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Terra-Petra visists Tremco Commercial in Ohio

June 19, 2014

One of our fearless leaders, GM/VP, Justin Conaway, visited and toured Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing Division in Ohio this week

Terra-Petra plant tour at Tremco Commercial Sealants and Waterproofing DivisionTremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing (CS&W) is North America’s foremost supplier of sealant, weatherproofing, and passive fire control solutions for commercial and residential construction and industrial applications. For generations, Tremco CS&W has successfully provided products and services to architects, engineers, home builders, contractors and building owners worldwide. When it comes to protecting and weatherproofing the entire building envelope, Tremco CS&W is uniquely positioned to provide single-source products, services and solutions.

Tremco CS&W is part of Tremco Incorporated, an RPM International Inc. affiliate company employing over 3,500 people in dozens of locations around the world. Tremco Incorporated consists of operating divisions specializing in the manufacture and sale of roofing materials and services, construction sealants, glazing and gaskets, waterproofing systems, concrete admixtures and sealers, grouts and mortars, firestopping systems and a host of custom designed products, programs and services dedicated to the worldwide construction, maintenance and repair industries. Tremco Incorporated entities include Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing, Tremco illbruck International, Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance, Tremco Barrier Solutions and The Euclid Chemical Company. All Tremco Incorporated facilities are ISO 9001/9002 Registered. To better represent the broad range of entrepreneurial companies within the structure, these companies are referred to as RPM Building Solutions Group.


One of the highlights was the tour of Tremco’s green roof at the company headquarters in Beachwood, Ohio. TERRA-PETRA TOURS TREMCO HQ

Terra-Petra Spotlight…Richard McClanahan

April 11, 2014

Richard PhotoSenior CAD Engineer, Richard McClanahan, started working with Terra-Petra in September of 2001. He’s been with our company longer than any other member of our ever-growing team of experts.

Richard holds a degree in drafting and design from ITT Technical Institute. He is certified for inspection of all approved membrane systems including CETCO’s Liquid Boot and Tremco’s Paraseal, and now in the process of renewing his Deputy Methane Barrier Inspector (DMBI) License and 40 Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (40 HAZWOPER) certification. Over the years, Richard has obtained every certification available with respect to methane and waterproofing installation inspection.

As our Senior CAD Engineer, all design projects begin on Richard’s desk before being filtered through to the rest of the design team. On occasions when Terra-Petra’s Field Director Dan Valdez needs the help of an extra inspector, Richard can also be found in the field. Richard appreciates the fact that his position allows him to be continually immersed and involved in the design and construction processes.

Prior to beginning his career with Terra-Petra and helping the company get its start, Richard worked for a firm also involved in methane mitigation. Some noticeable differences between Terra-Petra and his previous employer are the level of honesty and integrity within the work environment and the work itself. Richard notes Terra-Petra’s willingness to work and communicate with the client to find the quickest, most efficient design solution. This is a valuable company asset which sets Terra-Petra apart from others in the industry.

Richard resides in Channel Island Harbor in Oxnard, California. He’s a single man with no children, and a very eligible bachelor. Beyond the technicalities of work, Richard has an artistic side and spends his free time drawing and painting as well as socializing with friends. One of his most memorable experiences with Terra-Petra was being present for the excavation of a fossilized saber tooth tiger on a job site in Los Angeles. He took the opportunity to get within feet of the fossils and see them firsthand. Richard credits Terra-Petra for providing him with this unique experience, one which few people ever get to witness.

In the not-so-distant future, Mr. McClanahan aspires to become a homeowner while advancing his position within Terra-Petra. He’d like to explore the possibility of advancing to the position of Project Manager, and is well aware of the extra responsibility that this would need. Throughout his years in the industry, Richard’s learned the importance of working well with others and maintaining professionalism in all communication and coordination efforts. He believes Terra-Petra benefits from continually implementing more and more efficient communication procedures between specific team members on projects. As Terra-Petra continues to grow and expand nationally, Richard’s dedicated drafting services will be a key factor for maintaining the output of quality designs for our clients.  He’s been such an important member of the Terra-Petra team since day one; no one can overlook his contributions to our company and what he’s done to help us to become a major force within the methane industry.

California-based earthquake + structural engineering company Miyamoto International wins “Global Best Projects” award from engineering publication ENR

April 9, 2014


“It is our responsibility as engineers to do the right thing. We know how to mitigate risk and save lives.” – Dr. Kit Miyamoto, Miyamoto International.

California-based earthquake + structural engineering company Miyamoto International won a “Global Best Projects” award from the prestigious engineering publication, ENR, it was announced last week.  Miyamoto International took top honors in the Renovation/Repair category. The winning entry was for the repair of 10,000+ earthquake-damaged homes in Haiti, a major initiative led by the Government of Haiti, USAID, the World Bank, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and Miyamoto. The program helped Haitians return to homes repaired to withstand future earthquakes after a 7.0-magnitude quake devastated the country in 2010.

After initially traveling to the stricken country to help assess the damage and finding many homes not reinforced to withstand earthquakes, Miyamoto partnered with PADF and other local organizations to train Haitian masons, engineers and contractors on modern building techniques that meet international seismic standards. While most other relief efforts focused on temporary tent camps after the disaster, Miyamoto and its partners spearheaded a plan that was more cost-effective and long-lasting: fix people’s homes and rebuild them to last.


The initial 500-house pilot program was so successful, Miyamoto and its partners expanded the pilot and repaired 10,000+ houses in Port-au-Prince and nearby Leogane.

“Earthquakes don’t kill people; buildings kill people,” said Miyamoto International CEO Dr. H. Kit Miyamoto. “It’s is our responsibility as engineers to do the right thing. We know how to mitigate risk and save lives. We know how to prevent these disasters.”  The award will be presented to the winners in New York City May 13.

Part of his team in Haiti also focuses on repairing schools. Since his first visit to Haiti, he has started a nonprofit, Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief, to respond to disasters worldwide.

Terra-Petra Spotlight… Daniel Valdez

March 21, 2014

ImageDaniel Valdez is Terra-Petra’s Director of Field Operations. Dan has worked for Terra-Petra since September of 2005. In charge of our Inspection Division, he’s responsible for all construction administration activities reporting to Justin Conaway, General Manager on the status and growth of projects.  Dan also organizes and coordinates Terra-Petra’s inspectors, and distributes and oversees jobs accordingly in order to keep Terra-Petra’s inspection team working and responding efficiently to all client requests.

Dan holds the highest number of construction-related certifications at Terra-Petra. He is a registered Deputy Methane Barrier Inspector (DMBI) and is certified for inspection of all approved methane and waterproofing barrier installations. He’s also completed the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) Confined Space and 40 HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) training courses as well as the Refinery Safety Overview (RSO) training by the Occupational Safety Councils of America.  Dan holds site-specific orientation certifications for multiple oil refineries in Southern California and in addition to these trainings and certifications in Los Angeles County, he’s certified for inspections on behalf of the Huntington Beach Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority.

Starting his days with a morning coordination of all inspection projects, Dan communicates with all of Terra-Petra’s inspectors to check the status of membrane installations to oversee the workload.  Along with conducting inspections himself, Dan also attends site conference meetings, meets with superintendents, and responds to all installation questions from contractors and installers. Of course, he occasionally checks in at the office to provide feedback on designs and responding to requests for information.

Prior to Terra-Petra, Dan, like multiple members of Terra Petra team, worked in the pizza industry. He was the owner of a pizza business and worked day and night as well as weekends. He notes the biggest differences between his career with Terra-Petra and that in the pizza business is that he does not own the company, and Justin Conaway (Terra Petra’s General Manager) no longer deliver pizzas for him. These huge differences have made Dan appreciate his position at Terra-Petra. He now works a standard work week and finds himself working at many locations throughout the week. Although the constant commuting into and around L.A. would be hardly enjoyable to anyone, Dan appreciates that his position keeps him active and mobile!

Terra-Petra has given Dan the opportunity to spend the majority of his time working outdoors, which is the aspectImage of his job that he enjoys the most. Dan appreciates the construction environment in general as well as the relationships he has established over the years. He finds it very rewarding to have been a part of the construction process once a building has been completed.

Dan also notes the inherent danger of working in a construction environment. He recalls witnessing a crane tipping over and causing a worker to be impaled through the leg by rebar. From that experience, Dan knows the importance of being alert and respectful of heavy machinery, as well as to report unsafe working conditions as soon as possible to avoid injuries. He’s also learned to avoid certain areas of a construction site as much as possible–“Port-o-Potties” and outhouses in particular!

Dan spends his personal time playing softball, exercising, enjoying the outdoors, watching sports and finding good places to eat. He lives in Ventura County and as a single dad of two daughters, ages 16 and 12, he enjoys spending as much time with them as possible. He also hopes to one day be the proud owner of a canine friend.

In the next five to ten years, Dan sees himself helping to expand Terra-Petra’s inspection field. He plans to help Terra-Petra cover more ground in the construction industry beyond methane and waterproofing. Specifically, he sees the field of concrete as a viable route for the inspection division to explore. According to Dan, the single most important lesson he has learned while in his position is that more communication leads to better preparation and work progress. He hopes that Terra-Petra will continue to benefit from further implementation of this principle in exchanging information between design and inspection divisions. Over his nine-year tenure at Terra-Petra, Dan’s role and input have been and will continue to be crucial to our company’s growth and expansion.


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