At GES, we focus on the self-performance of environmental services for our clients. However, on a case-by-case basis, we will enter into relationships with select environmental consulting and engineering firms. This allows us to optimize our service delivery from a technical, geographic, and cost-efficiency standpoint while providing the client with the advantage of a unified GES-managed program.
Our teaming philosophy is based on our desire to work with companies that provide the best overall value to our clients. Specifically, when GES considers partnering opportunities, we look for firms that meet these criteria:
- organizations with a similar business philosophy to ours
- superior technical skills of the firm
- appropriate project and staff experience
- stability in management of the company
- proven track record of successful projects with GES
GES has experience serving as prime contractor, subcontractor, and as a member of multidisciplinary project teams. We have worked with small to large engineering, construction, and environmental services firms, small businesses, 8(a) firms, specialty consultants, and minority-owned and woman-owned businesses (MBE/WBE) to provide the right set of skills and high-value results to our clients.
We self-perform most technical field services including groundwater monitoring and sampling, feasibility testing, remediation system design and installation, system O&M, and subsurface investigation oversight activities. GES routinely uses subcontractors to assist in excavation, drilling, surveying, laboratory, electrical, plumbing, and waste transportation and disposal services.
All subcontractors must be initially qualified and maintain qualifications through our subcontractor qualification program (SQP). The SQP ensures that only approved contractors are available for selection by local managers. We utilize the Loss Prevention System (LPS) program to ensure subcontractor performance within the terms of our client agreements and GES’ health, safety, security, and environment (HSSE) program. Routine on-site subcontractor management incorporates LPS tools and our corporate HSSE program, field safety procedure manual, and subcontractor safety handbook. Annual re-qualification is required to maintain approval within this program.
This rigorous SQP process involves the review and approval of the following items:
- Health and Safety Program
- OSHA logs and Incident Rates for the Past 3 years
- Experience Modification Rates (EMR) for the Past 3 years
- Medical Monitoring
- Substance Abuse Programs
- Financial Status
- MBE/WBE, Small business, and Other Disadvantaged Business Status
GES has established a solid record of identifying qualified, locally-owned and operated firms, and providing them with opportunities to work on large and complicated projects. We also make every effort to identify, qualify, and utilize diverse suppliers. The GES supplier diversity program was formed to provide small, disadvantaged, and MBE/WBE business enterprises a substantive opportunity to participate in our company’s procurement processes. We believe that access to such procurement opportunities provides important economic and social benefits to historically underutilized classes of businesses and the community at large.