GAI Launches Newly-Formed Community Solutions Group

Orlando, FL—National Engineering, Environmental, Planning, and Economic Consulting firm GAI Consultants, Inc. (GAI) brings together a diverse and growing team of experienced planners, designers, economists and public policy experts to create its new Community Solutions Group. This new venture provides a strategic consulting practice to meet the evolving needs of government, agencies, institutions, and developers.

Highlights/Key Facts

  • GAI Senior Director Pete Sechler, PLA/AICP, leads the newly formed Community Solutions Group strengthening the firm’s overall capabilities through a unique blend of landscape architects, urban designers, land use planners, public finance/economic development specialists, and public administrators.
  • GAI’s Community Solutions Group combines two former GAI subsidiaries—the real estate advisory services of Real Estate Research Consultants (RERC) and the landscape architectural strengths of Bellomo-Herbert—enhanced by GAI’s existing urban design and planning capabilities.
  • Leadership from each discipline remains actively in place with team members located throughout GAI’s 25 offices, while leveraging resources offered across the company.
  • GAI’s Community Solutions Group professionals were instrumental in the success of key Central Florida projects, including: Orlando Health Downtown Campus; Baldwin Park; SunRail Station Area Planning; and University of Central Florida Campus Landscape Master Plan. Other notable projects are the St. Petersburg Downtown Waterfront Master Plan; Clermont Downtown Master Plan; Haddad Riverfront Park Master Plan in West Virginia; Clearwater Downtown Streetscapes; Village West Entertainment District, Kansas City, KS; Children’s Museum of Naples; the Volusia County Marine Science Center; UCF Downtown Campus Economic Impact Analysis; and station area planning for the Tri-Rail Coastal Link expansion between Miami and West Palm Beach.

Additional Resources

  • GAI’s “Road to Recovery” article series taps the knowledge of key Community Solutions Group leaders on topics such as building community character, the value of public-private partnerships, and investing in community infrastructure, and details the firm’s efforts to support Florida-based clients during the economic recovery.
  • GAI’s “Five Trends in Healthcare” article, co-authored by Pete Sechler, PLA, AICP, details common trends related to core issues facing healthcare clients today.

About Community Solutions Group: Experienced People, Open Minds, Fresh Ideas. GAI’s Community Solutions Group integrates landscape architecture, urban planning, economics, and finance in an idea-driven strategic consulting practice committed to enhancing community in ways that are practical, sustainable, and authentic to the people we serve while being politically aware, financially feasible, and aesthetically compelling.

“Our work centers on helping clients find resolution to place-based problems by implementing creative, context-sensitive and sustainable solutions. We are excited about the next step in our evolution as we further expand our team and expertise to enhance client service across GAI’s offices, leveraging resources offered throughout the company.”

Pete Sechler, PLA, AICP, Director of Community Solutions, GAI Consultants

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