TETER Acquires PDA

Modesto, CA (June 1, 2017) — TETER, LLP the largest Architectural and Engineering firm headquartered in the San Joaquin Valley is pleased to announce the acquisition of Pacific Design Associates, Inc. (PDA).

TETER’s acquisition of PDA, an award-winning architectural design firm in Modesto, reinforces the firm’s vision to “Build a Better Valley”. Both TETER and PDA have deep roots in Modesto. For over forty years Donald Phillips, former Principal of PDA, designed public spaces in Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced Counties. Jamie Hickman, Partner at TETER, lived and worked in Modesto from 1986 to 2003 and has continued servicing north valley clients since joining TETER in 2004.

Supporting the local economy and enhancing the quality of life through the built environment are primary goals for the new TETER Modesto office. The support of 100 professional staff, which includes the combined expertise of 19 Architects and 16 Mechanical/Electrical/Structural/Civil Engineers, will transform the local community through exceptional service and inspirational design.

Longstanding clients such as Yosemite Community College District, Stanislaus County Office of Education, Stockton Unified School District, Manteca Unified School District, City of Stockton, Merced County, Golden Valley Health Centers and others can continue to rely on TETER/PDA’s personal and professional connections to the valley and our attention to detail to get their projects done.

“We are not a one-and-done firm. TETER/PDA is here to stay. We have an emotional investment in the community and our north valley clients. Joining forces provides better design, faster turnaround, and closer collaboration with them. This is an exciting opportunity for everyone.” – Glen Teter, CEO and Founding Partner


TETER, LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Jonathan Schlundt, P.E. to Partner. The expansion of TETER’s Partner group strengthens the firm’s commitment to “Building a Better Valley”.

Mr. Schlundt’s diverse experience as a licensed Mechanical Engineer, Mechanical Contractor, and Project Manager allows him to fulfill clients’ every need during design and construction. His problem solving prowess on site and quick turnaround response during design exemplifies TETER’s client-first service model.

“Jonathan’s leadership in improving our internal project management process greatly elevates TETER’s best practices. He motivates staff to relentlessly pursue quality.”
Glen Teter, S.E.
TETER’s CEO and Founding Partner

Owners, such as Yosemite Community College District and Veteran Affairs Central California Health Care System benefit from Jonathan’s creative solutions to challenging project timelines, stringent budgets, and multilayered approval process.

“I am passionate about helping clients succeed, and facilitating a positive experience with TETER during design and with contractors during construction. I find it most fulfilling to be a part of well-orchestrated teams who share common goals and function at a high level. I hope, together, we can bring true satisfaction to those around us.“
Jonathan Schlundt, P.E.
Partner / Mechanical Engineer

COS Hanford Center 2017 Projects

College of the Sequoias Hanford Education Center will be undergoing some changes as the college aims to give students a campus with a more traditional college feel. The college has both an expansion project and a construction project on the horizon.

Due to enrollment growth, COS President Stan Carrizosa said the Hanford campus of almost 2,000 students needs more academic space and a means to accommodate more students. He said one planned project will expand the education building to add three more portable classrooms, plus a few offices, a conference room and some restrooms.

The college, located at 925 13th Avenue, will not only be adding more classrooms, but the construction of the new student pavilion in the center of the campus to give students a place to congregate when they are not in class, Carrizosa said.

In a student survey conducted in 2015, Carrizosa said many of the students liked the fact that the Hanford Center felt like a close-knit environment with accessibility to faculty and staff. He said students also wanted facilities to make the campus feel more like a college campus. He said these new projects are a response to what the students wanted.

Carrizosa said the student pavilion will be a lot like a college quad area. He said it will have a concrete foundation and a shade structure with furniture underneath the covered area. He said it will be a common place for students to gather and will be wired for a speaker system for announcements or music, and there will also be a projection screen for videos.

Aside from student activities, Carrizosa said the pavilion could be used for community events because there are plans for a small amphitheater that could accommodate around 200 people.

The $1.6 million pavilion is made possible by funding from the state, plus increased funding due to the college growing and becoming a State Center Community College, which provides an additional $1 million per year, Carrizosa said. He said the additional classrooms will cost $1 million and will be paid for with general facilities money and money from the $22 million bond “Measure C” that was passed in 2006.

COS Hanford Center Provost Kristin Robinson said she believes the student pavilion will provide a place for students to gather for a multitude of activities.

“The pavilion will help the campus culture and the campus feeling,” Robinson said. “It will also be a facility that will serve as a resource for the community for events.”

The new classrooms will alleviate some of the pressure from the rest of the campus, Robinson said, especially because the student enrollment continues to grow. She said she is looking forward to the new room that will be used to support student services, whether it will be used for tutoring, counseling, computer labs or something else she isn’t sure of yet.

The campus offers two anchor programs in the public safety arena – two police academies every year and a firefighter academy in the spring of each year. The campus also provides vocational classes for electrician training and industrial maintenance, prerequisites for registered nursing programs and general education for transfer to a four-year college.

The limited number of classrooms meant many classes had to be taught at night because there were not enough rooms to accommodate the number of classes and students. Carrizosa said some classes had to be taught in buildings that were not appropriate, like an English class being taught in the Public Safety Building, for example.

Carrizosa and Robinson both said the additional classrooms will allow for more day classes and more flexibility in class schedules for students.

COS Board of Trustees member John Zumwalt said the Hanford Center has been successful and as a result is starting to outgrow the space it has. He said the new classrooms will make the entire campus work better because they will allow for more classes at more convenient times for students and their busy schedules.

“Most community colleges are not growing,” Zumwalt said. “But COS is, and we need to provide for that growth and for students.”

Sue Sorensen, a board member for the COS Foundation, said the pavilion is something that can make a huge difference in making the campus feel more like a college campus for students. She said the growth at the COS Hanford Center is also a positive for the city of Hanford because as educational facilities expand, opportunities for the community expand too.

“I think it’s going to be a nice, user-friendly design that even the community can have for events as well,” Sorensen said, adding she is excited about educational opportunities that keep coming to Hanford.

Carrizosa said the additional classrooms should be ready when the fall semester begins in August. The student pavilion will start initial construction this month and Carrizosa said he hopes for it to be ready for students to use by August as well, though he admits it may take longer than he hopes.

Hall of Records Wins A.C.I. Award

American Concrete Institute (ACI) – Northern California Western Nevada Chapter bestowed their “Unique Use of Concrete” design award to the County of Kern’s Bakersfield Hall of Records. TETER’s Megan Chang, PE, was the Project Manager for this complicated, technically challenging project. The County’s Hall of Records is the oldest, functioning public-use building. Ms. Chang presented the project at the ACI’s Chapter meeting, where the ACI judges praised the team for “demonstrating the analytical and problem solving skills of the project team“. In addition to Structural Engineering services, TETER also provided Electrical and Plumbing Engineering. TETER is honored to have played a role in maintaining and extending the life of this historically registered building.

Virgin Galactic to Fabricate New Fleet of Supersonic Jets at TETER-designed Facility

Richard Branson unveils supersonic ‘Baby Boom’ passenger jet

Need to get to London in less than four hours?

Virgin mogul Sir Richard Branson is one step to closer to bringing the next generation of Concorde-style jet engines to the masses– or at least travelers who can afford a $5,000 ticket.

On Tuesday, Branson and Denver-based Boom Technology unveiled a new prototype for a supersonic passenger jet that can take passengers from New York to London in just 3.5 hours, reports The Guardian.

“I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights,” Branson said Tuesday at the prototype’s unveiling ceremony.

“As an innovator in the space, Virgin Galactic’s decision to work with Boom was an easy one. We’re excited to have an option on Boom’s first 10 airframes. Through Virgin Galactic’s manufacturing arm, the Spaceship Company, we will provide engineering and manufacturing services, along with flight test support and operations as part of our shared ambitions.”

Blake Scholl, Boom’s founder and CEO (who happens to be a former pilot and Amazon.com executive) is ready to bring supersonic jet travel back into the mainstream.

Test flights will begin next year in southern California, Scholl said, with plans to launch the first commercial departures in 2023. he also said he’s confident that these flights will be different than the Concorde due to advances in technology and lighter materials. The company plans on fabricating the planes with lightweight carbon fiber composites– which it says makes it a quieter and more fuel efficient jet.

The XB-1, nicknamed the “Baby Boom,” has a cruising speed of Mach 2.2– 1,451 miles per hour– which is 10 percent faster than the Concorde’s previous speed of Mach 2. It’s also 2.6-times faster than the average commercial airliner.

At $5,000, tickets on the Baby Boom jet would cost “about the same as tickets in business class,” Scholl says.

“I don’t know a single person who wouldn’t want to get there in half the time, rather than have some free champagne,” he said. “It won’t be a bucket-list purchase any more. There is a huge market and the margins are enormous.”

The Baby Boom will have around 50 seats, whereas the Concorde had 92 to 128. Boom says it plans to initially fly from London to New York, San Francisco to Tokyo and Los Angeles to Sydney.

The Concorde, a British-French supersonic jet operated commercially from 1976 to 2003.

New Tech Center Serves North Monterey County Students

North Monterey County High School unveiled a new library and media center on Monday, August 1, providing up-to-date computers in hopes of enticing collaboration among students, who return from summer break on August 10.

The center is not just meant for high school students. The revamped space will be open from 7am to 7pm every day, allowing all students in the district to have access to the facilities before and after school. In all, the new media center will serve all 4,500 North Monterey County Unified School District students in grades K-12.

The library was funded by the 2013 Measure H facilities bond, which provided $23.8 million to North Monterey County schools; nearly $3.1 million of that was budgeted for this project.

The media center will give an underprivileged student body access to computers and internet, even if they don’t have the tools at home; 20% of the NMCUSD’s student population qualifies under the federal definition as homeless, according to Superintendent Kari Yeater.

“It is a basic service that our district and schools provide our students with access to technology and the internet,” Yeater says.

The new center features multiple computer stations and labs, a college and career center and a family and migrant education room, as well as Chromebook laptops for students and teacher to check out. Student will also have access to the online resources that are currently available through Monterey County Free Libraries.

NMCUSD teacher will integrate the new space into the curriculum, starting with training on how to use the tools including desktop computers, Chromebooks and interactive whiteboards and projectors.

Gary De Amaral, a former NMCUSD board member, says the media center marks a major turning point for the district, which for years was plagued by litigation and a failure to properly spend 2003 bond money.

“This multi-million dollar facility is the first visible result of a new facilities bond, granted by the voters in 2013,” De Amaral says.

“All three of my kids went through {the district] from kindergarten to high school. To be able to actually get the community to vote into the bond and perform these tasks is a dream come true.”

The Fresno Bee Features a TETER Project

A new Educational Employees Credit Union branch is part of a $3 million construction project at Clovis West High School and will be staffed by students when it opens in August.The EECU branch is part of a Clovis Unified School District program to develop a “career technical education” pathway focused on banking and financial work for students who want to learn skills to prepare them for jobs after high school or to continue their education in college, said Clovis West Principal Marc Hammack. The credit union branch will be open for business – and open to the public – when the fall semester begins in August.

“Students will be working in the branch, between three and four students every two hours during the school day, and outside of school hours as well,” Hammack said Monday on a tour of the construction.

“The students will be going through an 80-hour training with EECU over the summer on how to be bank tellers and do some of the other things that folks do in banks,” including helping customers apply for loans. Hammack said 28 students are enrolled in the banking-finance career pathway program for the 2016-17 school year.

The branch will include an EECU automated-teller machine that will become operational in mid-May. Both the ATM and the public entrance to the credit union will be near the front of the campus with easy access from the parking lot, where eight parking spaces will be designated for EECU customer use.

“We want the public to be able to use it, and we want students to be able to experience what it is like to work in a bank and the finance world,” Hammack said.

The branch will join a Union Bank branch at McLane High School in Fresno as working financial institutions on school campuses that afford students a chance to work in a banking environment. The Union Bank branch, however, is not open to the public.

Students working in the Clovis West branch as part of the class won’t be paid, but will receive class credit. Students who are at least 18 years old can be eligible to be hired by EECU to fill in during periods when school isn’t in session but the branch will remain open.

“It’s a great way for EECU to intern some kids prior to hiring them,” Hammack said. Students at the branch will be supervised by EECU employees.

Two Clovis West students, sophomore Giovanny Hernandez and junior Brittney Medina, said during the tour
that they’re eager for the training and to work in the credit union branch.

Hernandez, who is interested in someday starting his own company, said he wants to learn about handling and managing money “because it opens a lot of doors for other jobs.”

Medina, who works as a cashier at a fast-food restaurant, said she likes dealing with cash and hopes the experience will aid her in furthering her education and landing a career as a contract specialist handling purchasing chores for companies.

Dick Ashjian, EECU’s senior vice president for risk management, said the credit union and the school district are working closely on the issue of security for not only the branch, where cash will be handled, but also over public access to the campus to use the branch. Those discussions, he added, have included the Fresno Police Department and Clovis Unified’s own police force.

“Both EECU and Clovis Unified have a lot of experience in creating secure and safe environments,” he said.

EECU operates 16 branches in Central California. Hammack said he has been told by EECU officials that the Clovis West site “is probably one of the safest places to put a bank because you’ve got about 2,100 witnesses, and no one wants that many witnesses.”

“Typically, when we have visitors (to the campus), they have to sign in at the office,” Hammack said. “We’re not going to make the bank customers sign in.”

Mark Wilson Construction of Fresno is the contractor for the project. In addition to the new 2,000-square-foot branch, the Clovis West project includes about 3,000 square feet of remodeling to convert several classrooms of space into a modernized classroom as well as an entrepreneurial lab and a student store, where students can market and sell their own products.

Tim Sheehan: 559-441-6319, @TimSheehanNews

TETER Names New Chief Operating Officer

TETER, LLP announces Jennifer Pike-Owens as its new Chief Operating Officer. Pike-Owens, TETER Partner-In-Charge of the Visalia office, expands her leadership role to include day-to-day operational oversight of all three offices: Fresno, Visalia and Bakersfield.

As Chief Operating Officer, Jennifer Pike Owens is responsible for managing hands-on operational aspects of the company. Additionally, she provides vision to ensure that proper operational controls, administrative procedures, and people systems are firmly established to grow the organization.

Pike-Owens’ roots are firmly planted in TETER. Immediately out of the University of California, Santa Barbara, she joined TETER in 1996, when it was just a 15-person company with one office in Visalia. For the past twenty years, her commitment has contributed to TETER’s financial success, well-respected reputation and expanded geographic reach.

“Jenn exemplifies and is committed to maintaining the core values and culture that have been the foundation for our firm’s 37 year history of lasting client relationships.” says Glen Teter, CEO and Founding Partner

As TETER’s new Chief Operating Officer, Pike-Owens also collaborates with all management teams to develop and implement plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, processes, and personnel designed to fulfill the company’s strategic growth and objectives.

College of the Sequoias Basic Skills Center

Atwater Elementary School – New Elementary School