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Terracon Acquisitions Enhance Environmental, Geotechnical Resources in the Southeast

Press Releases posted 06.04.2019.

Purchases Build Upon Strong Presence in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina

OLATHE, Kan. – Terracon is pleased to announce its acquisition of Environmental Services, Inc. (ESI) and Geotechnical & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (GEC). Bringing these two organizations into Terracon enhances the company’s geographic presence and depth of services in Georgia and the Southeast.

ESI is a full-service environmental consulting firm providing environmental, and natural and cultural resource solutions. Founded in 1986, ESI serves public- and private-sector clients nationally from its headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla., and offices in Raleigh, N.C., and Savannah, Ga. ESI’s services include environmental permitting; environmental site assessment and permitting; air quality; soil evaluation; wetlands mitigation and analysis; archaeology and cultural resource studies; underwater archaeology; endangered and threatened species studies; forestry and land management; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); and sustainable services.

GEC is an environmental, geotechnical, and construction materials consulting firm headquartered in Macon, Ga., with offices in Columbus and LaGrange, Ga. The firm serves public- and private-sector clients throughout Georgia and the Southeast in the education, commercial, industrial, and government markets. GEC provides services including environmental site assessments; wetlands delineation, permitting, and mitigation; endangered species; asbestos, lead-based paint, and Brownfields; geotechnical engineering; construction quality control and special inspections; site exploration; and materials testing. In addition, GEC offers a full range of solid waste consulting services.

“Both companies have a strong presence in the Southeast and are deeply committed to the clients and communities they serve,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon CEO and president. “Their expertise and services complement our existing environmental, geotechnical, and materials capabilities and will allow us to support our clients throughout the Southeast even more nimbly.”

The organizations will continue to serve clients locally as Environmental Services, Inc., A Terracon Company and Geotechnical & Environmental Consultants, Inc., A Terracon Company.The new acquisitions are supported by Terracon’s existing offices in Atlanta and Savannah, Ga., Birmingham, Ala., Jacksonville, Fla., and Raleigh, N.C.

Terracon is an employee-owned consulting engineering firm with more than 4,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit

Alain Gallet, P.E., FACEC, Recognized for Lifetime Professional Achievement Award

Press Releases, Uncategorized posted 05.15.2019.

Alain Gallet, P.E., FACEC, of Terracon’s Birmingham, Ala., office has been recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Alabama with a Lifetime Professional Acheivement Award.

Details in news release.

Terracon Names Jacob Spinsby as National Manager of Geophysical Services

Press Releases posted 05.07.2019.

Jacob SpinsbyDENVER — Terracon, a nationally known and respected consulting engineering firm, has named Jacob Spinsby, P.G., MSc, as national manager of geophysical services.

Spinsby joins Terracon with more than 15 years of  geophysical and management expertise, including subsurface utility engineering, geophysical exploration, and infrastructure non-destructive evaluation.

Based in Terracon’s Denver-area office, Spinsby will lead the company’s national geophysics practice.

“I am thrilled to rejoin Terracon’s team of more than 25 world-class geophysicists,” Spinsby said. “I look forward to expanding our geophysical services further.”

A licensed professional geologist, Spinsby earned his bachelor’s degree in geology from Cornell College and a master’s degree in geological sciences from Arizona State University. He has managed projects nationally and internationally in the transportation, power, oil and gas, commercial, and federal sectors, and managed geotechnical departments at several companies, including Terracon.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms.

Terracon Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant to the Virginia Tech Foundation

Press Releases posted 03.20.2019.

Grant to Support Students in Civil and Environmental Engineering

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The Terracon Foundation announced a $10,000 University Grant to the Virginia Tech Foundation. The grant will be used to continue the Terracon Graduate Fellowships program initiated in 2012 and an annual seminar series.

Fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year will be awarded to graduate students in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, focusing on geotechnical, structural, and environmental engineering students. Students will be selected based on their academic capability with a strong consideration of their interest to continue careers in the consulting industry.

The fellowships are intended to allow Virginia Tech students to benefit from early hands-on experience in the industry. Aaron Muck, P.E., geotechnical services assistant director in Terracon’s Cincinnati office, championed the grant application.

“As an active Virginia Tech CEE Alumni board member since 2013, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with graduate and undergraduate students and faculty in the civil and geotechnical engineering programs,” Muck said. “Terracon has made a graduate degree from Virginia Tech accessible for 13 students to date. I’ve met each recipient personally and it is clear the program continues to attract and recruit outstanding students.”

Current student and fellowship recipient Hunter Ingram, who was awarded a grant to start graduate school in the fall 2018 semester, said “It’s great to know that Terracon values higher education enough to invest in the next generation of the workforce.” Another 2018 grant recipient, Manish Dulal, said the fellowship allowed him to devote more time to researching geotechnical engineering.

For more information about the Virginia Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, visit

For more information about the Terracon Foundation and other organizations it has supported, visit

Terracon Foundation Awards $98,300 in Community and University Grants

Press Releases posted 03.18.2019.

OLATHE, Kan. ­­– The Terracon Foundation is pleased to announce the award of $98,300 in community and university grants and scholarships. The Terracon Foundation was established as the community investment arm of Terracon with a goal to reach out and become a real part of the lives of company employees and the communities where they live and work.

“The recent grants awarded by the Terracon Foundation support a variety of local needs from a diverse group of nonprofit organizations where our employees are actively involved. These range from helping to educate students in STEM careers to providing state-of-the-art equipment to engineering departments at universities,” said Matt Wheaton, chair of the Terracon Foundation and manager of the environmental department in Terracon’s Seattle office.

University Grants

As part of an ongoing effort to support higher education, the Terracon Foundation presents university grants for graduate-level scholarships, fellowships, and programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

During its Fall 2018 grant period, the Terracon Foundation presented a total of $52,500 to seven universities:

University Grant Recipients  

  • High Point University, High Point, N.C.
  • Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, La.
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, Ill.
  • Virginia Tech Foundation, Blacksburg, Va.

 Community Grants

The Terracon Foundation awarded $45,800 in community grants to 15 local, nonprofit organizations that were recommended by Terracon employees involved with these organizations.

Community Grant Recipients  

  • ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc., San Antonio
  • ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa
  • Catholic Charities Diocese Of Tyler, Luftkin, Texas
  • Community Culinary School of Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, St. Louis
  • Greenspaces, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Literacy Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Phoenix Family Housing Corp, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Piper Unified School District 203, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Plano ISD Education Foundation, Plano, Texas
  • Puget Sound Engineering & Science Scholarship Fund, Seattle
  • Rotary Club Of Tulsa Foundation, Tulsa, Okla.
  • SARSEF – Southern Arizona Research, Science And Engineering Foundation, Tucson, Ariz.
  • The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Wayside Waifs, Kansas City, Mo.


For more information about the Terracon Foundation, visit Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms.