In Memoriam: GZA Founder Donald T. Goldberg

Donald T. Goldberg - Founder of GZA GeoEnvironmental

His contributions and legacy are reflected in the values of the company he built and the leadership he provided to the industry he loved. President and CEO Patrick Sheehan reflects on Don’s legacy.

“It would be difficult to discuss the history of the geoenvironmental consulting industry without mentioning Donald Goldberg.  At a time when there were few geotechnical engineering firms, Don, with his partner Bill Zoino, started a consultancy based on the beliefs that if you provide quality engineering services, operate with integrity, and create a collegial environment where you care for your employees, and they feel empowered to develop innovative solutions for their clients, the firm would be successful. They were right.

Under Don’s leadership, GZA became a leader in not only geotechnical engineering, but also site investigation and remediation, and geoenvironmental instrumentation, and he and his team grew the Boston-based company into a nationally recognized firm.  As a geotechnical engineering practitioner, he was involved with some of the highest-profile transportation, infrastructure, and building projects in New England.  As a contributor to the engineering community, he was involved in the initial formation of what would become the GeoProfessional Business Association (GBA), past president of the American Council of Engineering Consultants – Massachusetts (ACEC-MA), and past Board member for the Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCE).

GZA’s Core Values – operating with integrity, embracing challenges, providing opportunities for all, caring for our communities, and supporting employee ownership – were instilled in the firm by our co-founders 56 years go, and were reflected in how Don led his life. We thank Don for co-founding such a great firm and leaving us a legacy we’re proud to continue.”

Patrick Sheehan, President and CEO of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.