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.
Today we celebrated with one of our Structural Engineers as he starts his Retirement. In true Rainer style, he came to his party dressed in slippers and his wife’s robe to remind everyone that he doesn’t have to dress for work anymore after fourteen years with ATS. Rainer’s contagious smile and wacky sense of humor will be missed by all, but we are happy for him as he embarks on a new journey.
Jose Espinoza recently joined our Energy Department at ATS. He is a graduate of Texas A&M and holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Environmental Geosciences, with minors in Geography and Meteorology. Jose confesses that he’s a big gamer, loving to play video games in his spare time. Unfortunately, as a homeowner, there’s not a lot of spare time as he stays busy with the upkeep and his wife’s honey-do lists. We are excited to have Jose join our team!
ATS Engineers, Inspectors & Surveyors welcomes Steven Gonzales to the Energy Department. After working in the medical field for several years, Steven decided to pursue a different career and joined ATS. Steven enjoys competing in barbeque cook-offs and recently won an overall Grand Champion prize at a Cook-off this past June in San Marcos. We can’t wait to see him exhibit his BBQ skills for our next spring party! Welcome, Steven, to the ATS family.
ATS Engineers, Inspectors & Surveyors would like to introduce a new member to our Survey department, Serena Berg. Serena originally hails from Canada but moved here while in the 3rd grade. She likes the warmer weather. She is currently attending Austin Community College where she is studying AutoCAD Drafting. When Serena’s not working or studying, she’s taking her 4-year-old son on adventures in the outdoors. We are excited to have Serena join our Survey team.
ATS Engineers, Inspectors & Surveyors is proud to be a part of Austin’s newest, zero-energy capable community of homes. What is a zero-energy capable home? By reducing consumption using high efficiency geothermal heat pumps and producing power using photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, a home can become zero-energy capable. Whisper Valley is the first community of homes offering comprehensive technology and innovation through EcoSmart, that makes all this possible. ATS worked with the builders during construction, providing inspections and energy testing. Representatives from ATS celebrated with Whisper Valley at their recent ribbon cutting.
ATS welcomes Patricia Jaimes to the Energy Department. Patricia has over 20 years of experience working for Engineering firms, so she comes to us with a wealth of Industry knowledge. When she’s not working for the Energy Department she’s keeping up with her two children. She has served as a board member of the local Parent Teachers Association for almost 10 years. Cooking, reading, dancing and performing Karaoke are some of her favorite past time activities. Welcome Patricia to the ATS family!