Returning for his second summer working in the Dallas geotechnical lab is Casey Wilt, another Arkansas Razorback home for the long break. Along with testing the water content and plasticity of soil samples in the lab, he also spent several weeks driving around North Texas staking sites for drilling those samples. After two summers, needless to say, he knows a lot more about dirt than your average marketing major would ever need to know. Again, Woo Pig Sooie!
Warren Thayer, our newest intern in Dallas, is a civil engineering student at SMU, graduating this December. He met Alpha Testing through Tony Janish, P.E. while Tony was volunteering as a mentor in the engineering design class at SMU. Short after, Warren began interning and is now learning the ropes by working hands on in our geotechnical lab and at project sites (mostly bare fields) where samples are collected. He is originally from New Orleans, but plans to stay in Texas — Go Mustangs!
Marybeth Kirkpatrick came to the Dallas office in June all the way from the rolling hills of Fayetteville, Ar. She is back in the Lone Star State for the summer, but during most of the year she is attending the University of Arkansas. She started as a temporary receptionist at the front desk and is now in the very back of the building working as a marketing intern tasked with helping manage the company’s social media outlets. Woo Pig Sooie!
Off the square in old downtown, this place serves good coffee, has scones that must be homemade, and opens early on Saturdays. However, if you come later in the day, there is a book store and vendor stalls for antiques. The lunch menu looked good enough that Old Magnolia is getting a return trip later this year to test it out. For directions, Click Here.
Buon Giorno, discovered by one of our newest employees, has atmosphere, eclectic music, and is quiet enough, and adult enough, to hold a business meeting. Doors open at 6:00 am during the weekdays for those early morning coffee runs. Located on Florence Street near downtown Fort Worth, keep this one in your go-to file. (They also have a second location in Grapevine).
A key aspect of our 2011, 5 year Strategic Plan has been to provide improved workplace environments for our work family. We have a promising start on that process:
San Antonio moved into larger and newly finished office spaces in 2012. Houston got brand new digs in 2012. Fort Worth improvements and expansion start August 1, 2013. And last but not least, Dallas received its first major improvements in 28 years early in 2013. If you have not seen the office, let me say we like the improvements!
On two wheels or four (hopefully in a convertible) East Texas offers some great touring roads – just to drive ( ride 🙂 ). Wind your way around Lake O’ the Pines, near Jefferson, and refuel your ride and yourself at historic downtowns and delicious, one-of-a-kind restaurants like Pine Mills Catfish.
Suggested roads to travel:
Route 1 – FM 449 and FM 2208. Find a way to make a loop out of these.
Route 2 – FM 161 and FM 250 in and around Lone Star, Tx.
Each route is a half day run. For more information and even more touring roads, check out Tired Dog Racing.