Geotechnology Featured in Underground Construction Magazine

November 22nd, 2010

Dale Smith, Geotechnology’s Collinsville, Illinois Branch Manager, authored an article about the logistics of pipeline work for Underground Construction Magazine. The article can be found in the November 2010 issue. Click here to read more!

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 Helps to Locate the Boundaries of Old Potter’s Field in Kansas City

November 9th, 2010

Geotechnology performed non-destructive testing services to help locate the actual boundaries of a historic Potter’s field cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. Ric Tanner, a Geotechnology project manager, performed various non-destructive testing methods including ground penetrating radar and magnetics to determine the location of unmarked graves at the site. This information will also be used to help identify the boundaries of the cemetery. The client is Mustard Seed Cultural and Environmental, and the owner is the City of Kansas City. See photos and read more in the Kansas City Star!