GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. (GZA), a multi-disciplinary firm providing geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water, and construction management services, has acquired Glorieta Geoscience Inc. (GGI), a provider of professional consulting services in groundwater development, water rights, agricultural science, litigation support and environmental science throughout the Western United States.
Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Santa Fe, GGI serves federal, state, and municipal entities, tribal governments, private corporations, and individuals, and has extensive experience in addressing water resource and environmental projects in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Texas and Washington.
GGI’s specialty services include geomorphology, dairy environmental science, fire-threatened water supplies, post-fire watershed mitigation, hydrogeologic research, and compliance with the full range of federal and state water-related statutes and regulations.
GZA’s acquisition of GGI demonstrates its continued commitment to expand GZA’s strategic engagement in the U.S. water market. GGI’s 43-year commitment to the growing complexities of water rights and water resource management in the Western United States significantly deepens GZA’s expertise in this specialized field while creating a gateway to expand its geographic reach into a client base stretching from Texas to Nevada and westward to California. GGI Principal Geoscientists Jay Lazarus and Paul Drakos will continue to lead a team of talented consulting professionals based out of GZA’s new Santa Fe office.
GZA President and CEO Patrick Sheehan said, “We could not be more pleased to join forces with the professionals at GGI who have been creatively solving water resource problems among an ever-growing demand for diminishing water resources in the Southwest United States. We are especially excited about coupling GZA’s current dam and levee engineering, geotechnical, and ecological practice areas with GGI’s breadth of relationships.”
GGI’s Lazarus said, “As a firm that has always emphasized technical expertise, and nimble, innovative problem-solving for our clients, we saw a perfect cultural fit for us with GZA. We’re excited and energized about all the new opportunities our environmental, water resource, geology, hydrology, geochemistry, and agricultural technical staff will have to cross-pollinate knowledge, best practices, and client solutions with our new colleagues at GZA.’’