Recent Achievements at Millennium

We’re proud to announce that Aaron Alvarez and Beverly Buchanan recently passed their lead and asbestos certification exams! Aaron, a senior industrial hygiene technician at Millennium, passed his Lead Project Monitor Written Exam on his first attempt. He’s successfully received his CDPH and is currently studying for his upcoming CSST exam.

Beverly, recently promoted to Assistant Project Manager, passed her CAC exam. As a CSST, she gained experience in assisting site and building surveys for demolition and renovation, abatement monitoring for construction and Naturally Occurring Asbestos operations, perimeter and personal air monitoring, data entry and survey report writing, and research of asbestos regulation and work practices. Millennium is excited to see our team continue to challenge themselves and we wish them the best of luck!

Our New Assistant Project Manager

Millennium is thrilled to announce the promotion of Beverly Buchanan to Assistant Project Manager of Millennium Consulting Associates! Beverly, previously an Environmental Field Technician, has been at Millennium for two years. In those two years, Beverly has quickly gained experience in assessing hazards on various job sites, training others for mitigating hazards, conducting safety audits, and preparing root cause analysis reports. While at Millennium, she successfully obtained the CA Department of Public Health Lead-Related Construction certificate and recently, she passed her Certified Asbestos Consultant exam. As an Assistant Project Manager, Beverly’s role will expand to lead tasks, manage budgets, work with clients, and do design work that relates to K-12 remediation and abatement projects. Millennium is excited to have Beverly in this new role and looks forward to seeing her continued growth and success!

Managing Hazmat Costs through Environmental Construction Design by Ramil Arcia

For the K-12 clientele and the general school system, Millennium Consulting continues to exhibit a strong presence within the education infrastructure. The company provides various environmental services to support construction and modernization objectives. Client project managers are tasked with a myriad of responsibilities that extend beyond hazardous materials management, including budget control, design coordination, timely deliverables, communication with faculty, administration and parents, and settling contractor disputes with construction management. These responsibilities are usually numerous and challenging. The goal of an environmental designer is to help navigate the design and work closely with the construction team to abate as much of the hazardous materials onsite within the limits of the project scope and budget. For maximum abatement, it is crucial that the environmental designer know the most integral aspects of the construction design from scope creation to procurement of contract documents to construction execution. As a result, the environmental designer communicates effectively to the client the benefits of maximum hazardous materials removal regardless of the size of the project.

Budget’s Impact on Abatement
Abatement options are generally determined by the budget. Abatement of building materials outside of the proposed scope of renovation must be justified to fit the constraints of the budget. An environmental designer must not only consider the costs of removal, but also the costs of installation. For example, entire room flooring systems may not be included within the architectural and construction schematics, resulting in the risk of inflating the budget if it is later determined that the removal of all flooring, any obstructing materials and installation of new flooring is required. Consequently, an increased budget may take away funds that could be spent on other building systems in greater need of improvement.

Environmental Designer’s Impact on Abatement
On the other hand, an environmental designer working with building systems that have a comprehensive renovation plan can maximize the abatement of hazardous materials by becoming familiar with the details of both the architectural and each trade design for the project. An environmental engineer can realize the potential opportunities to fully abate hazardous materials by learning additional facets of design such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural and fire safety details. For instance, knowing how ceiling fan units are stabilized through the plenum on a ceiling sprayed with asbestos acoustical plaster and lead paint can give the designer valuable information on the exact amount of the ceiling that requires removal. With this knowledge and constant coordination with the architect, electrical and mechanical designer, the environmental designer can propose changes to the scope of the ceiling removal to the client if the costs are within the budget and the benefits of full removal are logical. Moreover, the environmental designer can also project operations and maintenance cost savings and help placate any reservations of full abatement within the current construction project.

Conclusion
Overall, the goal of the environmental designer is to help coordinate and maximize abatement scope that makes the most sense within the current construction project and ongoing maintenance.  By working with the client managers, architects, trade designers and the project site, the environmental designer can assist the facility to reduce and eliminate all hazardous materials as much as possible within every renovation and modernization project.          

New Members of the Millennium Team

Three talented new members have joined the Millennium Team recently and have hit the ground running. First up is Ms. Steffany Loeb. She received her Masters in Geology and has much experience with sampling groundwater, soil vapor, sediment, pore water and soil. She’s conducted air monitoring and environmental oversight on construction projects as well as created cross sections and isopach maps from bore logs. As the new Project Level Field Geologist at Millennium, Millennium is confident in her knowledge and experience in this area.

Then we have Mr. Aaron Alvarez and Mr. Dustin Stafford. In their short time at Millennium, they have been immersed in training at M&C Environmental Training, taking Asbestos Contractor and Supervisor classes. Both Aaron and Dustin will be Senior Field Technicians at Millennium, with Aaron located in our Oakland headquarters and Dustin in our Los Angeles office. Millennium warmly welcomes our new members and the help they will be providing to our clients.

20th Anniversary Celebration

Millennium celebrated its 20th anniversary with our loyal team who have been the backbone of our success as well as a few key outside consultants – and Cindi Holloway, Millennium’s very first hire. Staff and their significant other(s) from our Los Angeles, San Diego and our Oakland office came to enjoy the beautiful, clear evening under the stars and string lights at Livermore’s Darcie Kent Vineyard.  Guests were treated with great weather, a barbequed dinner, good company, and live music starring one of our own team members, Jeremy Malson. During our highly anticipated raffle, Con Harris snagged the top prize which was a round trip for two to an all-inclusive resort to Los Cabo Mexico & $500 spending money! Other lucky winners went away with a day off from work, blue-tooth headphones and speakers, passes to Universal Studios, tickets to the SJ Sharks vs. LA Kings Hockey game, Darci Kent Wine, restaurant gift cards, cash, and of course a red swingline stapler and more. Overall, it was an amazing night filled with good food, laughter, bonding and live music to give thanks to our great staff and to celebrate! Please click through the photos to see more of our celebration.

Welcome to the Team, Mr. Bob Pierson!

Millennium’s success in partnering with new clients and opportunities has been a huge blessing and has brought along with it a new challenge for Millennium to have an efficient and effective growth. And that’s where Mr. Bob Pierson comes in. Mr. Pierson has worked in multiple industries, providing service and support to clients and employees for the past 30 years. His role as the Director of Corporate Administration and Communications at Millennium addresses three key areas. The first is to head up all things related to employee engagement – including benefit administration and coordination and employee development and reviews. The second encompasses general business administration to improve the way Millennium can handle our growth. And finally, the third is related to business communications – focusing on better ways to reach out and relate to our clients. Millennium welcomes Mr. Pierson to our team and looks forward to his contributions!

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Our New Chief Operating Officer

Millennium is thrilled to announce the promotion of Jeremy Malson to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Millennium Consulting Associates! Mr. Malson, previously the Vice President of Industrial Hygiene and Building Sciences, has been at Millennium for 10 years. He has become a recognized professional in the Industrial Hygiene and Building Sciences industry, obtaining professional certificates including CIH and CSP. As the COO, Mr. Malson’s role will expand to take ownership of the day-to-day technical operations of the company. Millennium is excited to have Mr. Malson in this new role and looks forward to seeing his continued growth and success.

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Millennium's 20th Anniversary

For 20 years, Millennium has been honored to provide quality environmental, health and safety and associated regulatory compliance consulting services to our clients. Since our inception, Millennium has expanded to 7 offices in Oakland, Monterey, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Portland and Seattle and looks forward to another 20 years of providing quality services for our clients and the general public.

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Millennium's recent school contracts

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In our attempt to start the New Year off strong, we were pleased to be informed that both Lodi Unified School District and Simi Valley Unified School District approved Millennium to be one of their six on-call consultants. Measure U and Measure X, both aim to modernize school buildings and classrooms in the Lodi and Simi Valley School Districts. We are honored to be able to participate in these projects to help our youth succeed! We look forward to working together with both of these districts!