The team at Terra-Petra is excited to be involved with the construction of a project for an organization called “Family House” in San Francisco. Family House is a not-for-profit organization which offers free-of-charge housing for qualifying families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital. The site of this project (The Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House) is near the new location of the hospital in Mission Bay.
Qualifying families live more than 50 miles away and prior to 1981 had to participate in a nightly lottery to get a mat to sleep on the floor of a UCSF conference room. Otherwise many would sleep in their cars or pay for costly hotel rooms nearby. This inconvenience and sometimes financial burden would only add to the stress of dealing with home and work coverage, sibling care, transportation issues, pet care, changing appointments and so on, all at the same time as dealing with the emotional difficulties of having a child with a serious illness.
In 1981, Dr. Arthur Albin and his wife, Debbie, co-founded the first Family House which housed 10 families per night. A second house opened in 2002 to house an additional 24 families free of charge. Today, over 2000 families are served. After the opening of this new project in Mission Bay, with which Terra-Petra is proud to be involved, an additional 200 units will be added.
On September 17, 2014, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for this remarkable project. Mayor Edwin Lee, The Archbishop Riordan High School Marching Band and the SFPD Mounted Police were in attendance. Currently in the construction phase, move in for the development is projected for 11/30/15.
The link below is a time lapse video, in which the two phases of Terra-Petra’s involvement with this remarkable project include the entire foundation being covered in green and then with black layers of coating. The section of the video where the green layer is applied shows the VI-20 base layer of the membrane sandwich while the black layers are both the spray-applied Liquid Boot membrane and the geotextile protection course. The soil gas and waterproofing system, two separate mobilizations, took just 5 days to install and covered 30,000 square feet. This efficient installation had little to no impact on the overall construction schedule which made the architect, owner and general contractor extremely satisfied.
The system was designed to address three separate compliance matters: the corrosive soil requirements, waterproofing site specific design issues, as well as the Maher Ordinance, which is enforced by the San Francisco Public Health Department. Terra-Petra provided a single source manufacturer to address all three issues efficiently and effectively.
Terra-Petra is very excited to welcome Josh Heidt aboard to continue our expansion of our building waterproofing division.
Prior to coming on board with us in late 2014, he started his career in the late 1980s working as a manufacturer’s sales representative for the Mirafi brand, which manufactures 15 different types of geocomposite drainage panels along with a cold and hot fluid applied system, blind side systems and more.
Over the last 25 years Joshn has provided building waterproofing consulting on specific waterproofing systems: below grade, under slab, between-slab, permeable and non-permeable air and vapor barriers, roof decks, vegetative roof applications, pools on podiums over occupied space, compatibility issues with different products, the detailing of area drains, pipe penetrations, waterproofing tie-ins and much more.
Contact Terra-Petra for your company’s building waterproofing needs!
This year, we celebrate the continued growth of our environmental engineering firm… from Los Angeles, to San Francisco to our latest office in New York City! We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work on so many amazing projects and with so many incredible companies…from the west coast to the east coast and in many states in between.
Below are a few photo highlights of our team enjoying a great dinner and good company at Tam O’Shanter in Glendale, California on December 18th…Terra-Petra’s annual holiday bash was a great success.
Cheers to a great year and to the New Year ahead!
Terra-Petra’s Professional Engineer (PE Civil) and Vietnam Veteran, John R. Conaway has over 40 years of experience in project supervision, development, evaluation, training, and safety. He has earned a reputation for his expertise in design and inspection of methane mitigation systems and waterproofing for commercial and residential structures. John has worked with solid waste disposal, environmental engineering, managing road and facility maintenance and construction, permitting, project engineering and design in California, Nevada, and North Carolina.
This impressive and expansive career track started when John received a draft notice in late 1965, when the military presence started to increase in Viet Nam. On July 28, 1965, during a noontime press conference, President Johnson announced that he would send 44 additional combat battalions to Vietnam increasing the U.S. military presence to 125,000 men. Monthly draft calls were doubled from 17,000 to 35,000. “I have asked the commanding general, General Westmoreland, what more he needs to meet this mounting aggression,” Johnson said. “…we will meet his needs. We cannot be defeated by force of arms. We will stand in Vietnam.”
He further commented “…I do not find it easy to send the flower of our youth, our finest young men, into battle. I have spoken to you today of the divisions and the forces and the battalions and the units, but I know them all, every one. I have seen them in a thousand streets, of a hundred towns, in every state in this union-working and laughing and building, and filled with hope and life. I think I know, too, how their mothers weep and how their families sorrow.”
Instead of going into the army, as he had expected, John went into the US Marine Corps, and served from Jan. 1966 to Jan. 1968. He received his training at Camp Pendleton, California, and was later transferred to Camp Lejeune, NC. One of the highlights of his service was being selected to run the supply department on a 3-month “Caribbean cruise.” During the cruise, his ship broke down, allowing him to spend several weeks in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The photo,of John above was taken after during war games in November 1966 on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. He achieved the rank of sergeant in 18 months, which was a record time for getting to the rank of E-5.
Although he came close several times, John was able to avoid being sent to fight on the front lines in Vietnam, although he is still considered a Vietnam-era vet.