Rick Rickels, Houston
Rick Rickels is general manager of ARC’s Houston office. Rickels is a veteran in environmental contracting. His career started in 1985 on the supply side. After several years he moved to contracting side of the industry.
In the early 1980’s Rickels worked for Lone Star Safety & Supply. In the mid-1980’s, he was hired as corporate safety director for a large abatement contractor, where he ran the Texas office.
Before becoming general manager of ARC’s Houston asbestos removal, Rickels worked under the leadership of ARC’s Dallas General Manager Steve Chappell. It was during this time that Rickels oversaw four abatement projects that were the first ever contracted by the City of Dallas.
Rickels graduated from the University of North Texas with a split Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA) degree in management and a BBA in marketing. He is married with three children.
Recent Projects Under Rickels’ Management
Ahead of schedule and on-budget is how ARC completed the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” or the Astrodome in Houston, Texas asbestos abatement project. Harris County awarded the seven figure contract to ARC Abatement in November 2013. Rickels estimated it would be completed in 274 calendar days, which included down time during the special events at the stadium. But ARC finished the project several weeks early. The Astrodome measures 1M gross square feet.
Showboat Theater, Freeport, Texas
ARC Abatement Houston took on a project to work on the 1942 Showboat Theatre in downtown Freeport, Texas. The roof of the theater had collapsed and caused part of the walls to fall. Rebar was not present in the original construction and made demolition of the adjacent walls dangerous and a safety concern. ARC completed the demolition safely with no damage to the adjacent structures. In addition, ARC ensured that the nearby gas station, located three feet away from the theater was properly secured and kept safe from demolition activities. The work was managed by ARC’s Houston GM Rick Rickels, with onsight management by Ramon Mendoza, and Danny Rico. Read about the theatre.