For 30 years, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. has been a leader in innovation, expertise, engineering solutions, and client-first service in Cincinnati, Ohio.
As the first CEC branch office opening in 1992, it originally focused exclusively on environmental and solid waste projects. Now the Cincinnati office provides a full complement of engineering, survey, ecological and environmental services under the deft watch of Tony Amicon, the Office Lead since July 2021 and a geotechnical engineer with over 30 years of experience.
Technical expertise includes civil engineering/site development, land surveying and GIS, geotechnical and environmental engineering, ecological services, water resources, and solid waste management. That expertise builds with each passing year, each new project.
The Cincinnati office of CEC is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022.
“We are well-rounded. We are notable for our ability to handle the significant and difficult projects across the board in the Cincinnati area,” Amicon says. “We have senior-level, experienced engineers, scientists, and project managers in all of our practices.”
The 30+ CEC employees in Cincinnati have navigated market changes and evolving rules and regulations. “We are nimble enough to do so, thanks to our senior leadership,” he adds.
In addition to developing technical expertise, building relationships is another key priority at CEC Cincinnati. One such relationship spans 23 years. CEC is a trusted advisor to Costco Wholesale, one of the nation’s largest retailers, having collaborated on numerous new site developments across the Midwest.
“We’ve been the civil engineer-of-record for about 30 ground-up warehouse developments and have assisted Costco with improvements at more than 100 retail sites. Improvement projects include warehouse and fuel facility expansions and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance upgrades — to name a few,” says John Imbus, the senior member of CEC’s Cincinnati staff. Imbus is a Vice President with over 25 years of service to CEC. He served as the Cincinnati Office Lead for 15 years and currently serves as Real Estate Market Lead and a National Client Manager.
“Our first opportunity to work with Costco was in 1999, when they were opening stores in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati concurrently. They gave us a shot and that has led to long-standing relationships that we truly value. CEC is a trusted member of the Costco development team.”
CEC Cincinnati not only is invested in its clients, but wholly in its staff, as well.
Amanda Clark, Administrative Manager of the Cincinnati office, sees the positivity of the supportive environment and family values being a priority at CEC. In her 17 years with the company — almost half of her life — she has witnessed the ability to adapt to change while keeping those core values intact.
CEC Cincinnati staffers kicked off the year with an evening of bowling.
Those family values and positivity have been on display this year with the 30th anniversary celebration in full swing. Staffers kicked off 2022 and got together to bowl a few games and socialize. A T-shirt design contest garnered a number entries, with the winning one created by Eric Gerard, an intern in the Water Resources Group at the time and now a full-time staff consultant.
The Cincinnati’s office goodwill is not just limited to clients. The staff recognizes the civic responsibility it has to use its collective talents to give back to the communities in which staffers live and work. In that spirit, the office “adopted” a single mother with four children who was experiencing hard times. Working with the Salvation Army, staff from the office provided housewares, bedding, clothing, and food for each family member.
Anniversary activities will continue throughout 2022, culminating with a client/employee event at Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist Brewery in September.