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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R2H Engineering Joins Horrocks Engineers

Horrocks Engineers is pleased to announce the merger of Horrocks and R2H Engineering (R2H). R2H is a structural and civil engineering firm with offices in Utah, Nevada, and California. R2H will bring 16 additional employees to Horrocks with expertise in structural engineering for both horizontal and vertical facilities, architecture, and construction management. Starting next week, R2H’s Utah employees will be joining us in our Pleasant Grove office, Nevada employees will be joining the Las Vegas office, and Horrocks will now have a new office location in San Diego, California.

More about R2H Engineering

R2H Engineering is a consulting engineering firm specializing in the structural design of transportation, water and wastewater, and building structures for private and public sector entities. R2H has been in business for 25 years and currently has offices in California, Nevada, and Utah. Typical projects range from the design of pump stations to water treatment facilities, from sound walls to multi-span bridge structures, and from temporary tent structures and underground parking structures to multistory office buildings.

Marketing Day

The entire Horrocks’ marketing team (including team members from our satellite offices in Nampa, Idaho; St. George, Utah;  and Las Vegas, Nevada) gathered at our Pleasant Grove headquarters for the annual marketing training last week, complete with a team-building nature hike to Donut Falls, where team members propped one another up on the slippery ice and snow-covered path. “I never did pick up my dignity from that hike,” Graphic Designer Cole Reasch said. “I was like a newborn horse trying to walk for the first time.”

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Position Opening: Right of Way Technician

hiring-241x300Horrocks Engineers is currently looking for a motivated team player to join our Right of Way design team in Pleasant Grove, UT.  Applicant must be competent with MS Word and Excel. Basic duties include researching and determining property ownership, compiling summaries and using spreadsheets and databases to track properties. The position will include preparing documents related to roadway/Right of Way projects and potentially some drafting. Strong communication skills and the ability to work with the existing team members to complete projects. An associate’s degree or equivalent technical degree, as well as a working knowledge of CAD (Microstation) and the ability to work with UDOT ProjectWise and ePM, is preferred.

At Horrocks Engineers, we provide our employees with a highly competitive salary and benefits package: 401k; excellent health and dental insurance; 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.

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

 

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.