Making a Difference with Metropolitan Ministries
One of QCA's core philosophies is to give back to our community and support those on the road to recovery. In addition to volunteering our time to a worthy cause at least once a quarter, we are also committed to providing a financial contribution to an organization that seeks to change the world for the better.
As part of our commitment, QCA recently donated to the Metropolitan Ministries whose mission is, "to care for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in our community through services that alleviate suffering, promote dignity and instill self-sufficiency."
FTE PD&E Study in Osceola and Orange Counties
Vice President Mary Brooks is supporting Kimley-Horn and Associates in conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study for the Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) in Osceola and Orange Counties. As the head of QCA's Turnpike and Expressway Services Division, Mary is responsible for ensuring QCA provides the proper resources to support Kimley-Horn's public involvement program tasks which include public meeting coordination, translating study documents into Spanish and more.
The PD&E study is evaluating alternatives for the extension of Osceola Parkway, from west of Boggy Creek Road to the proposed Northeast Connector Parkway, as well as looking at alternatives for a north-south, system-to-system connection from the Osceola Parkway Extension to SR 417 in the vicinity of Boggy Creek Road.
Mary brings to this study more than 25 years of in-depth experience in developing and implementing public involvement and community outreach strategies and has served on various toll agency projects for FTE, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority and Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority.
"QCA enjoys our great working relationships with Kimley-Horn and the Turnpike," shared Mary. "It's truly exciting to be part of such a robust study that is looking at some really pressing mobility needs in this fast growing area."
QCA Continues to Support CTFastrak’s Branding Initiative in Connecticut
National Services Manager Traci Missildine has been working diligently with the Connecticut Department of Transportation on the comprehensive branding initiative for the new hybrid vehicles that will service CTfastrak, Connecticut's premiere Bus Rapid Transit system scheduled to launch in February 2015. The system will serve travelers in central Connecticut, and will feature a 9.4-mile dedicated bus lane offering riders a traffic-free trip.
Senior Graphic Designer Joe Duhamel recently received approval on his bus exterior design, now in production. Traci led the team in selecting and designing the bus interior's seats and seat fabrics, flooring, wall coverings and paint colors. "The vehicle fleets, which will include 60-foot articulated buses as well as 30-foot and 40-foot buses, are attractive, modern and designed to reflect the sheer innovation of the CTfastrak system. We are honored to have been part of this groundbreaking effort," shared Traci.
Working closely with Michael Baker Corporation, QCA is also leading the effort to develop a 3D animated fly-through video of the corridor, which will allow the community to experience the system before the first bus ever pulls out.
We are excited to continue serving on this contract as CTfastrak approaches its debut.
Diane Hackney Promoted to Senior Vice President
For nearly a decade, Diane Hackney's dedication and commitment to quality service has been pivotal in achieving the top-notch reputation we as a company are known for today. It is with much pride that we announce her well-deserved promotion to senior vice president.
Over the years Diane has served as project manager on projects for numerous high-profile aviation clients such as the Tampa International Airport, Miami-Dade International Airport and Jacksonville Beach International Airport. Her survey efforts were critical on the Georgia Department of Transportation Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study survey efforts, County Road 30A Corridor Survey project in Walton County, Florida.
Thank you for all your hard work, Diane. You are an invaluable asset and we appreciate all that you have brought and continue to bring to the team.
Welcome Cacynthia Lock
We are pleased to welcome Cacynthia Lock to QCA's North Florida team. A highly skilled and competent professional, she is well-qualified to serve as the administrative assistant under American Consulting Professionals, LLC on the SR 20 bridge replacement project in Leon County. She is a native Floridian and enjoys living and working in the state capital. When not working, she delights in reading and devoting time to the light of her life, eight-year-old son James. They enjoy bike riding through local trails and playing video games together.
Welcome aboard, Cacynthia!