BUSINESS NEWS JQ PROVIDES STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING SERVICES ON FORT WORTH’S JQ Infrastructure announced that it is providing structural engineering services for the city of Fort Worth’s newest animal care and adoption campus, currently under construction, according to JQ’s Fort Worth principal Carlo Taddei. The new, eight-acre animal care campus is located adjacent to the city’s North Service Center and Drop-Off Station at 301 Hillshire Drive in the city’s fast-growing far northern area near the intersection of Highway 81 and Hicks Road. Voters approved $13.7 million in the 2018 bond election to build this new state- of-the-art animal care facility. Groundbreaking ceremonies took place in January. JQ’s scope of engagement includes providing
structural engineering for the complex, which will include a one-story facility designed to house 300 pets along with space for potential adopters to meet pets; a veterinary clinic with surgery and triage units; staff work spaces and indoor kennels with attached outdoor spaces. “This much needed municipal facility will provide important pet adoption and education services, and an outstanding environment for care,” says Taddei. The facility consists of seven buildings oriented in a semi-circular fashion around an existing pond with native prairie landscape. The campus was designed with sustainability in mind utilizing natural light for the buildings, recycled steel for the superstructure and cladding, durable finishes with low-VOC
content, native planting, walking trails and maximizing green space. The project was designed by PGAL and the Construction Manager at Risk is Muckleroy & Falls. Construction is targeted for completion in January 2021. Founded in 1984, JQ provides structural and civil engineering, geospatial and facility performance services throughout the United States. The firm is considered a leader in engineering design innovation and technology to support its complex, multi-state and multi- market projects. Nationally, JQ has been recognized as a Hot Firm and Best Firm To Work For by Zweig Group. JQ has offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, and San Antonio.
PK Electrical staff having fun at a customer service training event.
provide opportunities and benefits that let our employees thrive both inside and outside of the office, and we aren’t afraid to invest in our employees. We recently had a couple of employees come back to us after they left several years ago because of our culture and environment. We don’t micro-manage, we provide opportunities and benefits that let our employees thrive both inside and outside of the office, and we aren’t afraid to invest in our employees.” “We provide an environment that is welcoming, professional, fun, and flexible.
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KP: I believe very strongly in providing a workplace that is both diverse and inclusive. Being mindful, aware, and non-judgmental are all important. As a woman engineer and a business owner in a field that is strongly dominated by men, I know what it is like to be the only woman in the room and not feel included. That shouldn’t happen to anyone. TZL: A firm’s longevity is valuable. What are you doing to encourage your staff to stick around? KP: We provide an environment that is welcoming, professional, fun, and flexible. We don’t micro-manage, we
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