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Elements of Bradley Perrott

Growing up in Florida, Bradley Perrott, P.E., LEED AP®, GGP, EMP, and his family were regular theme park visitors every year. And for a long time, Brad wanted to design roller coasters. Brad went on to major in mechanical engineering ─ receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in 2002. And while he hasn’t yet designed a roller…

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Engineers’ interest in welding strikes an arc in creation of customized college course

A group of Hanson employees in Springfield, Illinois, has completed a welding course that was customized for Hanson’s engineers. Hanson approached Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) in Springfield for welding training after several employees in the Springfield office expressed interest. Hanson and the college collaborated to create the curriculum: a 30-hour course held during 10 weeks that ranged “from theory…

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Hanson employees help with Eagle Scout project

An old church bell rings again in Rochester, Illinois, a small community east of Springfield, thanks to Boy Scout Alex Baylor and Hanson Springfield employees Matt Willey, P.E., S.E., and Tom Packman, EIT. Alex, a member of Boy Scout Troop 40 in Rochester, is working to reach the rank of Eagle Scout ─ the highest level a Boy Scout can…

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Petkevicius participates in groundbreaking ceremony for new bridge

Hanson’s Amber Petkevicius, P.E., a transportation engineer in Oak Brook, Illinois, joined Benesch representatives and Illinois and Iowa officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new bridge across the Mississippi River. A crowd that included Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner gathered in the afternoon June 26 for the event, which was held at Leach Park in…

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Love a fair

“People embrace county fairs as an opportunity to set the rest of life aside and delve into the sights, sounds and feelings that combine to create an experience that is unquestionably unique, while at the same time, timeless and familiar, no matter where you are.” – Samantha Johnson Writer It’s summertime, and for many of us, that means a trip…

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Advancing the business of engineering

After working in the engineering profession for more than four decades, I recently had the honor and privilege of standing before 1,600 of my colleagues in the engineering industry as the incoming chairman of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). It was an amazing and humbling experience for me and one of the highlights of my career. In that…

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Elements of Shawn Gibbs

At home in nature and the great outdoors, Shawn Gibbs chose a career in biology that brings her plenty of chances to work outside. As a biologist at Hanson’s Springfield, Illinois, headquarters since 2011, Shawn has worked on a variety of aviation, environmental and transportation projects, providing environmental assessments, permit applications, aquatic habitat and wildlife assessments, surveys for threatened and…

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Yes, there’s a guidebook for that

At Hanson, our employees rely on a variety of guidebooks, stylebooks and manuals for the projects we work on — whether it involves designing a major highway, commissioning a new building or developing a proposal for a new project. In addition to accessing the useful and practical information available in guidebooks, Hanson’s employees have also helped write, create and edit…

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Reaching for new heights

“Engineers are changing the world all of the time. They dream up creative, practical solutions and work with other smart, inspiring people to invent, design and create things that matter.” -www.discovere.org Hanson is a strong proponent of encouraging kids to explore educational opportunities and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Mentoring is a part of Hanson’s culture, and…

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