Looking Forward

Author: Nicole McBride

#StaySafe on Site

by Nicole McBride

While numerous workplaces asked their employees to work from home, it was necessary for construction personnel to continue their work on site. How to continue fieldwork…

Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, like many other companies, has made the transition for all employees to continue their work at home. Working from home rather than…

This #TimeLapseTuesday represents a normal operating day at the West Texas Region Disposal Facility Trucks travel from the weigh station to the cell site & back…

This #TimeLapseTuesday shows continuing construction at the site of the new academic building at EPISD’s Coronado High School from February 13 to April 21. To start,…

Xeriscaping is commonly associated with desert regions, cactus and rocks. However, this type of landscape architecture concept is not limited to those elements. Xeriscaping simply involves…

The Ysleta Young Women’s Leadership Academy is one of many schools in the Young Women’s Preparatory Network (YWPN). The nonprofit organization partners with public school districts…

This #TimeLapseTuesday shows 3 1/2 months of continuing construction at the site of the academic building at El Paso ISD’s Coronado High School. The foreground depicts…

Curtis Wilson, PE, RPLS, is a civil engineer and registered professional land surveyor on the Water Resources Team. Wilson brings 35 years of experience in professional…

Finding Home in Boomtown: Documenting the Story of The Field’s Edge from Parkhill, Smith & Cooper on Vimeo. “Finding Home in Boomtown Premiere Tonight 7 pm”…

Amarillo College hosted a grand opening for a new student commons lab, named "The Underground," on November 5. The design transformed the basement of Ware Student...

  The Monahans-Wickett-Pyote independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $140 million bond that was included on the May 4, 2019 election ballot –…

Safe and serviceable airfield pavements are critical, but deciding how best to accomplish this with limited funding can be challenging. Here are 5 simple considerations to…

Square 1 is the “living” documentation of a project. This means there is meant to be continuing documentation before, during and after a project to create…

Midland International Air & Space Port took delivery of 2 new FAA Class 4 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Vehicles the week of June 10, 2019….

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Health Survey in 2014, hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical condition following…

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is based in Austin, Texas. TCEQ determines and enforces regulations for water, wastewater, air and land development projects. Jillian…

PSC designed the 45-acre evaporation pond at Newman Power Station, which included the removal of the previous 10-mil thickness PVC liner to replace it with 2,113,170 SF...

PSC was selected by the City of El Paso to design new aquatic facilities for City Districts 2, 4 and 7 in El Paso. These water…

Liz Morgan, IIDA, Chandler Cooke, AIA, and Aaron Rivera, AIA, presented “The Imposter – The Struggle of the Emerging Professional” at PSC University 2019. Imposter phenomenon…

Alpine High School Charette from Parkhill, Smith & Cooper on Vimeo. A bond election was approved by Alpine ISD and the community of Alpine in November…

Starting in May 1996, the original Midland Airport terminal was serving its last years until construction of a new Midland International Airport terminal was completed. Machinery…

Engineering is a field thought to be primarily for male professionals who enjoy math and science. Encouraging women in the engineering community and young girls with…

This Throwback Thursday shows Bill Cartwright standing in front of the girder of the Central Church of Christ in Amarillo. His son, Mike Cartwright, was the engineer...

Newman Pond – El Paso Electric Pole Install from Parkhill, Smith & Cooper on Vimeo. El Paso Electric Distribution crews upgraded an existing service from 45KVA…

CANstruction 2018 from Parkhill, Smith & Cooper on Vimeo. CANstruction was organized on December 8 at the Downtown El Paso Public Library to benefit the El…

“Robbie” the TBM

by Nicole McBride

The Robertson Umbenhauer Water Treatment Plant, also known as the Canal Water Treatment Plant, is located between the Rio Grande River and BNSF Railway yard. PSC…

This week’s #TimeLapseTuesday shows 1.4-million cubic yards of excavation and 20-acres of liner system geosynthetic clay liner overlain by a 60-millimeter HDPE geomembrane. The geocomposite leachate…

Newman Pond – Wet Well Walls & Piping from Parkhill, Smith & Cooper on Vimeo. This Time-Lapse Tuesday shows the construction of the east and north…

A high-intensity summer rainstorm on July 10, 2015, flooded the area west of the Franklin Mountains and caused structural damage to an existing channel in the Bear Ridge area....

Time Lapse Tuesday: Concrete Placement for Wet Well Footings at Newman Pond Project from Parkhill, Smith & Cooper on Vimeo. Over 350 cubic yards of concrete…

“Personally, when I was in the 5th grade I was introduced to architecture by a teacher, Ms. Arvizu. She gave me that glimpse of architecture, and…

Midland Lee High School – Final from Parkhill, Smith & Cooper on Vimeo. The chatter of Midland Lee High School students, teachers and architects Shane Danley…

Jessica Kaskie, engineer-in-training, has a unique perspective that she brings to engineering, and she enjoys sharing what she has learned with students. This last week during an…

About 2 years ago, El Paso Electric called PSC out to the Newman Power Plant to look at the evaporative pond liner. After 40 years, the…

Time Lapse: Crews Begin Installing Spiral Staircase at Buddy Holly Hall from Parkhill, Smith & Cooper on Vimeo. This feature stair is composed of rolled steel…

 

This time-lapse shows part of the concrete placement for the foundation of the Franklin 1A Storage Tank in El Paso, Texas. The placement of 1,040 yards…

On June 9, participants from 12 cities across Texas gathered at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas, for the annual Solid Waste Association of North America…

Participants from 12 cities across Texas gathered at the 2018 TxSWANA Road-E-O at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas, on June 9. Four rodeo-style events were…

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...

New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is adding a new residence hall to the campus. The project was initiated by the First Year Residential…

Lacy Mangum, CHID, LVN, and Monte Hunter, AIA, presented “What Clients Want” at PSC University 2018. Their presentation discussed perceptions of client priorities, making educated decisions about…

A mentor is by definition “a wise and trusted counselor, guide or teacher” or as an action that means “to support or advise someone with less…

For a year PSC has been working with El Paso Community College (EPCC) to provide architectural design services for a new Academic Classroom and Parking Garage…

“I’ll begin with a disclaimer — sound is incredibly complicated. First, it involves a serious understanding of physics, biology, mathematics and material science. Then we will…