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TxDOT Changes DBE Requirements for March 2020 Letting

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has implemented changes to specification regarding Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) commitments for the March 2020 Letting.  All bidders must submit a DBE Utilization Plan within five calendar days of each bid opening.  For more information visit TxDOT Submission Deadlines – DBE Utilization Plans – Fiscal Year 2020.  SSCI Environmental is a TxDOT certified DBE with certifications and experience in TxDOT projects.

SSCI currently serves as the Hazardous Materials Manager for the SH 288 Toll Road Expansion Project and the Emergency Response contractor for Grand Parkway Segments F1, F2, and G.  We are pleased to have held contracts on TxDOT and other roadway construction projects for over 30 years.  SSCI is TxDOT pre-certified in Environmental Studies including hazardous materials initial site assessment and wetlands.

Our services:

  • Phase I and Phase II Site Investigations
  • Asbestos abatement, disposal, oversight and monitoring
  • Well installation, sampling, monitoring and plugging
  • Monitoring of workers for hazardous material exposure
  • Hazardous waste sampling, profiling, transportation and disposal
  • Removal of impacted soil and groundwater
                                        • Wetlands, critical habitat and archaeological surveys

 


Phase I ESA Services

IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY

RUSH TURN AROUND WITH NO FEE

COMPETITIVE PRICING

ASTM AND AAI COMPLIANT

SSCI’s approach to risk audits and Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) assures sounds, reliable findings and cost-effective solutions.  SSCI has over thirty years of experience in Phase I, Phase II, and other environmental services.  SSCI is experienced in HUD grants, GLO grants, and SBA loans.  Our staff has set a professional standard in the industry and conducts investigations in accordance with the standard practice of ASTM E 1527-13.  With offices in Texas and Louisiana, SSCI can respond quickly to your ESA needs.

EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS

  •  Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, ASTM E 1527-13 and AAI
  •  Phase II ESAs, ASTM E1903-97
  •  Transaction Screens, ASTM E1528-14e1
  •  Property Condition Assessments
  •  Inspections:  Asbestos, Lead-Based Paint and Mold, Vapor Intrusion, Indoor Radon
  •  Remediation, Abatement and Decontamination
  •  Natural Resources:  Wetlands and Threatened and Endangered Species
  •  NEPA Considerations:  Categorical Exclusions, Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements

We specialize in serving the public and private sector!

General Site Inspection

     Review of Site Records and Activities

Regulatory Records Research

Title and Historical Records Search

Initial Facility/Site Assessments

Oversight of Remediation Contractors

Individual Interviews

Geological Evaluation

Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint Surveys

Extended Records Review

Detailed Land Use Evaluation

On-site Sampling and Analysis of Soil

Water and Building Material Sampling

Operations Review

Asbestos Awareness Training for Galveston Historical Properties

SSCI recently had the opportunity to provide Asbestos Awareness training for Galveston area historical property owners and volunteers. The  presentation included discussions of asbestiform minerals, common commercial products  containing asbestos, health associated with asbestos exposure, and a review of regulatory requirements for asbestos management and removal.  The presentation was provided by Vice President and Board Member, Ms. Jo Drake Keim.  Ms. Keim has 25 years of experience in the environmental consulting and occupational safety and health training.  She has provided classroom instruction for occupational training courses in industrial hygiene, property assessments, and environmental regulations.  Ms. Keim has instructed occupational and environmental training courses including Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Model Accreditation Program (MAP) courses for asbestos inspector, management planner, supervisor/contractor, air monitoring technician, project designer, and worker.  Classroom instruction has included teaching Federal regulations including Occupations Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), EPA and Texas and Louisiana Law.  She has develop instructional materials for occupational and environmental training for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA), indoor air quality, mold assessments, and various other industrial hygiene training programs.  Ms. Keim has instructed environmental courses at a local community college teaching Phase I ESAs and environmental law.

It is a misconception that buildings recently constructed do not have asbestos containing materials (ACM) or that a survey is not required before construction activities.  Asbestos containing building materials (ACBM) are still commonly found in new construction in floor tiles, mastic, insulation and wall systems.  The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) regulates ACM within the state and requires that Safety Data Sheets (SDS) be obtain by public building owners prior to construction of new structures.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) requires that a survey be performed for any structure or facility prior to demolition or renovation.  Construction, maintenance and abatement activities are considered a renovation.  Notification to the TDSHS may also be required before being a construction project.

The following presentation gives an overview of the Awareness Training provided by SSCI.

SSCI is Texas Licensed Asbestos Management Planner Agency and employees both Licensed Management Planners and Inspectors.  If you are interested in having any asbestos service performed, please view our asbestos services page and reach out to us at ssci@sscienvironmental.com.

Asbestos Services

  • Asbestos Management Planning
  • Operations and Maintenance Plans
  • Initial Facility / Site Assessments
  • Asbestos Surveys
  • Project Planning
  • Asbestos Abatement Services Oversight
  • Material Sampling, Analysis and Testing
  • Air and Personnel Monitoring Services Oversight
  • Safety/OSHA Procedures and Protocols
  • Oversight of Remediation Contractors
  • QA/Risk Assurance
  • Construction Management
  • Turn-Key Project Management

Brays Bayou Greenway Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SSCI is pleased to announce our part in the opening of a new Bridge on Brays Bayou as part of the massive $220 million undertaking to connect Houston’s parks and turn 3,000 acres into public green space.

SSCI performed the environmental services for this bridge being opened, as well as the United States Army Core of Engineers (USACE) permitting, United States Coast Guard (USCG) coordination, and TxDOT environmental review.

Please consider SSCI for any of your  Environmental, Engineering or Construction needs.

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4-H Awards Banquet

SSCI has been actively involved in giving back to the local community by involvement and sponsorship in programs ranging from development of the local youth to preserving important ecosystems in the area.  SSCI has always valued the lessons and skills that 4-H teaches through agricultural activities.  4-H works diligently to give children the opportunity to learn about sciences and engineering through the STEM program.  4-H’s mission is to develop life skills, leadership, and responsibility by placing children in a learning environment with interactive civic engagement.  The 4-H Club has put forth a tremendous effort to provide children with access to fun learning programs to enhance their development, which has done so much for the youth and is a program that SSCI is committed to continue to help grow.  SSCI recently had the opportunity to sponsor the 4-H Awards Banquet on August 16, 2019 and was more than pleased to be a part of such a great evening.  Thank you to all the great volunteers and leaders at 4-H for everything that you do.  SSCI looks forward to contributing more to this great program’s growth and success.

SSCI Participates in Career Fair

SSCI participated in the Second Annual Career Night at Pearland Junior High East (PJHE) on August 4, 2018.  The PJHE Roughnecks invited presenters from a variety of backgrounds to discuss careers and educational paths with the 7th and 8th grade students.  The students experienced exciting, hands-on learning while gaining an understanding of the educational steps needed to achieve their goals.


 

 

SSCI presented a booth displaying sampling equipment, protective gear, and education materials.  Students were able to ask questions from the SSCI staff such as, “Where can I study environmental science?” or “What kind of services do you provide?”.  Demonstrations of how to use hearing protection were a big hit!

 

 

Also in attendance was SSCI’s very good friend, Tim Pylate, Executive Director of Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC).  ABNC brought wildlife to show students the importance of these species and discuss careers in natural resources.  ABNC located on Bay Area Boulevard is the largest urban wilderness preserve in the United States.  Read more about ABNC at www.abnc.org.

SSCI also participated in the PJHE career night in 2017.  We are pleased to be able to support the local community in providing educational information and career guidance.

SSCI supports El Lago Coffee Co.

El Lago Coffee Company

    

Joe and Terry Butcher are the proprietors of local coffee roastery El Lago Coffee located in Seabrook, Texas. In an effort to reduce the impact of shipping coffee across the planet and pursue their love of sailing the pair took their sailboat’s maiden voyage to South America to pick up their first load of green, or raw, coffee beans for roasting back in the States.  However, on their return journey the pair encountered a storm, forcing the proprietors to call the Coast Guard for rescue.  The sailboat, and their caffeine-laden bounty, was lost to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico.

Today the Butchers are roasting coffee that they import in a traditional manner, it comes in 100 kilo packages and is transported by a cargo barge. The goal of El Lago Coffee Co. is to use the proceeds from roasting specialty beans to fund another sailboat with a much larger hull allowing the dream of EcoSail-transport to live on.

El Lago Coffee Company states that the El Lago Coffee Schooner will be a zero emissions “Ecosail” ship and carry a standard 20’ shipping container. The maximum load will be 47,500 pounds of green coffee beans. The duo say that they can begin construction of the Schooner when they reach their goal of selling 100,000 pounds of coffee annually.  In support of local business and eco-friendly initiatives, SSCI has started sourcing office coffee from El Lago Coffee Co. in an effort to help fund the Butcher’s dream of eco-sailing.

 

 

SSCI Job Timeline: Culvert Construction

SSCI provided maintenance activities to a damaged culvert owned by an HOA located in Dickinson, Texas (Site) where existing articulated concrete blocks (ACBs) were uplifted and separated during a Hurricane Harvey.  This caused the subgrade to be eroded and a large hole to form at the base of the culvert. SSCI was able to mobilize quickly and efficiently to solve the problem.  The work involved designing a new, more effective culvert layout that would significantly reduce erosion during large rain events.

The following construction services were also completed during the remediation:

  • Pumping of standing water in the washout area;
  • Replacement of soil and re-grading of subgrade slope;
  • Salvage and placement of ACBs onto subgrade;
  • Placement of inlet and piping;
  • Paving of high-flow areas in the culvert to reduce erosion.

A final post-repair visit to the Site was conducted to ensure the satisfaction of the HOA and replace ACBs in an aesthetically pleasing pattern. The HOA continues to work with SSCI on other detention pond, erosion, and maintenance activities.  SSCI finished the work ahead of schedule even after being impacted by weather-related delays.

2018 SSCI Company Picnic

 

SSCI’s Annual Company Picnic was good, clean fun for our employees, their families, and friends. Every year the SSCI team gathers like family at Hodges’ Ranches for home-cooking and camaraderie. The occasion also gave the SSCI team a chance to get to know our newest team members on a more personal level. Office interactions become easier when employees find something in common with one another, and working relationships benefit by the acceptance of employees and their respective families It humanize those we see around the office and pays tribute to a more traditional form of social networking.The SSCI team and their respective families all came together in the relaxing environment, and the favorite activities among the kids included swimming and feeding horses.  Today, companies that organize family events are more likely to retain employees by investing in time spent with them outside of work to cultivate loyalty to the organization. In other words, the atmosphere creates a feeling of recognition and appreciation for employees and unites people with the company brand instead of chaining them to it. Like other contemporary businesses, SSCI  embraces this tradition, and the future remains bright.