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In the Median: Quinton Salisbury

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In the Median: Quinton Salisbury

Former TSU Football Player Advances in Career

The Drive288 team is made up of people from all walks of life, and from all across the world. Although originally from Louisiana, one of the project’s engineers has since made Houston his home. Meet Quinton Salsberry, a graduate of TSU and a promising young Field Engineer on the ongoing Drive288 highway expansion project.

After attending high school in Grambling, LA, Quinton moved to Houston to play football for Texas Southern University. There, he completed two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Civil Engineering Technology and the second in Civil Engineering. The doors opened by these degrees left Quinton able to move directly into a Field Engineer position on the Drive288 project. This construction is improving the functionality of 10.3 miles of SH 288 by implementing new toll lanes, which will enable the highway to handle traffic better than ever before.

“I really enjoyed a smooth transition from college into my career,” said Quinton. “Texas Southern did a great job preparing its students for what is expected after graduation.”

This is Quinton’s first job on a major highway construction project, and he enjoys the opportunities and challenges the position presents.

“Construction has always been something I took interest in,” he remarked. “The opportunity to get to see something built from the ground up is amazing and takes a lot of patience. I particularly like that Drive288 is a design-build project, which makes it more challenging and interesting, from an engineer’s point of view.”

As a young engineer starting out, Quinton has a leadership role on the project. In spite of some language barriers and having to earn the respect of seasoned laborers in the field, the challenges of the position have made it even more rewarding. Working with the Drive288 team has solidified Quinton’s belief in the effectiveness of the Drive288 project.

“Being a part of this team, I can see how the SH 288 construction is going to make a major impact for surrounding communities and Houston itself,” said Quinton. “The construction so far is coming along well.”

Drive288 Project Reaches Out to Community

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Career-Day-2017

Drive288 Project Reaches Out to Community

SH 288 Toll Lanes Expansion Project Gives Hope to Houstonians

NEWS RELEASE

Media Contact:
Raynese Edwards
raynese@btg288.com

 

HOUSTON, TX—May 01, 2017—Blueridge Transportation Group (BTG), lead developer on the Drive288 expansion project, has undertaken several community outreach efforts to enrich the community they serve: the people of Houston, TX. Project outreach began in 2016, launching with a donation to Turkeys for Seniors, a charity organized by Councilman Larry Green of District K; donations and a gift-giveaway to children and families through Change Happens!, a Houston-based community enrichment center; and a Saturday sponsorship of Sheila Jackson Lee’s charity, Toys for Kids.

 

Recently, the Drive288 team endorsed diversity in STEM careers to students at Southwest High School. This Career Day focused on educating future generations, like 9th grader Nathaniel Avilez, on the career options available to them in construction—both in the field and in the office—specifically for minorities and other underrepresented groups. Presenters from the project included Enrique Martin (CEO, Blueridge, Transportation Group), Fabian Iglesias (Financial Controller, Almeda-Genoa Constructors), Carla Bight (Human Resources, Almeda-Genoa Constructors), Sam Sauceda (Engineering Assistant, Blueridge Transportation Group), Ninouska Poonam (Design Engineer, Almeda-Genoa Constructors), and Raynese Edwards (Public Information Coordinator, Blueridge Transportation Group).

 

As an EEOC project and employer, Drive288 is dedicated to supporting diversity, and highlights non-majority groups who work with the project. Their Women in Construction human interest series highlights some of these individuals, such as Field Engineer, Jaclyn Tran. Along with these outreach efforts, Drive288 recently held its own Job Fair, which sought Field Supervisors, Superintendents, and Laborers to join the project. As well as supporting individuals, the $815 million project has a 12% DBE goal, and has expressed a strong commitment to work with disadvantaged businesses. These efforts are meant to build and rally the community around the construction on SH 288 through unity and inclusion, and to help the community and highway grow together. “Everyone who is working with this project is passionate about leaving a positive impact on the communities we serve,” said Raynese Edwards, Public Information Coordinator for BTG. “Our proactive involvement reflects that passion, and the willingness we have to go above and beyond for Houstonians.”

 

The construction project, which includes the Harris County section of SH 288, will add toll lanes and expansive new interchanges to a 10.3-mile stretch of roadway, from US 59 in the north to the Harris County/Brazoria County line at Clear Creek. The interchanges and 18 new direct connector/ramp bridges will improve connectivity to and from Beltway 8, IH 610 South Loop, and the Texas Medical Center. Construction is expected to last until mid-2019. Detailed updates and project information are available at Drive288.com.

 

About Drive288

The Drive288 construction project, also known as the SH 288 Toll Lanes Expansion Project, encompasses a 10.3-mile stretch of SH 288. The project, which spans from US 59 in the north, to just past Beltway 8, includes three expansive new interchanges at Beltway 8, Loop 610, and the Texas Medical Center. The project is owned by the Texas Department of Transportation, and the lead developer is Blueridge Transportation Group. More information can be found at Drive288.com.

 

About Blueridge Transportation Group

Blueridge Transportation Group (BTG) was formed to deliver the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the SH 288 project. BTG is a preeminent group of worldwide and local companies with proven performance delivering large-scale P3 transportation projects. More information about BTG and about the Drive288 project can be found on Drive288.com.

 

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Safety Takes Heart

In The Median

Jose Aguayo with Superintendent, Chad Toungate

Safety Takes Heart

One Drive288 Worker's Quick Response

The SH 288 construction team always keeps safety top of mind, but they’re not usually who you think of during an emergency. Last February, however, construction worker Jose Aguayo was installing piping for drainage south of the Holly Hall intersection, when something happened. A driver pulled behind the barrels near where Jose was working and waived him over. While driving on SH 288, she experienced severe chest pains, and needed help. The Drive288 worker, Jose, called 911 immediately and stayed with the driver until emergency responders arrived.

What could’ve been a disastrous situation was aided by Jose Aguayo’s quick actions. Because of his dedication to the safety of everyone who drives along the Drive288 project, one Houstonian received the vital medical care she needed promptly. Jose went above and beyond his job duties as an employee of the project, and his sharp-witted actions made the entire crew proud to work alongside him.

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