Uncategorized Archives — TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering

July 6, 2020

TerraGraphics Remains Open to Serve our Clients

As we continue to navigate the challenges of the last few months, we hope that our employees, friends, and clients are doing well physically and emotionally.  We understand that it hasn’t been an easy feat adjusting to working remotely and recognize that these challenging times may continue. We would like to give a special thanks to our clients who have paved the way to allow many of us to work remotely.  For those that have returned to work, we appreciate our clients implementing safety protocols to keep our employees safe.  This has no doubt been a blessing to us all by providing meaningful work to the Hanford Site.

As we wait for a full remobilization, we encourage you all to watch out for your loved ones, community members, and remain vigilant.

April 20, 2020

working from home cat
Employee David Boothroyd’s cat “helps” him while he works from his home office.

During this time of uncertainty, the TerraGraphics Leadership Team is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees and customers.  As such, our office has been temporarily closed to allow only essential activities.  We have implemented a telework policy that allows us to support our clients during this period.  We encourage our employees to follow the federal, state, and county public health agency guidelines to keep themselves, their colleagues, and their families healthy.  We will continue to monitor updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and monitor the Washington State Department of Health and Benton-Franklin Health District webpages for status changes.

January 8, 2020

Zulma Ceja started her career at TerraGraphics as an intern. Now 2.5 years later she works full time in the HR department and is working on her AA degree at Columbia Basin Community College.
She chose HR because she wanted to help out TG and be more involved with the company. “I saw the opportunity to try something new and out of my comfort zone and took it. I love the equality and helping people, the HR department serves me with that and more” says Zulma.
When asked how TerraGraphics helped shape her future, Zulma has this to say: “I am grateful for the opportunity TerraGraphics has given me. Being an HR assistant has taught me a lot and helped me look out for my future a lot more. TerraGraphics has opened my eyes to many things in life and has pushed me and motivated me to strive for greatness in the future. I hope to continue growing, learning and helping alongside TerraGraphics.

Zulma Ceja
Zulma Ceja

November 1, 2019

TerraGraphics Employees Spotlight
– Dan Mineer of Calling All Aliens


Calling All Aliens Band
Dan Minteer (left) with Calling All Aliens

You may know Dan Minteer as a Mechanical Engineer at TerraGraphics. You may not know that he has recorded and produced an album Calling All Aliens and plays gigs on the weekends. He’s played at Adam West Day in Walla Walla for the past three years. Two of his songs, Adam West Blues, and 60’s Star, are the official theme songs of Adam West Day. The September event celebrates Adam West, the Walla Walla, WA born actor who played Bruce Wayne for three seasons in the iconic 1960s tv series Batman.
Dan was drawn to music as a kid and he grew up watching the show. It made a big enough impression that he wrote the song Batman at age 18. He describes his music as rock and blues with lots of guitar jams. He found influence in guitarists with a unique sound like Joe Walsh of the Eagles and Jimi Hendrix.
Dan self-produced his album with the help of his friends, wife and daughter. He built the album song by song, writing some new songs and using some from his archives. Dan tells people that the album Calling All Aliens contains his best lyrics and guitar work. There is also a video version of the album, with narration by a guy from the UK, revealing the alien tale of woe and tying all the quirky songs together. All in all, the album and videos took a year to finish. His daughter created the cover art and he produced the music himself, recording on a laptop. You can purchase digital downloads or stream from your favorite service. You can view the videos on YouTube, and find him on the web at minteer.live.

Calling All Aliens album cover
Calling All Aliens on CD

April 30, 2019

TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering, Inc. (TerraGraphics) Quality Assurance (QA) Program continues to implement Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA-1) and broaden business opportunities by providing clients with numerous quality-related services.

The QA Team promotes continuous improvement within TerraGraphics quality assurance systems, and hopes to expand TerraGraphics opportunities by improving quality-related procedures and incorporating standards into the daily work flow.  TerraGraphics QA Team hopes to be accredited to use other reputable assessment standards, along with NQA-1, in the near future.

TerraGraphics Quality Program has been surveilled, assessed, and audited to the requirements of NQA-1 by the following companies:

  • Washington River Protection Solutions, LLC,
  • Mission Support Alliance, LLC, and
  • Veolia

For more information about TerraGraphics Quality Assurance Program, please feel free to contact Anna Whoele at 509-547-3883.

September 12, 2018

The opportunity that comes with a great STEM education is clear.  From gaining the critical skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the 21stcentury economy, to solving problems in your own backyard, STEM is essential to every student’s future success.  What’s not always clear is the path from STEM student to STEM professional. That’s where TerraGraphics and the Mid-Columbia STEM Network come in.

TerraGraphics is a locally owned HUBZone Small Business that provides a wide range of technical support to projects throughout the western US, including the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford Site. They specialize in electrical, mechanical, and structural design, field geologic and archaeological services, and many other STEM intensive services.  TerraGraphics has thrived throughout their 34 years in operations.  In 2013, TerraGraphics opened an office in the Tri-Cities and has experienced substantial growth and they know that their local community is a big reason why.  The Mid-Columbia STEM Network has been a pioneer in creating STEM education opportunity in the Tri-Cities area through bringing together the necessary partners of business, education, and the community at large.  This coalescence of stakeholders had led to transformational STEM experiences such as STEM like Me, a career connected learning experience that pairs middle school students with industry professionals through hands-on career exploration. “TerraGraphics extraordinary commitment to community service has led to them becoming a top provider of STEM Like ME! volunteers in our region.  TerraGraphics employees are creative, dedicated and make a huge impact on our students,” reports Deb Bowen, STEM Network Director.

President of TerraGraphics, Dave Legard, has made community giving and investment around STEM a core part of their business which is why they continue to maintain the federal designation of being a HUBZone-certified small business.  What this translates to is a commitment to hiring and supporting employees from historically and economically disadvantaged areas within our community.   But TerraGraphics knew they could do more.

When it comes to creating the opportunity that Washington students are so deserving of, it often takes a village to get them to that point where they can take charge of their own future. The partnership between TerraGraphics, the Mid-Columbia STEM Network, and the greater Tri-Cities community is an example of what that village looks like in the 21stcentury.