Famous Idaho Potato Run 5K

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To celebrate our 50th anniversary, the Nampa office staff laced up their sneakers and formed a Horrocks team for the Famous Idaho Potato Run 5K on Saturday, May 19th. Held in Boise, the annual event benefits the YMCA. To celebrate 50 years of service, this was a great way for us to support a cause that provides service to others in our community. At the finish line, participants were treated to refreshments including a free Idaho potato bar, an official race shirt, and commemorative medallion. The Horrocks team had a great time coming together to support the YMCA and celebrate our monumental 50th year in business!

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Peace Out Blood Drive

 

On May 15, 2018, Horrocks Engineers hosted our eighth annual blood drive for the American Red Cross at our corporate office in Pleasant Grove, Utah. In honor of our 50th anniversary, Horrocks had a goal of donating at least 50 units of blood. We are pleased to announce that we not only met the goal of 50 units, but exceeded it with a final count of 59 units!

All participants walked away with a groovy tie-dye t-shirt and seven lucky winners peace signed out with a $50 gift card! Thank you to Horrocks employees, employees from local businesses and area residents for participating in this year’s blood drive. We can’t wait to see you next year!

Horrocks’ Boise office will host a blood drive on May 29, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 5700 E Franklin Road Suite 160, Nampa, ID 83687.

 

GO TEAM HORROCKS!

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On Sunday, May 6, Horrocks employees Tyrone Atkin, Trevor Youd, Tony Curtis, and Raul Uribe competed in the Spartan race in Big Fork, Montana! The Spartan is definitely no easy walk in the park, unless your easy walk in the park is miles long and combined with multiple obstacles along the way like mud and water, hills and mountains, barbed wire and fire! Congratulations to those who competed on Sunday!

A large group of Horrocks employees will be competing in another Spartan race in a few months, but this time a little closer to our home base. On Saturday, July 28, the Spartan race will be located in Eden, Utah. Good luck to all of those who will be competing! Go Team Horrocks!

Heidi Carter Honored at the Women’s Transportation Seminar “Superheros” Gala

Heidi Carter was recently honored at the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) “Superheroes” gala. WTS wanted to recognize superheroes in transportation who have been involved in the WTS SW Idaho chapter from the beginning, and have continued their involvement. WTS is celebrating its 10th anniversary of the chapter, which was formed in 2007. Heidi became a member in 2009, and has been involved continually since she joined. She is currently the Scholarship Committee head, and leads the efforts in advertising scholarships and selecting awardees. Heidi also helps with the annual online auction which raises money for these scholarships every year. WTS has awarded two $1,500 scholarships, two years in a row. Heidi helped to recognize one of this year’s scholarship recipients, Holly Terrill, who drove down from Northern Idaho to attend the event.

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Photo from the gala left to right – Karie Davidson, (Chapter Vice President), Dyan Bevins (Chapter President), Holly Terrill (scholarship recipient), Eva Fithen (Gala Committee co-chair), and Heidi Carter (Scholarship Committee chair).

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Superhero of Transportation

Heidi grew up in the town so nice they named it twice…Walla Walla, Washington. She chose to attend the University of Idaho over Washington State University as both of her parents are north Idaho natives who will always be Idahoans at heart. After graduating from U of I with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering she moved to Boise starting out as an intern in the Traffic Department at the Ada County Highway District which led to a full time position as assistant traffic engineer. After working for ACHD for two years she joined MK Centennial Engineering. Heidi worked for MK Centennial which transitioned to Washington Group, URS and finally AECOM for twenty years before transitioning to Horrocks Engineers in 2016. Heidi has had the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting projects throughout the state of Idaho in her over twenty year career to include the Wye Interchange, Connecting Idaho Partners as well as numerous other intersection and roadway projects throughout the Treasure Valley.

Heidi joined WTS in 2008 after seeing what an amazing group of professionals the organization had as its foundation. WTS’ mission is not only to advance women’s careers in the transportation industry but also to attract intelligent, talented and motivated young women to join the profession. With that end goal in mind, Heidi has served as Scholarship Chair for five years. In that time the Southwest Idaho WTS Chapter has provided six scholarships to six amazing young women to assist them in advancing their education.

Heidi is the proud mother of three beautiful children Luke, Meghan and Jacob and she enjoys spending time and making memories with them. She still travels to Walla Walla to visit family and enjoy some wine tasting on occasion.

APWA/ASCE Southern Utah Conference Award Wins

Horrocks Engineers was honored to receive the following awards presented at the annual APWA/ASCE Southern Utah Conference held Feb 14–16, 2018:

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Public Works Project of the Year 2017: I-15; MP 8-10 Auxiliary Lanes and Mall Drive Underpass

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Outstanding Civil Engineering Project 2017: I-15 Exit 4-5 Widening and Virgin River Bridges

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Innovative Project 2017: City Creek Storm Drain Rehabilitation

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In addition to the awards, Lee Cabell and Bud Swensen were invited to give a presentation focusing on Engineer and Contractor relationships. Along with Brett John from ACC Southwest (contractor for I-15 Exit 4-5 Widening and Virgin River Bridges) and Michael Rocco from AUI, Inc. (contractor for City Creek Storm Drain Rehabilitation), the presentation focused on how engineers and contractors can partner to quickly resolve issues. Lee, Bud, Brett, and Michael shared lessons learned from their two respective projects. They demonstrated the successful partnering practices that resulted in the completion of these two complex projects with a combined value of $25 M and totaling less than 1% change orders.

Horrocks Gets Involved: Charities and Volunteering

Horrocks Engineers started as a small consulting firm in Pleasant Grove, Utah, offering just a few services to the American Fork/Pleasant Grove communities and local governments. Now a full-service civil engineering firm, Horrocks knows our service doesn’t end with civil engineering, it includes improving the community as well. Giving back to the community helps remind Horrocks where we started.

Over the years, Horrocks has been involved in multiple events that have had a positive impact on the children and schools in our communities.

As a company, Horrocks seeks to actively support education by volunteering time and providing monetary donations. Over the past few years, Horrocks has donated to local colleges and scholarship funds. These donations go toward education and improved school equipment.

Combined with donations to colleges and universities, Horrocks has participated in events such as the “All-Together Shootout with Jimmer Fredette,” where former Brigham Young University basketball player Jimmer Fredette shot 100 three-pointers to raise money to build a park for children in Orem, Utah and for programs that promote inclusion and kindness among children.

However, volunteering doesn’t end with company service. Employees of Horrocks also give back to the community in their own time and ways.

Horrocks employees volunteer within their local school systems and communities. The scope of employee volunteer work ranges from serving on school boards, being a math tutor for middle school students, and presenting at career day. Career day activities consist of teaching and explaining engineering terms to the students, and then applying what the students learned to their regular school work. One activity is to discuss basic concepts of bridge design, and then help students build their own small-scale bridge.

Horrocks has remained connected to the communities that initially supported them by giving back through service. As Horrocks continues to expand, we hope to maintain our current relationships and foster new ones by building and growing our tradition of service.

Horrocks’ Annual Blood Drive

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Horrocks Engineers and the American Red Cross recently joined forces to host Horrocks’ sixth-annual blood drive across six cities in Utah and Idaho.

Engineers, community residents, and city officials from Pleasant Grove, American Fork, Eagle Mountain, Lehi, and Orem, Utah; and Boise, Idaho, came to support their community by donating blood and time.

Dave BloodDavid Simmons, a Structures Engineer from Horrocks Engineers, was one of the first to arrive at the Pleasant Grove location. “I just like to help.” Simmons said. “I think a lot of people want to do stuff like this, but sometimes finding the opportunity can be difficult.”

In order to provide this opportunity to as many people as possible, Horrocks established six different donation locations where people could donate blood. Scott Olson and Kammie McClintock from Horrocks worked closely with the Red Cross and city officials from Utah and Idaho to cast a wide net providing convenient locations for citizens and employees in the six cities and surrounding communities to participate. In total, the blood drive rendered a total of 129 units of blood.

In addition to leaving with a good feeling from helping others, all donors received a T-shirt as a thank you gift.

Thanks to all who participated!
To find a blood drive near you, follow the link: http://www.redcross.org/mo2

Horrocks Engineers is excited to sponsor our fifth annual blood drive!

Horrocks Engineers is excited to sponsor our fifth annual blood drive! “Blood Battle 2015” will take place on April 7, 2015.  It is a friendly competition between several Northern Utah County cities to see which city can donate the most units of blood for the American Red Cross. Our goal is to collect 200 units of blood!

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Please visit our website: http://projects.horrocks.com/blooddrive for more information including locations and times, and to register for the blood drive.

Horrocks Engineers Sponsors “Blood Battle 2014”

Horrocks Engineers is excited to sponsor our fourth annual blood drive! “Blood Battle 2014” will take place on April 8, 2014.  It is a friendly competition between several Northern Utah County cities to see which city can donate the most units of blood for the American Red Cross. Our goal is to collect 200 units of blood!

Our theme for this year’s Blood Battle is Community Hero.  Recently, the brother of one of our employees, Sgt. Cory Wride, was killed in the line of duty.  We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our community heroes, and are dedicating this year’s blood drive to Sgt. Wride and his family.  Opportunities to donate to the Wride family will be available at each blood donation site.

Please visit our website: http://projects.horrocks.com/blooddrive for more information including locations and times, and to register for the blood drive.

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Horrocks Sponsors Third Annual Blood Drive & Volunteers at Eagle Mountain Demolition Derby

On April 9, Horrocks Engineers sponsored its third annual blood drive. Thanks to the generous donations of Northern Utah County, we were able to reach a total of 103 units of blood! The final totals were:

Pleasant Grove: 38
Cedar Hills: 6
Lehi: 7
American Fork: 7
Alpine: 2
Saratoga Springs: 1
Bluffdale: 1
Eagle Mountain: 41

We appreciate all of the support we received from the Northern Utah County community, and we’re looking forward to making next year’s blood drive an even greater success!

To show our appreciation to Eagle Mountain for their participation in the blood drive and for providing the most blood donations, Horrocks employees from our Pleasant Grove office volunteered as ushers during Eagle Mountain’s Pony Express Days Demolition Derby on May 31.

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Several Horrocks employees and their families donned orange vests and Horrocks apparel to help direct spectators during the sold out derby. It was an evening of fun and excitement as they were able to watch the events, witness “Junky” win, participate in the cheering, provide service to the City, and rub shoulders with City officials and members of the community. Jerry Slaugh, of Horrocks Engineers, was able to visit with Mayor Jackson, who said she greatly appreciated Horrocks’ efforts in sponsoring the blood drive and volunteering in the community.