GZA GeoEnvironmental appoints Katja Bavendam as project manager in Transportation Planning Practice

GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc., a Fairfield-based multidisciplinary firm providing geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water and construction management services, has appointed Katja Bavendam as project manager/transportation lead in GZA’s growing transportation planning practice in New Jersey and New York.

An accomplished traffic planner, Bavendam also has extensive site/civil engineering and permitting experience. She was a key member of the teams that prepared transportation analyses for East New York Rezoning in Brooklyn and East Harlem Rezoning in Manhattan, traffic/parking/pedestrian access analyses for New York’s 23 ferry landings as part of a comprehensive environmental impact statement, and civil engineering and permitting services for the final section of Brooklyn Bridge Park and the 775,000-square-foot Wildflower Studios in Astoria.

She has also completed City Environmental Quality Review transportation analyses in New York City.

“Katja brings a tremendous depth of experience and expertise to her new position at GZA that will enable our firm to continue to provide superior service to our clients in the for-profit, government and institutional sectors throughout metropolitan New York and the tri-state area,” GZA CEO and President Patrick Sheehan said.

Bavendam earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Francis College in Brooklyn and her masters in transportation planning & engineering from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. Before pursuing her career in engineering, she spent three years as a professional basketball player in Spain and Turkey.