ECS Employees Have GRIT: Meet Tony
When did you start with ECS, and in what position? I joined ECS in August of 1993 as a Field Technician. What positions have you h...
A Day in the Life of a Facilities Consultant
We find, evaluate, document and solve problems. Find out how we are the Doctors of Buildings.
Bye Bye VIC, Vapor Intrusion Part V
Over the last couple of blogs we discussed what a VOC is, where VOCs can come from, how VOCs enter buildings, and why VOCs are a c...
Meet Ray. Ray has GRIT.
“The largest contributor to the growth of my career would be personal autonomy that has afforded me the ability to learn from my s...
National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month We rarely think they will happen to us, but a natural disaster can happen anywhere in the...
Where is Vic? Vapor Intrusion, Part IV
Over the last several months, we’ve talked about volatile organic compounds (VOCs), how they move through soil and enter buildings...
Vapor Intrusion Part III
Last month in Vapor Intrusion Part II , we discussed how the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) get from the soil and groundwater i...
A Day in the Life of an ECS Field Technician
Get an inside look into a day in the life of an ECS Field Technician. We have guts, resilience, initiative and tenacity, or as we...
Who Is Intruding My Space? Vapor Intrusion, Part II
In Part I of vapor intrusion , we discussed the vapor of vapor intrusion. In this part, we will discuss the intrusion part of the...
So You Want to Redesign Your Website?
As part of our website redesign launch, we wanted to share some insights we learned as we went through the process of creating our...
What is Vapor Intrusion?
The “Vapor” in vapor intrusion is not caused by some medical malady or bodily function as thought in Victorian times, nor was it t...
Are You HEART-SAFE?
Relax: I’m not going to talk about heart attacks or medical issues. June is National Safety Month. Safety training can be mostly a...
Employees With GRIT
“I’ve had to develop thick skin, be diligent, determined, and exhibit confidence, even if it wasn’t there,” or as we like to say,...
Got GRIT
The ECS PAWS (Promoting All Women’s Strengths) program was founded in 2015 to encourage professional women’s growth through develo...
Celebrating Earth Day
I grew up in a small town called Hohhot in Inner Mongolia, China. Hohhot is a Mongolian name meaning “the green city.” Indeed, in...
Work Zone Safety
After 28 years of experience completing transportation-related geotechnical design phase services and construction-phase testing s...
ECS Employees Have Grit: Meet Derek
Derek Clyburn has grit. When did you start with ECS? I joined ECS on June 2, 1997 as a Project Engineer in NC. What positions have...
Bring on the Pi
Happy Pi Day! Pi, otherwise known as π, is an irrational number that is the ratio between the diameter and the circumference of a...
ECS Employees Have GRIT
At ECS, we are problem solvers who approach obstacles with a fearless attitude. From trekking knee deep through swamplands to rapp...
Shining a Spotlight on Engineering
One of our core service lines at ECS is geotechnical engineering. In honor of Engineering Week (February 19 – 25), we asked a few...
Wetlands: Why the Regulations?
Wetlands – Nature’s Sponges Wetlands are protected by the Clean Water Act and regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency thr...
Nominations for Best Engineering Film
Movies have the ability to inspire. From the beginning of time, stories have taught life lessons and encouraged dreaming. As story...
Radon Gas - And Why You Should Test
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Radon typically...
Winter Safety
Winter presents more diverse and severe safety challenges than any other season. The human body is poorly equipped to deal with th...
H.E.R. Shelter
There’s just nothing warmer or more comforting than a fleece blanket. When you’re feeling overtired, overwhelmed, or just overwrou...
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 cho...
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 t...
Responding To Tragedy With Service –A 9/11 Retrospective
ECS 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...
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 e...
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 u...
Five Reasons Hogwarts Needs ECS Facilities
Dear Hogwarts, When I was 12, I didn’t receive my Owl in the mail. As heartbroken as I was, I’ve enjoyed my life as a muggle. In p...
Third Party Plan Review Services
Project plan reviews have traditionally been conducted by whichever local authority holds jurisdiction. However, shrinking municip...
STEM PII: How ECS Employees Promote STEM
If you read the last blog post, then you know how important STEM is (and what it is). At ECS, our employees have been supporting S...
Engineering, Education, and the 2016 National Spelling Bee
Feldenkrais. F-e-l-d-e-n-k-r-a-i-s. Feldenkrais You may not be familiar with this word, but it was one of the winning words from t...
Fawn Lake Dam
What good is waterfront property when there’s no water? In the winter of 2015, the residents of Fawn Lake in Spotsylvania County,...
OSHA Final Rule: Silica Dust Exposure
OSHA issued its final rule for respirable crystalline silica on March 24, 2016. Considering that silica was first listed on OSHA’s...
Wetland Permit Awareness: Threatened And Endangered Species
When planning development on a property that may have wetlands, most people understand that an environmental specialist will be ne...
Post-Winter Maintenance
As the nice weather arrives, many people will take advantage of a little spring cleaning. This is also a good time to think about...
What Is A Forest Stand Delineation?
“Forest Stand Delineations” differ among various states. While requirements and processes vary, the general goals are consistent r...
Air Leakage Testing
Whole building air leakage testing is a quantitative test method that measures the air infiltration of a building after it has has...
Federal Agency Clarifies Bat Rule
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently issued their Final 4(d) rule concerning the Northern Long Eared Bat. In April...
Winter Weather, Snowloads, And The Local Economy
There was a lot of discussion about the economic losses due to the recent snowstorm in the Washington, D.C. region. While the Capi...
Hydrogeology - Part II
As a recap, the hydrogeologist utilizes a variety of tools to select the best available well drilling location(s). The hydrologist...
So…What Exactly Is Hydrogeology?
Say that you’re a growing municipality. It’s a great place to live, and people are flocking to your county because of the wonderfu...
Accessibility
Codes. Regulations. These words can cause anyone involved in a construction or renovation project to shake their head and grumble....
EPA Issues New Regulations
On August 31, 2015 EPA issued proposed new rules for management of hazardous waste for the pharmaceutical industry and for general...
Mold Primer
The mere mention of the word ‘mold’ tends to cause anxiety about the quality of the air we breathe in our homes and workplaces. Ma...
Flood Recovery - Infrastructure Failures
The unprecedented flooding in South Carolina reminds us of not only the dangers of high waters during the initial event, but also...
Flood Recovery - Dams
The unprecedented flooding in South Carolina reminds us of not only the dangers of high waters during the initial event, but also...
Flood Recovery - Environmental Considerations
The unprecedented flooding in South Carolina reminds us of not only the dangers of high waters during the initial event, but also...
Environmental Due Diligence – Part III
If the Phase I ESA discussed in the previous segment of this blog identified potential Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs),...
Environmental Due Diligence – Part II
Last time, we described how environmental due diligence is often viewed as an ‘unnecessary’ lender requirement. However, well-educ...
Basics of Environmental Due Diligence – Part I
When a buyer considers purchasing a property, lenders often require that the property’s condition be evaluated using a process cal...
ASCE Report Card for America’s Infrastructure
If the United States had to apply for college admission based on this grade, it would have a slim chance of being admitted: With a...
ECS Participates In Largest Continuous Concrete Placement in Wisconsin History
Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, Milwaukee, WI 9200 CY Mat Slab Pour for 32-story Office Building, March, 2015 As you might...
EPA Clean Water Act Rule
After more than a million public comments, the EPA released a final rule on May 27 addressing the definition of what constitutes j...
Hot Weather Concrete Construction Practices
Last time, we talked about the effects of hot weather on concrete curing. In this blog post, we’ll discuss several basic precautio...
Vibration Monitoring
Blasting. Hoe ramming. Excavation. Compaction. Pile driving. Demolition. If you’re planning or working on a construction or renova...
ECS Celebrates pi Day!
Ask most people ‘what is p ’ (pronounced pie) and they will tell you that it is 3.14. They may even be able to rattle it off to 5...
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 pr...
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 neede...
Changes to Virginia’s Asbestos Regulations
Regulations involving asbestos have been around since the 1970s. In general, there have been relatively few significant regulatory...
Shout Out to Geotechnical Engineers
Delaware Bridge “...a DEFCON-5 for a Transportation System” -Delaware Transportation Secretary Shailen P. Bhatt On May 29, geotech...
The Clarkson Connection
ECS recruits at several colleges and universities to identify and hire top-quality graduating students. The firm’s recruiting prog...
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 r...
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’...
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-q...
Drying Soils Chemically Using Lime
Photo courtesy of Carmeuse Lime and Stone Company Lime is a useful tool for earthwork contractors struggling with wet soils. When...
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 Cha...
Winter Grading
Summer is typically the best time to start site grading. Unfortunately, not all projects can be completed before winter weather se...
Window Washers Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound – Safely!
Have you ever been walking down the street, looked up, and wondered if that window washer was crazy? Window cleaning is an industr...
EPA Lead Based Paint Regulations - Renovation, Repair, Painting (RRP) Rule
Lead is highly toxic and affects virtually every system of the human body. Children are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning. T...
GeoVirginia Conference: “Lessons Learned in Geotechnical Engineering”
GeoVirginia is a geotechnical conference focused on lessons learned from case histories. The main goal of the conference is to lea...
Cold Weather Concrete
With the approach of winter, it’s time to remember cold weather concreting practices. According to the American Concrete Institute...
Air Barriers
Heating and cooling commercial buildings is estimated to use six to seven percent of the total energy consumed in the United State...
NGOZI - Being A Blessing
From Left : Baffour Awuah (NGOZI-Executive Secretary), Alice Gyamfi (Bright Foundation-Vice President), Anim Addo-Sampong (NGOZI-P...
Firestopping
photo courtesy Copper Range, Inc. A significant change relating to firestopping was made in the 2012 International Building Code (...
Building in Karst Environments
Karst is a term used to describe an area where limestone bedrock has eroded in an irregular manner. This irregular erosion is caus...
Hot Weather Concrete
In the concrete business, hot weather creates situations that require special procedures for proper mixing, placing, finishing, an...
Chesapeake Bay TMDL
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website( http://www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/tmdl/ ), “A Total Maximum Daily Load (...
New Phase I ESA Standard to be Issued by ASTM
The Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) has long been the industry standard to evaluate potential environmental concerns i...
Employee Spotlight – John Hicks
Providing Humanitarian Aid to local village elder in Nasiriyah, Iraq ECS National Harbor Office Operations Manager John Hicks star...
Could a Deadly Sinkhole Happen in Virginia?
March 5, 2013 – ECS Geotechnical Engineer Bob Moss (Richmond) tells a local television audience the answer. Click here CBS 6 Richm...
ECS Seismographs Record Vibrations from Mineral Earthquake
During the last week of August we had approximately 30 seismographs placed around the Washington, D.C. area to monitor constructio...
Vapor Migration and Due Diligence
The migration, accumulation, and intrusion of harmful vapors into buildings from contaminated soil and/or groundwater has been a f...
Parking Garage Slab Deterioration
In climates where road de-icing salts are used, concrete parking garage slab deterioration can be a significant maintenance cost....
Employee Spotlight – David Young Sr.
A Senior Technician who has worked at our Fredericksburg office since August 2004, David Young spends most of his daytime hours on...