After breaking ground on Aug. 7 for its new headquarters building and training center, the staff of Ground Penetrating Radar Systems moved into the new facility at 7540 New West Rd. in New West Business Park on Dec. 15 according to company founder and president Matt Aston. He purchased the two-acre building site from developer Jim McGowan after learning that the property is part of a Community Reinvestment Act district from his banker Steve Leamy of Signature Bank. New construction on the site qualifies for 49 percent property tax relief for 10 years. That, coupled with a Sylvania Area Community Improvement Council (SCIC) low-interest loan proved to be an incentive for Aston; Leamy and Signature Bank handled the additional funding for the project.
“We selected Rudolph-Libbe as the design-build contractor, because of the relationship we have developed with them in working on their job sites over the past several years. Project manager Adam Foltz and superintendent Scott Clendenin did a great job keeping construction on track. This building is better than I envisioned and it really works well for us. As one of our clients, the Rudolph Libbe team is very aware of what we do and they were able to set up several different situations that simulate real job conditions underground in our parking lot and in the concrete floor of the garage that we use for training new technicians,” Aston said.
“To this point, new technicians would train with experienced staff on jobs in the field for up to three months. With our training center in our headquarters facility, that training time will be cut in half,” Aston explained. “Our training center equips trainees with actual job site conditions and it is a huge aid in giving them the confidence to deliver our services at high level immediately following training.”
“We also needed more office space,” he noted.“ We had been very crowded in our former 3,700 square feet of space and now we have 7,500 square feet. Everyone here loves this building and is very happy to have more room.” According to Aston, there are 16 people who work in the new headquarters building for GPRS along with seven who are with its affiliate company, TruePoint Laser Scanning.
“In addition to Rudolph Libbe, my dad’s company, Ohio Concrete Sawing and Drilling, did the polished concrete floors and we purchased all of our office furniture from McNerney & Son, while Jamieson’s Audio Video Service did our sound system, all which are family-owned, local companies that I like to work with,” Aston said.
According to Aston, GPRS has technicians in 46 of the nation’s largest cities and will expand into Canada in the spring, as well. He credits the company’s rapid growth with the team of people who are part of the company. “Each person who joins our team has their own incredible unique attributes and they continually exceed expectations,” he reported.
“They all support our philosophy to listen to our clients and not leave any questions unanswered as we find practical solutions for each challenge. Our goal is to make our clients’ experience sensational.”
GPRS uses ground-penetrating technology on a wide variety of projects from concrete scanning on construction projects to helping police search for crime victims. Aston founded Ground Penetrating Radar Systems in September 2001, realizing the need for this kind of service after shutting down a power line while cutting a trench in concrete. These kinds of mistakes are not only expensive in terms of the actual repair costs, but they can also add delays into project schedules. “This process allows us to see what is buried under concrete or in the ground before cutting,” Aston explained. “While we knew there was a need for this kind of service, we really had to create our market. Now, this service is being specified for many construction jobs.” In addition, GPRS provides services to a variety of clients from municipalities, engineers, environmental consultants, excavators, surveyors and more. Those clients use GPRS for buildings, construction sites, exploratory digs, forensics, cemeteries and more. “We use the latest ground penetrating technology to prevent our customers from experiencing the problems associated with unknown subsurface elements.”
While Ground Penetrating Radar Systems process shows what is below ground, TruePoint Laser Scanning process, under the direction of Ryan Hacker, provides a three-dimensional scan of visible structures that may be more difficult to measure by traditional methods.