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
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.
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.
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!
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
Aug. 30, 2013
BSK has complemented our existing environmental consulting practice by launching a new environmental legal support service. This legal support consists of water policy analysis, CEQA and NEPA statutory analysis and strategy, and interpretation of recent court decisions. We currently provide this service to government agencies, special districts, developers, and water purveyors. For more information please contact Mr. Erik Ringelberg, CEQA/Ecological Practice Leader at email@example.com.
Aug. 26, 2013
BSK has expanded their geotechnical engineering practice in the Bay Area by adding three new team members. Brad, Cristiano, and Carrie joined the firm on August 26, and bring over forty-years of geotechnical experience in the energy, commercial, municipality and education markets. Brad, Cristiano, and Carrie will be great additions to the BSK team, and allow BSK to expand service offerings to existing clients, as well as develop new clients in the Northern California Region.
Aug. 19, 2013
BSK encourages and supports our employee’s volunteer efforts. On August 17-18, several BSK employees and family members were at beautiful Yosemite National Park to support the National Parks Service Yosemite Volunteer-In-Park program. BSK’s volunteer group participated in an invasive plant removal project at the park. The project’s goal is to reduce the quantity of non-native plant species which have a large impact on native plant communities and their associated wildlife. Great way to spend a weekend and help a good cause!
Jul. 15, 2013
BSK Associates (BSK) is pleased to announce that Mr. Tony Martin P.G has joined the firm as Sacramento Branch Manager. Tony will be responsible for growing the Sacramento Region Branch.
Tony has over 26 years of experience as a Geologist and senior operations manager in the architectural & engineering (A/E) industry. Tony’s technical expertise includes environmental consulting, project management, site assessment, remediation, water resource and CEQA / NEPA related services for the transportation, energy, industrial, water, solid waste and Brownfields market segments. “Tony represents the level of talent which BSK has come to demand and we are thrilled that he has joined our team. Tony is known throughout the A/E community, and we anticipate great things to come”, says BSK President, Rich Johnson.
Jun. 10, 2013
BSK encourages our employees to assume leadership roles in industry organizations for both professional and personal development. Recently, Adam from our Bakersfield Branch was voted in as the new State Director for the Kern County Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies California (ACEC-CA). This is Adam’s second tour as State Director and his first with BSK. Adam will be representing the Kern County Chapter on the Board of Directors for ACEC-CA on issues which concern membership.
Jun. 10, 2013
We have expanded our presence to the Pacific Northwest! BSK is now providing our analytical testing services to public and private drinking water systems, wastewater treatment facilities, biomass energy production plants, as well as irrigation, reclamation and conservation districts in Oregon and Washington. With accreditations in OR, WA, CA, NV, and HI, BSK provides defensible data to our consulting, industrial, and municipal clients throughout the West. Contact Mr. Dennis Wells in the Northwest.
Jun. 7, 2013
BSK was a sponsor and helped organize an annual golf event for The Kylee Lillich Charitable Giving Tree organization on June 7th. The organization is an all-volunteer charity that helps needy, homeless, grieving and hospitalized children year-round (and with a holiday giving tree) with new clothes, new toys, necessities and special wishes. This year’s event was held at the Teal Bend Golf Course in Sacramento.
May 29, 2013
On May 29th, BSK supported the State Water Board Office of the Watermaster’s outreach to agricultural communities regarding meeting the new water diversion reporting requirements. Our presentation focused on how to use various reporting tools to assist those farmers who filed Statements of Diversion for the first time in 2010. BSK has previously worked with the Board to develop locally-cost effective assessment methods, and worked with individual landowners to provide reporting.
May 19, 2013
On May 19th, the Sacramento Children’s Home celebrated their "Haute Stuff" shopping event to help raise money for the home. The Sacramento Children’s home helps children from abused families and is Sacramento’s oldest active charity-started in 1867. In the past BSK has support the organization’s “Luxe for Life” event, benefiting the children who live at the home. This year, invited by sponsors, BSK staff went out to show their support for this wonderful organization.
May 5, 2013
BSK Associates (BSK) is pleased to announce that Mr. Burt Gilpin has joined the firm as a senior consultant and manager in its Livermore Branch office. Mr. Gilpin focuses on business-minded solutions for his clients, and has proven to be innovative and cost-effective in solving his clients’ challenges.
Burt will serve as BSK’s champion, and is responsible for growing the firm’s aggregate and mining practice throughout California.
Burt brings over 30 years of experience in the mining, engineering consulting and construction materials industry with such companies as Nerco Coal, Lehigh Hanson, Calaveras Materials Inc., and South Valley Materials Inc. working in Vice President, General Manager and Operations Manager capacities. His areas of expertise include: Asset Management, Risk Management, Environmental Permitting and Compliance, Regulatory and Legal Compliance, Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, and Water Resources Management.
"Burt's approach, both creative and refreshing, is to look at ways to bring value to the client – usually in terms of adding to his client’s bottom line. His business acumen, coupled with a deep understanding of how industry and landowners make money, enables Burt to work with his clients, creating successful partnership", says Rich Johnson, President BSK.
Apr. 3, 2013
BSK's Fresno Engineering branch received several awards at the annual ASCE awards dinner held at the Downtown Club. BSK received an award for Encouragement and Exemplary Support of Younger Member Involvement in ASCE Activities, another award for Outstanding Geotechnical Project for the Monolithic Dome Gymnasium - Wasuma Elementary School, and an award for Outstanding Younger Civil Engineer.
Mar. 28, 2013
BSK continues to support the Big Picture Learning program, a national alternate method high school. BSK started working with Big Picture Learning about a year and a half ago. Throughout that time, BSK has engaged five interns. One of whom has finished out his internship and is now a part time employee while he is attending a local junior college.
The most recent intern is Noah. BSK interviewed Noah to see if our lab was a good fit, and all interviewers were really impressed by his interests. When BSK first talked with Noah he had a list of questions about BSK including: "Is BSK involved in any international humanitarian efforts and if so where"? Wow what a kid! Noah has the dream to bring water treatment technologies to the third world. He will be working in our lab this semester-and perhaps his experience will provide a stepping stone to realizing his dream.
Mar. 23, 2013
The Analytical Lab has just received certification in the State of Washington. The scope of this accreditation is drinking water, wastewater, and hazardous waste to match our CA ELAP certification. Now, all we have left is the Northwest TPH (Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon) Gas and Diesel methods and we will be a serious threat in the Pacific Northwest!
Feb. 21, 2013
Thank you to all who participated in the food drive during our annual meeting Feb 22. BSK contributed over 200 pounds of food and $345 dollars in cash to support the Community Food Bank in Fresno. Another great way BSK gives back to the community. Way to go team!
Jan. 23, 2013
BSK employee Angelina (Angie) Bravo from Corporate Marketing & Business Development continues to extent volunteer efforts to the community. Angie sits on the nominating committee for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society‘s Man & Women of the Year Campaign.
The campaign is a fundraising competition in communities across the U.S. in which participants vie for the title of Man or Woman of the Year. They raise funds for blood cancer research in honor of local children who are blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year.