Civil Engineering Team Member Highlight: James Light, P.E.

In 2016, James joined our GLS team in Bryan, Texas as a Project Manager in our Civil Engineering Department. Having graduated from Texas A&M University in 2000 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering, James became a licensed Professional Engineer in December of 2005. When asked why he chose civil engineering as a profession he said "I wanted to save the world. I wanted to make communities a better place for people to live in and help increase the quality of life for individuals. I actually was in the civil engineering major when I started college as a freshman but changed my focus to agricultural engineering after my roommate shared his experience in the department. It was a lot smaller m

Local Community Streets Reconstructed

Although GLS has multiple offices across Texas, the City of Lufkin has been home to our headquarters for nearly 40 years. As the community of Lufkin has grown and flourished, our team at GLS has enjoyed being able to provide professional services for the projects of the City, as well as Lufkin ISD. Two of those projects included the rehabilitation of Copeland Street and the reconstruction of Tulane Drive. The Copeland Street Rehabilitation Project was proposed due to the poor drainage and soil conditions near the street. Upon closer look, we discovered that the existing waterline was undersized and inadequate and needed to be renewed as well. Copeland Street is a collector road, approximatel

Architecture Team Member Highlight: Billy Ballow R.A.

After opening our doors as Goodwin-Lasiter, Inc. in 1983, Billy joined our team 8 years later in 1991 following his graduation from Texas A&M University. With a degree in Environmental Design, he started out as an architectural intern and drafter where he drafted and designed for all departments and even assisted survey crews when needed. In 2006, he received his license as a Registered Architect in the State of Texas and began managing architectural projects. When asked why he chose to become an architect, he said "When I was a kid, I did not have a profession in mind of what I wanted to be. I thought I would graduate, get married and find a job just like my father. My best friend in high

Project Update: Huntington ISD

In July of this year, Huntington ISD opened up bidding to re-roof the Intermediate and High school. With a total of 8 bidders, Carney Roofing of Nacogdoches, Texas was awarded the job by the Huntington ISD school board. Carney Roofing was the low bid on the project, and will complete the work below the budget set by the school board. The need for re-roofing the two buildings arose due to the deterioration of existing roof drains, scuppers and down spouts as seen above. A single ply membrane roofing system will be installed and the roof drains, scuppers and down spouts will be repaired. The project consists of reroofing a total of 187,000 sf between the Intermediate School and the High Schoo

6,000 LF of 12" Waterline - Austin's Colony Parkway Project

With the construction of a new high school underway, Bryan ISD needed a new roadway and waterline to be extended from the end of Austin's Colony Parkway to Old Reliance Road. For the construction of Rudder High School and the increased traffic that it would bring, a 4 lane roadway with a median was needed to circulate incoming and outgoing students and school staff. GLS initially performed a traffic impact study to determine the size of roadway to be constructed. We also prepared construction documents for the approx. 3,500 LF of roadway (4 lanes with median) and approx. 6,000 LF of 12" waterline. With increase traffic to the area, a traffic signal was also installed. The total construction

Complete Infrastructure Replacement: City of Bryan

The City of Bryan implemented a CIP project to replace the entire infrastructure including water, sewer, paving and drainage. The existing roadway did not drain and the pavement was in unacceptable condition. GLS developed construction documents for the project to reconstruct approx. 4,000 LF of concrete roadway, 1,500 LF of sanitary sewer, 4,000 LF of water, approx. 2,000 LF of storm sewer, and 9,000 LF of sidewalks with handicap ramps. Our team provided design survey, engineering design, bid and construction phase services, coordination with TCEQ and assisted with public meetings. The project was constructed by Brazos Valley Services and the total construction cost was roughly $1.2 Million

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