Commentator: Michael Nicoloro, Senior Vice President, Sanborn, Head & Associates
Tell us about Sanborn, Head & Associates.
Sanborn, Head & Associates (Sanborn Head) was founded in New England in 1993 as an engineering consulting firm that applied its technical expertise to help clients solve geotechnical and environmental engineering challenges that are associated with urban development, active industrial and manufacturing facilities, and solid waste facilities such as landfills.
Over the past ten years, Sanborn Head has developed an Energy Practice that has quickly been established as a leader in the natural gas infrastructure design space, particularly due to our expertise with liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) engineering design services.
Where is your new office located?
We are located on 100 North 18th Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19103. This is a springboard location as we build out our team with the goal of settling on a permanent location in Philadelphia.
How many employees are located there?
We are targeting an office size of 10 employees within a three-year window. Our intention is to serve local clients by providing the full range of services we offer.
What drove your decision to expand in Greater Philadelphia?
Philadelphia emerged as an attractive market given the mix of energy and environmental services, we have expertise in. With its robust industrial and manufacturing past, location at the confluence of many exciting energy-related developments, such as the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation, and relative proximity to other major markets within the Northeast Corridor, it was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.
As a first step, Sanborn Head engaged the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia as a partner for this expansion and quickly found it to be a fruitful strategic relationship, particularly through our involvement in the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team (GPEAT). Though all our services have found a niche for expansion in the region, the primary driver of this expansion has been our specialized LNG and CNG engineering practice.
If there is one thing that the local business community can do to help ensure your continued success in this market, what would that be?
Support natural gas initiatives. It’s a need not a want. Without it as part of our energy portfolio, society will be subjected to a quality of life that is less than what we have today.
Check out a recent episode of Growing Greater featuring Mike Nicoloro of Sanborn Head & Associates. Mike explains what makes the energy landscape in this region unique and where the future of energy is heading.