Garver Engineering Firm Stresses Water Design, Plans More Growth in Northwest Arkansas

by Chris Bahn  on Monday, Jul. 15, 2013 12:00 am  

“We’re recruiting for high-paying, high-technology jobs which everybody wants,” said Brock Hoskins, Garver’s executive vice president and chief operations officer. “We’re not only bringing young farm team folks in from the University of Arkansas, but also a lot of folks from other regions to northwest Arkansas.”

It’s an approach that has served the company well as it continues to attract new talent and new opportunities.

Consider the treatment facility in Tuscumbia, Ala., that earned Garver a Grand Conceptor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies. There the company incorporated a pair of membrane filters — designed in Fayetteville — to help remove pollutants and minerals from the water supply.

Garver is working on projects with the Trinity River Authority at a plant in Dallas that processes 300 million gallons per day. In work with Siloam Springs the company helped the local treatment plant improve its phosphorous filtering and developed technology to not only meet the limit of 0.037 parts per million for plants that discharge into the Illinois River, but get it down to .025.

Work in Conway was done to design a new plant that will expand that city’s wastewater treatment capabilities as the city continues to grow. Over in Norman, Okla., Garver is designing a new plant that will allow for re-use of wastewater to irrigate the OU golf course.

Plus, the company is expanding on its partnership with the University of Arkansas. Garver recently donated $150,000 to help develop a Membrane Science, Engineering & Technology (MAST) research center on campus. This will be the third such center in the country, joining the University of Colorado and New Jersey Institute of Technology. Research will focus on filtering out pharmaceuticals from wastewater.

“There’s a lot of cool stuff being done and being done right here in Fayetteville,” Jones said. “There are a lot of opportunities out there. This design center is the horsepower to help execute that work.”

 

 

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