Water Intrusion Inspection – Ventura County Naval Base

Terra-Petra is currently working with Aetypic (AET) Architecture and Engineering to provide forensic waterproofing services at the Ventura County Naval Base in Point Mugu.

Terra-Petra is investigating historic water intrusion issues at the site. We are performing an A/E study to  include the review of window systems, of roofing parapet cap/roofing materials, and destructive testing of the exterior building envelope.

The AE study includes investigation and design development with recommendations for repairs.

1041 s oxford drive

Methane Soil Gas Investigation – Methane Buffer Zone

Methane Soil Gas Investigation (SGI)

Grace Partnership, Inc has on-boarded Terra-Petra to conduct a City of Los Angeles Methane Soil Gas Investigation (SGI) in Los Angeles. The property falls within a Methane Buffer Zone.

Terra-Petra recently completed the site assessment and sampling in accordance with LADBS guidelines under Terra-Petra’s LADBS Methane Testing Lab License #10224.

We are in the process of drafting the Summary of Methane Soil Gas Investigation report and will be delivering it to the client shortly.

City of Los Angeles Methane Mitigation and Gas Detection System Design

Methane Mitigation Design

Methane Mitigation And Gas Detection System Design, City of Los Angeles

Terra-Petra wrapped up a City of Los Angeles Methane Mitigation and Gas Detection System Design for a Level 5 methane site for Welcome Projects of Los Angeles, CA. Terra-Petra provided design consultation for the new ground up single-family Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) as well as the addition to the existing home.

How Terra-Petra is addressing Covid-19

We are open and operating.

Many of you have heard the announcements from the Governor and local LA county officials regarding “safer at home” mandates. Based on a review of the orders and applicable exemptions, Terra-Petra is continuing to operate under the Essential Business category.

As we continue to operate, however, we will comply with all pertinent requirements of the orders.

As an engineering firm that works with contractors and other engineers on critical projects, we also fall into the “Necessary Services” category, along with the various other disciplines of engineering.

The majority of the work that we take on includes municipality, public works, affordable housing, and critical transportation projects.

Our waterproofing division also falls into this category, as our team is in a position to keep properties safe by resolving issues that could ultimately lead to health concerns such as mold and mildew spores, along with other health irritants impacting a person’s well-being.

We will continue to work diligently with our clients to provide safe working conditions on-site for all of our people. We also want to stress the importance of all of our people practicing proper safeguards that have been published, such as washing hands frequently, keep hands away from the face, using hand sanitizer as frequently as possible, and practicing proper “social distancing” while on-site with other people, if required to attend any meetings (on or off-site).

Please be safe, and feel free to report any concerning issues to management with respect to job site conditions, practices, activities, or anything that you feel is not conforming to health guidelines during these challenging times.  Contact us if you should have questions or a need at hand.

Sincerely,

Kevin Buchanan
Terra-Petra | President

Los Angeles Office:
700 S. Flower Street
Suite #2580
Los Angeles, Ca. 90017
213-458-0494

Terra-Petra Attends 18th Annual Brownfield Training Conference in LA

In 1996, a cross-section of stakeholders came together in Pittsburgh for the very first federally co-sponsored National Brownfields Training ConferenceTerra-Petra’s environmental project team took part as an exhibitor at this 18th annual event, December 10-13, 2019, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Cosponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the National Brownfields Training Conference is the largest gathering of stakeholders focused on cleaning up and reusing formerly utilized commercial and industrial properties.

The heart of Brownfields 2019 is a dynamic educational program of speakers, discussions, mobile workshops, films and other learning formats that are calibrated to provide case study examples, program updates, and useful strategies for meeting brownfield challenges head-on.

Featuring dozens of educational sessions and mobile workshops including many showcasing the City of Angels and the redevelopment in the surrounding region, the exceptional training offered by the conference has something for both beginners and seasoned professionals.

The conference is also a premier stop for the private sector with a vibrant exhibit hall and other transactional activities that are catered towards companies doing the business of brownfields cleanup and redevelopment. The exhibit hall featured federal agencies, engineering firms, and environmental cleanup companies (i.e. Terra-Petra), as well as legal and financial expertise, nonprofits, and other types of organizations.

2018 CALIFORNIA LAND RECYCLING CONFERENCE = Terra-Petra Brownfield Services

Terra-Petra to Sponsor of CA Brownfields Conference | Carson, California

2018 CALIFORNIA LAND RECYCLING CONFERENCE

Presented by Center for Creative Land Recycling, CA Department of Toxic Substances Control, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9

October 24th & 25th, 2018
at the Carson Event Center:   801 East Carson Street, Carson, California
CA Brownfield Conference

CCLR, DTSC and US EPA will present an intensive two-day redevelopment workshop geared towards the unique characteristics of redevelopment in California.

JUST ANNOUNCED!  DTSC will provide an overview of its upcoming Vapor Intrusion (VI) guidance updates at the California Land Recycling Conference.  Be part of the conversation as DTSC VI experts and authors/contributors discuss the guidance publicly for the first time to a brownfields-focused audience.

Learn more at:   https://www.cclr.org/california-land-recycling-conference-2018

Those attending this year may get in touch with us prior to the conference to arrange for a face-to-face meeting time.

Contact us via email here   or call the main Los Angeles office to speak with Justin Conaway:    213.458.0494.

Learn more about Terra-Petra’s Brownfield Services.

Terra-Petra consults on newest LA Multifamily Developments to Implement Tetris-Style Parking System

Two new multifamily developments in Los Angeles are getting a unique Tetris-style semi-automated parking system that could lead to a shift in how residents park their vehicles. In late summer 2018, Beverly Hills-based Markwood Enterprises broke ground on a 14-unit, 16K SF multifamily property in mid-Wilshire and a 13-unit, 12K SF multifamily development in Larchmont. Each offers one unit for very-low-income tenants.

Terra-Petra provided environmental consulting pre- and during the ground breaking as well as waterproofing consulting  services for the  a two-level subterranean semi-automated puzzle shift parking system developed by CityLift.

“Every developer in LA knows if you can’t park it, you can’t build it,” Markwood Development Director Simon M. Aftalion said. “This enables us to pack in the density in a responsible way. Otherwise we wouldn’t be able to house this many units because we wouldn’t be able to park them.”

Multifamily developments in Los Angeles are required to have two parking spaces for each two-bedroom unit, one and a half spaces for one-bedroom units and one space for studios. But the innovative system by Oakland-based CityLift could start a trend in the city’s multifamily landscape that allows developers to build more density with less space, Aftalion said.

Dunsmuir Row, 1233 South Dunsmuir in mid-Wilshire will offer 18 parking spots, while the project, Elmwood Row, on 4807 Elmwood Ave. in Larchmont will have 16 parking spaces.

Read Urbanize Los Angeles Article.

The puzzle shift — sometimes referred to as a puzzle lift — system appears as a stacked four-by-two grid. When a resident parks in a reserved spot, the system shifts or slides the vehicle or lifts it into place. The cars can be accessed independently. It takes an average of 30 seconds for a resident to retrieve a vehicle.     Read the entire article on Bisnow.com.

Courtesy of CityLift – A CityLift puzzle shift parking system

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

erra-Petra Silver Sponsor IVCIA

Terra-Petra Supports IVCLA as a “Silver Sponsor”

Last week, the IVCLA gathered to get to know Global Ties U.S.‘ new President, Katherine Brown, at its Citizen Diplomacy Celebration. As a IVCLA Silver Sponsor, Terra-Petra is (once again) looking forward to continuing to support the IVCLA as its partners as they continue working on Citizen Diplomacy in Los Angeles. Follow on Facebook and Twitter: #CelebrateCitizenDiplomacy

Terra-Petra attends ICSC RECon once again—with 2018 highlights

Retail real estate professionals and developers remained upbeat at RECon 2018, as most (if not all) felt that the “doom and gloom” of previous years is now a thing of the past. Most retailers, owners and developers, it seemed from our own reaching out to attendees on the Expo floor, are continuing to move forward.  This year’s conference fell over the Jewish holiday Shavuot, which may have potentially impacted attendance levels, but ICSC said that ReCon attendance was on par with previous years.

Read about some of highlights that real estate professionals shared during the second day on the showroom floor on www.nreionline.com.

Terra-Petra’s senior executive team was excited to be at ICSC RECon at the Las Vegas Convention Center –once again!

Former NFL player Michael Strahan gave the opening keynote at this year’s RECon event.  The Football Hall of Famer, Two-time Emmy winner and Super Bowl Champion spoke at the Westgate Hotel on Sunday, May 20. Other speakers included Daymond John, CEO & Founder of FUBU and Star of ABC’s Shark Tank, and Jennifer Fleiss, CEO & Co-Founder of Code Eight and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway.  A number of conference sessions, professional development workshops, covered everything from “How to Attract E-Commerce Brands” to “Vacant Storefront to Lessons Learned From the 2017 Hurricane Season.” Read about more ICSC RECon 2018.

Highlights from the ReCon 2018 Expo floor and Terra-Petra booth N1418….

Business card in the bowl for a chance to win!

Terra-Petra booth at ICSC ReCon 2018

ICSC ReCon 2018 – Expo floor was packed!

 

 

 

Terra-Petra makes Top 20 once again in 2018 – on LA Business Journal’s Top Environmental Engineering and Consulting Firms List

Los Angeles Business Journal ranks Terra-Petra as the #18 Environmental Engineering and Consulting Firm in Los Angeles County for 2018.

Terra-Petra, one of the “newer firms” on the LABJ List, has been in the environmental engineering industry for just over 20 years, with many successful projects to lean on. The company started its operations focusing on the Los Angeles market to address the local “methane concerns” that quickly became a big issue. Its in-house experts were a big part of the team that developed the local Los Angeles Methane Code.

Terra-Petra’s expertise has always involved the ability to provide exceptional solutions for methane related issues, including soil gas investigations to determine level of risk. We are adept at recommending the right mitigation strategy and designing the right mitigation system to fit the client’s needs as well as providing the necessary inspections to ensure compliance and system integrity. Over the last ten years in particular, Terra-Petra has become to be recognized as the leading expert in methane and soil gas arena. As methane experts, we’ve also become experts at below grade waterproofing and drainage, having launched our sister-company Building Waterproofing Experts in 2010.

Terra-Petra’s Management Philosophy approach is simple, says President Kevin Buchanan,  “Make every client’s life easier.” The City of Los Angeles has written a very complex Methane Code. We have found that most of our clients, as well as the members of the design and construction teams, have no experience dealing with a property affected by this code–which impacts every aspect of the project. For this reason, we take the position of being a Methane Educator as well as Methane Problem Solver.

Terra-Petra is headquartered in Downtown Los Angeles and operates satelite offices in the cities of San Francisco, Tacoma, Denver, and New York City to serve clients throughout the nation and globally.

Los Angeles Business Journal rankings are based on number of employees in L.A. County among environmental engineering and consulting firms.

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