BSK News

BSK Acquires AddyLab

May 23, 2014

BSK Associates (BSK) announced it has signed an agreement to purchase AddyLab (Addy), a Vancouver, WA based analytical testing laboratory. The acquisition of Addy provides additional analytical support for BSK’s expansion into the Pacific Northwest.

“We are excited by this acquisition and the opportunities the expansion into the Northwest brings for our company. BSK is focused on extending our services beyond the California market and this investment affirms our commitment to the region. With their focus on the water market, we believe the addition of Addy was the next logical step in our efforts to grow our business”, said Brad Meadows, Vice President of Laboratory Services at BSK.
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Addy Lab, founded by Tom Newman and Carly Addy in 2000, provides water quality testing to the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington markets. The laboratory is accredited by the Washington State Department of Ecology, and by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The laboratory will operate as a part of BSK Associates, working in conjunction with the Company’s Fresno-based laboratory to offer a broad range of analytical testing services.

Carl Addy said, “We at AddyLab are excited to become part of BSK Associates. With the broad range of testing and faster turnaround times offered by BSK, the team at Addy will be able to provide the next level of analytical services to the Portland and Vancouver communities. We look forward to what we can accomplish with this combination of BSK’s technical expertise and our local, customer-minded service.”


BSK to Present at Wetlands Conference

Apr. 30, 2014

BSK will be presenting May 7th at the Wetland Regulation in California conference to be held in Sacramento. BSK will be giving two presentations. The first; “Large Scale Wetlands Mapping: New Technology and Databases”, will discuss the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetlands Inventory, Soil Conservation Service soils database, LiDAR, and evolving state databases and classifications. The second; “Mitigation and Restoration Challenges” will address fundamental restoration challenges in a complex permitting environment.


BSK Exhibiting at California Rural Water Association Expo

Apr. 25, 2014

BSK Associates will be exhibiting at the California Rural Water Association Expo April 30– May 1, 2014 at Harvey’s South Lake Tahoe http://calruralwater.org/p/expo/. This is an annual event for personnel from California’s rural water and wastewater systems. Attendees participate in the Expo to earn educational and training contact hours as well as networking with professions presenting the latest products and services.


BSK to Present at Oregon Water Education Foundation

Mar. 25, 2014

BSK will be presenting at the Oregon Water Education Foundation (ORWEF) - Water Environment School in Clackamas, Oregon on March 25. BSK will be speaking on the importance of laboratory ethics and data integrity during laboratory analytical testing. The ORWEF short school is a three-day educational conference attended by over 450 wastewater operators throughout Oregon.


BSK Presents at Sustainable Pavement Treatment Workshop

Mar. 17, 2014

On March 17th, BSK will be a presenter at the Sustainable Pavement Treatments Workshop in Kern County. BSK subject matter specialists will discuss case studies regarding pavement recycling using cold-in-place recycling and full depth reclamation with cement.


BSK Receives Business Partner Award

Mar. 5, 2014

On Wednesday, March 5th, BSK was a recipient of a Business Partner Award from the Fresno Compact for our support of Big Picture High School (BPHS) www.fresnocompact.com. Each year, the Compact recognizes ten local businesses which have built exceptional partnerships with schools, contributing time and resources to help students reach their full potential. This year, BSK was one of those 10 recognized. BSK has supported BPHS by offering internships to a number of its students and by supplying guidance, materials and labor to help build a science laboratory for the school.


BSK Presents at Land Conservation Conference

Mar. 5, 2014

BSK was a presenter at the Land Conservation Conference held by the California Council of Land Trusts on March 5, 2014 in Sacramento CA. BSK was a panelist on two panels; Real Estate Transactions: the Basics to Special topics, “Form 8283 and Mitigation” and the Appraisers’ Forum. Both dealt with land conservation and the concerns regarding charitable tax deductions from land transfers.


BSK Launches New Service For SB 4 Compliance

Feb. 6, 2014

BSK has launched a new groundwater monitoring and water management planning service to help our clients comply with certain provisions of SB 4, California’s new well stimulation permitting law.  The service is designed to assist our clients with the requirement to prepare Groundwater Monitoring and Water Management Plans which satisfy key components of this new law.

BSK has served the engineering  and  water-related  needs  of  municipalities,  agriculture  and  industry  throughout  Central California for nearly 50 years. Our staff is experienced with California water issues, the various hydrogeologic environments which exist in California, and the numerous regulatory agencies, regulations and processes inherent to water issues in California. In addition BSK has worked with some of the largest petrochemical and natural gas development companies in the country.

For additional information please contact:

Mr. Amer Hussain ahussain@bskinc.com (559) 479-2013.


BSK Presenting at Water Resource Foundation Delta Habitat Workshop

Jan. 27, 2014

BSK will be presenting at one of the California Water Resource Foundations’ 2014 Delta Habitat Workshops on January 29th.  The workshop topic will be “Finding Ways to Restore Delta Habitat and Protect Property Owners”.  BSK will speak on State Projects and In-Delta Concerns, as part of a panel of experts. The workshop is sponsored by the Delta Conservancy and the Water Education Foundation   


BSK opens new analytical lab service center in Portland Oregon

Dec. 20, 2013

In order to meet our goals for service and quality to the greater Portland market and accommodate new clients in the Northwest, BSK Associates has opened a new analytical lab service center to provide coverage to our Portland market.  Our Portland area service center is located in Beaverton just off Highway 217 at the Allen Blvd exit, 11080 Allen Blvd.


BSK Expands Environmental Practice

Dec. 17, 2013

BSK has expanded their environmental practice in Northern California by adding three additional team members.  Lucinda Calvo, Senior Environmental Permitting Analyst, Vanessa Emerzian, Senior Environmental Scientist and Kevin Grove, Staff Planner have joined the company, and will provide additional environmental permitting & planning, habitat conservation planning, natural resource planning, air and noise modeling, land development regulatory compliance, as well as climate change adaption strategy development. 


BSK and Stoel Rives, LLP to Discuss Impacts of SB 4 on California’s Oil & Gas Market

Nov. 21, 2013

BSK and our partner Stoel Rives, LLP-Attorneys at Law, will be conducting a seminar on strategies for complying with SB 4, California’s new Well Stimulation Permitting Law. Our special guest speaker will be Mr. Jason Marshall, Chief Deputy Director, California Department of Conservation. The seminar will cover among other topics; CEQA & Environmental Review Issues, Notification & Testing Requirements, and Water Management & Groundwater Monitoring Plans. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in Bakersfield CA. For more information please go to http://www.stoel.com/showevent.aspx?Show=10831


BSK Becomes State of Washington Contract Laboratory

Nov. 11, 2013

BSK was awarded a contract by the State of Washington to provide analytical laboratory services to state agencies. The primary purchasers are the Washington State Department of Transportation, Department of Ecology, other state agencies, participating institutions of higher education (colleges and universities) and municipalities within the State of Washington. The contract value is $500,000 for a two year period with renewal options for up to six years. Under this contract BSK will be part of a vendor pool made up of a small number of labs who have been qualified to compete for this work.


BSK Presents at APWA 17th Annual Public Works Conference

Oct. 31, 2013

BSK will be presenting at APWA’s Northern California Chapter’s 17th annual Public Works Conference 2013 on November, 6th. BSK’s presentation "Managing Project Environmental Risks", addresses; identifying, minimizing and mitigating environmental risks on projects.


BSK Supports Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps Event

Oct. 7, 2013

BSK helped sponsor the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps (SRCC) 11th Annual Golf Extravaganza "GLOWING FUTURE" event at the Foothill Golf Course in Sacramento on October 3, 2013. The mission of the SRCC is to enrich the lives of young adults by providing a development program integrating education, job skills training and work experience on conservation projects and service opportunities that benefit the region and our corps members. Proceeds from this event, provide transitional scholarships to graduating corps members who are entering the workplace and/or continuing their education. What a Great Cause!


BSK moves corporate HQ and engineering operations to support client base.

Sept. 23, 2013

BSK has moved their corporate headquarters and engineering operations to 550 West Locust Avenue, Fresno CA, 93650, effective September 23, 2013.  BSK has been headquartered in Fresno since 1966, providing environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering, construction services and analytical testing to clients throughout California, and other Western states. “We needed the additional space at this new location to better serve our expanding client base” says Mike Vartanian, Chief Financial Officer at BSK.  BSK also operates additional locations in Sacramento, Livermore, Bakersfield, with site operations in Washington