KSA Makes ENR's Top Design Firms List and KSA Updates (In Case You Missed It)

Monday, July 24, 2017

For the fifth consecutive year, KSA was ranked among Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top Design Firms in Texas and Louisiana. ENR Texas & Louisiana is a regional subset of ENR Magazine. Out of 107 firms located in Texas and Louisiana, KSA was ranked 56th based on annual revenue. ENR is a weekly publication geared to the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. With an audience comprised of contractors, project owners, engineers, architects, government regulators, and industry suppliers, ENR’s purpose is to provide news, analysis, and commentary that will benefit the industry overall.

Every April, ENR publishes 16 top lists which include Top Design Firms, Top Contractors, Top Environmental Firms, Top Green Design Firms, and several others. ENR is a respected industry publication with over 47,812 paid subscribers and more than 196,000 unique website visitors a month. KSA considers it an honor to, once again, be included in ENR’s Top Design Firms in Texas and Louisiana ranking. Being listed among some of the best in the region fuels our drive to continue to work every day to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.


New Faces
The past year has also brought an influx of talented new hires to KSA. To highlight a few: Chad Pennell, P.E., Regional Manager and Senior Project Manager, joined our Aviation Services group. Working from our McKinney office, Chad has 22 years of experience designing engineering solutions for military airfields and civil airports ranging in size from small general aviation airports to large commercial service airports. Dan Tompkins, P.E. is also a Regional Manager in our Aviation Services group working from our Sugar Land office. Dan has honed his airport planning and engineering skills at more than 23 commercial service, general aviation, and military airports. Bob Lane, P.E. joined our Municipal Services group as Principal of our Austin office. Bob is a seasoned civil engineer with nearly 20 years of experience designing water and wastewater treatment systems for municipalities.

Joe Garcia, P.E. and Chris Basham, AIA, FAICP, LEED AP, are the Directors of KSA’s new Transportation and Federal service groups, respectively. Joe has 20 years of experience in a wide range of transportation engineering, drainage, and public works projects. Joe works from our McKinney office and is a former president of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Dallas Chapter. Chris has worked with architecture and engineering firms across the nation, leading and initiating their federal planning and design efforts. In the last 10 years, he has secured over $1 billion in new work for the firms he’s represented. Chris is working from our headquarters in Longview and was recently elected into the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Recent Accolades
KSA is the 2017 recipient of the Corporate Cup of Excellence, an award distributed by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Each year, the AAAE recognizes outstanding firms who have made recent, significant contributions to the AAAE and the airport industry as a whole. While the award has been distributed since 1989, it was in 2014 that the organization began to recognize one firm in each size category of small, medium, and large. As winners of the medium enterprise category, KSA is honored to be in such well-respected company.

Luis Elguezabal—Airport Director of the San Angelo Regional Airport, and Mitch Sprunger, the Deputy Airport Director—nominated KSA for this esteemed award. “I am very pleased to have KSA as the recipient of the Corporate Cup award in 2017,” Luis said excitedly. “They deserve it.” Since opening an office in San Angelo in 2010 to better serve the airport, KSA has touched just about every aspect of the airport, both airside and landside.

Project Spotlight
KSA is hard at work on the Leadership Prep School (LPS), a new, design-build charter school located in Frisco, Texas. In a combined effort between our architecture, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and civil engineering disciplines, KSA designed a 71,210-square-foot teaching facility for middle and high school students scheduled to open later this year.

When the school opened in 2012, the LPS leased space from a local church so they could offer classes as quickly as possible. Each year, enrollment increased significantly. Due to their steady growth, LPS engaged KSA to design a new building that would more adequately accommodate the school’s growing population of eager minds. The existing space will be used for kindergarten through fourth grade students, while the new facility—which is located just south of the current one—will house junior and high school students. The building will have 38 classrooms and a cafetorium with an adjoining stage area for musical productions and award ceremonies. The site will also offer an internal connection for traffic flow to the existing campus, direct turning lanes for student drop-off and pick up, and a shared parking area.