Raba Kistner Infrastructure hires Fitzgeraldo Sanchez, PE as Project Manager II

RK Infrastructure_cmykRussel Lenz, PE, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Infrastructure (RKI), has announced that Fitzgeraldo “Fitz” Sanchez, PE has been hired to serve as Project Manager II with responsibilities for managing the Owner Verification Services on up to one-half of the TxDOT  Energy Sector Road Repair Project. This is a construction project that will rebuild 30 separate segments of roadway in the Eagle Ford Shale region in South Texas.

PortraitMr. Sanchez is working under RKI’s contract with TxDOT with the responsibility to verify the quality of the construction on the project, including construction inspection and material testing operations, to ensure compliance with plans, drawings and specifications.

Before joining RKI, Mr. Sanchez worked for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as a permit engineer for Title V air quality operating permits.  He also served as the Webb County Engineer, where he completed the last phases of a $5 million water and wastewater program of projects for the water utilities department, and a $2 million engineering contract for the Border Colonia Access Program for paving projects.  Prior experience included working in three TxDOT districts in various capacities in design, construction and traffic operations.

Mr. Sanchez earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&I University – Kingsville (now Texas A&M University – Kingsville), as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Monterrey, Nuevo León.

About Raba Kistner Infrastructure, Inc.
Raba Kistner Infrastructure, Inc. (RKI), the leader in Quality Management Programs, is heavily impacting how tomorrow’s transportation needs will be addressed.  We specialize in providing unique approaches that successfully deliver roadway, rail and transit projects. RKI has industry-leading program managers, project delivery specialists, consultants and construction managers on staff.  We have created a comprehensive menu of solutions in the development, engineering, financing and management of transportation facilities and our services are tailored to help each client achieve their mobility goals. We have been and are currently involved in planning, design and construction projects worth more than $8 billion.

Raba Kistner Environmental announces promotion of Rick Klar, PG to Vice President

raba kistner logoMr. Steven E. Jones, CHCM, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Environmental (RKE) is pleased to announce the promotion of Rick V. Klar, PG to Vice President of the firm. Rick has been with RKE since 1996 and currently serves as the Manager of Operations for RKE, in addition to the corporate discipline leader for geosciences services. He is directly responsible for leading, guiding, evaluating, and supporting the work of environmental project staff, in addition to weekly operational planning and resource allocation.  Rick also interacts with other RK companies as necessary to provide environmental support for complex, multi-disciplinary projects.

Rick Klar_High Res_ColorRick is a registered Professional Geoscientist in the state of Texas and is responsible for implementing/overseeing site exploration and characterization activities in support of due diligence (Phase I, II, and III ESA) assessments, contamination assessments and remedial action plan development, soil and groundwater remediation projects, water quality/resources investigations, aggregate reserves planning, groundwater protection, in addition to a wide range of other environmental project types.  His project experience includes design and implementation of innovative site assessment approaches and strategies to address regulatory requirements and meet our Client’s long-term planning and project objectives.  Representative project experience includes geological mapping, karst feature surveys, surface and subsurface sampling of environmental media, landfill-gas and ground-water monitoring/recovery well design and installation, hydrogeologic investigations, and ground geophysical surveys.

According to Jones, “Rick is an extremely valuable leader in our department and a trusted resource for our clients. He has been with us for 18 years and his historical knowledge on our projects is extensive.  Over this time period, Rick has worked extensively with the majority of our repeat clients in addition to sub-consultants, subcontractors, and strategic teaming partners, and has established excellent working relationships that greatly benefit our company on many different levels. He is an excellent communicator and takes exceptional pride in the preparation of the written project deliverables and other client correspondence. These relationships and unfailing commitment to high-quality work over his tenure have been recognized through this most recent promotion.”

Mr. Klar is currently a member of the Alamo Air and Waste Management Association in addition to the National Ground Water Association.  He received his M.S. in Applied Geology (Hydrogeology) from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1996 and his B.S. in Earth Sciences from Saint Mary’s University in 1992.

About Raba Kistner, Inc.
Founded in 1968, Raba Kistner, Inc., parent company to Raba Kistner Environmental, Inc., is an Engineering News-Record “Top 500 Firm,” operating in eleven different markets in Texas, Utah, and México. Raba Kistner Environmental is recognized as one of the Southwest’s leading firms offering environmental consulting services. Our technical team consists of archeologists, biologists, engineers, environmental specialists, geologists, GIS analysts, and planners.

Ranch Hand to continue sponsorship of race car driver Jonathan Newcombe in 2015

EPS metallic backgroundRanch Hand is proud to announce that we will again sponsor race car driver Jonathan Newcombe in the coming year. Jonathan has been busy and impressive on the racing circuit this year.

J.NewcombeThe events that Jonathan entered in 2014 included the Rocky Mountain Solo races in STS class where he placed 1st in 5 out of 5 races, plus the Solo National Championships, placing 19th overall out of 56 in CS class.

Also, in the prestigious and challenging 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Jonathan placed 9th out of 23 in Time Attack1 division. “I can’t wait for next year’s Pikes Peak climb. I’m getting my car ready to perform even better than before, so I’ll be shooting to improve on my finish over this year,” he said.

“We wish Jonathan the best of luck in 2015 and he can count on Ranch Hand to cheering him on in all of his races,” said National Sales Director Scott McClaugherty.

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