July 25, 2018
Hall is a well-known figure in the engineering and transportation industry, with over eight years at the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) and 15 years in Greater New Orleans market. Hall served most recently as a Public Information Officer at the LA DOTD, where she was responsible for developing the strategy, implementation and management of the Department's public relations programs within the New Orleans and Hammond districts – a 13 parish area – and the former Crescent City Connection Division (CCCD). In addition, she has received recognition by LA DOTD for the 2014 LA DOTD Star of Excellence Award.
GEC Announces the Appointment of Sherri LeBas, P.E. as President
January 11, 2018
In May of 2016, Ms. LeBas joined GEC’s senior leadership team as Vice President of Business Development. At the time of her appointment, GEC’s strategic plan was to solidify GEC’s market presence in alignment with building trusted client relationships and expanding service offerings. She was recognized as a leader with expertise to enhance GEC’s current management team and fulfill its common commitment of building a better firm for the future. She deeply embodies those characteristics and helped bring GEC’s team a wealth of experience ranging from multimodal transportation to public financing programs.
Ms. LeBas is a well-known figure in the engineering and transportation industry, with over 24 years at the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) and 6 years at the Division of Administration. She served most recently as Secretary of the LA DOTD, where she was responsible for the administration of the Department’s operation and capital programs and emergency response for the State’s transportation infrastructure, which included an annual budget of $1.7 billion and over 4,200 employees. In addition, she has received numerous awards and was inducted into the Louisiana State University Civil and Environmental Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2011, as well as the Louisiana Engineering Society (L.E.S.) Charles M. Kerr Award for Public Relations. Most recently, she was selected to receive the 2017 WTS Woman of the Year Award.
Noble Consultants-GEC proudly announces the employment of Dr. Jeffrey Melby, Ph.D. as Vice President, Coastal Engineering
August 1, 2017
He has served 30 years as the Senior Research Engineer with the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL), US Army Research and Development Center (ERDC).
Dr. Melby is a research coastal and hydraulic engineer specializing in the development and application of coastal numerical and physical models, storm surge modeling and statistical and risk analysis. He conceived the Corps of Engineers Coastal Hazards System and CHRPS products.
He was awarded the US Army Corps of Engineers Researcher of the Year for 2017.
He is assigned to GEC’s Baton Rouge office
GEC grows firmwide aviation practice with hiring of key professional located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
November 2, 2016
G.E.C., Inc., a national engineering firm specializing in transportation, environmental, planning, coastal, infrastructure, and aviation development with a client base consisting of public- and private-sector organizations across the United States, announced today the addition of Anthony J. Marino to its senior leadership team. Marino, an accomplished senior-level aviation management professional with more than 42 years of experience and a wealth of expertise in airport management, joins GEC as Vice President of Business Development - Aviation Division responsible for developing new business opportunities and creating customized solutions for aviation clients.
“With a resurgence of aviation work around the country, GEC is committed to providing our clients with the industry’s top talent and expertise. Marino is a vital addition toward that mission.” said Robert Boagni, GEC President and Chief Executive Officer. “His exceptional capabilities will be valuable to our clients who require creative problem solving and innovative funding solutions to help deliver their programs efficiently.”
Marino served most recently as Director of Aviation for the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, where he was instrumental in obtaining funding for over $410 million in airport projects without the issue of a local sales tax or property tax. Marino’s areas of specialty include all aspects of airport development, such as funding, planning, sustainability and environmental mitigation, program management, design and construction for terminal, airfield, and landside development.
Marino serves on several national committees for airport organizations such as the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the Airports Council International. He served on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Chapter of AAAE and member of the Louisiana Airport Manager’s Association. For Louisiana, he served on the Governor’s Aviation Advisory Committee, the Governor’s Transportation Transition Team, the Louisiana Multimodal Commerce Advisory Commission, and the Louisiana Representative to the Air Carrier Airports Congressional Affairs Committee concerning Federal Aviation Regulations, and the Louisiana Alternative Financing Committee for Airports.
GEC Announces the Addition of Sherri LeBas Firnberg to Senior Leadership Team
May 2, 2016
G.E.C., Inc., a national engineering firm specializing in transportation, environmental, planning, coastal, and infrastructure development with a client base consisting of public- and private-sector organizations across the United States, announced today the addition of Sherri LeBas Firnberg, P.E. to its senior leadership team. Firnberg, an accomplished senior-level professional with more than 30 years of experience and a wealth of expertise in transportation and capital improvement programs, joins GEC as Vice President of Business Development responsible for the leadership of the GEC sales team, developing new business opportunities, and creating customized solutions to client needs.
“We are thrilled to have Mrs. Firnberg join our team, as we recently went through a process of developing a Marketing and Business Development Strategic Plan to solidify our market presence in alignment with building trusted client relationships and expanding our service offerings,” said Robert Boagni, GEC President and Chief Executive Officer. “As part of this strategic effort, we recognized the need for a leader with expertise to enhance our current management team and fulfill our common commitment of building a better firm for the future. Sherri deeply embodies those characteristics and brings to our team a wealth of experience ranging from multimodal transportation to public financing programs.”
Firnberg is a well-known figure in the engineering and transportation industry, with over 24 years at the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) and 6 years at the Division of Administration. Firnberg served most recently as Secretary of the LA DOTD, where she was responsible for the administration of the Department's operation and capital programs and emergency response for the State's transportation infrastructure, which included an annual budget of $1.7 billion and over 4,200 employees. In addition, she has received numerous awards and was inducted into the Louisiana State University Civil and Environmental Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2011 and is a recent recipient of the Louisiana Engineering Society (L.E.S.) Charles M. Kerr Award for Public Relations.
Noble named ASCE Distinguished Member
June 1, 2015
Ron Noble, President of Noble Consultants-G.E.C., Inc., was recenlty elected a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the highest distinction given by the ASCE to its members.
Noble, has been honored by ASCE for his contributions as an outstanding leader in the engineering profession by being named to the 2015 Class of Distinguished Members. According to the society’s bylaws, this honor is awarded to members who have attained “acknowledged eminence in some branch of engineering.”
Noble is a registered civil engineer and a Diplomate in Coastal Engineering, in Port Engineering and in Water Resources Engineering. He was previously honored with ASCE’s International Coastal Engineering Award, the John G. Moffatt-Frank E. Nichol Harbor, and Coastal Engineering Award. Among his other professional honors and recognitions is the ASBPA Morrough P. O’Brien Award.
Noble is a past President of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and River Institute (COPRI) of ASCE, is a past Technical Region Board of Governor of ASCE, is on the Board of Trustees and Past President of the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE) of CEC, and is on the Board of Directors of Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. (CEC). He serves on numerous boards for other engineering organizations including the Coastal Engineering Research Council, the Association of Coastal Engineers, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association and the California Shore and Beach Preservation Association. He served as chairman of an American Nuclear Society Committee that developed an American National Standard on Design Basis Flooding at Power Reactor Sites, was a member of the ANS Committee on Site Evaluation of Power Reactor Sites, and was the U.S. Expert Representative on the International Atomic Energy Agency Committee (IAEA) for Development of the International Standard on Design Basis Floods for Nuclear Power Plants on Coastal Sites.
Noble will be formally inducted during the ASCE’s annual convention Oct. 11-14 in New York City. ASCE represents more than 146,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is the oldest national engineering society in the U.S. Since its founding in 1852, ASCE has named only 637 honorary/distinguished members.
GEC acquires Florida coastal firm
November 24, 2014
G.E.C., Inc. (GEC), a leading provider of engineering, planning, and environmental services, announced today that the company has completed its acquisition of Coastal Technology Corporation (Coastal Tech), an engineering firm specializing in coastal engineering, planning and design.
The acquisition of Coastal Tech greatly enhances GEC’s capabilities in coastal restoration and engineering, and further diversifies and broadens GEC’s market presence as Coastal Tech brings expertise in coastal engineering, geology and coastal zone management. With the addition of Coastal Tech’s offices in Vero Beach, Palm Bay, and Sarasota, Florida; and in Galveston and Austin, Texas, the acquisition significantly extends GEC’s national reach. GEC will continue to operate Coastal Tech with all employees retained and offices remaining open.
Bob Boagni, P.E., GEC’s President, said, “This acquisition is a key element in GEC’s strategy to become a more comprehensive coastal firm and enhances our ability to help communities nationwide with their coastal restoration efforts.”
Michael Walther, P.E., President of Coastal Tech, said, “Joining forces with GEC is an opportunity to expand our services, and offer a broader array of capabilities to our clients.”
Coastal Tech brings to GEC over 30 years of national experience providing a wide range of engineering services on shoreline restoration, marine and other coastal zone projects.
Pictured from left to right: Rajesh Srinivas, Michael Walther and Bob Boagni.
Getting Ready for SASHTO 2014
June 4, 2014
GEC is gearing up for the SASHTO conference, which is in New Orleans this year. Steve Sphorer and Brian Buckel will be sharing the success story of "The Three Big Lifts" at one of the sessions. We hope to see you there.
GEC Aquires California Coastal Firm
October 1, 2013
GEC has acquired Noble Consultants, Inc., an engineering firm specializing in coastal, structural, harbor, and water resources engineering.
The acquisition of Noble Consultants greatly enhances GEC’s capabilities in coastal restoration and engineering. With the addition of Noble Consultants’ offices in Irvine and Novato, CA, the acquisition also significantly extends GEC’s national reach. GEC will continue to run the California operations as Noble Consultants.
Stephen Spohrer, P.E., GEC’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “This acquisition is a key element in GEC’s strategy to become a more comprehensive coastal firm and to fully participate in coastal restoration activities in Louisiana and the coastal arena nation-wide.”
Ronald M. Noble, P.E. will continue to serve as President of Noble Consultants overseeing the California operations while taking a large role in expanding GEC’s coastal client base. Noble Consultants brings to GEC over 40 years of national and international experience providing a wide array of engineering services on shoreline and other marine projects.
GEC and Noble Consultants have a business relationship dating back to the 1990s. Noble Consultants has teamed with GEC over the years on its past Louisiana DNR environmental and OCPR coastal restoration contracts as well as numerous Army Corps of Engineers contracts including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Alaska and New Orleans districts. Currently Noble Consultants is a teaming partner with GEC on both its coastal engineering and its environmental sciences contracts with Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA).
Pictured left to right: Verdi Adam, Ronald Noble, Stephen Spohrer
Shelton Perry is Promoted to Vice President
September 19, 2013
GEC has promoted Shelton Perry to Vice President, USACE Marketing and Execution. He is GEC’s expert in the USACE and its planning and project implementation process. In over 20 years’ service to GEC, Shelton has authored winning IDQ proposals totaling over $130 million.
In this new position, Shelton will expand GEC’s corporate-wide strategy toward doing business with the USACE.
Brian Buckel Promoted to Senior Vice President
August 23, 2013
GEC has promoted Brian Buckel, P.E. to Senior Vice President of the Construction Division. He has begun the process of reorganizing the department so that he can accomplish GEC's goal of providing high quality construction inspection and other services to a wider array of clients. The Division's workload has grown, and Brian's proven managerial skills will allow this growth to be profitable and still adhere to the quality standards of GEC's reputation.
GEC Creates a New Division
February 11, 2013
GEC announced that it is creating an Infrastructure Management Division focused on seeking and managing large-scale projects, teams, and partnerships. Philip Meyers, P.E. has been appointed to lead this division using the management model used for Louisiana TIMED Managers (LTM). As Deputy Director for Project Development for the Transportation Infrastructure Model for Economic Development (TIMED) program, Mr. Meyers managed the pre-construction activities for the highway portion of the $5 billion improvement program, which included widening 536 miles of state highways to four lanes on 11 project corridors, widening and/or new construction on three major bridges and improvements to both the Port of New Orleans and Louis Armstrong International Airport.
As work is acquired with this new division, Mr. Meyers will select a strong program manager to utilize GEC’s various divisions and subconsultants to perform the work. This new division is poised to take advantage of Mr. Meyer’s fresh program management credentials at LTM and his extensive knowledge of consultants in other states to build competitive teams.
GEC has also promoted Bob Boagni, P.E. to Senior Vice President and Manager of the Engineering Division. In addition to the daily operation and management of the Engineering Division, Bob will continue to manage GEC’s Transportation Department.
Mr. Boagni joined GEC’s Transportation Department in 2005 after retiring with 31 years from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD). His last position held at DOTD was Chief of the Project Development Division; therefore he offers valuable knowledge in the transportation field. He has also gained considerable experience with federal and public works programs through GEC’s post-Katrina work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Under Mr. Boagni’s management, our Transportation Department has earned a great national reputation for timeliness and quality. We are confident that he will apply the same management skills to the entire corporate engineering efforts and yield the same results for our clients.
GEC Selected For EBR Pump Station Design
April 2, 2012
GEC was selected by the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge Engineers Selection Committee on October 27th to design the Multiple Pump Stations, Highway 61 – Plank Road wastewater project. Fee negotiations have recently been completed with the City/Parish’s Program Manager, CH2M-HILL, and our project lump sum fee of $1.202 million is now moving to the Metro Council for final approval.
The GEC Public Works Group will design, within 11 months, eight new sanitary sewer pump stations using submersible pumps to replace existing wastewater pump stations. These stations range in size from 403 to 9,841 gallons per minute (gpm) pumping capacity. Some of the larger pumps will be designed as variable speed pumps. All of these new pump stations will include a new standby generator to provide emergency power in the event of an electrical supply failure. Two of these stations (PS 43 and PS 513) are Program Stations which will require demolishing old buildings and designing new buildings and larger pumps. Five of the stations will be City/Parish standard duplex pump stations, and one station will be a City/Parish standard triplex station. All of these pump stations are being designed and constructed to meet the Sanitary Sewer Overflow program mandated by the ongoing Consent Decree between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of EBR. We will coordinate our design efforts with CH2M-HILL (the City’s Program Manager). The Transportation Engineering and the Electrical Engineering Groups will assist the Public Works Group with our design. Also assisting will be our subconsultants, Volkert, Inc., Gotech, Inc., Crump Wilson Architects, Ardaman & Associates, Inc., Monroe & Corie, Inc. and Clemson Engineering Hydraulics, Inc.
GEC Selected For I-10 Widening in Jefferson Parish
April 2, 2012
GEC was awarded a major DOTD project involving the widening of I-10 between the Loyola Drive and Veterans Boulevard interchanges in Jefferson Parish. The design contract will result in two sets of pre-construction plans; one between the Loyola Drive and Williams Boulevard interchanges and one between the Williams Boulevard and Veterans Boulevard interchanges.The contract includes preliminary and final plans for both road and bridge, topographic survey, and geotechnical design.
The project area located on I-10 between the Loyola Drive and Williams Boulevard interchanges in Jefferson Parish is 1.65 miles in length. The purpose of the project is to construct 10’ inside shoulders in both directions of I-10, and one 12’ auxiliary lane with a 10’ outside shoulder along I-10 westbound between Loyola Drive and Williams Boulevard interchanges. A double-lane exit ramp will be provided at the Loyola Drive Interchange, and a double-lane entrance ramp at the Loyola Interchange will be investigated during the design phase. As part of this project, the bridges over Duncan Canal will also be widened, and the concrete lining for the Duncan Canal cross section will be provided under I-10 bridges within existing right-of-way. Furthermore, concrete noise barriers will be built along I-10 in both directions.
The second project area is on I-10 between the Williams Boulevard and Veterans Boulevard interchanges, which is 1.85 miles in length. The project consists of constructing one 12’ additional lane with a 10’ shoulder inside along the I-10 eastbound and westbound roadways with median barrier. In addition, concrete sound walls will be constructed along the I-10 westbound on the north side of I-10. The bridges over Canal No. 3 and Veterans Boulevard will also be widened.