PBS&J has announced its acquisition of EcoScience Corp., a full-service environmental and engineering consulting firm based in Raleigh, N.C. EcoScience Corp. specializes in the preparation of ecological assessments and environmental impact statements, endangered species determinations, wetland delineations, soil surveys, permitting, mitigation planning, stream restoration, storm water master planning, hydrologic and hydraulic engineering and surface or groundwater modeling.
As a new PBS&J division, EcoScience will enhance PBS&J’s service offerings in the East and nationally, according to PBS&J District Director Eugene A. Conti. “We have worked in partnership with EcoScience for a number of years on projects throughout the Carolinas. The capacity of both companies to better serve our current clients’ needs and to expand into new markets is substantially increased by bringing us together within the same company,” Conti said.
EcoScience Corp.’s founding president, Jerry McCrain, Ph.D., CEP, will lead the new PBS&J division as Senior Project Director. Sandy Smith, group manager, will be responsible for the division’s daily operations. “We are very pleased to be part of the PBS&J team,” McCrain said. “We believe the synergy of our blended disciplines will provide value-added opportunities for our company and for our clients.”
EcoScience Corp.’s diverse portfolio of projects includes the development of wetland and stream functional assessment methodologies, funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and to be used statewide for resource impacts and mitigation planning. It has been the environmental consultant of record for the North Carolina Global TransPark in Kinston and has spearheaded an $11 million mitigation program for the TransPark. The company also has been the general environmental consultant for the North Carolina Turnpike Authority and is the environmental lead on the Southern Evacuation LifeLine Environmental Impact Statement in South Carolina, a project sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Transportation.