A Bright Future
Involved in the Community
Giving back to communities is part of our company’s commitment to involvement and philanthropy. From technical to professional associations, and from educational competitions to community events, we encourage and support all our team members to become actively involved members of organizations. Through our volunteer efforts, we grow professionally and personally. We realize that relationships extend beyond a project or a client, and giving back builds stronger bonds within our teams and helps communities at the same time.
We have fun inside the walls at Farris, too. Our Farris Activity and Culture Enhancement (FACE) provides, well, a lot of fun activities where we get to play together and be a little crazy. Our annual events include a Halloween Costume Party, Summer Picnic, Husker Tailgate party, Christmas party, several potluck lunches, bowling, and happy hours.
As a company focused on individual as well as company success, we value mentoring relationships with educational and industry organizations. Here are some interesting ways Farris gives back to the industry:
Shaping Future Engineers
Tom Svoboda is on the Board of Directors for the ACE (Architecture. Construction. Engineering.) Mentoring Program, and serves as Program Committee Co-Chair. Ten teams from 7 area high schools are working through a 16-week program to understand all aspects of designing and building a restaurant. With 85 students participating in the program this year, Tom is impacting a lot of students, many who may choose engineering as a career.
Mentoring Friendly Competition
Donna Kohlan is a mentoring champion! She serves as a judge for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) student mentoring program. This is a competition program open to middle and high school students, where they work on projects and then are judged. Donna also serves as a judge with the Future City competition sponsored locally by the Nebraska ASE chapter. She also helped to develop and present a live burn presentation for area elementary students during Fire Prevention Week.
Dave Benscoter recently participated in the ACE Mentor Program by sharing his Revit knowledge with a group of students from Westside High School. The two-hour mentoring session was focused on basic Revit skills and how to use the architectural tools in the software. The students designed a 2-story building as a team in a friendly competition with other high school teams. They were required to model the building and locate it on a site plan. Then, they developed and presented their design in a typical construction document set and created a rendering using software, such as Enscape or something similar. At the end of two hours, they modeled walls, doors, floors, and roofs. Dave said that this mentoring experience improved his Revit knowledge as well, and plans to participate with the ACE Mentor Program in the future. He also mentioned that he might sign up for a welding class. The mentoring session was at the Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus in one of the computer labs in the Construction Education Center. The facility offers hands-on training and uses a “going to work” approach to learning. If the opportunity presents itself, visit the facility and discover where today’s children can start down the path to become future engineers.
SAME Student Mentoring
Student mentoring programs are designed for high school students who are interested in pursuing engineering, architecture, or related fields in college. Brian Howell serves as a mentor for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) student mentoring program. Each week from October to March, Brian meets with his team and serves as an advisor for their team project.
Knowledge is Power
Michael Wallace is a Technical Advisor for the University of Nebraska, where he provides expert advice to advisees and reviews presentations and grades the technical content of the student theses.
Find Us Out and About
- Design Build Institute of America (DBIA)
- University of Nebraska Lincoln Design Competition Evaluator
- Society for Marketing Professional Services Nebraska Chapter (SMPS)
- Commercial Real Estate Women Nebraska Chapter (CREW)
- American Council of Engineering Companies Nebraska Chapter (ACEC)
- Building Owner and Manager Association (BOMA)
- Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
- Rotary (Omaha Chapter)
- Fun Runs
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Chapter (UNO Chapter)
- Engineers Without Borders (UNO Student Chapter Supporter)
- Pink Hardhat Days (Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction)
- Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
- Carolyn Scott Rainbow House Meal Delivery
- Boy Scouts
On the Lookout
We are always on the lookout for motivated and talented people to join our team. If you like to be challenged and want to work where your expertise directly effects the value of an employee-owned company, then Farris is the place for you. Whether just starting you’re career or you’re a seasoned professional, you should consider opportunities here. We would like to meet you!