GHH Acquires Woman Owned Winterbourne Land Services

Winterbourne Land Services: A pioneering surveying firm for women land surveyors

GHH Acquired Winterbourne Land Services, a cutting edge woman owned firm, on November 15th, 2021

The Woman Behind Winterbourne Land Services 

Winterbourne Land Services is a Connecticut historic Land Surveying and Civil Engineering company, established in 1993 by Rosalind C. Page. The firm was one of the first woman owned land surveying companies in the state. Rosalind was one of the few professionally licensed female land surveyors at the time. The Winterbourne team has worked on an abundance of private, commercial, and municipal projects of all shapes and sizes. The firm has performed work within New Haven, Middlesex, and Hartford counties.

To learn more about Winterbourne Land Services check out our About Page spotlight on their company visit our About Us page here: https://ghhllc.com/about-us

Godfrey Hoffman Hodge Acquisition of Winterbourne Land Services 

Effective November 15th 2021

Clarence Blair Associates New Haven Headquarters
CBA New Haven Headquarters

GHH acquires groundbreaking woman owned and operated survey firm in CT, aiding in expanding the firm’s clientele into central Connecticut and further down the shoreline.

Background 

  • Winterbourne Land Services was incorporated in 1993
  • The firm was formerly under the ownership of the sole proprietor and founder, Rosalind C. Page

Acquisition Effective Date and Reason for Acquisition

  • Godfrey Hoffman Hodge has effectively acquired the revolutionary company as of November xth, 2021 between Adam Hoffman (current owner of GHH) and the owner of Winterbourne Land Services, Rosalind C. Page (founder and owner)
  • TPA Design Group has shifted its focus to Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Planning.
    •  It was an easy transition to move the surveying operation over to a long time New Haven surveyor.
  •  Both firms have extensive experience in Surveying in and around New Haven County.
  •  Both firms offer a high level of professional Land Surveying and Civil Engineering services.

Testimonials

  •  Owner of CBA, David Golebewski hones in on the fact that his dad, Stanley, had mentored Adam, owner of GHH, for a few years: “My dad would be proud to know you are the holder of the records,David Golebewski 
  • Owner of GHH reflects on relationship with former owner of CBA and mentor: “It’s an honor and privilege to be the caretaker for the records of some of New Haven’s top Surveyors.” Adam Hoffman

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Avon Village Center Opening 🎉

Avon Village Center welcomes you! GHH’s newest development with the Carpionato Group

GHH helped develop the newest retail development in Avon, the Avon Village Center with its partner, Carpionato Group, furthering its stake in the commercial development industry, on September 1st, 2021

Developing the Center 

Avon Village Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Godfrey Hoffman Hodge and the Carpionato Group have been working hard on creating the newest commercial development in Avon, CT, Avon Village Center. This modern commercial and residential hybrid development is sure to stay with opportunities abound for locals.

The first retailer to open in the center was the Whole Foods Market, guaranteed to draw large crowds. GHH is proud to announce that we were a part of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Whole Foods,  formally announcing the opening of the center.

To learn more about the complex’s beginning stages, check out these articles: https://patch.com/connecticut/avon/avon-village-center-phase-1-complete

https://www.avonct.gov/planning-community-development/pages/avon-village-center-project

https://www.carpionatogroup.com/property/486/avon-village-center-avon

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Clarence Blair Associates circa early 1900s

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.

Join Us!

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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