Assemblymember Salas & Corcoran PD Celebrate New Headquarters

Corcoran Police Department cuts the ribbon on new TETER-designed headquarters.

Originally published by THE SENTINEL on October 29, 2019

CORCORAN – On Saturday, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined the Corcoran Police Department and local leaders such as Corcoran City Manager, Dr. Kindon Meik, Mayor of Corcoran, Sid Palmerin, Corcoran City Council, Chief of Police, Reuben P. Shortnacy, Chuck Jelloian, President & CEO of CrisCom and Supervisor Richard Valle for a historic ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the new headquarters for the Corcoran Police Department.

Corcoran City Manager, Dr. Kindon Meik, welcomes the community and special guests.

The new department facility was made possible by funding that Assemblymember Salas secured through the state budget. Assemblymember Salas along with the Corcoran Police Department and local leaders secured nearly $4 million in the 2015-16 state budget and an additional $1.7 million in the 2018-19 state budget that was needed to completely fund the project.

“Celebrating the completion of the Corcoran Police Department’s new headquarters shows the success of a multi-year effort to address the public safety needs in our community and improve the way the people can interact with their police department,” said Assemblymember Salas. “This new facility is a huge investment in the city that will create a safer environment for our families and strengthen the bond between the residents and their law enforcement officials. Today is truly a great day for our community and the people of Corcoran.”

Assemblymember Rudy Salas

Among the many new facilities, the department includes a service friendly design to promote positive community engagement and interaction, greatly improving the public’s experience at the department. The new department is 10,400 square feet, located nearby the current department facility at Civic Center Park. The past department – which is around 75 years old – is less than 4,000 square feet.

The new facility will make critical improvements to public safety infrastructure for the region, including the following: an Emergency Operations Center – which the current department does not have – that will also double as a community meeting/training room; a modern Temporary Holding Facility; a modest fitness room for officers and staff to maintain physical condition; and a fully enclosed sally port which will improve the safety of officers and prisoners, another new addition that the current facility is lacking.

“We are so grateful to be in this beautiful new building and owe tremendous thanks to so many who helped and supported us in this effort,” said Corcoran Police Chief Reuben P. Shortnacy. “Assemblyman Salas is at the top of that list of people who made this project possible. He led the charge to secure the funding for our desperately needed facility. We couldn’t have done it without him.”

Chief of Police Reuben P. Shortnacy recognizes his staff for their support.

In 2015-16, Assemblymember Salas worked to secure $5 million for public safety infrastructure projects in Avenal, Lemoore and Corcoran. Last year, Assemblymember Salas again worked closely with Kings County law enforcement to secure $8.7 million for public safety infrastructure in the region. Assemblymember Salas and Chief Shortnacy were joined by other local leaders to celebrate this historic groundbreaking.

(Left to Right): Chief Shortnancy, Loren Aiton (TETER Architect), Dustin Graef (TETER Construction Administration), and City Manager Meik

Beam Signing

Beam Signing Ceremony

Clovis Unified School District Administrators, Governing Board members, and Young Elementary School staff participated in a beam signing ceremony to commemorate the construction of the district’s newest campus.

Dr. Janet Young, the school’s namesake and Superintendent of Clovis Unified from 2011 to 2017, was the first to sign the beam that will be part of the new elementary school, which will open August 2020.

For TETER’s Dustin Graef, Construction Administrator for the new campus, signing the beam was especially exciting: “Once a Cougar, always a Cougar!”

Dustin Graef signs the beam alongside Rick Lawson (Clovis Unified Director of Construction and Engineering)

Dr. Don Ulrich (Clovis Unified Deputy Superintendent) and Kacey Gibson (Young Elementary School Principal)

Dustin Graef greets Dr. Don Ulrich.

Christopher Casado (Clovis Unified Governing Board Member) and Dr. Eimear O’Farrell (CUSD Superintendent)


Improving the Education Landscape

New senior architect bolsters TETER’s education practice.

Bob Siegrist has joined TETER’s Fresno office, adding a wealth of experience to our education design studio. His exceptional problem-solving skills—coupled with a proactive, comprehensive approach to design documentation—allow him to identify and solve issues before they arise in the construction phase. With his deep understanding of materials and building systems, his construction documents provide a clear roadmap between the design concept and the finished product.

Always focused on the client’s objectives, Bob is both a leader and valued team member among clients and fellow professionals. We look forward to his contribution as we continue to build notable educational facilities in the Central Valley.

PMI – CCVC Academic Forum

TETER presents “Project Management: 5 Things You Won’t Learn in College”

TETER Engineers, Jonathan Schlundt, Hannah Moss, and Corey Stone teamed with PMI CCVC and Lyles College of Engineering to give a presentation to young professionals, recent graduates, and students from CSU Fresno’s Engineering and Business Schools.

TETER’s topics focused on:

  • Engineering in college vs. Engineering in the real world
  • Moral / Ethics / Quality of Design
  • Being a part of something bigger
  • Breaking the misconception that Fresno isn’t a place where you can have a successful career

For Corey Stone, Electrical Engineer and CSU Fresno alumni, it was personal:

“Going back to my home campus and speaking with students was great. I fondly remember all of the professors and industry people who invested in me. Reciprocating their guiding influence is what lifelong education in the San Joaquin Valley looks like. I received a wealth of technical knowledge when I attended CSU Fresno. I’m happy to be able to educate students about project management and give them a taste of the real-world workplace. It will be useful as they progress on their path to becoming an engineer.”

TETER Electrical Engineer Corey Stone explains how emotional factors are important in business development and getting new clients.

TETER Mechanical Engineer Hannah Moss shows how Quality is essential in college and career.

TETER Mechanical Engineer and Partner Jonathan Schlundt interviews an engineering student in “the hot seat”, creating a stimulating and interactive atmosphere for the attendees.

(Left to Right): Corey Stone, Jonathan Schlundt, Jerry Dickerson (PMI-CCVC University Academic Outreach Director) and Hannah Moss.



New Director of Construction Administration and Quality Management

Ellen Armour has joined as Director of Construction Administration and Quality Management

Ms. Armour brings with her a decade of experience in project leadership ranging from programming and grant writing at the University of California, Los Angeles, to space management at Google, to project management for data and training centers at Chevron Bakersfield. She has developed strong relationships within the communities TETER serves and believes that the best partnerships are formed at the intersection of client advocacy and trust.

Ms. Armour possesses strong foundations in process and systems management that translates into quality consistency for clients. Her on-the-job experience provides the flexibility that clients need to navigate real-life project nuances. In addition to her focus on quality, Ms. Armour leads TETER’s Construction Administration team, strengthening our hallmark of client service from design to occupancy.

Taking it to the Streets

TETER wins the 2019 People’s Choice Award

TETER’s interactive immersive musical design entry in The City of Clovis’ “Taking it to the Streets” Parket Design competition wins the 2019 People’s Choice Award.

Design Team Leader Tony Pavone enthusiastically complimented the entire team for their contributions in the award-winning design:

“I had a great time collaborating with the awesome A+E Design Team on the levitating tube immersive musical experience. It was exciting to see the entire team moving in the same direction right from the beginning. The goals and vision resonated within each of us. Our team was able to divide and conquer the build process between the Visalia and Fresno offices. It was a humbling experience to witness the dedication and commitment the entire team gave from the beginning of design to the actual build.”

Architects and Engineers install TETER’s interactive “Slap Tube” immersive musical design entry on a parklet in Old Town Clovis.

Architects and Engineers install TETER’s interactive “Slap Tube” immersive musical design entry on a parklet in Old Town Clovis.

Families play with TETER’s interactive “Slap Tube” immersive musical design entry in the City of Clovis’ “Take it to the Streets” parklet design competition.


Could Lincoln Oval Park be home to the county’s newest preschool? There’s a chance.

Oval Park Pre-School, conceptually designed by TETER, is featured on Visalia Times Delta.

Originally published on Visalia Times Delta on September 18, 2019 by Joshua Yeager

Long considered a hot spot for drugs and crime, Lincoln Oval Park could soon become Visalia’s newest pre-school site.

That’s the vision of Tulare County Superintendent Tim Hire, who has applied for a $4 million federal grant to transform the dilapidated park into a new Head Start center.

“Our vision is a school in the neighborhood, for the neighborhood, and it’s a shared vision for north Visalia,” he said. “It honors the history of schools that were (in Oval Park) dating back to the 1950s.”

Oval Park housed Visalia’s first high school, which was built in 1897. Following Redwood High School’s construction in 1911, the campus became Lincoln Grammar School until it was vacated in 1917.

The schoolhouse was bulldozed in 1922 after the city deemed the building unsafe, purchasing the property and re-branding it Lincoln Oval Park.

In the subsequent decades, the park acquired its current reputation.

“There’s been a stigma attached to the Oval since I started (in Visalia) with the police department in 1972,” Tulare County historian Terry Ommen said. “I’ve always had a little bit of a soft spot in my heart to the neglect the Oval has seen.

“I hope the park can come full circle and return to its history of being a resource to the families of north Visalia.”

A new vision
The proposal enjoys broad support from community organizers to congressional representatives.

“Head Start serves the heart of the San Joaquin Valley community, which has battled high crime, poverty, unemployment, and low educational attainment, ” Rep. Devin Nunes wrote in a letter to the director of Head Start.

“Given the (Valley’s) unique demographic, the need for additional early childhood services has become increasingly more valuable to our residents — funding for this grant would be instrumental to revitalizing the area.”

The preschool would house two classrooms and serve 40 children to start, Hire said, with room to expand “as the community’s needs grow.”

The campus would encompass the entirety of the park and include a new parking lot, school structures and fencing to protect children from highway traffic, according to a rendering submitted to Visalia City Council.

“This proposal will restore the park to its original purpose of serving children in the community,” Councilman Brian Poochigian said. “It would also serve as a catalyst to transform the whole Oval area.”


2019 Energy Code Changes are Coming

The new 2019 code coming into effect on January 1 is a lot tougher than the current code.

New Selma High School football stadium set for November completion

New Selma High School Stadium, designed by TETER, is featured on ABC30 Action News.

Originally broadcast on ABC30 Action News on September 3, 2019 by Shayla Girardin

SELMA, Calif. (KFSN) — The end zone may finally be in sight for the completion of Selma High School’s much-anticipated football stadium.

The district had originally hoped for an August finish, but construction was delayed.

“It was an aggressive, optimistic timeline to begin with,” explained Assistant Superintendent Larry Teixeira of the Selma Unified School District. “We have folks that are disappointed we missed our home football season.”

The Superintendent’s office says they weren’t surprised the stadium was still under construction when that anticipated august 15th completion date rolled around.

“We did run into some issues during construction,” Teixeira explained.

Construction started back in February, but between the wet winter, delays at the building manufacturer, and problems securing the field light footings into the ground the District is now on track for a November 15th finish.

“We’re bringing Selma into the 21st century and preparing for beyond,” said Superintendent Tanya Fisher.

If it’s ready a little sooner? All the better.

“We’re all keeping our fingers and arms crossed that we can make that first Kingsburg game because they’re our big rivals and we want to beat Kingsburg for the first game in our new stadium,” Teixeira continued.

“We have 2nd and 3rd generations who were formerly Selma bears,” added Fisher. “Folks are really excited about having their children and grandchildren and future generations enjoy the stadium.”

The completed stadium will cost around $12 million dollars with that price tag picked up by voters who passed Measure O in November of 2016.

Dogmatic Dedication

TETER volunteers at ARF.

For the second year in a row, TETER donated design, labor, and materials to Animal Rescue of Fresno (ARF), a Fresno no-kill dog rescue shelter. Partners and staff volunteered their time and talent building three new shade structures, painting three new murals, and bathing dozens of rescue dogs.

Mindi Miller, Vice President of ARF expressed her gratitude to TETER:

“Thank you so much TETER for coming out to ARF. We’re so grateful to your team for designing and building shade structures for three of our small dog yards. You’ve provided the dogs much needed shade in the summer. Your shade structure gives the dogs a place to lay down and get off the dirt in the hot summer and mud in cold winter. The mural paintings on the Tuff Sheds brightens up ARF. We appreciate all your hard work. We actually caught the dogs barking at your mural paintings because they thought it was a real dog! Thank you very much for helping make ARF even safer for the resident animals until they find their forever home.” 

Eric Bailey (Structural Engineer) and Robert Thornton (Partner and Architect) cut wood to build shade shelters. Lynn Lyle (Construction Administrator) and a volunteer bathe a rescue dog.

Jenn Smith (Project Administrator), Fritzi Martinez (Construction Design Professional), and Lisa Ruffoni (Project Administrator) brighten plain Tuff Sheds by painting colorful murals.

Robert Thornton and Jamie Hickman (TETER Partners and Architects) build new shade shelters for rescued dogs.

Eric Bailey (Structural Engineer) and Erin Garcia (Architect) build new shade shelters for rescued dogs.