Cascade Receives ENR and Puget Sound Business Awards
Engineering News-Record (ENR) results are out and Cascade Environmental has secured the #72 ranking in this year’s ENR’s Top 200 Environmental Firms, up 12 spots from last year. ENR recognizes these top firms for revenue and growth despite an uncertain 2016 market. Ranking is based on the percentage of 2016 gross revenue for environmental services. The team at Cascade would like to thank ENR for this prestigious recognition. View the full list here.
In addition, Cascade ranks #19 this year with the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies - East Side list. This list recognizes companies in Seattle’s East Side that have increased revenue from 2014 – 2016 by an average of 144.7 percent. We are very honored by this recognition and want to thank all of our clients and employees who have made this growth possible.
TerraTherm and Nelson Enter MOU
The scope of thermal technologies available from Nelson and TerraTherm is the most comprehensive on the market, including Thermal Conduction Heating (TCH), Electrical Resistance Heating (ERH), Steam Enhanced Extraction (SEE) or combinations of these technologies.
The exclusive Heated Box (HB1100) thermal technology for ex situ treatment on-site will also be offered to the Canadian market. In this method, contaminated soil is treated in batches in a thermal heating system on the surface, allowing the soil to be rapidly decontaminated and reused on the site itself.
Jim Engdahl, Nelson’s recently appointed CEO, says "This is one of the first steps in my new role to diversify Nelson’s remediation technology offerings worldwide.” Engdahl was appointed Director and CEO in March 2017.
“This new partnership brings innovative solutions to the Canadian remediation market,” says James Galligan, TerraTherm’s Senior Vice President of Operations. “The success of our continued international expansion is due in large part to the dedication of partners like Nelson. We choose only the most experienced remediation leaders to deliver our world class proprietary thermal technologies. No other thermal provider offers all mainstream in situ thermal remediation technologies as well as ex situ alternatives in- house,” explains Galligan.
TerraTherm, Inc., a subsidiary of Cascade Environmental, is a worldwide leader in the development and implementation of in situ and on-site thermal remediation systems. TerraTherm designs, builds, and operates, from design to closure, Thermal Conduction Heating (TCH), Steam Enhanced Extraction (SEE), Electrical Resistance Heating (ERH), or combinations of such methods. For more information about TerraTherm, visit www.terratherm.com.
Nelson Environmental Remediation Ltd is a Western Canadian based environmental contractor specializing in soil remediation and contaminated site preparation and restoration. Nelson’s unique mobile, thermal soil remediation system is cost-effective, has a predictable timeline, eliminates liability issues attached to a site, and results in beneficial re-use soil. Nelson has successfully remediated contaminated sites worldwide over their 25-year history. Learn more about Nelson at www.nerglobal.com.
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2017 PG&E Gold Shovel Standard Certification Awarded to Cascade
June 7, 2017 - Cascade was recently awarded the 2017 PG&E Gold Shovel Standard certification for our commitment to excavation safety. Safety not only protects people, it helps everyone save time, money and fosters strong relationships with all stakeholders. We are very honored to be recognized for our commitment to safety. The Gold Shovel Standard was created by PG&E in 2015 to raise awareness of and prevent the damaging of underground utilities during excavation projects.
Learn more in this recent article.
Cascade Releases Corporate Sustainability Report
May 21, 2017 - The 2016 Report highlights Cascade’s evolution from drilling company to fully integrated environmental service provider
Cascade has recently released its third Annual Sustainability Report. Sustainability reporting is the foundation of Compass™, the company’s Corporate Sustainability Program.
“Sustainability reporting is a valuable process that helps us identify the issues material to our stakeholders and our organization. It also helps us continually align our efforts with the goals and expectations of our stakeholders,” explains Cascade CEO, Tim Smith. “This year’s report celebrates the 25th anniversary of the original Cascade Drilling and marks the new beginning for today’s Cascade Environmental brand,” said Smith.
The report is in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Core Guidelines. GRI is the internationally recognized sustainability reporting framework that enables companies and organizations to measure, understand and communicate their sustainability efforts.
Highlights of Cascade’s 2016 Sustainability Report include:
- Industry-leading safety and compliance record with total recordable incident rate under 1.0 and 60% of locations operating one year or longer without a single recordable injury
- Successful completion of five strategic acquisitions
- Triple digit year-over-year revenue growth
- Introduction of new brand identity and organization structure to strengthen partnerships with the environmental and engineering consulting community
- Launch of new website to deliver valuable resources and encourage stakeholder engagement
- Investment of over $28M in fleet, technology and facilities to enhance employee safety and productivity
CLICK HERE to download Cascade’s 2016 Annual Sustainability Report
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Texas Has a New Cascade Office
April 7, 2017 – Cascade is pleased to announce the addition of a full service environmental and geotechnical drilling office in Canyon Lake, TX. The office is conveniently located between San Antonio and Austin, servicing Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. We have extensive experience in sonic drilling and continuous core sampling, conventional coring, rotary drilling, monitoring well installation, development, rehabilitation, abandonment, and wide range of groundwater and soil sampling. With our diverse drilling fleet and experienced crews, even the most difficult conditions are no challenge for us. In conjunction with our nearby Houston location, our clients now have access to a full suite of drilling, investigation and remediation services. Crews are now available for geotechnical and environmental projects.
- Sonic Continuous Soil Coring
- Conventional Coring
- Air and Mud Rotary Drilling
- Hollow-stem Auger Drilling
- Monitoring Well Installation
- Geotechnical Sampling
- Vacuum Hole Clearing
- Air Knife Potholing and Sampling
- Well Development
- Pump Services
- Well Rehabilitation
- Management and Disposal of Investigation Derived Waste
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NEW Driller Committee Focus on Safety
To ensure you experience the highest of safety standards on your projects we recently formed a Drillers Committee comprised of experts selected because of their industry proficiency and commitment to safety. The committee meets regularly to discuss and learn from recent incidents and safety concerns to continuously improve the excellence of our Safety Program. Care has been taken to assure that all drilling types be represented ranging from rotary to geo-probes in addition a member from Tech Services is on the committee as the two fields often work hand in hand. The information this committee can provide will be essential to our daily operations. Please welcome all of the members of this newly formed Drillers Committee:
Cascade Opens Office in Mountain West
March 25, 2017 – Cascade is pleased to announce the opening of a brand new office in West Jordan, UT. Under the direction of Matt Gallegos, the location provides a full range of environmental and geotechnical drilling services throughout the states of Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada and Idaho. The crews maintain an extensive fleet of sonic, auger, direct push, air and mud rotary, coring and vacuum clearing, and support equipment.
“We’ve witnessed a strong demand for competitive, experienced drilling services in the Mountain West recently,” said Gary Crueger, Cascade’s Senior Vice President of Drilling Services. “With an office centrally located in the region, we can provide the highest quality service our customers have come to expect in terms of safety, operations and sustainability but now with more flexibility in scheduling and mobilization.”
Crews are now available for geotechnical and environmental services:
- Air Knife Potholing and Sampling
- Angle Drilling
- ASTM Sample Collection
- Barge Drilling
- Bedrock Coring
- Construction Site Dewatering
- Geotechnical Sampling
- Management and Disposal of Investigation Derived Waste
- Packer Testing
- Permeability Testing
- Pump Services
- Soil Coring
- Subsurface Investigation
- Vacuum Hole Clearing
- Vertical Aquifer Profiling
- Well Development
- Well Installation
- Well Rehabilitation
Contact Darla Powell, Business Development Manager
Cascade Expands MobiLab™ Services with Industry’s First Onsite Analyses for PFAS Emerging Contaminants of Concern
March 6, 2017 (Woodinville, WA) – Cascade Technical Services is the first environmental services provider to offer onsite analyses for the class of emerging contaminants of concern known as PFAS (poly and perfluorinated alkyl substances). This is not a screening technique, it is a full capability laboratory brought to the site. This is the newest addition to Cascade’s MobiLab service line which provides fully defensible laboratory analyses for any project location in an accredited onsite laboratory.
PFAS are extremely stable, man-made chemicals used to make a wide variety of specialty coatings and fire suppression foam (Aqueous Film Forming Foams or AFFF). Due to the strength of the carbon-fluorine bond these chemicals are very stable and persistent in the environment. They are highly soluble and sorb only moderately to organic matter and mineral surfaces, meaning they migrate readily in the subsurface. They have been detected in surface water, sediments, groundwater, soil, and air, as well is in animal and human blood around the globe. They are known to concentrate in the food chain and in the human body. Since these chemicals are persistent, mobile, toxic, and have been the subject of significant litigation, they have attracted considerable attention in the environmental industry.
The US EPA recently established health advisory levels of 0.070 ug/L for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in drinking water. Industrial manufacturing sites typically have relatively few PFAS compounds (primarily PFOS and PFOA) while the AFFF sites have very complex chemistry with hundreds of compounds present. Due to the very low detection limits and the potentially complex chemistry, laboratory analyses have only recently been developed to address the problem. In situ remedial technologies are largely untested at the present time.
Our PFAS MobiLab uses state of the art solid phase extraction and liquid chromatography (LC/MS/MS) to confidently identify and quantify PFAS in water and soil/sediment matrices. This allows for the use of dynamic work strategies which keep investigations focused and efficient. It also allows for identification of potential cross contamination due to sampling activities while in the field. The opportunities for cross contamination during PFAS sampling are abundant due to the prevalence of these compounds in our daily lives. This has been a significant challenge on many site characterization and remediation projects. With MobiLab’s PFAS analyses, sources of cross contamination can be isolated and eliminated in the field before the field work is completed, increasing confidence in the results of the sampling program.
MobiLab provides flexibility and a customized sampling program for any remediation site. The sample preparation and injection may incorporate either direct sample injection or an in-line, solid phase extraction/enrichment. Plus, analyses can be augmented with analyses for volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds for complex contaminant mixtures such as those that are often found at firefighting training areas. The detection limits are in the low tens of parts-per-trillion (ppt) to single digit ppt levels. Sample throughput is typically about 30 samples per day, with results available within hours of sampling and the day after sampling for non-critical results.
“This is really a game-changer in terms of the ability of site investigators to apply state of the science dynamic work strategies and high resolution characterization methods to PFAS sites. The value of near-real time data at a price that is competitive with fixed laboratories for much longer turnarounds brings tremendous value to our clients,” said Seth Pitkin, Cascade’s National Director of Site Characterization Services.
For more information contact Seth Pitkin, National Director of Site Characterization Services
Cascade Aquires Global Remediation Solutions, Inc. (GRS)
March 1, 2017 (Woodinville, WA) – Cascade Environmental Holdings, LLC (Cascade) is pleased to announce the acquisition of In Situ Thermal Remediation (ISTR) technology provider Global Remediation Solutions, Inc. (GRS).
GRS is one of a limited number of ISTR providers in North America specializing in Electrical Resistance Heating (ERH) technology. The experienced team of engineers, project managers and field technicians have been designing, installing and operating effective remediation solutions targeting the most challenging site conditions and recalcitrant contaminants for decades.
The newly acquired group will operate under TerraTherm, Inc., a subsidiary of Cascade Environmental. The acquisition of GRS strengthens TerraTherm’s market position as the only thermal vendor offering all mainstream ISTR technologies in-house.
“The GRS team brings extensive ERH remediation experience to TerraTherm. The GRS smart ERH technology coupled with our large fleet of treatment systems and process engineering capability is unique among thermal vendors,” says John Bierschenk, President and Co-founder of TerraTherm.
TerraTherm will take on GRS’ ongoing projects along with their entire technical team. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
2016 EBJ New practice area award
Cascade is pleased to announce that it was chosen to receive the 2016 EBJ New Practice Area Award. This distinguished honor recognizes the 2016 launch of Cascade Technical Services (CTS) which expanded Cascade’s business to provide integrated environmental investigation, characterization and remediation services. Cascade is also recognized with the Mergers & Acquisitions Award celebrating another year of strategic growth through the successful 2016 acquisitions of the Field Services Division of Stone Environmental Inc., Panther Technologies Inc., GeoSierra Environmental Inc. and Alliance Maintenance & Services.
Additional information of the EBJ Awards as well as the complete list of recipients is available at http://www.environmentalbusiness.org/single-post/2017/01/27/EBJ-2016-BUSINESS-ACHIEVEMENT-AWARDS.
Cascade Acquires Environmental Drilling Division of National EWP
December 6, 2016 (Woodinville, WA) – Cascade Environmental Holdings, LLC (Cascade), the leading provider of environmental and geotechnical drilling, high resolution site characterization, and in situ remediation applications is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Environmental Drilling Division of National Exploration, Wells & Pumps (National EWP). With this acquisition, Cascade welcomes a distinguished team of licensed drillers and highly experienced field crews as it expands its fleet of drilling rigs and specialty equipment throughout the Western region.
National EWP provides a full range of environmental and geotechnical drilling services throughout the Western US including environmental sampling, well installation, development, rehabilitation, and abandonment. “National has earned the trust of their clients through hard work and dedication,” said Tim Smith, CEO of Cascade. “Our shared commitment to safety and reliable service will not change. With this acquisition, clients have greater access to local experience across all the drilling technologies and service lines. Our deep bench of expertise is readily accessible to bring solutions to challenging sites,” said Smith.
The acquisition includes National EWP’s offices in Montclair, CA; Woodland, CA; Richmond, CA; Peralta, NM; and Las Vegas, NV as well as environmental fleet assets and personnel from the Gilbert, AZ location. The group will operate under Cascade Drilling, L.P. National EWP will retain its mining, water, and energy operations under its own brand identity. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
2016 Inductees for the ELITE Driller Program
Cascade’s ELITE Driller Program seeks to recognize the company’s most outstanding drillers who have demonstrated exceptional performance with a commitment to the Company’s core values of safety, quality, growth, innovation and sustainability.
The Nominating Committee has completed its review of the 57 nominees (fantastic participation!) and has selected this year’s inductees. Each nomination was carefully reviewed and rated on criteria related to performance, safety, skill, leadership and accountability. Cascade is very fortunate to have so many experienced, skillful drillers willing to go out of their way to ensure the job gets done safely and exceeds the expectations of our demanding clients.
To all of our nominees-
Being considered by your colleagues as worthy of ELITE Driller status is a great honor and your efforts do not go unnoticed. Thank you for your dedication to our Company and please know that because of your high quality performance, your 2016 nomination will automatically be included in the 2017 Elite Driller selection process.
So, without further ado, our 2016 Inductees for the ELITE Driller Program are:
MIKE BOND – Flint, MI
AMADOR ARROYO – Richmond, CA
JAMES GOBLE – Woodinville, WA
JIMMY HALL JR. – Aiken, SC
Congratulations on achieving the status of ELITE Driller. Such a tremendous accomplishment is equally regarded and rewarded.
Distribution of the benefits for this year’s Inductees include but are not limited to:
- Invitation to Cascade’s 2017 Kickoff Meeting where the ELITE Driller Induction Ceremony will be held
- A plaque for each ELITE Driller placed in the Cascade Drilling Hall Of Fame at the Corporate Office
- A personalized announcement enshrined in the Cascade Connection which highlights the ELITE Driller’s work history, merits, qualifications, and contributions to Cascade
- Serve a two year term on the “ELITE Driller Commission”. The ELITE Driller Commission is an ad-doc group of ELITE Drillers that proposes recommendations pertaining to drilling operations, safety procedures, Cascade's company strategy, and related issues
- Issued a company iPad for work related purposes and to help promote the adoption of leading edge technology and work practices within Cascade
- Annual “Spend Account” that provides funds that may be used to benefit the company at the ELITE Driller’s discretion
- Continuing opportunities for compensation may also be provided for:
- Obtaining new Driller's Licenses
- Recruiting new Licensed Drillers to CDLP
- Significant process Improvements or Equipment Innovations
- Revenue generated from the employees Drillers license
- Direct financial compensation at the Company’s discretion
- A new Company-leased work pickup truck
Crews Recognized by U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for Safety Record
Nov 21, 2016
Congratulations to Mike Bentley from our Marietta, OH location and his drilling crew for their prestigious safety recognition from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Mike coordinated drilling crews and equipment from Cascade offices across the country- California, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio. The crews ran five rigs during the day and four at night for a long-term major infrastructure project in Pennsylvania. Cascade was part a larger project team which together achieved over 250,000 man hours with zero loss time accidents. Thank you to all of our Cascade employees for your continuous dedication to safety on every project.
Workshop and Networking Event at Redhook Brewery
It was a very warm and casual setting to have discussions with attendees. With plenty of face-time, presenters were able to effectively give a synopsis on the history and how our new services fit together in projects. Attendees were appreciative of the sequence and how it all fit together.
Several attendees reported that they really enjoyed the drill demonstrations and said it was a great overview and visual of what is done in the field. The demonstrations were effective in showing our commitment to safety, our versatility and our level of expertise and experience.
“I think the event educated some of the younger attendees in the options for investigation that they were not aware of, including some of the HRSC tools besides MIP,” Anthony Gianetti says of the event.
Overall it was a great event and we hope to have more of them in the future.
Cascade Featured in BOSS Magazine
Check out the spread in October's Boss Magazine and find out how we deliver a cohesive and full suite of services to answer your every need, while improving the environment in which you live each step of the way.