IKEA AND CITY BOULEVARD – SUMMIT is currently working on the City Boulevard Extension and IKEA Boulevard as well as the remediation to the I-85 on/off ramps at City Boulevard. SUMMIT is performing quality control testing during all phases of construction for the proposed roadways. The Charlotte City Council approved re- zoning in May for the international home furnishing retailer’s 345,000 square-foot facility located off I-85 at the City Boulevard Exit. The 30-acre site is part of a larger 205-acre tract which Crescent Resources, LLC plans to develop a lifestyle center of shops, restaurants and residences over the next five years.
Track Mounted Drilling Platform — As part of the continuing demand for our Geotechnical Engineering services, SUMMIT acquired a tracked mounted drill rig in October of 2007. This rubber tracked rig will allow SUMMIT to provide timely and cost effective drilling solutions for our clients. By eliminating the need for drilling subcontractors, the turn around time for geotechnical projects will decrease drastically. Our track mounted rig couples all-terrain capabilities with the ability to operate in finished areas without damage or need for additional protection. Additionally, the rig offers low height clearance of 12 ½ feet allowing access to the interior of buildings for investigations. The powerful two-speed SIMCO operational platform will allow the rig to operate to depths of up to 100 feet, and the light weight unit can easily be transported by barge or crane to perform specific geotechnical investigations.
SUMMIT is pleased to announce the addition of a key member to our team of professionals, Mr. Jarrus Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell adds a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of construction and geotechnical materials testing as well as structural steel quality control and assurance. Mr. Mitchell’s previous project experience includes construction administration, materials testing and inspections, and project management for horizontal and vertical construction projects. Additionally, Mr. Mitchell has experience in providing property condition assessments and architectural reviews. The addition of Mr. Mitchell now allows SUMMIT to perform in-house structural steel inspections utilizing advanced Ultrasonic, NDT and visual inspections.
SUMMIT will be relocating to a new office later this year. Renovation planning has started, and construction is expected to be completed by fall 2006. The 12,000 SF building offers sufficient space to improve the office environment and allow for the growth of our expanding laboratory and engineering staff. Current plans include the creation of 21 offices, advanced laboratory facilities, plan room and exercise facilities for our employees.
We are pleased to announce that Mr. William C. Howland, Jr., “Jay” has joined the SUMMIT team as Senior Engineer. Mr. Howland is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina with eighteen years of experience and a degree in Civil Engineering from Duke University. Mr. Howland has extensive technical experience in the areas of soil stabilization, shallow and deep foundation inspection, steel inspection, fireproofing inspection, and asphaltic and Portland cement concrete testing.
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Michael Zavislak, NRCC-EAC, CHMM, EIT joined the SUMMIT team as our Environmental Services Manager. Mr. Zavislak provides SUMMIT with over 10 years of environmental engineering experience. Previous environmental experience includes managing and operating several environmental laboratories, performing numerous environmental research projects, and managing and performing a multitude of environmental projects that include asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I/II/III Environmental Site Assessments (ESA), Polychlorinated Biphenyl’s (PCBs), wetlands, hazardous waste, storm water, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC), Underground Storage Tank (UST) closures, soil and groundwater contamination monitoring and remediation, and construction management.
We are pleased to announce that Ms. Mimi Hourani joined the SUMMIT team in May of 2005. In addition to her 10 years of laboratory testing experience, Ms. Hourani provides SUMMIT with the experience to perform advanced laboratory testing on construction materials. Mimi currently holds ACI, NICET III and NCDOT laboratory technician certifications in soils and concrete. Ms. Hourani has provided laboratory services for such clients as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Duke Power, VDOT, NCDOT and SCDOT, has provided mix design and analysis for numerous local concrete and asphalt companies, and has worked on large construction projects such as the Northlake Mall and Lake Wateree Dam.