Inside Halff: A Look at October 2022

Inside Halff 11-15-2022

Halff was brewing with activities during October, which was full of chili cooking, HCI projects, team building and more. Get a taste of what’s happened this month!

Chili Cook Off! | Halloween at Halff | HCI Updates | Teaming Together | Halff Bag Travels


Award-Winning Work

The $144 million San Antonio Federal Courthouse project won a Region Best Project Award in the Government/Public Building category from Engineering News-Record Texas & Louisiana. We are honored to be a part of the team! Halff provided civil engineering, MEP engineering, landscape architecture, surveying and Information Communication Technology (ICT) services for the courthouse.

San Antonio Federal Courthouse project.

Chili Cook-Off!

Halff's 26th annual Chili Cook-Off 2022 across multiple offices.

Halff’s 26th annual Chili Cook-Off took place throughout October. Teams crafted booth signs and cooked their best chili recipes to compete in this Halff tradition. Everyone gave it their all! The winners are listed below.



The Land Development team, Dumpster Fire, claimed the best-tasting chili award with the highest judge’s score.

Best-tasting chili award winners: Dumpster Fire (Land Development team).


The Water/Wastewater team won the people’s choice award for their chili.

People's choice chili award winners: House of Chili (Water/Wastewater team).


Halff’s IT team, Slap Ya Silly Chili, won the best team name, giving everyone a good laugh!

Best team name award winners: Slap Ya Silly Chili (IT team).

The top 3 award-winning chili teams!


Fort Worth

The Devil’s Spit team won the best in show award for their chili.

Best in show chili award winners: Devil's Spit team.

Fort Worth employees enjoyed tasting and judging all the chili recipes!



Simmer, Simmer, Stir and Slither’s chili (pictured left) won first place in the judge’s category. Chili Bandits (right) won the people’s choice award for their scrumptious chili recipe.

Judge's category winners (left): Simmer, Simmer, Stir and Slither team. People's choice award winners (right): Chili Bandits team.


Halloween at Halff

Employees dressed to impress at the end of October. Check out the spooktacular costumes and decorations crafted by our people!

Halloween costumes at Halff's Austin office.

Austin, TX

Halloween costumes at Halff's Brownsville office.

Brownsville, TX

Halloween costumes at Halff's Conroe office.

Conroe, TX

Halloween costumes at Halff's Fort Worth office.

Fort Worth, TX

Halloween costumes at Halff's McAllen office.

McAllen, TX

Halloween costumes at Halff's Richardson (headquarters) office.

Richardson, TX

Halloween costumes at Halff's San Antonio office.

San Antonio, TX

Halloween costumes at Halff's Shreveport office.

Shreveport, LA

HCI Updates

The Oklahoma City office held a food drive benefitting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Winners of the coveted “golden can” are pictured below, posing with the award for their team donations.

Oklahoma City employees were awarded with the "golden can" award for their food donations.


HCI made a donation to Feed Lake Highlands and helped program members shop for groceries. Richardson volunteers are pictured below presenting the donation to the Food Distribution Manager, Karis Pickens.

The Richardson team presented a donation to Feed Lake Highlands on behalf of HCI.


Halff’s Austin volunteers packed 924 disaster relief boxes at Central Texas Food Bank for neighbors in need.

Austin employees teamed up to pack disaster relief boxes at Central Texas Food Bank.


Teaming Together

McAllen employees donned shades of pink to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Group of McAllen team members wearing pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


The Communications team took a swing at Top Golf for a team-building event.

Halff's Communications Team enjoying TopGolf as a team after work.


North Texas Water Resources employees joined together to play Whirlyball, a game that combines lacrosse, hockey, basketball and bumper cars!

Texas employees from Water Resources played a wild game of Whirlyball.


Halff Bag Travels

Many Halff employees traveled abroad during October, with some exploring historic villages in Greece and others relaxing in the tropical paradise of Hawaii!

Director of Water Resources Guillermo Simon (Jacksonville) traveled to Quebec and made a refreshing stop at the Montmorency Falls with his Halff bag.

Administrative Assistant Sandra Ratchford (North Little Rock) traveled to the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii, also known as “The Valley Isle.”

Two separate trips to Greece collided for Survey Practice Leader Vas Kalogirou (Richardson) and Survey Team Leader John Andricopoulos (Richardson), when they met near the coastal city of Volos in the historic village of Makrinitsa. The village is located at Mt. Pelion, which was the mountain of centaurs according to Greek mythology.

Guillermo, Sandra, and John and Vas posing with their Halff bags during their travels.

Civil Engineer Clint Smith (Austin) toured the Great Pyramid, Sphinx, Nile River and Aswan Dam in his trip to ancient Egypt.

Director of Energy Clay Scott (Oklahoma City) toured several wineries in the Sonoma Valley of Northern California. Clay and his wife took a tour of the Rhinefarm Estate Vineyard at the Gundlach Bundschu winery.

Corporate Recruiter Sharita McNealy (Richardson) cruised her way to Cozumel, Mexico, posing with her Halff bag at the Three Amigos.

Director of Finance Lee Morton (Richardson), visited Fort Myers, Florida, one of the areas most affected by Hurricane Ian in September 2022.

Clint, Clay, Sharita and Lee posing with their Halff bags during their travels.

Read more about the History of the Halff bag here.


Halff sits at No. 10 nationally in the companies with 1,000 to 2,499 employees in the 2022 Top Workplaces USA award rankings presented by Energage. In 2022, Halff was recognized as a Top Workplace in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. We have also been recognized as a Top Workplace in Austin and Dallas eight times each since 2015, six times in Houston since 2016 and for the second consecutive year in San Antonio this year.

Cumulatively, Halff has been recognized as a Top Workplace 25 times.



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