Meet Ryan Mahaffey, PE, Project Manager
Ryan joined BKL in 2020 and has become an integral part of BKL’s operations and leadership team. Read below to find how Ryan’s parents knew he was going to be a good engineer from a very young age.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? I’ve always loved Tulsa. It’s the perfect mix of a big city and a small town with lakes, hill country and all four seasons. The airport makes it easy to travel anywhere you want. I also have a lot of extended family members that live here.
What was the last movie you went to? I am not a movie person. It’s been years since I went to a theater.
What did you want to be when you were a small child? An engineer. My parents knew I was going to be an engineer when I started taking things apart. But they knew I would be a good engineer when they worked after I put them back together.
How would your friends describe you? They see me as real and authentic, and serious about leadership, but I can still relax and enjoy the company of others.
If you had to eat one kind of cuisine for the rest of your life, what would it be? Thai! There is so much variety.
What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play? Football. I played in when I lived in California and again in Texas for the first few years of high school.
Meet Tina Murtha, Office Manager
Tina came to BKL in 2003 and is the glue that holds the entire office together. Read below to find out more about Tina and her connection to our 16th president.
What was the last book you read? Purity by Jonathan Franzen. Currently, I’m reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I just got it for Mother’s Day.
Are you related or distantly related to anyone famous? Not that I’m aware of, but my husband, Wayne, is distantly related to Mary Todd Lincoln, and we think that’s pretty cool.
What was the first concert you attended? Wayne asked me to go to a concert for our first date, but we couldn’t wait three weeks to see each other and ended up going to see The Blue Lagoon for our first date. We did end up going to that concert to see the band, Yes, and our 3rd-row tickets ended up being 1st-row tickets because of how the seats wrapped around to the stage. I wasn’t familiar with the band before, but I ended up loving them. They are fantastic musicians and put on a great show.
What is your favorite thing about your career? I get to do a variety of things at BKL. My job involves a lot of numbers, but I’m a data junky. I like to keep things running. However, I DO NOT like overhead audits. (She said with a laugh.)
What is your proudest accomplishment? My kids. I have had the privilege of raising two amazing individuals.
What would you do if you won the lottery? Oh, a bunch of stuff! I would have a new hot tub installed, fresh paint and hire someone to all the work. I’d pay off the house and truck - maybe even buy a new home instead of updating mine. I would purchase things for my mom and kids, consider retiring early and take a vacation - that would be wonderful! I would love to visit Hawaii, go back to Germany for another visit and tour more of Europe.
Meet Mike McFarland, Civil CAD Technician
Mike began working for BKL in April 2012 and he is an integral part of our transportation team. Read below to find out more about Mike and why he is the guy you want with you on a deserted island.
What was your first job? I worked for Hughes Tool Company, a drill bit manufacturer. My dad helped me get the job when I was 16 and I worked as a beginner drafter.
What would you sing at Karaoke night? Escape (The Piña Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes
What is your favorite childhood memory? My parents settled in Houston, but deep down they were country kids at heart. My dad loved NW Arkansas and took us camping there many times growing up. Going to the mountains where the water was clear, and you could see the fish swimming was a special treat. I was always packed a week ahead of our trips.
What are your hobbies? I enjoy anything outdoors, but my main hobby is hunting. I believe in ethical hunting and don’t waste any of the animals. My dream trip would be hunting moose or hunting in New Zealand.
If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? Trout fishing in Colorado – going from one stream to the next for Rainbow and Cutthroat trout.
What three items would you take with you on a deserted island? Matches, fishing equipment and a large piece of leather. Matches for fire to cook and keep warm, fishing equipment to provide food and leather for clothing or shelter.
Avery Slavin Joins BKL as Architect Intern
Avery is a December 2020 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Architecture and a minor in Entrepreneurship and Architecture. While at OSU, Avery worked as a BIM research assistant, Revit teaching assistant and as a teaching assistant for an architectural history class. In her new role, Avery will complete detailed construction documents to meet the assigned scope of work, prepare plans and renderings, complete revisions and assist with writing and presenting reports, proposals, applications and contracts.
She completed an internship with FLX Architecture and Interior Design and for the Citizen Potowatomi Nation. While at OSU, she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and volunteered her time with Girls on the Run and the Stillwater Early Head Start.
BKL Welcomes Jayde Dzierba to the Team
Jayde Dzierba, PE, joined BKL in September as a project engineer. Jayde does all engineering design for roadways and sidewalks.
He began his career as a technical assistant for the University of Arkansas, preparing for and proctoring certification tests for asphalt, aggregates, concrete and soil. He moved to Tulsa in 2016 and began working for Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC) and then for Cowan Group Engineering.
Jayde is a 2015 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in Civil Engineering. He achieved his Professional Engineer license in May 2020.
His most memorable project to date has been the ODOT TAP sidewalk project along US-77 and SH-33 in Guthrie, Okla. That project taught him how much consideration goes into sidewalk design and that it can be more complicated than roadway design.
Mahaffey Joins the BKL Team
BKL has hired Ryan Mahaffey, PE as a project manager/civil engineer. In his new role, Ryan will oversee site civil and transportation projects and ensure that design is completed on schedule and within budget. He will also leverage his industry experience to develop new clients and strengthen relationships with current clients.
Ryan, a 2008 graduate of Oklahoma State University, has managed multiple projects for the Oklahoma Department of Transpiration, the Kansas Department of Transportation and the cities of Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Sapulpa, Muskogee, Pawhuska, Oklahoma City and Wichita. He has also done work for Tulsa County, Sedgwick County and various USACE locations.
Ryan began his career in Wichita, Kans. for Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC). He moved to Tulsa in 2011 to begin working in PEC’s Transportation Division and was named the Team Lead in 2018. Most recently, he worked for Cowan Group Engineering as a Project Manager.
Ryan's most notable project was working on a set of unique bridges in Tulsa with the shortest timeframe ever demanded by the Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation. Ryan was responsible for nine bridge decks out of the 29 total his group was assigned. The design for all nine was completed in just four weeks.
BKL Federally-recognized as Woman-Owned Small Business
BKL, a 66% women-owned firm, has been federally recognized by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) as a Women-Owned Small Business. The goal of the program is to ensure contracting officers meet supplier diversity spending goals and helps federal agencies achieve the existing statutory goal of five percent of federal contracting dollars awarded to WOSBs.
We specialize in civil and structural engineering as well as architectural and interior design. Our team of problem solvers and innovators thrive on going above and beyond. We offer more than just great design, we offer purposeful, practical solutions.
Including BKL on your team gives you the power to meet federal DBE guidelines by utilizing our skilled practitioners. Because 90% of our work is with government clients, we understand the processes and reporting necessary and utilize FAR accounting practices. Call 918-835-9588 for capabilities statement.
Misty Thurman joins BKL Engineers/Architects
Misty (Turley) Thurman, former marketing director at Oil Capital Electric, has been hired as business development director for BKL Engineers/Architects. As business development director, Misty is responsible for marketing strategy, brand management and business acquisition.
Misty spent 17 years with Flintco, a $1 billion construction company, where she served as director of corporate marketing and was responsible the national marketing and branding as well as defining system-wide processes to aid the marketing efforts at the local office level.
Misty currently serves as a trustee for the Union Public Schools Foundation and as the affiliate director of AIA of Eastern Oklahoma. She is also an active member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) both locally and nationally and has served in many volunteer roles. Misty earned her Certified Professional Services Marketer certification in 2005 and was named a Fellow of the Society in 2019. Misty earned her Journalism Degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1995.
Founded in 1946, the Tulsa-based engineering and architectural firm provides architectural, transportation, civil and structural engineering services, as well as construction management.
We were excited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Sapulpa Animal Shelter. It was an honor to design the new facility. Go by and check it out! And maybe adopt a pet, or two, while you are there...
Exciting changes are surrounding our firm with the promotions of Daniel and Jenni joining us as Principals at BKL. They have demonstrated their leadership and management abilities, as well as their dedication to our company, over the course of their careers with BKL.
As we move forward with new goals and new perspectives, we remain humbled by our long history, relationships, and the road that was paved before us. We will continue to work diligently for our clients, community, and future successes.
Congratulations to the City of Sapulpa on August 29th groundbreaking for the new animal shelter! We are honored to be a part of this improvement that is so important to the Sapulpa community.
BKL is proud to announce that Jenni Hammock has obtained the title of LICENSED ARCHITECT!
We congratulate Jenni on completing her internship, passing her exams and receiving her license to practice in the state of Oklahoma and we are excited about her future with BKL. This accomplishment is made more impressive because she achieved it while raising one young boy and giving birth to another. Jenni, we salute your drive, ability, and talent.
BKL is proud to announce that Daniel Polasek, P.E. has completed ACEC Oklahoma’s “Leadership for Engineers” certificate course. The course is a rigorous six half-day sessions of preparation for future leaders of private practice firms. Over three weekend sessions, Daniel participated in 26 hours of instruction conducted by leaders in the field of:
• Strategic Planning
• Contract and Risk Management
• Business Development
• Economics of Private Practice
• Government Affairs
• Human Resources
• Public Relations and Community Involvement
A Little Movie Magic: The Outsiders was a blockbuster hit filmed right here in Tulsa in 1983. The iconic house featured in the movie is still standing northeast of downtown but had fallen into disrepair. As a fun and interesting service project, BKL is helping with permitting for the house and the architecture drawings for the general store. We are proud to preserve Tulsa's history and make our community a better place.
BKL awarded improvements to Kelley Avenue in Oklahoma City: City of Oklahoma City project # PC-0473. Roadway widening and improvements to Kelley Avenue from Wilshire Boulevard to Britton Road.
Arterial street rehabilitation from 2-lane to 4-lane with improvements to residential intersections and associated storm sewer. The project included several utility crossings and tied in with adjacent projects on both ends.