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When communities went into coronavirus lockdowns and canceled public meetings starting in March 2020, some cities were determined not to let the disruption stall their planning momentum. They turned more ever to digital town halls, online surveys, social media and other mechanisms to drive their public engagement.

Freese and Nichols’ planning team quickly expanded their skillset to help clients keep moving forward.

Urban Planning & Design Group Manager Wendy Shabay and...

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Congratulations to Robert Allen, an Associate Construction Manager from Freese and Nichols’s North Texas area, for receiving the company’s Lee B. Freese Mentoring Award for his dedication to fostering guidance through the organization.

Robert recently celebrated his 35th anniversary with Freese and Nichols. During this time, he has shared his knowledge on multiple projects while allowing those around him to grow from that knowledge. “He gave me a lot of room to...

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Oklahoma State University’s IMPACT magazine featured Freese and Nichols’ partnership with the school to prepare engineering students with skills for sustainable design.

Staff including Oklahoma Division Manager Tricia Hatley regularly serve as guest instructors to teach the basics of the Envision Rating System to senior design students at OSU’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The Envision system, provided by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, is a tool for evaluating an...

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Jeff Kirkwood took his skills as Freese and Nichols Safety Director overseas this year when he was sent to Afghanistan and Qatar as a Senior Master Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

Coronavirus pandemic restrictions kept him in San Antonio, where he lives, at the beginning of his deployment, but then he spent three months abroad as occupational safety manager for Air Force troops in Afghanistan.

Jeff has served almost 21 years...

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Freese and Nichols Surge Manager Rebecca Peters, PE , was featured as “Industry Person of the Week” by Empowering Pumps & Equipment , an information hub that connects those involved in industries working with pumps and related equipment, including water/wastewater, oil & gas and utilities.

Rebecca shared expertise from her surge modeling specialty within our Transmission and Utilities team in Southeast Texas. She also offered perspectives on the value of...

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In a year of unexpected changes, cancelations and general uncertainty, Freese and Nichols' 2020 summer interns (along with their groups!) adapted to the changes and created a memorable program.

Erin Ingram from the Fort Worth office said: “I knew so many people who lost their summer internships when COVID started up. … I was happy to find out that my group still wanted me on board! I felt super welcomed, and I was very...

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Congratulations to Stephanie Buckingham, Organizational Development Specialist in Freese and Nichols’ Fort Worth office, for receiving our Robert L. Nichols Professional Service Award for her commitment to professional development.

Stephanie is an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) where she serves on the Program Advisory Committee for the past three years. Her duties involve reviewing and providing feedback for over 200 abstracts for the ATD’s International Conference. She...

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Congratulations to Helen Salama, an Engineer-in-Training who works on transmission and utilities projects in Freese and Nichols’ San Antonio office, for receiving the company’s James R. Nichols Community Service Award for her exceptional dedication to public service.

Helen devoted more than 1,500 hours over two years to volunteer activities that ranged from mentoring young students to acting as an Arabic-English translator for refugees in Lebanon. She has put her engineering skills to work helping...

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