Environmental Business Journal presents its 20th annual EBJ Business Achievement Awards for outstanding business performance in 2017.
Congratulations to all winners, and thanks to all companies that submitted nominations. All are welcome to attend the official awards ceremony as part of Environmental Industry Summit XVI in Coronado near San Diego, Calif. on March 21, 2018 at 7pm. Environmental Industry Summit XVI runs Wednesday, March 21 at 3pm to Friday, March 23 at noon and will be held at the Coronado Island Marriott.
ABOUT THE BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
In October-December 2017, EBJ solicited the environmental industry via e-mail, website, social media, referrals from industry advisors and word-of-mouth for nominations for the 2017 EBJ Business Achievement Awards. Nominations were accepted in 200-word essays in either specific or unspecified categories. Categories or size designations may have been adjusted depending on the volume of nominations or the number of worthy recipients. Final awards were determined by a committee of EBJ staff and EBJ editorial advisory board members.
The 2017 EBJ awards will be presented at an official awards ceremony during the Environmental Industry Summit XVI on the evening of Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort near San Diego, California. The Environmental Industry Summit is an annual three-day event hosted by EBI. Congratulations to the award recipients, and EBJ encourages all interested companies to participate in nominations next year.
Disclaimer: Company audits were not conducted to verify information or claims submitted with nominations.
Business Achievement: Small Firms (less than $5million)
GOLD: Gator Engineering & Aquifer Restoration Inc. (GEAR, Longwood, FL) for growing revenue from $1 million in 2015 to $2 million in 2016 and ending 2017 with more than $2.5 million in design or design-build work under contract, while adding $500,000 in other environmental work during the year. GEAR is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business with a primary NAICS Code for Remediation Services. However, through strategic efforts to align services with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ aging infrastructure, GEAR pivoted into new practice areas in 2013, evolving from a Florida petroleum cleanup contractor for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection into an architect-engineer design and design-build company focused on water related projects, including the assessment of water distribution systems, Legionella prevention and control, continuous water monitoring systems, water treatment systems, boiler feedwater systems, and water tower system corrections.
SILVER: Integrated Science & Engineering Inc. (ISE, Newnan, GA) for growing 18% to revenues of $4.1 million in 2017. ISE achieved this growth through the strategic development of new and existing clients and in new markets. ISE is a privately owned, 25-person multidisciplinary engineering firm that provides services for both public and private sector clients in Georgia and Alabama. The company is a leader in planning and design of complex water, wastewater, and water resources projects for local governments, and also performs land development and transportation projects.
BRONZE: Absolute Resource Associates (ARA, Portsmouth, NH) for growing Laboratory Services 20%, Indoor Air Quality 15%, and hiring six new people in 2017 to reach $3.5 million in revenues. In 2017, ARA served as project manager on a handful of projects with the US Navy under an IDIQ contract for environmental and construction projects in Maine. ARA also secured an 8a contract with the New England District of the US Army Corps of Engineers for groundwater monitoring at two sites in Maine in 2017. ARA was named among New Hampshire’s Top Women Led Businesses and was among the Top 10 Fastest Growing Women Led Businesses of 2017.
Business Achievement: Small Firms ($5-10million)
GOLD: EcoAnalysts Inc. (Moscow, ID) for growing revenue from $2.6 million in 2016 to $5.9 million in 2017; the firm also took operating profits from breakeven to 10.7% and expanded its employee base from 40 to 75. EcoAnalysts is an ecology and natural resource consulting company which operates North America’s largest taxonomy laboratory and an ecotoxicology laboratory. During 2014-2016 total revenue dropped from $4.7 million to $2.6 million and operating profit went from 16% to breakeven due to softer markets and increased competition. In August 2015 the company leadership determined that strategic diversification into closely related services was an absolute necessity to further distinguish EcoAnalysts from its competitors. In 2016-2017 EcoAnalysts embarked on an aggressive growth strategy that included three initiatives: First it acquired Ecological Specialists, a 12-person niche firm located in O’Fallon, Mo. specializing in freshwater mussel ecology and conservation biology. Second, in January 2017 Ramboll Environ divested its ecotoxicology laboratory operation on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, and EcoAnalysts initiated a group hire of 10 people. Third, in March 2017 EcoAnalysts made a strategic hire and two support hires to develop a natural resources consulting service that provides environmental and social impact analyses internationally.
SILVER: Brooks Applied Labs (BAL, Bothell, WA) for increasing annual receipts by 116% from 2014 ($2.9 million) to 2017 ($6.2 million), including 36% revenue growth in 2017. Following the very successful merger of Brooks Rand Labs and Applied Speciation & Consulting in 2015, BAL has experienced earnings growth that has averaged 490% per year over the past two years. BAL hired 17 new employees in 2017, growing from 25 employees in 2015 to 54 in 2017. BAL has accelerated growth by diversifying into new market sectors (primarily pharmaceutical development support) and applying significant resources to business development efforts focused on educating clients on the important scientific concepts behind elemental speciation. BAL has established itself as a premier market-independent contract research and analytical testing laboratory for trace metals chemistry.
BRONZE: Pinyon Environmental Inc. (Denver, CO) for growing revenue from $5.2 million in 2013 to $9.2 million to 2017 and increasing its full-time staff by more than 120%. Pinyon is a Colorado-based company with 24 years of environmental consulting experience for a variety of private- and public-sector clients. Pinyon is woman-owned and certified DBE and ESB. Pinyon’s strategy of diversification in services and target markets has been crucial in maintaining the health of the organization and promoting growth. In the last two years, Pinyon expanded its services to include cultural resources, industrial hygiene, and landscape architecture. Pinyon was recently awarded a million-dollar contract with the City and County of Denver (CCD), where it has had contracts since 1994, for on-call environmental services, completing environmental evaluations of high-profile CCD projects including the National Western Center and the Platte to Park Hill Drainage project.
BRONZE: W&M Environmental Group LLC (Plano, Texas) for doubling EBITDA margin while increasing net revenues by 15% in 2017, and at the same time celebrating the retirement of the company founder. W&M, a 22-year-old environmental consulting firm with 50 employees, credits its growth to large engineering projects in West Texas and two large remediation projects in Central Texas. W&M also added a new office in Lubbock, Texas to better serve large and ongoing projects for two large commercial clients: an oil and gas company and a food products manufacturer. W&M is poised to add another 15 employees in 2018 to respond to large multimillion dollar projects signed at the end of the year.
Business Achievement: Small Firms ($10-20million)
GOLD: IO Environmental and Infrastructure Inc. (IOEI, San Diego, CA) for doubling revenue to $15 million in 2017. The service-disabled veteran-owned environmental remediation and construction firm was also named National Subcontractor of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA awards honor small businesses that provide outstanding goods or services to the federal government as prime contractors or as subcontractors. IOEI specializes in high hazard services including investigation, remediation, removal, earthwork, habitat restoration and landfill construction. Michael Bilodeau, CEO of IOEI and a graduate of Goldman Sachs’ 10k Small Business program, not only doubled IOEI revenue but also increased staff to 45 employees with a 40% veteran workforce. The company has offices in San Diego and Long Beach, Calif., Redmond, Wash. and Nicholasville, Ky.
SILVER: Mabbett & Associates Inc. (Bedford, MA) for growing from $5.5 million in 2015 to $7.2 million in 2016 and eclipsing $10 million in 2017. In 2015, Mabbett modified the focus of its business development program to address certain U.S. federal government procurement strategies that were negatively impacting growth. Rather than pursue lowest priced technically acceptable (LPTA) procurements where selection is primarily based on price, Mabbett decided to focus on procurement opportunities under the Brooks Act and other best value procurements where decisions are based on technical competency, qualifications and experience. Mabbett focused on major federal agencies with which it had strong working relationships and a performance history, including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Navy Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). Mabbett also expanded its private sector clientele. Targeted efforts reduced the firm’s cost of sales, increased its proposal capture rate, and delivered increased project backlog. A growing number of proposals submitted in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (156, 208, and 228, respectively) had capture rates of 78%, 83%, and 80%, respectively, leading to an increase in backlog of authorized projects from $3.8 million in 2015 to $7.8 million in 2016 and $6.8 million in 2017.
BRONZE: Alta Environmental LP (Long Beach, CA) for reaching total revenues of $10 million in 2017, an 84% revenue increase since 2013. The firm’s EBIDTA grew more than 4,200% over the same period and increased 138% from 2016 to 2017. During the four-year period, Alta opened two satellite offices and grew from 34 to 43 employees. In 2014, Alta launched a water resources practice which has grown since inception, adding nine engineers/scientists and contributing 18% of the firm’s revenues in 2017. Since 2013, Alta has increased the total number of active key MSA and IDIQ contracts it holds with agencies and industrial clients by 25, with significant contract wins with Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Los Angeles World Airports, City of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Riverside County Flood Control District, and City of Carlsbad, among others. Alta does 44% of its work for public agency clients and 56% for the private sector, and was ranked #5 on Zweig Group’s 2017 ranking of Best Firms to Work For in Environmental Services.
Business Achievement: Midsize Firms ($20-50million)
GOLD: Murraysmith (Portland, OR) for 30% growth in 2017 to gross revenue of $26.4 million, 30% growth in net revenue to $19.2 million, and a 42.5% gain in earnings compared to 2016. Currently, Murraysmith’s backlog is at an all-time high, with similar projections for growth in 2018. Murraysmith is a multidisciplinary civil engineering firm serving communities throughout the Northwest and offering planning, design, construction management, and related services for water, wastewater, stormwater, and transportation projects. While its financial metrics are impressive, the company says it’s most proud of its ability to retain and recruit the highest level of talent. The Murraysmith team grew by over 40% in 2017, with 51 people hired, and lost only six employees voluntarily. All growth was organic, resulting from Murraysmith’s close focus on its strategic plan, strategic hiring, capitalizing on Northwest market conditions, and retaining and recruiting top talent.
SILVER: PBS Engineering and Environmental (Portland, OR) for achieving significant growth and profitability milestones in 2017, marking the best year in its 35-year history. The 2016 acquisition of regional engineering firm, HDJ Design Group, grew PBS’s annualized revenue by over 40%; in 2017, gross revenues rose to more than $32 million, marking a milestone for the firm. Internal growth of over 30% on top of the additional capacity provided by HDJ demonstrates the successful blending of complementary service areas and highlights demand for PBS’s turnkey, multidisciplinary approach. PBS’s employee count grew 20% from 185 in 2016 to more than 220 in late 2017. The firm is also branching out into new technologies and announced an Unmanned Aerial Systems division with the goal of integrating drones into the firm’s engineering and surveying work across the Northwest.
BRONZE: ARM Group Inc. (Hershey, PA) for significant growth and profitability milestones in 2017, marking the best year in its 20-year history. Since 2010, ARM’s combined gross revenues increased by 65% from $13.6 million in 2010 to $22.5 million in 2017. Gross revenue has increased 13% YOY from 2016 to 2017, and backlog heading into 2018 is at historically high levels. Since 2010, ARM has increased its offices from three to eight and its employees from 65 to more than 140, significantly enhancing the firm’s ability to support clients by offering services in solid waste management, environmental compliance and remediation, water resources, geophysical services, oil and gas, geotechnical engineering/materials testing, natural resources, electrical/mechanical engineering and automation, and renewable energy and distributed generation. ARM’s leadership and employee owners achieved these milestones through organic growth and strategic acquisitions: In 2010, ARM acquired Enertech Associates, a small electrical and mechanical engineering and automation shop based in Johnstown, Pa. In 2017, ARM acquired 23-person Geo-Science Engineering in Scranton, Pa. with core services in geotechnical engineering, rock mechanics, mining engineering, foundation and wall design, soil nail wall design, landfill CQA, and materials testing.
Bronze: Anguil Environmental Systems (Milwaukee, WI) for closing out the 2017 sales year with a bang, recording record sales in December and shattering annual sales goals. Anguil is a family-owned air and water pollution control equipment supplier. In one week in December, Anguil received four orders for eight systems from existing customers totaling over $20 million, spanning the carbon fiber, composites, converting, and semiconductor/chip manufacturing industries and underscoring the company’s versatility and adaptation to global market demands. December also brought $900,000 in aftermarket orders and almost $1 million in sales for the new Anguil Aqua industrial wastewater line. Anguil celebrates 40 years in business in 2018, and over the past four decades has developed abatement technologies that control volatile organic compounds, hazardous air pollutants, process odors, nitrogen oxides and water contaminants. Gene Anguil founded the company as a one-man office in the late 1970s and has since transitioned the firm to the second generation of family leadership, with offices in Europe and Asia and an extensive network of agents throughout the world.
Business Achievement: Midsize Firms ($50-200million)
GOLD: Parametrix (Seattle, WA) for growing revenues 32% from $66 million in 2016 to $87 million in 2017, driven by organic growth supported by acquisitions in prior years. During its 2016 fiscal year, Parametrix’s revenue grew 10%, in part due to one acquisition, and since January 2017, Parametrix’s staff has grown by 10%. Parametrix is a 100% employee-owned professional services firm that provides consulting in environmental planning, engineering, and sciences. Major increases in infrastructure spending throughout Parametrix’s western U.S. geography has fueled growth; the company has expanded revenues in all major company services including planning, environmental studies, cultural resources, permitting, design, surveying, and construction management for highways and roads, light rail and transit, ports, water and wastewater treatment, stormwater, industrial, and land development. Among the firm’s top clients are the Washington, Oregon, Utah, and New Mexico state departments of transportation; Sound Transit; Idaho Transportation Department; Portland Metro; Tri-Met; and King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. Parametrix was founded in 1969 and has 500 employees in offices throughout the Western United States.
SILVER: Salas O’Brien (San Jose, CA) for posting $60 million in revenue in 2017 and completing acquisitions to reach a run rate of $85 million. Salas O’Brien is a facility planning, design, construction management, and commissioning firm with offices around the United States. The company grew 1,200% from 2006 to the end of 2017 (50% organic and 50% by acquisition), a rate forecast to rise to 1,700% after 2018. Salas O’Brien is 100% ESOP, and the firm’s clients include some of the most prominent names in today’s corporate landscape, as well as government agencies. Testament to the quality of its work and relationships, Salas O’Brien has never had an errors and omissions or professional liability claim in its history. In January 2018, Salas O’Brien announced the acquisition of Ohio-based Varo Engineers.
BRONZE: Core States Group (Duluth, GA) for growing revenues by 19% to $98 million in 2017 and for its rapid evolution into a leading national provider of integrated design and build services for global brands like McDonald’s, JPMorgan Chase, Intel, TD Bank and Walmart. Core is also recognized for emerging as a leader in the renewable and sustainable energy field, helping clients deploy systems ranging from fuel cells to combined heat and power, solar, and battery storage applications. Over 20% of company revenue derives from fuel cell delivery. Core States has 14 offices throughout North America and 350 professional staff offering integrated services including architecture, land development, engineering (civil, MEP, structural), program management, construction management, and general contracting services across all phases of the development process—a true turnkey approach for its clients.
Business Achievement: Large Firms (greater than $200million)
GOLD: NV5 (Hollywood, FL), a leading provider of professional and technical engineering and environmental solutions, for growing revenues by 49% to $239.1 million through the nine months ended September 30, 2017, compared with $160.9 million for the same period in 2016. Net revenues through the third quarter were $195.1 million, an increase of 50%. Increases in gross and net revenues were due to organic growth, in addition to contributions from acquisitions in 2016 and 2017. NV5 expects full-year 2017 gross revenues, including the impact of acquisitions closed through September 30, 2017, to range from $340 million to $358 million, which would represent an increase to 57% from 2016 total revenues of $228.7 million. NV5’s Environmental business vertical has grown 32% since 2016, representing a significant portion of the firm’s overall growth, driven by organic growth, strategic acquisitions, and emergency response solutions in Texas and Florida. NV5 also made Fortune Magazine’s 100 Fastest Growing Firms list for the first time (#13), and took the top honor on Zweig Group’s 2017 Hot Firm List.
SILVER: TRC Companies Inc. (Lowell, MA) for going private and completing a transaction with private equity firm New Mountain Capital LLC for $550 million in cash, representing an enterprise value of $600 million including debt assumed or a valuation of 9-10x EBITDA and a 47% premium on TRC’s stock price prior to the offer. TRC has been a well managed and successful acquirer in the environmental consulting and engineering industry, and the transaction allows the company and its management the independence and access to capital to continue its ambitious growth and acquisition plans. “TRC has shown the ability to grow both organically and through acquisitions, and New Mountain is excited to support management’s existing strategy and their goal of being the #1 North American engineering and construction management firm,” said Lars Johansson of New Mountain Capital.
Business Achievement: Large Firms (greater than $1billion)
GOLD: Jacobs Engineering (Dallas) for the acquisition of CH2M. On December 15, 2017 CH2M joined Jacobs, creating a $15 billion professional services leader focused on delivering innovative solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. The combination unites two innovative, industry-leading companies with complementary capabilities, cultures and relationships, resulting in a differentiated, end-to-end value proposition for clients and partners. The new Jacobs offers a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional and construction, and program management for business, industrial, commercial, government and infrastructure sectors in more than 40 countries. The acquisition of CH2M increases Jacobs’ proportion of higher growth, higher margin business while maintaining its lower-risk portfolio and investment-grade credit profile, adding key assets in infrastructure and government services sectors, including water, transportation, environmental and nuclear. The combined company establishes Jacobs as a global design leader and joins the ranks of Fortune 200 companies.
SILVER: Tetra Tech (Pasadena, CA) for delivering record financial performance in 2017 across multiple metrics. Gross revenue grew to $2.8 billion, which generated operating income of $183 million representing an increase of 35% from the prior year. Backlog increased to a record $2.5 billion. Tetra Tech’s performance was well recognized by its investors, with stock price increasing 91% over the last three years. Tetra Tech’s performance in 2017 was driven by broad-based contract wins across end markets, including the design of innovative water treatment solutions, assessment of critical infrastructure needs, and development of renewable energy. In 2017 Tetra Tech responded to more emergencies than ever before, helping local communities recover from devastating hurricanes and fires primarily in Texas, Florida, and California. The international development market continued to grow with the addition of several first-time clients, including the Australian and UK Aid agencies. Tetra Tech also advanced its infrastructure engineering design practice with the acquisition of Glumac in energy efficiency and sustainable infrastructure design.
BRONZE: SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (Montreal, PQ) for the acquisition of WS Atkins plc, an 18,000-employee design, engineering and project management firm in the infrastructure, transportation and energy sectors. “SNC-Lavalin is continuing to deliver on its strategy of establishing itself in the top three in our industry globally. By combining our two highly complementary businesses, we are solidifying SNC-Lavalin’s position as one of the largest fully integrated professional services firms in the world, while improving our margins and balancing our business portfolio,” said President and CEO Neil Bruce. Together the firms have more than 50,000 employees and annual revenues of C$12 billion. The acquisition aims to improve SNC-Lavalin’s quality of earnings with ongoing revenue from framework and master service agreements, and to reduce its business risk profile with Atkins adding a significant amount of recurring, reimbursable projects and fixed-price lump sum contracts that carry no procurement or construction risk.
Business Achievement: Investment & Partnerships
Woolpert (Dayton, OH) for completing a minority recapitalization with Long Point Capital to assist the architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm with strategy, investments and add-on acquisitions. In 2015, Woolpert launched a strategic plan to become the premier company in the AEG sector: “Over the last three years we have optimized our company in terms of performance, operational efficiency and client service—this has created an incredibly strong foundation to add some of the world’s best AEG companies,” said Woolpert CEO Scott Cattran. Woolpert is a $150-million, 100-year old employee-owned firm with 780 employees in 25 offices. Analysts noted that Woolpert was attracted to Long Point Capital because it had previously invested in project management, architecture and engineering firms (including Cumming Group and CHA), and that while minority private equity investments are fairly rare, the desire to grow the firm and not necessarily want or need to sell the firm to a large strategic buyer matched the objectives of management, employee owners and investors.
ERM (London, UK), a global environmental and sustainability consultancy, for its partnership with $10-billion Infosys (Bengaluru, India), a global information technology services consultancy. ERM and Infosys will collaborate on innovative solutions for clients by leveraging technology and environment, health, safety and social (EHSS) data for operational performance breakthroughs. Keryn James, group chief executive of ERM, commented: “Expanding our ecosystem of partnerships to include Infosys will allow us to assist clients with other technology and data opportunities that have emerged in the modern digital world.” Rajesh Krishnamurthy, president of Infosys, said: “Infosys has over the last decade invested heavily in leveraging innovative technologies towards meeting its sustainability goals…. Leveraging digital technologies and applying the principles of Design Thinking to address pressing global challenges of energy, water, waste, emissions and biodiversity is key to do more and be more sustainable.”
Ecological Service Partners LLC (ESP, Washington, DC) for securing a $250 million equity commitment from its financial partners. The new equity will support ESP’s activities in large-scale ecological restoration of damaged wetlands, streams and habitats for endangered species, in addition to enhancing water quality for offsets to nutrient impacts. ESP is now one of the best capitalized operators in the ecological service market and will “opportunistically pursue strategic acquisitions in the United States.” ESP founder Murray Starkel said: “Ecological Service Partners has the ability to support the over $50 billion of near-term construction in the U.S. that requires compensatory mitigation. ESP is positioned favorably to be the provider of choice for the massive infrastructure work in the pipeline, which will drive significant environmental and economic value creation.”
Business Achievement: Mergers & Acquisitions
Terracon Consultants Inc. (Olathe, KS) for continuing its external growth strategy by completing five acquisitions in 2017. Earth Engineering Inc. (Indianapolis and South Bend, Ind.) expanded Terracon’s geotechnical, materials, and environmental presence in the Upper Midwest. Dente Engineering PC (Albany, NY), which included its affiliated companies Evergreen Testing and Environmental Inc. and Acme Boring LLC, bolstered Terracon’s geotechnical, materials and environmental presence in the Northeast. GeoConcepts Engineering Inc. (Ashburn, VA) and GeoCapitol Engineering LLC. (Washington, D.C.) greatly strengthened Terracon’s presence and capabilities in the greater Washington area and the Mid-Atlantic. Finally, in December, Terracon added Engineered Concepts (Greensboro, N.C.), a consulting firm focused on building enclosure and facility investigation. These combined 2017 acquisitions added more than $20 million in revenues and more than 150 employees to employee-owned Terracon, which now has more than 140 offices and 4,500 employees nationwide.
OBG (Syracuse, NY) for the January 2017 acquisition of Midwest environmental engineering & specialty firm Natural Resource Technology (NRT), supporting OBG’s commitment to strategic growth in its environmental business, including remediation of complex sites in the contaminated sediment, energy/utilities, industrial and federal market sectors. NRT represents OBG’s third strategic acquisition in two years, following PENTA Engineering (Southeast industrial process engineering firm) and Schuyler Engineering (New York City central utility and energy system design firm). OBG has successfully integrated these firms—all aligned on culture, integrated services, and strategy—adding more than 160 new employees and enhancing its client base. NRT’s national expertise in sediment and manufactured gas plant remediation, coal combustion residuals management, and ecotoxicology, together with OBG’s remediation project-delivery capabilities and presence in advanced manufacturing, energy, and wastewater engineering, provide clients a broader range of expertise. These combined capabilities have realized immediate returns, including a large contaminated sediment project in New York.
NV5 (Hollywood, FL) for six strategic acquisitions in 2017 that added 400 employees, enhanced service offerings, opened new markets, and broadened the firm’s geographic reach. Environmental and energy efficiency markets represented five of the acquisitions: Bock & Clark, a provider of ALTA Surveys, environmental site assessments, and zoning reports; Holdrege & Kull, a California-based geotechnical, environmental, and materials testing/inspection company; Energenz, an international energy services company; RDK, a Northeast energy efficiency and MEP firm; and New Mexico-based Marron & Associates to enhance NV5’s environmental vertical and capitalize on synergistic opportunities in the Southwest.
EnSafe Inc. (Memphis, TN) for completing a significant portion of its strategic plan to expand nationally in 2017 by making two acquisitions in California: the Environmental Services Division of E2 ManageTech with offices in Long Beach, San Diego and Houston; and Accord Engineering, based in Santa Ana and San Diego. Full integration was completed during the summer, with employee head count more than doubling in SoCal and Houston. The Accord acquisition added federal clients to EnSafe’s growing commercial practice in Southern California. EnSafe also opened a new office in Sacramento to complement its office in the East Bay area, and is now a 375-employee owned firm that has achieved a national presence in the last three years with 15 offices.
Bernhard Capital (Baton Rouge, LA) for the late 2017 acquisition of three environmental and infrastructure management firms: Moreland Altobelli Associates (Duluth, Ga.), PaveTex Engineering of Texas, and Engineering & Testing Services (ETS, San Ramon, Calif.). Together these businesses will form Atlas Technical Consultants, which Bernhard describes as one of the largest project delivery firms in the United States. Moreland Altobelli provides a full range of environmental services; ETS offers environmental and geotechnical engineering, construction management and engineering geology; and PaveTex is a lab and testing, engineering and construction management firm. The new company will have more than 30 offices in 11 states and 1,000-plus employees. Atlas will provide comprehensive support in managing large-scale infrastructure programs. Bernhard Capital announced the appointment of L. Joe Boyer (formerly CEO of Atkins North America) as CEO of Atlas.
Pace Analytical (Minneapolis, MN) for the acquisition of ESC Lab Sciences (Mt Juliet, Tenn.), the ninth ranked firm on EBJ’s list of top U.S. environmental testing laboratories. Certified in 50 states, ESC adds 300 professionals in 2017 and will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Pace; Peter Schulert, former CEO of ESC, will take an executive role. ESC chose to join Pace “because of our respect for their long-term vision and commitment to investing in their people, technology and facilities,” said Schulert, adding that Steve Vanderboom, president and CEO of Pace Analytical, “is the first person to fully understand ESC’s strategy in making long-term investments in new technology in order to provide superior service rather than competing as a commodity.” Pace ranks second on EBJ’s list and says it is the only environmental testing lab that is fully American-owned and operated.
Savage (Salt Lake City, UT) for acquiring Midwest-based industrial and environmental field services company Sunpro Inc. (Canton, Ohio) and Gobco LLC (Abingdon, Va.) and its subsidiary Power Fuels LLC in 2017. Sunpro provides emergency response and industrial environmental services including spill response, remediation, and transportation of environmental waste across a variety of industries. Sunpro operates nine facilities supporting more than 100 customers in 12 states. Gobco specializes in the removal of waste coal piles or ‘gob’ from abandoned mines and the subsequent restoration of the land. Savage a supply-chain solutions and industrial services company with more than 3,500 team members in over 240 operating locations throughout North America and internationally.
Arcadis (Amsterdam, Netherlands) for the acquisition of E2 ManageTech, a provider of information technology and business services for the environmental, health and safety (EHS) information market. E2 was established in 1998 and employs 55 people in the United States and Canada. Clients have included Toyota, Delta, Kroger, AT&T and Motorola. Vijay Gudivaka, E2’s chief executive officer, will lead Arcadis’s North American and global enterprise technology solutions practice for EHS and sustainability. “Development of industry-focused EHS strategies that include the selection, implementation and maintenance of enterprise technology solutions is a rapidly growing market segment,” Arcadis said.
John Wood Group PLC (Aberdeen, Scotland) for acquiring Amec Foster Wheeler (London, UK) in a deal that valued Amec at £2,225 million. Wood Chairman Ian Marchant said the transaction was “transformational” and would “create an asset-light, largely reimbursable business of greater scale and enhanced capability, diversified across the oil & gas, chemicals, renewables, environment & infrastructure and mining segments.” Amec Foster Wheeler operates in four key markets: Oil, Gas & Chemicals; Mining; Power; and Environment & Infrastructure (E&I). In full year 2016, Amec reported revenue of £5,440 million, down 8%, as a strong performance in solar and E&I was offset by weakness in oil & gas. Wood Group reported total revenue of £4,934 million for the full year 2016, down 16% from the prior year, so the challenge is laid out for the combined firms. Robin Watson, Wood CEO said in releasing disappointing mid-year 2017 results: “We anticipate a stronger second half performance. In June shareholders overwhelmingly approved our offer for Amec Foster Wheeler which will accelerate our strategy to create a global leader in project, engineering and technical services across a broad range of industrial sectors, the largest of which will be oil and gas.”
WSP Global Inc. (Montreal, PQ) for completing eight acquisitions in 2017 and making a major leaps into South America and New Zealand. The acquisitions were: ProVab Invest, a wastewater company in Sweden; YR&G, a 20-person, US-based sustainability firm; 26-person Wirthensohn, a building technology firm in Switzerland; Poch a 730-employee engineering and environmental consulting services company based in Chile and with offices in Peru, Colombia and Mexico; Willoughby Engineering, a 10-person, Chicago-based MEP and building performance firm; Leggette, Brashears and Graham, a Connecticut-based, 150-employee groundwater and environmental engineering services firm; Consultoría Colombiana (ConCol), a 1,000-employee professional services firm with expertise in power, transport, oil & gas and environment based in Colombia and with offices in Peru, Chile, Panama and Mexico; and Opus International Consultants Ltd., a 3,000-employee transportation and water infrastructure and building firm based in New Zealand with offices in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
New Practice Areas
Roux Associates (Islandia, NY) for establishing a new Economic & Complex Analytics (ECA) practice in 2017. Roux’s ECA professionals identify, quantify, and forecast current and emerging environmental and product liability risks, taking on many high-profile litigation projects such as: Strategic consulting and expert services to estimate damages in a public water contamination case involving thousands of claim allegations of residential loss, business interruption, and personal injury damages; Expert services regarding asbestos litigation claims, environmental contamination, sports-related head trauma, and coverage disputes regarding damages allocation across various industrial sites. The ECA team also grew its legal auditing services, conducted claim file reviews, engaged in public policy projects, and assessed damages for environmental and product liability litigation in both underlying matters and insurance coverage actions. Roux Associates is an employee-owned company with over 300 environmental professionals in site assessment, remediation, compliance, litigation, economic analysis, and insurance technical support, as well having a renowned wetlands practice.
Ramboll (Copenhagen, Denmark) for setting up new climate adaptation team in Boston to help its U.S.-based clients improve urban liveability and adapt to climate change. Led by landscape architect Herbert Dreiseitl (founder of Atelier Dreitseitl, now Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl), the team consists of experts in urban planning, energy planning and water management. While currently leading projects in New York and Washington, D.C., Dreiseitl sees great potential for medium and small cities in the United States to improve urban liveability, in addition to opportunities in new approaches to brownfield redevelopment. “Over the last couple of years we have helped Nordic cities like Copenhagen, Oslo and Gothenburg to adapt to climate challenges. This has given us valuable experience and insight that may prove beneficial for cities with similar challenges in North America,” said Trine Munk, project manager for the New York and Washington, D.C. projects.
Technology Merit: Emerging Contaminants
EA Engineering Science, and Technology Inc., PBC (EA, Hunt Valley, MD) for advancing ecotoxicological testing techniques used to evaluate the adverse ecological impacts of emerging contaminants, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Through funded scientific research and direct project application, EA is increasing the database of knowledge and utilizing novel testing techniques and methodologies to evaluate the environmental impacts posed by emerging contaminants. The results of EA’s research indicate that studies of emerging contaminants should focus on chronic endpoints, which examine the effects of extremely low and environmentally relevant concentrations of persistent compounds. In 2017, EA presented findings at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America and will be presenting additional findings at the Emerging Contaminants Summit in 2018. EA’s research has focused on studying the additive/synergistic effects of a combination of PFASs – evaluating the impacts of chemical mixtures in addition to individual chemicals. EA will continue this research as a subcontractor under a grant awarded by Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), the Department of Defense’s environmental research program. EA is a 100% ESOP-owned public benefit corporation that provides environmental, compliance, natural resources, and infrastructure engineering and management solutions, and has more than 450 professionals in 26 offices.
CH2M (Englewood, CO), which became Jacobs as of December 15, 2017, for the culmination of a five-year program to establish industry leadership with its Emerging Contaminants (EC) technical practice, specifically focused on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and 1,4-dioxane associated with firefighting foams and chlorinated solvents and increasingly found in drinking water worldwide. CH2M hired key industry personnel who initiated a program to increase technical leadership, knowledge and branding through conference participation, technical publications, innovation and remediation grants, and to increase client visibility through webinars and workshops. As client interest increased, the company was prepared with well-considered and valuable answers to pressing EC problems—allowing CH2M to exceed technical expectations of military organizations including departments of defense in the U.S., Australia and Canada, and Fortune 500 private clients. Research partnerships with academic institutions under the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) further established CH2M’s reputation as innovator and technical leader. In 2017, CH2M worked on over 50 major EC projects in U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia. The EC practice area has averaged 100% annual revenue growth over the past five years, and sufficient bookings in the 2018 pipeline to exceed 2017.
Technology Merit: Information
CH2M (Englewood, CO), which became Jacobs as of December 15, 2017, for teaming GIS technologists with site planning and permitting professionals to create and implement a customized, near real-time field data collection and reporting program. The mobile reporting technology is central to major client project-tailored solutions, which may use own-device (BYOD) tools, agency or customized forms, secure web-based platforms for near real-time client and/or stakeholder viewing and single-click map-based results and photographs. It has increased data integrity, decreased reporting levels of effort by 90%, improved data accessibility, transparency and program flexibility. The company has deployed these mobile technologies on 50 environmental projects, with 500-plus users across technology platforms of clients, subcontractors and partners. In 2017, technology solutions were successfully deployed on three large linear infrastructure projects including TransCanada Right-of-Way vegetation maintenance program (a multi-year program reviewing 8,000 miles of corridor); and for two other major North America energy producers for a 700-mile, three-year construction inspection program (5,400 forms and 15,000 photos); and a 675-mile, post-construction reclamation monitoring program (30,000 pieces of data).
Locus Technologies (Mountain View, CA) for continued growth and innovation in 2017 and several achievements as a leading provider in multi-tenant Software as a Service (SaaS) EHS software. Locus reported record SaaS sales and growth for 2017, while many competitors were bought out, merged or disappeared. The future of EHS software includes AI, IoT, and Virtual Reality applications that will revolutionize the way EHS software is automating compliance and sustainability at the enterprise level. In 2017 Locus launched a SaaS financial management app on Locus Platform for Honeywell International, a long-term customer of Locus EIM and ePortal. The app will help the customer better manage environmental liability risk management and purchase orders associated with environmental projects. Locus released an upgraded Sustainability App for Locus Platform in the third quarter, which allows XML submission to multiple climate programs and tracking/reporting of any sustainability indicators. Locus’ flagship Environmental Information Management (EIM) software service continued to grow with new customers in the mining, water utilities, water engineering, and US DOE environmental surveillance sectors.
Technology Merit: Monitoring
PBS Engineering and Environmental (Portland, OR) for establishing an Unmanned Aerial Systems division with the goal of integrating drones into its engineering, environmental, and surveying work flow. PBS team members developed a unique data management process that allows the firm to utilize drones for virtual inspections, land surveying, and facility walk-throughs that link to corresponding environmental sampling data. Use of drones allows the firm to inspect and evaluate difficult-to-access areas and reduce the risk to staff. Applications have included inspections of cliff-sides for archaeological evaluation, bridges, and roofs from the safety of the ground—at a fraction of the time and cost. PBS’s drones are also being used to create survey-controlled orthomosaics (geo-referenced aerial maps), supplementing traditional topographic survey methods.
AECOM (Los Angeles, CA) for using an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for the first time on the Navajo Nation to collect detailed topography of a remote area for application in a flood study, generating centimeter-level contour intervals used in engineering analyses to produce detailed floodplain boundaries. The Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) in Crownpoint, N.M. was aware that portions of a housing subdivision encroached on a floodplain, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development required a detailed floodplain study containing high resolution topographic data before releasing mitigation funds. AECOM leveraged UAS technology to collect high resolution terrain data in a fraction of the time required by conventional ground or air surveys. Paired with a 2D engineering analysis tool, the team was able to model complex flooding scenarios in the project area and provided results in multiple visual products, facilitating stakeholder understanding of the issues and proposed solutions.
ICF (Fairfax, VA) for completing a 10-year monitoring effort for the City of Everett’s Smith Island-Union Slough Habitat Restoration Project, and where in 2017 ICF used drone technology to enhance and expedite collection, analysis, and mapping of invasive species over a 93-acre estuarine restoration site on the Snohomish River in Everett, Wash. ICF used high-resolution imagery and open source GIS image classification tools to map invasive purple loosestrife by isolating image pixels matching the color of the blooming flower. Image classification required analyst input for a portion of the site, after which predictive algorithms classified the remaining acres. This method allowed the survey to be conducted quickly and safely from the perimeter of the site, affording over 50% in cost savings. Traditional surveys require that staff traverse a series of transects over multiple days, and resulting data are limited by line of sight. The site’s extensive mudflats make surveying on foot challenging, and foot surveys can be destructive to salt marsh vegetation. Use of drone technology and image classification delivered high-accuracy, quick-turnaround image and location files to guide purple loosestrife removal efforts.
Project Merit: Renewable Energy
Mott MacDonald (Croydon, UK) for supporting the development of wind resources in the Gobi desert. Mott MacDonald was the lenders’ technical, environmental and social advisor for Engie’s 55MW Sainshand wind farm in Mongolia. Engie is a French multinational electric utility company. The project reached financial close in August following a $120 million financing package from international investors and financial institutions.The project consists of 25 2.2MW Vestas wind turbines when it becomes operational in the first half of 2019; Mott MacDonald will monitor construction and operations. Project director Matthias Vinard said: “Sainshand will be the country’s third commercial-scale wind farm, and our experience on the first two has been significantly useful in understanding the country-specific challenges being faced, such as grid integration.” Mongolia is aiming for a 20% renewable share of the energy mix by 2020 and 30% by 2030 under its national power policy.
American Water (Voorhees, NJ) on behalf of its New York subsidiary that took a creative approach to traditional geothermal technology and developed a new renewable energy application that will lower energy costs by more than 50% and reduce a school’s carbon footprint. The American Water team constructed a modified geothermal system that is providing heating and cooling for a 40,000 square foot school without utilizing fossil fuel in the winter months. The geothermal system uses the thermal properties of the water as it passes through a heat exchanger. The exchanger works like a radiator with two compartments and two separate closed loops. In one loop, ground water travels through the heat exchanger. The other, the geothermal loop, is comprised of 90% water and 10% glycol. These two loops pass through the stainless steel, food-grade heat exchanger in sequence to heat or cool the building. Temperatures in each classroom can be individually controlled, and for the first time the school can be cooled in summer and host summer classes.
Project Merit: Natural Resources Management
Marstel-Day (Fredericksburg, VA) for partnering with its client the Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save The Sound (CFE/STS) to help preserve the ecological jewel of Plum Island, an 840 acre island located at the eastern end of Long Island Sound. Currently the home of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, Plum Island and its waters create an ecologically rich and diverse conservation landscape and seascape that include rocky shorelines, sandy beaches, wetlands, over 200 species of birds (including 2 federally endangered species), and a variety of upland shrub, grassland and forest habitats. The federal government is slated to close the research facility and auction the entire property. Working together, Marstel Day and CFE/STS developed initial conservation scenarios, pathways and proposed outcomes for the island’s preservation: The goal is permanent conservation, habitat protection, and integrated compatible reuse of the island’s existing infrastructure. The team also developed a Visioning Approach for desired Plum Island Conservation outcomes, which will help inform key elements of conservation philosophy, goals, and associated outcomes, in addition to the fundraising strategy to help achieve those outcomes.
Inter-Fluve for the Tidmarsh Farms project that pioneered holistic ecological restoration of retired cranberry bogs to native stream and wetland ecosystems. The 250-acre bog complex was restored to wetland by constructing riffles in the stream channel and by filling in and plugging irrigation ditches to raise the water surface elevation. Over 3,000 pieces of large wood and tree stumps were used in channel and wetland construction to provide habitat for fish and other aquatic organisms. In addition to the restoration of red maple swamp, fen and sand plains, over 20,000 Atlantic white cedar tree seeds were collected, propagated and later transplanted as part of a goal to establish only plants indigenous to southeastern Massachusetts and the site itself. Microtopography was engineered into the landscape using a “pit and mound” design, encouraging diversification in flora and fauna, and making the habitat more resilient to storms. The project also involved a cutting edge, long-term monitoring component led by the landowners’ Living Observatory project that involved engineers, public agencies, 10 universities, consultants and students from six to 60 years old. Following completion of the restoration at Tidmarsh Farms, the project site was purchased by Mass Audubon as a wildlife sanctuary.
Mason, Bruce & Girard Inc. (MB&G, Portland, OR) for managing the first ever “turnkey,” fully consultant delivered project for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). MB&G managed the landowner coordination, real estate transactions, design, construction, and long-term stewardship for two mitigation sites in the Yaquina River basin in Oregon. Key project components include removal of a fish passage barrier, stream restoration, land acquisition, establishment of permanent riparian buffers through deed restrictions, design, construction, and long-term stewardship of approximately 70 acres. At the Big Elk Creek site, MB&G installed three streambank breaches to connect the creek with its floodplain to create 1.5 acres of wetland, which improves sediment retention and provides cover and refuge habitat for fish. At the Bull Creek site, four miles of salmonid habitat were made accessible by removing an impassible culvert. A pool-riffle channel morphology was constructed in the culvert footprint that facilitated fish passage and reestablished sediment transport continuity. The MB&G team facilitated a 52-acre land donation from a private landowner to the Siuslaw National Forest to improve terrestrial, riparian, and aquatic habitat. MB&G will monitor the sites through 2023 to ensure compliance with permit conditions after site construction, after which a land trust will manage the sites in perpetuity.
Project Merit: Remediation
OBG (Syracuse, NY) for the sustainable remediation of the Onondaga Lake Superfund Site in Syracuse—one of the largest, most complex programs in the country. The project, led by Honeywell, provided opportunities to increase habitat value on urban industrial legacy sites. Among these, the southwest shoreline presented a significant challenge, consisting of 400 acres of uncapped soda ash production tailings and other pollutants along the lake’s southwest shoreline and the banks of Nine Mile Creek. The Integrated Interim Remedial Measure (IRM) project achieved hydrologic control of leachate generated by the site that formerly discharged to adjacent waterbodies. Since the IRM was located on the downgradient perimeter of the site, including a 7,700-foot reach of lake shoreline, ecological restoration was a key element of the project. OBG led design and construction of the project, including a 30-acre shoreline wetland complex atop the extensive groundwater controls system that allowed Honeywell to meet compensatory wetland mitigation requirements. Building the wetland complex on the groundwater controls system required careful dovetailing of engineered soil profiles and liner systems. Native vegetation was selected based on available rooting space, and the wetlands were designed to function without groundwater inputs. The overall project enhanced more than 7,700 feet of the lake’s shoreline. More than 40,000 plants were installed, and 60 species of fish, birds, and other wildlife have returned to the restored western shoreline.
TRC Companies Inc. (Lowell, MA) and Shipman & Goodwin LLC for comprehensive remedial resolution of legacy lead impacts to the Mill River in Fairfield, Conn. on behalf of Exide Group/Vale Americas. The project was designed to achieve a sustainable, beneficial resolution of environmental impacts that maximized the net environmental benefit and satisfied the needs of the local community. Key to success was a marriage of two elements: (1) a contractual and regulatory engagement structure that aligned the interests of all stakeholders, promoting efficiency in project execution; and (2) precise execution of a remedial design and strategy developed upfront with input from state and local regulators and stakeholders. The project fully resolved sediment remedial obligations along 2.5 miles of a tidally influenced river and utilized best management practices for fish and shellfish protection (e.g., dredging period “blackout” restrictions and maintenance of fish passage corridors) and restrictive turbidity standards (<10 NTU). Waste volume was minimized through on-site passive sediment dewatering (>30,000 tons) and on-site wastewater treatment (>1,000,000 gallons). State and local commissions and stakeholders were successfully engaged through comprehensive community relations and public information meetings. Active sediment remediation was completed and regulatory “no further action” was achieved in less than two years.
Korea Environmental Corporation (KECO, South Korea) for the Iksan Wanggung Area Ecological Restoration Project as part of the Saemangeum Embankment Action Plan. The project consisted of the purchase and conversion of livestock facilities into woodland that started in 2011, and the restoration of the local ecology and natural environment to achieve the water quality target of Saemangeum Lake. As part of the site’s history, people suffering from Hansen’s disease (otherwise known as leprosy) settled in the area in 1948 and ran a livestock business, and livestock flow contaminated Mangyeonggang River and Saemangeum Lake.
AECOM (Los Angeles, CA) for Meriden Green, once a center of commercial activity until flooding in the 1990s caused $22 million in property damage, and the site went idle. Redevelopment was a collaboration involving local, state and federal investment of $14 million for improvements including flood control, infrastructure, brownfield remediation, transportation and housing. The site included 300,000 sf of mall, factories, auto service facilities, machine shops, and dry cleaners. AECOM was tasked with design and construction oversight for remediation of the 14-acre site. Remedial design included construction of an earthen soil cap, along with isolated “hot-spot” excavations. AECOM negotiated with regulators under an engineered control variance for a one foot soil cap across the site rather than the typical four feet. Reduced thickness saved $6.5 million by reducing disposal by 100,000 tons and imported fill by 68,000 cubic yards. This variance was found acceptable due to diminished water velocities expected by uncovering the brook and grading the site, and leveraging an earthen cap training program for city personnel. The project was completed on time and budget and includes an 11 acre park with flood control elements.
Project Merit: Smart Cities
CH2M (Englewood, CO), which became Jacobs as of December 15, 2017, for working with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) to develop a concise vision and a collaborative policy framework for continuing autonomous vehicle (AV) and connected vehicle (CV) initiatives in the state. This initiative is defining cohesive policy, standards, legislation and innovations that, when coupled with the state’s technologically progressive political environment, will further establish Nevada as the pioneer for making innovation a reality. Activities encompassed within the policy framework include: Leveraging state infrastructure and real estate to further promote AV/CV testing and ultimate ubiquity in Nevada; Promoting collaborative policies, standards and programs to showcase AV/CV innovations that expand economic growth and create jobs in Nevada; Identifying, vetting and forming private sector partnerships where capabilities and offerings can be used to enhance AV/CV initiatives; Identifying an “innovation incubator” between public and private sector partners that explores and nurtures new ideas and companies focused on AV/CV; Expanding transportation innovation and connecting Nevada’s residents through advanced mobility options; Modernizing and improving freight mobility throughout Nevada and neighboring states; and Connecting Nevada through smart infrastructure and using transportation as the launchpoint for Smart Cities, Smart Regions and Smart States. The policy framework is helping the state of Nevada advance its position as an innovation leader, leveraging emerging technologies to drive economic development alongside the AV/CV benefits of helping to save lives through crash elimination, increasing travel time dependability, reducing the need for new infrastructure and improving energy efficiency.
Project Merit: Community Engagement
Consulting for Health, Air, Nature & a Greener Environment LLC (CHANGE, Queensbury, NY) for community engagement and responsiveness in initiating and completing an air quality, traffic and noise impact study on a proposed asphalt plant in Sugarloaf, PA. The proposed location was adjacent to a neighborhood with over 50 homes and in range of an elementary school. A small group of neighbors raised funds from the local community to support CHANGE in developing the study, and project manager Dr. Tim McAuley’s testimony to the zoning board was instrumental in a unanimous decision against permitting the plant. One community leader said Dr. McAuley’s “efforts to help our small community were much larger than the compensation he received financially.”
AECOM (Los Angeles, CA) for preparing a simplified but complete guidance document for EPA’s complex rules on coal combustion residuals (CCR) management. With deep expertise in solid waste management, dams, and geotechnical engineering, AECOM manages CCRs through compliance across power markets, consistently meeting clients’ strategic needs with cost-effective, innovative, and environmentally favorable solutions. The firm’s eight-step suite of full life cycle services combines CCR and power expertise to deliver integrated services through all project phases, bringing local knowledge backed by global resources to each unique project, delivering safe, high-quality, profitable, and efficient operations. AECOM provides award-winning CCR services to approximately 25% of the power industry; has 1,000 CCR-focused employees providing services to over 175 impoundments for over 45 utilities; has assisted in up to three times as many compliance certifications as any other industry consultant; and in a single month in 2017 had teams working on more than 50 active closure designs.
CH2M (Englewood, CO), which became Jacobs as of December 15, 2017, for developing a new Resiliency and Sustainability Framework for infrastructure, offering public and private sector planners a comprehensive program development and decision support system. Cities like Los Angeles are using the framework to evaluate the economic, environmental and social impacts of a project portfolio, resulting in consistent, predictable and long-lasting (resilient) outcomes that reduce cost and help align program stakeholders quicker. With limited resources, planners are saddled with meeting an increased demand for more resilient and sustainable infrastructure while reducing capital and long-term operating costs. The five-phase framework elevates resilient and sustainable design principles to the program and organization level, ensuring consistent implementation across a project portfolio while balancing cost considerations with organization and project priorities. Similar to an organization’s risk management or quality management processes, the framework standardizes an organization’s resiliency and sustainability priorities, helping leaders to assess current performance, identify stretch goals, operationalize and institutionalize priorities and evaluate individual projects. The Los Angeles Environmental Engineering Division is using the framework to evaluate program performance, identify actions or design alternatives to increase resiliency and sustainability, review individual projects for the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system awards and streamline awards documentation efforts.