Local Matters Quarterly Seminar Series

Lessons Learned: Insights from Valley’s Fastest Growing Companies

Glen Teter (TETER CEO and Founding Partner) participated in a panel discussion about business growth with other leaders from The Business Journal‘s 2019 Fastest Growing Companies: Kurt Zumwalt (Zumwalt Construction CEO), and Leroy Coffman (Solar Negotiators President).

(Left to Right): Leroy Coffman, Kurt Zumwalt, Ciaran McMullan, and Glen Teter

Ciaran McMullan (SuncrestBank CEO) moderated the Local Matters Quarterly Seminar Series. His first question to the panel was: “You have all had success building sustainable businesses through multiple economic cycles – What are your top reasons for your success?”

Glen Teter attributed TETER’s success to:

  • Diversification of services
  • Search for new market sectors
  • Learning to manage failure
  • Bracketing failure with worse and best case scenarios

Kurt Zumwalt responded, “Diversification has served our company well over time. Perseverance is a must to meet economic challenges. We do our work with enthusiasm and good-nature. It’s important to focus on employees and create opportunities for them.”

Leroy Coffman said, “Solar Negotiators’ culture is do things quickly. Our motto is “Do it RIGHT now.” We are used to constant change and so we’re always listening for that next step. Solar Negotiators is smart with our limited resources.

“Local Matters”, a quarterly seminar series from Suncrest Bank, brings local business and community leaders together to discuss local issues.

Kurt Zumwalt and Glen Teter

Ciaran McMullan, Suncrest Bank CEO, addresses audience.

Audience listens attentively to the panel discuss local issues.

New Senior Architect

National Experience, Local Roots

Our new senior architect, Scott Paul Dewey, bolster’s TETER’s education studio. Scott has worked all over the United States, but we’re delighted to welcome him home to TETER.

Scott loves architecture and it shows. Not content to stop at good design, he applies his deep knowledge of construction and structural design—born of mentoring by developers and structural engineers—to each of his projects. His clients know that their buildings will be beautiful and constructed to the highest standards within their budgets.

In-house, Scott is paying it forward by being a trusted mentor to his team, building their technical knowledge and helping them grow professionally. Preferring action to too many words, Scott sums up his philosophy with a Benjamin Franklin quote: “Well done is better than well said.”

Sensory Rock offers children a safe place to play

Sheri Tos of Sensory Rock Gym (Photo credit: Parker Bowman, the Sentinel)

Sensory Rock opens its doors on their (TETER-designed) special needs gym and therapy facility.

Originally published by THE SENTINEL on December 28, 2019 by Parker Bowman, News Reporter

HANFORD – Local children, especially those with special needs, have a new place to feel safe and comfortable while playing.

Sensory Rock, a gym and therapy facility, is now open to all children. The facility’s recommended age range is for those 10 and younger, though Sensory Rock may be appropriate for older children with disabilities.

“I’m just under the impression that we need to establish a safe place for our community and especially for our special needs families,” owner Sheri Tos said. “They don’t have a lot and they tend to stay isolated in their homes.”

Located at 240 N. Irwin St. in downtown Hanford, the facility officially opened about two weeks ago, though an official grand opening is scheduled for March.

The gym is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Each hour-long session is limited to 25 children but reservations can be made online at www.sensoryrock.com. Reservations are $12 per hour for the first child and $10 per hour for additional children.

The gym itself is made up of two floors of colorful activities for children to participate in. Downstairs features a child-sized replica of a downtown area, complete with a library and colorful storefronts. Children will also find a rock-climbing wall, hide-aways for quiet time and a variety of swings and monkey bars. Upstairs, the gym features a zipline leading to a pit of soft, colorful foam blocks, slides and a tea set.

“Children love it. They feel like it’s their place and that’s exactly what it is meant for,” Tos said. “I just love to see the excitement in their eyes while playing.”

The facility also hosts birthday parties.

The gym was designed by Troy Pfefferle of Fun Factory Sensory Gyms.

During the “soft opening,” Tos has been working with families to learn more about how children with disabilities respond to certain aspects of the gym, saying that she wants to really fine-tune the experience by the grand opening.

The facility’s three main areas of focus leading up to the grand opening include creating a concrete concept for the gym, attracting more therapists and planning educational workshops.

In addition to the gym, the facility offers therapy sessions for children on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The facility, equipped with six therapy rooms, offers speech therapy currently with other therapy methods coming soon.

“We just want to be there for all kids,” she said.

As a youth leader at her church, Tos met a child with special needs including ADHD, a brain injury and autism. It was her relationship with the child that sparked the inspiration for Sensory Rock.

She didn’t know how to help the child, so she tried to “box him in,” she said, by limiting snacks and play time. Not being able to reach the child made her feel awful, she said, and she would later realize she was going about things the wrong way and needed to meet the child in a way that made them comfortable.

After getting advice from her sister in Wisconsin, a special-needs teacher, Tos began learning ways to better understand those with autism and special needs.

She said that with Sensory Rock, she wants to offer a safe space for families who may feel uncomfortable elsewhere due to a child’s special needs or specific tics or behaviors that may cause unwanted attention in public.

“We can’t be everything to everyone but I want to come as close as possible,” she said.

Sheri Tos pushes son on the zipline at Sensory Rock in Hanford. (Photo credit: Parker Bowman, the Sentinel)

New Structural Engineer

Robby Gottselig Achieves Structural Engineering Licensure

Robby Gotteselig successfully passed the Vertical Forces and Lateral Forces components of the S.E. exams. The California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists has granted Robby his Structural Engineer (S.E.) license.

Robby, a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo’s Architectural Engineering program, is a now a professionally licensed Structural Engineer.

Over the past five years at TETER, Robby has played a significant role on large-scale projects in all market sectors. Some of the most notable projects include: Chevron’s Kern River Data Center, Modern Custom Fabrication’s new plant, and Madera Center for Agriculture and Technology.

Robby has an enthusiastic spirit to complete structural design projects, and it’s that drive that allows the team to meet the timeline pressures of commercial and industrial projects. Achieving his Structural Engineer’s License solidifies Robby’s passion for engineering and creating solutions to meet the unique and specialized needs of clients.
– Byron Dietrich, SE / Senior Partner and Structural Engineer

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.