Biohabitats opens Portland office, could add dozens of workers
By Lee van der Voo
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A company that brands itself as a firm that "does" ecology exclusively has hung its shingle in Portland's Old Town.
Baltimore-based Biohabitats, a design and planning firm specializing in ecological restoration, conservation planning, and regenerative design, has opened an office at 412 N.W. Couch St.
Biohabitats features an interdisciplinary team of landscape architects, ecologists, biologists, soil scientists, natural resource planners, geomorphologists, planners, and engineers organized by bioregions. The company employs 65 and tackles between 80 and 100 active projects at a time.
The addition of the Portland office rounds out the company's presence in eight U.S. bioregions. The Cascadia office joins the Great Lakes region (Cleveland), Chesapeake and Delaware bays (Baltimore), Southeast (Raleigh), Hudson River (New Jersey), Southern Rockies (Denver), Southwest Basin and Range (Santa Fe). The company also has field offices in Richmond, Va., Charleston, S.C. and Montpelier, Vt.
Doors opened at the Portland office in April following Biohabitats' involvement in projects with Clean Water Services, Nike and EcoDistricts.
"We have always looked at the northwest as an area that is pretty progressive in terms of ecological restoration and conservation and sustainability and have been doing a little bit of work in the area," said president and founder Keith Bowers, a landscape architect.
Bowers leads Biohabitats' team of scientists, engineers, landscape architects, and natural resource planners from the company's headquarters.
"This past year we have secured three projects right outside of Portland that really gave us the leverage to say, 'Okay, now is the time to open up in the northwest,'" he said.
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