Advocacy Alert: North SA Chamber Opposes Proposed Storm Water Fee Changes

North Chamber logo 4c stackedThe City of San Antonio (CoSA) Transportation & Capital Improvements (TCI) proposed a project to “migrate the existing Storm Water Utility Fee from one based upon land use and parcel size to one based upon impervious cover,” and completed a study to determine revenues needed to be recovered by the fee over the next five years. TCI has communicated the proposed changes in rate methodology to various stakeholders including governmental agencies, chambers of commerce, professional and other organizations, as well as school districts. Learn more about the Storm Water Utility Fee

As the process has progressed, the North SA Chamber, as a stakeholder, has determined the proposed Storm Water Fee changes will penalize property owners for building activity that occurred before the adoption of the proposed methodology and rates. The Storm Water Fee restructuring will affect both residential and commercial customers.

The North SA Chamber board of directors met Tuesday, July 22, 2014 and voted in opposition of the proposed Storm Water Fee as it is currently presented. We have seen example commercial Storm Water Fee calculations using the proposed methodology showing in most cases, increases of several hundred percent, and in some cases, increases of more than 1000% or even 2000%. This is unreasonable. Click here to read the letter your North SA Chamber sent to city staff and officials

The Storm Water Fee restructuring will result in increases in commercial fees that will be burdensome to absorb by public schools, colleges, universities and existing businesses with large campuses including corporate headquarters, manufacturing facilities, hotels/resorts, attractions, multi-family housing, commercial office complexes, auto dealerships, retail establishments and others. Additionally, the new methodology and rates would be unattractive to an existing business considering expansion or a new business considering relocation within the city limits of San Antonio, thus will result in a negative impact on business retention, expansion and recruitment.

North SA Chamber Position:
The North SA Chamber is opposed to an increase in Storm Water Fees to any individual user of more than 10% in any given fiscal year. The North SA Chamber respectfully requests that the proposed Storm Water Fee restructuring not be adopted in the 2015 CoSA budget, and that the process be permitted to continue further until the City, stakeholders and the public can address issues including the definition of impervious cover, methodology, rate structure and appeals. Click here to obtain the Advocacy Alert flyer

Call to Action:

  • Contact the Mayor and your City Council Representative.
  • Tell them September 2014 is too early to adopt the flawed, proposed Storm Water Fee restructuring.
  • Tell them you are opposed to the Storm Water Fee proposed methodology and rates.
  • Ask them to continue to revise the proposed Storm Water Fee methodology and rates with stakeholder and public input.

City Elected Officials Contact Information:

Mayor Ivy R. Taylor
210.207.7060
Mayor.IvyTaylor@sanantonio.gov

Councilman Diego Bernal, District 1
210.207.7279
district1@sanantonio.gov

Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, District 3
210.207.7064
district3@sanantonio.gov

Councilman Rey Saldana, District 4
210.207.7281
district4@sanantonio.gov

Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales, District 5
210.207.7043
Shirley.Gonzales@sanantonio.gov

Councilman Ray Lopez, District 6
210.207.7065
district6@sanantonio.gov

Councilman Cris Medina, District 7
210.207.7044
district7@sanantonio.gov

Councilman Ron Nirenberg, District 8
210.207.7086
district8@sanantonio.gov

Councilman Joe Krier, District 9
210.207.7325
district9@sanantonio.gov

Councilman Mike Gallagher, District 10
210.207.7276
district10@sanantonio.gov

City of San Antonio Mayor & City Council

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283

Physical Address
City Hall, 4th Floor
100 Military Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205

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SSFCU promotes two to Assistant Vice President

Security Services Federal Credit UnionSecurity Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) is pleased to announce that John Daves, Jr., has been promoted to assistant vice president of facilities and development and Letha Harrelson to assistant vice president of business development.

JohnDaves2014_FinalDaves joined SSFCU as manager of support services and real estate development in 2002 and has been instrumental in managing all of the credit union’s real estate leasing activities, construction development projects, branch modifications and mailroom operations. In his new role, he will oversee the maintenance and management of all corporately owned and leased facilities, as well as assist with construction development activities enterprise-wide.

Letha HarrelsonWith more than 35 years experience in project management, sales, marketing and customer service, Harrelson has managed new business development and financial literacy outreach for the credit union over the last 14 years. Her efforts helped the credit union receive the Dora Maxwell Award for Outstanding Social Responsibility and Honorable Mention for the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award awarded by the Credit Union National Association – both multiple times. In 2012, she was named manager of the year for SSFCU’s Central Region.

About Security Service Federal Credit Union
Security Service Federal Credit Union offers competitive, affordable financial products and services designed to meet the needs of its members. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Security Service is an industry-leading financial institution with $7.5 billion in assets and 70 locations in Texas, Colorado and Utah. The credit union is among the top 10 credit unions in the nation. Security Service strives to be America’s best credit union and provides the true benefits of credit union membership with financial services of the highest quality and value. Learn more at www.ssfcu.org or call 1-888-415-7878.

Raba Kistner, Inc. appoints new Vice President – Joe A. Irizarry, Corporate Development

raba kistner logoSan Antonio. Raba Kistner’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the promotion of Joe Irizarry to the position of Vice President, Corporate Development. Joe has been with Raba Kistner in Corporate Development for more than nine years, serving as an Associate for the last five years.

Joe IJoe is responsible for managing the Corporate Development Department: leading the firm’s business development efforts; establishing and managing client relationships; developing and facilitating training and coaching; coordinating annual planning and facilitating departmental growth planning.

Previous to working with Raba Kistner, Joe spent most of career in sales, sales management and internal consulting with Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) and its successor, Allied Waste. As a divisional sales manager, he oversaw the management, hiring and training of five sales managers and over 30 sales representatives selling multiple services in Central and South Texas with over $125M in annual revenue.

Joe is very involved in professional organizations, including serving on the Board of the Associated General Contractors (AGC); as Past President of the Council of Education Facilities Planners International (CEFPI)/ South Texas Chapter; Second Vice President of CEFPI/ Southern Region; and the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)/Program Committee.

About Raba Kistner
Founded in 1968, Raba Kistner, Inc. is an Engineering News-Record “Top 500 Firm,” operating in ten different markets in Texas, Utah, New York and México. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Raba Kistner provides program management, building enclosures rehabilitation, environmental engineering and consulting, infrastructure engineering, geotechnical engineering and testing, construction materials engineering and testing, and pavement consulting.

Raba Kistner, Inc. announces appointment of Dr. Robert R. Costigan, PhD, PE to lead Facilities Group

RK Facilities_cmykThe Board of Directors of Raba Kistner, Inc. announced that Robert R. Costigan, PhD, PE, PMP, CFM, LEED GA, has accepted the position of Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Facilities, Inc. Dr. Costigan has over 40 years of world-wide facility engineering experience, including roles as a project engineer, project manager, and program manager.

Bob Costigan_High Res_ColorDr. Costigan has been with Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc., since 2006 serving as President and COO of that company until tapped for his current role with Raba Kistner Facilities.

Dr. Costigan has over 40 years of managerial and technical leadership on projects involving multi-disciplines for public and private sector clients nationwide, encompassing facility and infrastructure planning, design, repair and restoration.

While in the United States Air Force, Lt. Colonel Costigan had extensive experience in complex facility program and project management providing leadership to over 400 engineering, technical, and construction-trade personnel in operating, repairing, and maintaining the physical plant of a major air force base.

Dr. Costigan received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri, and his bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Military Institute – all in civil engineering.  Dr. Costigan is a registered professional engineer in Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia, Mississippi, and Arizona and holds certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, as a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) from the International Facility Management Association, and as a LEED Green Associate from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Founded in 1968, Raba Kistner, Inc. is an Engineering News-Record “Top 500 Firm,” operating in ten different markets in Texas, Utah, New York and México. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Raba Kistner Facilities, a wholly-owned division of Raba Kistner, Inc., provides program management services, facilities planning, building envelope consulting and engineering, facility condition assessments and building commissioning.

Project Control promotes Greg San Marco to Vice President

Project Control (2)Project Control has promoted Greg San Marco to Vice President of the project management consulting firm. Greg will serve as a Project Management Team Leader and assume increased corporate and leadership duties.  He will continue to serve our clients’ interests in his new role.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGreg came to Project Control in 2007 with over 20 years of experience in project management and civil engineering related fields in both the public and private sectors.  Greg immediately served as project manager for Haven for Hope of Bexar County in the creation of their transformation facility for the homeless near downtown San Antonio. Greg is currently providing project management for a major banking client on national expansion projects.

“We are very excited that Greg is taking on this new leadership position,” said Bob Crittenden, CEO of Project Control.  “He works hard to meet the needs of his clients and is well respected for his work ethic and expertise.”

Prior to joining Project Control, Greg worked as a Sr. Industrial Project Manager for H-E-B Grocery where he managed industrial developments in the warehousing, manufacturing and transportation divisions.  He has also served as a consulting engineer on master planning, commercial and residential developments, as well as City Engineer Professional Services for several cities in the San Antonio vicinity.  Greg is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the National and Texas Society of Professional Engineers and the Project Management Institute.

Project Control provides owner representation and expert, objective consulting in the project management of commercial construction and real estate development projects from conception to completion. Project Control’s managers represent the owner’s best interest on all issues and alleviate the demands of day-to-day management responsibilities and technical issues associated with major construction projects.  Project Control is a subsidiary of Raba Kistner Facilities, Inc. See us online at www.projectcontrol.com.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church offers banquet facilities, convenient Stone Oak location

Holy Trinity Banquet Hall is a place where people can come together to celebrate the gift of life. Attention to detail, clear guidelines and on-site management combine to provide an experience of festivity and hospitality. Each guest will leave with a feeling of true celebration and be eager to return.

Let Holy Trinity help you make your wedding reception an unforgettable event. Amenities include: 8,400 square feet, accommodates up to 525 guests, magnificent stage area, large dance floor, commercial kitchen and bar, outside caterers welcome and free parking.

Holy Trinity is located at 20523 Huebner Rd., two blocks east of Stone Oak Parkway. To schedule a personal tour, call John Dulske (210) 497-0700. Visit website for more information.

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RABA KISTNER, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Project Control of Texas, Inc.

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Project Control (2)The Board of Directors of Raba Kistner, Inc. announced that as of April 29, the company has acquired San Antonio-based Project Control of Texas (PCT), Inc. Project Control will become a division of Raba Kistner Facilities, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raba Kistner, Inc., but will maintain its name while still performing the program management services that have made Project Control a well respected name in the construction industry. The purchase includes all of PCT’s holdings, including PC Sports, LLC, Project Control Houston, LLC, and Project Control Entertainment, Inc.

The Raba Kistner companies have been great colleagues with PCT for almost their entire history, providing Engineering, Environmental and Quality Assurance services on numerous PCT projects. The firms have built very strong personal and professional relationships and have successfully partnered together to provide services on many complex and demanding projects.

As part of Raba Kistner Facilities, Project Control will help lead and expand the Program and Project Management services already being delivered by Raba Kistner. Leaders from both companies think this new affiliation gives PCT a substantial platform for growth, with additional expertise now available in-house, attractive to a wider reach of clients.

William Raba_High Res_ColorSince its beginning in 1968, Raba Kistner has cultivated a strong presence and reputation in Texas, which has allowed the company to expand its multi-disciplinary services. In the last 10 years, the company has doubled its number of employees and almost doubled its billings. “We are on track to grow that much again by 2018,” said William Raba, President of Raba Kistner, Inc. “We saw acquiring Project Control as a prudent way to expand Raba Kistner’s existing capabilities in the Program Management field due to their excellent reputation and well-known, experienced staff. “

PCT CrittendenAccording to Bob Crittenden, Chief Executive Officer of Project Control, PCT has been a recognized leader in Program Management Services and was a pioneer in the field almost from their beginning in the late 1970’s. PCT is one of the largest privately owned Program Managers in their field of service. PCT has worked on projects all over the United States, including many “Fortune 50” clients, completing more than $6 Billion in total projects. Recent projects include the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky; the Pinnacle Bank Arena and West Haymarket Entertainment District in Lincoln, Nebraska; and the Nustar Corporate Headquarters in San Antonio, to name just a few.  Other local clients include Valero Energy Corporation, Frost and Broadway Banks and Security Service Federal Credit Union. “Over 50% of our projects are either repeat business or direct referrals from previous clients, which we attribute to our level of service,” said Crittenden.

Raba Kistner’s innovative approaches and experienced professionals have also been widely recognized within the profession. They are the largest privately owned firm of their type in the Southwest part of the United States. For 18 years, the company has ranked as a “Top 500 Firm” by Engineering News-Record, and has been consistently ranked as one of the top firms for both Engineering and Environmental services in the Southwest.  In both 2011 and 2012, Raba Kistner received the prestigious “Best of State” Award for Civil Engineering in the State of Utah and has been  recognized as “Engineer of the Year” by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) for the last three years. In addition to San Antonio, Raba Kistner has offices in Austin (2), Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, New Braunfels, McAllen, Utah, New York and Mexico.

Founded in 1968, RABA KISTNER Inc., is an Engineering News-Record “Top 500 Firm,” operating in ten different markets in Texas, Utah, New York and México. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Raba Kistner provides project management and oversight services; facilities assessment and rehabilitation;  construction materials engineering, testing, and observation; geotechnical engineering, testing and pavement consulting; geology and environmental engineering and consulting; and infrastructure oversight and quality management programs. For more information on the Raba Kistner companies, please visit www.rkci.com.

Project Control, a San Antonio-based company started in the late 1970s, provides owner representation and program and project management services for commercial and industrial construction. Project Control’s managers represent an owner’s best interests on all development issues and alleviate the demands of day-to-day management responsibilities and technical issues associated with major construction projects. PCT’s core competencies include due diligence, feasibility, reporting, budgeting, scheduling, contractor selection, project delivery and value analysis. Learn more online at www.projectcontrol.com.

RABA KISTNER, Inc. Appoints New Associate, Paul Hawryluk, with RABA KISTNER Facilities

PortraitRABA KISTNER’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the promotion of Paul Hawryluk, PE, LEED GA to the position of Associate, effective January 1, 2013. Mr. Hawryluk is Director of RABA KISTNER Facilities, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of RABA KISTNER, Inc. He earned this promotion in recognition of his important contributions to the firm but also for his role already supporting the firm’s growth into the future.

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The Facilities Service group includes Building Envelope services with testing, design and roofing consulting services. In his role as Facilities Services Director, Mr. Hawryluk’s work includes program management of design and construction phases, scheduling, estimating, financial tracking, construction administration and reporting for on-going facility programs. This experience extends over the markets of K-12, higher education and municipal government. He has also provided leadership in the development and integration of program and project management processes and procedures.

Most recently, Mr. Hawryluk has experience in the operational responsibility of $400 million in on-going construction management projects, and has also been instrumental in planning, managing and closing out several $100 million plus projects.

Founded in 1968, RABA KISTNER Facilities Inc., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RABA KISTNER, Inc., and is an Engineering News-Record “Top 500 Firm,” operating in eleven different markets in Texas, Utah, and México. RABA KISTNER Facilities provides program management, coupled with planning, assessment and testing capabilities, for a proven approach to rehabilitation of facilities, plus the design expertise needed to implement recommended solutions for a multitude of situations. www.rkci.com