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Terracon Welcomes California-Based Burleson Consulting Inc.

Press Releases posted 01.11.2021.

Acquisition enhances West Coast environmental compliance, engineering services

OLATHE, Kan. – Terracon proudly announces it has acquired Burleson Consulting Inc. (Burleson), a leading provider of environmental compliance and engineering services for federal, state, municipal, and industrial clients throughout California.

Burleson provides quality environmental compliance, site assessment and remediation, biological habitat restoration, and water resources services to government and private-sector clients from its headquarters in Folsom, Calif., and location in Monterey, Calif. Burleson’s professionals have environmental experience and in-depth knowledge of the latest technologies, developments in environmental compliance, remediation, and permitting services. The firm provides expertise in NEPA, CEQA, CERCLA, RCRA, and water quality permitting and monitoring.

“Navigating the environmental compliance and permitting process can be challenging and time-consuming for many of our clients,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon president and CEO. “The addition of Burleson further strengthens our existing environmental practice in California and the Western U.S., and complements our focus on delivering an outstanding client experience throughout the project life cycle.”

All Burleson’s 14 employees will immediately become part of Terracon. The firm will continue to operate locally as Burleson Consulting Inc., A Terracon Company, and the transition will be seamless for clients.

“We’re excited to join Terracon as the next step of our company’s evolution and growth,” said Nadia Burleson, P.E., QSD, Burleson president and CEO. “Our clients will continue to enjoy the responsive, trusted service they’ve come to expect, along with access to Terracon’s national presence and resources.”

The new acquisition is supported by Terracon’s existing California offices in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as others throughout the state and region. Burleson joins other West Coast Terracon acquisitions in the past five years including NORCAL Geophysical Consultants of Cotati, Calif.; Mayes Testing Engineers and Argus Pacific in Washington state; and CHJ Consultants of Colton, Calif.

Terracon is an employee-owned consulting engineering firm with more than 5,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 22nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms.


Terracon Expands Virginia Presence with TAM Consultants, Inc. Acquisition

Press Releases posted 12.07.2020.

Enhances mid-Atlantic, national facilities services

OLATHE, Kan. – Terracon is pleased to announce it has acquired TAM Consultants, Inc. (TAM). Based in Williamsburg, Va.,TAM serves public- and private-sector clients with a full range of facilities engineering and design services.

Founded in 2002, TAM is a 15-person professional services firm with offices in Newport News, Williamsburg and Richmond, Va. TAM’s professional services include structural engineering, building enclosure consulting, property condition assessments, forensic and investigative engineering, roof consulting, project management, and a variety of building testing services.

“TAM and Terracon share a commitment to not only outstanding technical expertise, but exceptional client service based on enduring relationships,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon president and CEO. “We’re excited to enhance our facilities services throughout Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region at a time when extending the service life and efficiency of existing buildings is top of mind for many of our clients.”

All TAM employees will immediately become part of Terracon, supporting clients from its three Virginia locations. The firm will continue to operate locally as TAM Consultants, Inc., A Terracon Company, and the transition will be seamless for clients.

“Becoming part of Terracon is an exciting next step in TAM’s mission to continue to provide outstanding service to our clients,” said Timothy Mills, P.E., TAM founder and CEO. “This merger allows TAM to bring an even broader range of consulting engineering services to our clients and the region, drawing on Terracon’s national presence and resources, and offers new career development opportunities for our team.”

The new acquisition is supported by Terracon’s existing offices in Virginia, North Carolina, the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and others. TAM joins two other recent Terracon acquisitions: Skelly and Loy of Harrisburg, Pa., in 2020 and GeoConcepts of Ashburn, Va., in 2017.

Terracon is an employee-owned consulting engineering firm with more than 5,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 22nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms.


Terracon Announces Innovation in Remote Site Selection

Featured, Press Releases posted 10.23.2020.

Stage1 reduces risk by streamlining geotechnical and environmental conditions research

OLATHE, Kan. — Terracon is pleased to announce it has further enhanced Stage1; its innovative site-selection tool to now include environmental and geotechnical condition assessment. Stage1 combines Terracon’s extensive project data, compiled over its 50-plus year history, with environmental and geologic data sources from more than 700 public and private map sources, and curates it with the local experience of professionals from more than 150 offices to provide remote, site-specific site research without the cost, time and risk associated with intrusive exploration and investigation.

“Stage1 is Terracon’s way of maximizing the value of data in site selection and design,” said Mike Covert, P.G., national director of environmental services. “Adding environmental considerations to Stage1 allows our clients to quickly gain more knowledge of a potential project site, earlier in their evaluation, ahead of traditional due diligence.”

With the addition of environmental considerations Stage1 streamlines site selection into three key areas: geotechnical, subsurface environmental, and natural resources which includes cultural resources and historic places, wetlands and waters of the U.S, and protected species.

Stage1’s collaborative, fully online experience allows users to begin researching sites at no cost. Within five days of placement of an order, depending on project size, clients gain a deeper understanding of potentially significant issues which may impact development, a site rating of constructability, and recommendations for the next steps included within a Smart Work Plan.

“We’re driven to enhance excellent consulting with technology to improve upon the way we do business. At Terracon that means integrating our experience with vast data resources to improve our client’s experience,” said Vic Donald, P.E., national director of geotechnical services. “Looking creatively at the challenges our clients associate with site selection, we’ve developed a fast, low-cost solution for understanding both geotechnical and environmental factors, and it’s helping them make better, more informed decisions before traditional exploration begins.”

Clients in all sectors appreciate Stage1, particularly those in power generation and transmission looking for solar and wind sites, and in general building, especially when looking for data centers, warehouses, technology-based and multi-family sites. When a site is selected, Terracon professionals remain partners, guiding the environmental due diligence and geotechnical field exploration necessary for construction.

Terracon is an employee-owned consulting engineering firm with more than 5,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 22nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms.


Terracon Foundation Awards Grant to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Press Releases posted 10.23.2020.

 

Pomona, Calif. — The Terracon Foundation announced a $5,000 University Grant to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) to support engineering students and empower local K-12 students to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or math.

With a “learn by doing” philosophy, Cal Poly Pomona offers numerous fields of study within eight colleges, including the College of Engineering which offers 11 undergraduate programs and seven graduate programs. The college is currently ranked 5th nationally for its undergraduate engineering program, among public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report (2020).

The grant will be used to support Cal Poly Pomona’s Women in Engineering (CPP WE) and Femineer® programs which provide outreach to female K-12 students and university students considering a career in engineering. Cal Poly Pomona Women in Engineering provides students with on-campus support and career preparation, while Femineer® provides K-12 students with technical engineering skills such as programming and helps them engage in critical thinking and project-based learning.

“Cal Poly Pomona has a reputation in the consulting industry as a top-notch educator of civil engineers,” said Carl Parten, senior principal and office manager in Terracon’s Colton office, who championed the grant. “Only about 13%of engineers are women, so we are proud to provide a grant that will be used to encourage more women to join and succeed in this dynamic and fulfilling career.”

Cordelia Ontiveros, Ph.D., P.E., professor emerita and CPP WE founder, from Cal Poly Pomona announced the grant Oct. 22 during a CPP WE videoconference workshop.  Terracon CEO and President Gayle Packer commented on the importance of supporting the next generation of engineers.

“CPP WE has served more than 14,000 students since the program was founded in 2012. During that time, first-time freshman female engineering enrollment has grown from 13% to 21%,” said Ontiveros. “We are thankful to Terracon for this grant to support more women to thrive in engineering.” For more information about California State Polytechnic University Pomona’s College of Engineering, visit cpp.edu/engineering/.

About Terracon Foundation

To date, the Terracon Foundation has granted more than $3 million to community organizations, universities, dependents of employees, and for disaster relief efforts. The Terracon Foundation has been making grants to provide engineering students with scholarships since 2008. For more information about the Terracon Foundation and other organizations it has supported, visit terracon.com/foundation.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 5,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon ranks 22nd on Engineering News-Record’s 2020 list of Top 500 Design Firms.


Terracon Names Jon Arita National Director of Logistics

Press Releases posted 09.22.2020.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, has named Jon Arita national director of Logistics.

Arita joins Terracon with a proven track record of expertise in supply chain, logistics, transportation, and rail. He will work with clients to provide solutions to complex challenges, drawing upon his expertise with projects ranging from small intermodal opportunities to large capital expenditure initiatives. Terracon’s Logistics Team includes professionals who tailor our environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services to align with clients’ evolving needs at each phase of every logistics project’s life cycle.

“I’m incredibly honored to take on the job of National Director, Logistics. Terracon’s impressive growth combined with its culture of safety and innovation is what impressed me most,” Arita said. “I look forward to taking the vast services Terracon offers to the Logistics Sector to build long-lasting relationships. I’m thrilled to join the team.”

Arita brings years of experience to Terracon, including most recently at BNSF Railway. He is active in the American Railway Development Association, International Economic Development Council, and NAIOP- E-Commerce Forum. Arita earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from Baylor University. He is based in Terracon’s Fort Worth office.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 5,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon ranks 22nd on Engineering News-Record’s 2020 list of Top 500 Design Firms.