GHH Acquires Clarence Blair Associates 🎊

Clarence Blair Associates, Inc. (CBA) Acquired by Godfrey Hoffman Hodge, LLC. (GHH)

Learn about the historic acquisition of Clarence Blair Associates, one of Connecticut’s oldest surveying & engineering companies.

Godfrey Hoffman Hodge, LLC. (GHH) Is pleased to announce our acquisition of Clarence Blair Associates, Inc. (CBA), as of March 2021. The firm’s extensive historical records will greatly bolster GHH’s own archives relating to New Haven County and beyond.

Clarence Blair Associates History 

Clarence Blair Associates was founded in 1892, earning and diligently maintaining an excellent reputation of high-quality survey and engineering service throughout their long history.  GHH’s current owner, Adam Hoffman, has had a long professional relationship with CBA, dating back early in his survey career, working as an instrument man and survey party chief at CBA in the early 1980s.

Clarence Blair Associates circa early 1900s
CBA Team

Godfrey Hoffman Hodge History

GHH is a third-generation, multi-disciplinary firm established in New Haven County in 1924 under the name Stein and Giordano. In 1968, ownership passed to Bernard E. Godfrey (Also a CBA employee back in the early 1960’s). Godfrey took current owner Adam Hoffman on as business partner and co-owner in 1988, changing our name to Godfrey-Hoffman Associates to reflect the partnership.  In 2010, we acquired the Farmington Valley-based survey firm Hodge Surveying Associates, whose own lengthy history dates back to 1925. In 2020, we adopted our current name to reflect this change. Over the years, GHH has grown to provide a full range of land surveying, civil engineering, planning, design, and permitting services throughout the entire state of Connecticut, operating out of our main office at 26 Broadway, North Haven.

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February 23rd is Terminalia! 🎉

Terminalia: Ancient Rome’s February Festival 🏗

Land Surveying Celebrated at the end of the Roman Year (February 23rd)

What is Terminalia?

February 23rd boasts this festival. It is named after the Ancient Roman God of land boundaries, Terminus. Terminus was portrayed as a stone with no arms or legs, symbolizing the boundary marker between plots of land. This portrayal of Terminus was especially important in emphasizing how the boundaries were binding. The name is derived from the Latin word for such a boundary.

Romans believed that a sacrificial festival must occur at the end of each calendar year, February 23rd, in order to remain on good terms with the god. These sacrifices included adorning the physical terminus (boundary marker) with floral garland and offerings of sweets and other meals. It also included physical sacrifices of lambs or pigs.

The terminus was believed to be the peacekeeper between neighbors. It ensured that there would be no arguing over property lines. Neighbors would meet at their local terminus for this celebration annually.  A large feast would then occur! 🍾

Why Celebrate Terminalia?

February 23rd Celebration of Land Surveying
Modern Land Surveying

You may be wondering why a group of land surveyors and civil engineers in the 21st century would want to celebrate an Ancient Roman festival…🤔

The use of terminuses in ancient Rome are the some of the earliest forms of the modern practice of boundary marking with the use of specific objects, markers, or locations. Without the ancient Romans creating a practice of respect between neighbors and foreigners, by placing terminuses between their properties, the art of land surveying may not be where it is today.

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While we may not be adorning stone boundary markers or offering sacrifices to a deity, we are celebrating the great history of our profession and the advancements we have made through the centuries. Check out these great resources on Terminalia:

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Terminus

https://pantheon.org/articles/t/terminus.html

https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/word-history-of-terminate-terminator

https://www.berntseninternational.com/home/blog-builder/happy-terminalia?utm_source=constant%20contact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021Terminalia

The Role of the DEEP and Your Property

Connecticut DEEP

When looking to develop your property, whether it be residential or commercial, the DEEP (Department of Energy and Environmental Protection) plays an important role. The DEEP helps to insure that your property is not going to cause any damage to the local environment when starting new construction, or that if you are looking to change the boundary lines of your property, that it will not encroach on protected lands. This service is very important for both the property owners, insuring that they are not breaking any laws, and the environment alike.

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The Importance of Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development in CT

Sustainable development in CT can save you money in construction costs and will help reduce maintenance costs in the future. Land management and development practices that follow Low Impact Development guidelines will create an environment that meets water quality standards and protects the sediment control and erosion that makes the property environmentally sensitive. The use of land surveys and civil engineering helps property owners design and plan their land improvement projects.

Land Surveying in Connecticut

A land survey does more than resolve property line disputes. When a Connecticut landowner seeks approval from their local building officials or planning board to make major changes on their property, a boundary survey is usually required. If money is being borrowed to pay for the land improvement, the survey will be required by the lender to approve the loan.

The services of land surveying CT businesses will show the boundaries of the property in addition to the easements or encroachments that could limit the use of the property because of local or state regulations. Work in the field is only part of the process. The history of the property is also researched to be sure that changes to the boundaries have not been changed because of previous land transfers.

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Adam Hoffman Featured in Westfair Online as Land Surveying Expert

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For those who work in the land surveying or Civil Engineering business, it is common to hear of property boundary horror stories.  A boundary survey may be done wrong, or a topographical survey may contain an error.  These mistakes can lead to additional construction expenses, property line confusion, and even legal disputes.  This is why it is so important to do your research when it comes to land surveying companies.

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