Rick Rickels, Houston Asbestos Abatement Contractor
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.
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 downtime during the special events at the stadium. But ARC finished the project several weeks early. The Astrodome measures 1M gross square feet.
Asbestos Abatement in University of Houston Dorms
The trend in older dorms on college campuses needing abatement is on the rise and ARC Abatement is ready to help. Such was the case at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. ARC’s Houston team abated five dormitories on the U of H campus and completed the job in 55 days. The seven-figure project kicked off in early January 2018 and was completed in early March 2018. This job was part of the new quadrangle project on campus. ARC’s past work with J.E. Dunn Construction on other projects brought about this opportunity. “We are delighted to work with J.E. Dunn and the University of Houston on this project,” said Rick Rickels, GM of ARC’s Houston office.
Engineering News-Record’s ranked us 8th in its Top 20 Asbestos Firm 2020 report. “COVID has slowed our total volume by 15%,” said Ron Daniel, founder and CEO of ARC Abatement. “However, with the extra steps of ARC’s COVID safety guidelines, this has been a positive effect on our employees and clients.”
In early March 2020, ARC launched a facility disinfecting service ranging from a customized, comprehensive COVID-19 proactive program to actual cleaning high-touch surfaces. The new service generated hundreds of projects.
With ARC’s expansion in 28-plus states, Daniel believes that company growth will remain strong in 2021, with revenues expected to reach $45M. ARC also will expand next year with new offices in Florida and Utah. Notable projects recently completed and/or underway in the United States include:
- Ten months of asbestos removal at the Meredosia Power Station in Illinois totaling in the mid seven figures.
- Asbestos removal in several hundred duplexes at Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas, making way for new student housing.
- Seven-figure asbestos removal at both the Luminant Power Plant in Fairfield, Texas, and the Luminant Power Plant in Mount Pleasant, Texas, completed in 12 months.
In 2020 ARC Abatement celebrated 30 years of hazardous material abatement work. The company has never been dismissed or failed to complete an asbestos abatement, mold remediation, or lead abatement project in its three decades.
ARC Abatement has one of the best safety records across all areas in which it works. It has also earned a very competitive Experience Modification Rating (EMR), allowing one the highest quality insurance and bonding programs in the industry.