Sponsor Spotlight

How the A/E/C industry can help prepare the next generation of leaders?

Communities are where we work, live and raise our children. At Joeris, we seek to partner and build lasting relationships within our communities, especially with those that educate our children.

We have a long history of partnering with school districts to help enrich students’ education and future prospects. One way we’ve seen success is by helping teachers come up with real world scenarios where math and science are used in the construction industry. These examples help answer the age old question, ‘when am I ever going to use this in the real word?’

In addition, to showing students how the things they are learning today can be applied in the future, we want to provide them tools to help them make some of the life-changing decisions they will face, like choosing a college or a career path. Entering high school and choosing an endorsement for the next four years can seem like a daunting decision.

We want to be of service to the schools and communities where we build. Without a commitment to community, there would be no progress for the future. We feel one of the best ways we can support our local communities is by helping our students explore the opportunities they have. If you’d like to find out ways your firm can serve our communities in one of its most fundamental levels, education, we would love to hear from you!

SAmples from workbooks we’ve created

Below are a couple of sample out of workbooks we’ve created to show students some of the real-life applications of what they are learning.

infograph

The infograph below let’s students know that there is no wrong decision and that this decision won’t determine the rest of their lives. 

 

 

Contact Joeris Today

(817) 204-0770 | www.joeris.com

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Sponsor Spotlight

The Rios Group (TRG)

Subsurface Utility Engineering | Utility Coordination

A big Fort Worth style thank you to our Platinum Sponsor, The Rios Group (TRG)! TRG is the largest, HUB/DBE-certified Fort Worth based firm that focuses exclusively on Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) and Utility Coordination (UC).

 

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Center of Excellence for Energy Technology Prepares TCC Students for Jobs of Today and Tomorrow

When community colleges construct new buildings, they are making significant long-term investments.  These new buildings must be equipped to handle the needs of today’s students, as well as adapt to future needs. This idea was central to the design and construction of the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology. This innovative building on the Tarrant County College (TCC) south campus offers interactive features and state-of-the-art technology, which enable students to learn the skills that are necessary for the industrial jobs of today and tomorrow. It is the first all new building to be constructed on this campus in almost 50 years.

Using the Ferris State University facility for HVACR and Engineering Training as a model, TCC partnered with Fort Worth-based Freese and Nichols and with BNIM, a Kansas City-based architecture firm, to create a facility with an engaging learning environment that also serves as a model of sustainable building and conservation practices. The structure features open ceilings and see-through walls with pipes, duct work, and other equipment labeled and color-coded by function. This allows students to see how the systems are installed and fit together. There is also visual access to the mechanical rooms, which are traditionally hidden in a lower level or on the roof. At the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology, these areas are centrally located behind storefront walls and are easily accessible for observation.

One of the most prominent features in the facility is the air duct fabrication laboratory. It features a small-scale home simulating the conditions that students will encounter when working at new home construction sites. The lab also provides students with access to a computer-operated laser cutting machine so they may learn to create custom air duct panels. The equipment is widely used in the industry, but few educational programs across the nation have a machine available to students.

In addition to teaching skills necessary for HVACR jobs, the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology educates students about sustainable building practices by integrating these elements into the structural design. Solar panels, which provide about one-third of the building’s energy during its peak load, have been seamlessly incorporated into the public courtyard design as trellises. Also, a wind turbine on campus will provide students with a practical tool for learning how the generators work and a better understanding how wind resources can help address and impact overall energy needs and usage.

Additional energy conservation features include the use of geothermal wells to help regulate the building temperature and the integration of daylight harvesting into the architectural design to reduce the use of artificial lights. The wings of the building were created in an “H” shape to allow daylight into more of the interior sections. 

 

The Center of Excellence for Energy Technology building also includes sustainable water management systems. The building’s public courtyard is composed of permeable pavers and bioretention swales that remove pollutants and then release water into the soil to irrigate landscaping features, or slowly drain it into the city’s stormwater system.

While students get the most use out of the building, the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology is also intended for public use. The facility includes a large public space that may be used for community or campus events.

The Center of Excellence for Energy Technology was a wise investment for TCC and reflects the higher education institution’s commitment to innovation in education.  Through design, the building is transformed from a place that merely houses classrooms to actually becoming an integral part of the lesson. And, with careful planning and an eye on future trends, the building will adapt to future needs so that it remains an asset to the school and to the community for many years to come.

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Tell us a little about PIC Printing and what you offer your clients

[Gilbert Juarez] PIC Printing is located in Fort Worth, Texas and provides reprographics services to architects, engineers and construction companies. We focus on delivering the best quality of work with the right attitude. We understand how important it is to come in on time and under budget; therefore, we always have a dedicated team ready to serve!

We are able to produce high-quality color or black-and-white prints from digital files or hard copy originals. Clients can send us digital files via email, our website or FTP site. We can also convert hard copies into electronic documents and store them on our servers for future copies. 

We can also help clients achieve MBE participation since we are a Texas HUB-certified business and are MBE-certified by the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency.

 

Products and services PIC Printing offers include:

  • Copying and Digital Printing
  • Booklets
  • Brochure
  • Business Cards
  • Letterheads
  • Menus
  • Notepads
  • Postcards
  • Newsletters and Flyers
  • Manuals and Reports
  • Photo Enlargements
  • Posters and Banners
  • Laminating and Mounting
 

A/E/C Services:

 
  • Construction Plans
  • Specification Manuals
  • Color Printing & Copying
  • Online Planroom hosting
  • CAD Plotting
  • Scanning
  • Reductions and Enlargements
  • Color Renderings
  • Online Project Posting
  • Bid Advertisement
  • Plan Holder and Order Tracking
  • Plan Set Distribution
 

How long has PIC been involved with SMPS?

[Gilbert Juarez] PIC Printing has been involved with SMPS since April of 2014. I enjoy being the In-Kind Printing Sponsor and support a great industry organization.  SMPS members are always welcome at PIC Printing!

 

What do you feel is most valuable in being an SMPS sponsor?

[Gilbert Juarez] I feel the most valuable thing about being a sponsor is the exposure of our name to top-level professionals and organizations in the AEC community. As a small, growing business, we don’t have a department devoted solely to sales and marketing. We rely on the people we meet and the opportunities in sponsorships. I believe the little things we do to help a person succeed is what helps keep PIC Printing top-of-mind for the next big thing that person aims to achieve – even things as simple as printing items for SMPS and its members.

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Education Recap

Monday August, 7 2017 we hosted Janell Broyles, Sr. Marketing Coordinator for Freese and Nichols, as she gave us tools to help manage both internal and external writing tasks, from simple cover letters to complex and detailed technical documents.

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Member Spotlight

Please give Eleanor Gach, Marketing Manager at Empire Roofing, a big Fort Worth welcome. Read on to learn more about Eleanor and her top marketing tip - it's a good one!

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Member Spotlight

Amy took the CPSM exam because she wanted to challenge herself. Read more about how beneficial the CPSM study group was when she was preparing for her exam and her recommendations to anyone considering taking it.

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STEER STYLE BINGO 2016 RECAP

Member Spotlight

Lindsey shares helpful questions to consider before taking on the CPSM exam. Read more to learn about her professional goals and life with three young children.

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Member Spotlight

Jennifer shares how her CPSM certification has changed her technical peers' perspective of her. Read more to hear her advice for anyone considering taking the CPSM exam.

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Member Spotlight

As our Chapter President this year, Krystal Bybee has demonstrated what SMPS commitment really looks like. Read more about the many hats she wears and what drives her to succeed.

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Event Recap

The North Texas region will continue to add residents and jobs well into the future. This program brought together the plans that are in place today for major investments in transportation and water considering the region’s anticipated growth.

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Member Spotlight

Learn about member Julie Shaffer, CPSM, Owner of Shaffer Creative, LLC. Read on to discover what she loves photographing and her recommendation to those taking the exam.

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CPSM Spotlight

Cindy Sears-Clemmons has been a pillar of our Chapter since its inception. Learn more about what drives her and why she should stay away from treadmills!

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