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Santiago Iturralde named Vice President of S.A.M.E. Valdosta-Moody Post

The Society of American Military Engineers Valdosta-Moody Post in Valdosta, GA SIturralde_1held elections for their slate of officers during their monthly meeting on May 10. Semper Tek S.E. Division Vice President Santiago Iturralde was elected by Post membership to serve as the 2018 Vice President. He will serve alongside:

President: Lt Col Michael Francis
Secretary: Bill Bryan
Treasurer: Anthony Payton
Programs: Randy Crews (2Lt Matt Jacobs will assist when he returns from deployment)
Young Members: Capt Akira Nervik

Santiago will serve on the Board of Directors for the Post and will work collaboratively to grow the  organization and its impact at Moody AFB and throughout the Valdosta community.

Semper Tek is a Sustaining Member of S.A.M.E. and is also active at the Kentuckiana Post, where Business Development Manager Tara Brinkmoeller serves as the Veterans Outreach Committee Chair, as well as serves on the Board of Directors.  To learn more about S.A.M.E., visit their website,


Semper Tek Receives Exceptional CPARS on Design-Build Project; Completes 6-months Ahead of Schedule

Semper Tek is proud to announce that it has completed the Design/Build project, Repair Seven (7) Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIF), six months ahead of schedule and has received an Exceptional rating for this criteria.

This $3.4M project was managed during the design and initial construction phases by Mr. F. Jason Brinkmoeller. He, along with our Designer of Record BARGE Design Solutions, worked diligently and effectively with the COR to achieve 100% design approval upon first review. Fast-tracking was also achieved through the early submission of submittals during the design review phase to allow for construction as soon as reviews were completed. Semper Tek utilized our standard Design-Build Processes in order to successfully begin this project on pace to exceed the contract completion date.

Mr. Bill Daugherty, Project Manager; Mr. Wayne Suggs, Superintendent; and Mr. Butch Merritt, QC and SSHO, meticulously managed every aspect of this project, including the daily on-site operations, to ensure that our schedule was adhered to and exceeded, when possible. Additionally, five of the SCIF rooms were certified during a single inspection, which is extremely difficult to achieve. The other two SCIF rooms were also certified upon first inspection.Each man’s excellence in his position led to our early project delivery, quality of workmanship, and outstanding complete CPARS evaluation by the government. Mr. Daugherty, Mr. Suggs, and Mr. Merritt each received a Semper Tek Bull Dog Award in December for their outstanding work on this project.

In addition to the Exceptional rating for Schedule, Semper Tek received Very Good ratings for Quality, Management, Regulatory Compliance, Workmanship, Subcontractor Management, and Maintaining a Safe Workplace. We are so proud to have our firm’s standard Design-Build Construction Process recognized with such high ratings and comments.

Comments from the COR:

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The SCIF project was a competitive procurement in a full and open task order contract on the Moody MACC, which has a total of nine small business awardees. This contract was awarded in September 2016 and was anticipated to take two years to complete.

Nine Semper Tek Employees earn Kentucky Certified Healthcare Contractor credential

On Friday, March 9th there were nine (9) Semper Tek Project Managers and Superintendents who attended and passed the Kentucky Certified Healthcare Contractor class and examination offered in Lexington, KY. The program was sponsored by the Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers.

Prior to attending the on-site class, our employees participated in a six-hour online course called “Safe Day One” about hospital construction safety. The in-person program furthered our employees’ knowledge and understanding about the concerns of the healthcare facilities in regards to patient safety, patient privacy, infection control and risk assessment.

At the end of the in-person course each of our employees took a certification exam. All nine (9) of our employees passed the exam and are now designated as a Kentucky “Certified Healthcare Contractor.” This certification will be valid for 3 years.

The Semper Tek employees who earned the Kentucky Certified Healthcare Contractor credential are:
Kevin Atchley
Eric Boursaw
Rob Crouch
Bill Daugherty
David Dierson
Joe Eisenhauer
Brad Gray
James Ruley
Scott Wharton

The course attended by our employees will enhance our ability to better serve our clients at the various VAMC campuses where we perform construction.  In addition to these newly trained and credentialed professionals for the state of Kentucky, Semper Tek employs F. Jason Brinkmoeller, CHC, who is one of only five people in the state of Kentucky, and the only employee of a SDVOSB-firm in the state, to hold the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) designation. Mr. Brinkmoeller first earned this designation in 2014 and CHCrecertified in 2017. His current designation is valid through October 2020. This stringent certification examination tests the individual’s knowledge of building codes standards, Life Safety Code, National Electric Code, SMACNA, Plumbing Code, OSHA regulations, Infection Control guidelines.

Semper Tek is committed to providing our employees with continuous training and specialized education to enhance our ability to serve our clients and provide state-of-the-art hospital contruction.

Semper Tek Welcomes Rob Crouch to the Team

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Semper Tek would like to welcome Rob Crouch to our team. Rob has joined as a Project Manager and has extensive federal, commercial, and institutional construction management experience. He brings knowledge and experience in both ground-up and Design/Build project management. Rob is extremely familiar with the Procore and P6 software programs that our firm implements for each of our projects.

Rob has a B.S. in Construction Management from Morehead State University. He is a Navy Veteran.

Semper Tek Business Development Manager to Co-Chair Veterans Outreach Committee for S.A.M.E. Kentuckiana Post

Semper Tek joined the Society of American Military Engineers (S.A.M.E.) in the fall and hasn’t wasted anytime getting involved with the local Kentuckiana post.  Semper Tek’s Business Development Manager, Tara Brinkmoeller has been asked to co-chair the Post’s Veterans Outreach Committee.

Tara Brinkmoeller, Business Development Manager

Tara Brinkmoeller, Business Development Manager

The Veterans Outreach Committee is relatively new at the S.A.M.E. Kentuckiana Post.  The committee is meant to create opportunities for S.A.M.E. members to engage with local Veterans for both goodwill assistance/service and professional development opportunities within the AEC industry.  The committee will look to increase its involvement with ongoing Veterans programs in Louisville, as well as engage state officials on programs for VOSB and SDVOSB AEC firms. As a Committee Co-Chair, Tara also serves on the S.A.M.E. Kentuckiana Post Board of Directors.

Tara was eager to help lead this important and extremely relevant committee. Her work for Semper Tek has provided her with some experience in Veteran’s Outreach and Community Service projects. Semper Tek has worked with the Robley Rex VAMC Community Affairs Department for the past four years to provide Christmas for Veteran’s families. They have also supported the department’s efforts for assisting homeless veterans.

Prior to her work with Semper Tek, Tara served as the Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications for the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville. While serving at this membership organization she gained experience leading committees, setting attainable goals for committee work, and working with pubic officials and committee members to accomplish those goals.