Commemorating the Legacy of GZA Co-Founder Bill Zoino

President and CEO Patrick Sheehan on Bill's Legacy and Contributions

It is with sadness and great respect that
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. (GZA)
announces the passing of our co-founder,
William “Bill” Zoino, P.E.

A dual graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bill began his career primarily as a dam engineer. In 1964, Bill and his MIT classmate Don Goldberg, started a consultancy based on the belief that if you provide quality engineering services, operate with integrity, and create a collegial environment in which your employees feel appreciated and empowered to develop innovative solutions for their clients, the firm will be successful. They were right, and the firm they created is still thriving six decades later.

While Bill was dedicated to the development of GZA and its people, he was also a significant contributor to the engineering community, serving as President of the GeoProfessional Business Association (GBA) and as President of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCES).

When asked by BSCES several years ago to provide a perspective on his career and the founding of GZA, Bill said, “Together with Don Goldberg, we provided jobs for over 2,500 people. But I’m most proud to tell you that those people were people-servers. In my view, that’s what life is all about. It’s a philosophy that Don and I share. Our employees count. Their families count first, their profession counts second. We shared that goal, and we also believed in quality in our projects.”

Professional quality, service, family first.  For all of us who had the privilege of knowing and working with Bill, those three terms capture the essence of Bill’s long and illustrious career and legacy.


Patrick Sheehan, President and CEO