BSK Welcomes Lorenzo Rodriguez

BSK Associates is proud to announce the addition of Mr. Lorenzo Rodriguez to our San Bernardino Laboratory location!  Mr. Rodriguez has over 17 years of environmental laboratory experience including: The determination of organic and inorganic chemistry analytes, project management, information technology, environmental compliance and laboratory management.


In his new role, Lorenzo will serve as BSK’s San Bernardino Laboratory Director. If you need to reach him, please call: 909-501-9771 or email:


BSK Associates’ Analytical Services Division Chosen by EPA to Perform UCMR4 Small Systems Work

BSK received notification in November from the USEPA awarding a contract to perform analyses of Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule 4 (UCMR4) compounds on Small Water Systems located throughout the entire United States.

The agreement spans 5 years and upon completion will likely be one of the largest contracts ever procured by the BSK Analytical Services Division.

Welcome Lynne Baumgras to the BSK Fresno office

Lynne Baumgras, Ph.D., PG, CEG, PMP

Dr. Baumgras has twenty-five years of experience in environmental investigation/remediation project management experience with government, defense, and industrial/commercial sector clients.  Dr. Baumgras’ government contract experience includes working with Federal, state, and municipal government clients in the investigation and remediation of environmental sites.  Her industrial/commercial sector experience includes environmental compliance projects for aerospace, chemical manufacturers, food processing and wineries, petroleum, insurance companies, banking institutions, and railroads.

BSK’s CFO, Mike Vartanian, took the City challenge!

Dear Executive Challenge Members,

It’s hard to believe the 2017 Central Valley Heart Walk is already here! As Chair of the inaugural City Wide Executive Challenge, THANK YOU for your hard work and commitment to raise significant funds for research and community programs in the Central Valley. Collectively our group of 10 raised $16,960.00, over 6 weeks!

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Karen McCaffrey and Mike Vartanian who surpassed their $3,000 goal during the challenge. Also, great job to our other Top Walkers, Michael Goldring, Michael Helsley, and Paulo Soares who raised $1,000 or more!

Although our challenge is complete, there still time to contribute and help the American Heart Association reach their overall goal of $280,000 to help fund research and prevent heart disease and stroke in our community.

Thank you all again for stepping up to the challenge and making a difference in our community! I look forward to seeing you all Saturday at the 2017 Central Valley Heart Walk.


First Name Last Name Company Name Total Amount
Karen McCaffrey McCaffrey Group $5,000
Mike Vartanian BSK Associates $3,300
Michael Goldring Valley Children’s Healthcare $2,600
Paulo Soares Camarena Health $1,850
Michael Helsley Wanger Jones Helsley $1,835
Shannon MacAdam American Heart Association $750
Dr. Jesus Rodriguez Kaiser Permanente $500
Jessup Wiley Rabobank $125
Brett Frazier Madera County $0
Todd Suntrapak Valley Children’s Healthcare $0


With gratitude,

Brett F. Frazier

Supervisor, District 1, Madera County

Welcome Eric Smith to the BSK Sacramento office

Welcome Eric Smith to the BSK Sacramento office

Eric S. Smith, P.E.

Eric Smith is a licensed Civil Engineer in the State of California who has more than 12 years of experience in civil and geotechnical engineering, and serves as project engineer in the BSK Sacramento office.  Eric provides geotechnical engineering consulting for commercial, civil infrastructure, levee and transportation related projects. His primary experience is in site investigations and providing design recommendations for shallow/deep foundations, retaining walls, pavements, grading and drainage. He is also experienced in overseeing the construction phase of projects, relating to observation and consultation, material testing & special inspections.

Welcome Neva Popenoe to the BSK Fresno office

Welcome Neva Popenoe to the BSK Fresno office:

Neva M. Popenoe, PE, GE

Mrs. Popenoe has over twelve years of geotechnical engineering and materials testing experience. She has worked on a variety of projects including highways, railroad and river bridges; flexible and rigid pavements; residential, commercial, and industrial developments; schools and hospitals; pipelines; power facilities; impoundments; landfills; and forensic studies. She is responsible for managing and conducting geotechnical investigations including developing the scope of work and budget, site reconnaissance, field classification of soils, sampling, design, and report preparation and review. She has performed geotechnical investigations for over 100 bridges in the State of California for Caltrans, local cities and counties. In addition to bridge foundations, her design experience on these projects includes retaining walls, sound walls, roadway embankments, and pavement structural sections. She also performs field inspection and testing, data analysis, laboratory testing, and construction special inspections.

APWA Sacramento Chapter’s 2017 Award for Professional Manager of the Year

Kevin Grove, Staff Professional receives APWA award.

“Congratulations! You have been selected to receive APWA Sacramento Chapter’s 2017 Award for Professional Manager of the Year – Young Leader. Your selection puts you in a very elite group of winners since the inception of the program. Our Chapter is proud to have you represent the public works profession and our association!”  Richard Liptak, P.E.

Livermore laboratory now officially fully AASHTO accredited

Our Livermore laboratory is now officially fully AASHTO accredited to perform Superpave Testing.  We have joined the few laboratories in California that are capable of performing Hamburg and Gyratory testing through AASHTO with CalTrans certification shortly to follow.  We have also more than doubled our scope of testing accreditation in materials and geotechnical laboratory testing to become accredited for the largest scope in all the BSK offices.

Business Development Associate receives high praise from APWA President

Anna Rikkelman, Business Development Associate receives high praise from APWA President:

“As President of the Northern California Chapter of APWA for 2016, I want to share my sincere appreciation for Anna Rikkelman’s involvement in our Chapter during the last year.  Her commitment, energy and participation in our Chapter as Director of Special Events has helped make the Chapter a success and provided our membership with many fantastic opportunities to learn, grow and network with others in the public works profession.”      Brian Balbas.

Pine Mountain Fire Station #58 wins Geotechnical Project of the Year

We received great news this week that one of our projects, Pine Mountain Fire Station #58 has won for “Geotechnical Project of the Year” in ASCE’s Los Angeles Section. ASCE’s LA Section covers a very large territory from Orange County to Riverside/San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County and Kern County! This is a great honor and will be great exposure for our office and the work that we do.

A big thank you to Kevin Wall who did the grading observation and compaction testing.  His great relationship with the Kern County Inspector and contractor really helped us solved some challenging problems.

Congratulations to all employees that worked on the project and contributed to its success!