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ATS Welcomes Jim Goes, Structural Department Manager

ATS Engineers, Inspectors & Surveyors would like to introduce our new Structural Engineering Department Manager. Jim Goes P.E., S.E. brings 30 years of creative design in structural engineering with diverse materials and building types. He is adept at working across the entire project life cycle, from concept and development to construction and adaptive reuse. His broad range of experience spans across residential and commercial buildings, from simple room additions to AIA award winners. He has designed grandstands and bleachers, wind tunnels and virtual reality research facilities. Jim has served as President of the Structural Engineers Association of Iowa, consulting engineer to the Iowa Ready Mix Association and has served on the Central Iowa Code Consortium Building Code Committee. Jim is licensed in Texas, Iowa, Washington, Colorado, Florida and Illinois S.E..

Whisper Valley Ribbon Cutting

Whisper ValleyATS Engineers, Inspectors & Surveyors is proud to be a part of Austin’s newest, zero-energy capable community of homes. What is a zero-energy capable home? By reducing consumption using high efficiency geothermal heat pumps and producing power using photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, a home can become zero-energy capable. Whisper Valley is the first community of homes offering comprehensive technology and innovation through EcoSmart, that makes all this possible. ATS worked with the builders during construction, providing inspections and energy testing. Representatives from ATS celebrated with Whisper Valley at their recent ribbon cutting.

ATS Welcomes Patricia Jaimes To Our Energy Department

Patricia JaimesATS welcomes Patricia Jaimes to the Energy Department. Patricia has over 20 years of experience working for Engineering firms, so she comes to us with a wealth of Industry knowledge. When she’s not working for the Energy Department she’s keeping up with her two children. She has served as a board member of the local Parent Teachers Association for almost 10 years. Cooking, reading, dancing and performing Karaoke are some of her favorite past time activities. Welcome Patricia to the ATS family!

Luis Franco Joins Our Structural Department

Luis FrancoWe are excited to welcome Luis Franco, P.E. to our Structural Engineering Department. Luis is a native of Puerto Rico and moved here two years ago for employment opportunities. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, a Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Texas. Luis brings over 5 years of experience in Construction, Engineering, Inspections and Project Management. When Luis needs to relax he heads to the golf courses, tennis courts or picks up his guitar. Welcome to the ATS family Luis!

Annual Texas State University HUB Forum

HUB ForumRecently, representatives from ATS Engineers, Inspectors & Surveyors attended the Annual Texas State University HUB Forum. This year’s theme was “Teaming For Success”. The event provided an opportunity to connect historically underutilized business (HUB) contractors and professional services firms with primes, agencies and resources involved in State agency and university government contracting. The event was very productive as we met with eight Prime contractors. The Keynote speaker was Brigadier General and Apollo 16 Astronaut, Charles Duke. He spoke about his experience working on the team that helped bring the Apollo 13 Astronauts home safely and his three days on the moon collecting rock samples. Meeting and listening to Mr. Duke made the event memorable.

ATS Welcomes Zach Boone To Our MEP Department

Zach BooneWe are pleased to welcome Zachary Boone. Zachary recently joined ATS Engineers, Inspectors & Surveyors’ MEP department. He is a graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Zach is an Eagle Scout and continues to love camping and hiking. Recently he volunteered with Engineers Without Borders to clean up Shoal Creek. We are excited to have Zach join our ATS family.

Employee Garden Workday

Employee Garden WorkdayMembers of ATS’s Employee Garden Club got together on Saturday, September 16 for our Fall workday. We cleared weeds and dead plants from our communal beds, spread compost, repaired our compost bins, pulled grass from the walkways and generally tidied up the place to prepare for Fall planting. Some members planted their personal plots, while others are waiting for our next workday in two weeks when we’ll plant our communal plots. We’re looking forward to another Harvest Feast from our produce in a couple of months.

DFW Area, Here We Come!

Arlington, TXEarlier this year ATS was asked by Freese & Nichols to join them and their team of sub consultants, in submitting a proposal to provide inspection and plan review services for the City of Arlington’s Vertical Facilities Project. The Project consists of the construction and renovation of several public buildings over the next 5 years. We are pleased to announce that Arlington awarded the 5-year contract to Freese & Nichols (as the Prime) and their team of sub consultants. This is an exciting opportunity to build our presence in the DFW area and partner with other great companies. The other members of the team are Reed Fire Protection, Foster CM Group, Sunland Group, Hodges Architects and K + K Associates. The first two projects (Southeast Recreation Center and East Arlington Recreation Center/Library combination) are in the design stage, with construction expected to begin within a year. In anticipation of our growth in the area, we recently added commercial and residential inspectors, and a plan reviewer to our ATS North Texas team. We are proud to be part of a team that Arlington trusts to help ensure the health and safety of their citizens.

2017 Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse 2017It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No wait! It’s the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017. Many ATS team members took several breaks on Monday to gaze at the sky in wonderment, including our Chief Operating Officer, Brad Schubert. We had eclipse glasses, welding helmet shields and several homemade shadow boxes. We’re breathlessly awaiting the next one, in 2024, when Central Texas will be in the path of totality.

ATS Now Provides Inspections And Plan Review Services For Burnet, Texas

Burnet, TexasATS is pleased to announce that we have been selected to provide Building Inspections and Plan Review services for the city of Burnet, Texas. ATS has the pleasure of serving many local jurisdictions in Texas as their plan review and inspection authority. We are very pleased that so many communities have put their faith in ATS to help ensure the health and safety of their citizens.
For more information on our jurisdictional services contact Chief Operating Officer, Brad Schubert, 512-328-6995 x 102 – brad_schubert@ats-engineers.com