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Corpus Christi celebrates reopening of iconic fishing pier

The last few months have been busy for Hanson’s Corpus Christi, Texas, employees.

May included a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a community fishing pier and park. Hanson employees Anna Aldridge, P.E., a vice president and senior project manager; Craig Thompson, P.E., Hanson’s civil sitework discipline manager; and Victor Acosta, EIT, a civil designer, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and reopening of the Philip Dimitt fishing pier and park May 13 in Corpus Christi’s Flour Bluff.

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Paulette Guajardo, the mayor of Corpus Christi, Texas, cuts the ribbon May 13 during the reopening of Philip Dimitt fishing pier and park.

The wooden pier was built in 1985 but was damaged after Hurricane Harvey in 2017; then, 2020’s Hurricane Hanna destroyed the parking lot.

Hanson’s Corpus Christi team provided engineering design services for the project, which included improvements such as new picnic tables, benches, fish washing stations and water fountains that can be used by humans and pets. New LED lighting was also included in the pier updates, allowing for nighttime fishing.

a photo of three hanson employees attending the ribbon cutting of a wooden pier in corpus christi, texas
From left, Corpus Christi employees Anna Aldridge, P.E.; Craig Thompson, P.E.; and Victor Acosta, EIT, attended the ceremony.

In a May 13 Corpus Christi Caller-Times article, Mayor Paulette Guajardo touted Dimitt park and pier’s importance to Flour Bluff and Corpus Christi, saying, “Over the last 37 years, the park and pier has become an iconic community amenity.”

Hanson celebrates with clients, community

On June 29, Hanson’s Corpus Christi team took part in another celebration, inviting clients and community members to an open house at Hanson’s recently renovated and expanded office at 4431 Gollihar Road. More than 100 guests stopped by to visit our office and chat with Hanson’s employee-owners.

hanson employees at a ribbon cutting for the renovation and expansion of the corpus christi, texas office
Sergio “Satch” Pecori, P.E., Hanson’s chairman and CEO who works at the Springfield, Illinois, headquarters, holds the scissors before the ribbon is cut at the Corpus Christi office’s open house June 29 for its renovation and expansion.

Hanson’s presence in Corpus Christi began in 2016, when the company acquired Corpus Christi-based Naismith Engineering Inc., which was founded in 1949 by Conrad Blucher and James S. Naismith, the son of basketball inventor James Naismith. The acquisition allowed Hanson to expand its footprint and services in the southwest U.S. Today, Hanson’s Texas presence includes offices in Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston.

hanson employees standing with lori dellinger of frost bank during the corpus christi office ribbon cutting
From left, Lori Dellinger, market president of Frost Bank in Corpus Christi; Jim Messmore, P.E., a senior vice president and Hanson’s infrastructure market principal who works at the Chicago regional office; and Anna Aldridge.

In addition to its work on the fishing pier and park, the Corpus Christi group has worked on numerous local projects, including the Staples Street improvements program, Gollihar Road reconstruction, Texas A&M University facility upgrades and the Papalote Creek Wind Farm in San Patricio County.

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