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Oh the Places We CAN Go

Alpha Testing Dallas once again teamed up with Archer Western and HNTB for the CANstruction Dallas competition.

“Our  companies  are  working  toward advances  in  transportation,  including  the highways,  rail,  airports,  and  BEYOND! Our  structure  is  a  depiction  of  the  next  era of  space  travel,  leaving  the  balmy  waves of  Florida  and  looking  toward  Mars. While  we  work  toward  making  your  commutes better now  and  plan  for  the commutes  of  the  future,  one  thing  we  CAN  all  work  on  is  to  eradicate  hunger  in our  community.  Let’s  work  together  to  rid  Dallas  of  hunger today.” https://canstructiondallas2018.causevox.com/team/blastingouthunger

The entries are on display at NorthPark Center in Dallas until September 22nd, so make sure you check it out! Many thanks to all who participated, especially Jordan Koskelin and Hannah McAdams who represented Alpha on build day!

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ACI – San Antonio

Alpha Testing’s Courtney Ball, Jonathon Landeros, EIT, and Dylan Howell greeted participants at the ACI – San Antonio Chapter Golf Tournament at Silver Horn Golf Course in mid-April. Along with being the drink cart sponsor for the tournament, Alpha made sure everyone got some swag before they hit the course!

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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

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

Welcome to Bonton Farms

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Patrick Wright, Farm Manager

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and feed him for a lifetime.”

South Dallas is often referred to as a food desert, leaving residents with limited access to fresh produce. And that’s exactly why Daron Babcock created Bonton Farms, a community garden focusing on agricultural sustainability through education, job training, and employment, giving the Bonton neighborhood access to locally grown food.

But the community garden is not the only growing force on the farm. Four-legged and winged friends including goats, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and honey bees roam the grounds too, with Moses the dog to watch over them! Honey is collected, the goats are milked, and dozens of eggs are harvested every day at Bonton Farms. All food that is not given to the community and volunteers are sold at the Farmers Market and to two restaurants, Café Momentum and Garden Café.

As the farm, vegetables, and community continue to grow, big plans are in the making. Alpha contributed a geotechnical study for Bonton Farms for a planned Flex building, a multi-use structure, which will house an area for processing goat milk, an education center, and living quarters for the farm caretakers.DSCN1408 cropped

Bonton Farms is growing more than food out in South Dallas, they are growing community and changing lives. See more pictures of Bonton Farms on our Facebook page.Alpha Testing logo

Maxing Out on the Course

McGough - Alpha Testing, Inc. - Hunt Annual Golf Tournament 2014Hunt Construction Group hosted their annual tournament on June 5, 2014, raising $53,000.00 to benefit the Assistance League of Greater Collin County. Alpha was a sponsor of the event, and our Max McGough (Business development – Dallas) drew the lucky straw and played for Alpha.

Our team placed third at 13 under par.  Max, however, had both longest drive and closest to the pin for the tournament.  And he won the large YETI cooler in the raffle.  Maxing out, indeed!

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Janish – Crunch Time Specialist

Tony Janish - Alpha Testing - SMU Senior Project 2014Tony Janish, PE, and his SMU Senior Engineering Project team have worked all year together, both at SMU and at the Alpha offices (shown).  The engineering students have chosen to design a water retention dam “somewhere in east Texas”, using hydrologic data and subsurface information to recommend methods to create a stable dam feature based on cost effective design.  Graduation is almost here, and that has redefined crunch time!  We wish the team well, and congratulates them on their achievements to date!  Want more on the SMU engineering program? (Click here). If you are interested in participating in the mentoring program, request more information here.

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