Kenall acquires Ratnala & Bahl, Inc and expands its capabilities into Architectural and Engineering (A&E) services

Kenall Inc. (Kenall), a Geotechnical/Environmental/Material Testing Company founded in 2002, is happy to announce three exciting developments in the expansion of our capabilities to provide solutions to the civil engineering, structural engineering, and construction management challenges facing our clients.

Acquisition of Ratnala and Bahl, Inc (RBI). Kenall is proud to now provide the expertise of a full-service Architectural and Engineering (A & E) firm! As a leading Houston-based civil engineering firm, RBI has operated in the Greater Houston Area for more than 30 years, successfully performing public works/infrastructure projects for municipalities and county governments. The acquisition of RBI augments Kenall’s portfolio of services, adding design and construction management of water, wastewater, storm water and transportation projects, and extends our capabilities in providing design, consulting, and construction management services throughout the entire states of Texas and Louisiana.

Kenall – Freese and Nichols, Inc. (FNI) 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture (KNFI JV). The KFNI JV has a proven record of successful project performance for clients including the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), as well as other government and private entities. Our JV was recently selected by the USACE Fort Worth District as a winner of three new Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) prime contracts. The three new contracts include A&E services related to military installation facilities, dams and levees. Through the KNFI JV, Kenall strengthens our capabilities and competitiveness in both the Federal and local government markets.

Facilities Expansion. In keeping with the growth of our services, Kenall has opened another office dedicated to A&E services at 6200 Savoy Dr. Suite 600, Houston, TX. 77036. Our original corporate office at 8101 Westglen Dr., Houston, TX 77063 continues to focus on geotechnical and environmental services. In addition, Kenall has a branch office in New Orleans, dedicated specifically to the management of all our projects in the State of Louisiana.

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Freese and Nichols, Inc. and Kenall Inc. 8 (a) Mentor-Protégé JV

Kenall, Inc. (Kenall) and Freese and Nichols, Inc. (FNI) entered into an 8(a) mentor-protégé agreement which was approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on December 8, 2014. Subsequently, Kenall and FNI formed a joint venture, named the Kenall-Freese and Nichols 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture (KFNI JV).

KFNI JV has a proven record of working together on federal projects for clients including the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), and has worked together with many other government and private entities.

Not only has this symbiotic relationship provided us the window for sharing the resources, skills, technical expertise and knowledge, but also has given Kenall an opportunity to strengthen and enhance management capabilities and business acumen. We believe that this mentor-protégé program has made Kenall more competitive in competing for federal contracts.

The JV was recently selected by the USACE Fort Worth District as a winner of a new Small Business Set-Aside IDIQ for Civil Works Services, 8 (a) Set-Aside IDIQ for Military Projects and EDWOSB Set-Aside IDIQ for Construction Phase Services.

Our JV Partner, FNI, is the first engineering firm to receive the most coveted Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award.

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DVIDS – News – USACE Galveston awards contract for geotechnical exploration in Harris and Chambers counties, Texas

DVIDS – News – USACE Galveston awards contract for geotechnical exploration in Harris and Chambers counties, Texas.

GALVESTON, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract, Aug. 2, to Kenall Inc., an 8(a) small business, in the amount of $394,125.34 for geotechnical exploration (field and laboratory testing) along the Houston Ship Channel in Harris and Chambers counties, Texas.

Geotechnical exploration work for this project will include land-based exploratory soil borings (a process using a rotary auger to drill into the earth in order to sample the soil at various depths), soil sampling and soil laboratory testing as part of the Houston Ship Channel’s Dredged Material Management Plan Study.

“The soil borings will be conducted within 12 existing upland confined placement areas along and serving the Houston Ship Channel operations and maintenance activities,” said David (Brad) Boothby, a civil engineer with the Geotechnical and Structures Section, USACE Galveston. “Routine soils laboratory testing will be performed to measure physical properties of the soil samples recovered from the boreholes.”

According to Boothby, the results will be used to classify the soils and to determine approximate strengths of the soils.

“Results of the geotechnical exploration will be used to perform levee slope stability analyses for the upland placement areas and to determine approximate allowable maximum levee heights and ultimate placement area capacities for placement of dredged maintenance material,” said Boothby.

According to Boothby, the Houston Ship Channel DMMP is required to address dredging needs, disposal capabilities, capacities of disposal areas, environmental compliance requirements and potential for beneficial usage of dredged material.

Work is scheduled to begin in August 2011 and expected to be completed by November 2011.


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Polymorphic is a kinetic installation, designed by ten architecture students from Columbia University GSAPP, utilizing an innovative design and engineering solution inspired by the simple kinetic action of a see-saw and the reverberating motion of a Slinky to produce a bench that moves and contours to the users touch.
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ABI Turns Positive after Four Straight Monthly Declines

On the heels of a period of weakness in design activity, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) took a sudden upturn in August. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 51.4, following a very weak score of 45.1 in July.

This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 56.9, up sharply from a reading of 53.7 the previous month.

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UNStudio’s Design for an Observation Tower for ‘De Onlanden’

The design for an observation tower for the nature reserve ‘De Onlanden’, situated to the South-West of the City of Groningen, The Netherlands, was presented today to Natuurmonumenten (the Dutch Society for the Preservation of Natural Heritage) [...]. The observation tower is the result of a study into the optimal application of Ultra High Performance Concrete by a case study team comprising of UNStudio, ABT, BAM Utiliteitsbouw en Haitsma Beton.

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D7181 Method for Consolidated Drained Triaxial Compression Test for Soils is a new standard now available. D7181-11

Kenall has implemented the latest standard for Consolidated Drained Triaxial Compression test for soils.
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Soil testing is an art as well as science – test post

This is a test post for Kenall Blog about the geotechinical services that kenall offers

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