing, project strategizing, writing and producing marketing materials and company documents, event management, public relations, community involvement, and producing technical illustrations and graphics as needed.

At Horrocks Engineers, we provide our employees with a highly competitive salary and benefits package, comp time, 401k, excellent health and dental insurance, and PTO and holiday pay. We provide challenging assignments, superior management, high standards, and reputation, and individual achievement is recognized and rewarded. Personal integrity and references are a must. Horrocks Engineers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Horrocks Engineers may identify additional skills and requirements for the hiring process. Only applicants selected to interview will be contacted. For a confidential interview, send resume to Lori Pratt at lorip@horrocks.com