Western Technologies’ - Tucson, Arizona location was the second office for Western Technologies, started as Engineers Testing Laboratories and has provided engineering, testing, and consulting services since 1959. Areas of service include:
Engineering and Consulting Services
- Construction Materials Testing
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Environmental Consulting
- Special Inspection
- Nondestructive Testing
- Materials Engineering
The Tucson office has a staff consisting of engineers and geologists, special inspectors, construction materials testing technicians, nondestructive testing technicians, environmental scientists, and administrative personnel. The unit is located in a 10,000 sf facility housing offices and laboratories. The laboratories are equipped to perform conventional tests on soils, aggregate, asphalt, concrete, metal and masonry products. The laboratory is accredited by AASHTO re:source (AMRL and CCRL) and the Arizona Department of Transportation. Equipment and procedures are continually updated to maintain pace with the increasingly complex and varied demands of the public and private sector.
Western Technologies’ - Tucson routinely provides services for asbestos surveys and abatement design and oversight, lead-based paint and mold services, noise monitoring, forensic testing, environmental site assessments (Phase 1 and 2 ESAs), and soil and groundwater remediation. Our geotechnical engineers assist developers and designers with site evaluations and soil reports containing foundation and earthwork recommendations. Nondestructive examination using radiography (RT), ultra-sonic testing (UT), dye penetrant testing (PT), and magnetic particle testing (MT), as well as infrared thermography and ground penetrating radar (GPR) surveys are regularly requested by our clients.
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Caterpillar Headquarters - Heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar is consolidating their Surface Mining and Technology Group and relocating their headquarters to Tucson. About 100 employees have already relocated, but over 600 will be working in the new headquarters building when it is completed in 2018. Western Technologies was selected to perform the geotechnical engineering for the new headquarters building based in part on our experience in the downtown area and our experience with adjacent properties. The site is challenging because there is up to 40 feet of non-engineered fill and, in some portions of the site, a former municipal landfill. Western came up with several foundation alternatives for the design team to consider. Western is currently performing construction materials testing and inspection during construction.
Marist on Cathedral Square - Western Technologies was selected to perform Special Inspections and construction materials testing services on a downtown Tucson project involving two buildings. One structure is a new, 7-story senior living apartment building with a total of about 95,537 square feet. Construction includes 5 stories of concrete and 2 stories of wood framing.
The second building involves the restoration/rehabilitation of an historic 3-story adobe structure. Built in 1915, the structure utilizes Italian Renaissance and Spanish Colonial Revival styles. It was added to the National Historic Register in 2011. Western has extensive experience in Downtown Tucson providing geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, construction materials testing, nondestructive testing, and structural special inspections.
Ina Road/I-10 Interchange - Western Technologies was selected by Sundt/Kiewit JV to perform quality control testing during reconstruction of the Ina Road/Interstate 10 interchange. Whereas Ina Road used to pass under the Interstate and then cross the UPRR tracks at-grade, the construction will reconfigure the interchange so that Ina Road passes over both the Interstate and the UPRR tracks. This is two-year project with four bridge structures, many utility realignments, and thousands of cubic yards of earthwork. Western is primarily providing construction materials testing services, but also providing some supporting geotechnical engineering services for the Santa Cruz River crossings for the contractor’s in-house engineering team.