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GZA Names Patrick Sheehan as Chief Executive Officer and John Murphy as Chief Operating Officer

Posted January 15, 2019 by

NORWOOD, Mass., January 14, 2019 — GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. (GZA), a leading multi-disciplinary firm providing geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water, and construction management services, announced today that it has named Patrick F. Sheehan, P.E., as Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds William E. Hadge, P.E., who has served in the role since 2013.

GZA also announced that John C. Murphy, C.C.M., has been promoted to the new position of Chief Operating Officer.

Sheehan, a Member of EBC’s Board of Directors, is a Professional Engineer and has been with GZA for 28 years.  He has led many of GZA’s largest and most complex geoenvironmental projects, including design/build and guaranteed fixed price remediation efforts. He most recently served as one of GZA’s four Operations Officers, who are responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the firm, and as a member of GZA’s Executive Team. Prior to that, he was the company’s Metro Boston Office Manager and held several other leadership positions, including six years on the Board of Directors, member of all Board Committees, and chair of the Audit and Compensation Committees.

A GZA employee for over 30 years, Murphy is a Certified Construction Manager and has spent his entire career leading the development and growth of the company’s construction management, remediation, and demolition practices. He most recently served as one of four Operations Officers and as a member of GZA’s Executive Team.  Prior to that, he was the company’s Northern New England Office Manager and held several other leadership positions, including six years on the Board of Directors, five years as Chairman of the Board’s Compensation Committee, and Chair of the Nominating Committee.

Sheehan said: “I am truly honored to be chosen as GZA’s next CEO and look forward to working with John and the rest of our leadership to further grow and evolve GZA. Our growth and success have always been driven by our talented staff, commitment to our clients, and ability to develop innovative and practical solutions. Our ‘One Company’ philosophy allows us to execute our clients’ complex projects in any locale, while offering personalized attention and solutions. We will continue to apply this differentiating capability to both existing and new service areas to grow within our existing operations and beyond.”

Incoming COO Murphy said: “I am excited and honored to take on this role and look forward to partnering with Pat and our talented management team to help move GZA forward. Clients can expect continuity and a continued focus on providing the highest quality service. At the same time, we recognize the need to be constantly innovating, responding to changing market needs and advancing our use of technology. GZA will continue to invest in the great ideas of our people while streamlining our ability to deliver practical real-world solutions every day.”

Outgoing CEO Hadge, a 39-year company veteran and member of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for the past fifteen years said: “I’ve worked with Pat for almost 30 years, and early on, he emerged as one of GZA’s strongest leaders and ultimately as the ideal choice for GZA’s next CEO. He has great humility, communication skills, business acumen, and vision that serve our clients and staff extremely well. I’ve known John almost as long, and he’s been at the forefront of many of the most significant projects and challenges the company has faced over that time. He is an exceptional leader and a master of operational efficiency. We are lucky to have two such strong leaders.’’

Added Hadge: “For me, serving as CEO of GZA has been the greatest privilege of my life, and I am extremely grateful to my colleagues, our clients, and my mentors for their support, friendship and guidance.”

During Hadge’s tenure, GZA’s employees embraced a One Company mindset which fosters true inter-office collaboration and provides clients the full resources of the company no matter where their project might be. At the same time, GZA significantly grew its operations outside of New England, particularly in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

In addition to his role at GZA, Sheehan currently serves on the board of the Environmental Business Council of New England and periodically guest lectures at colleges and universities. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University. He also completed MBA coursework at Babson College.

Murphy currently serves on several professional organization boards and committees, including the New Hampshire Business and industry Association and The National Demolition Association. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1988.

About GZA

Founded in 1964, GZA is a multi-disciplinary, employee-owned firm providing Geotechnical, Environmental, Ecological, Water, and Construction Management services. GZA’s more than 700 professionals are based in 31 offices in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Great Lakes States. For additional information, please call Angela Cincotta, Chief of Marketing and Communications at 781-278-5777 or visit www.gza.com.

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Save the Date: January 24 – Climate Change and Toxic Hazards: Before the Storm (Webinar)

Posted January 10, 2019 by

Date & Time: January 24, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

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This webinar is part of a series organized by CHE and the Boston University Superfund Research Program (BUSRP). Learn more about the CHE-BUSRP Partnership.

This webinar is the first in a 3-part series on climate change, toxic hazards, and how to prepare to protect public health before, during, and after a superstorm or flood. Speakers in this initial webinar will focus on how individuals and communities can prepare before calamity hits a community. They will describe a range of potential exposures to mixtures of toxic chemicals in water, air, and industrial sources that may be encountered during climate disasters and how to prepare to avoid them. The webinar will address the status of cleanup of Superfund sites nationwide, and how communities and businesses are changing preparation processes based on lessons learned from prior storms like Maria, Harvey, Irma, and Florence.

Speaker Tiffany Skogstrom of the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) will focus on training community leaders and industry representatives on chemical safety and resiliency in the face of upcoming storms, preventing the risk of creating new Superfund sites. Skogstrom will demonstrate OTA’s new online map of toxics users and climate vulnerabilities and discuss the findings of their trainings. Speaker Dr. Jennifer Horney of the University of Delaware’s Epidemiology Program and Disaster Research Center and adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University will discuss how Houston residents’ views on environmental health and resiliency of parks and recreation areas changed in response to the impacts from Hurricane Harvey. Horney will focus on how data collected after Harvey could inform future disaster planning and preparation in Texas, and how this is applicable nationwide.

This webinar will be moderated by Dr. Wendy Heiger-Bernays, Clinical Professor of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health.

This webinar will last for 60 minutes and will be recorded for our call and webinar archive.

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Robert Belitz Assumes CEO Leadership at Tighe & Bond

Posted January 3, 2019 by

Westfield, Massachusetts – January 3, 2019Tighe & Bond kicked off the new year with a new President and Chief Executive Officer. Robert Belitz assumed the firm’s top leadership position on January 1, becoming Tighe & Bond’s ninth leader in its 108-year history.

Belitz, who has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, joined Tighe & Bond more than four years ago as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer. In this role, he has directed the firm’s financial operations and priorities, as well as contributed to growth strategies consistent with the Tighe & Bond’s continued expansion in the marketplace. Belitz has extensive experience in corporate governance, team building, financial management, acquisitions, and a proven record of success at both private and public firms. Beyond his corporate leadership role, Belitz is an active volunteer with Special Olympics of Connecticut.

Belitz succeeds former President and Chief Executive Officer, David Pinsky, who retired from the position at the close of 2018 after serving in the position for 13 years and being with the firm for 31 years. This marks the culmination of a well thought out succession planning process that was initiated in early 2017 and led by Tighe & Bond’s Board of Directors. Pinsky will continue in the role of Chairman of the Board through April 2019, while supporting Belitz and the firm on special projects.

“It is an honor to become Tighe & Bond’s President and CEO at this auspicious time. Dave’s leadership and vision have been instrumental in guiding Tighe & Bond to where it is today – with record growth, a strong culture, robust and broad employee ownership, and superb staff all supporting our strategic vision. My focus will be on helping Tighe & Bond continue to develop and execute strategies for our growth and success throughout the northeast, as well as helping our clients achieve their goals,” said Belitz.

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GZA Wins Three Awards for Rebuilding Gloucester’s Waterfront

Posted December 18, 2018 by

NORWOOD, MA and GLOUCESTER, MA, December 12, 2018GZA, a leading multi-disciplinary firm providing geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water, and construction management services, is proud to be part of the team receiving three awards from Engineering News-Record’s Regional Best Project competition. GZA, National Grid, Anchor QEA, and Charter Construction will share the Best Water/Environment Project Award, the Excellence In Safety Award of Merit, and Project Of The Year – New England Region for a Manufactured Gas Plant cleanup project along the Gloucester waterfront.

The project began in 2010, when GZA in its role as lead engineering consultant for the team was commissioned to perform a preliminary site investigation. The former plant location had become a busy commercial and industrial location since its closing decades earlier. The team dredged the harbor, excavated coal tar contaminated soil, drove piles and poured specially engineered concrete for new retaining walls and environmental protection, all of this being done during some of the worst New England winters in recent memory.

For the award-winning Phase IV of the project, highlights included:

  • Construction of a new seawall system at and around Solomon Jacobs Park, which in some cases meant excavating to depths of up to 20 feet.
  • Construction of automated pumping systems to remove coal tar from depths of 60 feet.
  • Dredging of 28,000 cubic yards of sediments, including temporary removal of local piers and floating docks in advance of the work, with reconstruction at the end of the work.

“Gloucester was an incredibly interesting, challenging and rewarding project that brought a great group of companies together to improve the environment and restore Gloucester’s historic shorelines,” Matt Barvenik, senior VP and lead principal on the project said.

“We are very proud to have been part of such a significant restoration project in such a popular coastal community. There was no precedent for much of what the team had to deal with, which made the result that much more remarkable,” said Bill Hadge, GZA President and CEO.

About GZA

Founded in 1964, GZA is a multi-disciplinary, employee-owned firm providing Geotechnical, Environmental, Ecological, Water, and Construction Management services. GZA’s more than 650 professionals are based in 31 offices in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Great Lakes States. Our corporate headquarters is at 249 Vanderbilt Avenue, Norwood, MA 02062. For additional information, please call Angela Cincotta, Chief of Marketing and Communications at 781-278-5777 or visit www.gza.com.

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Robinson+Cole Promotes Boston Lawyer to Counsel

Posted December 18, 2018 by

BOSTON, MA (December 17, 2018) – Robinson+Cole is pleased to announce the promotion of Karla L. Chaffee to counsel, effective January 1, 2019. Ms. Chaffee is a member of the firm’s Land Use and Real Estate + Development Groups as well as its RLUIPA practice group. She is one of nine lawyers newly promoted to firm counsel.

Karla significantly enhances our core land use litigation and transactions practice,” said Stephen E. Goldman, Robinson+Cole’s Managing Partner. “It’s my pleasure to congratulate Karla on her well-deserved advancement.”

About Robinson+Cole

Robinson+Cole is a service mark of Robinson & Cole LLP, an Am Law 200 firm with more than 200 lawyers in nine offices serving regional, national, and international clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. For more information, please visit www.rc.com.

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