Sponsor Spotlight: Freese and Nichols

SMPS Fort Worth is thankful to have Freese and Nichols as a Gold Chapter Sponsor. Freese and Nichols is a client-focused, regionally based firm with national expertise, whose continued support of SMPS Fort Worth and it’s members have greatly contributed to our decade of success. Freese and Nichols is the No. 1 Medium-sized Company to Work for in the State of Texas, according to Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine. Check out this short video to see what their employees have to say:

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Event Recap: Como Community Center Hard Hat Tour | Contributed by Randy Avila, SMPS Fort Worth Chapter President

On October 16, I joined several SMPS Fort Worth members with a hard hat tour of the new Como Community Center, graciously hosted by Muckleroy & Falls and HKS.

smps Como community center tourFirst of all, the design of the new center by HKS is simply stunning. The architectural details showcase a new, modern look that welcome the community with an inviting façade that features a tall, covered entry and a variety of neutral colors on its paneling and brick treatment. The layout of the multi-use spaces and traffic flow inside the facility were carefully planned with programming options in mind. The new center is not only available as a safe place for teenagers to get together for a pick-up basketball game, but also for senior citizens to meet for various activities through a separate, dedicated entry point. The center offers several multi-purpose rooms that can be divided into smaller spaces to fit the needs of the occupants. From cooking demonstrations in a commercial kitchen to birthday parties and reception areas available to the public for rent, the facility is designed to accommodate a variety of events for multiple purposes. 

Also evident is the pride and attention to detail that Muckleroy & Falls put into the construction of the building. Project Manager Dustin Vardeman outlined the remaining project milestones, which is ahead of schedule as this writing. During our tour, the site was busy with multiple construction activities. From what I could tell, the work was primarily the project’s finishing touches and/or punch list items. With a soft opening several weeks away, I was impressed with the level of completion by Muckleroy & Falls.    

smps como community center tourThe most important take away from the tour was how devoted the entire project team is to not only the completion of the new Como Community Center, but understanding the neighborhood’s history and the positive impact of the new center for the community. HKS’ Michael Parkinson shared the story of how Como began in the late 1800’s and its transformation in the years since. Designer Douglas Mullen pointed out the importance of the purple and gold to the residents of Como and how he incorporated those colors throughout the center. Muckleroy & Falls’ Superintendent Andrew Bergen even talked about the many ways the facility will be immediately utilized once it opens and the sense of pride it will create for the general public.

The rich history of the Como neighborhood beats strongly in the heart of Fort Worth, and the new Como Community Center will continue its proud and vibrant legacy.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Dunaway

How the City of Dallas Went All in on Delivering Recreation Opportunities to Its Citizens

A little water can go a long way – just ask thousands of kids in Dallas. With great fanfare, the City opened six new spraygrounds across Dallas this summer. This is just another milestone in the commitment to have dynamic aquatic experiences for all citizens. For over ten years, the Dallas Park and Recreation Department has delivered on its promise for exceptional aquatic resources. This includes big-time fun at family aquatic centers, and everyday fun at vibrant spraygrounds. The colorful spraygrounds have re-energized mature parks and activated neighborhood gatherings.

Dunaway Associates Nash-DavisBut it wasn’t an easy path getting there. All six spraygrounds had to be designed, approved, and constructed in less than one year. That’s lightning bolt speed for a public project. It took an “all-in” effort from the City, Dunaway, and the contractor. “Being selected to design these spraygrounds for the City of Dallas was a tremendous honor and challenge due to the fast-track schedule,” said Adam Brewster, project manager for Dunaway.

There were other requirements that added to the complexity of the project. “Our mandate from the City was to provide an equal level of service at each location, while creating unique designs that respond to the park and communities around them. All six spraygrounds are around 3,000 square feet and have their own distinct geometry, vibrant colors, and fun water-play features. Each one engages kids, both young and old.” said Brewster.

The initial challenge for Dunaway was the timeline. City officials sent their Dunaway counterparts an email on June 27, 2018, notifying the firm that the City Council had approved this contract. However, they wanted the spraygrounds ready by the Spring of 2019. A challenging timeline for most projects, the City and Dunaway charged forward with a proactive mindset.

“The Park and Recreation Department fast-tracked the design and construction and established a collaborative team at the beginning,” said David Mills, City Project Manager. “It was determined early-on to contract with a sprayground contractor through the Texas Buy Board cooperative agreement. This saved design and procurement time. The contractor provided a construction price at the end of the design development phase, which was approved by the Park and Recreation Board and City Council.”

Dunaway Associates Nash-DavisEveryone worked in tandem together: coordination meetings were held bi-weekly with multiple City departments to identify any permitting issues in order to save time once a permit application was submitted; in-house construction staff in the Park and Recreation Department’s Facility Services Division performed the utility work, and Park and Recreation Department’s Maintenance Division installed the irrigation system and landscaping.

What made the timely accomplishment even more impressive was the decision to produce six structures that had designs unique to each park while using the same square footage and materials. The site-specific designs were Dunaway’s idea, which embraced the City’s desire for originality. The City wanted each sprayground to feel special while providing “an equal level of service.” Additionally, each of the six spraygrounds were built to fit carefully within existing parks. While they all have the same elements, each sprayground was custom designed to consider individual nearby amenities, such as trails and picnic areas. 

At the same time, the City wanted the cost benefits that come with using consistency in mechanical filtration systems. This approach is comparable to how automotive manufacturers use the same drivetrain for different models – equating, in this instance, to savings during construction and with ongoing maintenance.

Dunaway Associates Nash-DavisEach structure needed to meet code requirements to make maintenance easier, as well as the traditional requirements of keeping all pooled water underground, so that there is never more than three inches of water on the surface. Other challenges that Dunaway addressed included the requirement involving public interactive water features, and water balloon debris. Public regulations require that water be sanitized two times, once with chlorine (like a swimming pool), and a second time with ultraviolet light. Water balloon debris is a common issue for spraygrounds and a maintenance nightmare that causes clogged drains and damaged pump equipment. Dunaway designed and implemented a custom filtration system that met the public sanitation requirements, and devised a debris screener with two 24-inch filter baskets that mitigated the water balloon concerns. 

Other important elements to the project included:

  • using non-slip surfacing, using an acrylic cement topping to mitigate the risk of slip and falls;
  • creating ample seating and shaded areas around the perimeter to maximize spectator comfort as well as adding seat walls and group tables for participants; and 
  • varying the intensity of the water features throughout the sprayground, based on the age of the participants. 


Dallas kids and families have enthusiastically responded. Each ribbon cutting has included kids — eagerly waiting in their swimsuits — ready for some fun! As City councilman Omar Narvaez said with a big smile, “ribbon cuttings are my favorite days — everybody is happy.” In a fresh way, these spraygrounds have rebranded the parks and neighborhoods they serve. And, they’re free. So kids are smiling and City leaders are smiling in Dallas.

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2019-2020 SMPS Fort Worth Board of Directors

SMPS Fort Worth is excited to announce our new Board of Directors for 2019-2020.

The new board includes ten members of SMPS Fort Worth, all of whom represent and help the organization in meeting its mission of being the primary resource for education, team building and strategic and marketing information for SMPS members and others involved in the built environment.

The Board is dedicating this year to engaging our membership in participating in new and effective ways. SMPS Fort Worth just celebrated our 10th anniversary and is looking forward to unveiling new programs and special events in the upcoming year to commemorate our decade of existence.

The 2019-2020 Board of Directors is represented by this qualified roster of A/E/C marketing and business development professionals:

President: Randy Avila, Director of Marketing at Cadence McShane Construction

President-Elect: Gloria Moss, Marketing Coordinator at Jaster Quintanilla

Past-President: Lynn Ducas, Business Development Manager at Fugro

Sponsorship Director: Destiny Silva, Marketing Specialist at Dunaway Associates

Programs and Education Advisor: Shonnah B. Driver, Marketing Director at Baird, Hampton & Brown, Inc.

Membership Director: Melissa Beasley, BD and Marketing Manager at BGE, Inc.

Communications Director: Jen Eisenbarth, CPSM, Owner at Ironbeard Solutions, LLC

Secretary: Cara Pilgrim, Marketing Coordinator at Baird, Hampton & Brown, Inc.

Treasurer: Amy Amaya, CPSM, Project Manager at CKearney Consulting 

If you are interested in volunteering for a committee or joining our chapter leadership, please reach out to any of the individuals above. Their contact information can be found here.

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Event Recap: Steer Style Bingo 2018

Steer Style Bingo

Tuesday, October 23

Professionals and community leaders from across the DFW area attended SMPS Fort Worth’s third Steer Style Bingo event, benefiting the Fort Worth Herd and the SMPS Fort Worth Scholarship Program. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and music by Texas Country music artist JD while playing a life size game of Bingo with Rojo, Norman and Rusty (three Texas longhorns) at the Cowtown Coliseum. Read more about how Steer Style Bingo works here.

 

Prizes

Bingo winners and raffle winners were able to choose from a number of goodies, thanks to our generous prize donors.

CKearney Consulting Pen Winner - Julie Shaffer
The prize basket included:
- Champagne Escape Weekend – Downtown Sheraton FW
- Cadence McShane branded Echo Dot
- 1 bottle of wine
- Admission passes to The Modern Art Museum

Cadence McShane Pen Winner 
The prize basket included:
Suite Romance Weekend – Downtown Sheraton FW
- Cadence McShane branded Echo Dot
- 1 bottle of wine
- $50 VISA gift card donated by Ckearney Consulting
- Admission passes to The Modern Art Museum

Cadence McShane Pen Winner 
The prize basket included:
- Remali 4k Ultra HD Sports Action Camera, waterproof, with carrying case and accessories 
- Fort Worth-Opoly 
- 1 bottle of wine
- $50 VISA gift card donated by Ckearney Consulting
- Admission passes to The Modern Art Museum

Door Prizes
- TEXO Swag Bag
- 1-hour session with Melissa Beasley Photography

Scholarship Winners

Both scholarships were funded with profits from the 2017 Steer Style Bingo event.
- SMPS announced Kristen Jenson as the receipient of the Southern Regional Conference Scholarship.
- Cara Pilgrim was announced as thereceipient of the Emerging Professional Scholarship.


Financials

The event’s profits exceeded $5,000. Seventy percent will be distributed to The Fort Worth Herd while the remaining monies will be used to fund the SMPS Fort Worth scholarship program to advance the membership and outreach of the society.  

 

BIG THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS

  • Presenting Sponsor – Stantec
  • Food Sponsor – Baird, Hampton & Brown, Inc.
  • Food Sponsor – Gorrondona & Associates, Inc.
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – The Rios Group
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – Cadence McShane Construction
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – CKearney Consulting
  • Steer Photo Sponsor – Southland Holdings
  • Entertainment Sponsor – Dunaway and Associates
  • Entertainment Sponsor – Alan Plummer Associates, Inc.
  • Dessert Sponsor providing Nothing Bundt Cakes – JQ Infrastructure
  • Table Sponsor – Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel
  • Table Sponsor – dotomation
  • Banner Sponsor – First Texas Insurance Services, L.C.
  • Banner Sponsor – White HawkEngineering and Design

 

WHAT IS THE FORT WORTH HERD?

Enduring Symbols ~ Entertaining Millions ~ Educating Generations

 

Watch this short one minute video to see the Old West come to life before your eyes during the Fort Worth Herd’s twice-daily cattle drive. www.fortworthherd.com


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Event Recap: Steer Style Bingo 2017

Steer Style Bingo

Thursday, October 19

Thursday, October 19, professionals and community leaders from across the area attended SMPS Fort Worth’s second Steer Style Bingo event, benefiting the Fort Worth Herd and the SMPS Fort Worth Scholarship Program. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and music by Texas Country music artist Jason Ashley while playing a life size game of Bingo with Rojo, Norman and Rusty (three Texas longhorns) at the Cowtown Coliseum. Read more about how Steer Style Bingo works here.

Prizes

Bingo winners and raffle winners were able to choose from a number of goodies, thanks to our generous prize donors.

Bingo Winner Basket 1 - One-night Stay at the Fort Worth Omni Hotel

Bingo Winner Basket 2 - One-night Stay at the Fort Worth Hilton Hotel

Bingo Winner Basket 3 - One-night Stay at the Fort Worth Sheraton Hotel

Each basket also included:

  • 4 tickets to the Modern Museum
  • A bottle of TX Whiskey
  • A 6-pack of Martin House Brewing Company beer
  • The Reata Restaurant Cookbook
  • A $50 Tim Love Restaurant gift card and a Yeti tumbler donated by CKearney Consulting
  • An air plant arrangement donated by SMPS Fort Worth
  • A photography session donated by local photographer Stacy Bogan
  • A Sub Z cooler donated by Steve Shultz 

Side Bet 1 Winner Prize  - “What’s for Lunch” Gift Card Pack with cards to Taco Heads, Starbucks and Chick-fil-A donated by SMPS Fort Worth

Side Bet 2 Winner Prize  - Steer watercolor artpiece from artist Jan Riggins

Side Bet 3 Winner Prize - Pendant Necklace donated by Kubes Jewelers

Door Prizes
Gift Certificate donated by Capital Grille
Stella & Dot Necklace donated by Destiny Silva
Mary Kay Basket donated by Billie Gillespie, Mary Kay Director
Fort Worth-Themed Basket donated by Rachel Phillips
Wine Basket donated by Rachel Phillips
Car Care Basket donated by Demand Car Care
Photoshoot donated by local photographer Stacy Bogan
Phone Fans from HALO branded solutions

Scholarship Winners

SMPS presented Katie Lippe with the Southern Regional Conference Scholarship and Stephanie Byrd with the Emerging Professional Scholarship. Both of these scholarships were funded with profits from the 2016 Steer Style Bingo event.

Thank you to Committee Director Shonnah Driver

SMPS Fort Worth presented a gift of appreciation to Shonnah Driver, Steer Style Bingo Committee Director, for her hard work and effort coordinating the event for a second year in a row (while pregnant this year!). 

Financials

The event’s profits exceeded $9,000. Seventy percent will be distributed to The Fort Worth Herd while the remaining monies will be used to fund the SMPS Fort Worth scholarship program to advance the membership and outreach of the society.  

BIG THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS

  • Presenting Sponsor – Stantec
  • Food Sponsor – Gorrondona & Associates, Inc.
  • Food Sponsor – Baird, Hampton & Brown, Inc.
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – The Rios Group
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – Key Construction
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – JQ Infrastructure
  • Steer Photo Sponsor – Southland Holdings
  • Entertainment Sponsor – Dunaway and Associates
  • Table Sponsor – CKearney Consulting
  • Table Sponsor – Guidepost Solutions
  • Table Sponsor – Woodlake Outdoor
  • Table Sponsor – CP&Y
  • Table Sponsor – Kubes Jewlers and Shaffer Creative
  • Table Sponsor – Baird, Hampton & Brown, Inc.
  • Banner Sponsor – Marksman Security Corporation
  • Banner Sponsor – First Texas Insurance Services, L.C.
  • Banner Sponsor – Intertek-PSI
  • Banner Sponsor – TRW Family of Companies

WHAT IS THE FORT WORTH HERD?

Enduring Symbols ~ Entertaining Millions ~ Educating Generations

 

Watch this short one minute video to see the Old West come to life before your eyes during the Fort Worth Herd’s twice-daily cattle drive. www.fortworthherd.com

 

Photos Courtesy of Daquirie Thanphirom

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Event Recap: Steer Style Bingo 2016

Thursday, August 25, more than 80 professionals and community leaders attended SMPS Fort Worth’s inaugural Steer Style Bingo event, benefiting the Fort Worth Herd and Make-A-Wish North Texas. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and music by Texas Country music artist Cody Gill while playing a life size game of Bingo with Rojo, Norman and Rusty (three Texas longhorns) at the Cowtown Coliseum. Read more about how Steer Style Bingo works here.

After no more than ten minutes, Rojo, Norman and Rusty each made their “Bingo contributions” in their individual pens and we had our winners! Due to the overwhelming popularity of the game, we held one final Bingo game at the end of the night. Bingo winners and raffle winners were able to choose from a number of goodies, thanks to our generous prize donors. Read More.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Freese and Nichols

We are thankful to have Freese and Nichols as a Gold Chapter Sponsor. Their continued support of SMPS Fort Worth and our members have greatly contributed to our decade of success.
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Event Recap: Como Community Center Hard Hat Tour | Contributed by Randy Avila, SMPS Fort Worth Chapter President

The most important take away is how devoted the entire project team is to not only the completion of the new Community Center, but understanding the neighborhood’s history and positive impact of the new center for the community.
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Sponsor Spotlight: Dunaway

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2019-2020 SMPS Fort Worth Board of Directors

The Board is dedicating this year to engaging our membership in participating in new and effective ways. SMPS Fort Worth just celebrated our 10th anniversary and will be unveiling new programs and special events in the upcoming year.
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Event Recap: Steer Style Bingo 2018

October 23 professionals and community leaders from across DFW attended SMPS Fort Worth’s third Steer Style Bingo event, benefiting the Fort Worth Herd and the SMPS Fort Worth Scholarship Program. Guests enjoyed a life size Bingo game with three steers.
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Event Recap: Steer Style Bingo 2017

Thursday, October 19, professionals and community leaders from across the area attended SMPS Fort Worth’s second Steer Style Bingo event, benefiting the Fort Worth Herd and the SMPS Fort Worth Scholarship Program.
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Event Recap: Steer Style Bingo 2016

August 25 marked the first annual Steer Style Bingo event where professionals and community leaders participated a fantastic event that benefited the Fort Worth Herd and the SMPS Fort Worth Scholarship Program.
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