Yosemite Cleanup Event with BSK

Yosemite Cleanup Event with BSK!

Yosemite Cleanup Event with BSK

 

We are proud to announce another successful Yosemite Cleanup Event with BSK Associates!

This year’s Yosemite Cleanup Event was organized by Danaige Tower from the BSK Livermore Office. The Annual Yosemite Cleanup consisted of 17 volunteers this year. This group of dedicated BSK employees were able to gather twenty 5-gallon buckets worth of trash. We are happy to say Yosemite National Park is now a little cleaner!

WHY WE DO IT?

According to data from the Yosemite National Park they collect approximately 2,200 tons of garbage a year. Yosemite officials say that equals 3,919 dumpsters of trash. Taller than any peak in the park and higher than any mountain in the lower 48 states. Now that is a lot of trash!

We are dedicated to giving back to the community.  BSK recognizes the importance of environmental and economic sustainability. We are committed to providing our services with a focus on reducing environmental impact and protecting natural resources. We strive to be an innovative company that benefits our clients, employees and affected communities while conducting business in a socially and environmentally ethical manner.

BSK strives to observe these sustainability practices

  • Development of a company culture that encourages efficient use and preservation of natural resources.
  • Minimize the carbon footprint of our business facilities and job sites.
  • Support our local communities through participation in organizations and activities focused on environmental preservation.
  • Apply environmentally friendly practices and design through our engineering and consulting services.
  • Learn, practice, and promote sustainable practices as a core responsibility.

The sustainability practices at BSK are a continually evolving, collaborative effort of our entire firm. We recognize that the efforts made today affect the environment and resources available tomorrow.

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Interested in joining the BSK team? Check out our Opportunities page.

GREAT PLACE TO WORK

BSK is certified as a Great Place to Work!

Happy employees make happy clients, and we couldn’t be prouder to be certified as a Great Place to Work 2019!

How did we earn this?

Our employees shared in our engagement survey and 81% of them said we were a GREAT place to work. Not a good place. Not a nice place. But a GREAT place! We also completed an intense culture brief where we shared our activities as a values-driven company to ensure we provide quality professional services to you.

More than 90% of BSK employees shared that…

  • People are treated fairly regardless of age, race, sex, and sexual orientation.
  • We trust our people.
  •  We are flexible, safe, and welcoming.

Do you or someone you know want to be a part of our team?

BSK Associates is always seeking diverse talent to join our team. We strive to recruit professional employees committed to success and growth of our company and themselves.
Want a career path with progressive steps and a company willing to train you? Upload your resume here if you want to grow with us. You’re not going to be doing “just a job” at BSK. And when you’re happy with us you can bring your friends through our robust employee referral program.

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BSK Blood Drive

BSK Blood Drive

BSK Blood Drive

 

The BSK Blood Drive 2019 was a success! A total of 19 people attempted and 16 were able to donate. We had several 1st time donors this year, which is always fabulous! A BIG THANKS to Mike Brechmann whose BBQ pork was as wonderful as always. There was a total of $54 donated which was taken to the Central Valley Blood Center by Shirley Leu who spearheaded the drive.

BSK strongly believes in giving back to the communities in which we work. We believe the well-being of our communities has a direct bearing on the success of BSK and our employees. Our community involvement goals are to have the most positive impact on the communities which we serve and, have our employees continue to make a difference in their communities through personal, office, and firm sponsored activities.

We look forward to giving back at BSK’s Annual Blood Drive events. According to the American Red Cross, just one donation can save up to three lives. And, we take great pride in knowing that this year we had enough volunteers to potentially save 50 peoples lives! Please join us at our next blood drive event and help us reach our goal of 25 donations. The Central Valley Blood Center also excepts cash donations, BSK was one of the first organizations to give cash donations, and we strive to continue that tradition each year.

Thanks again to all who participated.

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Happy Retirement, Terri Graham!

It is with mixed feelings that we announce the retirement of our beloved and much appreciated employee, Terri Graham. Although she will be deeply missed, we can only feel happy for her as she enters this new chapter in life.  It would be impossible to sum up her achievements over nearly 20 years of dedicated service, but she will always be remembered as the hard working, committed, and friendly project coordinator in our Sacramento Analytical Laboratory, and a true example to follow. Staff in our Sacramento office gathered to celebrate Terri’s farewell.

Congratulations Terrie!!

Congratulations to Kevin Grove and Maggie McNalley for Completing Part 1 of the Fundamentals of Professional Practice (FOPP) Program.

Kevin and Maggie successfully complete Part 1 of the two-part FOPP program.


The Fundamentals of Professional Practice (FOPP) course is comprised of six months of mentored distance learning followed by a two-and-a-half-day seminar that emphasizes professional communication in the world of private practice. Attendees are expected to complete weekly reading assignments, quizzes, and three reports as part of a research project.

“Insofar as rising stars’ professional development is concerned, nothing comes even remotely close to FOPP. No seminar or webinar. No book or video. Nothing. FOPP stands alone. Participants earn recognition just by being selected. Enrolling someone in FOPP says, “We believe in you. We want you here for the long haul. You are a future leader.””


FOPP

Almost every year, BSK selects two employees to participate in this distinguished program. Congratulations to Maggie and Kevin for completing the distance learning course!

Say hello to the Dirtbags from our Livermore office.

No really, that’s their name. Catch them every Friday night as they end their work-week with the Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District (LARPD) Softball League.

BSK Associates is now certified for PFAS analyses by EPA Method 537.1

The Water Board recently issued investigative orders for PFAS monitoring in drinking water wells that have either had previous detections or are close to airports or municipal solid waste landfills.

BSK Associates is now certified by the CA ELAP to perform EPA Method 537.1 for the full list of 18 required compounds.  BSK has performed PFAS analyses for over 6 years.  During that time, the laboratory completed thousands of EPA Method 537 analyses while participating in the EPA’s UCMR3 monitoring program.  BSK is well versed in reporting and regulatory quality requirements needed for these analytes.  We are also available to take samples.

For more information please contact: 

Stephane Maupas (Fresno) – 559-497-2888 x212 or smaupas@bskassociates.com

Cyndi Moore (Southern California) – 951-295-6123 or cmoore@bskassociates.com

Renea Rangell (Pacific Northwest) – 360-750-0055 x405 or rrangell@bskassociates.com

Brenda Hamilton (Sacramento) – 916-853-9293 x306 or bhamilton@bskassociates.com

Additional EPA 537.1 Information Can Also Be Found at:

CA Water Board PFAS FAQs

Sampling Guidelines

US EPA PFAS Information

New Northern Regional Manager, Tim Rodriguez

BSK Associates is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Tim Rodriguez as Northern Regional Manager. Tim has over 25 years of experience in materials testing and inspection, encompassing a wide range of work including soils, asphalt, concrete, and steel laboratory testing, as well as field inspections of soils, paving, concrete and reinforcing steel.  He serves as Branch Manager and Construction Services Group Manager for the BSK’s Livermore office and has a wide range of project management and technical supervision experience for numerous projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley regions of California.

In his new role as a regional manager, Mr. Rodriguez will be responsible for strategic and operational planning, and growth in the Livermore and Sacramento Engineering offices. In addition, he will be responsible for the oversight and management of all aspects of operations, including financial performance, opportunity backlog, resource allocation, project performance, professional development of staff, and client relationship management.

Beyond the more common set of inspection and testing disciplines, he has extensive experience in many specialized testing applications including ground penetrating radar surveys, floor flatness testing, reinforcing steel surveys, pulse-velocity testing of concrete, specialty load testing, fire damage assessments and condition surveys. He serves as project manager for many of BSK’s municipal on-call agreements and is experienced in supporting our client’s technical needs while focusing on customer service.

Tim is a Past-President for the statewide California Council of Testing and Inspection Agencies (CCTIA), and in his personal time enjoys staying in touch with technology and computers, playing baseball, reading, cooking, exercising, and playing the guitar.

Our Team is Recognized by the City of Davis for Excellent Service and Professionalism

At BSK, we understand the important role we serve to our clients.  That is especially true of our Analytical Chemistry division, where it’s not always “Just another day at the office.” Emergency situations often come up that require testing, and they don’t always come up during business hours. There are times when public health and safety matters could be at stake, so having a team that is always prepared to respond to our clients’ needs, whatever the circumstances may be, is something we take very seriously.

Brenda Hamilton from our Sacramento laboratory location and Jaime LaFave from our Fresno laboratory location met with  the City of Davis staff on a Saturday afternoon last month and successfully assisted with an emergency situation that required a quick response, quick action and quick results turn-around.

“…the City needed emergency assistance and your team provided much needed professionalism and support.”

As a company, we feel it’s important to acknowledge one another’s efforts and achievements when something stands out. Everyone likes to know that their effort has some value. So we were pleased to find this letter in our mailbox acknowledging the effort and dedication of our team.

Click here  to read the full letter from the City of Davis.

Environmental Analytical Laboratory Expands Testing and Service Offerings in 2019!

We are pleased to announce that our Analytical Laboratory in Fresno has expanded testing capabilities of drinking water. We are now ELAP certified for Low-Level Perchlorate by EPA 331 and PFAS by EPA 537 (PFBS, PFHpA, PFHxS, PfNA, PFOA, PFOS) testing.

In addition, we have expanded our field service offerings in the greater Fresno area to include NPDES discharge sampling, 24-hour composite wastewater sampling and local limit study sampling. Please see our Field Services page for details.