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TC Engineering offers structurally sound services
TC Engineering has provided engineering services to southern Utah and northern Arizona since 1994. Engineer Dan Thebeau began the company and grew it into a well-respected business that has developed many quality projects throughout the area.
In the first year, Thebeau hired a bright, motivated Kanab High School student named Tom Avant to help with the rapidly growing clientele. Beginning in December of 1994, Avant got his feet wet at the engineering company, doing some preliminary drafting work, along with working in construction.
Avant continued working on and off for Thebeau while in college during the summer, and when his schedule allowed. He graduated from Utah State University with a master’s degree in Civil and Structural Engineering. Avant is currently licensed in Utah as a professional Structural Engineer, Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor. In Arizona, he is licensed in Civil Engineering and Land Surveyor.
“I like engineering,” said Avant, “and it’s nice to be able to do your job in a place you love.”
Kanab native Mike Downward also sought a career in engineering, earning a degree in Civil Engineering. He spent several years working with a large structural engineering firm in Las Vegas. He joined Thebeau Engineering in 2009, and among numerous other job duties, handles structural projects for public works and roadways.
Josh Beazer holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He took an internship in Alaska, and then began his engineering career in California working as an inspector for an engineering firm.
The business came full circle in December of 2014, when long time employee Avant, along with Downward and Beazer, purchased Thebeau Consulting, Inc. The business is located at 460 East 300 South in Kanab.
“I love working in Kanab,” said Beazer. “We enjoy doing a variety of projects, and providing those services to the community.”
While founder Dan Thebeau still remains involved in the business as a consultant, the three enthusiastic young engineers have taken over the reins of the company. And TC Engineering is in capable hands, it’s busy and growing with seven employees. The new owners love and are invested in this area, and are happy to be raising their families here.
The engineering company has been involved with numerous local projects. They’ve completed such varied projects as small home construction to a 40,000 square foot $4.4 million school project. In addition, they have worked on residential subdivisions, as well as commercial retail properties. As good citizens, they’ve done some pro bono work and also helped Scouts on a couple of projects.
“We provide a full range of structural engineering, civil engineering (subdivisions), mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services,” explained Avant. “We also do project management, testing services and percolation testing.”
TC Engineering has had a significant and positive impact here. Specific jobs you will recognize locally are structural and civil engineering on the Comfort Suites, the drainage project in Johnson Canyon, testing for Amangiri, the Crescent Moon Theater, Duke’s storefront, the new United Drug, and Lumber Plus. They also did testing and site design for the new public safety facility, and the Search and Rescue building near the Kanab Airport.
The business isn’t just exclusive to this geographic location. TC’s motto might as well be ‘have engineer – will travel!’ Avant said they don’t mind traveling, and are currently working on numerous jobs around Page, Arizona, with one project as far away as Windowrock, Arizona.
“It’s nice getting to know the business owners and working with the people of Kanab,” said Downward. “We get to help make it even more beautiful.”
“We want to grow a business that will attract other businesses to come to this area,” concluded Avant.