In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) has issued a call to action for its members and posted an informative Disaster Planning, Management, and Recovery Guide. This guide was prepared from the lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and Rita and was created to provide resources to assist with need assessment and the rebuilding process. Emergency preparedness is important for all organizations and especially for educational facilities.
As an A4LE member, EHSI is sharing this important information. A4LE is a professional organization whose primary purpose is improving the places where children learn.
As of June 1, 2017 EHSI is certified as an underutilized disadvantaged business enterprise (UDBE) for projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). This is a new certification is due to changes in the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program that impact small and diverse business goals. Only UDBE firms will counted towards FHA funded transportation project goals. WSDOT has implemented this program to be in compliance with the Federal DBE program regulations.
EHSI is currently working on WSDOT’s Multi-modal Terminal Rennovation at Colman Dock in Seattle, WA providing hazardous materials surveys, specifications, abatement design, and third-party abatement oversight. Other WSDOT related transportation projects worked on by EHSI have included worker exposure monitoring for lead during construction at the Tacoma Narrows bridge, ambiant air monitoring during construction at SR520 floating bridge, hazardous materials surveys for a SR520 floating bridge pontoon. In addition, EHSI has provided hazardous materials surveys, underground storage tank (UST) closure oversight, and Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessments for Sound Transit projects.
EHSI is excited to announce that we have entered the Mentor-Protégé Program with Spees, LLC a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOSB). EHSI will be the mentor and offer Spees LLC our protégé technical assistance, contracting assistance, business development assistance, and management guidance as Spees LLC grows and expands their business into the federal market. The SBA has approved the Mentor-Protégé Agreement and accepted the firms into the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (ASMPP). The two firms will be operating as Spees-EHSI JV LLC. We look forward to a successful relationship between the firms.
Spees LLC is a design build construction and engineering company. The firm has managed construction projects for the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in various locations and was recently awarded two VA VISN 21 SDVOSB Indefinite Delivery and Indefinite Quantity (IDIQs) contracts one for Master Planning and the other for Design.
Spees LLC founder Ray Spees is a native of the Pacific Northwest with a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Washington. Ray is a certified professional engineer and active member of the Society of Military Engineers (SAME). During his time in the military Ray was a Sargent in the US Army where he supervised over $26M in development projects across five districts in Afghanistan.