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Civil & Environmental Consultants (CEC) Calls Downtown Toledo Home
Civil & Environmental Consultants (CEC) now calls downtown Toledo home. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, CEC is an is an employee-owned engineering and environmental consulting firm with over 1,000 employees across 31 nationwide offices. The team in the Toledo office has expertise in civil engineering, environmental engineering and science, waste management and water resources. They have expanded their areas to include expertise in the following: public sector, solid waste, manufacturing, mining, real estate and power.
View of downtown from one of CEC's meeting spaces.
The Toledo firm opened in 2011 and relocated to the 20th floor of One SeaGate earlier this year. As their lease was getting close to expiring, Vice President Tom Covrett asked staff to complete a survey on what they valued in a work environment. The survey results said CEC staff desired walkability to amenities and natural light. Tied in with the energy and excitement of development, downtown was the obvious choice.
The breakroom features great views of downtown and the Maumee River.
When the plans for the space were finalized in August of 2022, CEC had 20 employees. Knowing they would grow over the years, they made plans for 31 seating arrangements. The original office was 10,700 sq. ft. Since opening the office in February of 2023, CEC has boomed and is now expanding the office by another 4,000 sq. ft. to accommodate 50 total employees. The expansion is expected to be completed in October of this year. In addition to the office space, CEC utilizes an area in the basement of the building for their equipment and soil and water samples.
An office overlooking the Maumee River and East Toledo.
For Covrett, supporting local businesses was vital to project. CEC used the expertise of American Interiors for design, Hoen’s Greenhouse for plants, Toledo Aerial Media for wall art around the office and Gathered Glassblowing Studio for glass pieces in the entry space.
Custom glass inspired by CEC's branding done by Gathered Glassblowing Studio.
Local CEC projects: Harroun Park Stream Restoration in Sylvania, Western Lake Erie Basin Nutrient Source Inventory, Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program Remediation Project with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Luckey and many more found on the Projects tab of this page.
The "Lab" where CEC stores equipment and samples.