As a world-wide environmental services firm providing turnkey environmental, radiological, and munitions response solutions, our services are inclusive of geophysical contracting and consulting for environmental and engineering applications, as well munitions and explosives (MEC) remediation. A Small Business Administration (SBA) approved Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) under the 8(a) Program until 2013, PIKA maintains a professional staff of over 150 employees, of which over 70 are full-time unexploded ordnance (UXO) trained staff with an average of over 50 UXO and HTRW personnel in the field at any given time.
PIKA has the demonstrated capability and resources to perform, both as a prime contractor and subcontractor, complex MEC/Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) projects at client sites located throughout the United States and internationally. Our projects have included environmental remediation projects subject to Comprehensive Environmental Response (CERCLA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) guidance with many of these projects involving the added complication of MEC. Successfully handling complex projects of this nature has proven us to our clients and also makes PIKA the 8(a) firm to go to in the event of particularly problematic or difficult.
Driven by client satisfaction, we place the utmost importance on our relationships with our clients. We at PIKA consistently provide our clients with the overall best value and lowest risk solutions to their problems, regardless of size or scope.
In addition to PIKA’s exemplary performance, we have a proven track record of safety and quality performance on our projects with zero Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violations. This is particularly important in light of the hazardous work that PIKA performs.
Experience in MEC
MEC services are one of PIKA’s major business lines accounting for approximately two-thirds of our annual revenue. At PIKA, we realize that MEC projects must be performed in a manner that promotes safety, protects the environment, and adheres to stringent quality control, accounting, and security requirements as established by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). As such, we at PIKA believe that the best way to maintain safety and quality is through the use of in-house, fully-integrated project teams consisting of full-time Department of Defense personnel, in addition to their UXO training, have all received requisite OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training and have worked together on a variety of complex MEC projects. PIKA’s UXO personnel are supported by PIKA’s full-time staff of Safety and Quality Professionals, Geophysicists Engineers and Managers who also have extensive experience supporting MEC projects. More detailed information regarding PIKA’s MEC experience is provided under Past Performance.
PIKA is currently supporting a variety of environmental projects in the continental United States and Puerto Rico. With full-time MEC/UXO experts on our staff, our clients can be assured that the appropriate level of expertise will be supplied by PIKA and our Program and Project Management Teams. In addition, every member of our project management staff has over five years experience managing projects involving MEC/MMRP operations subject to CERCLA/RCRA.
Our MEC personnel have special capabilities related to the remediation of MEC, including the remediation and removal of explosive storage and production facilities such as United States Army Ammunition Plants (AAPs) and depots. Despite the high hazard associated with the MEC projects conducted by PIKA, our personnel are safety conscious and have an excellent health and safety record which includes no OSHA violations or citations in our company’s history.
PIKA personnel have a history of working together on projects with MEC and MEC-related issues. Our MEC/MMRP personnel have extensive experience with military, civilian, and law enforcement projects world-wide. Utilizing this team and the technology at our disposal, PIKA has the ability and expertise to safely locate, identify, inspect, and dispose of MEC hazards. In fact, PIKA personnel have developed and are operating the most innovative and cost-effective munitions and range debris
We assure that projects performed by PIKA will be performed safely, efficiently, and in accordance with all Department of Defense (DoD) and USACE guidelines applicable to MEC and MMRP. Our staff has been working together on various projects for more than 25 years and has been together on PIKA projects for over three years. This experience fosters a more efficient and cohesive team for PIKA MEC/MMRP projects which, in turn, results in safe and high quality results for our clients. In fact, these are the reasons cited most often by our clients as to why PIKA is their MEC/MMRP contractor of choice.
Continuous communication throughout the project and program is vital. Progress meetings are held by the PIKA team to ensure that safety, quality, management, and operations are fully integrated into all phases of project planning and implementation. PIKA takes a proactive approach to evaluating the lines of communication for each project based on the needs of our client and their project. During the formulation of our project teams, the roles and responsibilities of all the key team members are clearly defined and formal weekly progress reports, in addition to close day-to-day contact between our client contacts and PIKA’s Project Manager and team, assures that our clients are aware of any potential problems and that their concerns are addressed expeditiously.
National and International Coverage
Including our corporate headquarters in Stafford (Houston), Texas, PIKA has six established offices and seven project offices strategically located nationwide to support our clients and their projects. In addition, we have the resources to rapidly mobilize personnel, equipment, and supplies to project sites throughout the country with a dedicated procurement team for rapid response and effective pricing. This rapid response procurement team enables PIKA to deploy our staff to virtually any site world-wide within a very short time frame. As an example, we were subcontracted to provide MEC support on range clearance operations in Kuwait and were able to deploy our team within ten (10) days of notification, which included two (2) days of briefings prior to mobilization.
PIKA utilizes state-of-the-art, highly technical equipment (some with remote control technology) to remediate MEC hazards. This investment in equipment allows PIKA to tackle complex MEC issues for our clients in a manner that ensures safe, successful completion of the SOW. PIKA has obtained explosive storage, handling, and transportation equipment to meet the requirements of the Scope of Work (SOW) and possesses a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) license for the acquisition, storage, and use of of explosive demolition materials. Since PIKA routinely performs MEC operations ranging from anomaly avoidance to complete surface and subsurface MEC removal and disposal operations, PIKA’s instrumentation, software applications, and peripherals include those required for the integrated identification and mapping of surface and subsurface anomalies. In addition, PIKA equips all personnel with the appropriate level of personal protective equipment (PPE) required to safely perform their assigned duties and ensures that our staff are trained in the use of, and medically qualified to use, their PPE.
Constantly searching for safer and better means to perform the hazardous tasks of dealing with MEC, PIKA utilizes cutting edge methods and technologies to meet project objectives. For example, PIKA personnel developed and implemented a magnetic conveyor system that was used to screen and separate MEC and munitions debris (MD) from a large range stockpile at Seneca Army Depot in New York. Other innovative techniques such as the hydrocutter, bomb shears, a flashing furnace, and a shredder have been employed during our MEC removal and load line-related decontamination and demolition projects. We are currently working on several other new technologies to make the task of removing, decontaminating, and remediating sites contaminated by MEC and related contaminants safer and more effective.
As part of PIKA’s business plan, we are focused on the continuing development of our niche MEC services and personnel, while growing our business to include related remediation, construction, and management to meet the needs of our clients. Our primary goal is to grow our business steadily by committing our services, resources, and expertise to our clients and being their contractor of choice for a wide range of projects. PIKA is able to expand as necessary to meet our clients’ needs and has the processes, accounting systems, subcontracting agreements, and policies in place to support this expansion.
PIKA has been performing and providing MEC/MMRP support to our clients as part of our contracts and subcontracts since the inception of the company over three years ago. This experience includes projects involving material potentially presenting an explosive hazard (MPPEH), improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and chemical warfare materiel (CWM), as well as HTRW.
PIKA’s range of projects is nationwide – we have performed MEC work in 20 states and Puerto Rico – and have provided support through subcontracts in the Middle East. The success of our projects has led to follow-on work and a reputation in the industry that is beyond compare. Over eighty percent (80%) of our business is repeat business which quantifies the satisfaction of our clients.
The MEC/MMRP experience of PIKA has also included the full range of MEC services at site closures involving ranges and open burn/open detonation (OB/OD) areas. The closure of the OB/OD areas were performed by PIKA for Camp Navajo in Arizona, Winklepeck Burning Grounds at Ravenna AAP (RVAAP) in Ohio, and OB/OD grounds at Cornhusker AAP (CHAAP) in Nebraska. These closures included UXO clearance and removal, excavation of contaminated soils, backfill, transportation and disposal, and final seeding and grading, and were performed under CERCLA/RCRA. Additional installations include Indiana and Iowa AAPs, and Seneca Army Depot where PIKA self-performed a majority of the field work. The value of the work at these installations ranges from $2 million to over $12 million, all performed on a Firm Fixed Price (FFP) basis.
Our successful performance has made us the MEC consultant of choice in part due to the extensive knowledge and expertise of our staff, but mostly because of the commitment and care we provide by listening to our clients’ needs and adapting quickly to their changing requirements.
It is the policy of PIKA to perform all work in a manner that ensures the initial and continued protection of the worker, the public, and the environment. PIKA's core environmental, safety and health values are based upon the premise that safe project performance is paramount and PIKA will never compromise the safety of the worker, the environment or the public to promote other project objectives such as production, cost or schedule.
The effective development and implementation of a sound safety culture is the key element of PIKA's Corporate Safety and Health Personnel (CSHP) with safety responsibility and accountability metrics assigned to all levels of project management and performance. PIKA has never had an OSHA violation in the history of the company.
PIKA is committed to providing, the training, resources, and equipment to make every job site a safe work environment. Our Corporate Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) has overall responsibility for the development of our Corporate H&S Program, employee training, development and approval of site-specific safety plans, and field audits to verify that safety programs are being properly implemented in the field. Our CSHM’s extensive experience in MEC/MMRP projects provides expertise to implement safety programs consistent with OSHA, DoD, and USACE occupational and explosive safety regulations.