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Planning Phase, Design Phase, Construction Phase

Public Involvement

Identifying and engaging project stakeholders is key to the success of any project – whether during the planning, design, or construction phases. Raba Kistner’s professional environmental staff have a wide range of experience in planning, coordinating, and conducting public involvement activities across various sectors and for different clients.

We understand that not all projects are created equal, and public involvement should be tailored to the project’s history and the setting in which the project occurs. Our staff are intimately familiar with the TxDOT public involvement processes, and we have successfully guided many local government agencies in complying with TxDOT’s Environmental Handbook for Public Involvement.

Our professional Public Involvement Services include:

  • Scheduling 
  • Meetings with Affected Property Owners
  • “Open House” and “Traditional” Public Meetings
  • Public Hearings 
  • Notice Affording Opportunity for Public Hearing
  • Stakeholder Meetings
  • Fact Sheets and Media Packets
  • Public and Legal Notices
  • Public Comment Inventory Management
  • Project Stakeholder List Management
  • Planning and Logistics (Venue, Security, Translation, Court Reporter)
  • Presentation Preparation
  • Exhibit and Display Board Creation
  • Coordinating and Leading Presentation Dry-Runs/Pre-Meetings
  • Public Meeting Summary Reports
  • Public Hearing Summary Reports
  • Traffic Noise Workshops

Raba Kistner provides turnkey public involvement support. When leading public involvement activities our ultimate goal is to professionally manage the process entirely on the client’s behalf, and ensure that it is successfully completed for the ultimate benefit of the project.

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Construction Phase

Storm Water Permitting

Raba Kistner storm water permitting services include comprehensive construction storm water planning and permitting support. Raba Kistner offers our clients turnkey storm water compliance services, including preparation and submittal of NOIs and other permitting documents; implementation of permit required monitoring (sample collection) and inspections; and completion of permit reporting and documentation obligations. 

Additional construction phase water quality services performed by Raba Kistner include, but are not limited to, the following primary or complementary services:

  • Wetland Delineation and WOTUS Determination
  • NEPA Planning and Compliance
  • 404 /401 USACE Permitting
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Operations & Maintenance Phase

Air Quality – Compliance

Raba Kistner offers a full suite of air quality compliance services encompassing regulatory required monitoring, measurement and reporting, including Title V compliance certifications and emission inventories.

Air quality compliance services performed by Raba Kistner include but are not limited to the following primary or complementary services:

  • Annual Air Emission Inventories
  • Regulatory Reporting
  • Compliance Auditing
  • LDAR Auditing and Compliance
  • LDAR - Monitoring Data Analysis
  • Compliance Program Management
  • Method 9 - Opacity Observation
  • Method 21 - Leak Detection
  • Optical Imagining
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Planning Phase

Air Quality – Permitting

When constructing a new facility, expanding production, or modifying operations, owners and operators may be subject to air quality permitting requirements. Emission sources must be designed, constructed, and operated to comply with all applicable air quality regulations. Raba Kistner provides air quality services including air permitting and compliance support to industrial and commercial clients across the State of Texas.

Air quality services performed by Raba Kistner include, but are not limited to, the following primary or complementary services:

  • New Source Review (NSR) Permitting
  • Permit By Rule (PBR)
  • Air Dispersion Modeling
  • Title V Permitting
  • Regulatory Applicability Analysis
  • Annual Air Emission Inventories
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Design Phase

Coastal Protection and Engineering

The Raba Kistner team has provided professional coastal engineering and scientific services for more than 15 years. With an excellent reputation for comprehensive project services, Raba Kistner's team has the technical expertise to design, permit, and construct a variety of coastal projects ranging from structural solutions to beach and wetland restoration. We coordinate effectively with local, state, and federal agencies that permit and oversee coastal programs, which result in the completion of projects on time and on budget.

Raba Kistner staff have developed projects along the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts for clients, including state and federal agencies and coastal communities. Coastal resiliency planning, inter-governmental coordination, public outreach, and consensus-building are tools that we have used to assist coastal communities develop effective coastal protection solutions.

Coastal Protection and Restoration Services include:

  • Shoreline protection 
  • Port and navigation design 
  • Recreational marina design 
  • Beach and wetland restoration 
  • Resiliency studies 
  • Artificial reef design 
  • Offshore investigations 
  • Coastal resource database design and management 
  • Agency coordination 
  • Permitting Construction management 
  • Post-construction monitoring
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Operations & Maintenance Phase

Roofing & Water Proofing Inspection & Maintenance

During its lifespan, a facility’s most vulnerable components are all part of the building envelope, which includes the roof, walls, foundation, and other barriers that separate the interior and exterior environments. Raba Kistner’s roofing and waterproofing inspection and maintenance services help to ensure the roof and other parts of the building envelope function properly and conserve energy, thus reducing maintenance and operating costs, and ensuring greater comfort to occupants. 

Raba Kistner’s Roofing and Waterproofing Inspection and Maintenance services involve the evaluation, testing, diagnosis, and design of various building envelope components to ensure longer life expectancy of the facility. 

Roofing and Waterproofing Inspection and Maintenance Services

  • Roof Management and Life Cycle Cost Programs
  • Roof Materials Testing
  • Roof/Waterproofing
  • Air Barrier Testing
  • Building Envelope Investigation and Analysis
  • Design of Repair and Replacement Systems
  • Moisture Surveys
  • Infrared Testing
  • Membrane Sampling and Testing
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Operations & Maintenance Phase

Pavement Assessment & Maintenance

Long-term pavement performance starts with good design, followed by the equally important process of appropriate maintenance. Raba Kistner has extensive experience in evaluating existing pavements, not only for developing pavement maintenance programs, but also for failure assessments. Pavement failures are often a result of subgrade and/or water infiltration issues, not improper construction. In either case, however, our staff can evaluate and offer recommendations for effective solutions.

Our knowledge of subsurface soil and groundwater conditions, combined with an expertise in pavement materials, allows us to evaluate pavement systems and performance, as well as causations of failure. In order to provide recommendations for pavement maintenance and/or repair, Raba Kistner uses multiple testing methods to evaluate pavement conditions, including:

  • Traditional Coring and Testing
  • Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) Testing
  • Ground Penetrating Radar
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Operations & Maintenance Phase

Forensic Services

Raba Kistner’s Forensic Services are needed when distress, deterioration, failure, loss of function, or reduced performance occurs in architectural or engineered building assemblies, components, or equipment. Our in-house resources include professional engineers, registered architects and certified technical staff experienced in forensics. The integration of similar resources from other Raba Kistner Departments allows us to solve complex problems for owners, investors, lenders, property managers, architectural and engineering consultants and contractors.

Raba Kistner’s Forensic Services ultimately may be used for assessments, remediation, repair, claims adjustments or litigation. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Structural Assessments: Commercial/Educational/Multi-Family Buildings, Parking Facilities, Stadiums, High Mast Light Poles for Parks and Schools, Retractable and Fixed Bleachers
  • Property Condition & Maintenance Assessments: Higher Education, Commercial, Secondary Education, Apartment/Condominium Complexes, Parking Facilities – surface and structured, Historic Buildings, Warehouses
  • Destructive & Non-Destructive Testing (NDT): Slab Moisture Testing, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Floor Friction Testing, UPV Testing, Relative Elevation Surveys, Building Assembly Moisture Testing, Thermography
  • Specialty Services: Fire/Smoke/Water/Windstorm Damage Assessments, ADA Assessments, Building Code Evaluations, Life Safety Reviews, Structural Load Testing, Building Air Leakage Testing 
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Construction Phase

Transportation Quality Documentation (ELVIS “Engineering & laboratory Vital Information System”)

Raba Kistner works with Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and other transportation authorities to develop innovative Quality Management Programs (QMPs) and Quality Assurance Plans (QAPs) for Design-Build and P3 projects. Our award-winning, web-based design and construction quality management tool, ELVIS (Engineering and Laboratory Vital Information System), is customized to meet the needs of each project, and allows team members to access, monitor and manage all project phases in a real-time, transparent manner.

As part of our infrastructure consulting services, Raba Kistner has written project-specific QMPs for transportation projects of all sizes, totaling over $12 billion in construction value. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA), the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority (Alamo RMA), and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) are among the clients we have served. Protecting owners’ interests, assuring compliance for developers, and enhancing developers’ processes efficiently and effectively are our top goals for all.

Quality Management Services

  • ELVIS (Engineering and Laboratory Vital Information System)
  • Project Quality Management Programs, including
    • Quality Control (QC)
    • Quality Acceptance (QA)
    • Owner Verification Testing & Inspection (OVTI)
    • Independent Assurance (IA)
    • Independent Engineer (IE) 
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Construction Phase

Structural Steel and Mechanical Piping Inspection and Testing

Raba Kistner’s staff of Certified Welding Inspectors (CWIs) and Non-Destructive Testing Technicians (NDTs) provides structural steel and mechanical piping inspection and testing services. These highly qualified and skilled professional and technical personnel are qualified to perform welding procedures, as well as required inspections and evaluations of structural and piping welded connections, by visual and non-destructive methods. They also can verify that structural steel bolted connections have been properly installed.

This wide scope of services can be performed for buildings, bridges, precast parking garages, mechanical piping, process piping, utility pipelines, and oil and gas pipelines.

Structural Steel and Mechanical Piping Inspection and Testing

  • Certified Welding Inspection (Weld Testing)
  • Magnetic Particle Testing
  • Ultrasonic Testing of Welds
  • Dye Penetrant Testing of Welds
  • Torque Testing of Structural Steel Bolted Connections
  • Ultrasonic Thickness Evaluation
  • Tensile and Hardness Testing of Steel
  • Quality Control Audits of Steel Fabricators
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Construction Phase

Roofing/Waterproofing Inspection

During its lifespan, a facility’s most vulnerable components are all part of the building envelope, which includes the roof, walls, foundation, and other barriers that separate the interior and exterior environments. Raba Kistner’s roofing and waterproofing inspection services evaluate, test and design many of the components that make up the building envelope. Each element is analyzed for material selection, detailing, and compatibility with the Owner’s objectives.

Raba Kistner’s roofing and waterproofing inspection services work to ensure a larger contribution to energy efficiency and a longer life expectancy of the facility.

Roofing and Waterproofing Inspection

  • Building Envelope Investigation and Analysis
  • Design of Repair and Replacement Systems
  • Moisture Surveys
  • Infrared Testing
  • Membrane Sampling and Testing
  • Roof Management and Life Cycle Cost Programs
  • Roof Materials Testing
  • Roof/Waterproofing
  • Air Barrier Testing
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Construction Phase

Materials Recycling

Raba Kistner Consultants’ innovative approaches and technologies help clients eliminate some of their environmental liability by reducing landfill waste from construction projects. Whether it is glass, asphalt, environmentally affected soils, drill cuttings, or waste concrete, Raba Kistner’s in-house materials consultants have used their experience and and the capabilities of our materials testing lab to successfully reuse these products – previously considered waste – as construction materials for almost 20 years. 

As an example of our materials recycling efforts, Raba Kistner’s materials consultants, engineers, and laboratory technicians can develop mix designs that incorporate recovered materials to meet Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) standards and local government regulations. Our team typically performs Daily Quality Assurance tests to document that products conform to project specifications.

Materials Recycling

  • Pre-demolition assessment evaluation of recyclable materials
  • Mix design development using recycled materials
  • Research and testing programs for reuse of perceived wastes
  • Quality Control/Assurance testing during processing and construction
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Construction Phase

Materials Consulting & Testing

Raba Kistner is known throughout the industry as a leader for providing inspection and testing services of construction materials. Our knowledgeable professionals, along with our vast experience and innovative equipment, protect clients’ interests during construction, and our field representatives operate with minimal disruption to active sites. Standard services include NRMCA batch plant and truck inspections, foundation observation and testing, concrete compressive and flexural strength testing, soils compaction testing, and asphalt quality testing.

Raba Kistner’s special inspection services involve soils, concrete, wood framing, steel, fire proofing, and Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) materials. In the industry, we have set ourselves apart by providing specialized laboratory and field testing. Some tests are conducted to qualify materials, while others are conducted by either non-destructive methods or destructive methods to determine the properties of materials and/or structures.

Specialized Testing Services

  • Alkali Silica Reactivity Testing
  • Rapid Chloride Ion Permeability Testing
  • High-Performance Concrete Mix Designs
  • Maturity Meter Testing of Concrete
  • Fly Ash and Portland Cement Testing
  • Polish Value Testing of Aggregates by the British Pendulum Method
  • Freeze-Thaw Testing of Concrete
  • Resonance Frequency Testing of Concrete
  • Ground Penetrating Radar Testing of Concrete
  • Sulfate Testing of Soils
  • FAA, TxDOT, and Superpave Mix Designs for Asphaltic Concrete
  • Load Testing of Materials and Building Assemblies
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Construction Phase

Environmental Compliance Management

Raba Kistner provides full-service environmental permitting and compliance services for design-build and other transportation infrastructure projects. These services begin during project pre-construction, and continue into the construction and completion phases. The Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SW3P) is among the project types for which we have managed environmental compliance. It is considered the costliest environmental program in terms of material and labor, and is erosion-control mandated under the Texas Pollution Discharge Elimination System (TPDES).

Raba Kistner also has considerable experience advising our infrastructure clients on approaches that protect endangered species, migratory birds, cultural antiquities, and other plants, animals and resources that may be encountered during construction. Our hazardous materials management plans often help clients minimize clean-up costs when hazardous materials are found on infrastructure projects during construction.

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Construction Phase

Construction Materials Engineering & Testing

Private and public sector clients have trusted Raba Kistner for Construction Materials Engineering and Testing (CoMET) services for almost 50 years. Our team of professional engineers and field technicians, along with our continual investments in technology, staff and research, keep Raba Kistner at the forefront of this field. Furthermore, our accurate sampling and testing procedures ensure that construction materials meet project specifications, which results in fewer performance problems and deadline delays. 

Your next project is only as good as the materials that serve as its foundation. Raba Kistner starts with a Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) program designed specifically for each project. This program focuses on the quality and suitability of materials used in construction, as well as the quality of workmanship. These details are reviewed by field representatives with certifications from the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the National Institute for Certification of Engineering Technologies (NICET), the Texas Asphalt Paving Association (TXAPA), and others.

For a complete listing of tests that our materials lab performs, please see the lists below.

ASTM International Procedures

ASTM C-29
ASTM C-31
ASTM C-39
ASTM C-40
ASTM C-42
ASTM C-67
ASTM C-78
ASTM C-88
ASTM C-94
ASTM C-97
ASTM C-109
ASTM C-117
ASTM C-123
ASTM C-127
ASTM C-128
ASTM C-131
ASTM C-136
ASTM C-138
ASTM C-140
ASTM C-142
ASTM C-143
ASTM C-144
ASTM C-151
ASTM C-157
ASTM C-170
ASTM C-172
ASTM C-173
ASTM C-185
ASTM C-187
ASTM C-188
ASTM C-191
ASTM C-192
ASTM C-231
ASTM C-232
ASTM C-233
ASTM C-266
ASTM C-270
ASTM C-293
ASTM C-305
ASTM C-311
ASTM C-330
ASTM C-331
ASTM C-403
ASTM C-404
ASTM C-426
ASTM C-430
ASTM C-469
ASTM C-476 10
ASTM C-490
ASTM C-494
ASTM C-495
ASTM C-496
ASTM C-533
ASTM C-566
ASTM C-567
ASTM C-617
ASTM C-641
ASTM C-666
ASTM C-702
ASTM C-780
ASTM C-805
ASTM C-977
ASTM C-1012
ASTM C-1019
ASTM C-1064
ASTM C-1093
ASTM C-1202
ASTM C-1252
ASTM C-1260
ASTM C-1314
ASTM D-75
ASTM D-420
ASTM D-421
ASTM D-422
ASTM D-558
ASTM D-559
ASTM D-560
ASTM D-698
ASTM D-854
ASTM D-1140
ASTM D-1556
ASTM D-1557
ASTM D-1883
ASTM D-2166
ASTM D-2216
ASTM D-2419
ASTM D-2435
ASTM D-2487
ASTM D-2488
ASTM D-2726
ASTM D-2829
ASTM D-2850
ASTM D-2950
ASTM D-2974
ASTM D-3042
ASTM D-3203
ASTM D-3319 11
ASTM D-3515
ASTM D-3666
ASTM D-3740
ASTM D-4220
ASTM D-4221
ASTM D-4318
ASTM D-4546
ASTM D-4718
ASTM D-4767
ASTM D-4791
ASTM D-4829
ASTM D-4867
ASTM D-5084
ASTM D-5298
ASTM D-5361
ASTM D-5444
ASTM D-5821
ASTM D-6307
ASTM D-6572
ASTM D-6913
ASTM D-6926
ASTM D-6927
ASTM D-6928
ASTM D-6938
ASTM D-6951
ASTM D-7012
ASTM D-7263
ASTM E-303
ASTM E-329
ASTM E-605
ASTM E-736
ASTM F-1869
ASTM C-470
ASTM C-174
ASTM C-511
ASTM C-1437
ASTM C-1506
ASTM C-1231
ASTM C-535
ASTM D-2168
ASTM D-1586
ASTM D-2041
ASTM D-4972
ASTM E-11 9
ASTM E-77
ASTM E-100

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Procedures

AASHTO T-277
AASHTO T-99
AASHTO T-180
AASHTO T-224
AASHTO R-18
AASHTO M-92
AASHTO T-92
AASHTO T-278
AASHTO T-279

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Procedures

Tex 100E
Tex 101E
Tex 103E
Tex 104E
Tex 105E
Tex 106E
Tex 107E
Tex 110E
Tex 111E
Tex 112E
Tex 113E
Tex 114E
Tex 116E
Tex 117E
Tex 120E
Tex 121E
Tex 127E
Tex 128E
Tex 129E
Tex 198E
Tex 200F
Tex 201F
Tex 203F
Tex 204F
Tex 206F
Tex 207F
Tex 208F
Tex 212F
Tex 217F
Tex 226F
Tex 227F
Tex 236F
Tex 241F
Tex 280F
Tex 400A
Tex 401A
Tex 403A
Tex 404A
Tex 406A
Tex 408A
Tex 410A
Tex 411A
Tex 413A
Tex 418A
Tex 426A
Tex 438A
Tex 447A
Tex 460A
Tex 461A
Tex 498A
Tex 530C
Tex 612J
Tex 922K
Tex 925K

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Construction Phase

Construction Engineering & Inspection (CE& I)

Raba Kistner has provided successful construction project administration and coordination for clients throughout the Southwestern US and beyond since 1968. Our services encompass communication and documentation, submittal management, constructability reviews, labor compliance, change order management, and dispute and claim resolution. In addition, we implement the testing and inspection of traffic control mechanisms, earthwork, drainage systems, structure and bridge construction, pavement, and signing, striping, signalization and illumination.

Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI)

  • Construction contract administration
  • Utility relocation coordination and inspection
  • Pre-construction and construction environmental services
  • Hazardous materials coordination
  • Environmental permitting and coordination
  • Materials management and testing frequency compliance
  • Testing and inspections
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Design Phase

Transportation Design Quality Assurance

Raba Kistner provides full-service quality assurance (QA) on major Design-Build and P3 transportation projects. Under these delivery models, the Developer is responsible for the project’s design, including the independent review that ensures the design meets contract requirements. As plan packages are developed, they are reviewed by independent QA and the DOT/Owner. Raba Kistner has provided this review on multiple major projects totaling more than $12 billion in construction value. 

Raba Kistner’s ELVIS (Engineering and Laboratory Vital Information System) is a proprietary, web-based system that accepts design packages and makes them available to various reviewers, who then are able to add comments as to whether the design meets contract requirements or not.Once review of a package is complete, it is forwarded to the designer for response. Accepted responses are then incorporated into the package that is to be released for construction (RFC). The system provides a detailed log for each package so that it can be easily verified that all comments have been resolved.

Features of ELVIS:

  • Web-based, so accessible anywhere there is internet access
  • Comments can be reviewed in real time, maximizing time efficiency
  • Transparent and secure communication between developer, designer and DOT/Owner
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Planning Phase, Construction Phase

Project Management

As the project management group of Raba Kistner, Project Control www.projectcontrol.com and PC Sports www.pcsports.net, protect the Owner’s best interest when project management services are needed. We secure the best design and construction team, manage risks, and ensure project specifications, schedules, and budgets are met. We handle every aspect of the project, from the initial design phase through occupancy, while facilitating consistent communication between all parties and meeting the interests and needs of the Owner.

Project Control and PC Sports offer clients a broad range of project management services, all of which are tailored for each project to meet the needs and desires of the Owner.

Project Management Services include:

  • Site Selection 
  • Programming 
  • Reporting 
  • Budgeting
  • Staff Augmentation
  • Team Building
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Consultant Selection 
  • LEED Certification 
  • Contracting 
  • Scheduling 
  • Monitoring 
  • Value Analysis
  • Integrated QA/Commissioning
  • Close Out

To learn more about our Project Management services, visit www.projectcontrol.com and www.pcsports.net.

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Design Phase

Pavement Design

Be it for a sidewalk or a highway, understanding the impact of subgrade conditions on long-term pavement performance is critical in developing pavement design solutions. At Raba Kistner, we perform traditional pavement thickness determinations based on traffic loading, subgrade, and regional conditions. With that data, we then design solutions that protect the pavement, as well as the subgrade from moisture fluctuations after construction, which improves pavement performance and reduces maintenance costs. 

Raba Kistner’s knowledge of subsurface conditions, pavement design, and materials testing allows us to develop unique solutions for both flexible and rigid pavement systems, as well as newer permeable pavement systems. Our highly qualified staff is familiar with multiple design methodologies.

Pavement Design Services, Accreditations, and Testing Methods include:

  • Flexible Pavement Structures
  • Mechanistic Empirical Design
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)
  • Texas Asphalt Paving Association (TXAPA)
  • Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
  • Portland Cement Association (PCA)
  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
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Design Phase

Geotechnical Engineering

Identifying subsurface conditions and understanding their impact on construction and performance are critical issues on any project. Underground conditions represent risk, and Raba Kistner reduces those risks by putting our geotechnical engineering and geotechnical testing experience to work. Our expertise includes field exploration services, laboratory testing, and engineering evaluation and reporting. We have worked on large, significant projects, and have tailored cost-effective services for each.

Raba Kistner has one of the largest archives of geotechnical data in the Southwest. We tackle site conditions ranging from coastal sands to expansive clay soils to rock formations, and our geotechnical footprint has marked retail centers, sports arenas, convention centers, education and healthcare campuses, military installations, international airports, energy transmission systems, and much more. For each, we utilize our accredited and/or certified laboratories, innovative techniques and equipment, vast experience, and ingenuity to create effective solutions.

Specialty Geotechnical Testing Services

  • Pressuremeter Studies
  • Soil and Rock Instrumentation
  • Conductivity Testing
  • Resistivity Testing
  • Refraction Microtremor (ReMi®)
  • Ground Penetrating Radar
  • Various Specialty Services
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Design Phase

Geophysical Studies

Simply put, many times there are better ways to look “underground" than traditional drilling and sampling methods. Hitting “surprises" during construction often stops projects and costs money. Therefore, minimizing the risk of encountering unforeseen conditions is a great benefit on any project. Raba Kistner has the internal capability to do so utilizing geophysical testing techniques. This methodology allows for a more contiguous look at subsurface conditions than utilizing widely spaced borings, which is critical for identifying subsurface anomalies, including but not limited to solution cavities, voids, highly variable subsurface conditions, groundwater, underground seepage paths, geologic contacts and/or faults.

Geophysical evaluations rely upon the application of physical principles to study the Earth’s interior. Geophysical technologies are utilized to solve a wide range of geologic or geotechnical problems that come up with regard to environmental site assessment (ESA) or site development projects. 

Some examples of geophysical project work conducted by Raba Kistner include:

  • Subsurface detection of geologic strata (e.g., detection and delineation of changing soil or rock conditions, delineation of potentially expansive clay soils) 
  • "Leaking Dam" investigations 
  • Aquifer characterization (e.g., well siting studies, depth to groundwater determinations) 
  • Fault/fracture delineation studies 
  • Karst feature identification/delineation and mapping studies 
  • Identification/delineation of subsurface manmade features (pipelines, buried cables, mining tunnels, etc.) 
  • Resource assessment for aggregate quarry sites (e.g., rock and unconsolidated sediments) 
  • Identification of preferential pathways for contaminant migration in the subsurface (e.g., buried gravel channels, fault zones, fill placement zones, etc.) 
  • Identification and delineation of buried wastes (e.g., closed municipal solid waste landfills, dump sites, etc.)
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Planning Phase

Environmental Due Diligence/Phase I, II, III ESA

Protecting the natural environment and managing risks on our clients’ behalf go hand-in-hand at Raba Kistner. As an established environmental consulting firm, we dedicate the resources and manpower to meet the objectives of each due diligence and regulatory compliance project, including its goals, deadlines and budgets. In addition, we have established professional relationships with key officials, oversight agencies and regulators, which helps to ensure that each job is completed efficiently and effectively.

Environmental Due Diligence/Phase I, II, and III ESAs services include:

Real Property Transactions/Land Development

  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (investigate and document)
  • Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (verify specific concerns)
  • Phase III Environmental Site Assessments (design remediation and mitigation)
  • Historical Reviews
  • Regulated Site Analysis

Geosciences

  • Soil and Groundwater Contamination Assessments
  • Geologic Assessment/Karst Feature Surveys
  • Geophysical Surveys
  • Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Investigations
  • Aggregate Reserves Studies
  • Hydrogeologic Assessments/Water Resource or Availability Studies

Municipal Solid Waste Management

  • Post-Closure Compliance Monitoring
  • Groundwater
  • Leachate Collection
  • Methane Gas
  • Subsurface Characterization
  • Waste Extent and Volume Determinations
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Design Phase

Building Envelope Consulting

During its lifespan, a facility’s most vulnerable components are all part of the building envelope, which includes the foundation, walls, roof and other barriers that separate the interior and exterior environments. Raba Kistner’s building envelope consulting services involve the evaluation, testing, diagnosis, and design of these components to ensure longer life expectancy of the facility, maximum control of energy efficiency, greater comfort to the facility’s occupants, and minimal maintenance costs.

The building envelope is often the most expensive part of a construction project, so having trustworthy information is critical for managing risk. Raba Kistner analyzes data and strategically develops solutions so that sound decisions that are compatible with Owners’ interests and budgets can be made. The building envelope is often the most expensive part of a construction project, so having trustworthy information is critical for managing risk. Raba Kistner analyzes data and strategically develops solutions so that sound decisions are compatible with Owners’ interests and budgets can be determined. 

Building Envelope Consulting Services 

  • Building Envelope Investigation and Analysis 
  • Design of Repair and Replacement Systems 
  • Moisture Surveys 
  • Infrared Testing 
  • Membrane Sampling and Testing 
  • Roof Management and Life Cycle Cost Programs 
  • Roof Materials Testing
  • Roof/Waterproofing
  • Air Barrier Testing
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Planning Phase

Right-of-Way

From start to finish, Raba Kistner can help Owners and Developers of transportation projects manage their Right-Of-Way (ROW) corridor activities. Our ROW team understands the acquisition process for Public Private Partnerships, Design/Build projects, and other large transportation and transmission line initiatives. We support ROW projects with an in-house Quality Management System that provides accuracy and efficiency, and our Infrastructure project managers are seasoned ROW professionals with a proven performance record.

Raba Kistner's ROW services are fully integrated, so clients can engage us for a single phase or to complete the entire process of providing a project corridor that is ready for construction. Regardless of the scope of services we provide, Raba Kistner pledges to provide sound recommendations, constant communication, trustworthy management, and timely delivery of each ROW project.

Acquisition Services

  • Provide ROW cost estimates
  • Perform value engineering with design team
  • Prioritize acquisitions according to utility conflicts and construction sequencing
  • Manage independent real estate fee appraisers to determine parcel values
  • Offer and negotiate settlements with property owners and attorneys
  • Prepare and file Eminent Domain packages for condemnation
  • Provide relocation assistance per the Federal Uniform Act
  • Manage assets of acquired parcels
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Planning Phase

Property Condition Assessment

The circumstances for needing a property assessment are diverse. Owners rely on Raba Kistner for Whole Building Assessments to learn how systems are working to support space utilization and to develop a repair and improvement program. Property Condition Assessments evaluate a building's components to estimate maintenance and capital repair costs. Damage Assessments identify disaster or emergency damage and provide costs for repairs and recommendations for improvements that strengthen the facility. 

Property Assessment Services include:

  • ADA/TDLR Compliance
  • Building Interior Elements
  • Civil/Site Development and Amenities - Pavements, Entrances, and Sidewalks
  • Document Review - Drawings, Specifications, Reports, and Records
  • Fire Protection and Life Safety Regulations
  • Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Systems
  • Structure, Foundation, and Exterior Wall Systems
  • Vertical Conveyance/Elevators
  • Lease/Tenant/Retail Planning
  • Building Systems Assessments
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Moisture Control
  • LEED Consulting
  • Fire/Smoke Damage Repairs
  • Windstorm/Water Damage
  • Insurance Consulting
  • Security Planning
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Planning Phase, Design Phase, Construction Phase

Program Management

As the program management group of Raba Kistner, Project Control www.projectcontrol.com and PC Sports www.pcsports.net, offer a unique Program Management process that represents a higher level of planning for multiple workstreams and managing multiple related projects. In this role, we secure the best design and construction teams, manage risks, and ensure project specifications, budgets, and schedules are met. We handle every aspect of the program, from the initial design phase through occupancy, while facilitating consistent communication between all parties and meeting the interests and needs of the Owner.

The program management group of Raba Kistner, Project Control www.projectcontrol.com and PC Sports www.pcsports.net, has the specialized experienced resources to provide Program Management, Project Management, and Owner’s Representation for new construction, maintenance and repair, renovation, and expansion. Throughout the lifecycle of our Client’s physical assets, Project Control and PC Sports provide guidance on policies, planning, funding sources, scheduling, sequencing, and strategic allocation of resources. From a single building to an entire campus, from a parking lot to a sports and entertainment complex, Project Control and PC Sports develop and execute tailored programs that achieve the Client’s ultimate goals.

Project Control and PC Sports proven methodology involves identifying, assessing, and controlling the high-risk areas in the life cycle of a Client’s physical assets. Our intent is to act as an extension of the staff, serving as a trusted advisor on key project decisions.

Program Management Services include:

  • Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Procurement
  • Project Management

To learn more about our Program Management services, visit www.projectcontrol.com or www.pcsports.net.

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Planning Phase

Geology & Hydrogeologic Investigations

When projects involve environmental or geological concerns, or when resource conservation is necessary, Raba Kistner can represent clients during interactions with regulatory and other government agencies, as well as local communities. Our involvement begins during the project planning stage, when we develop recommendations and strategies based on sound science, knowledge of regulatory compliance, and the common sense and team coordination for which Raba Kistner has been known to provide clients since 1968. 

During implementation, an experienced team of professionals, vast research resources, and long-term relationships with regulatory and other governmental agencies support our strategies and tactics. Meanwhile, Raba Kistner’s deep commitment to the best interests of clients’ projects, along with high standards of ethical business practices, help to ensure successful solutions.

Geosciences Services

  • Environmental Site Assessments, Phases I-III
  • Petroleum Storage Tank Investigations
  • Release Determination/Contamination and Waste Assessments
  • Regulatory Compliance Consulting
  • Geologic Mapping/Karst Feature Assessments and Surveys
  • Affected Soils Management/Construction Planning
  • Hydrogeologic Assessments/Water Resource or Availability Studies
  • Ground Geophysical Surveys
  • Aggregate Reserves Studies
  • Environmental Remediation/Clean-Ups
  • Landfill Assessments, Permitting, and Post-Closure Care Monitoring
  • Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Plans
  • Industrial Storm Water Permitting
  • Geographic Information System
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Planning Phase

Environmental Planning & Permitting

Compliance with State and Federal environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), can be a daunting task for project owners and their engineers. Raba Kistner, which has one of the leading environmental consulting teams in the Southwestern U.S., has successfully navigated complex projects led by numerous state and federal agencies. Our environmental professionals are highly-qualified and well-positioned to assist public and private clients with all Environmental Planning and Permitting needs.

Raba Kistner understands that providing Environmental Planning and Permitting services requires a multi-pronged approach, which involves using sound science to address natural resources, while ensuring regulatory compliance and ultimately, every project’s success. We are committed to excellent customer service, which extends to the entire project team and throughout the project duration.

Environmental Planning and Permitting Services

  • Clean Water Act Compliance (Section 404 Permitting for streams and wetlands) 
  • Ecological Condition Assessments (e.g. Texas Rapid Assessment Method - TXRAM) 
  • Environmental Impact Assessments 
    • Environmental Impact Document (EID) (TWDB) 
    • Environmental Report (ER) (USDA) 
    • Categorical Exclusion (CE)
    • Environmental Assessment (EA)
    • Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
    • HUD Environmental Review Record 
  • Indirect and Cumulative Effects Analysis 
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act Compliance 
  • Master Planning Support (Ecological)
  • Presidential Permits 
  • Public Involvement/Community Outreach 
  • Threatened and Endangered Species Assessments 
  • Traffic Noise Analysis

To read more about Raba Kistner’s environmental capabilities specifically related to Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) projects, visit our TxDOT Teaming Resources page.

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Planning Phase

Coastal Protection and Restoration

The Raba Kistner team has provided professional coastal engineering and scientific services for more than 15 years. With an excellent reputation for comprehensive project services, Raba Kistner's team has the technical expertise to design, permit, and construct a variety of coastal projects ranging from structural solutions to beach and wetland restoration. We coordinate effectively with local, state, and federal agencies that permit and oversee coastal programs, which result in the completion of projects on time and on budget.

Raba Kistner staff have developed projects along the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts for clients, including state and federal agencies and coastal communities. Coastal resiliency planning, inter-governmental coordination, public outreach, and consensus-building are tools that we have used to assist coastal communities develop effective coastal protection solutions.

Coastal Protection and Restoration Services include: 

  • Shoreline protection 
  • Port and navigation design 
  • Recreational marina design
  • Beach and wetland restoration 
  • Resiliency studies 
  • Artificial reef design
  • Offshore investigations
  • Coastal resource database design and management 
  • Agency coordination 
  • Permitting Construction management 
  • Post-construction monitoring
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Planning Phase

Archaeology/Cultural Resources

Having worked on hundreds of projects that encompass all aspects of archaeological discoveries, Raba Kistner is uniquely qualified to assist both public and private clients with cultural resources compliance, from the planning and design phases through post-construction monitoring. Our experience with operating under the jurisdiction of local, state, and federal oversight agencies helps to ensure that compliance is achieved in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Depending on the source of project funding, permitting necessities, and land ownership, development projects can fall under the jurisdiction of local development codes, the Antiquities Code of Texas, or Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). The incidental discovery of archaeological materials during construction can mushroom into costly compliance delays that can greatly impact project completion. Raba Kistner’s many resources, including an archaeological processing laboratory, a geographic information system (GIS), GPS units, ground-penetrating radar, and other equipment and laboratories, may be used to satisfy such compliance requirements.

Archaeology/Cultural Resources include:

  • Archival and Historic Background Research 
  • File and Literature Search 
  • Land Use Studies 
  • Standing Structure Surveys 
  • National Register of Historic Places Nominations 
  • Construction Monitoring 
  • Geomorphological Investigations 
  • Phase I Pedestrian Surveys (Reconnaissance, Pedestrian, and Intensive Surveys) 
  • Phase II National Register of Historic Places Eligibility Testing 
  • Phase III Data Recovery Investigations 
  • Petrographic Analysis 
  • Laboratory Processing Curation Preparation 
  • Cemetery Relocations
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