Southwest Hazard Control will be accepting donations for the Center for Children and Families in Norman, Oklahoma (http://www.ccfinorman.org) to assist with disaster relief for tornado victims. Join us at Wal-Mart on Valley Drive in Las Cruces on Saturday May 25 from 12-3 to drop off donations or call (575) 202-0450 for pick up. Items most needed are as follows: bottled water, Gatorade, boxed juices, baby food and formula, diapers and wipes.
SHC has just been awarded a multiyear contract, competitively bid, for Hazardous Materials Abatement and Remediation Services for the San Francisco Housing Authority. SHC will be providing abatement services throughout the +-9000 housing units managed by SFHA in San Francisco. The management of SFHA awarded the new contract to SHC based on our performance to date in working with them.
“I’m delighted to be working with SFHA for a further 2 years, this really does validate the quality service that we strive for”, explains CA divisional manager Mike Hegarty. “And I think this contract award shows this”.
But price wasn’t the only factor that SFHA used in their decision. SHC has consistently provided safe, quality abatement services to the residents of SFHA.
“SHC does a great job and I’m delighted to be working with them”, said James Mark of the SFHA. “ I know I can rely on them to work on projects that have a short timeline and to get it done right.”
And here’s Mike explaining why he does what he does.
Last Saturday April 13th, nearly a thousand volunteers in Las Cruces came together to participate in the Great American Cleanup™ . The event is sponsored by Keep Las Cruces Beautiful in partnership with Keep America Beautiful, New Mexico Clean & Beautiful, and national, state and local sponsors.
Southwest Hazard Control participated for the second year in a row in partnership with Alameda Elementary. In fact, here’s Alameda Principal Bobbie Grace getting ready to start.
“Southwest Hazard Control works with the schools to make sure that children have a safe and healthy environment in which to learn. We also wants kids to be proud of where they go to school”, explains Las Cruces Division Manager Michael Armendariz. “Events like this give us the opportunity to make that happen.” And here’s Mike being the hands on guy that we all know him to be.
What makes this so special is that we are working weekends at another school right now and our guys are putting in 40 hours over the course of two and a half days. They had worked the night before and only had a few hours rest. Even though they were facing another full day and night of work, they showed up at Alameda Elementary with positive attitudes, ready to help out. And here they are, these are the guys that make our whole operation tick, so a big thanks to them too.
So we gave the guys a wish list of what needed to be done, not thinking that it would happen in the short time we had to spend there. In less than an hour, our crew had sanded and re-varnished fifteen benches, cleaned all the sidewalks and courts, picked up four bags of trash and power washed the exterior of the school. It was an amazing experience, seeing so many employees working together to help out a school in our community.
Some future SHC team members ?
And of course, this makes the kids happy too !
So all in all, a great day was had by everyone and from all of us here at SHC, thank you to everyone who took part and hope you had as much fun as we did.
NOTE: If you are in the Las Cruces area, please join up on Saturday, April 27 from 8am to 12 pm at Dona Ana Elementary School’s Comcast Cares Day.
Dona Ana Elementary
5551 Camino de Flores
Las Cruces, New Mexico
This client operates an equipment yard and was fueling equipment from two underground storage tanks on the property. During the economic downturn it became less feasible to do his own fueling and decided to shut the tanks down, which he did according to regulation. After a year he found himself under pressure by the state to close out the system. SHC had the opportunity to bid this job and was fortunate to win the bid.
We close a lot of underground storage tank systems. Each project is a little different depending on the site, customer requirements, and history of the UST system. Few of them are what I call easy. This UST had been a thorn for the owner for quite some time and we were under the gun to get the tanks out of the ground, collect the required soil samples and file a report with the state to formally close the site. I thought we did this but we don’t always get much feedback. I did not expect the following email from the client:
I hope the holidays are going well for you. Thank you for getting our UST removal job done for less than your estimate and with little disruption to our business. If you ever need a reference feel free to have them call me or Keith.”
Better yet, watch Jim explain why he does what he does.
Can you believe we are already 11 weeks into 2013. Baseball has started, spring break is next week, and March Madness is just a couple of weeks away. With that in mind, here is what Southwest Hazard Control (SHC) in Arizona has been up to.
• Completed a high-hazard demolition at a former chip manufacturing facility in Tucson. Our crew of 14 completed the project two weeks ahead of schedule.
• Cleaned four asphalt tanks in Phoenix for two different clients.
• Removed USTs on behalf of Freeport McMoRan.
• Installed over 2400 feet of pipe for a remedial system in Chandler. Nine wells were plumbed, pressure tested, and the concrete was replaced in five days. Passed 26 out of 26 pressure tests at 30 psi or better.
• Removed 20,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide and cleaned the tank prior to inspection at a power plant.
If you are looking to solve environmental challenges, we have been successfully implementing solutions for over 30 years to companies and organizations such as the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Stantec Consulting, and Mesa Public Schools. Some of our core competencies are remedial system installation, remedial excavation, lab packs, tank cleaning, demolition, decontamination, and emergency response. I invite you to research us on our website; there you will find case studies, client testimonial videos, written testimonials and our latest tweets and blog.
Bob Peshak operates out of our Phoenix office and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Not only does Michael Armendariz fight asbestos, mold and lead on a daily basis, but here, he provides cones and assists with traffic control after an accident in front of the SHC office. Looks like just another busy day for our home grown Mike. Next time you see him, why not give him a wave or stop and say hello? I’m sure he would appreciate that.
Well done Mike and way to go, you make us all proud !
Born in Montreal, Canada and moved to Arizona in 1997; Jeremy Richter has been in the construction industry since childhood. He got his start in residential construction at an early age doing site cleanup and quality control inspections. It was not long before Jeremy worked his way up to site superintendent and was soon running his own residential construction company in Scottsdale, AZ. Following the down turn in housing market Jeremy returned to the Arizona State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. While at ASU, Jeremy was made a member of Sigma Lambda Chai, the Construction Honors Society, and a board member of the Associated General Contractors of America Student Chapter. In his final year at ASU, Jeremy was given the honor of representing his college on a national level at the Associated Schools of Construction Reno Competition for cost estimating of heavy civil projects.
After graduation Jeremy served the people of Arizona at The Arizona Department of Transportation(ADOT). His works at The Department of Transportation quickly gained him state wide recognition as ADOT’s expert on time and material works and as well as the cost estimating specialist. After only six months of employment with the state, Jeremy was given the task to develop and teach a monthly class to on cost estimating to ADOT’s construction staff and engineers to help field staff better negotiate changes in scope of work.
Jeremy’s passion for our environment is rooted in his love for all things the outdoors; on any given weekend you are likely to find him camping, hiking, fishing or kayaking in one of our national forests or at a local farmers market getting the freshest produce for one of his famous culinary treats for his coworkers.
Looking for a more challenging career path, Jeremy joined the team at Southwest Hazard Control, Inc.. Having a well-rounded approach to the construction and estimating process, he is looking forward to servicing the needs of SHC’s clients with a level of ethics, integrity and competency unmatched in the industry. As the newest member of the SHC, we welcome Jeremy and look forward to his contributions to the team.
Jeremy can be reached at email@example.com
Our office in Las Cruces, NM is recognized for it’s volunteer work by the mayor of Las Cruces. Way to go guys and a big thank you from everyone at SHC everywhere. You are a credit to us all !
Letter of Appreciation From Mayor
We wanted to share that Rafael Lopez is the SHC Las Cruces Employee of the month for December. He did an outstanding job recently at Roswell. He is a real leader, staying on task and moving from one project to another without direction. We appreciate his hard work and dedication.
A little about Rafael. He has been with SHC Inc for two years now and has six years of experience overall in the Industry. He has an excellent safety record. He is a family man with a wife and three kids. He’s always on time, a hard worker and willing to travel as needed. He is an exemplary employee and a great asset to our organization.
Ever fallen victim to being over promised and under delivered when buying products or utilizing a service ? I know I have. I tend to look elsewhere next purchase and not get caught again. Chances are that I’m not alone in that course of action. But what can we do ? How can we be confident that the next company we use doesn’t do the same thing? Well, step up the “Open Ratings Report”
Southwest Hazard Control (SHC) has begun the process of obtaining a Government Services Administration (GSA) contract to provide environmental remediation and abatement services for Government Agencies and Institutions. One of the requirements for this process was to obtain a past performance evaluation, also called an Open Ratings Survey, from our clients rating our services. The surveys address performance, reliability, quality, customer service and several other areas. The goal of GSA is to contract vendors that can provide the highest quality of service to the Federal Government.
SHC received a very high rating for the services our company provides. As can be seen observing our Open Ratings Report, SHC scored very high in all areas and was notably exceptional in the areas of customer service, quality, and reliability. This survey included input from clients whose businesses cover a wide range of industries including wrecking and demolition, engineering, aerospace, schools, and hospitals. SHC takes a great deal of pride in offering the best customer service within our industry and being able to respond to all of our client’s needs.
We are a 30 year old business, we know that to stay in business that long, we have to meet the clients’ expectations on service levels. So today, we proudly publish a report that validates what we have known all along-The client is king.
Jeff Zenan- HAZMAT Operations Manager