William “Bill” Gallagher founded the Design Coalition as an Architectural firm in the late 1970’s after two successful tours in Vietnam as a Navy Seabee. This company was first ran out of his home, and would then move to West Chester, Parkesburg, and then ultimately to Lancaster. With changing asbestos regulations, it was proving more difficult for Architects to design school renovation projects because of these new regulations which were put in place to govern asbestos in schools. Bill saw the need to learn as much as he could about asbestos and the AHERA regulations so he could better serve his school district clients and make sure they were within federal compliance. Bill became certified as a management planner in the 80’s and took his knowledge on the road across the country to teach other architects and school districts how to comply with the AHERA regulations. This is when EHC was formed, an environmental consulting firm. Because Bill developed a passion for the environmental consulting division, Design Coalition became obsolete and all Architectural, Engineering, and Environmental Consulting were run out of EHC Associates, Inc. As time moved on, the company did less and less Architectural work because the consulting division was booming.