From initial development concept to final project documentation, GZA serves as a trusted and effective advocate for projects of any size or complexity.

We possess the technical capabilities to guide our clients through the due diligence, permitting, site development, and regulatory processes. We recognize the importance of being part of a project team, and have worked extensively with legal and real estate professionals, contractors and other design professionals to address the diverse needs of a redevelopment project, including issues related to residual liability, financing and community acceptance. GZA’s multi-disciplinary staff brings value to such projects through the efficient integration of services tailored for the needs of the site. What this means to the owner, developer and financier of a real estate project is less risk and uncertainty, and enhanced project value.


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Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
Insurance Companies
Financial Institutions
Urban Development

Urban development and redevelopment projects can present unique challenges - from historical environmental impacts and poor soil conditions associated with urban fill to access limitations and sensitive receptors posed by the density of pre-existing structures.

By being able to consider both geotechnical and environmental challenges simultaneously, we are able to develop optimized foundation designs that are both constructable and cost-effective.  Our geostructural and instrumentation skills allow us to assist our clients to design effective excavation support systems and then to monitor those systems to demonstrate their effectiveness.

  • Environmental Site Assessment and Investigation
  • Geotechnical Investigations
  • Hazardous Building Material Surveys 
  • Property Condition Assessments
  • Remedial Design and Cost Estimating
  • Construction Management
Waterfront Development

GZA has particular expertise and experience assisting our clients in developing waterfront properties.

These projects present technical challenges that are well-suited to GZA's skill set.  From resiliency planning and design to permitting to managing sediments, flood hazards, ground improvements, remediation and marine structures, GZA has the experience and expertise to integrate pragmatic solutions to meet your investment goals.

  • Hydrographic Surveys
  • Inspections and Evaluations of Existing Facilities
  • Design of New Waterfront Structures
  • Geotechnical and Environmental Services
  • Design of Repairs and Improvements for Existing Waterfront Structures
  • Permitting
  • Dredging
  • Pile Testing
Brownfields Projects

We are not strangers to redeveloping contaminated property.

In fact, we have been assisting clients in developing these sites for more than 30 years. Focusing on human health and the environment, we are retained early in the site-development process to assess real property, provide guidance and recommendations, and consult on next steps, often advocating to regulatory agencies on our clients’ behalf. Most importantly, we provide our clients with needed data and information to effect educated decisions to manage their risk. From Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, to remedial investigations, to construction management, GZA provides solutions-oriented recommendations to advance site development.

  • Environmental Assessment & Remedial Investigations
  • Hazardous Building Material Surveys
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Health and Environmental Risk Assessments
  • Remediation
  • Natural Resources Planning and Permitting
  • Public Presentation & Expert Testimony
  • Construction Management
Land Use Planning

Our planning group has become the go-to firm for public and private companies to provide creative and collaborative solutions to complex environmental project management and planning/land use analyses.

We analyze the data, the people, and the location so stakeholders can make more informed decisions, avoid costly project delays, and create shared value while maximizing return on investment and enhancing communities.

Our planners regularly meet with developers, regulators and communities to brainstorm, plan, and develop practical solutions for a variety of scenarios and projects. We understand the needs, manage expectations and develop real world solutions to meet stakeholders’ requirements. We combine easy-to-understand visualizations with our technical knowledge and experience of local regulations and environmental review processes to obtain approvals for development projects.  

Our clients return again and again to GZA to seek strategic advice, detailed analysis, and practical execution on complex planning and land use issues across a range of areas. 

  • Environmental Assessments 
  • Environmental Impact Statements
  • Zoning - Rezonings, Variances, Waivers, Special Permits
  • Comprehensive & Master Planning
  • Noise / Air Quality Studies
  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Shadow Studies
  • Socio-Economic Analysis
  • Environmental Justice Analysis
Industrial Warehouse Development

GZA’s engineers and scientists support industrial asset owners and developers with nearly every phase of the industrial warehouse life-cycle – from site selection to demolition and re-purposing. 

The e-commerce revolution has been fueling the growth of industrial real estate for some time with little sign of slowing. GZA has been involved in some of the largest industrial warehouse and logistics projects, helping our clients meet the demand for these assets.   

  • Environmental Site Assessment and Investigation
  • Wetland mapping and permitting
  • Construction management
  • Stormwater management
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Property Condition Assessments (PCAs)
  • Hazardous Building Material Surveys;
  • Demolition & Site Closure
Contractor Services

Solely focused on the construction industry, GZA’s Contractor Services Division is intimately familiar with the fast-paced complexities of heavy civil, heavy highway, and marine construction projects. 

Empowered by a team of dedicated engineers and decades of experience on small to mega-large construction projects, we are prepared to assist Contractors with Geotechnical Instrumentation, Design, Foundation Testing, Demolition, QAQC , as well as unforeseen events, swiftly. 

Strengthened by the support of GZA’s full complement of services, our Contractor Services Division goes beyond traditional services to address geotechnical, structural, and civil engineering requirements as well as environmental, water, and ecological issues, without needing to go out of house.

  • Geotechnical Instrumentation
  • Construction Field Control & Monitoring
  • Deep Foundation Testing
  • Excavation Support Design
  • Groundwater Controls
  • Hazardous Waste & Contaminated Materials Management
  • Pre- and Post-Construction Structural Condition Surveys
  • Air Quality, Noise & Vibration Monitoring and Analysis
  • Pre-Bid & Value Engineering
  • Structural Construction Engineering
Due Diligence

Due diligence serves as the foundation for successful property acquisition and development. 

GZA’s due diligence assessments help clients secure financing, reduce the risk of unexpected acquisition costs, and enhance the marketability of real estate investments. We draw on decades of experience in engineering and remediation and deep local knowledge of both the physical and regulatory environment across the nation to efficiently study properties, locate potential areas of concern, and recommend action where needed.  As a multi-disciplinary firm, GZA can also provide consulting on associated property acquisition concerns beyond the scope of a typical Phase I site assessment.

  • Property Condition Assessments and Energy Audits
  • Regulatory Compliance Reviews
  • Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
  • Hazardous Building Material Surveys
  • Geotechnical Services
  • Wetland Surveys and Flood Hazard Analyses
  • ASTM E-1527 Training 
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