Who are we?
→ Edgardo Romero Castellano, establishing business as ERCengineers, obtained a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (UPPR). While in high school, he was a member of the College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico (CIAPR), a student chapter.
→ During his university career, he worked in the family business, where he developed as a carpenter's assistant. Gaining the experience, he became a carpenter, and later assumed responsibility for supervising work groups for residential construction. Over time, he supported the analysis of merchandise and cost estimates, which allowed him to contribute to the strategic development of the business, highlighting the encouragement of quality standards and an integrated vision of the service.
→ Later, and due to his specialty in civil engineering, he was recruited to work with the Soletanche Bachy company - now Nicholson Construction- in which he developed as a “Clerk” in foundation and foundation projects. Having acquired the necessary experience, he continued to develop in field supervision until he became a field engineer. The experience acquired in this company allowed it to develop its potential in terms of pile designs, anchored piles, bored holes, stone columns, bar anchors or tensioners etc.
→ In 2007 he worked in the CEMEX companies of Puerto Rico, as a professional in development in support of the Quality and Ecological Concrete Manager, emphasizing the use of recyclable materials, such as glass, rubber, volcanic ash and others.
→ In 2009, he held the position of Project Manager for the construction and rehabilitation of the new headquarters of the Office of Government Ethics of Puerto Rico (OEG). In 2011 he was appointed Executive Assistant of the Executive Directorate at the OEG, outstanding in the management of the physical plant. Among his functions in this position, he stands out as Project Manager for the installation of the photovoltaic system with a capacity of 294 kilowatts, equivalent to 1,420 solar panels of the OEG. Achieving a new approach within the organizational culture of the agency. This was a large project sponsored with federal funds. Project Manager para la instalación del sistema fotovoltaico con capacidad de 294 kilovatios, equivalentes a 1,420 placas solares de la OEG. Logrando un nuevo enfoque dentro de la cultura organizacional de la agencia. Esto fue un proyecto de gran envergadura auspiciado con fondos federales.
→ The Federal Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of Denver, Colorado, selected the OEG project as an example of construction and rehabilitation, as well as the implementation of the entire photovoltaic system. Both entities recognized and highlighted the quality of the work carried out at the OEG.
→ In 2011, he completed his master's degree in Renewable Energy and Environment from the European School of Management and Business (EUDE), Madrid, Spain. It is focused on the development of sustainability based on the "Brundtland Report", a UN socio-economic report. Later, he homologated his degree in the United States under a master's degree in environmental science with a specialty in renewable energy.
→ As part of his interest in improving our environment, Mr. Edgardo Romero contributed his knowledge and time to collaborate with the Center for Development and Ethical Thinking of the Puerto Rico Government Ethics Office and the Correction and Rehabilitation Administration. These contributions were focused within the Correctional University Center in the creation of the Pilot-Educational Project, of the Department of Sustainability and Energy Development, located in the Bayamón prison.
→ The collaboration of Mr. Edgardo Romero in this project was directed to the creation and execution of a curriculum, with specialized content that will allow the incorporation of an experiential academic culture where inmates have the opportunity to be trained through practical educational activities, in the field of of sustainability and renewable energy. Highlight entrepreneurship in each individual and provide tools for their intellectual and emotional development through training in values and ethics. These trainings provide a solid alternative for their rehabilitation and comprehensive development.
→He directed the Auxiliary Services Area of the Puerto Rico Government Ethics Office, where they managed to make the OEG the first government agency to be a green building, making its air conditioning system more efficient with the implementation of “VFD” Variable Frequency Drive, in addition, where the implantation of a 6,000 gallon cistern was achieved where rainwater is collected and used for irrigation and sanitation services.
→ In 2012, he accepts the challenge of directing the Recycling, Market Development and Education area in the Solid Waste Authority. With the main objective of developing sustainable and economically viable businesses. In 2013, he participated in the “Resourse Recycling” congress in Lousville KY, where he obtained the certification of the implementation of recycling programs focused on the concept of zero waste. In addition, due to the direction and dynamism of Mr. Romero in the Recycling, Market Development and Education division, it was possible to update the recycling and diversion rates that had not been worked on since 2007.
→ Since 2015, he began to organize himself in order to be able to face the challenges of the construction industry with the establishment of his small business focused on the area of construction, remodeling and structural repairs, among other civil engineering jobs. Based on his experience in the management and construction areas, Edgardo Romero has focused the business under the trade name ERCengineers. He concludes that great opportunities are identified and worked on, excellent customer service needs to be provided, and that the needs of the present can be satisfied without having to compromise those of future generations.