Material Testing and Special Inspection

ATANE provides Material Testing & Special Inspection services in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Our state-of-the-art Material Testing laboratories participate in the AASHTO re:source and Cement & Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL) proficiency sampling programs.

ATANE maintains a full on-site staff of professional engineers, inspectors, engineering technicians, and administrative personnel.

Our material testing labs are located in Boston, MA*, Ossining, NY, and Bensalem, PA. These laboratory facilities are equipped to provide prompt and reliable testing and reporting services including concrete and soil sample receiving, processing, preparation, curing, and testing – in addition to data analysis & reporting.

*The Boston location is MBE certified in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Material Testing and Special Inspection

Northeastern University EXP Building – Boston, MA

Northeastern University’s new 350,000 square foot state-of-the-art EXP Building in Boston enhances the University’s commitment to creating a globally networked ecosystem for research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The space is laid out to promote collaboration between students across disciplines, and will include teaching and research labs, classrooms, makerspace, and dedicated space for innovative work on autonomous vehicles, drones, and robots. The exterior of the building was designed to harmonize with the adjacent newly completed Science and Engineering Complex.

Scheduled to be completed in 2023, ATANE is providing all material testing and inspection services from foundation to façade.

Services include onsite testing, inspection, and documentation of:

  • Soil and earthworks
    • Subgrade soils beneath foundations, footings, and other building elements
  • Concrete
    • Reinforcing steel prior to placement of concrete including pull-tests and specification conformance
    • Concrete placement slump, air-content, density, and sample preparation/curing.
    • Compressive strength lab tests reporting 7, 14, 28, 56-day results.
    • Masonry quality control procedures as established by the NCMA
    • Floor Flatness Testing
    • Batch Plant Monitoring and sample collection for moisture content and gradation analysis.
  • Structural Steel
    • Ultrasonic, x-ray, and dye penetrant/magnetic particle testing
    • Skidmore Wilhelm torque determination
  • Spray-Applied Fire Resistive Material quality control.
  • Building envelope and exterior insulation finishing systems and coating-thickness determination


Legatt McCall Properties

Dan Boyd – Senior Vice President


Owner: Northeastern University

Cost: $350,000,000

Duration: September 2020 – October 2023

Material Testing and Special Inspection

MBTA Right-of-Way (ROW) Emergency Repairs – Boston, MA

ATANE provided special inspection and material testing services on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Orange Line Emergency Repairs three-week shutdown in September of 2022. This project – mandated by a Federal Rail Administration report – expedited the replacement of thousands of feet of worn-out railway track to eliminate slow zones along the Line.

During the unprecedented month-long Orange Line shutdown, the project made substantial improvements by:

  • Replacing track, rail tie, and rail.
  • Performing concrete work.
  • Installing new signal cable, and
  • Upgrading to digital signal control

Additional rail fasteners were installed to reduce vibration and noise for riders. The work schedule was implemented to minimize impact to commuters while allowing the agency to maximize repairs within the diversion. Successfully upgrading Orange Line conditions, this project resumed service on-time September 19th, 2022.

The extensive rehabilitation of the Orange Line included:

  • Replacement of 3500’ of Track
  • Installation of 2800 New Railroad Ties
  • Installation of 14000 LF of New Rail
  • Installation of 400 New Rail Fasteners
  • Retrofitting of Digital Signal Control
  • 48,000 Linear Feet of New Signal Cable

Through these activities, ATANE ensured contractors met MBTA standards through testing and inspection services on a full-time basis throughout construction activities.

Inspections included:

  • In Situ Oversight
  • Ballast Sampling & Lab Testing
  • Cast-in-Place Concrete Field Testing
  • Material compliance/certifications
  • Special inspections: Including Reinforced Steel and Installation Compliance
  • Quality Control
  • Punch List Completion Assurance

Owner: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Cost: $40,000,000

Duration: August 2022 End Date: September 2022

Reference: Middlesex Corporation

Owen McCaffrey – Project Engineer


Material Testing and Special Inspection

Department of Public Health: William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute – Boston, MA

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s 208,000 square foot Tower Building Renovation involves the study, design, and construction of the William A. Hinton State Laboratory.

Conceived to maintain support of the only facility in the state adequately testing for pandemic contributors and key chemical and biological agents, this project will bring the Institute into alignment with best practice standards for modern laboratories. The goal of this project is to provide state-of-the-art building infrastructural systems to facilitate and encourage programmatic evolution and interdisciplinary collaboration while assuring high-level security controls.

Scheduled for completion by 2027, the MADPH Tower Building Renovation showcases ATANE’s specialized inspections, testing, and reporting services for: 

  • Epoxy Anchor Installation and Pull-testing.
  • Firestopping Systems
  • Building Envelope/Fenestration Testing
  • Carbon-Fiber Fabric Reinforcement
  • Column Core-Extraction and Lab Testing
  • Ultra-sonic Testing of Structural Steel
  • Reinforcing Steel & Concrete Field and Lab Testing
  • Spray-applied Fire-Resistive Material Testing and Inspection
  • Certified Welding Inspection

ATANE inspectors perform all procedures under rigorous security guidelines, having completed state-mandated background checks granting clearance for total site access.

Reference: Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM)

Jenn Campbell – Project Manager


Owner: Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) Office of Design & Construction

Construction Cost (Est.): $182,000,000

Duration: July 2022 – Winter 2027

Material Testing and Special Inspection

Hunts Mill Bridge – East Providence, RI

ATANE is providing shop inspection and material testing services to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) for Bridge Group 69E, Hunts Mill Bridge over Pleasant Street. As part of RIDOT On Call Construction Inspection and Material Testing Services contract.

This project includes the replacement of the 96-year-old span carrying Pleasant Street over Ten Mile River. The Span was built in 1926 and features ornate concrete work. The structure has been classified as structurally deficient since 2011. RIDOT is committed to preserving the ornate and historically significant features of its infrastructure while maintaining current safety standards. As part of this commitment, the project is replicating the bridge’s historic features and replacing the aging super and substructure with a modern cost-efficient design.

Our team is providing offsite material testing and special inspection on the precast panels for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. The design of the panels includes modern post tension construction techniques and complex form work to replicate the historic features of the old bridge. Our team provided reinforcement special inspections, form construction inspections, concrete placement and field-testing inspections, inspection of post tensioning operations, aggregate sieve analysis, and formal documentation of the quality control procedures utilized and over-all conformance to the approved plans and specifications.

Reference: Rhode Island Department of Transportation

Jose S. Lima Manager – Materials Management

(401) 563-4113

Owner: Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT)

Cost: $29,800,000

Duration: August 2022 – TBD

Material Testing and Special Inspection

Interstates 95 & 295 Resurfacing – Kent & Providence Counties, RI

ATANE provided Resident Engineering Inspection services to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) for the resurfacing of Interstates 95 and 295 (Project No. 2022-CH-024).

The project included the resurfacing of I-95 from Lonsdale Ave to Rte. 15 and the resurfacing of I-295 mainline and ramps from the intersection with I-95 to the Massachusetts State Line. This includes 144,500 tons of asphalt, 225,000 square yards of milling, of which 15,000 SY is performed on bridge decks. The resurfacing work also included 850,000 linear feet of epoxy pavement markings, the modification of 60 drainage structures, and 325,000 LF of rumble strip installation. The 66 lane miles between Route 44 and the Massachusetts state line of I-295 were fast-tracked for completion by October 15th, 2022, requiring coordination with the Traffic Management Center, modifications to the Traffic Management Plan, and immediate consultant staffing for 10-hour construction shifts, 6 days a week until the completion of expedited work.

ATANE provided Resident Engineering Inspection for all such work in Kent and Providence Counties including the towns of West Warwick, Cranston, Johnston, Smithfield, Lincoln, and Cumberland, and in the cities of Warwick and Pawtucket.

Additional Resident Engineering Inspection work included:

  • Micro-milling and installation of a new friction course layer on the mainline and ramps of I-295
  • Installation of a high friction surface layer and modified Class 12.5 HMA on I-95
  • Pavement markings
  • Guardrail end treatments & new guardrail
  • Further activities include existing drainage system cleaning, stormwater treatment unit construction, & traffic maintenance and protection.

Reference: RIDOT Construction Management Group

Ryan Coutu – Construction Manager Resident


Owner: Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT)

Cost: $29,800,000

Duration: August 2022 – October 2023

Material Testing and Special Inspection

Samuel Baxter Water Treatment Plant Clear Well Basin Replacement – Philadelphia, PA

The Samuel Baxter Water Treatment Plant supplies 60% of Philadelphia’s drinking water and currently serves over 750,000 customers in Lower Banks County. An average of 210 million gallons of water are extracted from the Delaware River daily as the treatment process begins. This process includes coagulation, settlement, filtration, and disinfection of the water prior to distribution to ensure that all drinking water meets the strictest of quality standards and exceeds all state and federal regulations. ATANE, as a team member, provided special inspection and material testing services to the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) for the construction of a new, 10-1] gallon clear well basin to replace the existing basin at the plant, which showed signs of deterioration. This project—part of PWD’s effort to renew aging infrastructure—also involved the construction of associated structures such as a new gate house and below-grade fault; three below-grade junction chambers; and new influent and effluent houses. We performed grout inspections for the construction of aggregate piers that will reinforce the new basin. In addition, we tested and inspected cast-in-place concrete, pre-cast concrete, soils, masonry, welding and bolting.


Philip McLachlan, P.E. – Project Manager, ARCADIS

215 931 4356

Owner: Philadelphia Water Department

Duration: April 2017 – September 2019

Material Testing and Special Inspection

County-wide Concrete and Pavement – Bergen County, NJ

ATANE has provided Quality Assurance Asphalt Testing Services for all Bergen County Roads paved from 2015 through the 2020 Paving Season. Coring crews obtained asphalt cores from completed paving projects. for Conformance Testing in our AMRL Accredited Laboratory. ATANE also provided MPT for the core. Drilling operations which were all conducted on roadways open to traffic. All cores were identified by station and offset for each roadway section.

Lab Testing was performed as required by NJDOT for Acceptance of HMA Paving work. The tests performed were AASHTO T-30 and AASHTO T-166, as well as thickness measurements. NJDOT DS-8 Forms were completed for each roadway section.


John Onello – General Supervisor of Streets

(212) 435-5248

Owner: Bergen County DPW

Construction Cost (Est.): $350,000

Duration: July 2019 – Current

Material Testing and Special Inspection

World Trade Center Transportation HUB

ATANE performed 24/7 special and monitoring inspections for the state-of-the-art World Trade Center Transportation Hub, which serves over 200,000 daily commuters and millions of visitors from around the world. At approximately 800,000 square feet, the $4 billion Hub, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava, is the third-largest transportation center in New York City, rivaling Grand Central Station in size. Services were provided to The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey as required for occupancy.

The Hub’s concourse connects visitors to 11 different subway lines; the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail system; Battery Park City Ferry Terminal; the World Trade Center Memorial Site; WTC Towers 1, 2, 3, and 4; the World Financial Center; and the Winter Garden, representing the most integrated network of underground pedestrian connections in New York City.

The Hub features an “oculus” design, which gives the facility a distinctive, wing-like appearance. The oculus, the upper portion of the transportation hub, serves as the main concourse. Incorporating 225,000 square feet of multi-level retail and restaurant space along all concourses, the Hub is a centerpiece for the Lower Manhattan district.

More than 12,500 tons of specially designed structural steel were used to construct the oculus, which is equivalent to the mass of 880 average-sized school buses. The Hub features fully integrated, climate-controlled concourses, mezzanines, and platforms. The 270-ton Vierendeel Truss serves as the backbone for the mezzanine roof and acts as a support for the northeast corner of the WTC Memorial.

Reference: Peter Coubertier, PANYNJ
Resident Engineer
(212) 435-5248

Owner: Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Construction Cost: $10.5 billion
Duration: August 2011 – August 2017

Structural Steel

  • Ultrasonic Weld Inspections (UT)
  • Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)
  • Nondestructive Testing (NDT)
  • Bolting Inspections
  • Shear Studs
  • Coatings/Paint Inspections
  • Fabrication Shop Inspection

Concrete & Masonry

  • Mix Design
  • Field Inspections
    • Rebar
    • Slump
    • Air Content
    • Unit Weight
    • Sample Preparation
  • Batch Plant Inspection
  • Nondestructive Testing (NDT)
    • Swiss Hammer
    • Rebar Locating
    • Windsor Probe

Laboratory Services

  • Sieve Analysis
  • Modified & Standard Proctor
  • Compression Testing
    • Concrete
    • Grout
    • Mortar
    • CMU
  • Moisture Content
  • ASR
  • Permeability
  • Concrete Chloride Ion Testing
  • Aggregates
  • Atterberg Limits
  • Specific Gravity
  • Organic Impurities
  • Sulfur Capping


Specialty Testing

ATANE also has the experience, resources, and an engineering team to support numerous types of construction materials and testing needs.

  • Floor Flatness/Levelness
  • Fireproofing
  • Static Cone Penetrometer Testing
  • Pull-testing
  • Sand Cone Testing
  • Core Extraction
    • Asphalt
    • Concrete