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:
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.
We have over 25 years of stormwater experience with almost every stormwater permit that has been issued by the EPA and TCEQ to include the MSGP and Construction permits.
Our sector experience includes sectors: A, B, C, E, F, I, J, K, L, N, P, Q, T, AA, AB, AD
Raba Kistner has successfully negotiated stormwater issues on our client’s behalf with the TCEQ and we have extensive experience integrating the MSGP and Construction permits or separating and segregating them when and where advantageous for our client’s goals and objectives.
Our Stormwater Compliance Services are managed centrally for consistency and quality control, but are executed locally from our Houston, Dallas, or San Antonio offices for economy, responsiveness and understanding of local issues and concerns.
On the required periodic schedule, Raba Kistner will conduct the following services as required by the Texas Pollution Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) – Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP):
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:
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:
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
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:
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:
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Private and public sector clients have trusted Raba Kistner for Construction Materials Engineering and Testing (CoMET) services for 50 years and counting. 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-476 10
ASTM D-3319 11
ASTM E-11 9
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Procedures⇑⇓
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Procedures⇑⇓
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)
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:
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:
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:
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
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:
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
Municipal Solid Waste Management
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.
Building Envelope Consulting Services
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.
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:
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:
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.
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
To read more about Raba Kistner’s environmental capabilities specifically related to Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) projects, visit our TxDOT Teaming Resources page.
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: