Kaleb Bourassa has been promoted to Project Manager in Land Development Group. Kaleb graduated from the University of Maine in 2017 and joined the firm in the spring of 2019.
Gorrill Palmer was recently named as one of the 2022 Best Places to Work in Maine. The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of the Society for Human Resource Management – Maine State Council (MESHRM) and Best Companies Group. Partners endorsing the program include: Mainebiz, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and Maine HR Convention.
This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Maine, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2022 Best Places to Work in Maine list is made up of 100 companies in three size categories: 34 small winners (15-49 U.S. employees), 45 medium winners (50-249 U.S. employees) and 21 large winners (250+ U.S. employees).
Gorrill Palmer will be recognized in the October 17th edition of Mainebiz, where the rankings will be revealed for the first time.
On Monday, the Brunswick Town Council approved the Cook’s Corner Commercial Corridor Revitalization Plan and created a subcommittee structure.
“It is an economic development plan that takes green space’s role in economic development seriously,” said Councilor Dan Ankeles. “It takes huge amounts of residential development in Cook’s Corner and East Brunswick, more generally.
“It might be our gateway to having much better design standards than the town has ever had before,” he added. “If we as a council can follow through on those things, that would be incredible.”
Dominated by strip malls, the Cook’s Corner area primarily functions as a commercial and retail area in Brunswick, but also includes recreational facilities and housing.
In October 2021, Brunswick Economic Development Director Sally Costello said significant issues facing Cook’s Corner include overlooked infrastructure needs, underutilized investment opportunities and a lack of pedestrian access.
Sears, Olympia Sports, and Radio Shack are a few examples of businesses that have left the area in the past decade, according to a 2020 report by The Times Record.
“This plan makes a real effort to connect and integrate the Brunswick Landing properties and make it a part of the town,” Councilor Sande Updegraph of District 4 said. “That has been a goal for many years, but it has always been conceptual. Now we are looking at plans that could actually make that happen.”
The goal areas outlined in the plan are transportation and connectivity, policy and planning and economic prosperity and business development in Brunswick.
District 6 Councilor Kate Foye said improving Cook’s Corner will make the area a desirable place to visit and do business.
“This is amazing,” Foye said. “These improvements that we are looking at making make this a desirable place to have your business and a hot spot to go. I am very excited about what is to come. It is the green spaces, this extension of Brunswick and creating a place where it is not the old navy base. Still, it is the landing, communities, and walking that are going to see a real interest from businesses which is helpful in a lot of ways for the economic prosperity of Brunswick.”
The strategic planning process was guided by a Town Council-established Advisory Committee composed of public and private stakeholders. The consultant team of Camoin Associates and Gorrill Palmer, with the assistance of town staff, conducted the community engagement process and development of resources the public and private sector constituencies can use to make informed decisions on future investments.
Drew Gagnon and Jared Winchenbach have attained registration as Professional Engineers.
Drew graduated from the University of Maine in 2015. He has worked at Gorrill Palmer since that summer. Jared also graduated from the University of Maine in 2015 and began working at GP after graduation.
We’re pleased to welcome (left to right) Chris Daubert, Thomas Gleeson, Matt Mihaiu and Trevor Gettig to our team.
Chris Daubert is a former Vice President of University of Maine’s ASCE Student Chapter, as well as a presenter at the 67th Annual Maine Transportation Conference. He joins us after internships that provided experience in municipal infrastructure, water services and blasting.
Thomas Gleeson gained valuable experience in roadway design and heavy civil construction through his internships at both an engineering firm and a construction company. Since 2012, he has been a volunteer firefighter for the Town of Cape Elizabeth, and taught fire prevention at the local elementary school.
Matt Mihaiu interned with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation- Highway Division, working on a major bridge replacement project. He has also been a member of Engineers Without Borders.
Trevor Gettig has experience with the Maine Army National Guard, as an Energy Engineer Intern, and with Maine DOT as a contracted inspector. He was Class President of Messalonskee High School and a multi-sports Captain.
Gorrill Palmer is the only firm operating in Maine to receive both the Zweig Group Best Firm to Work For and Hot Firm Awards for 2019.
We’re pleased to announce that we are a winner of the 2019 Best Firm to Work For award, which honors outstanding workplaces at AEC firms. These firms have been recognized for their ability to inspire their teams to perform at the highest levels in an environment where their people feel they are valued, can make a difference, and can clearly see where their contribution fits into the overall mission and success of the firm. Firms were evaluated comprehensively on firm culture, workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, professional development, and more – from both management and staff perspective. Awards were given in multiple categories based on firm size and discipline.
Nationwide, there were 53 Civil Engineering Firms that qualified and GP was one of only two firms operating in Maine to receive this award for 2019!
We were also one of only three firms operating in Maine to receive the 2019 Hot Firm award. The Zweig Group Hot Firm List recognizes the 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada. These firms have outperformed the economy and competitors to become leaders in their chosen fields.
We are very proud of our hardworking and dedicated staff.