Geotechnology Captures 2 ACEC Awards For Work On Memphis Pyramid Project

March 18th, 2014

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St. Louis, MO (March 12, 2014) – Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing, and drilling services, has earned 2 prestigious awards for work performed on the Memphis Pyramid Seismic Retrofit project.

The firm captured a 2014 Grand Award for engineering excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee (ACEC-TN), and a 2014 Honor Award from the ACEC of Missouri (ACEC-MO).

The Memphis Pyramid, a 20,000-seat indoor sports arena, completed construction in 1991, some nine years before seismic criteria were considered in Memphis. After major sporting events were moved to the FedExForum in 2004 the Pyramid fell into disrepair. A tentative contract agreement was reached in 2008 between Bass Pro Shops and the City of Memphis. By 2010 it was agreed that Bass Pro Shops would lease the facility for a total of 55 years for $1,000,000 per year but only if the city provided seismic retrofitting of the facility.

Geotechnology’s work on the project included performing the initial study and detailed seismic evaluation of the ground conditions, liquefaction and seismic slope stability and preparing performance-based specifications for Specialty ground improvement contractors (design-build approach). Services then continued during Below Ground Seismic Construction to monitor the work and provide additional input when needed.

The project had a number of difficult site conditions and ground movement analysis was complex but the unique approaches Geotechnology provided were critical to the final solution offered by the selected design-build contractor. 

“Geotechnology is honored to receive these prestigious awards from the ACEC chapters in both Tennessee and Missouri,” said Ed Alizadeh, President and CEO of Geotechnology, Inc. “The collaborative effort of the teams from our Memphis and St. Louis offices affirms Geotechnology’s mission to utilize all of our resources, equipment and personnel, to consistently seek innovative ways to provide solutions for our clients.” 

Geotechnology representatives accepted the awards at separate ceremonies in both Tennessee and Missouri.

Geotechnology’s Pam Hobbs Receives Engineers’ Club Award

July 9th, 2013

May, 2013 – St. Louis, MO

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing, geophysics, water resource management, and drilling services, announced today that Pam Hobbs, Business Development Manager for the firm, has received the 2013 Award of Merit from the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis.  The award recognizes outstanding performance or contributions reflecting credit to the engineering profession or the Engineers’ Club.

“Pam’s willingness to serve our community is a gift of offered leadership that is highly prized by the entire membership of the Engineers’ Club and the engineering community”, said Richard S. Musler, P.E., President, Musler Engineering Company.  “We are pleased to bestow the Award of Merit as a distinction and honor to recognize Pam for her service.”

In 2005, Ms. Hobbs was elected the first female president of the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis, and remains active with the organization today.  She currently serves as president of Progress 64 West, and is an active member of the St. Louis Construction Consumers Council, American Public Works Association, Transportation Engineers Association of Missouri, and the Society of American Military Engineers.

Since joining Geotechnology in 2007, Ms. Hobbs has been successful in developing client relationships in a number of markets including federal, transportation and infrastructure, healthcare and municipal.

Ms. Hobbs earned a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (Now Missouri University of Science & Technology) in 1982.

Construction Materials Testing Group Reaches Safety Milestone

December 11th, 2012

St. Louis, MO (November 26, 2012) – Geotechnology, Inc. announced today that the firm’s St. Louis and Collinsville Construction Materials Testing groups have worked 4,500 days without a Lost Time Accident.  The CMT group consists of 32 people who work in the field, and in laboratories located in Geotechnology’s St. Louis and Collinsville, IL offices.

“I’m very proud of our Construction Materials Testing group for having reached this outstanding safety milestone,” said Ed Alizadeh, President and CEO, Geotechnology, Inc.   “It’s a testament to Geotechnology’s commitment, and the staff’s dedication, to employee safety, that we were able to attain this significant achievement.”

The Construction Materials Testing group’s credentials make Geotechnology an industry leader in the areas of concrete, asphalt, steel, soils and other construction materials testing.  The construction materials testing group has played an integral role in the successful completion of many landmark construction projects and is recognized for providing quality, reliable service to contractors, owners, engineers and architects in in the Midwest and Mid-South regions.

Jozwiak Named 2012 Engineer of the Year by Missouri Society of Professional Engineers – St. Louis Chapter

February 29th, 2012

St. Louis, MO – Geotechnology, Inc.’s Vice President, Philip Jozwiak, PE, was awarded the 2012 Engineer of the Year Award by the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers – St. Louis Chapter. Since 1995 Jozwiak has been responsible for the overall direction and timely completion of the firm’s large scale projects related to transportation and infrastructure. Mr. Jozwiak takes a proactive approach to his work and encourages his team members to take the initiative on projects and work together to take on difficult geotechnical challenges and develop their skills.

Throughout his career Mr. Jozwiak has been very active in professional organizations, serving as past president of the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis, past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)-St. Louis Section, past president of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) -St. Louis Post, and regional vice president of the Missouri River Region, SAME. He has served on national committees for ASCE and SAME, and maintains active membership in the American Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri, Transportation Engineers Association of Missouri, American Public Works Association, Water Environment Federation, Missouri Association of Sewer Districts, and the Missouri Transportation and Development Council.

Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) www.mspe.org is an individual member association dedicated to promoting and defending the ethical and competent practice of all disciplines of engineering. MSPE provides a strong networking opportunity and exposure to the latest engineering developments across all disciplines, management levels and career phases.

Geotechnology, Inc. is an employee-owned, professional corporation offering professional engineering and environmental services for a broad range of projects in applied earth and environmental sciences, geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, and non-destructive testing, geophysics, drilling, soil and rock testing, and construction observation services since 1984. Geotechnology’s corporate office is in St. Louis, Missouri with branch offices in Collinsville, Illinois, Overland Park, Kansas, and Memphis, Tennessee.

Mike Alizadeh Graduate Studies Scholarship Renamed and Awarded for 2010-2011 School Year

November 22nd, 2010

The Mike Alizadeh Graduate Studies Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year was awarded last September to Brett Zitny from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is pursuing a M.S. in civil engineering with an emphasis in geotechnical engineering and will graduate in May 2011. He is a member and former president of the ASCE Student Chapter. The scholarship, which was established in 2007 to honor Geotechnology, Inc. founder Mike Alizadeh, supports graduate students pursuing Masters Degrees in civil or geological engineering with a geotechnical or environmental emphasis who attend a university in the Midwest. The ASCE St. Louis Section Geotechnical Committee administers the scholarship.

To better draw the connection between Mike Alizadeh and the firm he founded in 1984, the scholarship is now called the Mike Alizadeh/Geotechnology Scholarship. The hope is to also make the scholarship more relevant and recognizable to applicants. The scholarship is funded by the Alizadeh family and Geotechnology, Inc.

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Mike Roark Announced as Member of 40 Under 40 Class for 2011 by the St. Louis Business Journal

November 19th, 2010

The St. Louis Business Journal chose Mike Roark, senior project manager on the development team, to receive the 40 Under 40 Class of 2011 award. Honorees are determined by a committee of editors and former winners based on career achievements and community work.

Mike has spent 11 out of his 12 years of professional experience at Geotechnology, proving he was a leader from day one. He spent his first years developing innovative geophysical services and applications for clients, which catapulted the volume of geophysical projects at Geotechnology by approximately 600% during his tenure, turning geophysics into the fastest-growing service line in the firm in the past decade. He became the youngest owner of Geotechnology in 2008.

Mike was the first person in the firm to earn LEED accreditation through USGBC, which he is a member of the St. Louis Chapter and its Advocacy Committee. He’s also leading the firm in improving its sustainability efforts through the St. Louis RCGA Green Business Challenge, which is already making an impact on the firm’s operations.

Mike also puts his knowledge to practice and volunteers with the Habitat for Humanity St. Louis LEED-Neighborhood Development committee to assist Habitat in achieving LEED Certification for their Old North St. Louis build. He’s a member and former president of the After Hours Community Band, a local not-for-profit community band that serves St. Louis area communities by playing at civic functions and charitable events.

Congratulations to AGC St. Louis Keystone Award Winners & Finalists!

November 15th, 2010

Geotechnology congratulates its clients and project team members on their Associated General Contractors of St. Louis Keystone Award – winning projects. We’re proud to provide quality services on these St. Louis-area projects.

BJC Institute of Health at Washington University – S.M. Wilson & Co.
Project of the Year – General Contractor / Construction Manager – Building Construction Project $60 Million or more
Pre-construction drilled pier probing and steel testing for BJC HealthCare as well as geotechnical engineering.

Edward Jones South Campus Building Addition and Garage – McCarthy Building Companies
Finalist – General Contractor / Construction Manager – Building Construction Project $60 Million or more
Construction materials testing and observation for Edward Jones as well as geotechnical engineering and environmental consulting.

River City Casino – Paric Corporation
Finalist – General Contractor / Construction Manager – Building Construction Project $60 Million or more
Foundation testing, construction materials testing and observation for Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. as well as geotechnical engineering.

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Geotechnology Works with Keystone Award-Winning Clients & Projects

November 10th, 2009

Geotechnology is proud to work with all of its clients and project teams, including the projects and general contractor winners of AGC of St. Louis’ 12th Annual Construction Keystone Awards. We enjoyed helping clients and owners successfully reach their goals by providing the following services:

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – McCarthy Building Cos.
Building Construction Project $40 million or more

Construction materials testing and observation services to McCarthy.

Bank of Washington in Washington, Missouri – H.B.D. Contracting, Inc.
Building Construction Project $10 million to $40 million
Geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and observation services to H.B.D.

The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum – Paric Corp.
Building Construction Project under $10 million

Geotechnical engineering, pavement design, construction materials testing and observation services to The Magic House.

CityGarden – BSI Constructors Inc.
Industrial/Infrastructure Construction Project $10 million or more

Geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and observation services to Gateway Foundation.

Old Post Office Plaza – Kozeny-Wagner, Inc.
Industrial/Infrastructure Construction Project under $10 million

Environmental, geotechnical, construction materials testing and observation services to Downtown Now!

Novus International Global Headquarters – Clayco Inc.
Sustainable Construction

Subsurface exploration, geotechnical engineering and StructureScan Ground Penetrating Surveys to locate rebar and conduit in concrete floor slabs for building renovation and addition.

Geotechnology Wins ACEC Honor Award for City of Jackson Water Tower

February 1st, 2009

jackson_water_towerGeotechnology won an Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)-Missouri for its innovative geotechnical engineering solutions.  The company was recognized for its evaluation of the project site for a new, 400,000-gallon elevated water storage tower for the City of Jackson, Missouri. Geotechnology’s client was Horner & Shifrin, Inc.

The project presented two challenges:  the tower had to be built near the existing water well and pump house, and the area had karst (underground voids) with an existing sinkhole located nearby. Geotechnology’s engineers developed an interdisciplinary approach to these challenges.  First, they performed a geophysical survey using the seismic reflection method to profile the subsurface and then used that data to perform “smart borings” in the locations where they were truly needed. The approach helped them identify higher quality bedrock, and avoid the karst features.  The result was a simpler design for the tower, which was relocated away from the area most impacted by the karst, and a reduction in overall construction cost and performance risk.

Geotechnology Wins Prestigious Civil Engineering Award

September 10th, 2008

Geotechnology was also recognized for its work on a 25-story hotel and nine-story parking garage for the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles with both ASCE’s 2008 Outstanding Project Award and a Grand Award from ACEC-MO’s 2007 Excellence in Engineering Awards. Ameristar originally had plans to build on a Missouri River floodplain where underlying sandy soils would be potentially liquefiable during an earthquake. Using conventional methods, a seismically safe foundation would have been very costly and delayed the target completion date. Geotechnology’s engineers analyzed a ground improvement package that made the soil dense enough to support the hotel and parking garage on more shallow foundations. This resulted in a safer building and a significant savings of time and money.