Category Archives: Giving Back

Redeem the Stream

Alpha TestingAlpha’s Alberto Flores and his wife gave their Saturday morning to help clean up the Trinity River at the Redeem the Stream: Dallas River Cleanup, put on by the North Texas American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT). Volunteers paddled and hiked their way around the Green Belt of the Elm Fork – a floodplain area of the Trinity that is a collection point for trash. In just one morning, volunteers freed the Green Belt from 5,580 pounds of trash and debris! Now that’s redeeming.Alpha Testing

Sporting Clays

Alpha TestingIt has to be a good Wednesday when your Outlook calendar says “clay shoot” on it. Alpha sponsored a team at the Texas Association of Healthcare Facilities Management (TAHFM) Sporting Clays Tournament. Alpha’s Sean Bowman was one of the four in the group at the Westside Sporting Grounds in Katy, TX. The annual event included two courses, an awards ceremony, a raffle, and BBQ to end the day – all in support of TAHFM membership scholarships for professional development.

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TEXO Clayshoot

Alpha TestingAlpha was the Title Sponsor at the TEXO Clay Bird Shootout in September, benefitting the TEXO Foundation. Six lucky staff members got to join in the festivities on Thursday as volunteers or clay shoot participants. Decked out in Alpha gear, our volunteers worked the stations and gave away all kinds of goodies throughout the event.

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Taking a Bite out of Hunger

Did you know we have CANstruction in San Antonio too? This year, Alpha sponsored Kimley-Horn and PBK to design and build “NOTABURGER”. The CANstructure took 3,800 cans to create and included Sloppy Joe sauce, black beans, diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, and green beans. NOTABURGER won the Best Meal award, given to the structure made up of the most versatile and nutritious combination of canned food. The CANstructures will be displayed at the North Star Mall until September 23, then all cans will be deCANstructed and donated to the San Antonio Food Bank. Make sure to vote for NOTABURGER for the People’s Choice Awards!

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One Step at a Time

It’s CANstruction Season in Dallas at North Park Mall. Alpha Testing has teamed with Archer Western, HNTB, and DGR Consultants for our CANstructure. 16,000 canned goods make up the spiral staircase that represents our team’s theme “change comes one step at a time”. This is Alpha’s third year to participate in this international design/build competition that benefits the North Texas Food Bank.

North Park Mall is hosting this year’s competition, with 27 teams participating. Designs will be displayed from September 9-23 and are located on the first floor in the eastern half of the mall. Come see the CANstructures for yourself and make sure to vote for our team in the People’s Choice Award!

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Taking Aim at Hunger

Alpha TestingAlpha’s President, Brian Powell and Chairman, Jim Hillhouse “took aim at hunger” on April 27 at the Christian Community Action (CCA) Sporting Clay Shoot. Alberto Flores and Jacob Wadlington also joined the group as volunteers for the day. Alpha was a sponsor for the event which included 13 stations, a raffle, and BBQ for fuel. The clay shoot raised funds to benefit CCA’s mission to alleviate suffering, bring hope, and change lives. CCA has served the DFW area for over 43 years, providing food and crisis management and relief services. To volunteer, donate, or learn more about this nonprofit organization, visit their website.Alpha Testing, Inc

Looking Sharp Alpha!

Alpha TestingAlpha Testing was a bronze sponsor at the Hidden Figures of Dallas Scholarship Fundraiser Gala on Saturday, March 25. The NSBE-DFW hosted the gala to raise scholarship funds for women in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex pursuing STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Inspired by the book and film, Hidden Figures, the evening included honoring the scholarship recipients, dinner with keynote speaker Congresswomen Eddie B. Johnson, a silent auction, and raffle prizes.

Alpha’s Altagracia (Gracie) Cesaire helped make the event possible, serving as Pre-College Initiative Chair for NSBE-DFW Professionals. Her service included implementing different events for students, partnering with Dallas ISD, Girl Scouts, and YMCA, to bring STEM activities to minority and at-risk students.

Gracie was accompanied by Alpha’s Tony Janish, David Schledorn, and Harsha Addula. Props to Gracie for getting three of Alpha’s engineers in a suit and tie!

NSBE-DFW will be partnering with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to premiere ASCE’s new movie “Dream Big” on June 3, 2017. Please contact Gracie Cesaire at for more information and to purchase tickets.

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While You Were Sleeping

Alpha TestingAlpha Testing did things a little differently this round at the Form Follows Fitness 5K at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. This year, we sponsored our first booth! Our table was filled with all sorts of goodies – granola bars, stickers, koozies, and, of course, a giant bowl of candy – the perfect post workout fuel! In addition to the table treats, Alpha also raffled out Yeti Tumblers to booth visitors. We couldn’t have asked for better race weather and to top it all off, the sun came out post-race to warm up the morning. Thanks to all the Alpha family and friends who woke up early on a Saturday morning to support Alpha and a big thank you to our lone star runner for Team Alpha, Junior Hernandez! Looking forward to next year!Alpha Testing, Inc

The Family Place

The Family Place has been serving Dallas area victims of family violence since 1978. In order to accommodate growing needs, the agency created a $16.5 Million Legacy Campaign for an additional facility in Dallas, TX. Ann Moody Place broke ground in May 2016 and will provide domestic violence victims additional shelter and programs. The 40,000 SF facility will house 13 emergency shelter bedrooms, medical/dental clinic, hotline/call center, and numerous spaces for counseling and job training. Alpha is proud to be a part of this Legacy Campaign, working alongside Corgan and Hill & Wilkinson to provide geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing for the new facility.


Why We Do Canstruction

Here are the facts:

$17,350.53 donated
158,300 cans
183,967 meals provided

This year’s Canstruction was a huge success in many ways. The de-canstruction of our Dallas skyline went down last Saturday. Over 13,000 cans were disassembled – turning our skyline structure into meals. As with most tear downs, the process went by much faster than the build, especially with the help of students from DISD’s Lassiter Early College High School at El Centro.

Alpha’s Jeff Wilt said, “Those kids were great, they really stepped up and probably worked harder than everyone else! Hopefully some have interest in engineering or architecture as future careers. I would welcome them back next year during the construction phase.”

AND for the cherry on top… our structure was featured on WFAA. Watch the video here.

A big thanks to all who volunteered, and we hope to see students from Lassiter again next year!

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