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JUL-SEP 2017

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47 JUL-SEP 2017 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS New offices have also led to new clients, many of whom value the work of Building & Earth to such an extent that they request the company to travel outside of their typical areas for their next projects. For example, an existing client in North Carolina requested Building & Earth work with them on a project in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "We've been there with them for three years now, additionally servicing almost the entire naval base for their construction testing needs with various contractors," said Bhate. "Another client requested that the firm provide services on three distribution center projects in Canada." Added Cowen, "When we get an opportunity to engage with people, we do a good job of listening. Oftentimes, they like how we work and take us other places. Thankfully we are able to travel very well wherever a client wants us to travel for their projects." Building & Earth ventures all over the United States and across borders on projects, and now boasts 16 offices around the Southeast and Midwest. This year alone the company added two new offices in Oklahoma and a field location in North Carolina. "The growth we've experienced is a combination of organic growth and via acquisitions where we have picked up projects and moved into new markets," said Matt Adams, Building & Earth's director of corporate client development and marketing. "This growth helps us better serve our clients and provides exciting opportunities for new employees." Also helping the company serve its customers better is its ever-expanding services. In the past few years Building & Earth has added equipment that has extended its geophysical capabilities, including seismic refraction and refraction microtremor devices. Seismic refraction is a geophysical technique that uses seismic waves to interpret the depth and layer velocities of soil, partially weathered rock and competent rock. This is particularly useful in determining which excavation equipment and techniques to use for rock removal, as well as subsurface mapping of bedrock. The refraction microtremor device involves the passing of seismic waves through rock and soil in order to assign the Seismic Site Class for a project. It is used to determine in-place shear-wave (S -wave) velocities to a depth of 100 feet.

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