El Paso Office Celebrates 60 Years of Projects, People & History
In 1958 Gordon Parkhill moved to El Paso to organize the second location for Parkhill, Smith & Cooper. The office was on the third floor of the Anson Mills Building downtown. Some of PSC’s first projects were with El Paso Water including the Lower Valley Interceptor. Sixty years later, the office celebrates the many projects, lengthy relationships and unique history built since then.
“The real emphasis on today is looking back at our founders,” said Mike Ramirez, PE, who has been with PSC for 19 years. “A lot of the work that we do today is based on the hard work that they had, and they committed to. We’re happy to continue that tradition of great engineering and architectural work that they started.”
Recent projects in the El Paso include an addition to Coronado High School and several pool projects for the City of El Paso. However, PSC is also dedicated to serving the smaller surrounding communities in the area including Town of Anthony and Village of Vinton.
PSC completed a wastewater treatment plant upgrade for Town of Anthony and is currently working on water improvements which include an arsenic treatment plant. Benjamin Romero, mayor pro tem for the Town of Anthony, said he always appreciates PSC’s quick response time and updates on a project’s progress.
“It’s always been a pleasure working with Mark and everybody from Parkhill,” he said, “because like Mark had said in some of his other speeches, any little thing that goes on, he’s just a phone call away.”
Manuel Leos, mayor of the Village of Vinton, said he appreciates how PSC demonstrates their commitment to projects and to the communities they serve. Vinton Park is one project PSC completed for the Village of Vinton.
“The relationship with PSC has been great,” he said. “PSC has been there with us for a while through some bad times and some good times. They’ve stood by us the whole way. They’ve been a great partner. We’ve enjoyed having them there and we’re going to continue working with them.”
Bob Redding started working with PSC in 1972, and he retired in 2009. He said during his 37 years as an engineer with the firm, most of the projects he worked on were for El Paso Water. He also helped complete projects for the City of El Paso. The first project he worked on was a wastewater lift station at Pico Norte Lift Station which was designed in 1974.
“It was a terrific career,” he said. “I’m just very thankful. I think I had a very rewarding career.”
Benjamin said he valued the invitation to celebrate the El Paso office’s 60th anniversary. Being included in these types of celebrations help to build the bonds between PSC and communities.
“We’re not just working with another business, another job,” he said, “it feels like we’re part of the family. We consider them friends, we consider Mark a close friend to the town. I think it’s really wonderful that you guys invited us out to celebrate this special occasion with you.”
Recording and celebrating the history of PSC was also special to Bob. He said he is one of the few people in attendance of the celebration who knew Parkhill before his passing in 1984.
“He was a tremendous person,” Bob said. “We were good friends. He took me under his wing. It means a lot to go back through the history of the company.”