Barge Design Solutions buys Florida-based Environmental Consulting & Design

27 November 2023 1 min. read

Barge Design Solutions, a Nashville-headquartered engineering and architecture consultancy, has acquired Gainesville, FL-based Environmental Consulting & Design (EC&D).

Founded in 1994, EC&D provides environmental permitting, land planning, mitigation banking, land management, and geospatial services. The firm’s projects span over 25,000 acres across the state of Florida.

EC&D has nine employees, according to LinkedIn, and works with clients in the public and private sector.

The acquisition will deepen Barge’s environmental capabilities and expand its presence in northern Florida.

Barge expanded into northwest Florida in 2020 with a Miramar Beach location and added a nearby office in Panama City in 2021.Barge Design Solutions buys Florida-based Environmental Consulting & Design“We have a big strategic vision for Barge, and ecology services are becoming more integral in every aspect of what we do and working toward that vision," said Bob Higgins, president and CEO of Barge. "The state of Florida has been recognized as a national leader in enhancing and protecting its natural resources. EC&D is a highly respected firm in the state providing those services."

Founded in 1955, Barge delivers services in planning, architecture, engineering, environmental, information management, and geomatics, among other areas. The firm supports clients in a variety of markets, including federal, education, healthcare, transportation, and industrial.

The employee-owned company has more than 500 people across 16 offices in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Ohio.

“By joining forces with Barge's talented team, we are able to take our work to another level, helping more organizations, preserving more land, and broadening our overall impact in Florida and beyond," said Sarah Nelson, owner and vice president of EC&D.