F&R Welcomes Rommel Fajardo, PE as Jessup BD Manager

October 16th, 2018

We are so happy to welcome Rommel Fajardo, PE to the F&R family! Rommel is serving as Business Development Manager operating out of F&R’s Jessup, Maryland office. Rommel started with us a short time ago, and has already made noticeable impacts with clients and staff alike. A 35 year veteran of the engineering world, this… Read more »

Special Inspections Learning Event

September 27th, 2018

Special Inspections Under the 2015 International Building Code In Accordance with Chapter 17 CSI Blue Ridge Chapter is pleased to provide an in-depth training session addressing Special Inspections.  Designed for architects, engineers, general contractors and other construction professionals, this educational seminar is a deep dive into IBC 2015 presented by leading experts in inspections of various disciplines of… Read more »

Landfill Leachate Management Training

September 25th, 2018

At F&R we believe that improving knowledge of landfill operations leads to more obtainable and sustainable  short and long-term objectives for your facilities. To that end, we have developed a series of FREE half-day  training sessions and discussion events designed to give managers, operators, and industry consultants an  opportunity to expand your base of professional… Read more »

Speaking in Code – Developing Concrete Mix Proportions

September 10th, 2018

Getting Down in the Weeds with the New Concrete Code Download a Printable Copy CODES AND STANDARDS DISCUSSED IN THIS ARTICLE: ACI 318-14 “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete” ACI 301-10 “Specifications for Structural Concrete” ACI 301-16 “Specifications for Structural Concrete” Are you one of those people who would read a lot more if only… Read more »

F&R Welcomes Back Alex Robinson as Charlotte Branch Manager

August 21st, 2018

We are thrilled to welcome back Alex Robinson, PE to the F&R family as Manager of our Charlotte Operations Center. Alex was formerly with us in the Roanoke office for many years where he worked primarily in the water resources group (dams) while dabbling in both geotechnical and materials testing work. Since then, in addition… Read more »

Landfill Life of Site Plan Training

August 14th, 2018

At F&R we believe that improving knowledge of landfill operations leads to more obtainable and sustainable  short and long-term objectives for your facilities. To that end, we have developed a series of FREE half-day  training sessions and discussion events designed to give managers, operators, and industry consultants an  opportunity to expand your base of professional… Read more »

Landfill Density Improvement Plan Training

June 22nd, 2018

At F&R we believe that improving knowledge of landfill operations leads to more obtainable and sustainable  short and long-term objectives for your facilities. To that end, we have developed a series of FREE half-day  training sessions and discussion events designed to give managers, operators, and industry consultants an  opportunity to expand your base of professional… Read more »

Speaking in Code – Soils Special Inspections Required by IBC

May 17th, 2018

Download a Printable Copy What special inspections are required by the IBC building code?   Let’s start the conversation with IBC Chapter 17 “Special Inspections and Tests”, section 1705.6. 1705.6 Soils. Special inspections and tests of existing site soil conditions, fill placement and load bearing requirements shall be performed in accordance with this section and Table 1705.6. The approved… Read more »

Gary Bruce Named Vice President

May 3rd, 2018

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Gary A. Bruce, PE to Vice President. A Senior Engineer, Gary has vast experience throughout Virginia and the southeastern region, the majority of which was gained managing F&R’s Roanoke office. He has been an invaluable asset to our firm; mentoring staff, providing clients with dedicated and responsive… Read more »

Practice Good (Industrial) Hygiene – New OSHA Silica Standards

May 2nd, 2018

Download a Printable Copy Silica is common in many materials found on construction and other sites including soil, sand, concrete, masonry, rock, and landscaping materials. The dust that is created by disturbing these materials can contain respirable crystalline silica (RCS) particles. As of the date of this article, everyone is likely aware of the new… Read more »

Speaking in Code – IBC Building Code “Referenced Standards”

March 1st, 2018

Download a Printable Copy Compliance with the Standard = Compliance with the Code IBC Chapter 35 contains numerous referenced standards (codes) that are used to regulate construction materials  and methods of construction.  Compliance with the referenced standard is necessary to accomplish compliance with the code. Let’s say that you are doing concrete special inspections on a project. What… Read more »

Dawn Best Joins F&R’s Business Development Team

November 20th, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Dawn Best has joined the F&R family as Business Development Manager in our Chesapeake office, which serves the greater Hampton Roads and eastern Virginia region. Dawn comes to us with over 15 years of experience in all aspects of business development, particularly with respect to the federal market. Her… Read more »

Speaking in Code – Sprayed Fire Resistant Materials…A Heated Discussion

November 7th, 2017

Download a Printable Copy Sprayed fire-resistant material (SFRM), often referred to as “spray-applied fireproofing”, is a passive fire protection material intended for direct application to structural building members. They are predominantly cementitious or mineral-fiber-based, with the fire-resistive qualities and physical characteristics varying widely between the respective types. Project fire protection specifications may often be vague and inadequate but… Read more »

Ray Hoffman to Lead F&R’s Landfill Services Division

November 1st, 2017

It is with pleasure that we announce Ray Hoffman, PE has joined the F&R family to serve as Director of Landfill Services.  Ray comes to us with an extensive background in landfill related engineering and construction experience performed across the mid-Atlantic region.  His versatility in all areas of landfill services including design, construction, operations and… Read more »

F&R Welcomes Back Andy Frank for Transportation Role

October 16th, 2017

We are pleased to welcome Andrew Frank, PE back to F&R to assume the position of Virginia Transportation Program Manager. A Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Andy returns to us bringing his vast experience throughout Virginia and the southeastern region, the majority of which was gained working in F&R’s Roanoke office. He has been an invaluable asset… Read more »

Speaking in Code – Geotechnical Engineering, Soils & the CODE…All the Dirt.

August 7th, 2017

Download a Printable Copy The word “geotechnical” is actually pretty new insofar as the building code is concerned and particularly the International (IBC) Building Code. Prior to the issuance of IBC 2009, the word geotechnical was missing from the IBC code. The words “geotechnical report” first popped up in IBC 2009, section 1704.7 when we… Read more »

F&R Announces Three New Senior Professionals

July 18th, 2017

Dan Schaefer, chair of the F&R Senior Professional Committee announced that three new professional staff members have successfully completed our Senior Professional Program and received certification as a Senior Professional by a board of their peers. We are pleased to introduce our new “Seniors”: Jeffrey S. Morris, PE, Senior Engineer –  The Geotechnical Department Manager… Read more »

Dr. Gary Pasquarell named Vice President of Quality and Technical Training

June 20th, 2017

F&R is pleased to announce that Gary C. Pasquarell, PhD, PE has been named Vice President of Quality and Technical Training.  In this new role, Dr. Pasquarell (Gary, formerly F&R’s Director of Quality and Training) will direct the company training and quality control programs and to ensure implementation of those programs in each of our 12… Read more »

Groundbreaking for New F&R Crozet

June 14th, 2017

F&R is thrilled to announce that we have broken ground on our brand spanking new Crozet operations center. F&R Crozet, led by Manager, Clyde Simmons, PE, has been operating in an office busting at the seams for years, with staff working in tandem in office spaces meant for one, makeshift walls constructed out of an abundance… Read more »

Speaking in Code – Back to Basics – What Are Special Inspections?

May 15th, 2017

Download a printable copy Special inspections is defined by the International Building Code (IBC) as “the inspection of construction requiring the expertise of an approved special inspector in order to ensure compliance with the code and the approved construction documents”.  Special Inspections includes both testing and inspection of the materials, installation, fabrication, erection or placement of components and… Read more »

Alan Tuck the Newest Member of the DHCD Ad-Hoc Committee

March 24th, 2017

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has asked F&R’s very own Alan Tuck to be a member of the Ad-Hoc Committee on IBC 2015, Chapter 17 “Special Inspections” and Section 112.1 of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code – also known as the Virginia Construction Code (VCC). Alan was recommended to VDHC by members… Read more »

Speaking in Code – A Spotlight on Arc Spot Welds

March 14th, 2017

Download a printable copy Steel floor deck and steel roof deck are very common building materials and are incorporated into a large segment of projects and project work being built today. Much of this steel deck installation is accomplished by welding the individual pieces of steel deck to the beam or joist of the structure being… Read more »

F&R Wins ACEC-VA Grand Award!

November 30th, 2016

  F&R is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a “Grand” in the ACEC Virginia Engineering Excellence Awards for our work on the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture & History.  We are in the running for the organization’s Pinnacle Award and a chance to receive National Recognition in early 2017.  We… Read more »

F&R Welcomes Russ Rivenbark as Carolinas Transportation Program Manager

November 22nd, 2016

  We are pleased to announce that J. Russell Rivenbark, P.E. has joined F&R as the Carolinas Transportation Program Manager.  In this position, he will have responsibility of overseeing all transportation-related projects and opportunities undertaken by the company throughout the region.  Russ will be based in F&R’s Raleigh office.  Russ is a geotechnical engineer and… Read more »

Speaking in Code – Talkin’ Turkey about the 2013 Masonry Code

November 21st, 2016

Download a printable copy Let’s give thanks for the latest juicy and delicious edition of the Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures (ACI 530-13 and ACI 530.1) which is really two different sections that comprise the same code book. The Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (TMS 402-13/ACI 530-13) pages C-1 through C-264… Read more »