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Located in Central Florida, Orlando is one of the Sunbelt's fastest growing metropolitan areas. Home to Walt Disney World, the University of Central Florida, the Central Florida Research Park, and the nation's second largest convention complex, Orlando is both a leading tourism hub and the site of a $13.4 billion technology industry.
GAI-Orlando, our first branch location, opened in 1982 and marked the expansion of operations into the Southeast. Our experienced staff of engineers, planners, landscape architects, surveyors, inspectors, and other professionals provide civil, land development, transportation, and water resources engineering services.
GAI-Orlando also offers specialized services in utility clearance and management as well as water and wastewater management. We provide consulting for state and county agencies, municipalities, private developers, utilities, water authorities, and contractors.
Former FDOT Director of Transportation Development Joins GAI
Orlando, Fla. – George S. Lovett is named Southeast Regional Director of Business Development for engineering and environmental consulting firm, GAI Consultants.
Serving the transportation industry for nearly 25 years, Mr. Lovett joins GAI’s Southeast operations following his retirement from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Most recently, he worked for FDOT-District Five as the Director of Transportation Development, managing all District functions in production and project management, design, surveying and mapping, planning, public transportation, project development and environment, and right-of-way.
“George Lovett brings extensive diversified knowledge and experience to GAI through his many years of addressing public infrastructure issues with FDOT,” offered GAI President and CEO, Gary DeJidas, P.E.
During his career with District Five, Mr. Lovett coordinated various programs to accelerate project delivery, increase settlement rates, and reduce project costs. He also functioned as General Counsel at FDOT, where he provided policy and legal advice to staff and implemented policy directives.
“My 24 years at FDOT taught me how to navigate the challenges in financing and building the infrastructure needed for a vibrant Florida economy,” noted Lovett, who will be based in GAI’s Orlando office. “I’m excited to join another great team and help our clients build a bright, sustainable future.”
Mr. Lovett is a member of the Florida Bar, Florida Trail Association, and the American Hiking Society. He serves on the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE) Transportation Committee and is a former Port Orange Soccer Club president. George earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University.
As an engineering and environmental consulting firm, GAI Consultants understands good design. That understanding is reflected in the company’s new office building, which happens to be downtown Orlando’s first privately-developed green office. + read more
The Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority (OOCEA) recognized GAI Consultants for supporting the Authority’s Equal Opportunity and Business Development Program. In 1995, the OOCEA launched the initiative to benefit local minority and women business enterprises and aid qualified candidates in bidding as prime contractors, subcontractors, and joint venture participants.
With the help of GAI, as well as several local companies, the Business Development Program has provided more than $285 million in minority awards. The OOCEA honored its supporters at a recent ceremony, where Vice President and Managing Officer Rick Cima accepted an award on behalf of GAI’s Florida offices.
Refurbishing the downtown Lake Wales streetscape is scheduled to begin by the end of January, city officials reported. GAI Consultants of Orlando prepared plans and bid specifications and will be responsible for construction supervision. Design concepts were developed with public input and were approved by the city’s Parks and Community Appearance Advisory Board.
GAI Consultants, Inc. signed a long-term lease to occupy 65,000 square feet of a new seven-story facility in downtown Orlando. GAI was seeking an eco-friendly office for its regional headquarters, and Ustler Development, Inc. delivered the solution - a downtown skyscraper designed to have a smaller environmental footprint than typical urban office buildings.
Construction began in late 2009 and was completed in March 2011.