EQCC Award Presentation to PWT

Mr. Bill Pancake of Pacific Western Technologies, Ltd and Colonel John D. Keenan, Deputy Garrison Commander at Fort Carson, Colorado

Award for Excellence presentation made to Mr. Bill Pancake of Pacific Western Technologies, Ltd by Colonel John D. Keenan, Deputy Garrison Commander at Fort Carson, Colorado on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the Environmental Quality Control Committee quarterly meeting.

“Mr. John William (Bill) Pancake of PWT, Ltd. had just taken over as the new Facility Manager of the HMCC. He had several tasks ahead of him to become compliant with Federal and Local environmental regulations.
These tasks would normally require numerous funds to accomplish however, Mr. Pancake accomplished this through a total revamping of his supply warehouse and system of conducting business.
Within 60 days, Mr. Pancake was able to become completely compliant with the required Federal and Local regulations without the use of any additional funds.
Soldiers have been immensely satisfied with the better customer service and layout of the establishment. His actions have reduced the wait time for units picking up products, reduced the imminent environmental impacts in case of a spill, and created a sustainable workable environment for his employees. He has also become more accountable for the products in stock and free issue.
He has shown that a business can operate successfully, when done right the first time”.
Mr. Brad Camp, Directorate of Public Works, Environmental Division Support Branch Chief, Fort Carson, Colorado

PWT helps develop database to support regulation decision-making

PWT participated in the development of a cutting-edge database tool for environmental investigation and remediation support in collaboration with the URS Corporation, the General Services Administration, and Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment.

The Integrated Environmental Data Management System (IEDMS) was developed for the GSA at the Denver Federal Center (DFC) to perform a suite of data management and analysis functions. The most unique of these functions is the ability to clarify regulatory decision-making with data that are at or below reporting limits.

Environmental investigation and remediation can generate massive amounts of data that must be managed and analyzed to support regulatory decisions regarding environmental cleanup levels. A complex challenge common to types of projects involves data levels that are above minimum detection limits (MDLs) and below reporting limits (RLs). This can leave a regulatory “gray area” where the data aren’t verifiable enough to substantiate cleanup. The IEDMS was created to be able to verify this type of data.

The DFC’s unique manufacturing and research history, combined with its current potential for use, resulted in the challenge to process and analyze difficult-to-characterize data that would satisfy stringent regulatory criteria. The IEDMS provides data verification and analysis at the lowest limits of data detection to enhance complex regulatory decision-making at the DFC.

Two years of collaboration among the developing parties resulted in the creation of logic flow chart software that verifies data to a degree that “off-the-shelf” environmental data management products can’t. After verification, the system can then manage and analyze the data to support the DFC’s regulatory remediation parameters.

In addition to its primary function, the IEDMS also allows users to produce data reports from common pre-programmed queries, run statistical calculations from single sampling events to multiple time/set parameters, identify geographic data relationships and support GIS shapefiles to assist with geographic services support, and produce a variety of custom graphics and reports that can be exported into other commonly used applications.

Ding-Wen Hsu

Hsu is a businesswoman, and leader of Colorado’s Asian and Pacific Island communities. She is president of Pacific Western Technologies Ltd., an information technology, environmental/facility management services company. Hsu was the founding mother of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, designed to build bridges of awareness, knowledge, and understanding between the diverse Asian Pacific communities. She also is co-founder of the International Multi-Cultural Institute. Hsu has endowed a scholarship, along with her husband, at Regis University to assist low-income Asian students. She is a National Fellow of the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute, and created the Asian and Pacific Islander Emerging Leaders Program.

PWT Wins GSA, Fort Carson Contracts

PWT, as a team member with prime contractor the Arcanum Group, was awarded a five-year contract to provide comprehensive administrative and technical support services to the General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service, Rocky Mountain Region, Region 8. The Public Buildings Service provides building leasing and management services to the civilian federal government nationwide. GSA Region 8 manages more than 16 million square feet of space in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota. The more than 90 employees on this contract will work at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood providing contracting, landscape design, graphic arts, project management, administrative support, and real estate support services. The contract runs through September 2016.

PWT was awarded the Hazardous Material Control Center contract for the Fort Carson Army Base in Colorado Springs. PWT supports Fort Carson’s mission by acquiring and managing hazardous materials needed for base operations, with the additional goals of improving cost efficiency, reducing public health risks, and improving environmental stewardship methods associated with the use of these specialized materials. The contract runs through September 2014.

PWT Expands Helena Office

PWT’s Montana office has moved to 54 North Last Chance Gulch, Helena, to accommodate three new employees supporting additional EPA Remedial Action Contract 2 Work Assignments and other additional clientele in Montana.

Community Service

On August 13, PWT employees had a party and a purpose. The PWT summer picnic was at Clement Park in Littleton, but before the party, several employees helped clean and paint weathered picnic tables and benches and picked up trash at the park. Participants included Levi Todd, Dorthea Hoyt, Dan Zigich, Robin Witt, Brian Witt, Tai-Dan Hsu, Chuck Champion, Zac Champion, and Diane Richter. Photo, front to back: Robin Witt, Diane Richter, and Chuck Champion.

Innovative Cover Design Construction Completed Successfully

Much of the remediation at RMA is clean-up and on-site disposal of hazardous waste.  In the U.S. there are strict requirements for how that waste is disposed and covered. Methods that use synthetic covers have been the accepted standard, but at RMA an innovative alternative cover system was developed by the Army, with detailed involvement by EPA including engineering support and technical analysis from PWT and geotechnical/civil engineering expertise from PWT partners Steve Dwyer and Jorge Zornberg under the leadership of Dorthea Hoyt. This innovative solution underwent eight years of design, testing, and negotiations with regulatory agencies, and construction of 453 acres of the “RCRA-equivalent Covers” was completed between 2005 and 2010.

The professional publication, Civil Engineering, published this paper in January 2011. See the published paper.

The CEO Corner

PWT-Bay West awardee of EPA’s Environmental Services and Operations (ESO) Remedial Acquisition Framework Contract

PWT Awarded EPA Regions 5 & 6 Unified Regional Oversight

EarthFax Integration

Integration is an important word and as you can readily see from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition above, it has a number of meanings. As we restart PWT’s quarterly newsletter, I would like to underscore the importance of “combining and coordinating of separate elements into a unified whole” portion of the definition.  While this aspect of integration is central to most successful projects, it also holds considerable resonance for Pacific Western Technologies given the recent efforts of integrating EarthFax Engineering Group (EEG) as a fully fledged division of the company.

The EEG integration process began in earnest in July 2016 and is pending completion by the end of April or early May of this year. The integration team included Human Resources (Correna and Bette), Finance & Accounting (Billy and Flori), Information Technology (Bruce) as well as Insurance (Chuck, Correna, Bette and Brad).  Each functional area required the development of specific tasks to achieve integration.  Actions by the integrators listed above have enabled PWT to fully integrate health and liability insurance programs, human resource programs by January 2017.  Finance and Accounting is virtually complete now and Information Technology will be complete by the end of April or early May.

Full integration will allow better communication and improved program and project delivery throughout the company – primarily accomplished by the ubiquitous sharing of environmental consulting, scientific and engineering capabilities. A secondary, but no less important means of organization efficiency – assisted by effective integration – is the distributed and seamless overhead support staff functions.

The benefits of integration will allow PWT to adapt more quickly to an ever changing and more competitive market place – allowing us to effectively compete across both public and private sectors. Examples include:  expansion of ENSE private sector opportunities, developing EEG governmental / public sector prospects and increasing our focus on helping to deliver projects that will enable our nation to rebuild its degrading infrastructure.

As you can see, integration is an essential element of PWT’s future. We will need to act as one organization comprised of three operating divisions supported by a distributed and lean support staff.  Successful integration will allow PWT – with its enhanced capabilities – in short, to be bigger than the sum of its parts.

Positive thinking: Reduce stress by eliminating negative self-talk

Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Practice overcoming negative self-talk with examples provided.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic — and it may even affect your health.

Indeed, some studies show that personality traits like optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being. The positive thinking that typically comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits. If you tend to be pessimistic, don’t despair — you can learn positive thinking skills. Here’s how.

Understanding positive thinking and self-talk

Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.

Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head every day. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information.

If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic. If your thoughts are mostly positive, you’re likely an optimist — someone who practices positive thinking.

The health benefits of positive thinking

Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. It’s also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess.

Positive thinking: Reduce stress by eliminating negative self-talk

Identifying negative thinking

Not sure if your self-talk is positive or negative? Here are some common forms of negative self-talk:

  • Filtering. You magnify the negative aspects of a situation and filter out all of the positive ones. For example, say you had a great day at work. You completed your tasks ahead of time and were complimented for doing a speedy and thorough job. But you forgot one minor step. That evening, you focus only on your oversight and forget about the compliments you received.
  • Personalizing. When something bad occurs, you automatically blame yourself. For example, you hear that an evening out with friends is canceled, and you assume that the change in plans is because no one wanted to be around you.
  • Catastrophizing. You automatically anticipate the worst. The drive-through coffee shop gets your order wrong and you automatically think that the rest of your day will be a disaster.
  • Polarizing. You see things only as either good or bad, black or white. There is no middle ground. You feel that you have to be perfect or that you’re a total failure.

Focusing on positive thinking

You can learn to turn negative thinking into positive thinking. The process is simple, but it does take time and practice — you’re creating a new habit, after all. Here are some ways to think and behave in a more positive and optimistic way:

  • Identify areas to change. If you want to become more optimistic and engage in more positive thinking, first identify areas of your life that you typically think negatively about, whether it’s work, your daily commute or a relationship, for example. You can start small by focusing on one area to approach in a more positive way.
  • Check yourself. Periodically during the day, stop and evaluate what you’re thinking. If you find that your thoughts are mainly negative, try to find a way to put a positive spin on them.
  • Be open to humor. Give yourself permission to smile or laugh, especially during difficult times. Seek humor in everyday happenings. When you can laugh at life, you feel less stressed.
  • Follow a healthy lifestyle. Exercise at least three times a week to positively affect mood and reduce stress. Follow a healthy diet to fuel your mind and body. And learn to manage stress.
  • Surround yourself with positive people. Make sure those in your life are positive, supportive people you can depend on to give helpful advice and feedback. Negative people may increase your stress level and make you doubt your ability to manage stress in healthy ways.
  • Practice positive self-talk. Start by following one simple rule: Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. Be gentle and encouraging with yourself. If a negative thought enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with affirmations of what is good about you.

Here are some examples of negative self-talk and how you can apply a positive thinking twist to them.

      Negative self-talk Positive thinking
          I’ve never done it before. It’s an opportunity to learn something new.
          It’s too complicated. I’ll tackle it from a different angle.
          I don’t have the resources. Necessity is the mother of invention.
          I’m too lazy to get this done. I wasn’t able to fit it into my schedule but can re-examine some priorities.
          There’s no way it will work. I can try to make it work.
          It’s too radical a change. Let’s take a chance.
          No one bothers to communicate with me. I’ll see if I can open the channels of communication.
          I’m not going to get any better at this. I’ll give it another try.


Practicing positive thinking every day

If you tend to have a negative outlook, don’t expect to become an optimist overnight. But with practice, eventually your self-talk will contain less self-criticism and more self-acceptance. You may also become less critical of the world around you. Plus, when you share your positive mood and positive experience, both you and those around you enjoy an emotional boost.

Practicing positive self-talk will improve your outlook. When your state of mind is generally optimistic, you’re able to handle everyday stress in a more constructive way. That ability may contribute to the widely observed health benefits of positive thinking.


How to Be Happier at Work

by Leonard A. Schlesinger, Charles F. Kiefer, and Paul B. Brown | Harvard Business Review

It would be nice to think that you’re going to be just as excited about going to work tomorrow as you were on your first day on the job.

But between increased workloads caused by your company’s reluctance to hire more people, or a change in management that has put less than stellar people in charge of your little corner of the universe, or maybe the fact that you have done the same job for a while now, you may be feeling….well, not exactly burned out, but fatigued.

What to do?

  • Telling yourself to get more excited about the same old thing isn’t going to work. (It never does.)
  • Retiring in place and simply going through the motions is not an option. (You’d be replaced a week from Thursday by someone who might not be better, but by a person who certainly has more enthusiasm.)
  • And while looking for another job is clearly a choice, terrific jobs are hard to come by in this limp-along economy and you may not be ready to undergo that kind of disruption.

Let us suggest another alternative: Start something. More specifically, start something outside of work.

It could be a new company — or at least something that could lead to starting your own company — but it also could be something artsy like writing a book, composing music or doing something for the betterment of your community (such as developing an idea for a new after-school program). Heck, it could even be something you’ve always wanted to do — like learning to play the piano or speak a new language — with absolutely no possibility of financial reward. You simply want to do it for the sheer enjoyment of it.

It doesn’t matter what it is. The key is to start, to take a small step toward what you think you want. You don’t have to make a commitment to see this fledgling notion through to the end. That would be silly — you simply don’t know if this new thing is something that you are really going to like.

The key is to get moving without much cost (either in time or in any other resource.) As with all new ventures, you want to stay within your acceptable loss.

Once you take that small, inexpensive step, see what you’ve learned. If you’re happy with the results, take another step toward your goal. Pause again to see what you’ve learned this time and, if it feels right, go take another step.

How is this going to make you happier at your job? That’s simple. Some of the enthusiasm you have for your outside venture is going to carry over into your work. Making progress on things you care about elevates your mood. You’ll come to work pleased with yourself and you’ll be less dour. Guaranteed. That could be enough to get you out of your funk — which is certainly a good thing both for you, your colleagues and your company.

And if it doesn’t cure your job fatigue, or it doesn’t for long, that’s not necessarily bad, either. By taking the step toward creating something outside of work, you have done two things, both of them good:

First, you may have started down the road that could lead to you starting your own business.

Second, because you have done it, you are in the process of proving to yourself that you know how to create something new. That will be a valuable skill to have no matter what you do next — start your own company, look for a new job or try to carve out a new sort of position in your current company.

Of course, there is an alternative, and you’ve probably met this person before. It’s the person who tells you about all the things they might do, but who never seems to take the first step toward any of their goals. You offer an idea. You offer encouragement and support. But nothing happens. Somehow this person seems more comfortable and even (ironically) pleased with dreaming about possibilities while remaining unhappy.

The remedy for this malaise is simple (although not often taken). It is to act. Every action causes a change in reality. Every action carries the potential for learning.   Learning about your next step. Learning about what you like or don’t like. Every act can build momentum. Small desires grow. A small talent or expertise can be developed and honed. Before you know it, you can be on a new course.  But only if you act.

So, as counter-intuitive as it seems, to be more excited about your job, go do something great outside of it.


3 Ways Happiness Can Improve Health

Which comes first: happiness or success?

Published on October 13, 2011 by Shawn Achor in The Happiness Advantage

I was at a Starbucks in New York, completely minding my own business, when…Actually, in truth, I was at a Starbucks intentionally eavesdropping on the conversation of some people at the table next to me, when I overheard one slightly overweight woman say to her three fit friends, “I’ve tried 19 diets over the past year, and none of them worked. I’ll be so happy when I look more like you.”

A few minutes later, I was giving a talk on how the business world needs to reverse the happiness formula. Most people think, if I work harder at my company, then I’ll be successful, and then I’ll be happy. But my research proves that formula is backwards. Every time you’re successful at work, your brain changes the goalpost of success. Thus, your brain never quite gets to happiness. Moreover, if you can raise your happiness in the present, then every business outcome improves. It is what we call the “happiness advantage.”
That’s when it hit me. That woman at Starbucks, was failing at her diets because she was using the wrong formula. The science of the happiness advantage has as much to do with dieting and exercise as it does for productivity and profitability. Most people think, if I can lose ten pounds, then I’ll be happy. Or once I get a six pack, then I’ll be happy and girls will like me. Or man, I’d be so happy if I looked like the person on the cover of that health magazine. So people go about figuring out which flaw to fix first, resurrecting new years resolutions, and buying magazines to remind them that they don’t yet look how they’d like to look. We think about how happy we’ll be once we do all 90 days of P90X.

But most diet and exercise plans we set for ourselves fail. That’s why it’s such a fantastic cash cow for publishers, because the failure rate is so high. Once people fail, they try some or other diet or exercise plan. But the main reason we fail to hit goals is because we are working against our brain, not with it. Our brains are actually designed over the long run to function better at positive, rather than negative, neutral or stressed. When you are negative, you spend a lot of your brain’s resources activating the Jerk (the amygdala) instead of the Thinker (the prefrontal cortex). The more you use the Jerk to exercise, the less successful you will be long term. We need to stop thinking, “I will be happy when…” That puts happiness after your diet and exercise goal which means you miss out on a huge advantage.

Here are three ways to use happiness to improve your health and achieve your health goals.

#1 Start with happiness. If you are going to start a diet or exercise plan, start with happiness. Make a list of the attributes you like about yourself which will help you accomplish the goal. For example, “I like that I’m good convincing my friends to have fun” means that you might want to use that skill set to start a running group or inspire a friend to be a workout buddy. In The Happiness Advantage, I describe how positive brains have 31% higher levels of productivity, higher pain tolerance, 3 times the levels of creativity, are 90% more likely to live to 85, and their symptoms feel less acute. You can apply this human potential bump to your diet and exercise goals, instead of starting at a deficit as your brain records how unhappy it is about your current health.

#2 Change your mindset. Stick with me on this one, make the exercise or diet fun. As Dr. Z says, “By prioritizing happiness, you increase the chance of achieving the health outcome you seek. But happiness is in the mind so you must work on your brain before your body.” That sounds harder than it is. I like lifting weights because you can see the results quickly. But I hate sitting on a bike reading. I should say “hated,” because I just got a kindle. I don’t know how people have the agility to turn physical pages on an old fashioned book while swinging on an elliptical machine, but biking and kindling is even easier than learning to ride a bike. I bought fun books, that grab my attention, and now, I actually find myself not only starting with cardio, but I finish my workouts by biking when I need to know what happens in my book. Now I look forward to reading, so I’m looking forward to biking.

#3 Reward yourself. Make sure that your reward is not food related. The goal for this is to keep the happiness fueling you throughout the process, not just months/years later at the completion of your goal. If you don’t have happiness fueling you, your brain will get bored or frustrated.

Which comes first, happiness or health? The happiness advantage research is clear. If you do not start with happiness, you’ll miss out on both.

10 Tips to Find Happiness at Work


Throw Out Labels

 We spend most of our lives instantly judging things that happen to us. It’s raining: Bad. No bonus this year: Very bad. The boss is out of town: Very good. Author of Happiness At Work Srikumar Rao, Ph.D., says you can boost your sense of calm by turning off the mental labels. If you decide something is bad, it most likely will be, he says.

Let It Go

When something throws you off, being able to let it go quickly will exponentially increase your happiness at work. The ability to move on–resilience–enables you to handle work challenges with composure and strength. Instead of focusing on how bad a situation is, focus on how to fix it or the next step.

Write a To-Do List

It’s hard to feel resilient when you also feel like you have no power over your work day. You can take some of that control back by writing a to-do list and completing tasks in that order. Also, limiting distractions by scheduling times to check e-mail or social networking sites will help keep you on task and feeling productive.

Focus and Engage

“The current workforce is like the cast of the Night of The Living Dead, says Rao. Disengaged worker-zombies do nothing for the company or for individual morale. If you are able to get excited about your work and focus on it with full attention, time will go by faster and the experience will be much more pleasant.

Quiet Mental Chatter

A constant stream of negative thoughts sends many workers into a downward spiral of unhappiness. Quiet the chaos by redirecting your thoughts. Think of a positive memory and create a mental image of it. The next time you have an idle moment, instead of surfing the Web, draw up this mental screensaver. Replay this in order to reset your mind and scale back the negative.

Find Restorative Time

Workplaces are stressful and you need to cope. Set aside some time each day to recharge. Taking a peaceful walk at lunch rather than mindlessly eating at your desk will restore calm. Maybe a warm bath in the evening or fun book for the commute are your fix-its. Experiment and find what works for you.

Connect To Your Values

People who feel more connected to the company’s mission and feel like their work is valuable or meaningful are more likely to be happy on the job. If you begin to feel like your work is meaningless, look at the big picture: Work for a pharmaceuticals company? Think of the lives being saved. Or, consider how showing up each day aligns with your personal values. The money you earn supports your life outside of work, and whether that’s your family or a hobby, it’s a good reason to keep coming in with a smile.

We’re The Same

It’s easy to put people–colleagues, bosses, clients–into categories. People I don’t like; people I do like. Me vs. them. A simple way to make work relationships more pleasant is by finding common ground. Consider what makes you similar to your co-workers rather than different and the dynamics of the relationship will change. Social interaction play a huge part in your happiness on the job, so it should prove a good investment of your time and energy.

Feel Compassion for a Toxic Boss

The No. 1 reason employees leave a company is because of a bad boss, says Rao. And you’re likely to have worked for one at some time in your life. See a boss for who he or she really is, he advises, and feel compassion for them: “You have to put up with him or her a couple hours a week, and he/she has to put up with themselves their whole life.” Rao suggests picturing a toxic boss as a child having a temper tantrum. When you remember the negativity is all about them, not you, you’ll be better able to shrug it off.

Switch Off Once You Leave Work

You are already at work a third of your time, so do not continue to keep it buzzing in your head during your supposed free time. Mentally say good bye to your work space the moment you leave for home.

Learn to have more fun at work. Laugh more and chill out. Perform with a more fun orientated approach.

Article from Forbes Magazine – Jenna Goudreau

A Reason to Smile

As I continue to look at the concepts related to happiness I have found this article from the Daily Om and wanted to share this with the employees of PWT:

April 12, 2011, Bamboo
A Reason to Smile
Five Minutes to Happiness
It can be so easy to get caught up in the rigors of modern life that we tend to forget that happiness need not come with stipulations. Happiness becomes something we must schedule and strive for — a hard-won emotion — and then only when we have no worries to occupy our thoughts. In reality, overwhelming joy is not the exclusive province of those with unlimited time and no troubles to speak of. Many of the happiest people on earth are also those coping with the most serious challenges. They have learned to make time for those simple yet superb pleasures that can be enjoyed quickly and easily. Cultivating a happy heart takes no more than five minutes. The resultant delight will be neither complex nor complicated, but it will be profound and will serve as a reminder that there is always a reason to smile.
So much that is ecstasy-inducing can be accomplished in five minutes. Alone, we can enjoy an aromatic cup of our favorite tea, take a stroll through the garden we have created, write about the day’s events in a journal, doodle while daydreaming, or breathe deeply while we listen to the silence around us. In the company of a good friend or treasured relative, we can share a few silly jokes, enjoy a waltz around the room, play a fast-paced hand of cards, or reconnect through lighthearted conversation. The key is to first identify what makes us dizzyingly happy. If we do only what we believe should bring us contentment, our five minutes will not be particularly satisfying. When we allow ourselves the freedom to do whatever brings us pleasure, five minutes out of 14 wakeful hours can brighten our lives immeasurably.
It is often when we have the least free time or energy to devote to joy that we need to unwind and enjoy ourselves the most. Making happiness a priority will help you find five minutes every day to indulge in the things that inspire elation within you. Eventually, your happiness breaks will become an established part of your routine. If you start by pursuing activities you already enjoy and then gradually think up new and different ways to fill your daily five minutes of happiness, you will never be without something to smile about.

Helena, Montana Office Opens

PWT has opened a new office in downtown Helena to support PWT’s growing number of projects in Montana.

Catherine LeCours has  joined PWT as a senior project manager working out of the new office in Helena. She is responsible for environmental investigation, design, and remediation services at Environmental Protection Agency Superfund sites in Montana. LeCours has a B.S. in environmental health and brings to PWT more than 13 years of experience as a project manager for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. She has worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency on cleanup at 13 Federal Superfund sites in Montana.

LeCours can be reached at PWT’s Helena office in the Power Block Building at 7 W. 6th Ave., or by calling 406-422-6915.

Denver Federal Center- RCRA Cleanup

Lakewood, Colorado:

The Denver Federal Center (DFC) campus is located on a square-mile, former WWII ordnance plant. Asbestos-containing soil contamination was discovered during onsite construction. PWT was called in for an emergency site evaluation when it was found that the asbestos had been inappropriately handled and disposed of by a contractor, spreading the contaminated soil throughout the site.

As the prime contractor and authority to create policy for this General Services Administration (GSA) contract, PWT stepped in to coordinate and negotiate meetings with the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE). PWT determined the aerial extent of the contamination, directed appropriate handling and disposal efforts, and then developed a mechanism for institutional controls at the DFC that continue to allow GSA to use an industrial land-use scenario when calculating risks-based cleanup action levels. The timeliness and effectiveness of PWT’s operational activities averted potential CDPHE fines and saved GSA more than $1.25 million in construction costs.

This contract is ongoing in a “maintenance” phase for which PWT has been awarded a follow-on sole source contract and has received “outstanding” reviews in all categories.