Meet the BSK Staff: Andy Neufeld, Project Manager

Meet Andy, a seasoned professional with a passion for all things mechanical and a career spanning 25 years at BSK Associates. From his early days on a family farm in Oklahoma to overseeing projects as a Project Manager for our Fresno office, Andy’s journey is a testament to his dedication and expertise. Join us as we uncover Andy’s story, showcasing his unwavering commitment to his work and his clients.

Meet the BSK Staff: Andy Neufeld, Project ManagerInterviewer: Hi Andy! Can you tell me a little about where you are from. Where is your hometown and where did you go to school?

Andy: I was born in Fresno, but my family moved back to the family farm in Oklahoma shortly after I was born. We moved back to Fresno just before I started school and went through elementary school there. We then moved to Delano and I went to junior high and high school there, graduating in 1980.

Interviewer: How long have you worked for BSK and what do you do for the organization?

Andy: I just celebrated my 25-year anniversary with BSK on April 7. I started as a part-time lab tech in Fresno while I was going back to Fresno State to finish my degree. I started doing some field work and eventually moved into the office as an Assistant Project Manager, then Project Manager.

Interviewer: What do you enjoy most about your job?

Andy: I enjoy interacting with the clients, learning what it is that they need from us and providing it. When the project wraps up and the client is happy and appreciative, that’s a great feeling for me.

Interviewer: Can you tell us your favorite on the job story?

Andy: After 25 years, you have a lot of on-the-job stories, but, in general, walking a jobsite when it’s nearing completion is always a satisfying thing to do. I think the most memorable was at the Save Mart Center at Fresno State, walking the cat walks near the ceiling looking down at the interior of the theater was amazing.

Interviewer: Thank you so much for answering all these questions today. Can we leave off by you relaying some fun facts about yourself?

Andy: I’ve always been interested in just about anything mechanical. I got my pilot’s license in 1988 and my aircraft mechanic’s license in 1994. I’ve restored two old airplanes (a 1959 Cessna 150 and a 1966 Piper Cherokee). I love old cars, original or custom, and have restored several over the years. I currently have a 1967 Chevelle SS that is semi-stock and have done all the restoration work myself.

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Rebar Tensile Strength Testing

As part of our quality assurance testing scope of services, BSK performs rebar tensile strength testing including measurement of elongation as shown here. This testing provides several key benefits:

Benefits of Rebar Tensile Strength Testing

  • Ensures Structural Integrity: The primary purpose of tensile testing is to ensure that the rebar can withstand the forces it will encounter in a structure without failing. This is vital for the safety and longevity of any construction project.
  • Assessment of Material Properties: Tensile strength testing helps in determining the ultimate tensile strength, yield strength, and elongation of the rebar. This data is essential in assessing whether the rebar meets the required specifications and standards for construction materials.
  • Elongation Measurement for Ductility: Measuring the elongation of rebar during tensile testing provides insights into its ductility. Ductility is a measure of how much a material can deform without breaking. In construction, higher ductility in rebar is often desirable as it allows the material to absorb and dissipate energy during events like earthquakes, reducing the risk of catastrophic failure.
  • Quality Control and Compliance: Regular tensile strength testing ensures consistent quality in the manufacturing of rebar. It helps in identifying production issues early, thus maintaining the quality of the rebar. This process is also crucial for compliance with regional and international building codes and standards.
  • Predicting and Preventing Failures: By understanding the tensile properties of rebar, engineers can better predict how structures will behave under load. This knowledge helps in the design of safer and more efficient structures and in preventing construction failures.
  • Public Safety and Confidence: High-quality construction practices, validated by rigorous testing, contribute to public safety. Furthermore, it fosters public confidence in the integrity of buildings and infrastructure.

In summary, tensile strength testing and elongation measurement of rebar are fundamental for ensuring the safety, compliance, and durability of construction projects. Click here for guidelines on rebar tensile strength testing.

Benefits of Rebar Tensile Strength Testing.

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Meadows Field Airport

Meadows Field Airport

From 2016 to current BSK has provide geotechnical investigation and construction material testing to support Meadows Field Airport on their major design and construction projects. The work on Runway 12L-30R has been completed in three phases over four years. The runway opening means the airport can more effectively keep the takeoff and landing of heavier commercial aircraft separate from smaller, lighter planes. Having both runways open and operating also helps keep Meadows flexible as demand grows and circumstances change.

The cost of this third and final phase of the runway project including construction, administration, inspection, and material testing was $14.5 million. In total, the cost of rehabilitating Meadows Field’s main runway is nearing $50 million.

 

County of Kern, Meadows Field Airport Runway 12L-30R Rehabilitation, Bakersfield, CA

BSK provided geotechnical engineering during the design phase and QA construction material testing services during the construction phase of the project. The existing runway is approximately 150 feet wide and is approximately 13,000 feet in length. Nineteen taxiways are included within the limits of the project. BSK’s responsibilities included providing geotechnical data compatible with FAA AC 150/5320-6 Airport Design and Evaluation Requirements. BSK’s geotechnical investigation included a total of sixty-one (61) geotechnical borings at the existing runaway and an additional sixteen (16) core-only locations. Special challenges include coring the existing pavement section with thicknesses up to 24 inches and work within an active runway. BSK’s geotechnical investigation was performed at night between the hours of approximately 12am (midnight) and 5:30am. Site preparation recommendations included subgrade re-compaction recommendations and recommendations for aggregate base placement and compaction. The geotechnical laboratory testing included California Bearing Ratio, particle size, soil corrosivity, in-place moisture content and dry density, Atterberg Limits, and moisture-density relationship testing. During the construction phase of work, BSK provided QA oversight during paving operations including aggregate base course sampling, concrete sampling, laboratory compaction of Marshall briquettes at the production plant, HMA core sample pick up, laboratory testing and preparation of daily field and laboratory test reports.

County of Kern, Meadows Field Airport Taxiway ‘A’ Reconstruction and Rehabilitation, Bakersfield, CA

BSK provided geotechnical engineering investigation, geotechnical laboratory testing during the initial design stage and quality assurance testing services during the construction phases of the project that includes the following facility improvements: Demolishing eight (8) existing taxiways which connect Taxiway ‘A’ to the main facility (approximately 200-feet long and 75’ wide), Constructing two (2) new taxiways between Taxiway A and the main facility (approximately 200-feet long and 75’ wide), Constructing one (1) taxiway parallel to Taxiway ‘A’ in front of the main facility at the apron (approximately 3,800 feet long and 75 feet wide), Reconstruction of the asphalt pavement section will extend for the entire length of Taxiway ‘A’ (approximately 11,400 feet long and 100 feet wide), and Reconstruction of seven (7) taxiways connecting to Taxiway ‘A’ (variable dimensions). BSK’s responsibilities included providing geotechnical data compatible with FAA AC 150/5320-6 Airport Design and Evaluation Requirements. BSK’s geotechnical investigation included a total of seventy-four (74) geotechnical borings at the existing taxiway and an additional eleven (11) core-only locations. Due to work performed at an active runway. BSK’s geotechnical investigation was performed at night between the hours of approximately 12am (midnight) and 5:30am. The geotechnical laboratory testing included California Bearing Ratio, particle size, soil corrosivity, in-place moisture content and dry density, Atterberg Limits, and moisture-density relationship testing.

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Veteran’s Center and ABC Building

Veteran’s Center and ABC Building

BSK Associates is proud to have provided the geotechnical investigation and geologic seismic hazards report for the Veterans Center and ABC Building. The Veteran’s Center, a 5,000-square foot facility, blends renovation and new construction, adding conference rooms, computer labs and a student lounge. The construction project was recently completed.

The Administration, Bookstore and Conference Center Building, or ABC Building, will span 67,000 square feet and cost $30 million, pulling funds from both Measure J and remaining funds from the 2002 voter-approved Measure G.  The construction project was recently completed. BSK associates provided the geotechnical investigation and geologic seismic hazards report.

 

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Hayward USD Solar Project

Bernal Park Project

Oakley Recreation Center

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Bernal Park Project

Bernal Park, Pleasanton, CA 

The Oak Woodland trail Bernal Park project is part of a new 60-acre park in Pleasanton. The asphalt concrete trails were built on up to 10 feet of engineered fill and included underlying drainage culverts and riprap slope protection adjacent to the trails. BSK provided Geotechnical Engineering and Materials Testing Services to the project, which is a task order to an On-Call contract that BSK has held for numerous contracting periods with the City of Pleasanton, California. BSK also provided geotechnical recommendations for suitability of proposed import soil as engineered fill and performed interpretation of analytical testing for proposed import soils from over 15 different import sites. Services also included special inspection and materials testing services for various structures throughout the park.

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Oakley Recreation Center Project

Oakley Recreation Center, Oakley, CA

The Oakley Recreation Center Project consisted of the construction of an approximately 10,000 square feet single-story building and the relocation of an existing approximately 3,000 square foot, single story modular building. Other improvements include an amphitheater, an athletic field with natural turf, new asphalt concrete paved parking and driveways, concrete flatwork, bleachers and a baseball backstop for the athletic field, fences, underground utilities, landscaping, bio-swales/infiltration basins, and a new traffic signal at O’Hara Avenue near the entrance to the site. BSK performed the geotechnical investigation for this project and provided compaction and materials testing and special inspection services during construction.

Oakley Recreation Center Project

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BSK Provided Construction Services for the Livermorium Plaza Project

 

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Delano Earlimart Irrigation District

Delano Earlimart Irrigtion District Water Recharge Projects 

BSK has been working with the Delano Earlimart Irrigation District to develop their groundwater recharge projects totaling more than 300 acres of recharge facilities.  The groundwater recharge project is known as the Turnipseed Recharge Basin, which could receive water from either the District’s distribution system of from direct diversions from the White River.  This project will significant benefit the District in balancing their groundwater.  The recharge basins are located northwest of the intersection of Avenue 24 and Road 176 near Delano, California.  BSK has worked with the District Engineer, Provost and Pritchard, on this project for the last four years and we are continuing to work on this project.

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Manteca Digester Improvements

Manteca Digester Improvements

Manteca Water Quality Control Facility Digester Improvements, Manteca, CA

As part of the City of Manteca’s overall expansion of the wastewater plant capacity from 7 million gallons per day to 20 million gallons per day and other improvements, the Manteca Water Quality Control Facility Digester improvements included construction of two new 65-foot diameter by 12-foot-deep digesters, a 6,500-square foot digester control building, underground pipelines, new paved driveways, and demolition and filling of existing drying beds. Other improvements included a flare tower and FOG (fats, oil, and grease), hydrogen sulfide, siloxane, and food processing facilities. The City has become one of the first municipalities in California to capture biogas generated at the facility, which generally is flared into the atmosphere, to fuel the City’s growing fleet of compressed natural gas vehicles, including garbage trucks.

BSK conducted the geotechnical investigation during the design process and provided materials testing services throughout construction of the project.

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BSK Award Winning Projects

BSK Award Winning Projects

BSK Associates is proud to announce that we acted as consultants on two projects that received awards from American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

Award Winning Project:

Delano Earlimart Irrigation District, Water Recharge Projects, Tulare and Kern Counties, CA 

Delano Earlimart Irrigation District has been working to develop their groundwater recharge projects totaling more than 300 acres of recharge facilities. A 2022 ACEC Merit project, the groundwater recharge project is known as the Turnipseed Recharge Basin, which could receive water from the District’s distribution system from direct diversions from the White River.  This project will significantly benefit the District in balancing their groundwater.  The recharge basins are located northwest of the intersection of Avenue 24 and Road 176 near Delano, California.  BSK has worked with the District Engineer, Provost and Pritchard, on this project for the last four years with geotechnical investigations, and construction observation, and testing services.

Award Winning Project:

1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP) Comprehensive Remediation Design/Build Project, Atwater, CA

Design included mat foundations for GAC vessels and other equipment, retaining walls and ringwall foundation systems for backwash tanks. BSK served as the geotechnical engineer and construction materials testing consultant for this design-build project.

 

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