PMI – CCVC Academic Forum

TETER presents “Project Management: 5 Things You Won’t Learn in College”

TETER Engineers, Jonathan Schlundt, Hannah Moss, and Corey Stone teamed with PMI CCVC and Lyles College of Engineering to give a presentation to young professionals, recent graduates, and students from CSU Fresno’s Engineering and Business Schools.

TETER’s topics focused on:

  • Engineering in college vs. Engineering in the real world
  • Moral / Ethics / Quality of Design
  • Being a part of something bigger
  • Breaking the misconception that Fresno isn’t a place where you can have a successful career

For Corey Stone, Electrical Engineer and CSU Fresno alumni, it was personal:

“Going back to my home campus and speaking with students was great. I fondly remember all of the professors and industry people who invested in me. Reciprocating their guiding influence is what lifelong education in the San Joaquin Valley looks like. I received a wealth of technical knowledge when I attended CSU Fresno. I’m happy to be able to educate students about project management and give them a taste of the real-world workplace. It will be useful as they progress on their path to becoming an engineer.”

TETER Electrical Engineer Corey Stone explains how emotional factors are important in business development and getting new clients.

TETER Mechanical Engineer Hannah Moss shows how Quality is essential in college and career.

TETER Mechanical Engineer and Partner Jonathan Schlundt interviews an engineering student in “the hot seat”, creating a stimulating and interactive atmosphere for the attendees.

(Left to Right): Corey Stone, Jonathan Schlundt, Jerry Dickerson (PMI-CCVC University Academic Outreach Director) and Hannah Moss.



Taking it to the Streets

TETER wins the 2019 People’s Choice Award

TETER’s interactive immersive musical design entry in The City of Clovis’ “Taking it to the Streets” Parket Design competition wins the 2019 People’s Choice Award.

Design Team Leader Tony Pavone enthusiastically complimented the entire team for their contributions in the award-winning design:

“I had a great time collaborating with the awesome A+E Design Team on the levitating tube immersive musical experience. It was exciting to see the entire team moving in the same direction right from the beginning. The goals and vision resonated within each of us. Our team was able to divide and conquer the build process between the Visalia and Fresno offices. It was a humbling experience to witness the dedication and commitment the entire team gave from the beginning of design to the actual build.”

Architects and Engineers install TETER’s interactive “Slap Tube” immersive musical design entry on a parklet in Old Town Clovis.

Architects and Engineers install TETER’s interactive “Slap Tube” immersive musical design entry on a parklet in Old Town Clovis.

Families play with TETER’s interactive “Slap Tube” immersive musical design entry in the City of Clovis’ “Take it to the Streets” parklet design competition.


Could Lincoln Oval Park be home to the county’s newest preschool? There’s a chance.

Oval Park Pre-School, conceptually designed by TETER, is featured on Visalia Times Delta.

Originally published on Visalia Times Delta on September 18, 2019 by Joshua Yeager

Long considered a hot spot for drugs and crime, Lincoln Oval Park could soon become Visalia’s newest pre-school site.

That’s the vision of Tulare County Superintendent Tim Hire, who has applied for a $4 million federal grant to transform the dilapidated park into a new Head Start center.

“Our vision is a school in the neighborhood, for the neighborhood, and it’s a shared vision for north Visalia,” he said. “It honors the history of schools that were (in Oval Park) dating back to the 1950s.”

Oval Park housed Visalia’s first high school, which was built in 1897. Following Redwood High School’s construction in 1911, the campus became Lincoln Grammar School until it was vacated in 1917.

The schoolhouse was bulldozed in 1922 after the city deemed the building unsafe, purchasing the property and re-branding it Lincoln Oval Park.

In the subsequent decades, the park acquired its current reputation.

“There’s been a stigma attached to the Oval since I started (in Visalia) with the police department in 1972,” Tulare County historian Terry Ommen said. “I’ve always had a little bit of a soft spot in my heart to the neglect the Oval has seen.

“I hope the park can come full circle and return to its history of being a resource to the families of north Visalia.”

A new vision
The proposal enjoys broad support from community organizers to congressional representatives.

“Head Start serves the heart of the San Joaquin Valley community, which has battled high crime, poverty, unemployment, and low educational attainment, ” Rep. Devin Nunes wrote in a letter to the director of Head Start.

“Given the (Valley’s) unique demographic, the need for additional early childhood services has become increasingly more valuable to our residents — funding for this grant would be instrumental to revitalizing the area.”

The preschool would house two classrooms and serve 40 children to start, Hire said, with room to expand “as the community’s needs grow.”

The campus would encompass the entirety of the park and include a new parking lot, school structures and fencing to protect children from highway traffic, according to a rendering submitted to Visalia City Council.

“This proposal will restore the park to its original purpose of serving children in the community,” Councilman Brian Poochigian said. “It would also serve as a catalyst to transform the whole Oval area.”


2019 Energy Code Changes are Coming

The new 2019 code coming into effect on January 1 is a lot tougher than the current code.

New Selma High School football stadium set for November completion

New Selma High School Stadium, designed by TETER, is featured on ABC30 Action News.

Originally broadcast on ABC30 Action News on September 3, 2019 by Shayla Girardin

SELMA, Calif. (KFSN) — The end zone may finally be in sight for the completion of Selma High School’s much-anticipated football stadium.

The district had originally hoped for an August finish, but construction was delayed.

“It was an aggressive, optimistic timeline to begin with,” explained Assistant Superintendent Larry Teixeira of the Selma Unified School District. “We have folks that are disappointed we missed our home football season.”

The Superintendent’s office says they weren’t surprised the stadium was still under construction when that anticipated august 15th completion date rolled around.

“We did run into some issues during construction,” Teixeira explained.

Construction started back in February, but between the wet winter, delays at the building manufacturer, and problems securing the field light footings into the ground the District is now on track for a November 15th finish.

“We’re bringing Selma into the 21st century and preparing for beyond,” said Superintendent Tanya Fisher.

If it’s ready a little sooner? All the better.

“We’re all keeping our fingers and arms crossed that we can make that first Kingsburg game because they’re our big rivals and we want to beat Kingsburg for the first game in our new stadium,” Teixeira continued.

“We have 2nd and 3rd generations who were formerly Selma bears,” added Fisher. “Folks are really excited about having their children and grandchildren and future generations enjoy the stadium.”

The completed stadium will cost around $12 million dollars with that price tag picked up by voters who passed Measure O in November of 2016.

Dogmatic Dedication

TETER volunteers at ARF.

For the second year in a row, TETER donated design, labor, and materials to Animal Rescue of Fresno (ARF), a Fresno no-kill dog rescue shelter. Partners and staff volunteered their time and talent building three new shade structures, painting three new murals, and bathing dozens of rescue dogs.

Mindi Miller, Vice President of ARF expressed her gratitude to TETER:

“Thank you so much TETER for coming out to ARF. We’re so grateful to your team for designing and building shade structures for three of our small dog yards. You’ve provided the dogs much needed shade in the summer. Your shade structure gives the dogs a place to lay down and get off the dirt in the hot summer and mud in cold winter. The mural paintings on the Tuff Sheds brightens up ARF. We appreciate all your hard work. We actually caught the dogs barking at your mural paintings because they thought it was a real dog! Thank you very much for helping make ARF even safer for the resident animals until they find their forever home.” 

Eric Bailey (Structural Engineer) and Robert Thornton (Partner and Architect) cut wood to build shade shelters. Lynn Lyle (Construction Administrator) and a volunteer bathe a rescue dog.

Jenn Smith (Project Administrator), Fritzi Martinez (Construction Design Professional), and Lisa Ruffoni (Project Administrator) brighten plain Tuff Sheds by painting colorful murals.

Robert Thornton and Jamie Hickman (TETER Partners and Architects) build new shade shelters for rescued dogs.

Eric Bailey (Structural Engineer) and Erin Garcia (Architect) build new shade shelters for rescued dogs.

Hundreds of children return to a new and improved Ivanhoe Elementary School

The modernization of Ivanhoe Elementary School, designed by TETER, is featured on ABC30 Action News.

Originally broadcast on ABC30 Action News on August 15, 2019 by Gilbert Magallon

In the South Valley, more than 30,000 students returned to school for Visalia Unified School District on Thursday. That includes hundreds of students at Ivanhoe Elementary. The school recently underwent a major modernization that included new flooring, new paneling, and even some new TVs.

TETER is a “Best Firm To Work For” Winner

Zweig Group ranks TETER as 2019 Best Firm to Work For

Zweig Group’s “The Best Firms to Work For” award recognizes the top architecture, structural engineering, civil engineering, environmental, geotechnical, landscape architecture/planning and multidiscipline firms in the US and Canada based on their workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, and much more.

TETER is ranked as the #3 “Best Architecture Firm to Work For” and ranked #5 “Best 100-199 Employees Firm to Work For”.

TETER’s employees are the heart of the company. Get to know all the individuals at TETER who are responsible for Zweig Group’s prestigious recognition.

Outstanding Partner in Education

Megan Chang Named Outstanding Partner in Education

Visalia Unified School District and Visalia Partners in Education recognize Megan Chang (TETER Associate / Professional Engineer) for her dedication and support of their Linked Learning Academies and Career Technical Education programs:

Megan Chang has been an active advisory board member for the Architecture and Engineering Academy at Redwood High School and currently serves as its chairperson. Her ongoing support for the academy goes beyond attending meetings as evident in her involvement and interactions with students both inside and outside of the classroom. This past February, Megan helped coordinate various activities for Engineering Week at Redwood which included guest presentations and lunch with professionals from TETER and an essay writing competition for young women interested in the field of Engineering. I wish more industry partners were committed to our students and made the high level of contributions like her, which allows our students opportunities to explore and expand their interest in a career field of choice. The Architecture and Engineering Academy would like to thank Megan for serving as an inspiration for many of our students, especially the three girls in our program who now have a role model to follow.

Megan, who was unable to attend the event, expressed her appreciation:

I am honored to receive this recognition. I’m also honored to work alongside the great Redwood High School faculty and other design professionals to help these bright Academy students achieve their dreams in Architecture and Engineering.  Volunteering with the Academy for the past five years always brings a smile to my face. I love watching the kids smile, and get excited and amazed at what they can achieve with the knowledge they’ve learned.  I’m looking forward to many more smiles in the years to come!”

TETER Partner, Robert Thornton, accepted the recognition on Megan’s behalf.

(Left to Right) Jamon Peariso Ed.D. (Director of College and Career Readiness), Robert Thornton (TETER Partner), and Dru Quesnoy (VPIE Board and Marketing Director Kaweah Delta Hospital)

Robert Thornton (TETER Partner) and Tou Lor (Assistant Principal – Student Supervision)

A Company Outing That’s Right Up Our Alley

TETER’s annual spring outing takes place at Freeway Lanes.

Staff from all five TETER offices (Fresno, Visalia, Modesto, Bakersfield, and San Luis Obispo) and their family enjoy bowling, billiards, arts and crafts, kids’ games, pizza, and winning raffle prizes.

Mechanical Engineer Steven Jones (far left) and his family.

Design Professional Sonia Orozco (center) and her family.

Electrical Engineer-In-Training Patrick Shaw and his family.

Design Professional Guillermina Gonzales and her daughter.

Future TETER Architects and Engineers.

Structural Engineer John Allys and his family.

Kristi Davis, Education Studio Production Manager, and her family.

Design Professional Lou Martinez and his daughter.

Construction Manager Kathy Snyder and her children.