GHD's roots in the USA were established more than 80 years ago
and today we make a positive impact in communities throughout the
We serve clients in the markets of water, energy and resources,
environment, property and buildings, transportation, and business
consulting. The Americas business has over 90 offices,
supported by our global network of more than 8500 people. In the
USA, we are proud to serve local, state, and federal government
agencies as well as a broad spectrum of private clients.
We are committed to making a difference in the communities we
serve throughout the Americas and globally through a broad range of
contributions. From our project efforts to our volunteerism and
support of local community organizations, we are always looking to
find ways to contribute to the sustainable future of our
stakeholders and the environment.
Our network of engineers, architects, planners, scientists,
project managers and designers collaborate to improve the built,
economic and social environment of the communities we serve.
In everything we do, we look at projects from a total life-cycle
perspective. Our services encompass all phases of a project or
asset’s life including:
- Feasibility studies and due diligence
- Project planning and economic assessment
- Energy and environmental assessment
- Design and documentation
- Project and program management
- Construction management
- Training, operations and maintenance
- Facility/asset audits and management
- Quality management and training
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based efforts, sustainable practices, honors and regional
GHD is committed to making a difference in the communities we
serve, by caring for our clients, people and communities. Under the
umbrella of our GHD in the Community program, we contribute to a
range of not-for-profit organizations, support the volunteer
activities our people, provide pro-bono services and respond to
GHD's commitment to Adopt-a-Platoon endures
GHD in Syracuse, NY is again helping to support a US Army
platoon by gathering and sending supplies to troops while they are
on a tour of duty. The 2nd Platoon, B Company, 2-14 IN based in
Fort Drum, NY will be deployed to Afghanistan was deployed in
mid-January 2013 for a tour of nine months. The platoon includes
many young soldiers, most of whom have not been deployed to
Afghanistan previously. Many of the deployment locations are quite
a change from typical living with regard to basic amenities and
living arrangements. Our supplies will provide some level of
comfort and let them know we care about their commitment to our
security here at home as well as the betterment of other people. We
are proud to offer this small measure of gratitude to honor their
Platoon in Afghanistan responds with
The 2nd Platoon, B Company, 2-14 IN with GHD supllies
The Syracuse, NY office participates every year in
Adopt-a-Platoon which helps to support a US Army platoon by
gathering and sending supplies to troops while they are on a tour
of duty. Below is a letter to GHD from the platoon we are
supporting in Afghanistan.
We can't thank you enough, especially the guys that haven't
received any mail. They got first pick of the boxes and loved it
and are still waiting for those pictures to get back de-classified.
Just to keep you updated on how and what we are doing here: We're
on a small COP (Combat Out-Post) in the tribal region of Eastern
Afghanistan (Paktika province). We're so far east, the people here
believe they are a part of Pakistan and all trade and money is
handled in Pakistani currency. Our work schedule usually consists
of a rotation with one week of patrols and one week of force
protection. We stay pretty busy with most of our breaks coming from
when we're on guard. It has been relatively quiet here which to me
is a good thing; however, as I'm sure you know the young guys are
always eager to get after it. We'll see how long that holds up.
We've been getting a lot of snow here (we are 7,000 ft up in the
mountains). Most of it melts during the day though except for the
peaks of the mountains which get well over 10,000 ft. above sea
As far as the packages go, the last unit left plenty of extra
hygiene items behind, and now with your packages we are stocked up.
They guys raided the food stuffs quickly though. Our chow hall here
isn't the best so anything food is always a big hit! I think every
night for the past 3 weeks we have had fried chicken and rice or
grilled chicken and rice. At least it's a hot meal though. Thanks
again, and once I get those pictures I'll send them your way. We're
looking forward to those Girl Scout cookies! Thank you guys so
GHD continues food bank volunteer tradition
The ongoing commitment to support local food banks continues at
GHD. Recently, staff in the Santa Rosa and San Francisco, CA
locations volunteered their time at local food banks. A team of
sixteen GHD volunteers boxed groceries at the Redwood Empire Food
Bank for distribution to families in the local community. The San
Francisco team rolled up their sleeves and helped sort fruit and
bag rice for distribution during recent volunteer work. GHD’s work
at local food banks has become a regular and popular way for staff
to contribute to the healthfulness of their local communities.
Santa Rosa, CA team
during a recent volunteer night at the Redwood Empire Food Bank
San San Francisco, CA staff pause for a photo at the San Francisco
Habitat for Humanity in Harrisburg,
PA gets a hand from GHD
GHD volunteers in front of a new Habitat for Humanity home in
A team of GHD Young Professionals from the Harrisburg, PA office
have participated in a Habitat for Humanity project in the Greater
Harrisburg area. Habitat for Humanity is an international
not-for-profit organization that aims to eliminate poverty and
homelessness by building adequate and basic housing for people in
need. Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has built, repaired and
renovated homes in nearly 100 countries, with a new house being
completed every 15 minutes.
GHD people spent a day recently landscaping and cleaning one of
three new Habitat for Humanity homes in Harrisburg. GHD has a long
standing relationship for Habitat for Humanity, having participated
in similar projects across the US as well as in Australia and New
4th Annual Coastal and Watershed Clean-up
For the fourth consecutive year GHD has participated in the
annual coastal and watershed clean up event. In partnership with
the California Coastal Commission and the Sacramento Area Creeks
Council our staff from Portland to San Diego pooled their efforts
to improve the health of our local waterways and coastline. By
removing trash and debris GHD people have contributed to the health
of all coastal and waterway ecosystems.
beach clean-up team in Eureka
GHD team from San Francisco in action at San Pablo Creek
Young Professionals coordinate canned food drive and
Super Supper Structure competition
Redwood constructed out of canned food donated by GHD’s Eureka, CA
During the Holiday season GHD Young Professionals organized a
US-wide canned food drive to support local food banks. The canned
food drive was dubbed the Super Supper Structures Challenge and
every participating office built creative structures with canned
food they collected for donation. . In total, GHD offices collected
and donated more than 3300 cans throughout the US during the
Prizes were awarded to the Eureka, CA office for its amazing
Coast Redwood structure, to the Phoenix, AZ office for its
location-appropriate Cactus structure, and to the Charlotte, NC
office for collecting a whopping 83 cans per staff member!
Honorable mentions were given to a number of other offices,
including Harrisburg, PA, Raleigh, NC, Middletown, CT, Santa Rosa,
CA, and Cazenovia, NY.
GHD operates in diverse and complex communities across the world. As we grow, our responsibility expands. We define sustainability as improving human well-being without compromising the local or global environment. This means integrating social, economic and environmental issues into core business to achieve responsible operations.
GHD LEED gurus present insights on certification process
Gretchen BeVard and Peter Lindabury, of our Syracuse, NY office, recently presented at the annual ESF Environmental School of Forestry Green Building Conference in Syracuse. Their presentation focused on LEED certification and the detailed process and individual credits associated with building design and construction.
After completing the LEED certification review process more than 30 times, Peter and Gretchen exhibit significant experience regarding the review process and criteria. Their presentation explained what the LEED certification process entails, including a credit by credit breakdown explaining what the concept of the credit is, what the submittal requirements are and what to include for extra documentation.
Recycle at Work Business Program award goes to pragmatic Portland office
GHD's Portland office won Washington County's 2011 Recycle at Work Business Program award for buying 100% recycled office products and furniture, equipment with EnergyStar ratings, recycling all allowable content, using motion sensor lighting throughout the office, adopting sustainable printing practices, and using reusable kitchen dishware, silverware and water bottles.
GHD Sustainable Seminar Series
GHD is bringing industry and academic leaders together to discuss environmental issues at the GHD Sustainable Seminar Series held in New York and Connecticut. The most recent forum focused on the long-term management and monitoring of green infrastructure practices. By hosting and facilitating these seminars GHD is providing a forum for knowledge sharing and collaboration around sustainability.
Electric car delivers benefits
GHD put sustainability into practice when it recently purchased a Nissan Leaf electric car for use as a fleet vehicle in Eureka, CA. The purchase was made as part of the North Coast Plug-In Electric Vehicle Project. According to David Carter, Project Engineer, "The purchase fit with our sustainability policy and the car seemed like a good fit for local errands and business travel." The car is available to all GHD people and is used on a daily basis. It is parked in a garage and plugged in at the end of each day for recharging. GHD Administrative Assistant, Lynn Casillas, uses the car quite often. "The Leaf is a good fleet vehicle," she says, "because it doesn't use gas and doesn’t have the associated pollution."
Read more about GHD's journey into electric transport.