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Winter Safety

Winter presents more diverse and severe safety challenges than any other season. The human body is poorly equipped to deal with the cold, so it’s no surprise that we see more injuries and medical emergencies as temperatures drop. Our homes, cars, and other machinery are less efficient in colder temperatures. Mechanical breakdowns are more common in winter months, as are house fires and carbon monoxide emergencies. Here are a few tips that can help you survive the winter safely.

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H.E.R. Shelter

There’s just nothing warmer or more comforting than a fleece blanket. When you’re feeling overtired, overwhelmed, or just overwrought, wrapping a fleece blanket around your shoulders or tucking one around your feet just makes it feel like all is right with the world.

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Winter Grading

While site grading can be done during the winter months, it is more costly. Grading generally takes more time due to wetter soils and more “bad weather” days. Otherwise good soils are frequently wasted because of frost and higher moisture contents. To help successfully manage these conditions, these techniques can keep your project moving forward during the winter season:

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Award-Winning Project Spotlight: Science Drive Parking Garage

Every year, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) hosts an Engineering Excellence Awards competition, where it chooses exemplary projects from engineering firms across North Carolina to receive recognition. This year, ECS Carolinas, LLP was the recipient of both the Honor Award and People’s Choice Award for their work on the Science Drive Parking Garage in Durham, NC.

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Cold Weather Concrete

With the approach of winter, it’s time to remember cold weather concrete practices. According to the American Concrete Institute (ACI)’s publication, “Guide to Cold Weather Concreting,” (ACI 306R) cold weather is defined as any time the air temperature falls or is expected to fall below 40°F during the protection period (the time required to prevent concrete from being affected by cold weather).

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Fundamentals of Football and Business

“Gentlemen, this is a football. This is how you hold a football,”

- Vince Lombardi

Just as football stresses the fundamentals of teamwork, persistence, and a positive attitude, so does business. As a Texas A&M University alum, I am proud to support the Aggies and show how the principles of the team can be put into practice on and off the field.

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Responding to Tragedy with Service –A 9/11 Retrospective

Leo J. TitusECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC Subsidiary President Leo J. Titus was a first responder at the Pentagon on 9/11/01. He’s had time during the 15 years since then to ponder not only the events of that day, but to reflect on the impact his experience as a first responder has had on his own life.

Q. What’s your most vivid memory of that day?

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Firestopping

Firestopping is the proper use and installation of rated systems designed to limit the movement of flame, heat, smoke and/or toxic gases in a building during a fire. Defective or missing firestopping can result in injury to building occupants and firefighters and can allow property damage to extend beyond the initial containment area. Firestopping is a key component of passive fire protection systems.

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ECS Environmental Team has Solid Roots…and is Reaching for the Sky

Exciting news! ECS is ranked 177 in ENR’s 2016 Top Environmental Firms.

This ranking is determined by the 2015 gross revenue for environmental services. The list provides other details for each firm: the percentage of overall revenue that environmental services represents, the percentage of non-U.S. revenue, the type of work that receives the largest revenue, and a breakdown of markets and clients. It is an honor to be included in the Top 200 Environmental Firms List for 2016, and ECS is pleased have improved in rank since 2015.

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Summer Internship Spotlight

This summer, ECS had a record breaking 70 interns. We asked an intern from our Charlotte, NC office to share his experience with us.

Zachary Mickel is from Bluefield, WV. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Marshall University in 2015 and is pursuing a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.

What made you interested in your chosen field?

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