“…I was the Project Manager for the design of the Market Street Realignment project for the City of San Antonio that was completed in December, 2012 and has been under construction since April, 2013. Arias & Associates was a key member of our design team and was responsible for conducting geotechnical investigations and providing foundation recommendations for the design of two bridges, soil properties and design parameters for alternative design approaches for several retaining walls, slope stability recommendations, and pavement design recommendations… The project design schedule was very compressed and was complicated by the discovery of unusual subsurface conditions consisting of relatively deep, very soft to firm clay encountered in two of the soil borings. Because of the tight schedule and limited access to portions of the site along IH-37, it was not possible to conduct sufficient additional borings to accurately define the limits of the unusual soft soils. As a result of extensive research and field reviews, Arias was able to determine that the likely cause of the soft soils encountered was due to loose fill material placed in former acequias that passed through the project area.
The Arias Team worked very closely and diligently with our roadway and structural designers to develop recommendations for the project improvements in light of the unusual conditions. Similarly, Arias has worked closely with URS, the City, and the contractor during the construction phase to analyze soil conditions in previously inaccessible areas and to recommend alternative design approaches, resulting in considerable cost savings to the City.
The Arias Team did an excellent job in responding to the challenges of this project. They were cooperative, very easy to work with, very responsive to every request for information, and diligent in documenting all communications. It was a great pleasure to work with such a professional and dedicated company on this project. I look forward to working again with Arias & Associates on future projects.”
David Hedlund, P.E., Senior Project Manager, URS Corporation
“Our company has now worked with you on 2 projects, and we’ve seen exemplary performance on both. The main attributes that I observed illustrating Arias’ performance are: Responsive and courteous – Your reps are always quick to respond and always have a positive attitude, displaying courtesy. Technically capable- You showed us you could perform your work scope to a high quality standard without any prodding from us. Your performance in running conical load testing on a soft ground site demonstrated this aspect. It is a difficult test to run on soft ground and your team made it look easy. Spencer Higgs deserves recognition for his effort and accomplishment on the conical load tests. High quality standard – Your reports were well prepared and high quality. We found that the data presented withstood technical review and scrutiny; we could rely on the data. Valuable local knowledge and experience – We found your team to be a great resource for local expertise. Examples include the use of geogrid reinforcement on soft dredge spoil, knowledge of testing and remedial measures associated with swell-prone soils in Texas. Access to this level of expertise was a great benefit for us. I definitely think highly of your team and would not hesitate to recommend you.”
Scott Newhouse, P.E., Senior Engineer, BECHTEL Power Corporation
“I have enjoyed working with Arias & Associates over the past 2 years at the Lackland AFB Airman Training Center Dining/Classroom Facility 1. I have found Arias to be knowledgeable concerning USACE specifications and expectations. I have no complaints about knowledge, availability, or promptness of the techs that we have worked with, and I hope to get more work together out here at Lackland.”
Daniel Wettig, Senior Project Manager, Swinerton Builders
“It seems like businesses today forget that people are what business is all about. That’s not true of Arias & Associates. I’m writing to let you know that your company is a great example of what a business can be. Team players, extremely qualified personnel and your willingness to provide services and information day and night at last minute notice, in the office or from your homes kept this project going when we needed it most.”
Aaron Norman, Quality Control Manager, Satterfield and Pontikes Construction, Inc.
“I wanted to thank you and your dispatchers for all your help these last two weeks. You’ll really helped me keep my projects going by rescheduling due to the rain and having a technician for testing at the last minute…please thank your guys for me for being so understanding and helpful. Thank you.”
William Idar, City Inspector, City of San Antonio Capital Improvements Management Services
“Arias & Associates conducts themselves in a professional manner, placing high value on being prepared, thorough and prompt. We value our continuing relationship with Arias and highly recommend them.”
Jaime Aguilar, P.E., Head of the Transportation Projects Department, Chiang,
Patel & Yerby (CP&Y)
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Arias for the past several years. They are very responsive, easy to work with and provide quality reports and detailed geotechnical information. We continue to partner with Arias for our geotechnical needs because of the level of service they have provided for us and the trust we have developed in their capabilities to handle any size project and project schedule.”
Brian C. Cox, Senior Project Manager, Koontz McCombs Construction
“Arias and Associates has always been a pleasure to work with. Arias is always accommodating, even when we’ve had to call the same day. Arias also goes above and beyond their regular duties, providing slump charts and accurate, detailed, and comprehensive test reports. We’ve used their concrete testing, density testing, and welding inspectors, and all have been very professional, honest, and cooperative. But they are also very well-prepared, well-trained and qualified, making very pertinent recommendations and decisions whenever there is a deficiency that is discovered. I would definitely recommend using Arias and Associates to any General Contractor or Subcontractor. In my role as Quality Control Manager, Arias and Associates has been a major force in fulfilling my and GUYCO’s duties in providing a Quality Construction Product to our Customers.”
Alfred Herrera, Quality Control Manager, GUYCO, Inc.
“J. Sanchez Contracting has consistently received very responsive assistance for field technician scheduling and timely reporting from Arias for several years. In many instances their responsiveness has had a very positive impact on our project schedules.”
J. Sanchez Contracting Management Staff, J. Sanchez Contracting
“Throughout the years of my working relationship with Arias and Associates, their team has always provided excellent and prompt service. The geotechnical engineering of a foundation system establishes the fundamental strength of a building and the construction material testing confirms that the quality of the building is achieved. Arias and Associates is consistent in providing both services, but more importantly has been proactive when construction problems and delays have required their additional attention and expertise to ensure that my clients are provided with the quality building they expect.”
Alan Neff, RA, LEED AP, Project Architect, Robey Architecture, Inc.
“I wanted to thank Arias & Associates for the service you provide in helping make the City of San Antonio Public Safety Answering Point project a success. Arias & Associates provided accurate and timely service to the Public Safety Answering Point project. I was impressed how their field personnel were always accommodating to the demands of the construction schedule, especially during foundation inspection and testing. In addition to field observations, their reports were very well organized and timely. I cannot emphasize enough how important this service was in helping keep the project delivered on schedule and at the highest level of quality.”
Ben Martin, Senior Project Manager, Sundt Construction, Inc.
“Persyn Engineering, Inc. is a Structural Engineering Company that specializes in the structural design of buildings. We are based in the San Antonio, Texas area. For over 16 years we have been working with Arias and Associates and in the early days, directly with Robert Arias himself, on numerous building projects. What sets Arias and Associates apart for us is the thoroughness of their designs/reports, their professionalism in dealing with us as co-consultants, but most of all their PEOPLE. They are very accessible and will handle situations face-to-face. It has been an utmost pleasure to work with Arias and Associates for all of these years.”
Steve G. Persyn, P.E., President, Persyn Engineering
“Arias & Associates has provided exceptional customer service and has been very responsive to the very short schedule demands of our design and construction projects. Their staff is friendly, professional, and delivers the assigned tasks within the assigned timeframe.”
Frank M. Jaster, P.E., Senior Project Manager, Transportation Division,
Civil Engineering Consultants
“I know when I deal with Robert on a project that he has given it his thorough attention and consideration. Frost National Bank values its relationship with Robert Arias and Arias & Associates, Inc.”
Edward Dupont, Vice President, Frost National Bank
“We know we can always count on Arias to be responsive and to deliver high quality work. In my mind, they’re top notch.”
Brad Davis, P.E., Vice President, Jacobs
“Finding a Geotechnical and M&T firm that is responsive to customer needs and adds value to the design/construction process is critical in the success of a facility project. In today’s competitive market it is imperative that we produce engineering solutions that result in a cost effective and reliable design. Arias & Associates has played a critical role in supporting these needs and protecting the integrity of the design in the field.”
Felix Perez, PMP, Previously with H.E.B. Industrial Projects Management Department
“I would like to say that both the Owner [Boeing] and the Contractor [KBR] complimented your firm for excellent service on this contract, please let your team know that they did a great job and their work was noticed and appreciated. RS&H also noticed and appreciates the service you provided, Clients tend to view a team as one entity and to be successful all members need to perform, your firm did a great job.”
John Holt, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Senior Architect, RS&H Aerospace and Defense division