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Employee Spotlight – Kristin Stewart

Employee Spotlight – Kristin Stewart

Kristin is one of our newest family members, and she immediately fit right in. Our family members have diverse interests – and Kristin proves that to be true with her love of dogs and dog shows.  Here are 10 fun facts about Kristin. Enjoy!

  1. I bleed purple! I am a recent graduate of Kansas State University. Manhattan, Kansas will always be my second home.
  2. I was the first person in my family to attend a university.
  3. My boyfriend, Scott, and I have been together for 6 years, and we are both from the same small town in Kansas.
  4. Scott and I are active members of the American Dog Breeders Association. We participate in dog shows throughout the year – when we have time, that is.  Our dogs have achieved 6 Champion titles and 1 Grand Champion I title.
  5. In 2012, I traveled more than 12,000 miles to dog shows across the nation.
  6. Last dog fact (I promise!). We have one bedroom in our house dedicated entirely to trophies, ribbons, dog memorabilia, and our dog’s treadmill.  Yes, a dog treadmill.
  7. In my downtime, I love to cross stitch. It’s a skill I inherited from my mom.
  8. I have a younger brother and sister. My brother is a local semi-truck driver in Kansas.  My sister is following in both of my parents’ footsteps and is beginning college to study nursing this August.
  9. My first flight ever was in January 2014, when I flew down to Dallas to interview for my position at Purdy-McGuire.
  10. Scott and I are huge Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fans!
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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT – Jeremy Pendery

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT – Jeremy Pendery

At Purdy-McGuire, we have the best employees in the world. Ok, so maybe that opinion is a little biased…but here’s partial proof! Check out 10 fun facts about Jeremy Pendery, P.E.

1. Married to my beautiful wife, Paige, for 8 years. We have a 2 year old son and a baby girl on the way.
2. I am a 3rd Generation Aggie on both sides, and am a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2002.
3. Music? I love music and I play guitar, French horn, and trumpet.
5. Music…again?! I enjoy listening to music, and have a pretty extensive and eclectic collection.
4. Hanging out on the water is one of my favorite things to do, especially waterskiing and river tubing.
6. I have lived in the Dallas area all of my life except for my four years in college at College Station. I’m a born and bred Texan.
7. I am a novice homebrewer; but I’m a beer connoisseur.
8. Camping is another favorite thing and my family tries to go a couple times a year to different state parks.
9. I earned my Eagle Scout rank from Troop 890 in Dallas, and am looking forward to sharing scouting with my son in the future.
10. Wilshire Baptist Church is where we worship, and I’m an active member.

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Five Years Running

Five Years Running

On Thursday, June 11 at The Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West, our colleagues in the A/E/C industry gave Purdy-McGuire a vote of confidence by selecting us as Engineer of the Year. The criteria is very specific:

  • Drawings and specifications are coordinated, clear and complete
  • Cooperates in helping resolve problems, and processes shop drawings and submittals in a timely manner
  • Responds to questions and resolves problems in a fair and timely manner
  • Considerate of subcontractors with respect to prompt approval of applications for payment
  • Proficient in BIM or LEED where applicable to the project

We were in good company, as the other nominees in our category read like a Who’s Who of the best engineering firms in the DFW area: RLG Consulting Engineers, SW Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc., The Structural Alliance (tsa), Walter P. Moore, Blum Consulting Engineers, Inc., WSP+CCRD, and JJA Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Consultants.

Congratulations to all nominees and winners in every category!

Special congratulations to two of our valued clients: HKS (Outstanding Architect) and Hill & Wilkinson (Outstanding General Contractor).  Of course, we already know you’re the best – this award was just confirmation!

To all of our clients, business partners, and friends – you are all winners. THANK YOU for entrusting us with your projects.  We don’t take this honor lightly, and we’ll continue to work hard to earn that trust.

 

 

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What are YOU thankful for?

What are YOU thankful for?

Ah, Thanksgiving…It truly is one of my favorite holidays.  Maybe because it comes after one of my least favorite holidays – Halloween! But Thanksgiving gives me a chance to visit with and enjoy my family without the chaos often associated with the gift-giving that so many of us do in December.

As I thought about what I’m most thankful for, many things immediately came to my mind. There were some obvious reasons to be thankful – my family, my beautiful children, my health, my job, Purdy-McGuire. But there are always reasons to be thankful that aren’t so obvious.  Think about the prayers we thought were unanswered or we didn’t get the answer we thought we wanted:  you don’t get the promotion you thought you wanted, but learn instead that there’s a lot of growth available in your current position that will help satiate your appetite for professional growth; the new project your firm doesn’t get – but it works out to be for the best because a new opportunity comes along “out of the blue” that you do win, and had you won the other, you would have been overcommitted.

The bottom line is that thankfulness is a way of life – not just something we remember to do at the end of November.  First Thessalonians 5:16-18 says “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will…”  This week and the future weeks to come, I hope that we can give thanks in all circumstances.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Camille Barton

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Why Have a Corporate Retreat?

Why Have a Corporate Retreat?

We just returned from our 18th annual company retreat. Our entire company gets out of the office for two days to ask ourselves, “How can we serve our clients better next year?” We set goals – and have some fun too.

Some may ask, “why have a retreat,” especially during such a busy time in the construction industry here in Dallas. My answer would be that our retreats are the cornerstone of Purdy-McGuire’s mission and values. We set ourselves apart by the customer service we provide. And anyone who has studied customer service knows it takes every single person in the company focusing on the client to provide exceptional customer service. If only the company’s principals attended the retreat, we would make plans for the coming year without the input of 90% of those who have contact with our customers! Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I’ll forget, teach me and I’ll remember, INVOLVE me and I’ll understand.”  By involving everyone, we return from the retreat focused and excited about the coming year.

And don’t forget about the fun! During this very busy time at work, the retreat gives us the opportunity to create some great memories outside the office. This improves relationships inside the office and at home because everyone is just a little less stressed at the end of the retreat.

With all these results, why NOT have a retreat??

Dan Thien

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Get Out of the Office!

Get Out of the Office!

As a marketing professional, I regularly talk/write/tweet/post about our projects using available project data and images that have become very familiar to me.  I speak with the engineers and designers about what they do or have done on a project, to give me a good feel for how best to present our work to existing and potential clients.  I’m proud of what we do here at Purdy-McGuire.

Now, this ain’t my first rodeo. I have worked with technical people for some 30+ years off and on – much of that time in the A/E/C industry. But there is always something that gives me a new appreciation – indeed respect – for the work my fellow employees do on behalf of my firm. That “something” happened yesterday when I toured UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Thermal Energy Plant where we provided the MEP expertise.

I must say that I spent most of the tour forcing my gaping mouth to close. What I’ve read and written about this amazing project does not do it justice.  Even the pictures I have seen pale compared with what I saw with my own eyes. I thought about how many times I’ve read or typed, “The project is a 10,000-ton Chilled and Heating Water Central Plant for a 1,000,000 SF University Hospital.”  Now I’m thinking about how different it will feel for me to read or type those words again, because I saw and touched super-sized 2500-ton water-cooled chillers and 500 BHP dual fuel-fired boilers, and it gave me a whole new perspective. It gave me fuel to do my job better.

As part of my job, I get out of the office often enough. But I rarely ever have the need to go to a job site; at least, I didn’t think I had the need. I’m willing to bet that most of us who have the important job of supporting our technical professionals are so busy that we just don’t feel we have the time to go out and see some of the projects that we so diligently support.

I challenge everyone – and I mean everyone – in the firm to get out of the office and see some of the work that makes your firm special.  It’ll give you a renewed sense of pride for your firm and the trained professionals that work with you.

Ruth Hunter-Hill

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Our Inaugural Blog Post from Our President Kip Hanzlicek

Our Inaugural Blog Post from Our President Kip Hanzlicek

Welcome to our blog launch. In my 30 years in the MEP engineering business, I’ve learned to surround myself with people that know what I don’t. So I’d like to personally thank Camille Barton, Ruth Hunter-Hill and Brandon Jarrett for spearheading this launch. They told me, “Glad you finally joined us in the 21st Century!”

Purdy-McGuire’s multigenerational employee mix is indicative of what’s happening in the AEC industry. Baby boomers are working next to generation xers and gen yers/millennials. This is important for us to perpetuate our business, but conflicts can arise. Understand that “out with the old, in with the new” doesn’t apply in our world today. “Old” and “new” must collaborate to take our business forward. As a baby boomer, I realize that everyone has something to offer, and that we’re never too old – or too young or smart – to learn something new. So this new website is a visual depiction of how a healthy generational mix can create great things. Enjoy! – Kip Hanzlicek

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