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Team Member Spotlight: Sierra Simko

May 12, 2020 | Sierra Simko grew up in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. She was always interested in art and design, so it wasn’t a surprise that she decided to study architecture in college. Sierra graduated from Tyler School of Art & Architecture at Temple University with her Bachelors of Architecture…

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Our Mission: Why Does JHA Exist?

April 30, 2020 | Here at JHA, we are collectively on a mission. Why do we exist? This Mission Statement was born in the summer of 2009 when JHA was a brand-new company and its founder, Joe Hunt, was attending an Engineering Ministries International conference in preparation for a missions trip to Uganda, East Africa…

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Signature Project: Hallstead Office Building

April 24, 2020 | JHA Companies teamed with the Leet Agency to design and permit an office building located in Hallstead Borough, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The scope of services included initial site topographical and boundary survey, building layout, site grading and stormwater management design, environmental…

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Team Member Spotlight: Chris Oleniacz

April 14, 2020 | Chris Oleniacz grew up in Montrose, PA, playing Soccer and Basketball. He had always been interested in the outdoors, so he decided to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology after high school graduation. He worked with Barry Wheaton during his two summer breaks at Barry’s surveying company being introduced to the wonders of land surveying…

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Drones: 4 Ways It Will Take Your Project To The Next Level

April 6, 2020 | Maybe you’ve not thought a great deal about how drones could fit into what you do, or don’t feel you have the expertise to gather the data even if you desired to do so. That is where I hope JHA Companies drone services can come in to play for you. I have compiled 4 ways that I believe utilizing a drone could take your project to the next level…

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Services Spotlight: Pennsylvania DEP Regulated Dams

March 13, 2020 | JHA Companies was retained by numerous landowners of dams that are regulated by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP). Dams that are regulated by PA DEP are given a rating based on the Size Category (A-C) and Hazard Potential Category (1-4). A Dam can be designated as “High-Hazard” or “Non-High Hazard”. If a dam is “located as to endanger populated areas downstream by its failure”, it is designated a High-Hazard dam…

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Team Member Spotlight: Joel Moore, PE

March 10, 2020 | Joel grew up in the small town of Elmira, New York, the Father of 9 kids. He decided to attend Alfred State College for Mechanical Engineering Technology after he graduated from high school. He was fascinated by machinery, and after earning his Associates Degree at Alfred, decided to continue his education at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology…

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Signature Project: Wayne Highlands School District Educational Greenhouse

February 14, 2020 | JHA Companies teamed with the Wayne Highlands School District in Honesdale Borough, PA to construct a 2,500 sq. ft. aquaponics greenhouse at the Honesdale High School campus. The project included constructing a permanent steel greenhouse structure with polycarbonate glazing divided into two spaces: a head house for entry and storage, and the growing space for a high-production aquaponics system…

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Team Member Spotlight: Chris Waddell

February 11, 2020 | Chris has always been passionate about problem solving and challenging tasks, so it was a natural choice for him to go into Engineering as a career. After first serving in the US Army, he went to school earning his degree in General Engineering Technology from Lord Fairfax Community College. His work history includes 20 years of working for several firms in the Engineering and Natural Gas industries, and as his career has progressed…