The Green Construction Panel at North Bay Business Journal's Construction Conference 2011 on Tuesday will explore the new environmental-quality requirements at various government levels and how the construction industry is meeting the challenge.
Construction Conference 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Paul Campos, vice president of governmental affairs and general counsel, BIA of the Bay Area
"Super-regulators" of the Bay Area
Roger Nelson, president of Midstate Construction
Nelson Index survey of future local construction activity [see related story]
Keith Woods, chief executive officer, North Coast Builders ExchangeGreen Construction Panel
Michael Kimberlain, regional engineer, KriStar Enterprises
Dave Leff, president, Leff Construction
John McGarva, president and CEO, Western Water Constructors
Mark Soiland, president, Soiland Co.Opportunities Panel
Paul Elmore, president, RNM Properties
Bob Mitsch, vice president for facility planning and development, Sutter Health
Keith Rogal, partner, Rogal + Walsh + Mol, redeveloper of the Napa Pipe plantRead responses from the Opportunities Panel to several questions on industry trends.
Panelists addressing new rules for air quality and stormwater management as well as innovations in dealing with trash will be Michael Kimberlain, regional engineer for KriStar Enterprises; Dave Leff, president of Leff Construction; John McGarva, president and chief executive officer of Western Water Constructors; and Mark Soiland, president and chief operating officer of Soiland Co.
Mr. Kimberlain, a civil engineer, joined Santa Rosa-based KriStar in 2007 and works from the company's Southern California office. He specializes in design of stormwater storage and treatment systems. KriStar has been on the forefront of the erosion control in construction and agriculture since it started producing fiber rolls, or straw wrapped in netting to trap water-borne earth, in 1993. Newer products include modular systems for storing and filtering rainwater.
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Mr. Leff started his Sebastopol-based design-build company in 1978, focusing on alternative-energy systems, remodeling and renovation, and downsized homes from the outset. In the past few years, the company has leveraged its know-how into a new income stream of building-performance evaluations and retrofits.
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Founded in 1959, Santa Rosa-based general contractor Western Water historically has tackled large municipal water and wastewater treatment facility projects. With government finances in turmoil, the company is shifting toward public works projects funded via public-private partnerships.
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Soiland Co. has hewn out new business opportunities in quarry and earth-based products since Mr. Soiland's father, Marv, started it in 1962. As Sonoma County regulations increasingly restricted operations at quarries and establishment of new ones, Soiland Co. has incorporated more recycling of road and construction materials into its revenue mix, now including soil amendments from composting of organics.
What are the significant new laws, regulations, rules and policies affecting North Bay builders? How are the changes altering your business?
Michael Kimberlain: The newly adopted construction general permit [for the] North Coast and San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board--originated updates to the local National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, the draft industrial general permit and low-impact development (LID) regulations and ordinances are some of the significant new regulations we encounter in our business daily.