GS&P's 2017 Celebration Event Honors Employees, Projects and Practice

Award Recipients Announced in Technology, Sustainability and Community Impact

April 14, 2017   |   Nashville,  Tenn.   |   People

Gresham, Smith and Partners employees gathered to recognize award recipients and numerous promotions at the firm’s annual Celebration event on Thursday, April 13. All GS&P offices joined together in-person and via livestream broadcast from the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville to hear a State of the Firm address from Chairman and CEO Al Pramuk, P.E., and honor the many achievements of GS&P employees, projects and practice over the past year. After-parties in each GS&P office were also held following the firmwide event.

“Celebration is the only occasion during the year that GS&P employees in all 25 office locations set aside time to be together, celebrating one another and everything we have achieved,” said Pramuk. “This year’s event is particularly special because it also marks GS&P’s 50th anniversary. The passion and dedication of our people have enabled these 50 successful years in business, so it’s important that we pause to congratulate our colleagues on work well done and look forward to the many exciting things on the horizon.”

The annual Edgar Powers, Jr., Memorial Award, which recognizes one or more employees who demonstrate leadership in incorporating technical tools to further support GS&P's practice-led business model, was presented to Tony Garcia. Garcia is a geographic information systems (GIS) specialist who joined the firm’s Nashville office in 2001. He has extensive experience with GIS platforms, data modeling, geodatabase management and related programming and training. His work enhances project delivery with detailed mapping/visualization and data acquisition. Garcia has given GIS presentations to colleagues, clients and peers at technical conferences, and he is committed to working across markets and division to support a variety of client projects.

The annual Sustainability Leadership Award, which recognizes a GS&P employee or employees who excel at fostering the firm’s commitment to a clean, safe and healthy environment, was presented to Michele McMinn, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC. McMinn is a senior interior designer who joined GS&P’s Nashville Corporate + Urban Design division in 2012. She created an internal team dedicated to providing sustainability education to interior designers in the Nashville office and supporting environmentally friendly design decisions. McMinn also established an annual IIDA-sponsored Sustainability Leadership Breakfast in Nashville that focuses on the most current issues around sustainability.
 
The Community Impact Award is a new recognition of an employee who has positively impacted his or her community and possesses stand-out leadership, passion, self-motivation and commitment to service. This year’s inaugural award was presented to James Bickel, a technician in GS&P’s Land Planning & Design division in Nashville. Bickel, a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, volunteered to provide disaster relief services following November 2016’s devastating wildfires in East Tennessee. He gathered donations from friends, colleagues and area businesses and delivered a substantial amount of supplies to individuals in need throughout the Gatlinburg community.

The GS&P Golden Anniversary Giveback contest winner was also revealed during a Facebook Live broadcast at the event. Teams throughout the firm were challenged to design and construct a three-dimensional structure that commemorates GS&P’s 50th anniversary and is made exclusively from reused or recycled materials. Results were determined by internal voting and “likes” on Facebook. The first-place prize went to the Land Planning and Design division, which received $5,000 to donate to their designated charity: the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee. The second-place $3,000 prize went to the Tallahassee office in support of the Florida A&M University and Florida State University student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The third-place $2,000 prize was awarded to the Atlanta (Midtown) office and their charity, CureChildhoodCancer.org. All other teams that entered a structure in the contest received $900 for their designated charity.

Additionally, it was announced that 18 projects will be featured in Showcase 10, the firm’s tenth annual collection of internally-nominated, externally-judged projects highlighting a variety of disciplines and markets. Projects were judged for their complexity, innovation, social and environmental responsibility, and client satisfaction and success. Showcase 10 stories, images and videos will be unveiled over a six-month promotional period beginning in June 2017.

“Celebration is the only occasion during the year that GS&P employees in all 25 office locations set aside time to be together, celebrating one another and everything we have achieved. This year’s event is particularly special because it also marks GS&P’s 50th anniversary. The passion and dedication of our people have enabled these 50 successful years in business, so it’s important that we pause to congratulate our colleagues on work well done and look forward to the many exciting things on the horizon.”

Al Pramuk, P.E., GS&P chairman and CEO
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