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Safeguarding The Built Environment Since 1983

Company History

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 e.h.c. 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.

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Bill Gallagher as a Navy Seabee in Vietnam 1968 to 1969 era

Bill Gallagher as a Navy Seabee in Vietnam 1968 to 1969 era

1969

Bill and Karen Gallagher 1970’s at Bill’s first office, his home.

1970

Bill and Karen Gallagher 1970's at Bill's first office, his home.
EHC Logo 1979 to 1986

E.h.c. Logo 1979 to 1986

1979

Asbestos-in-Schools Rule Enacted

The EPA issued the Asbestos-in-Schools rule, requiring schools to inspect for asbestos materials, document their locations and make this information readily available to teachers, parents, and school workers. Schools also had to provide custodial workers an EPA guide on reducing asbestos exposure.

1982

Environmental Remediation

EHC Associates incorporates and provides architectural design and environmental consulting services. William C. Gallagher is the sole shareholder.


Services Offered

  • Architectural Design
  • Project Management
  • Environmental Consulting

1983

Barb King joins the firm.


The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)

Congress passed AHERA, requiring schools to develop an official plan outlining the location of asbestos materials and how they will be managed. AHERA gave the EPA authority to issue fines and civil suits against school systems and administrators that fail to follow federal asbestos laws during any activities related to asbestos.

1986

Barb King Vice President of Operations

E.h.c. Logo 1986 to 1990

1987

EHC Logo 1986 to 1990

John Hartman joins the firm as a project manager and draftsman.

1988

John Hartman joins EHC in 1988
EHC Logo 1991 to 1998

e.h.c. Logo 1991 to 1998

1991

W. Patrick Gallagher joins the firm as a PCM Analyst, project monitor, and asbestos building inspector.

1995

Patrick Gallagher joins EHC in 1995

Ted Gallagher joins the firm as a project monitor, and building inspector

1998

Ted Gallagher joins EHC in 1998

William Gallagher passes away after a year long battle with cancer

A Legacy of Giving

  • Creation of a Scholarship Fund
  • Lions Club Volunteering
  • Other Community Volunteering
  • Charitable Donations
  • Gratis Work For Non-Profits

The Transition

The spirit of hard work, sacrifice, and giving that was instilled in us as employees makes a successful transition. We have been well prepared to take over the company.

And We’re Off

The first year is quite an undertaking. Many hats are worn through these months…one day we are in a shirt  and tie, the next disposable Tyveks and a hard hat.

John, Patrick, Ted, and Tom take over e.h.c. as equal partners. The environmental contracting vision takes shape.

Services Offered

  • Environmental Consulting
  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Lead Abatement
  • Mold Remediation

e.h.c. logo was born in 2005 for Abatement Division

2005

Our Team

Success?

We think we have what it takes – it was a “successful “ year. During this period we measured success with our profit / loss statement. Our interpretation of this would evolve.


Finding Our Way

We have been graced with low overhead, loyal clients, and plenty of luck as we settle into a position of leadership. The real challenge is now to see if we can maintain – or possibly even grow.


The first year comes to a close with sales of just under a million dollars, however, we realize our first profits as new partners.

2006

Traction

In 2007 we gain traction. Our confidence grows and the values instilled in us continue to surface. We start donating either our time or money to local organizations and charities. Whether it is volunteer work at a Relay for Life or sponsorships for a local fundraiser, we start taking on the responsibility of giving back. Our definition of success starts its subtle progression.


We manage to double our sales in our 2nd year of taking over. Sales are up over 1.5 million dollars and we are again profitable. New employees are added to the work force.

2007

Growth

We are confident that we are becoming a force to be reckoned with in the industry. Scalability seems to come easy as we work for both Fortune 500 companies and homeowners. The importance of having responsible and dedicated employees is becoming apparent as one of the keys to our success. Creating a culture of low turnover becomes important. Our definition of success continues to evolve as we incorporate measurements that are not just related to profitability.


Our sales increase again by almost 75% for the year taking us passed the 2 million dollar range in annual sales. We have a staff of around 10 to 15 people and we begin to shape our key personnel.


e.h.c. Logo 1998 to 2008

2008

EHC Logo 1998 to 2008

An Economy in Turmoil

As 2009 hits we see businesses in trouble. Doors are closing and mass layoffs are happening throughout the region. We buckle down and keep our staff employed by dipping into profits and continuing to wear many hats . We also move into a larger
facility with exponentially larger warehouse space. Even now we somehow manage
to mimic our 2008 sales numbers.


Our sales remain flat. We are able to maintain our current staff levels and avoid layoffs by reducing profits. We also incur costs for relocating to a much larger facility.


Company fishing trip to Lewes, DE 2009


e.h.c. purchases new office and warehouse

2009

2009 EHC buys new office and warehouse space

Pressing Forward

Our growth continues. We add both field and office staff, and update them with the latest technologies. Capital improvements are made to our facility and we are now supporting community organizations on a regular basis – Habitat for Humanity, American Heart Association, St. Anne’s Retirement Community, just to name a few.


Sales are up by 15% and profits are up across the board. With the recovery under way, we continue to add staff and maintain a profit.

2010

Strategic Partnerships

We not only expand our services, but we gain business by developing strategic partnerships with other firms in similar businesses. We find that a good working relationship can happen with external partners as well as within the company. We even start working with some of our competitors. Our definition of success starts to include the ability to work in harmony.

Sales are up by 40% and profits remain up across the board. We add demolition to our list of services.

Services Offered

  • Environmental Consulting
  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Lead Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Demolition

2011 our both wins a prize at the Chamber Expo

Demolition division started in 2011

2011

2011 our both wins a prize at the Chamber Expo

Building Relationships

Growth now seems to be the norm. We work hard at maintaining client and partner relationships. We have almost 100% retainage of our existing clients since taking over in 2005, and we continue to support our local community.

In addition to the previous organizations, we now support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, S. June Smith Center, Go Red For Women, The Graystone Society, and the Arch Street Center.

Sales continue to rise. We have between 40 and 45 employees and 20 vehicles/ trailers.

Ted and 40 under forty award 2012

Ted makes the CPBJ forty under 40 class of 2012

2012

Ted and 40 under forty award 2012
Duct Cleaning division started in 2013

Our Version of Success

2013 brings continued “success” for our company. Our story is not in any way meant to be boastful, rather to share our journey of defining success. The truth is, we continue to both succeed and fail every day…but we also learn. Our values are aligned with how we do business and we are certain that it is not how much we get, but how much we have to give – that is the true measure of our
success. Whether it is to our employees, to our families, or to our community.

Both sales and profits are up again. It could be a record year. We add duct cleaning to our list of services.

Services Offered

  • Environmental Consulting
  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Lead Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Demolition
  • Duct Cleaning

Duct Cleaning division started in 2013

2013

2014 brings yet another challenging year of growth. With multiple large scale projects running at the same time, e.h.c. staff reaches 80 employees on payroll.   Plans are put in place to promote employees into leadership roles and ease the burden on Ted and John.


Our first commercial Superbowl 2014

2014

Our first commercial Superbowl 2014
Dan Kylor (left) promoted to operations manager in 2015 with Ted and Iber

Dan Kylor is promoted to Operations Manager. His leadership and dedication to the company become apparent to everyone.

Jeremy Hussein is promoted to an estimating and business development role.

Hood cleaning division started in 2015

e.h.c. named top 250 private companies 2015

Patrick Gallagher passes away October 2015

2015

In the early 2000’s Bill saw the need to create a contracting division of e.h.c. that would handle abatement and remediation; e.h.c. (Environmental Hazards Control) was born.  Bill passed away in 2005, the company was then passed on to John Hartman, Patrick Gallagher, Ted Gallagher, and Tom Gallagher. With big shoes to fill the four young partners had no experience with running a company. The township that e.h.c. had an office in for 15 years suddenly decided that our use was “non-compliance”; we had to find a new location for our business in the first couple years as new owners. A three-acre industrial property with 15,000 S.F. of office and warehouse space was found in Upper Leacock Township. E.h.c. moved operations to the new office in 2009. Growth continued, as did the stress of running a business. Tom Gallagher decided he wasn’t interested in having his own business, so the partners bought him out. Patrick Gallagher ran our computer division (Blue Point Computers) since 2000; however the company was sold in 2012 so Patrick could concentrate on helping e.h.c. continue positive growth. In 2013 e.h.c. continued to add services to better service our clients’ needs.   A duct cleaning division was formed and demolition services were added to our offerings.  2014 was a rough year, Patrick was diagnosed with a rare bowel cancer and in October of 2015 Patrick lost his battle with cancer. Ted and John managed to have the right people in the right positions to help fill the void that was created upon Patrick’s passing. Today, e.h.c. continues to grow, the right way with integrity and with the passion instilled in us by Bill and Patrick.

One customer well taken care of could be more valuable than $10,000 worth of advertising.

~ Jim Rohn

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Our Google Reviews

Maria G Becerra cruz
Maria G Becerra cruz
18:38 10 Oct 20
It has been a pleasure working with EHC at Armstrong. Alex Henriquez did a great job explaining the work plan, and was very receptive to any small requests/changes we at Armstrong made. Elio Cirilo did an excellent job providing us with quick, accurate estimates.
Jeremy Brickner
Jeremy Brickner
20:18 29 Sep 20
I have had the pleasure of working with Dan and Alex on several projects over the past year. They are very professional and thorough. I would highly recommend their services to anyone.
Katie D
Katie D
18:20 28 Sep 20
Barb King (VP of Operations), Mark Andrechik (Inspector), Cathy Workinger (HR Manager/Office Administator), Wendy McCall (Estimating Administrative Assistant) ESPECIALLY, as well as the rest of the EHC team members I came into contact with have exemplified professionalism, promptness, compassion, and the highest quality in service for myself and my home over the past 10+ months at various times. Barb King directly responded to my every request and concern better than I could have asked for, and Mark went above and beyond to personally text me to discuss any concerns or questions I had about the Mold Test Results and Summary he provided. Mark and Barb King also continued to make themselves available to me for any questions long past the initial work had been completed and truly exemplified what every homeowner would hope to see and receive in quality of service amidst facing a crisis in their home.Though they may not be the “cheapest” option, rest assured you will thank your lucky stars for every additional cent you throw their way once you realize the outcome and peace of mind provided to you as a result. If you ask me, the peace of mind that you are receiving what you have paid for and more in and of itself is priceless...especially in these uneasy times through this pandemic.
Alix Unwin
Alix Unwin
14:56 08 Sep 20
EHC was fast at and on time for the work on our house. I would recommend them.
JD Roy
JD Roy
22:00 07 Aug 20
Very pleased with the outcome. Alex Henriquez and his crew were simply awesome. Cathy, Barb, Wendy and Elio were very professional and courteous. This team hit a home run...highly recommended!
Ron Mathiot
Ron Mathiot
23:48 05 Aug 20
This is the third time EHC has helped me with a problem and I couldn't be happier. This time Alex and his helper removed duct work with asbestos and did a fantastic job. Having asbestos is scary and these guys make it seem like an everyday occurrence. The office personnel are so kind and polite. This is a great company. Thanks EHC for your very professional, excellent work.
Nancy Benedict
Nancy Benedict
21:34 01 Aug 20
E.H.C. was very responsible to our needs! It was a small job in our basement, that was done promptly. Alex Henriquez and his team were courteous, quick and thorough. I would recommend highly!
Tom Curry
Tom Curry
15:30 16 Jul 20
Great service! Muchisimas gracias, many thanks to Alex Henriquez, Jorge Ortega Sr., and Jorge Ortega Jr. for amazing work! Very professional, thorough, and efficient. Couldn't have done it without you!
Naiomi Tapia
Naiomi Tapia
04:47 09 Jul 20
Alex and his crew just finished removal of asbestos tile from my basement. They arrived right on time and finished quicker than estimated. Alex was helpful and polite. Great experience!
Travis Lehman
Travis Lehman
19:10 28 May 20
Alex Henriquez and his team were wonderfully patient, professional, and efficient. Having their services to clean and sanitize COVID-19 was a great blessing to all of us!
Kay B
Kay B
13:17 15 May 20
Great costumer service by their employees.Providing a great service to our community.Spotted one of their great job supervisor ALEX HENRIQUEZ doing a great job at out community police department (Columbia borough police department) keep up the great work guys.GREAT JOB E.H.C ASSOCIATES
Gerson Urena
Gerson Urena
15:20 13 May 20
Alex Henriquez
Alex Henriquez
19:11 11 Apr 20
We recently had EHC come into the house to clean out the asbestos insulation on the plumbing in the crawl space.Luis Erena and his crew came in and did a first class job. Very quick and efficient.I would highly recommend EHC and Luis to everyone.Dave Natale
Dave Natale
Dave Natale
22:35 26 Mar 20
Daryl with EHC has been such a pleasure to work with on site at the Coatesville VA Medical Center. His team is performing our demolition and Asbestos abatement, Veteran Design and Construction Inc and myself would highly recommend EHC and Associates for any job large or small. Thank you Daryl for all of your hard work and taking the time to go above and beyond and keeping our clients safe during abatement and demolition on our sites.
Hugh Galbreath
Hugh Galbreath
12:11 26 Feb 20
great service from Daryl Hartman I really enjoyed the way he supervised the crew, Great job I will use again in the future.
Ervin Coop
Ervin Coop
20:48 24 Feb 20
Daryl and his team have done an amazing job organized and effect will be using ehc again
Bruce Phifer
Bruce Phifer
20:26 24 Feb 20
All involved was very professional and courteous.Thank you. Elio, Dan, Arthur, CJ, Luis, I forgot some names.
Dennis Matias
Dennis Matias
13:46 24 Feb 20
We contacted EHC, set up an appt and Mark came to visit and took readings. We suspected mold issues due to our Grandson was having a reaction every time he visited us recently. The testing indicated mold in our ducts. Art and Nelson came out and in 2 days the cleaning and treatment eradicated the issue. The whole process was seamless and we are confident it was totally taken care of.Art and Nelson were professional and courteous during this process, we couldn't have asked for more.
Richard Heller
Richard Heller
20:26 18 Feb 20
Wonderful service and experience. Elio was very knowledgeable and had excellent customer service skills. I would recommend them hands down.
Sukie Suarez
Sukie Suarez
22:28 14 Feb 20
EHC completed asbestos floor tile removal and interior demolition in the basement of our home. Throughout the process, I was highly impressed and very satisfied with their professionalism and responsiveness. The work was supervised by Daryl who went out of his way to communicate and was very diligent in ensuring the work was completed to a high standard.
Dominic Rice
Dominic Rice
20:51 10 Feb 20
We have worked along side of EHC and CJ on various projects and they have always been professional. It is great to partner with Companies like EHC.
dustin gingrich
dustin gingrich
11:38 31 Jan 20
We recently used EHC on a project with great results. The demolition scope was vital to keep a tight schedule on track. CJ and his team were up to the task and able to finish as promised. They were professional and made sure the site was cleaned up after every shift.
Doug McKain
Doug McKain
00:05 30 Jan 20
Mr. Cirilo was very patient and took time to answer all of our questions. We appreciated his effort to educate us and not just prescribe a solution.
Konrad Martin
Konrad Martin
17:04 28 Jan 20
Very satisfied with the mold remediation in our attic space. Alex Henriquez was in charge and communicated very well, explaining every step that was going on. He is quite pleasant and an asset to your company. The team was very prompt and efficient. Very glad we chose EHC!
Martha Kast
Martha Kast
21:13 20 Jan 20
We’ve been partnering with EHC for sometime and they are an outstanding company that provides excellent service.
Paul Nanni
Paul Nanni
11:58 10 Jun 19
This was a very positive experience. They showed up as scheduled and were very professional. They alerted me of a possible problem with my existing unit and supplied a detailed summary of the work done.Follow up was immediate. I highly recommend this company.Susie Ketner, Homeowner
Carolyn Ketner
Carolyn Ketner
00:59 31 May 19
Very professional and easy to work with. Kind and knowledgeable staff all around. I'd recommend them to everyone!
Beth Frey
Beth Frey
16:42 29 May 19
Company was great to work with from estimating to the final reports sent to us after the job was completed. They communicate well, show up as scheduled and do the job as estimated very well. Will definitely recommend in the future. Thanks again to everyone! Matt Shay - Dale E. Wentling Inc.
Matthew Shay
Matthew Shay
20:37 08 May 19
Anton Luse
Anton Luse
15:46 22 Mar 19
Obligatory 5 stars. I work for them, they're a great company.
Forrest Black
Forrest Black
01:25 26 Jan 19
On Red Rose bus.
philip Wrightstone
philip Wrightstone
21:33 27 Dec 18
My experience with EHC Associates has been excellent. They have been so helpful from the moment I placed the first phone call to when I payed my invoice today. My family has been out of our house for remodeling for almost 2 months. When we were able to move back in it dawned on me that there was a chance that some of the old building materials that were removed could have contained asbestos. I called EHC to get my air tested to make sure it was safe for my family to move back in. I called on Monday and they were able to squeeze me in for the test that very same day. I paid to get my results expedited and I had the information back the next evening. The price was not outrageous either. Thank you EHC and a very special thank you to Wendy, Elio, & Cathy for being so friendly, professional, and informative. I am a supervisor for a customer service call center and I can tell you that they get an A+ in my book for the way they treated me as a customer!
Kari Devers
Kari Devers
15:45 14 Dec 18
Kathryn Verwohlt
Kathryn Verwohlt
16:51 23 Jul 18
Antonio Díaz
Antonio Díaz
01:26 31 May 18
Mi nuevo empleo . gracias a ese personal q me ha recibido de buena gana.
Joel Jander Pantoja Izquierdo
Joel Jander Pantoja Izquierdo
22:39 08 Jan 18
Es tan buenas y efectivas que en una escala del 1. Al 15 , siendo 1. Lo más impresionante y que resuelve ,y 15 un alto rendimiento en trabajo efectivo, yo le daría un 18
Roberto Rodriguez
Roberto Rodriguez
04:14 15 Dec 17
EHC saved the day for us! During construction we encountered possible environment materials on our site. Because all of trades were lined up to do work on a very tight time schedule, I called EHC who sent a representative out within hours of my call. The rep took samples and by 2PM the next day I got a call with the results of the sampling (yea no hazardous materials!) thus allowing us to stay right on our construction schedule. Thank you EHC for saving the day!!!
Todd Lehman
Todd Lehman
18:34 01 Dec 17
I called E.H.C. with some questions about a property I'm buying. The person I talked to was very helpful and friendly. He basically told me that i don't need his services and went into detail to explain why. He really put my mind at ease about the purchase. I'm glad I don't need there help right now, but if I do, they'll get my business for sure!
John Noll
John Noll
20:04 25 Apr 17
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