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Leo Aguilar Promoted

Mary Barton - Thursday, January 19, 2017

 

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Leo Aguilar to Sales Manager. Leo joined Environmental Allies seven years ago and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position. In his new position, he will lead the Project Management Team and continue to provide the utmost satisfaction to customers. Congratulations Leo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Party 2016

Mary Barton - Thursday, December 22, 2016

Environmental Allies wrapped up another successful year and celebrated in Houston at the Tasting Room. Despite the dreary weather, the atmosphere was festive and employees from both the Austin and Houston offices had the opportunity to catch up with co-workers that are often only in touch via phone and email. And as our company has grown, it was a chance for new employees to meet their counterparts in other offices. We are happy to share photos from the event below.

Employees were also recognized for their years of service. Employees recognized included:

Vernon Cross – 3 years

Gene Austin – 3 years

Valliery Brumley – 3 years

Adrian Pacheco – 4 years

Jimmy King – 5 years

Andy Dean – 5 years

Antonio Diaz – 6 years

Shane Cargill – 7 years

Leo Aguilar – 7 years

Katrina Wood – 12 years

On behalf of Environmental Allies, we want to wish all our clients, suppliers, family and friends a very happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year!


 

What is the Value of a Tree?

Mary Barton - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What is the Value of a Tree?

Environmental Allies understands TCEQ requirements regarding tree protection. We also understand the reasoning behind tree protection and the value of trees and the benefits they offer to land owners, pedestrians, customers, home owners, end users and many others.

As more and more attention is paid to the environmental aspects of construction, the question is asked, "What is a tree worth?" Builders or contractors often ask, "Why do I need tree protection?" It all depends on who you ask, but most experts agree that a tree has value. The value of a tree cannot always be expressed in dollars. Less tangible benefits, such as cool shade, flowers or blooms in the spring, or fall colors can't be assigned a dollar value.

However, researchers from the US Forest Service at UC-Davis have been able to assign monetary value to trees. Their research shows that for every $1 spent on keeping a city or urban tree alive, we get $5.82 back. According to Growing Greener Cities, a book published in 1992 by the American Forestry Association, trees have significant monetary benefits. They have found that a single tree provides $73 worth of air conditioning, $75 worth of erosion control, $75 worth of wildlife shelter, and $50 worth of air pollution reduction. Compounding this total of $273 for fifty years at 5% interest results in a tree value of $57,151.

The list of benefits of trees includes:

  • Shade, which reduces the urban heat island effect
  • Mitigating air pollution
  • Retaining stormwater and reducing peak flows
  • Leave or foliage that falls from trees can create an environment for organisms in the ground that help maintain soil porosity
  • Noise from highways and other sources can be reduced with trees 

Read more about it here:

Tree protection installed by Environmental Allies is shown below.

                                    

So when it comes to tree protection on a construction site, consider this:  It takes 20 to 30 years for newly planted trees to provide the aesthetics and ecological functions and benefits of a mature tree stand. Doesn't it stand to reason that it's better to protect a mature tree than to remove it? Environmental Allies can provide and install the materials needed for tree protection. For more information, please call 281-442-4112. 

EA on Houston Business Journal's Fast 100 List

Mary Barton - Monday, August 08, 2016

EA is proud to announce that we have made the Houston Business Journal's Fast 100 List for the fastest growing Houston-based private companies. EA made the cut out of 200 applicants. Companies eligible for the list had to have earned at least $1 million in revenue in 2015, be based in Houston and have been in business for at least five years. The final rankings have not been released, though an alphabetical list of companies making the list is below. The Houston Business Journal will announce these rankings and celebrate the companies on Sept. 9 in Houston at the Fast 100 Awards. For the full article from the Business Journal click here:

Houston Business Journal Fast 100 Article

  • Abby's Catering
  • Abel Design Group Ltd.
  • ABIS Inc.
  • AcctTwo Shared Services LLC
  • Adhere Creative
  • Aldridge
  • Alert Logic Inc.
  • AmCap Mortgage Ltd.
  • Ameritex Movers Inc.
  • Amplified Solutions
  • Amsys Innovative Solutions LLC
  • Angler Construction
  • Arch-Con Construction
  • Assured Flow Solutions LLC
  • ATOM Solutions LLC
  • Audubon Cos.
  • Avondale Wealth Management LLC
  • BubbleUp Digital
  • Builder's Choice Inc
  • Canidium LLC
  • Certified Pipe Service Houston Inc.
  • ChaiOne
  • Cognetic Networks Inc.
  • Contemporary Garden Homes Ltd.
  • Corporate Move Consulting Inc.
  • Crouch Environmental Services Inc.
  • Cypressbrook Co.
  • DBR Engineering Consultants Inc.
  • Dean's Professional Services
  • DeJean Construction Companies Inc.
  • Devon Street Homes
  • Dixie Cullen Interests Inc.
  • Dynamic Glass
  • Earth First Landscapes
  • Effex Management Solutions
  • Elevated Technologies
  • Empyrean Benefit Solutions Inc.
  • Entrust Energy Inc.
  • Environmental Allies
  • Ergos Technology Partners Inc.
  • First Cornerstone Group LLC
  • Frontier Title Company WH LLC
  • GetUsROI LLC
  • Greenway Insurance & Risk Management Agency Inc.
  • H+M Industrial EPC
  • H2B
  • Hanszen Laporte LLP
  • HCSS
  • Hoover Container Solutions
  • Idera Software
  • Ignite Media
  • Integris Projects LLC
  • Intellicure Inc.
  • iOffice Inc.
  • ipDatatel LLC
  • IQ Total Source
  • Jones Carter
  • Joslin Construction
  • Liberty Pipeline Services LLC
  • LJA Engineering Inc.
  • Local Search Group
  • MedSource
  • Metal Construction Materials Inc.
  • Method Architecture LLC
  • Mint Physician Staffing
  • Nations Reliable Lending
  • Neighbors Health LLC
  • NewQuest Properties
  • Nightlight Pediatric Urgent Care
  • OilCM
  • Onit Inc
  • Paramount Steel LLC
  • PF Waterworks
  • PhiloWilke Partnership
  • Pieper- Houston Electric LP
  • PinnacleART
  • Poetic Systems
  • Porsche of North Houston
  • Premier Coil Solutions
  • Prestige Interiors Corp.
  • Radley Staffing LLC
  • Rekruiters
  • Resource Environmental Solutions LLC
  • Rice & Gardner Consultants Inc.
  • RPS Klotz Associates
  • Safety by Design Inc.
  • SalesStaff LLC
  • Silk Worlwide LLC
  • Sky High Party Rentals
  • Slate Construction LLC
  • Spencer Ogden Inc
  • SunNet Solutions
  • Texas Swim Academy
  • The Burcell Group
  • The Richland Cos.
  • Tolunay-Wong Engineers Inc.
  • Trilliant Surgical
  • Universal Plant Services Inc.
  • Willbanks & Associates
  • Zprepay

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

EA now offers temporary chain link fence

Mary Barton - Thursday, June 30, 2016

Available now, Environmental Allies offers installation and removal of temporary chain link fence on your construction site. If you are in need of temporary fence around your construction site, we offer 6 ft. X 12 ft. T-stand panels along with bases and sand bags. 

Shown above: 6 ft. X 12 ft. panel and stand used for temporary chain link fence

We also offer sales and installation of post-driven temporary chain link fence. For this type of installation, galvanized steel pipes are driven into the ground and wire is stretched around the pipe to create a more secure barrier around your site. These panels are also 12 ft. in length.

Show above:  Post-driven temporary chain link fence

For both types of fence, we offer 6 ft. X 12 ft. double-door gates. We can also remove the fencing when it is no longer needed on your job site. For more information on pricing or installation, please contact your Project Manager or call 281-442-4112.


 

Project Spotlight: Tacara at Steiner Ranch

Mary Barton - Thursday, May 26, 2016

Project Spotlight:  Tacara at Steiner Ranch

 

General Contractor: Baxter Contracting

Location: Austin, Texas

Project Description:

 Located in the Steiner Ranch community northwest of downtown Austin, the Tacara at Steiner Ranch is a 246 unit, luxury Class A apartment community. Amenities include a resort-style infinity-edge pool overlooking Lake Travis, a coffee bar, business center, outdoor lounge areas with barbeque grills, a dog park and a state of the art fitness center.

The project broke ground in October 2015 and is scheduled for completion in late Spring/early Summer 2016. Check out the marketing website here: http://tacarasteinerranch.com/

 

Architectural Rendering

EA's Scope of Work:

 EA’s scope of work includes the development of the SWPPP book, processing of the NOI Permit, installation of silt fence and associated clearing and trenching, tree protection, a construction entrance, a concrete truck washout, rock berms, curb inlet protection, grate inlet protection, as well as a sand filtration pond. EA also performs weekly site inspections.

Work on the filtration pond included underdrain piping, sand gravel, filter fabric, gabion walls and rock rip rap installed on a prepared grade. We also installed Curlex matting and a pond blanket. (Pond pictured below)  

EA's Project Manager:  Andy Dean

EA's SWPPP Inspector:  Garret Bartolomucci

EA's experienced and formally trained staff can guide any client through the permitting, installation, compliance, rehabilitation and maintenance associated with erosion control and storm water drainage.  For more information please call 281-442-4112.


 


 

Environmental Allies Helps Flood Victims

Mary Barton - Thursday, April 28, 2016

 

While we are in the business of making sure rain events on construction sites don’t adversely affect our water supply, it’s important to remember that rain events can have a much larger impact beyond our business. In the last year, Texas has been deeply affected by severe flooding. Recently, Houston was hit particularly hard. In an effort to help those affected by flooding, we held a Flood Donation Drive. In just a couple of days, our conference room was filled with donations, including clothing for men, women, children and infants, diapers, baby blankets, bedding, flotation devices and safety gear for kids, all of which went directly to the American Red Cross. If you are interested in further helping the Red Cross with its efforts, please look here for more information: http://www.redcross.org/local/tx/houston/texas-flooding

Just how much rain have we had? Rain fall totals, lake levels and other stats.

On April 17, 2016, parts of Houston saw up to 15 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. According to the National Weather Service, Houston hasn’t seen this pattern of rainfall since the 1960s. More details and interesting infographics here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/article/How-floods-compare-7330750.php

Mansfield Dam, which creates Lake Travis in central Texas, began flood control operations for the first time since 2007. See video here:  http://www.kvue.com/news/local/lcra-opens-mansfield-dam-floodgate-monday/149875047

On October 31, 2015, areas surround Kyle and Buda, Texas saw upwards of 15 inches of rain in less than a 24-hour period.

In June of 2015, Lake Buchanan was just 52% full. As of April 28, 2016, it is 93% full. For more lake level comparisons, go here:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Central-Texas-lakes-are-filling-up-after-May-6286892.php#photo-8024620

As of April 28, 2016, Texas’ Monitored Water Supply Reservoirs are 87% full. By comparison, at this time last year, these reservoirs were 73% full. Click here for a map showing the levels of these reservoirs:  http://waterdatafortexas.org/reservoirs/statewide

2015 was the wettest year on record in Texas.  http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20151230-2015-was-texas-wettest-year-on-record.ece

For lake levels across Texas go here*: http://waterdatafortexas.org/reservoirs/statewide

*Note the number of lakes that are 100% full!

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

Environmental Allies lands on Austin Business Journal's Top Environmental Consulting Firms list.

Mary Barton - Monday, March 07, 2016

 

Due to the hard work of EA’s Austin operations and project management, we’ve experienced incredible growth in central Texas. So much so that for the first time ever, EA made the Austin Business Journal’s List of Top Environmental Consulting Firms for 2016. EA came in #3 on the list of 21. This year’s list makers reported a total of $173 million in fees compared to $119 million last year. As the Business Journal put it, “Environmental Consulting in Austin is definitely in the green.”  Read more about it in the Austin Business Journal here:  http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/subscriber-only/2016/02/12/environmental-consulting-firms.html

 

 


2015 Employee Awards and Christmas Party

Mary Barton - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

As 2015 came to close, Environmental Allies held its annual Christmas Party to celebrate another great year and to recognize individuals whose outstanding efforts made the year such a success. Employees from both the Houston and Austin office gathered in Houston at Perry’s Steakhouse for cocktail hour and a private dinner. Employees recognized include:

Rising Stars – Individuals hired in the last year that have made big contributions. 

Niko Nosakhere – Houston PM

Micah Wagner – Austin Inspector

L to R: Niko Nosakhere, Katrina Wood (Not pictured: Micah Wagner)

You Make a Difference – Individuals recognized for their performance which has made a positive impact on the companies’ team efforts and overall revenues.

Julie Kennerly – Accounting Manager

Mary Barton – Business Development Manager

 

L to R: Grant Williamson, Julie Kennerly, Katrina Wood 

L to R: Mary Barton, Katrina Wood

Above and Beyond – The selfless individual who always makes the effort to help others.

 Andrea Reyna – Project Coordinator

L to R: Grant Williamson, Andrea Reyna, Katrina Wood

Behind the Scenes – Recognizes the individual whose role isn’t always well-known, but whose work is critical to the success of the company.

Valliery Brumley – SWPPP books

Million Dollar Club – Recognizes individuals whose sales have reached the $1 million mark in the last year.

David Gross – Houston PM

Daniel Conaway – Austin Inspector

Collin Wright – Austin Inspector

Matthew Reyna – Austin Inspector

Andy Dean – Austin Senior PM

Leo Aguilar – Houston Senior PM

Layne Yeager – Houston Senior PM

L to R: Jimmy King, David Gross, Grant Williamson, Collin Wright, Matthew Reyna, Andy Dean, Daniel Conaway. (Not pictured: Layne Yeager, Leo Aguilar)

Move Valuable Performer – Voted on by employees, this recognizes the person who is seen as most valuable to the company and its success.

Andrea Reyna – Project Coordinator

Runners up:

Joe Valle – Houston Operations Manager

Glenn Bankston – Austin Operations Manager

L to R: Jimmy King, Grant Williamson, Andrea Reyna, Katrina Wood. (Not pictured:  Joe Valle, Glenn Bankston)

Inspections at a Glance

Mary Barton - Thursday, December 17, 2015

Storm water discharges from construction activities can significantly impact water quality. In layman’s terms, as storm water flows over a construction site, it can pick up pollutants like debris, sediment and chemicals and transport them to nearby storm sewer systems or directly into lakes, rivers or coastal waters. Having your site inspected weekly and immediately after a storm event can help control pollutants in storm water discharges and can help you stay compliant with regulatory requirements.

What do inspections accomplish?

  • Inspections help assure that the required BMPs have been installed on the site.
  • Inspections identify if a BMP requires maintenance (i.e. are the perimeter controls, like silt fence, adequately installed and undamaged by construction activity).
  • Inspections help identify whether or not recent construction activity has changed the grading of the site and therefore created a need for new or different control measures.

 

Austin inspector Andrew inspects rock gabions on a White Construction jobsite immediately following a major rain event.

  • Inspections identify if discharge points are free of sediment deposits.
  • Inspections identify if the construction entrance/exit is preventing sediment from being tracked into the street.
  • Inspections identify whether or not washout facilities are available, clearly marked and maintained.

 

These are just a few of the things our inspectors look for when inspecting a construction site, all of which is done in an effort to meet regulatory guidelines. After an inspection, our inspectors consult with the Superintendent or Project Manager to discuss the needs of the jobsite. Inspection notes and recommended maintenance, if any, is then recorded in the SWPPP book and reviewed by construction site management.

Austin inspector Micah walks a Structura jobsite in San Antonio.

What happens when environmental violations are found? TCEQ can explain: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/enforcement/process.html

Environmental Allies has the trained experts familiar with general storm water permits, ready to help you keep your site compliant. If you are looking for site inspections, detailed regular reports, or would like more information, please call 281-442-4112 or visit our website, www.environmentalallies.com.