Siberian Huskies Like To Howl

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Siberian huskies like to howl.  They particularly like to howl in the morning when they first see you and their howls are loud and long.  Real “Call of the Wild” stuff.  They seem particularly loud and long when they are unleashed during your first remote Monday morning staff meeting with 35 of your co-workers listening to you trying to lead a discussion during extraordinary circumstances.  And thus, the Everyone-is-Working-From-Home-Now adventure began. I have been the division manager of our Las Vegas office for around five years now and have worked at Broadbent for a total of 28.  While the recession in 2008 was not fun for anyone, particularly in boom or bust Las Vegas, the 2020 coronavirus pandemic feels very Read More »

Three Keys to Environmental Project Management

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Broadbent’s success as a firm is demonstrated by our ability to maintain long-term relationships with valued clients. Producing quality results during environmental site investigations, and other projects, is the product of careful attention to three key components of project management: 1) build a competent team; 2) define a project scope; and 3) maintaining compliance with budgetary requirements and project schedules. At the beginning of a project, it is critical to select the right Project Manager and support staff based on their individual skill sets and their ability to understand and solve the problem at hand. At the project kickoff meeting, these individuals identify and assess issues, opportunities, and provide opinions on best field and management processes to be employed, based Read More »

Forever Chemicals – How They Are Changing Procedures For Environmental Consultants

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The Broadbent Denver division attended the Emerging Contaminants Summit 2020 in Colorado in March 2020. As part of this summit there was a discussion regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a general term applied to thousands of chemicals manufactured since the 1940’s that can be found in food packaging (microwave popcorn bags, pizza boxes, etc.), stain and water resistant fabrics, non-stick products, fire-fighting foams, and many other consumer and manufacturing products, and are utilized due to their unique surfactant and oil/water repelling qualities. PFAS are one of the biggest issues on the horizon due to their classification as “Forever Chemicals”, meaning that they do not breakdown once they are in the environment. PFAS also bioaccumulate in the food chain and Read More »

Employee Spotlight – Susie Grimaldi

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1. Briefly describe what you do here at Broadbent & Associates, Inc. I work in the engineering department and provide civil and environmental engineering services to private and public entities. Design related tasks include permitting new water systems and upgrading existing water and wastewater systems by preparing plans and applications for state agencies. I’ve prepared spill prevention, control and countermeasures plans and stormwater pollution prevention plans for various industrial facilities. I assisted in the development of plans of operation and grading plans for mining companies. I performed hydrology studies and reports, renewed discharge permits, and helped prepare maps for water rights permits through the Nevada Division of Water Resources. 2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it Read More »

Big Jobs in Thin Places – Construction Projects in Historic Western Towns

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When: April 27th, 2019 at 1:30 PM Where: APWA Conference, Laughlin, Nevada Project Archaeologist, Stuart Rathbone, discussed the delicate nature of archaeological deposits in historic western towns and how construction projects are adapting to the challenges these elements present. Abstract: Historic western architecture has an unusually ‘thin’ quality, with stylistic façades applied to simple wooden frames. The relatively young age of western towns means archaeological deposits are noticeably ‘thinner’ than are typically found in older settlements. In combination, this ‘thinness’ means that construction projects in western towns are occurring within particularly delicate historic environments. This presentation reviewed how a number of different western towns have responded to this challenge with varying levels of success. If you would like to know Read More »