The dedication ceremony for the PBK-designed Clear Creek ISD Challenger Columbia Stadium in League City, Texas, was a community-wide celebration. Emerging onto the field for the first time, through their respective mascot tunnels, were hundreds of students representing all types of athletics and fine arts that will take place in the new stadium. Ellen Ochoa, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and astronaut Mike Fincke spoke on behalf of the families of the flight crews of the space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, for which the stadium was named. The stadium complex, complete with track and field amenities, will hold the Region III, 6A Track Meet on April 29-30, hosting athletes, coaches and spectators from more than 75 high schools.

Jones|Carter accepted the Gold award for the Cottage Grove Low Impact Development and the Silver award for Pecan Lakes Flood Protection at the annual ACEC Texas Engineering Excellence awards on March 21 in San Antonio. The ACEC annual awards recognize projects that exhibit true innovation and are outstanding in every way. The low impact development (LID) was a pilot project for the city of Houston. The Jones|Carter team researched successful LID implementation on public projects throughout the nation and incorporated LID elements into Cottage Grove that were developed specifically for the region. The project has demonstrated that LID projects can be highly successful both in function and in providing value to future city projects. 

CobbFendley celebrated the opening of its new Montgomery County office with a ribbon cutting from the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce. The office, located in Conroe, Texas, is meant to provide a local presence in a growing community where CobbFendley is currently providing engineering and surveying services. On hand to celebrate the new location were company founders, William Fendley and Odis Cobb, as well as Dale Conger, president, and many of CobbFendley’s local leadership team.

Robins & Morton recently hosted a site tour for a group of visitors at the $32-million, 90,000-sq-ft orthopedic addition and renovation at North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. Approximately 15,000 sq ft of renovations are being performed on the existing hospital, while the new patient tower addition on the north side of the existing facility totals 75,000 sq ft. Within the addition, Robins & Morton is adding 30 new medical/surgical patient rooms, including six new operating rooms, 15 PACU beds and 18 staging rooms. In the photo, visitors approach the site following the morning meetings.

The Fort Worth office of Freese and Nichols held a teddy bear drive in February and donated 118 bears to The Women’s Center of Tarrant County. The stuffed animals are part of the center’s Rape Crisis and Victim Services Program; counselors bring a bear and a change of clothing to victims when they arrive at JPS Hospital in Fort Worth. Melody Allen, administrative assistant, has coordinated the teddy bear drive and Freese and Nichols’ other contributions to The Women’s Center for more than 12 years.