The Terra-Petra Leadership Spotlight

Daniel Valdez, Director of Field Operations for Terra-Petra.

As Terra-Petra’s Director of Field Operations, Dan Valdez oversees and coordinates all field inspections for both the Environmental and Waterproofing Divisions.

To date, Valdez has trained all of the inspectors at Terra-Petra and has been sent out-of-state on several occasions to consult and train agencies on how to conduct methane mitigation and waterproofing inspections.

With more than 12 consecutive years working for Terra-Petra, Valdez knows that the construction world is always changing and evolving.

As such, he believes in setting his inspectors up for success to adapt to any condition through comprehensive training and diligent preparation.

A registered Deputy Methane Barrier Inspector (DMBI) for the City of Los Angeles himself, Valdez holds certifications from multiple methane and waterproofing manufacturer’s and is trained to conduct inspections in various governing agencies throughout California.

He is also certified and trained to conduct inspections at various oil refineries and is trained for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (Hazwoper).

Having completed the Dale Carnegie “Leadership Training for Managers” program, Daniel Valdez understands the importance of inspiring others to do great work.

Terra-Petra Sponsors Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite®

Terra-Petra’s Executive Team taking in the the beauty of Yosemite

The Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite®, presented and held annually by the State Bar of California, is nationally recognized as the largest and most prestigious gathering in California of leaders in environmental, land use, and natural resources law. Terra-Petra has been proud to sponsor the Yosemite conference for the last five years.

Many of the nation’s top environmental officials, lawyers, and other professionals in the spectacular setting of Yosemite, Thursday-Sunday, October 19-22, 2017  at Tenaya Lodge, Fish Camp, California (“The Gateway to Yosemite”).

As an organization of environmental professionals, this annual event strives to conserve natural resources and to support their sustainable use. Attendees were asked to reduce carbon footprints by forming carpools or driving in energy efficient vehicles upon traveling to Yosemite. In addition, attendees were asked to sign the State Bar Eco Pledge, and review the Model Law Office Sustainability Guidelines.

The 2017 Yosemite Conference Planning Committee Co-Chairs include:

  • Cara Horowitz, Los Angeles
  • Ryan Waterman, San Diego
  • Alisha Winterswyk, Irvine

Active Executive Committee Members on the Yosemite Planning Committee:

  • Eric Adair, Valencia
  • Rebecca Akroyd, Sacramento
  • Ellison Folk, San Francisco
  • Leah Goldberg, San Jose
  • Nicole Gordon, Los Angeles
  • Michael Leslie, Los Angeles
  • Christian Marsh, San Francisco
  • Osha Meserve, Sacramento
  • Jennifer Novak, Rolling Hills
  • Peter Nyquist, Los Angeles
  • Allison Smith, Sacramento
  • Julia Stein, Los Angeles
  • Chelsea Tu, San Francisco
  • Jon Welner, San Francisco

Additional and generous help from Environmental Law Section Advisors.

The State Bar of California is an approved MCLE Providers. 

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Terra-Petra to attend topping off celebration for 2747 Park project in Palo Alto

The Level 10 team is set to celebrate the topping out of the the 2747 Park project on Thursday, October 5th. Designed by  the Jay Paul Company, this development is steps from Caltrain in Palo Alto, California. 2747 Park provides a future-forward workplace designed for Silicon Valley’s innovative workforce. Terra-Petra has been invited to attend the event having designed the vapor intrusion mitigation system for the site. Level 10 will also have the topping out beam available for signatures onsite beginning October 3rd.

Terra-Petra environmental engineering provides consulting to Pico Sullivan Architects on Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Arts Center

Terra-Petra provides environmental consulting expertise to private school performing arts center

Re-Imagining the Past: The original 1956 Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Auditorium was a multi-functional Cafa-Gym-atoriumWhile it provided much needed flexibility, hosting untold numbers of disparate functions, it did not adequately accommodate any one activity.  The time had come to recreate the venue to exclusively nurture and showcase the visual and performing arts. Terra-Petra was brought into this project to provide environmental engineering consulting expertise.

Designed by Pica +Sullivan Architects, Ltd., the newly renovated and reconfigured Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Performing Arts Center and Mozilo Family Theater features an elegant pre-function lobby and art gallery, a proscenium theater with stadium seating, high tech production audio-visual system and theatrical lighting, stagecraft workshop and an art studio.

The extensive renovation entailed structural and seismic retrofit of the Spanish Colonial building, a broadening and lengthening of the stage and incorporation of accessory and support functions to service full scale performances for theater, dance and music.

Terra-Petra Environmental Engineering Recognized in the LA Times as part of Wilshire Grand project - tallest skyscraper in the West.

Terra-Petra Team recognized in the LA Times as part of the Wilshire Grand project – the tallest structure in the west and the Los Angeles skyline.

The Wilshire Grand project grew from a handshake to become the tallest building west of the Mississippi. For three years, Times staff writer Thomas Curwen has chronicled its construction, from the initial planning phase to the topping off and final design touches. One the pages, are his stories of the Wilshire Grand tower.

To express his appreciation to all those who were involved with the Wilshire Grand project, Korean Air & Hanjin Group (property owner) Chairman Yang Ho Cho, placed the multiple-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times  on June 27, 2017. He wanted to  publish the name of every person who worked on the project.

Working closely with A.C. Martin and Turner Construction on Los Angeles’ newest and tallest skyscraper, the Terra-Petra team is proud to be recognized in this LA Times piece (attached/linked PDF) above. 

The Trojan Marching Band headlined the special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on the Plaza area to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Wilshire Grand Center (June 23rd). The media covered event was hosted by Korean Air & Hanjin Group. Chairman (and USC alum) Cho and his team also hosted a private party in the building that evening.

Below are a few highlights we grabbed during the grand opening ceremony—along with fresh photos of, what Chairman Cho describes as, “the crown jewel of Figueroa Street.” Again, Terra-Petra is proud to be recognized as part of this outstanding project.

USC Trojan Marching Band headlines Wilshire Grand Center Grand Opening June 23 2017

LA Unified School District Awards Terra-Petra Certification of Small Business Enterprise (SBE)

LA Unified School District Awards Terra-Petra Certification of Small Business Enterprise (SBE)

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) issued Terra-Petra an SBE certificate effective October 26, 2016.

The company’s SBE status lausdcertificationofsbeis recognized for NAICS codes:

541620 & 541330 through October 2018.

To maintain a valid SBE Certificate after three years with LAUSD, Terra-Petra must also renew its self-certification with LAUSD or register with the Small Business Administration before the SBE certification expiration date referenced expires.

Letter of approval.

Terra-Petra Assists on Final Phase of Dana Strand Development in Wilmington

Terra-Petra has recently completed its role on Phase 4 of the Dana Strand project in Wilmington, California. Our team of environmental engineering professionals has been involved with this project since its inception, having worked on Phases 1, 2 and 3.

Earlier this week, nonprofit developers Abode Communities and Mercy Housing California convened in Wilmington to celebrate the groundbreaking of Vista del Mar and Camino del Mar, a new collection of 176 affordable homes.

In addition to housing, the $71 million development will offer 35,000 square feet of open and recreational space, as well as features uch as a computer lab, bicycle parking and on-site social services.  The property also is located in close proximity to the Wilmington Waterfront Park.

The projects are considered the fourth and final phase of the Dana Strand Village redevelopment, which has repurposed a 20-acre post-war military housing site.  A full buildout of the New Dana Strand, the culmination of a process that began in 2000, will provide housing for approximately 750 people.

Vista del Mar and Camino del Mar were through both public and private sources, including U.S. Bank, low income housing tax credits and tax exempt bonds from the City of Los Angeles.

Completion is expected in 2018.

Terra-Petra performs subterranean waterproofing inspections for new Academy Museum project

Terra-Petra heads environmental engineering and waterproofing design, inspection and systems for the new $300-Million Academy Museum project at Wilshire and Fairfax Avenue which is slated to complete in 2018. 

STEVEN SHARP
June 14, 2016 for Urbanize.LA.

Even June Gloom failed to put a damper on construction at the LACMA campus on the Miracle Mile, where the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) long-awaited museum is well underway.

The $300-million undertaking, located at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, will create a showcase for AMPAS' vast collection of filmmaking artifacts, including tens of thousands of still photographs, screenplays, production and costume design drawings, manuscripts and storyboards.  These assets will be displayed through a series of galleries, exhibition spaces, educational spaces and on-site theaters.

The museum, designed by the famed Italian architect Renzo Piano, will restore the May Company Wilshire department store, a Streamline Moderne structure built  in 1938.  North of the historic building, the project will add an eye-catching spherical glass structure, replacing a surface parking lot and a 1946 annex to the department store.

Completion of the Academy Museum is expected in Spring 2018.

Terra-Petra designs subterranean waterproofing on DTLA Oceanwide Plaza

Working closely with Oceanwide Plaza, LLC Vice President Peter Lai (featured in the video below), Terra-Petra designed the subterranean waterproofing  (which Terra-Petra is also still currently inspecting).on the walls of Oceanwide Plaza project site – easily seen via the aerial camera shots in the video. Lendlease, an international property and infrastructure company, recently announced the completion of the initial mat foundation pour for the Oceanwide Plaza development in Downtown Los Angeles to allow for vertical construction of the project to begin. Read the article here

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