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GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. Conducts Geotechnical Offshore Investigation for Block Island Wind Farm; Five Wind Turbine Farm First of Kind in Nation

PROVIDENCE, RI –  GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., a leading environmental and geotechnical engineering consulting firm is proud to announce its participation in the Block Island Wind Farm project.

GZA would like to congratulate its client, Deepwater Wind, for achieving the milestone “steel in the water” on Monday, July 27, 2015, and for becoming the first US offshore wind farm to start offshore construction.  When completed, the Block Island Wind Farm will consist of five wind turbines within Rhode Island state waters roughly three miles southeast of Block Island.

In the fall of 2008, GZA was contracted by Deepwater Wind to provide geotechnical engineering services for the offshore wind farm. An offshore geotechnical program consisting of geotechnical explorations with offshore and onshore laboratory testing, was developed and implemented by GZA to provide a geotechnical engineering evaluation and report. The exploration was completed from a 245-class lift boat out of the Gulf of Mexico in 75 to 95 ft of water. The GZA report included recommended soil parameter values for each turbine location, pile capacity, pile axial and lateral deformation curves, and pile drivability and constructability issues. GZA continues to support Deepwater Wind with geotechnical design assistance of their landside operations and readiness of the port facility staging areas. The GZA Principal for this groundbreaking project is Russell J. Morgan, P.E., Office Manager of the Providence Office. The GZA Project Manager is Diane Y. Baxter, Ph.D., P.E. Senior Project Manager with the Providence Office.

About GZA

Founded in 1964, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. is a multi-disciplinary firm providing Environmental, Geotechnical, Ecological, Water, and Construction Management services.  GZA maintains corporate offices at 249 Vanderbilt Avenue, Norwood, MA 02062. The firm has over 550 employees and operates 27 offices in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes and Appalachian Regions of the United States. For additional information, please call William Hadge, CEO at 781-278-3801 or visit the company’s website at

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