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Textbook lays foundation for generations

A 410-page college textbook first published in January 1953 and re-released about 20 years later as an expanded second edition has left a notable footprint — not only in engineering classrooms, but on office desks and bookshelves. “Foundation Engineering,” by Ralph Peck, Hanson founder Walt Hanson and Thomas Thornburn, addresses topics including the properties of subsurface materials, foundation types and construction methods, foundation type selection and design basis, as well as the design of foundations and earth-retaining structures.

Many happy returns: Former employees find their way back to Hanson

Life often takes people in different directions, but sometimes they end up back where they were before — especially if the place they started is the best fit in the long run. This statement has rung true for several Hanson employees who departed for different opportunities and later returned. Brian Maldonado, an electrical designer who works in Hanson’s Orlando, Florida, regional office, left Hanson for nine months to explore different market types and grow in experience at a different firm.

‘Actions speak louder than words’ on United Way’s fall Day of Action

On a cool, overcast day in early October, several rakes, some tools and more than a dozen pairs of helping hands resulted in a to-do list completed at the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois’ Camp Widjiwagan near Springfield, Illinois. Along with six of my Hanson colleagues, I was blessed to spend a couple of hours on Oct. 6, 2023, with one of those rakes in hand, helping to clean up several areas of this Girl Scouts facility, which gives so many young girls the opportunity to experience independence and fun in a safe environment of learning and growth.

Corpus Christi revamps, expands popular riverfront park

Sometimes, building up a community for the future requires tearing down the past. That’s the case in Corpus Christi, Texas, where a historic piece of infrastructure is making way for an expanded waterfront park that will serve residents and visitors for generations to come.

Student interns soak up ‘immersive’ experience

This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to complete an internship with the corporate communications group at Hanson Professional Services Inc. in Springfield, Illinois. Hanson hosted 16 students in its Springfield headquarters and 21 in offices across the country in numerous disciplines, offering us the chance to gain hands-on experience and develop our skills.

Growing up Hanson

Growing up, he enjoyed learning math and science. As a child, he built cities with roads and bridges in his sandbox. He can’t remember a time when he didn’t love all things railroad, especially model railroading. After taking an aptitude test in high school that suggested engineering, he focused on civil engineering because he “wanted to work on transportation projects that transformed the natural world.” His name is Mike Pochop, a vice president, senior project manager and railways operations lead at Hanson.

Youth experience ‘whole new world’ at U of I’s Engineering Open House

On April 1, the Grow Our Own program hosted its eighth trip to the Engineering Open House. Employees from Hanson and mentors from organizations, including the Springfield Urban League and the Springfield chapter of Frontiers International, accompanied 20 youth on the daylong excursion, which enabled the students to explore the diverse world of technology on display at the university’s annual two-day event. The group experienced hands-on exhibits that varied from virtual reality headsets to a robot with arms that mimic human movements.

Hanson couple excels at love and engineering

They met in a differential equations class when the desire for a date masqueraded as a request for tutoring. Fast forward a few decades, which have included 35 years of marriage and two daughters, and you will find them leading numerous roadway and other infrastructure projects at Hanson’s regional office in Jacksonville, Florida.

Shadow Hanson motivates young minds to pursue STEM careers

“It’s a great time to be an engineer. So much work needs to be done to our infrastructure. Not only will there always be jobs available, but it’s highly rewarding work, as you get to see the fruits of your labor. Civil engineer, mechanical engineer – it doesn’t matter. We need more engineers.” John Nelson, P.E., a vice president and senior project manager who works at Hanson’s Chicago regional office, offered this insight to high school students considering a career in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields during his keynote speech at Shadow Hanson.

Wishing you a magical holiday season

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