ATS Engineers, Inspectors & Surveyors (ATS) recently attended an Operation Finally Home dedication ceremony for Army Sergeant Jason Castille and his family. Operation Finally Home provides mortgage-free homes to service members and their families who have been wounded, injured or become ill as a result of their service in the defense of our country. ATS donated professional inspection services for this project. The family was all smiles and tears as they took their first glimpse into their fully furnished home. We are honored to have been a part of this worthwhile endeavor.
ATS Engineers, Inspectors & Surveyors (ATS) is pleased to introduce our new Business Services Coordinator. Seth Wood recently moved to this area after obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Texas Tech University. He will be working with our Inspections department coordinating FHA and Contractor Draw inspections and reports. When not at work, Seth is an avid reader and loves to travel. We are excited to welcome Seth to ATS.
ATS is honored to be partnering with Bigelow Homes; providing donated inspection services for a home being built for Homes For Hope in Kyle, Texas. Homes For Hope is a non-profit 501 (c )(3) organization that works with builders and their trade partners, building homes to be sold in the U. S.. The homes’ net profits benefit HOPE International, an organization working in many of the world’s poorest places to help families escape poverty through business development. They offer microloans, savings services and business training to empower entrepreneurs to work their families out of poverty and into lives of hope and productivity.
ATS Engineers, Inspectors & Surveyors would like to introduce the newest member to our office staff. Darlene brings an exceptional eye for detail having spent many years in the medical field. She will be assisting our administration department with inspection scheduling, invoice procedures and overall customer service duties, as well as being the voice behind the phone call when clients call in needing professional services. Darlene’s passion in her free time is cooking and baking. She loves it so well she has a Facebook page called Darla’s Sweet Tooth . We are all bound to gain a few pounds from the scrumptious delicacies she brings in on a regular basis. We are pleased to welcome Darlene to the ATS family.
ATS Engineers, Inspectors & Surveyors is happy to welcome Steve Van Patten to our Inspections department. Steve is an International Code Council (ICC) certified Building Official and holds several other ICC certifications. He most recently served as the City of San Marcos’ Chief Building Official. Steve brings over 20 years of experience in the construction industry and building code inspections industry. When he’s not working, Steve enjoys motorcycle riding, sailing and spending time with his family. We are pleased to have Steve join our ATS family.
ATS Engineers, Inspectors and Surveyors welcomes Kenneth Lightle to the MEP Department. He is a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor of Sciences in Industrial Technology and a minor in music. He is currently attending Austin Community College where he is pursuing an AutoCAD drafting certificate. Kenneth has spent 10 yrs in both semiconductor manufacturing and HOA property management. When not at work or school, Kenneth enjoys woodworking. Although he admits to making more sawdust then furniture. Welcome to the ATS team, Kenneth.
ATS Engineers, Inspectors & Surveyors would like to introduce our new Structural Engineering Department Manager. Jim Goes P.E., S.E. brings 30 years of creative design in structural engineering with diverse materials and building types. He is adept at working across the entire project life cycle, from concept and development to construction and adaptive reuse. His broad range of experience spans across residential and commercial buildings, from simple room additions to AIA award winners. He has designed grandstands and bleachers, wind tunnels and virtual reality research facilities. Jim has served as President of the Structural Engineers Association of Iowa, consulting engineer to the Iowa Ready Mix Association and has served on the Central Iowa Code Consortium Building Code Committee. Jim is licensed in Texas, Iowa, Washington, Colorado, Florida and Illinois S.E..
ATS Engineers, Inspectors and Surveyors welcomes Mark Medina to the Energy Department. Mark will be joining our field inspectors after training. When not in the field, he stays busy running after his three-year-old, enjoys going on camping trips with his wife and son, woodworking, and restoring his 1986 Monte Carlo. We are pleased to have him join our team. Welcome, Mark.
ATS is excited to announce the addition of Danny Batts to our Inspections Department. Danny has spent the last 7 years working for the city of Kerrville, where the last position he held was that of Director of Building Services. He holds many International Code Council (ICC) certifications including Certified Building Official. He is no stranger to the construction industry, having over 40 years of experience as a Builder, Real Estate Inspector and Sales Agent, and Construction Inspector. Welcome to the ATS family, Danny. We are happy to have you here!
Austin, TX, 12 February 2018 – Dondi Atwell has been named a Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence for 2017. NGBS Green, which is based on the National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS), has certified more homes than any other national green home certification program thanks in large part to its knowledgeable in-field verifiers. Being one of an elite group of Home Innovation’s green certification program partners to be recognized validates the commitment Dondi has made to providing customers with increased value, professionalism, and relevance in the marketplace through third-party verification to the NGBS.
As an accredited NGBS Green Verifier, Dondi Atwell has provided independent verification services for 6,576 units that became NGBS Green Certified by Home Innovation Research Labs, and 4,289 units in process. NGBS Green Verifiers are trained, tested, and accredited by Home Innovation to ensure consistency and rigor across the country for NGBS Green Certifications across the country.
To earn certification to the National Green Building Standard, a home must meet rigorous criteria in six categories – Lot & Site Development; Resource Efficiency; Energy Efficiency; Water Efficiency; Indoor Environmental Quality; and Homeowner Education. There are mandatory practices in each category that every NGBS Green Certified home must meet, and there is a wide range of additional optional practices in each category that a builder can select based on the applicability to buyers or renters in their market. There are also mandatory point minimums in every category in order for a home to attain the next level of certification, which is a more stringent requirement than in any other national certification program.