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Why You Need a Property Condition Assessment Before Closing

Imagine yourself in this situation…

A slick, well-written brochure shows up on your desk. Someone is selling a property and has provided you with information on tenants, the great location, and basic building information. This piques your interest. What should you do next?

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Joseph A. Meiburger, P.E., CPG, LEED AP

Joe Meiburger, P.E., CPG, LEED AP, is a Principal Engineer and ECS Manassas Branch Manager. But he had humble beginnings.

He needed a summer job after his freshman year at James Madison University (JMU). He was looking for a paid internship, and he wasn’t interested in sitting at a desk or wearing a suit. Joe felt he could find a job related to his field of study: geology and soils, and he was ok to start at the bottom. His geology professor knew JMU alumni who worked at ECS, so he suggested that Joe contact the firm.

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Changes to Virginia’s Asbestos Regulations

Regulations involving asbestos have been around since the 1970s. In general, there have been relatively few significant regulatory changes within the last 10 years. In the regions served by ECS offices we have observed various minor interpretations and changes to asbestos regulations, as different state regulatory agencies amend or tweak local and state regulations. One such change occurred last year in Virginia.

Background

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Shout Out to Geotechnical Engineers

Delaware Bridge “...a DEFCON-5 for a Transportation System”

-Delaware Transportation Secretary Shailen P. Bhatt

File Under: Geotechnical
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The Clarkson Connection

ECS recruits at several colleges and universities to identify and hire top-quality graduating students. The firm’s recruiting program and approach is successful, in large part, because of a well-thought out strategy. Alumni typically recruit from their own alma mater, thus initiating professional mentoring with candidates almost immediately. This level of engagement and personal involvement by and from ECS principals (and future principals) are critical components of this program.

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Baltimore Retaining Wall Failure

Over the years, we have consulted on numerous slope and retaining wall failures. The recent retaining wall failure adjacent to a railroad line in North Baltimore was captured on video by a bystander. As you listen to the background chatter, you will hear someone say ‘Three years they’ve been working on this….They’ve been out here ten times and all they do is put a little dirt in and try to fill it in’.

File Under: Geotechnical
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Don’t Let Brownfields Scare You Away from Developing a Promising Site

Developers and financial institutions can be leery of projects that require redevelopment of contaminated properties because they’re concerned about who will be responsible for site cleanup costs. However, choosing the right team and approach can be the key to successful mitigation and development.

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Put Your Construction Project on the Fast-Track with Third-Party Building Code Services

Imagine you’re the project manager for a large construction project with a tight deadline and budget. You need to deliver a high-quality project – failure is not an option. You may have already stacked the deck in your favor by using design-build or construction manager at-risk procurement methods. Your design and construction teams are working side-by-side to design and construct the project. What could possibly go wrong?

File Under: Code Compliance
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Drying Soils Chemically Using Lime

Photo courtesy of Carmeuse Lime and Stone Company

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ECS Employee Involved with International Development Program

The beginning lines of Joanna Vivanco’s resume reads, “Joanna Vivanco is an Environmental Project Manager and Scientist in the Chantilly, Virginia office of ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC. Her responsibilities include management, design and field investigations, field and laboratory work for environmental projects, and client development.”

That falls so far short of describing Joanna.

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