Terra-Petra going “underground” (aka below grade) in Denver and beyond…

at Haselden ConstructionWe are very excited about the new opportunities that have developed for Terra-Petra in the Denver area, as well as the state of Colorado, and other surrounding states including Wyoming, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma as of late. One of our key contacts that we met with is working for Haselden Construction out of Wyoming. The company is working on the final stages of a hospital building project in Laramie. Terra-Petra is looking to take on some potential future waterproofing design consulting projects with Haselden. We would also like to plan to work with Haselden in the Wyoming area and support them with more below grade waterproofing, as well as some environmental consulting needs in the near future.

It looks as though the “wild-west” area is booming again thanks to certain industries – particularly with regard to below grade waterproofing needs. There are also many construction sites that are subject to some sort of contamination issue due to the fact that Denver, for one, is growing very fast. Multi-unit housing complexes going up in droves to support (population) growth in this area. The oil, mining, and legal marijuana industries, in particular, are driving this kind of speedy growth.

To that end Denver appears to also have plenty of waterproofing requirements, but they also have their share of environmental concerns. However, the Denver area still does not have a tremendous amount of regulations in place with regard vapor barriers and mitigation systems (like there are in cities like in New York or Los Angeles). So owners/developers in the Denver, as well as in many of the surrounding (Rockies/Midwest) areas, are now in a rush (or will soon need to be in a rush) to put these specific measures in place for current/older and new buildings —and this will become more and more of a necessity in order to maintain the clean environmental conditions in the area(s). We all know that there are many environmentalists residing in places like Colorado, so the consensus is that it is just a matter of time before tighter measures and regulations are put into place and owner/developers will be required to go down certain mitigation paths to better conditions.

Terra-Petra is looking to be the “go-to” environmental engineering firm as the construction industry (in the “wild west” area) continues to catch on to a growing environmental protection concern where building and land development is concerned. Yes, there are plenty of big environmental engineering firms located in Denver including URS and AECOM. This indicates that there is a market for larger scale environmental projects now and on the horizon. It’s going to be another wild ride in the west!

Terra-Petra Completes 2201 E. Cerritos Ave. Project for Western Realco

Southern California environmental engineering firm, Terra-Petra recently wrapped up its PMP project for Newport Beach-based developer Western Realco LLC on 2201 E. Cerritos Ave. in Anaheim, California.WRlogo

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 11, 2014–Terra-Petra was pleased to have been a part of a very successful project with Western Realco, LLC in Anaheim this last month. Terra-Petra carried out the Property Management Plan (PMP) for the site during grading activities ahead of the construction of the building’s foundation, given that TPH and VOC-impacted soil might be encountered during site grading and building construction activities.

As a precautionary measure, the building on site was equipped with an active soil gas mitigation system, complete with a sub-slab venting system, vapor barrier and mechanical extraction fans. Based upon Terra-Petra’s expertise, the company was responsible for serving as the Construction Quality Assurance and Construction Quality Control (CQA/CQC) Officer for Western Realco throughout the construction of the soil vapor mitigation system. Each and every item of the approved plans was inspected and under the watchful eye of Terra-Petra’s inspection team. The system was installed with minimal issues. Terra-Petra was there every step of the way to document and ensure compliance with all project specifications.2201ECerritos

During the sale of the property, Terra-Petra also drafted and implemented an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Plan for Western Realco that provided the determining mass emissions output for the active vent risers as was required in the project specifications. Test results were finished in record time in order to ensure that the work was completed within the due diligence phase of sale upon project completion.

About Terra-Petra

Terra Petra is an environmental engineering firm that specializes in contaminated soil and groundwater conditions. Our expertise starts with soil gas characterization, remediation, and in the design and inspection of gas mitigation systems for buildings of all types – including commercial, multiple family, single family, industrial, institutional and retail. For more information, visit: http://www.terra-petra.com.

About Western Realco

Western Realco, established in 1972, is a real estate business firm specializing in the development and acquisition of institutional quality commercial properties. For more information, visit: http://www.westernrealco.com.

Contact: 
Laurie Pehar Borsh
Laurie Pehar Borsh PR
http://www.lpbpr.com 
1.800.915.2151 706

 

Terra-Petra will be an exhibitor at ICSC RECon in Las Vegas May 18-21

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ICIS LOGOICSC, the "Premier Resource for the Retail Real Estate Industry" will hold it's annual Global Real Estate Convention, RECon, May 18 – 21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

RECon is the global convention for the shopping center industry and provides networking, deal making and educational opportunities for retail real estate professionals from around the world. With over 34,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors it is the largest industry convention, making it an unparalleled opportunity to do a year's worth of business in just three days! If you are looking to meet retailers to discuss new or existing leases in your centers, view the latest industry products and services that are critical to your business, attend educational sessions or find the next deal, then you need to attend RECon.

Terra Petra is an exhibitor at RECon this year! 
Our Terra-Petra team will be ready to meet and greet in booth number 639
Check out the map of the exhibition hall (booth 639) before hand.

Hope to see you all there!

Feel free to post here on our blog, or call or email us if you're planning to attend RECon this year –especially if you'd like to set up time to meet while you're in Las Vegas for RECon. 

Terra-Petra now hiring qualified Environmental Field Technicians

Terra-Petra is seeking qualified Environmental Field Technicians on an as-needed basis to work on numerous projects throughout the Los Angeles Areas.

Experience should include:

Environmental field data collection including: soil, soil vapor and ground water.

Ability to use environmental testing equipment, PID, FID, GEM 2000, RKI Eagle Etc.

Ground Water Well Construction, Development and Decommissioning.

Understanding of EPA Testing Guidelines.

Additional Qualifications (Not Required):

·         Geotechnical experience as a soils technician.

·         40 hour Hazwoper Certification.

·         Licensing a plus.
 

Email Resumes to: Justin@terra-petra.com

Justin R. Conaway
Vice President|General Manager
Terra-Petra
www.terra-petra.com

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Los Angeles, CA 90017                                    
San Francisco, CA 94104
213-458-0494                                                   415-590-4890                     

Terra-Petra congratulates newest DMBI inspectors

Terra-Petra congratulated its newest DMBI inspectors, Dave Akers, Kevin Costa, and Hector Flores earlier this month. On Monday, February 3rd, 2015, the three newest members of the Terra-Petra Deputy Methane Barrier Inspection Team successfully passed the written and oral portions of the DMB) examinations issued by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS). Dave Akers, whose history with Terra-Petra dates back to 2005, passed the test for a second time.

The addition of three new DMBIs to the Terra-Petra inspection team is a testament to the company’s exciting expansion and its efforts to continue to grow as an industry leader. As the onslaught of construction projects continues, Terra-Petra continues to stay prepared and flexible to meet clients’ inspection demands. Terra-Petra leads the environmental engineering industry, now, with 10 Deputy Methane Barrier Inspectors on staff. The extension of the design division will ensure that Terra-Petra retains its competitive edge. 

Terra-Petra awarded contract to perform methane and water intrusion inspections for Northern California project

Terra-Petra was recently awarded the contract to perform inspections at the Maple Street Correctional Facility site in Redwood City, California. The Northern California site requires excavation below the water table and is located within a region impacted by naturally occurring methane gas. As such, the future building is susceptible to the impacts of methane gas and water intrusion and requires a dual methane barrier/waterproofing system. Gergen Construction is in the process of installing the system which will consist of a membrane and passive venting system to adequately protect the building.

The inspections will be administered through Terra-Petra’s San Francisco office. Terra-Petra’s Deputy Methane Barrier Inspectors (DMBI) come prepared with diverse certifications and extensive knowledge of prevalent systems, making Terra-Petra a versatile choice for any methane/water impacted construction project. The Maple Street Correctional Facility site is no exception. For this project, Terra-Petra’s certified Hydroshield, Coreflex and Liquid Boot inspectors led to the selection of Terra-Petra as the best team to get the job done.The joint effort and long-standing relationship between Terra-Petra and Gergen Construction will ensure an efficient and reliable system to provide the project owners with an environmentally safe building.

 

 

 

New Home Co. Gears Up for Busy Year of Building feat. Westside Apartments

OC Business Journal – Saturday, January 4, 2014

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Early-stage work is under way for a trio of apartment complexes planned by the Irvine Co. for the Westside Los Angeles neighborhood of Playa Vista.

Terra-Petra, a Los Angeles-based environmental engineering firm, said it has begun work for a methane mitigation system installation at the three Irvine Co. apartment projects at Playa Vista, a sprawling development near the San Diego (405) and Marina (90) freeways.

The site is about a mile from the ocean and once held the headquarters of aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, one of the reasons Terra-Petra’s assistance is needed for the development.

Irvine Co. bought the land for the apartment portion of the developments in 2012 for an undisclosed price.

Business Journal estimates at the time put the 100-acre land deal at about $200 million.

The apartment complexes under way total 1,503 units and will be completed in 2017.

The first of the complexes is described by Terra-Petra as Mediterranean-style, four stories tall, and with underground parking.

McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners of Irvine is the architect for the project, and Irvine-based Western National is the general contractor.

Irvine Co. currently owns just one rental property in Los Angeles County: Santa Monica’s high-end 1221 Ocean Ave., where monthly rents start at more than $6,000, and penthouses command prices in excess of $20,000.

 

 

Terra-Petra named methane design engineer and subterranean waterproofing consultant for Korean Air Wilshire Grand project

Wilshire Grand Hotel Los Angeles - AC MARTINTerra-Petra is proud to announce its role as the methane mitigation design engineer and subterranean waterproofing consultant for what will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi, the Korean Air Wilshire Grand project. Once completed, this 73 story skyscraper will top out at 1,100 feet tall and offer 5 levels of subterranean parking below grade. Earlier this year, Terra-Petra contracted with the prestigious architectural design firm of AC Martin Partners to prepare the methane mitigation and waterproofing system construction documents.

Terra-Petra had a very tight window in which to complete our design work, given the discovery of the methane mitigation design requirement only weeks before the foundation only permits were to be pulled. Fortunately, due to the strong capabilities of the Terra-Petra design team, we were able to deliver the necessary drawings on time in order to ennsure the project remained on schedule with no delays.

On November 21, 2013, Terra-Petra attended a pre-construction meeting, with Turner Construction, to discuss the installation of the methane mitigation/waterproofing system for the project (which is scheduled to start in December). Terra-Petra will also be performing the Deputy Methane Barrier Inspection (DMBI) work for the duration of this project.

“It's not every day that you get to say you had a hand in designing the tallest building west of the Mississippi. I am very appreciative of the opportunity that AC Martin has given Terra-Petra to be a part of this prestigious project. You never want to start behind the 8 ball and have to design to an extremely expedited schedule as we had on this project, but we did it! I feel that the work Terra-Petra has carried out is a testament to who we are as a company; knowledgeable, responsive, dedicated and really good at what we do. Needless to say I am very proud of my team," said Justin Conaway, Terra-Petra's Vice President and General Manager. 

According to the Wilshre Grand Center's website: “Starting in 2012, the property at the site of the former Wilshire Grand Hotel will be cleared to make way for a visionary new hotel and mixed-use building. Under the leadership of Korean Air, the developer of the project, the new building will revitalize the property and allow the site to continue being the indelible landmark it has always been. Doors will open to L.A. and the world in 2017, building upon the Wilshire Grand’s rich history." 

Additional highlights: 

  • This innovative project will be a completely new and unique experience in Los Angeles’ downtown. When the doors open in 2017, the project will be one of the most advanced, sophisticated, sustainable and unique buildings in Southern California.
  • With a unique “sky lobby” offering unparalleled views of the city and a breathtaking infinity pool, the building will rise 73 stories in the air as Los Angeles’ second tallest building.
  • 900 state-of-the-art hotel rooms, which will be operated by a flagship luxury hotel brand, will set a new standard for hospitality in Los Angeles.
  • 400,000 square feet of Class ‘A’ office space will attract high-end business leaders and make the building a global engine for business.
  • 45,100 square feet of new restaurant and retail space housing world-class restaurants will make this an epicurean delight and drive downtown’s food and cultural renaissance.
  • Pedestrian friendly access to downtown, as well as local and regional transit connections, will make the project a central and easily accessed location for visitors and Angelenos.
  • Innovative outdoor space and exterior plazas will invite guests and visitors to experience the true Los Angeles lifestyle and climate

For more information go to: www.wilshiregrandcenter.com

Related articles and websites:

http://www.wilshiregrandcenter.com/
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-property-report-20130808,0,976227.story#axzz2lJN2SaRf

Terra-Petra Completes Methane Barrier and Below Grade Waterproofing Work on Cedars-Sinai’s Completed Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion Project

The new Cedars-Sinai Advanced Health Science Pavilion integrates clinical care and biomedical research in a single building. Terra-Petra Environmental Engineering developed the combination LADBS approved methane mitigation system as well as the buildings below grade waterproofing system for the 820,000 square foot structure.

According to Terra-Petra's VP/General Manager, Justin Conaway, "Terra-Petra performed all LADBS Deputy Methane Barrier Inspections (DMBI) for this project; we also provided manufacturer required below grade waterproofing system inspections to ensure the project received the full 15 year Hydro Shield warranty."

Terra-Petra Deputy Methane Barrier Inspectors are cross-trained, qualified and certified to perform the below grade waterproofing inspections in order to provide a substantial cost-savings by performing both of services with one inspector. Terra-Petra currently employs 7 LADBS Deputy Methane Barrier Inspectors (DMBI).

"We are proud to be a part of such an outstanding project and very excited for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and their quest to provide services for today's new era of health care within the new Advanced Health Sciences Pavillion," said Kevin Buchanan, President of Terra-Petra.

Environmental Engineering Firm, Terra-Petra, Continues to Expand LA City Deputy Methane Inspector Team

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Most governing agencies require methane gas barrier inspections. Terra-Petra, an environmental engineering firm based in Los Angeles, has announced that it will continue to expand its current Deputy Methane (Barrier) Inspection team as methane barrier inspection services become more and more in demand and necessary in the City of Los Angeles. All methane gas mitigation systems should be inspected by a certified professional with experience in methane gas mitigation systems to insure that they have been installed properly.Terra-Petra's expanding Deputy Methane Barrier Inspection team will continue to provide this much needed service throughout the City of Los Angeles.

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