Author: Christina Slosek

Christina is a marketing/proposal coordinator at Hoyle, Tanner. She excels in organization, multitasking, and creating proposals that are both orderly and eye-catching. When she is not at work, you can find her watching Netflix with some dark chocolate, playing with her kids, taking photos of her pets, and pranking her husband.

Employee Spotlight: Amy Chase

Amy Chase, Marketing/Proposal Coordinator and Bird Mom

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
The position got me interested, but the company culture made me really want to be a part of the team. Hoyle, Tanner is a great company with even better people.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
The entire process for municipal projects was a foreign concept to me prior to working here, so that knowledge is something invaluable I’ve learned. I’ve gained new appreciation and respect for how towns get funding, fix roads and bridges, and develop our infrastructure.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Christmas time. I have learned that Christmas is much more than decorated parties and holiday festivities – it’s also a time to build something enormous and crush the competition.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
Everything in marketing is cool, but anytime I can do something creative is coolest. Right now I am working on rebranding with the rest of the marketing department, which has been a fun process.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
We got some new furniture! A reclining couch and matching chair that the cats can’t wait to get their claws into.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
2 – Massachusetts for most of my life and New Hampshire for the last two years.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
This is a tough question because I love food and have many favorites, but for the rest of my life? I’d never get sick of tacos.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
Cosmo the cat is named after Cosmo Kramer and Boo the cat is Boo because she was rescued on Halloween. My boyfriend is responsible for those names, as I am the adopted mother. We also have two cockatiels named Leo and Lucy, but there was no rhyme or reason to their names.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
Sports Illustrated magazine once named Billerica in the top 50 towns country-wide for sports and recreation.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Visit Europe
2. Buy a house on the water
3. Somehow be included in a top-secret mission for NASA.

Not all the items on my bucket list are within reach, but I’m going to shoot for the stars.
11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island.
1. Sunscreen
2. A Treehouse
3. A Jet Ski

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Humility, compassion, and an open mind.
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
I have a watch that has been passed down to me by my grandmother. I’m not sure how old it is, but much older than me!
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“You are exactly where you’re supposed to be.” – This is something my mom would always say to me. It’s a reminder to put a little faith in the universe and not to overthink what I can’t control.
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be a veterinarian and work with animals until I heard a story of a girl in town who got a pet skunk. When I learned they had a vet de-skunk the skunk I switched careers.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
Am I being murdered? Because there’s no way I’d willingly jump from a plane.

Employee Spotlight: Christopher Mellen

Christopher Mellen, Airport Engineer and New Uncle

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
The people and the work atmosphere drove me to Hoyle, Tanner.  When I came in for my interview, I met some of the Hoyle, Tanner employees, and I was amazed at how welcoming and kind everyone was. I could tell right away there was a very supportive work atmosphere.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Since working at Hoyle, Tanner I have learned the importance of teamwork and collaboration when working on an engineering project. It was very eye- opening to see the amount of communication required between project managers and engineers and how much of a team effort it truly is to keep a project moving smoothly.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Summer is my favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner due to a many of our projects beginning construction during that time. This has allowed me to work in the field on various projects which is one of my favorite parts of my job.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I am working on a drainage study project at an airport in Connecticut. I really enjoy the hands-on aspect of it. The project involves locating drainage structures all around the airport, collecting GPS coordinates as well as carrying out Level 1 inspections on the structures.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
I recently became and uncle, and I got to see my niece over the weekend.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
I have only lived in Massachusetts.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Pizza
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I have a dog named Ozzy. He is named after one of my favorite lead singers, Ozzy Osbourne.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
Tyngs Island, located in Tyngsboro MA, served as the great Indian Chief’s permanent residence, Wannalancit, for many years until he left the Island in 1686.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Take a road trip across the country
2. Backpack through Europe
3. Buy a land plot in Maine and build a cabin

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island.
1. A Swiss Army knife to hunt, prepare food, and build a shelter
2. A magnifying glass to start a fire for warmth and to cook food
3. My guitar, so I can still rock out when I get bored

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
I admire people that are hard-working and driven. Seeing others work hard inspires me to work harder myself.
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
I have a leather jacket I stole from my dad that’s probably from the 70s.
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“The more you seek the uncomfortable the more you will become comfortable.” – Conor McGregor I try to live my life by this quote. Always seeking out uncomfortable situations is great way to conquer your fears and anxieties.
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to play in the NHL.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
My first thought would be “I hope my parachute opens.” Then once my parachute opens, I would think, “Wow, this is awesome.”

Employee Spotlight: Payton Borza

Payton Borza, Airport Engineer and Disney Enthusiast

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
Because our branch office is so small, we are all very close. When considering my career options after I graduated, this is what made me want to continue on to a full-time position after my internship with Hoyle, Tanner.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
The importance of teamwork. We provide better products when we all work together and give input on projects.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Christmas time – We usually volunteer together as a team and have our annual “Fun Committee” event.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I am currently working on an Airport Master Plan which is something new for me.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
Went to Disney World with my husband.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Just one – Florida.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Chick-fil-A and ice cream!
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I have a dog named after my husband and I’s favorite type of shark, Mako.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
Oviedo is well-known for its resident chickens that live downtown.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. See polar bears in the wild
2. Travel to all 50 states
3. Visit Disneyland in California

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island.
1. My husband
2. A boat
3. Unlimited supply of food and drinks

12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Genuineness
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
I have a sweater that I took from my husband when we first started dating about 10 years ago.
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14 – I am not always great at this but it’s something I strive for.
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An elementary school teacher.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
Honestly, I’d probably be thinking about whatever my next task of the day is or what’s for lunch.

Employee Spotlight: Audrey Beaulac

Audrey Beaulac, Transportation Engineer and Outdoor Enthusiast

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
That was a long time ago. I was in college and looking for a job. What has kept me here for 15 years is the family atmosphere and genuine people who work here.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Teamwork
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Spring and Fall
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I’m the design lead for two large roadway projects in Massachusetts.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
Nothing this week will compare to my day off tomorrow for some birthday fun with family and friends on the lake.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
One
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Olive Pasta
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I don’t have any but would love a dog someday.  For now, I just hang with my five niece dogs.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
Good Question. According to Google Newmarket, New Hampshire was incorporated in 1727 and is one of six towns granted by Massachusetts in the last year of the reign of King George I.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
I don’t really have a bucket list but I would like to:
1. Hike a (small) part of the Appalachian Trail
2. Go back to Alaska
3. See more of the United States

11. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Honesty.
12. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
Probably too old… I’ve been meaning to clean out those closets…
13. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
14. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Architect.
15. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I wouldn’t skydive from a perfectly good airplane.

Employee Spotlight: Kathryn Dziadowicz

Kathryn Dziadowicz, Structural Engineer and Talented Artist


1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
The size of the company. It’s not too small where my career growth could be restricted and it’s not too large where I’d be “just a number.”
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
There’s always something new to learn from every situation.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Summer, I love being able to go on construction sites and see designs come to life.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I’m overseeing the construction on two bridge rehabs in New Hampshire.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
I loaded up on some new house plants, it’s a borderline obsession at this point.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Two – New York and New Hampshire
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Enchiladas
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
It pains me to say this, but currently I do not have any pets. Hopefully, I’ll get a large, fluffy dog in the near future.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
My high school is located on an old potato farm.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
1. Have a separate building on my property for an art studio/workspace
2. Go SCUBA diving
3. Become a mom

11. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Authenticity.
12. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
About 15 years old, I’ve held onto a halter neck shirt my grandma gave me as a little girl.
13. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” Lemony Snicket
14. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A teacher
15. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I hope the instructor knows what they are doing.

Employee Spotlight: Taylor Kirk

Taylor Kirk, Aviation Engineer and Sushi Lover

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
I became interested in Hoyle, Tanner because of the size and location of the company, I was also intrigued by the open position in aviation.  The idea of working in aviation was really appealing to me.
2. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
The holidays because we are usually busy still in aviation and as a company we get together and do a lot of fun things like the holiday party.
3. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
The coolest thing I am working om right now would be an apron rehabilitation project which required a lot of unique drainage design that had not really been done in our department before.
4. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
Considering its Monday, I am not sure, but I am getting married this Saturday so that will probably be it.
5. How many different states have you lived in?
4. Ohio, Kentucky, Maine, and New Hampshire
6. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Sushi.
7. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I have 1 cat named Maya, my fiancé and I just both thought of the name and liked it.
8. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I spent most of my childhood living in Baldwin, ME its pretty close to Sebago Lake and it only has about 1,500 people, it is not very interesting.
9. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
1. A helicopter
2. A pilot
3. Plenty of fuel
10. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Kindness.
11. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
I probably have T-shirts that are 10-12 years old.
12. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I always wanted to be an engineer I wanted to be a mechanical engineer and work on designing cars and parts for cars.

Employee Spotlight: Shirley Wilson

Shirley Wilson, Executive Assistant and Hodophile

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
I worked with Hoyle, Tanner on several projects from the municipal side of things and jumped at the chance to work with Chris [President] and Matt [Director of Operations] directly.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Teamwork.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
The Christmas holidays, of course. We employees really get into the holiday competition.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I was able to notarize someone’s signature virtually for a proposal we submitted.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
Seeing our children for the first time in two months and fresh cut lilacs.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
I grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Ohio (Go Buckeyes) and also lived in West Virginia, Southern Florida, Western Washington, and New Hampshire. Its interesting to look back and realize that each place was my favorite while I was there.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Pasta, pasta and pasta with family and friends.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
My husband and I have had many pets over the years, but we are empty nesters now. We used to let our children name them and ended up with very unusual names like Emily Aggasport for one of our cats.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I grew up in Whippany, NJ, named from the Leni Lenape word “Whippanong” for willow trees. Whippany is adjacent to Morristown, NJ where George Washington lived for several winters. It’s a great place for Revolutionary War history buffs.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list? 1. Ride the train across the U.S. and then back through Canada
2. See the rest of the world
3. Be the first centenarian in space
11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
1. My backpack filled with scouting supplies (yes, I was involved in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts)
2. Paper and pen
3. Lots of wine to have bottles to send my notes in
12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Respectfulness and Kindness.
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
My wedding gown, which was first worn by my mom in 1950.
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“ You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” – A.A. Milne
15. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I’m a geography nut, so I’d be looking for landmarks and mapping the area out.

Employee Spotlight: Diane Ryan

Diane Ryan, Project Assistant and Devoted Mother/Grandmother
1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
Flexible scheduling (mother’s hours).
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
It takes effort on everyone’s part to complete projects on time and within budget, and communication is key.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Summer because you can open the windows and let in the fresh air and go outside and take a walk and refresh yourself.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
Nothing really cool about accounting.  Just billing and trying to find revenue.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
Seeing the grandchildren.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
2- Massachusetts and New Hampshire
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Chicken with a baked potato and broccoli..
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
We have a cat named Sheba – it’s my daughter’s and she named her.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
The only thing I can think of is my older granddaughter lived in Tewksbury, Massachusetts as a little girl and my middle granddaughter lives there now. I’ve been gone over 40 years so not sure of too much going on there.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?
1. Traveling
2. Once I retire I want to hold babies in the NICU
3. Spend a lot of time with family and friends
11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
1. Food
2. Phone
3. Family
12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Honesty.
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
A dress I wore to a wedding about 10 years.
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“Treat others the way you want to be treated .” – Anonymous
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A mother
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I hope I make it.

Employee Spotlight: Ryan Hayden

Ryan Hayden, EI, Transportation Engineer, and Baseball Enthusiast
1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
It was close to home, which provided a great opportunity to work in the neighborhoods I grew up in and am familiar with. Also, it was an appealing company in terms of size, it wasn’t too big where I’d be “just a number” but also not too small where my ability to learn would potentially be limited.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Making yourself more valuable by stepping up to learn something new can go a long way.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Winter – because the weather is bad outside and I enjoy what we do here at Hoyle, Tanner, so it helps to have something enjoyable when it’s so cold and dark outside.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
Drone technology.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
I learned a better way to use the roadway corridor modeling software we are using on a project in Western Massachusetts.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
1- New Hampshire
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Grilled Chicken over rice with green beans and mashed potatoes on the side.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I adopted 2 cats, named Hawk and Kaiser.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
My hometown is Dover, New Hampshire and my high school hockey team is the most dominant team in the state over the last 20 years.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?
1. Skydiving
2. Travel to Antarctica
3. See a baseball game at every Major League Baseball ballpark
11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
Knife, Sunblock, Matches
12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Honesty.
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
Probably upwards of 70 years, I have my grandfather’s old Letterman Jacket from when he was in high school. For items I wear, I have a sweatshirt that is about 10 years old.
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come .” – Mick Kremling
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A baseball player (a more realistic one was to work at NASA.)
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
How beautiful the view is.

Employee Spotlight: Paul Dustin

Paul Dustin and Family in apple orchard

Paul Dustin, CADD Technician, and Summer House Dreamer
1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
My career prior to working here was spent at engineering firms whose work was primarily state DOT based. As interesting as those projects can be, I was always drawn to the municipal projects because of the varying array of projects and the ability to work closely with clients to provide a more personal experience. I had always known that Hoyle, Tanner not only provided those things, but it was a great place to work. So, when a former coworker and Hoyle, Tanner employee called me about an opportunity to work here, I did not hesitate.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
That the value of teamwork and mutual respect will lead to a great work experience.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Autumn. That’s when many of the projects are either winding down or wrapping up. It’s a rewarding feeling to look back at a years’ worth of submissions and see all the interesting structures I worked on, and how cool it will be to see them built the following summer.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I am currently working on an emergency culvert replacement that has allowed the team to investigate and implement some cool out-of-the-box ideas.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
My son Charlie spent the day with me at work. It was an awesome day.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
I have only lived here in New Hampshire.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Ribeye steak grilled to perfection, a baked potato and my favorite pale ale.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
We do not have a pet currently but are looking to get a dog very soon. We used to have a cat and his name was Hoffman.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I grew up in Hillsborough, NH which is the birthplace of the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce. My personal favorite is there used to be a railroad covered bridge that was near my house. I have fond memories growing up of walking it with my dad.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?
1. Have a summer place on Newfound Lake
2. Travel to Ireland
3. Finally complete the 4,000 footers
11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
Food, water, and my family
12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
A good sense of humor with the ability to laugh at themselves
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
My favorite flannel shirt, which is nearing 20 years old
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you’ll be amazed at the results.” – George S. Patton
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
 Architect – I graduated college, life happened and I found my way to designing and detailing bridges, which I truly enjoy.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I have skydived out of a plane, and on the way down I was thinking, “What in the world did I just do?” But it was a very cool experience.

Employee Spotlight: Paula Boyle

Paula Boyle, Environmental Engineer, and Longtime Resident of Her Hometown
1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
I had co-op’d (cooperative) at several engineering firms in the Boston area but wanted to try a new firm when I graduated from Merrimack College in 1987.  The co-op office suggested Hoyle, Tanner and so I interviewed and liked the idea of being a part of the newly forming Environmental Group in our then Burlington MA office.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Fully understand the client’s objectives, concerns, and budget constraints before starting a project.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Springtime – new beginning after New England winters and outdoor projects get underway.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
Developing an Industrial Pretreatment Program for a Vermont community that doesn’t currently have one.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
My husband has been making our favorite cup of coffee in the morning!
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Just 1 – Massachusetts.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Pasta with (homemade sauce, of course ) bread, salad and tiramisu for dessert.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
We had goldfish when the girls were young and they named them blackie and goldie.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I grew up in Reading MA in a large family ( I am one of six girls! no brothers) and now live there with my husband Tom and two daughters.  Reading is 12 miles north of Boston and best known for its easy access to trains & major highways.  Reading is a family-friendly community and is known for our excellent school system.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?
1. To visit each of my  grandparent’s farm and relatives in Ireland
2. Travel to Italy & Spain
3. Watch our girls graduate from college
11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
My family, food, and a good book
12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Honesty, compassion, intelligence, and artistic and athletic ability
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
I’m afraid to say, very old – My high school prom dress (I thought my daughters would want to wear – HA!)
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“Do to others what you would have them do to you” 
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
 A Landscape architect, then I had a high school mechanical drawing teacher who encouraged me to study Civil Engineering, so I did – and the rest is history.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I hope I make land!

Employee Spotlight: Deb Coon

Deb Coon, Environmental Coordinator, and Chacuterie Fan
1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
I originally came from the banking industry which was very unstable at the time. I looked at Hoyle, Tanner as a potentially stable environment where I could work the rest of my life and retire from. That was 20 years ago!
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
I appreciate the opportunity for growth that I have been given here.  It was my husband and supervisor that encouraged me to go back to school and earn the degree I am currently working on.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
Anytime its busy – I love being busy. 
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
Anything that involves historic structures/districts or a unique protected species.  I love learning about these things and blending preservation while protecting the traveling public.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
I went to lunch with my best friend today!
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Five: Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, & New Hampshire
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Cheese, bread, olives, and wine.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
One spoiled rotten cat named Oliver.  His name is Oliver because he looks like an Oliver, how else would you name your pet?
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I grew up in Schenectady, NY.  The city is known as the birthplace of General Electric and almost everybody I knew had a parent that worked there.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?

  1. Fly in a fighter jet doing rolls and dives and then get hit with a g-force so hard it knocks me out.
  2. Attend a soccer match in Europe.
  3. Spend a couple of weeks sailing the east coast with my husband.

11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
My husband, a boat, and any device that could be self-powered that would stream music
12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Honesty most definitely
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
At least 60 years!  It’s a doll that used to belong to my mother when she was a little girl.
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A veterinarian – doesn’t every little girl want to do that at some point?
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I would wonder what the heck I was thinking when I agree to do this!

How the ADA has Changed Transportation Infrastructure After Nearly 30 Years

Nearly one in four adults has a disability in the United States. The most common disability is mobility, followed by hearing and vision. “At some point in their lives, most people will either have a disability or know someone who has one,” according to Coleen Boyle, Ph.D., director of CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. After almost 30 years since it was first established, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has had a significant impact on transportation engineering and design for public use.

Recognizing the challenges of adapting the ADA guidelines to existing transportation infrastructure (sidewalks, street crossings, curb ramps, etc.), the United States Access Board is in the process of developing new guidelines for these facilities called “Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way,” popularly known as PROWAG. These guidelines, which are currently a draft but recognized as an industry best practice, establish practical design standards for these elements while recognizing the various constraints posed by space limitations, roadway design practices, slope, and terrain.

Learning about ADA compliant engineering designs can help make streets a safer place for those 61 million Americans living with a disability. Below are two types of engineering designs that you commonly see but might not fully know their purpose:

  1. Accessible Pedestrian Signal and Push Button:  These devices are used at pedestrian crossings to provide non-visual information (audible or vibratory) on WALK and DON’T WALK intervals.  Through tones and vibration, they help a visually-impaired pedestrian locate the push button, know when the walk interval has begun, and know the direction of crossing. It can also provide information on the crossing location through braille or speech messages. The location and design of a pedestrian push button are also critical for those with disabilities. The buttons should be located adjacent to a level all-weather surface and within 3.5’ to 4’ above the sidewalk to provide access from a wheelchair (shown below). To ease operation, they should also be large enough to push with a closed fist and no more than 3.5 pounds of force.ada-document-image_edited
  2. Curb Ramps and Detectable Warnings on Surfaces: Accessible sidewalks are imperative to those living with mobility issues. Safely crossing a street or entering/exiting a parking lot can be difficult for those in wheelchairs if there are no curb ramps. Curb ramps (as shown below) provide a maximum of 1:12 grade to smoothly transition from the sidewalk elevation. As the ramp is flush with the roadway, a detectable warning surface is required to provide tactile cues to those with vision impairments to alert them that they are entering the roadway. A change in surface texture and color, such as concrete, can also be more conspicuous for those with minor vision impairment.

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The ADA was a Civil Rights Movement that prevented discrimination of those with disabilities. The two engineering designs described above were designed to comply with ADA. These designs, and others, will continue to help pedestrians feel more comfortable making their way safely across the street.

Employee Spotlight: Matthew Graca

Matthew Graca, Civil Engineer, and Adventure Seeker

1.  What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
I saw Hoyle, Tanner as a place where I could learn from experienced engineers and have the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects that would not only challenge me but also keep me excited about what I do.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
This is probably always an answer from young engineers, but I’ve learned to never stop asking questions because there is always something new to learn from every situation.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
I’d have to say the summer, it’s when projects go into construction and there is usually a chance to get outside of the office.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I’m working on some of the stormwater modeling and permitting process for a pier expansion in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This pier in particular is known for the salt that is offloaded from cargo ships. The majority of the road salt used by the NHDOT comes through this pier.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
The driveway to my house was paved, it was just a dirt and gravel lot before.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Two so far, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
I can’t pick just one thing but I’d have to say anything that is a Portuguese dish.
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I don’t have a pet yet, but I’ve always wanted either a Husky or Black Lab. I don’t know what I’d name it, so if anyone has any suggestions let me know!
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I grew up in a very small town in Massachusetts called Berkley, it’s about 40 minutes south of Boston. My hometown is named after an Irish philosopher George Berkeley, but when my town was officially incorporated it was misspelled as Berkley.
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?
Run a marathon with my Mom, Pass my FE exam, Run in the Dipsea Trail race
11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
A good book, a hammock, a discgolf basket (hopefully with some discs in it)
12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Honesty
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
A 1999 Mario Golf Gameboy game cartridge
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be an architect when I was growing up, I was really fascinated at some of the designs of the buildings I saw and how the architect considered how the building would fit into the surrounding area.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I think I’d try to take in the view and savor the moment but other than that I think I’d be too terrified to think about anything in particular.

Employee Spotlight: Monika Ingalls, EIT

Monika Ingalls, Environmental Engineer, and Friend to Animals

1. What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
I wanted to work in Burlington and Hoyle, Tanner was a good-sized firm that had a lot of interesting projects that drew me in.
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
The summer has been my favorite so far because there’s a good mix of fieldwork with office work.
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I recently attended a 3-day training on Industrial Pretreatment, a service Hoyle, Tanner has provided for dozens of clients, and I’m looking forward to applying what I’ve learned on an upcoming project.
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
Coming home to my dog after a weekend away from him.
6. How many different states have you lived in?
Two – Vermont and Massachusetts
7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Burrito & tortilla chips
8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
I have five pets. Two cats, Mandy and Cosmo, who are named after cartoon characters from shows me and my sisters watched as kids. Two golden retrievers, Athos and D’Artagnon, who are named after two musketeers. And I have a little Chihuahua mix named Tobey, after Tobey Maguire because I’m a huge Spider-man fan.
9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
Burlington is home to the World’s Tallest Filing Cabinet!
10. What are three things still left on your bucket list
Pass the PE exam, go to Europe, see Wicked on Broadway.
11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
A boat, a captain to sail the boat, and my dog Tobey.
12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
Kindness
13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
A ‘Crew & Cast’ shirt from one of my sister’s elementary school musical shows.
14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
I don’t really have an explanation for it, but my favorite quote is “one day a wolf bit a man and the man caught it. Magic or science, it’s all the same. The only thing magical about it is that we can’t explain it.” – Maggie Stiefvater. It’s from a book I read in middle school where they try to explain the origin of werewolves. I don’t know why it’s stuck with me so long, but I love it.
15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
It varied, but it was between a zoo doctor and a chef for a long time.
16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
“This was a terrible idea!”

Employee Spotlight: Nicole Centerbar, EIT

Transportation Engineer and Car Enthusiast

  1. What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
    • I got to work with Hoyle, Tanner as a client during an internship in college and really enjoyed working with them and also all of the opportunities they have to work in multiple disciplines really appealed to me.
  2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
    • Always ask questions, there’s always something to learn.
  3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
    • Summertime is always great because it’s a mix of office work and getting outside to do field work.
  4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
    • I’m working on a couple of culvert projects on a road near my house that I will get to drive over every day knowing I helped design them which will be cool.
  5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
    • My fantasy football team went for 230 points!
  6. How many different states have you lived in?
    • Just Vermont. I actually lived in the same house my entire life until a year ago.
  7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
    • Anything pasta
  8. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
    • I have a Siberian Husky named Samantha and a King Charles Spaniel named Optimus Prime. Samantha was always a name my husband and I liked and it just fit when we got her as a puppy. Optimus Prime was a puppy around the time the Transformers movies were coming out and my husband, who was 16 at the time, picked the name.
  9. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
    • Burlington has one of only 2 high schools in the country with a seahorse mascot.
  10. What are three things still left on your bucket list?
    • Own an ’88 BMW E30 M3
    • Drive the Nürburgring in Germany
    • Pass the PE exam
  11. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
    • My husband
    • A sailboat
    • Rob Siegel’s Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic
  12. What characteristic do you admire most in others?
    • Integrity
  13. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
    • A 47-year-old valve cover from a ’72 BMW 2002tii I use to own
  14. Words to live by? Favorite quote?
    • “Life is too short to drive boring cars” -Ssharad Malhotra
  15. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
    • I always wanted to be a doctor until I discovered I have a terribly weak stomach.
  16. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
    • Hoping I don’t land wrong and break an ankle like my dad did a couple of years ago.

Employee Spotlight: Shawn Tobey, PE

Shawn Tobey, Civil Engineer and Family Man

  1. What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?

It was a large firm with a lot of knowledgeable staff. I was drawn to working on unique and challenging projects

  1. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?

Strategies for working collaboratively and networking skills.

  1. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?

I like the summer time because most projects are in construction and there is opportunity to be out in the field.

  1. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?

I am currently working on a 25 acre mixed-use 303-unit residential development project.

  1. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?

Playing soccer in the yard with my daughter, wife and dogs.

  1. How many different states have you lived in?

Two: Maine, NH

  1. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

Lobster

  1. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?

We have two Boston Terrier/Pug mix dog’s named Jean-Luc and Margaux. My wife is a French teacher so it was only fitting that they had French names.

  1. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?

My family settled in Eliot, Maine in the 1600s. They were boat builders. My father is a carpenter and boat builder today and still lives in the same town.

  1. What are three things still left on your bucket list.

I’d like to master plan and design a large scale urban development project, build a boat and someday I’d like to walk my daughter down the aisle. 

  1. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island

A fishing pole, a saw and a new pair of work boots.

  1. What characteristic do you admire most in others?

Authenticity

  1. How old is the oldest item in your closet?

A box of old newspaper articles from my basketball days.

  1. Words to live by? Favorite quote?

“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs

  1. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Civil engineer

  1. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?

I would scout areas to develop!

Employee Spotlight: Patrick Sharrow

Patrick Sharrow, Airport Planner and Outdoor Enthusiast
 
1. What drew you to Hoyle, Tanner?
I enjoy working in all aspects of aviation. Planning gives me a chance to work directly with airport managers on a variety of issues at a wide variety of airports. As a former Airport Manager, I can appreciate the issues that surface on a daily basis. I really enjoy working through these unique challenges and believe providing an outside point-of-view is valuable. Working for Hoyle, Tanner also gives me the ability to think outside the box and really get into the weeds utilizing new thoughts, methods, and technology to solve problems. I’ve always wanted to be part of a company that made me feel like a family member. Company that has large goals with a work life balance.
 
2. What’s something invaluable you’ve learned here?
The culture of continuous learning. There is so much to learn! I have gained a new perspective. I relate airport consulting to fly fishing. You can fly fish your entire life and never truly master the art. As is with airport planning and consulting, and this is what makes it so intriguing and addicting! The continuous challenge and sense of accomplishment when it all comes together.
 
3. What’s your favorite time of year to work at Hoyle, Tanner?
I like the summertime. I travel a lot to visit clients and airports in general. I enjoy the views along the drive and enjoy seeing new places. Occasionally when I am off the clock and come across a nice river I’ll take a pit stop and toss the line.
 
4. What’s the coolest thing you are working on?
I enjoy working with airport managers at a variety of airports in a wide variety of locations.
Advances in UAS technology and finding new ways to utilize UAS technology to increase safety and efficiency in the aviation industry.
 
5. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far this week?
I got to fly a seaplane into my camp on Lake Champlain! I have always wanted to fly a seaplane!
 
6. What kind of pet do you have and how did you choose to name it?
Lab Whippet mix named Piper after a Piper Cherokee that I fly. She has been raised on airports. From working on the airfield during wildlife management to walking the terminal with TSA and Police K9s, and of course hours of hangar lounging.
 
7. What is a fun or interesting fact about your hometown?
I grew up in Charlotte Vermont which is about a half-hour south of Burlington. When I was in 8th grade some people found a whale skeleton by the railroad tracks. It was a really cool reminder that this land was once covered in ocean.
 
8. What are three things still left on your bucket list
• Spend some time exploring Alaska
• Climb Mt. Rainier in Washington
• Visit all the national park
 
9. Name three items you’d take with you to a desert island
My Boat, Fishing rod and my Mandolin. I figure the boat may come in handy if I would like to get off the island.
 

10. How old is the oldest item in your closet?
I have a box of old aircraft parts. Literally nuts and bolts and pieces of metal that were from a B-24 Liberator that crashed into Camels Hump on Oct. 16, 1944. My uncle gave them to me years ago, and I was always going to make a shadow box or something with them.

11. Words to live by? Favorite quote
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” (Quote sometimes attributed to George Eliot)

12. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An aerospace engineer. Then I started working on plans at the local airstrip and soon after started flying. That sold me on aviation, and I never looked back.

13. If you were to skydive from an airplane what would you think about on the way down?
I have been skydiving multiple times! Honestly, it’s such a rush I can’t get over the beauty of being so high with nothing around you and the sensation of free-falling through the air followed by flying under the canopy. There’s not much that can beat that feeling.

Hoyle, Tanner Engineers Showcase their Knowledge of Asset Management

Asset Management

On September 20, John Jackman, PE and Rychel Gibson, PE will be presenting on the basics of an asset management system at the Sunday River Grand Summit Resort Hotel & Conference Center in Newry, Maine, as part of the Maine Water Environment Association’s fall convention.

The focus of their presentation will be the documentation, organization and data collection for physical assets using tools like Google Forms. By using Google tools  (Drive, Calendar, Maps, and Forms), users can input data for free from a computer, tablet or phone. Among other tasks, John and Rychel will demonstrate how to use Google Forms to fill out daily logs and inspection sheets, and how to use Google Maps to document and track GPS assets.

Physical assets – like pipes, pumps, and valves — can be stressed from over-use, underfunding, and aging. It is the responsibility of the asset manager to know when an asset has reached its useful life. Over the past two decades, practical, advanced techniques have been developed for better managing physical assets. Hoyle, Tanner has assisted close to 40 municipalities, counties and state agencies with their asset management plans system. John Jackman has been involved with asset management for 16 years and joined the New England Water Environment Association in 2004. Rychel is a member of the Maine Water Environment Association and has been integrally involved with developing freeware-based asset management assistance during her time with Hoyle, Tanner.

 

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How has Hoyle, Tanner and the Aviation Industry Changed over the Last 45 Years?

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In 1903 the first manned flight lasted 12 seconds and went for 120 feet. Today, unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as drones, can stay airborne for up to 30 minutes and have a maximum range of 34 miles. August 19th is National Aviation Day, and it has us reflecting on how far the aviation industry has come since that first flight in 1903 and how our company has transformed along with it.

OPENING THE DOORS to the SKYWAYS

Forty-five years ago in 1973, Doug Hoyle and John Tanner formed Hoyle, Tanner. They began their firm providing only aviation and environmental engineering services. Today, Hoyle, Tanner has expanded into multiple engineering disciplines, with over 100 employees. One of our firm’s early major milestones in our aviation engineering service capabilities occurred in 1986 when Hoyle, Tanner was selected to prepare the Master Plan for Ellington Field in Houston, Texas. Ellington Field needed to maintain its role as a base for military and NASA operations, but at the same time become an airport for the public. Careful planning and diligent efforts were made to please those involved. In the end, the Master Plan was completed on schedule and rolled out to the public in 1987; the City had a new airport. Commercial, corporate, military and private interests were better served, and there was an expectation for an up-tick in regional economic activity. Hoyle, Tanner’s Airport Master Plan for this airport was ultimately used as a guide to implement a comprehensive program to plan and upgrade the former military base to meet its new civilian status.

CHANGING WITH TECH

Historically, aeronautics has evolved alongside technology. For approximately the first 20 years of the company’s history, our aviation design engineers and draftsman worked together to illustrate airfield improvement project designs on polyester drafting film known as Mylar. This was a labor-intensive process that could be compounded when considering alternative design scenarios. In the early 1990s, Hoyle, Tanner began using engineering design and drafting software. The incorporation of Autodesk Land Desktop allowed for increased accuracy, a more efficient design process, and the development of a product that can be more easily used to engage the public.

TERROR IN THE SKYS

A major shift in the aviation industry occurred following the 2001 terror attacks. Prior to the attacks, you could follow your loved ones to the gate to see them off on their journey. Today all those good-byes happen before security check points. Two months after the attacks, on November 19th, Congress federalized airport security by passing the Aviation and Transportation Security Act. This security measure and others, such as body scans and shoe removal, were an effort to protect the safety of the traveling public. On a more practical note, cell phone and laptop charging stations have become the norm in every terminal to accommodate the lengthy wait time before, and between flights.

A NEW GENERATION OF EXPLORERS

With the significant decline in pilots and the FAA expansion of regulations, the industry is seeing a drop in commercial airline pilots. The drop is not exclusive to pilots. A recent study by Boeing, projects the need for 790,000 new aviation pilots for the next 20 years. This equals to roughly 108 new pilots every day for the next 20 years. Aviation is not exclusive to pilots. Other careers include: engineering and mechanics, airport operations, and aircraft manufacturing. With several hundred thousand pilots and mechanics retiring over the next decade, the need for the new enthusiasts grows. For the past five years, Hoyle, Tanner has partnered each summer with Aviation Career Education (ACE) Camps to expose the next generation of aviation enthusiasts to the aviation field.

THANKFUL

In the 45 years that Hoyle, Tanner has successfully navigated the civil engineering world, we are able to reflect on our roots in appreciation. So much of our success has stemmed from those early days mapping the skyways, and we owe much of our aeronautical achievements to that one milestone: The Master Plan for Ellington Field in Houston.