Natural Resources & Permitting
Public and private sector clients across the country rely on Gannett Fleming to provide comprehensive natural resources investigation, analysis, and permitting assistance. Our biologists and ecologists have extensive experience conducting a variety of species surveys, delineations of the Waters of the U.S. rule, habitat assessments, and biological assessments according to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. We routinely develop and assist with constructing mitigation measures and projects to offset unavoidable impacts on natural resources.
We partner closely with our clients, regulators, and resource agencies to develop permit conditions to benefit all parties and the environment. As a result, we maintain an extensive library of construction details, specifications, and best management practices to fit each unique scenario.
Our thorough knowledge of federal and state regulations governing environmental protection facilitates the efficient preparation of regulatory permit applications. This helps clients avoid delays and impacts to schedule. Our comprehensive solutions include:
- Ecological surveys, inventories, and assessments.
- Stormwater pond retrofits and facilities.
- Wetlands enhancement and creation.
- Coastal engineering and “living” shoreline protection.
- Land use permitting requirements.
- Habitat enhancement and creation.
- Invasive species control.
Socioeconomic Planning, Analysis, and Stakeholder Engagement
Environmental justice, equity, and social and health impact assessments and the role each plays in project development are critically important. Likewise, stakeholder engagement is integral to all environmental impact assessments — particularly when identifying issues and concerns related to the social environment and responsible land use.
Gannett Fleming has the in-house expertise to design, analyze, and implement a variety of socioeconomic impact assessment studies. Our land use planners, population and other demographic specialists, and economists are skilled in inventorying complex conditions and preparing rigorous assessments of a project’s economic and social impacts and benefits.
Our comprehensive and practical experience with a wide range of actions and conditions assures the early identification and recognition of social issues critical to success. We are adept at developing community and stakeholder engagement plans and programs to solicit input that leads to more informed decision making.
Acoustics, Noise, and Vibration
The effects of noise pollution can be significant. Concerns about disturbances from noise pollution can create delays for your project. Working with top-quality noise and vibration analysis can help address and manage noise sources and issues during a project’s design and construction phases. Our professionals solve noise and vibration problems for all types of projects, including:
By measuring and analyzing acoustical or vibration characteristics using sophisticated instrumentation, our team can meticulously determine noise and vibration impacts by comparing existing levels and predicting future levels with established criteria. Gannett Fleming provides full-service acoustical engineering and design services, including detailed noise abatement design.
Unique to Gannett Fleming, our Sounds of Transit and Sounds of Highway tools provide the public with simulations of the sound levels of a proposed project. This lets them hear what they can expect from the project after construction, vastly improving stakeholder education and engagement.