GZA adds three to N.J. leadership team

Jaran, Jackson and Williams joined firm as part of GZA’s acquisition of Equity Environmental in February

Three members of the Equity Environmental Engineering team have joined GZA GeoEnvironmental’s New Jersey leadership team, another step in the February acquisition of Equity by GZA, company officials announced this week.

Peter Jaran, who founded Equity in 2003, joins GZA as principal; Robert Jackson joins as associate principal; Kevin Williams joins as associate principal and planning practice lead.

They will work out of the firm’s Fairfield office.

GZA and Equity had already established a close working relationship prior to the acquisition, having worked together on multiple projects over the years.

About GZA

GZA is a multi-disciplinary, employee-owned firm providing geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water and construction management services. GZA’s more than 700 professionals are based in 30 offices in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Great Lakes States and Colorado. Its corporate headquarters is in Norwood, Mass.

Equity is a planning and environmental consulting services firm practicing in metropolitan New York area and throughout the Mid-Atlantic states.

Here’s a look at Jaran, Jackson and Williams:

Peter Jaran.

Jaran: Started what began as a two-person environmental practice and grew to a mid-size firm providing environmental and planning services from offices in northern New Jersey and Manhattan. He is a seasoned environmental engineer with extensive experience in site characterization and remediation, RCRA closure, and remedial design of soil, sediment, and groundwater remediation, UST removal and dam removals and stream restorations. He has a deep understanding of federal and state environmental regulations and guidance in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

Robert Jackson.

Jackson: Worked at Equity for more than 17 years at Equity, where he most recently served as one of the firm’s Managing Directors. In a 35+-year career, Jackson’s environmental engineering experience has spanned program/project management, site characterization and remediation, due diligence, discharge/spill prevention, vapor intrusion mitigation, QA/QC, and regulatory compliance.

Kevin Williams.

Williams: Previously a managing director of Equity and veteran of more than two decades in the industry, he has provided problem solving and project management for environmental and regulatory processes, urban and regional scale plans, and transportation system enhancements for public and private clients. His projects have ranged from small- and large-scale private development to area rezoning to infrastructure mega projects. His expertise in planning extends to urban design for downtowns and public spaces, economic and project feasibility, and land-use, transportation and development master planning for places, communities, and regions.