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Virginia Geotechnical Services, P.C. Merges With Larger Firm

June 09, 2006

Virginia Geotechnical Services, P.C. (VGS), which opened in Richmond in 1987, has become a part of S&ME, Inc., which is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. VGS’ founder and Senior Consultant, Ann M. Samford, P.E., P.G. and current president, Dr. Richard M. Simon, P.E., will continue to lead the Virginia operations. The operations will keep a version of the VGS name for an indefinite period. As a result of the merger the complete name will be Virginia Geotechnical Services, a division of S&ME, Inc.

VGS is familiar to both private and public sector users of engineering and environmental services in Virginia because of its involvement in numerous projects, including improvements to the I-95/U.S. 1 interchange near Alexandria, VA; U.S. Courthouse, Richmond; Rocketts Landing Brownfield development, Capital One West Creek Campus, U.S. Penitentiary, Lee County; Schrader-Bridgeport RCRA environmental corrective action, Route 58 Jonesville Bypass hydrogeologic assessment, I-64/Route 58 Pinners Point Interchange and USACE Port Feasibility Study at Craney Island in Portsmouth, VA and numerous Phase I and II environmental assessments.

VGS, with a staff of 30, counts its main service areas as environmental services, construction services, geotechnical engineering, soils and materials testing, and expert and forensic engineering.

S&ME, established in 1973, employs 750 professionals and support staff in 22 offices in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. It provides services similar to those of VGS as well as occupational health and safety.

Current leaders of VGS services areas will retain their positions. Aaron L. Zdinak, P.E. will lead the Geotechnical Engineering Department. Joseph A. Clarke, P.E. will oversee the Soils and Materials Testing Laboratory. David M. Sayre, P.G. will lead the Environmental Services Department. Gary T. Bondurant, C.E.T. continues to supervise the Construction Monitoring Services Department.

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