A Year in Review


 

Awards:

San Antonio Business Journal’s Best Engineering Firm of 2020 - KFW worked on hundreds of projects in 2020, but because of a few unique projects and the efforts of our staff and clients, KFW was given the Best Engineering Firm of 2020 award by the San Antonio Business Journal. Some of the projects that we are honored to have worked on are Ruby City Art Museum, Lynd Headquarters and Veterans Museum, Elmira at Myrtle Mixed-Use Tower by the Pearl Brewery, and Carmen Heights Subdivision.

 

LYND Building

 

2020 Best Places to Work - For the third year in a row, KFW was named one of the best mid-sized places to work in San Antonio. This award goes to show that all of our office engagement activities and employee relationships have built a community that is exciting to work in. Check out our social media platforms @kfwengineers for a look inside the fun!

 

Top 500 Design Firms - The Engineering News Record (ENR) placed KFW as #68 of the top 500 design firms in Texas and Louisiana for 2020. Not only is this our fourth year in a row earning this award, but we have improved our ranking significantly since last year, exemplifying KFW’s growth and drive.

 

Accomplishments:

KFW contributed over $75,000 to Morgan’s Wonderland in the 2019-2020 giving year. We surpassed our previous year’s donation with a large part of this raised in a single day through KFW’s Golf Tournament Benefiting Morgan’s Wonderland. KFW thanks all of its sponsors, players, clients, friends, and family for helping us raise over $26,000 from the tournament alone. Additionally, KFW’s employee dedication to philanthropy is evident not only in their participation in the tournament, but in the fact that 48% of our employees participated in KFW’s employee giving program to Morgan’s Wonderland this year.

 

Another huge accomplishment this past year is our launch of the KFW University program. KFW University consists of a monthly class lead either by in-house talent or outsourced professionals in the industry, and covers a variety of engineering and business topics with the goal of increasing company-wide knowledge and skills. We are proud to announce we had over 40 graduates from KFW University this past year.

 

KFW University Program

 

Promotions:

Rick Gray, P.E. – Operations Manager of Public Works

Erin Salinas – Director of Business Development & Marketing

Ryan Oxenreiter, P.E. – Assistant Project Manager

Nick Reynolds, P.E. – Senior Project Manager

Salar Ranjbar, P.E. – Project Manager

Gabo Andonie, P.E. _ Project Manager

Nicole Alatorre – Engineering in Training

Jose Ochoa Carias – Engineer in Training

 

Community Involvement:

Throughout 2020, KFW continued to show our commitment to community involvement through our continued support and partnership with Morgan’s Wonderland and the American Heart Association, paired with local community projects. KFW successfully raised over $26,000 through our Golf Tournament benefitting Morgan's Wonderland. We are grateful for all those who helped us facilitate our fourth annual tournament, helping make such an impactful donation towards greater accessibility. In addition to this, KFW sponsored Morgan’s Wonderland Snowball 5K, earning the award of the most successful fundraising team, with the final KFW donation exceeding our goal of $2,500 and a separate employee led donation surpassing $6,200. In addition to Morgan’s Wonderland, KFW employees at both New Braunfels and San Antonio organized charitable events this past year. KFW New Braunfels spent a day volunteering at the New Braunfels Food Bank, exemplifying their commitment to serving and representing KFW in their local community. Also, learning to adapt to the safety precautions of 2020, KFW continued to support the American Heart Association's Heart Walk, through donation and employee participation in this year's virtual walk. Furthermore, employees in our Residential Team organized a donation to support the homeless population of San Antonio, collecting anything from socks to gift cards. Despite the challenges of 2020, we furthered our philanthropic work and expanded on our charitable events, growing KFW’s presence and impact within the community.

 

Company Culture:

Due to the pandemic, 2020 challenged KFW in many new ways as we were forced to learn how to adapt our business while maintaining client and internal relationships. KFW accomplished this by getting creative and organizing intimate fishing trips, sending dinners to clients and their families, and coming together to make and supply handmade masks for KFW employees. San Antonio Business Journal quotes Steven Krauskopf saying, “I can’t say enough at how proud I am of the resiliency of our staff,” and this statement cannot be any truer.

 

Years of Service:

5 Years at KFW

  • Erin Salinas
  • Chris Otto
  • Frank Corey
  • Jaime Salinas
  • Salar Ranjbar
  • Nick Reynolds
  • Roman Pineda
  • Ryutaro Tsukagoshi
  • Austin Hagauer
  • Denis Avendano

 

10 Years with KFW

  • Kristin Heggy
  • Clayton Linney
  • Justin Warren