Originally established in September 2009, Echem Consultants (Echem) celebrates its 10th year in business this month. The idea for Echem was conceived when Principal, Gina Crevello, decided to pursue a corrosion and material science consultancy after 10 years in practice.
The mission of Echem is to bridge the gap between corrosion science and material diagnostics for existing and historic structures. Echem strives to understand current conditions to project future durability of critical infrastructure and one-of-a-kind historical landmarks.
September 28, 2009
The idea for Echem Consultants [Echem] was conceived when Gina Crevello decided to pursue a corrosion and material science consultancy after 10 years in practice. She established a New York State Business. The mission of Echem was to bridge the gap between corrosion science and material diagnostics for existing and historic structures, to understand current conditions to project future durability and to provide clients with durable repair solutions for existing structures or new construction. Echem’s line of business included investigation, design, peer review, and construction support for specialist repairs.
Echem immediately lands two new Impressed Current Cathodic Protection [ICCP] design projects on historic masonry clad steel frame buildings, one in Long Beach, NY, the other in Chicago, IL. Design work commences over the winter of 2009-2010 with construction starting in the summer of 2010.
Key projects include landmark structures, parking garages, buildings, and energy structures and industrial buildings. Echem works on one of a kind landmarks such as the Phillip Johnson’s Pavilion on the Pond, to 300,000 sq. ft parking garages.
Harboe Architects and Echem’s Work on the Elks Veterans Memorial receives the prestigious Acanthus Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture, Chicago Midwest Chapter.
Teaming with other corrosion specialists, Echem gains traction and continues to grow. Work included diagnostics for historic buildings, parking garages, bridges as well as concrete and masonry diagnostics.
Echem is officially certified as a Women Owned Business [WBE] by the Empire State Development [New York State Department of Economic Development].
Staff is hired to support reporting and field investigations, while Echem begins to formalize a business relationship with former mentor and electrochemist Paul Noyce. Echem and Axieom launch Life 52® Service Life Modelling Methodology which incorporates all aspects of Echem’s business lines: Laboratory, Investigation, Field Support, and Engineering. Echem’s office expands to include inhouse lab capabilities, while continuing to invest in state-of-the-art field equipment.
Continued growth allows Echem to hire additional field staff and Paul Noyce joins Echem as Chief Technical Officer. Echem makes a concerted effort to invest in more non-destructive testing equipment and continues to build the team.
Echem receives certification as a WBE from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey [PANYNJ].
Echem works on high profile government contracts and monitoring projects in New York City as well as in the Northeast region of the United States.
Continued growth allows Echem to hire additional marketing, sales and project engineering staff.
Echem wins “Diamond Award” alongside WSP and Lynch Consulting from ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards. Gina Crevello wins the “Outstanding Women” Award from the Women Builders Council. Paul Noyce receives the Distinguished Service Award at the Annual NACE Corrosion Conference.
Echem celebrates its 10th year in business. The company redesigns its website to honor the milestone achievement. Continued growth allows Echem to hire a Technical Director and Research Manager for the United States market. The company officially expands internationally by opening an office in the United Kingdom and hires a Technical Director and Business Development Consultant for the market.
Echem is recertified as a WBE by the Empire State Development [New York State Department of Economic Development].