Gorrill Palmer is pleased to announce that Brandon Havu has transitioned to the role of Project Manager within our Transportation Engineering Group. Brandon is a Professional Engineer and has been in the field of transportation engineering since 2010, spending nearly 5 years with us as a Project Engineer. He has experience working with MaineDOT, numerous municipalities, the Maine Turnpike Authority and private sector clients. His experience features a wide range of transportation related infrastructure improvements, including roadway reconstruction, rehabilitation, intersection safety and operational improvements, highway interchanges, tolling facilities, complete streets and shared use pathways. The promotion of Brandon to Project Manager in our Transportation Engineering Group increases the firm’s capacity to provide a high level of service and results to our valued clients.
Vets First Choice has received city approval to begin construction on a new headquarters in downtown Portland to support the company’s rapid growth and expansion. The Portland Planning Board approved a site plan for the 170,000-square-foot facility, which will feature space for more than 1,500 employees including offices, a pharmacy, a fulfillment center and software and data science labs.
The project, at 12 Mountfort St., represents a major milestone for Vets First Choice, as the company looks to establish a larger presence in the region and accommodate the significant growth it has experienced over the past few years.
Vets First co-founder and CEO Benjamin Shaw expects to add more than 1,000 new high-quality jobs in southern Maine and believes this downtown location will be critical towards attracting world-class talent. The facility also would serve as the headquarters for a planned new company that would be created when it merges with the animal health division of Henry Schein Inc. of Melville, New York.
Gorrill Palmer is Happy to announce that we expanded our staff. Jennifer Brennan has joined Gorrill Palmer as a Project Planner, further expanding the firm’s capabilities in recent efforts to provide planning and design services to their clients.
Jennifer has spent the last decade working for the Greater Portland Council of Governments and the State of Maine to develop energy-related projects including the State’s first Comprehensive Energy Plan. She is also an adjunct professor at Southern Maine Community College for multiple courses.
Jennifer has a Master of Political Science with an emphasis in urban and regional planning.
This added depth will allow Gorrill Palmer to provide enhanced customer service to clients.
Trey Warren, Matt Rabasco, Zach Gold and Andrew Butler have joined Gorrill Palmer.
Trey graduated from the University of Maine in December of 2017 with a BS in Civil Engineering. While at the University, Trey was a member of University of Maine Rugby Football Club and Black Bear Men’s Chorus. Trey most recently served as a Caretaker/First Mate on Vinalhaven, having worked on the island for three summers. Through his classes and work on his Capstone Project, Trey has an interest in and experience on the design of roadway and pedestrian projects. Trey joins our Transportation Engineering Group as a Design Engineer.
Matt graduated in May from the University of Maine with a BS in Civil Engineering. His most recent experience includes an internship at a Southern Maine Consulting Firm as well as with the City of Lewiston Public Works Department. A graduate of Poland High School, one of Matt’s interests in college was intramural sports. He is skilled with CAD and watershed analysis and joins our Land Development Group as a Design Engineer.
Zach also graduated from the University of Maine with a BS in Civil Engineering this spring and worked as a Student Research Assistant in the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Zach previously worked for several contractors in the Southwest Harbor area. Zach’s skillsets include AutoCAD and HEC-RAS as well as watershed modeling and analysis He joined our Municipal Group as a Design Engineer.
Andrew completes our May 2018 UMO Graduates having served as a Resident Assistant for two years, while also participating in community service. In addition to his experiences at the University, Andrew completed two internships in the Southern Maine area; the first at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the second at a consulting engineering firm. Andrew brings his experience in AutoCAD, HydroCAD and HEC-RAS to our Land Development Group.
Gorrill Palmer is excited to be growing our Team. This expansion will allow us to provide enhanced customer service to our clients.
Gorrill Palmer’s team of ten ran again in the Urban Runoff 5K this past weekend. Named one of the best 5K races in the country, the race and walk through Portland’s streets and trails raises money to support clean water education in the Greater Portland and Saco areas. Congratulations to our runners, who won the fastest overall team!
Congratulations to Maine’s Cliff House for making Jetsetter Magazine’s top ten list of the most beautiful cliffside hotels—in the world. This 144-year-old hotel’s spectacular location—70 acres on Bald Head Cliff in Cape Neddick, Maine—is a New England landmark.
Gorrill Palmer became involved with the hotel’s owners and developers almost 20 years ago when the idea of improvements began. The renovation project got underway in 2015 and included a 9,000 sf spa, infinity pools, event space, oceanfront dining, and amenities. Gorrill Palmer led the permitting effort, site design and update of the traffic study.