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ENGINEERING YOUR WORLD


TABLE OF CONTENTS Message from Verdi Adam, Founder . . 1 Our Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 1980s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1990s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 2000s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 2010 to Present. . . . . . . . . . . 17 Message from Bob Boagni, President

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Today’s Divisions and Services. . . . .23 Our Loca�ons . . . . . . . . . . . 25


- Verdi Adam, Founder

Our firm’s integrity, commitment to the client, and expertise of our personnel are the focal aspects of our business.


Dear Friends, Looking back on 30 years is an experience of being wonderfully blessed. I recall so many memories that have made this company what it is today. From our first client, to our first employee, to new buildings, and locations – each milestone has been a brick on the foundation of our first 30 years. As we plan for the next thirty years, I’m comforted by the fact that despite our growth, we have not lost sight of the most important things – our values and our people. We’ve grown, expanded our experts and our expertise, and earned trust and respect of clients. All of this has been done while maintaining a culture that treasures the community we live in. Throughout our history, we’ve continued to value our talented and hardworking employees. It is reassuring to know that we’ve fostered a culture that allows them to grow and develop as individuals and professionals. I appreciate the dedication of our employees and thank them for serving our clients over the years. I would also like to thank our clients and professional partners. Thank you for allowing us to earn your trust and for giving us the opportunity to help shape legacies for generations to follow.

Without this trust, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Integrity and trust are at the center of who we are as a company and what we consider when expanding our services to meet our clients’ and business partners’ needs. This booklet contains many elements, looking at both G.E.C., Inc. and global events, decisions, and milestones. Each action we’ve taken throughout our first three decades will serve us for years to come. As you look through these pages, I hope you are as pleased with what we have accomplished as I am. We’ve managed to grow while staying true to our values. We’ve maintained and gained clients who have come to understand and appreciate our customized approach to engineering. I couldn’t have wished for anything more. SINCERELY,

Verdi Adam, Co-Founder

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OUR JOURNEY During our 30-year journey, GEC has become one of the nation’s most respected design, engineering, and project management consultancies. By leveraging the breadth and depth of our technical expertise, we are working with our clients and partners to engineer the world and enhance the communities in which we live and work. Gulf Engineers and Consultants, Inc. (GEC) was established in 1986 as a small engineering consulting firm specializing in civil and structural engineering services. 3

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, GEC continued to expand through internal growth and strategic acquisitions that enhanced our engineering, economic planning, and environmental practices. These acquisitions included Gulf South Research Corporation and the establishment of our geographic information systems (GIS) services. During this period, the name Gulf Engineers and Consultants, Inc. was shortened to G.E.C., Inc. By 2000, GEC was recognized as a leader in the transportation market. In a joint-venture with Louisiana Timed Managers, GEC was awarded the largest program it has managed to date,


bringing a broader transportation presence to the organization. The $5.2 billion transportation infrastructure program consisted of 55 roadway and bridge projects. When Krebs, LaSalle, LeMieuz, Consultants, Inc. joined the Company in 2011, it further widened our geographic base into the New Orleans area, strengthened our traffic and transportation engineering, planning, and environmental expertise, and expanded our presence in the land development market. Most recently, GEC acquired Noble Consultants, Inc. in California and Coastal Technology

Corporation in Florida — two of North America’s leading providers in coastal, structural, harbor, and water resources engineering, building our coastal expertise and extending our national reach. GEC is now able to provide life-cycle services for the full range of coastal, marine, and water resource projects. Today, GEC has more than 150 employees in a network of 9 offices throughout the country and is uniquely positioned to deliver outcomes for our clients, engineer the world forward, and enrich communities through the implementation of our ideas. 4


1980 - 198

| IMPACTING THE FUTURE | GEC was founded on one simple principle that remains the key differentiator for the firm today - a passion for helping the communities for which we live and work. In a dynamically changing and evolving world, GEC has both a breadth and depth of knowledge, strong leadership, and a dedication to working with our clients to find innovative solutions for improving the quality of life of our communities and establishing sustainable infrastructure to support future generations.

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1980

FACTS & STATS

Gas price..............................................

$0.86 (National Average)

Average family income.........................

$23,974

Average price of new home.................

$76,400

President in 1980..................................

Jimmy Carter

DOW closing.........................................

963.99 (12/31/1980)

S&P 500 closing....................................

135.76 (12/31/1980)

30-year mortgage rate..........................

14.79% (12/31/1980)

10-year treasury yield..........................

12.432% (12/31/1980)

Trends...................................................

Cabbage Patch Dolls Trivial Pursuit Miami Vice Nintendo


Growth & Expansion The 1980s brought Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Mikhail Gorbachev to world leadership positions. The first space shuttle, Columbia, orbited the earth. Mount St. Helens erupted and the Russians experienced a nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. CNN became a household name and IBM launched their Personal Computer. With the advent of Glasnost and Perestroika, the Cold War waned and the Berlin Wall fell. With the Reagan Presidency, deregulation of the private economy switched into high gear. After the Federal Reserve raised interest rates to break the inflation of the late 1970s, the stock market began what would be the longest bull market in its history, spanning almost two decades. Economists coined the term “Reaganomics� to describe the phenomenon and further explain the success of supply-side policies.

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GEC HISTORY GEC was founded as Gulf Engineers and Consultants on October 30, 1986 specializing in civil and structural engineering services.

1980

1981

IBM creates the PC (Personal Computer)

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

First release of Apple’s Macintosh computers

WORLD HISTORY 7


Our Employees Our success is due to the hard work and dedication of our nation-wide team of experts. We are proud to have created a collaborative culture in which our people thrive, with the goal of exceeding the expectations of our clients on each and every project.

GEC acquired the environmental firm of Gulf South Research Corporation adding water resources, economic planning, and environmental to its portfolio, thus growing the firm to over 20 employees.

1987

1988

1986

14.........................Number of Employees

1989

Dismantling of the Berlin Wall

2016

>150....................Number of Employees


1990 - 199

| CONNECTING WITH CLIENTS | Collaboration is at the root of everything we do at GEC. We partner with our clients, working together to articulate a vision and make it a reality. By truly understanding our clients’ vision, needs, and context, and adding creativity and innovation, our work addresses some of the most complex problems. Each of our projects represents our commitment not only to the individual client, but also to creating sustainable, innovative, and cost effective solutions for the engineering profession with a keen focus on project delivery.

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1990

FACTS & STATS

Gas price..............................................

$1.00 (National Average)

Average family income.........................

$42,652

Average price of new home.................

$149,800

President in 1980..................................

George H.W. Bush

DOW closing.........................................

2,633.66 (12/31/1990)

S&P 500 closing....................................

330.22 (12/31/1990)

30-year mortgage rate..........................

9.67% (12/31/1990)

10-year treasury yield..........................

8.067% (12/31/1990)

Trends...................................................

Rollerblades Fanny Packs SUVs The Macarena


A Changing World The 1990s saw the official end of the Cold War with the collapse of the Soviet Union. East Germany and West Germany were reunited as a wave of democratization swept over Eastern and Central Europe. Simultaneously, war clouds gathered over the Middle East, as Saddam Hussein’s Iraq invaded Kuwait and a U.S.-led coalition prepared for battle. The 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center provided unwanted omens. Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa. India and Pakistan became nuclear powers. The bull market that began in the early 1980s stretched into its second decade. Productivity increases from globalization and the exponential expansion of the Internet led to an accelerating rise in stock prices. Despite occasional crises that affected global markets such as the Mexican Peso, Russian Ruble, and “Asian Contagion,” investors enjoyed the positive wealth effects of an ever-rising market.

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GEC HISTORY GEC was selected as the consulting engineer for the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission, Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.

1990 Iraq invades Kuwait, beginning the Persian Gulf War and Operation Desert Storm

1991

1992

1993

Gulf Engineers and Consultants formally changed our name to G.E.C., Inc.

GEC begins design of the $82.9 million CurtisColeman (Fort Buhlow) 2.1 mile roadway and bridge project.

1994

1995

GEC began its twenty-year consecutive ranking on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms.

1996

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signed

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Our Growth GEC has more than 150 employees in a network of 9 offices throughout the country and is uniquely positioned to deliver outcomes for our clients, engineer the world forward, and enrich communities through the implementation of our ideas.

GEC expanded our service capabilities to provide state agencies and local governments with cost-effective, high-priority geographic data for use in their geographic information systems (GIS).

1997

1998

1990

1.........................Number of Offices >100..................Trusted Clients

1999 The world anticipates how the Y2K Bug will affect current technology at the start of a new millennium

2016

9.........................Number of Offices >2,000...................Trusted Clients

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2000 - 200

| AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH | To help keep us at the forefront of innovative design, we believe that it is essential to make focused investments in thought leadership in order to solve our clients’ increasingly complex challenges and advance our profession. Our innovation in project delivery is dedicated to advancing the way we work, seeking improved quality in accelerated and integrated project delivery processes. We’re using technology and tools to improve communication, collaboration, and workflow to create communities that improve how we live and work.

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2000

FACTS & STATS

Gas price..............................................

$1.51 (National Average)

Average family income.........................

$65,773

Average price of new home.................

$207,000

President in 2000..................................

Bill Clinton

DOW closing.........................................

10,786.85 (12/29/2000)

S&P 500 closing....................................

1,320.28 (12/29/2000)

30-year mortgage rate..........................

7.38% (12/29/2000)

10-year treasury yield..........................

5.112% (12/29/2000)

Trends...................................................

iPhone Social Media Energy Drinks Snuggies


Global Challenges The new millennium was welcomed with excitement, especially after fears of a potential worldwide computer crash, known as the Y2K Bug, were put to rest. In 2001, the U.S. reeled from terrorist attacks in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were prevalent throughout the decade and consumed much of the political debate, despite initial broad support. In 2004 the Indian Ocean tsunami devastated Indonesia, and less than a year later, Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans. The great bull market that began in the early 1980s finally ended with the bursting of the “dot-com� bubble. Led by the decline in technology companies, global markets swooned as a recession took hold. The recovery was short-lived as expansionist credit policies led to a housing bubble that precipitated a global credit crisis and yet another bear market. Heavy intervention by global central banks salvaged the economy but regulatory change was afoot.

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GEC HISTORY In a jointventure, Louisiana Timed Managers (LTM), GEC is awarded the largest program it has managed to date.

In a jointventure, GEC is awarded a $90 million IDIQ Design Support, Multidisciplinary, and Construction Management Services contract with the Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District.

The $5.2 billion transportation infrastructure program consisted of 55 roadway and bridge projects.

2000

2001

2002

2003 U.S. and allied forces invade Iraq.

2004

2005

2006

Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

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Our Expertise

GEC Opens New Orleans Office. LTM’s initial challenge was to complete construction for 39 projects by 2010.

2007

With only four roadway projects remaining to be constructed, the TIMED program marched forward and was completed two years earlier than the expected.

GEC is named one of the Top 100 Construction Management firms in the country by Engineering News-Record.

2008

2009

Being a valuable partner to our clients means having the expertise and resources to handle a variety of challenging projects. GEC brings together the specialists in areas such as engineering, environmental, coastal sciences, economics, construction, and planning to create a process that truly inspires innovation.

2000 Civil Environmental Electrical Structural Planning

Apple releases the first generation of the iPhone.

Coastal

2016 Civil Environmental Electrical Structural Planning Coastal 16


2010 - 201

| FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE | GEC has experienced many changes in our first three decades, but also held true to certain principles that have become constants - commitment to exceptional client service, dedication to employee satisfaction and growth, and an independent spirit focused on organic and sustainable growth. Our clients, our partners, and our employees have helped us build a strong foundation on which we move forward for our next 30 years. We look forward to continuing this journey with all of you...

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2016

FACTS & STATS

Gas price..............................................

$2.25 (National Average)

Average family income.........................

$51,939 (September 2014)

Average price of new home.................

$365,600 (October 2016)

President in 2000..................................

Barack Obama

DOW closing.........................................

17,425.03 (12/31/2015)

S&P 500 closing....................................

2,043.94 (12/31/2015)

30-year mortgage rate..........................

3.32% (October 2016)

10-year treasury yield..........................

1.69% (October 2016)

Trends...................................................

PokĂŠmon GO Smart Homes Wearable Technology Drones and Uber


A World of Change In the current decade, the United States has sought to limit its global involvement. However, as the U.S. withdrew, global unrest intensified with power struggles and war in North Africa and the Middle East. Japan was struck by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and the space shuttle fleet, launched with such fanfare in 1980, was retired. Following the Credit Crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession, the economy began a slow recovery, while investment markets recovered from their severe decline. World Central Banks continued their expansionist policies of easy money and low interest rates in their efforts to spur economic growth. The pace of technological change continued unabated with the introduction of new products such as smart watches and the broad usage of smart phones, social media, and other related technology. Coastal communities across the Gulf of Mexico continue to experience many challenges, from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010 to the recent unprecedented flooding. They also remain vulnerable to coastal storms, such as Hurricane Matthew hitting the Florida and Carolina coasts. 18


GEC HISTORY 2010

GEC acquired the engineering and planning firm Krebs, LaSalle, LeMieuz, Consultants, Inc. expanding its planning capabilities.

John James Audubon Bridge project in St. Francisville, La., was named the Best Transportation Project of 2012 by Engineering News-Record.

2011

2012

GEC acquired Noble Consultants, Inc., an engineering firm specializing in coastal, structural, harbor, and water resources engineering, building its coastal expertise and extending its national reach.

2013

GEC acquired Coastal Technology Corporation, a Florida engineering firm specializing in coastal engineering, geology, and coastal zone management.

GEC is pleased to work on the I-49 Lafayette Connector project with DOTD and other federal, state, regional and local partners.

2014

2015

GEC celebrates and commemorates our 30-Year Anniversary.

2016

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill off the coast of Louisiana.

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GEC completes $1.2 billion Huey P. Long Bridge widening in New Orleans ahead of schedule and under budget.


Continuing Our Commitment Looking forward, we will undoubtedly face many unknowns and navigate through many changes, but through it all we will maintain the principles that define us.

Continuing our commitment, GEC is embarking on new visions for the future both internally and externally. Internally, we’re creating plans at all levels to ensure and foster the development of thought leaders. Externally, we continue to invest in our ability to serve clients with innovative and sound solutions and a sustainability to the continuity of our communities. 20


-Bob Boagni, President

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We’re passionate about serving our clients and remaining true to our values that have made us who we are today.


Dear Friends, We’ve experienced many changes in our first three decades, but we’ve also held true to certain principles that have become constants - commitment to exceptional client service, dedication to employee satisfaction and growth, and an independent spirit focused on organic and sustainable growth. Looking at what’s in store for the next 30 years of GEC, I can say with certainty that the firm is committed to staying true to each of those constants. They’re the principles and values that drive every decision we make, and we’re taking steps to ensure that these core beliefs continue to be ingrained in our processes. Our firm is taking steps at all levels to ensure that we are well equipped to make decisions in the best interest of our clients and the future of the organization. We’ll continue to invest in our ability to serve clients with innovative solutions. Meaning growth at a steady and natural pace that is maximally beneficial for clients and employees alike.

In the time that I have led GEC, it has been clear that our competitive advantage comes from these principles. Looking forward, we will undoubtedly face many unknowns and navigate through many changes, but through it all we’ll maintain the principles that define us. Our founders, our employees, and our clients have helped us build a strong foundation on which we move forward for our next 30 years. I look forward to continuing this journey with all of you. SINCERELY,

Bob Boagni, President

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TODAY’S DIVISIONS AND SERVICES Today, GEC is aligned closely with our clients’ objectives and provides innovative approaches to their challenges by drawing on a nation-wide pool of cross-sector and cross-displine experience, organized into these market-focused divisions: „„ „„ „„ „„ „„ „„

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Engineering & Design Environmental Sciences & Engineering Planning & Economics Coastal Sciences & Engineering Construction Services GIS Mapping & Services

GEC ENGINEERING & DESIGN is helping to create a new generation of public infrastructure focused on transportation, traffic, water resources, intelligent transportation systems, and communications. Our engineering services range from preliminary design to detailed engineering design to overall project and program management. GEC ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES & ENGINEERING has provided environmental services for thousands of public and private projects in the areas of environmental planning, documentation, and permitting involving some of the most stringent regulations governing environmental policy.


GEC PLANNING & ECONOMICS supports every stage of the planning and economic development process for marine and coastal projects. Our expertise covers a range of disciplines including policy making, site and master planning, socio-economics, ecology, sustainability, and environmental science.

GEC CONSTRUCTION SERVICES provides a fully qualified and certified team of construction engineers to manage all of the facets of any capital construction project, applying the techniques that afford project owners better control, and assuring them of quality projects that come in on time and on budget.

GEC COASTAL SCIENCES & ENGINEERING ensures the sustainable use and protection of our coastal and marine environments through an integrated approach to planning, design, and management of coastline developments, coastal defense structures and landforms, and coastal restoration.

GEC GIS MAPPING & SERVICES designs and develops geographical information applications and software solutions to help our clients to make the most of their spatial data, and enable our clients to realize the full benefits of their geographical information systems (GIS). 24


Our Locations

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Our Locations GEC has an extensive network of offices across the United States. LOUISIANA Corporate Office 8282 Goodwood Boulevard Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806 Phone: (225) 612-3000 Toll Free: (800) 883-5588 3445 N. Causeway Boulevard, Suite 401 Metairie, Louisiana 70002 Phone: (504) 838-6009 1580 W. Causeway Approach, Suite 1 Mandeville, Louisiana 70471 Phone: (985) 624-5125 MISSISSIPPI 9414 Three Rivers Road, Suite 3C Gulfport, Mississippi 39503 Phone: (228) 863-8181

FLORIDA 3625 20th Street Vero Beach, Florida 32960 Phone: (772) 562-8580 1615 S. Congress Avenue, Suite 103 Delray Beach, Florida 33445 Phone: (561) 847-7064 7950 N.W. 53rd Street Suite 337 Miami, Florida 33166 Phone: (305) 915-2213 CALIFORNIA 201 Alameda Del Prado, Suite 301 Novato, California 94949 Phone: (415) 884-0727 2201 Dupont Drive, Suite 830 Irvine, California 92612 Phone: (949) 752-1530 26


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