WATERTOWN, MASS. — Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc., a provider of planning, design, and engineering services, announced that Saccardi & Schiff Inc., a White Plains, N.Y., planning and development firm, has officially joined forces with its New York entity, VHB Engineering, Surveying, and Landscape Architecture, P.C. (VHB).

“By joining forces with Saccardi & Schiff, we are strengthening our planning capabilities in New York and delivering on our strategic plan to build regional prominence by expanding our presence in this important market,” said Tom Lucivero, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin senior principal and northeast regional manager. Saccardi & Schiff, which will operate as VHB, brings strong local knowledge, as well as an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the markets in Westchester and Fairfield counties, and on Long Island, he added.

The acquisition combines the planning talent of Saccardi & Schiff with the engineering, land development, and environmental experience of VHB. Together, the firms are better positioned to provide clients with a broader range of services.

Saccardi & Schiff is a 16-person, multi-skilled planning and development consulting firm. For more than 20 years, the firm has provided communities, property owners, and not-for-profit organizations with practical and implementable planning solutions.

“Joining with VHB is an exciting opportunity for our team,” said David Schiff, who played a key role in establishing Saccardi & Schiff. “We’ve been fortunate to collaborate with VHB on many projects in the past and now combining our offerings helps us provide integrated services to our clients. The additional services also mean we are fully equipped to bring projects through planning to completion.”

VHB’s expansion into White Plains adds to the company’s existing presence in New York. VHB also has offices in Hauppauge and Albany.

“We see New York as a significant area for growth. Our continuing goal is to expand our skills and offerings to create a powerful and complete range of integrated services for our current and future clients in New York and in our other East Coast locations,” said Bob Brustlin, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin president and CEO.

As VHB, the firms will provide clients with a portfolio of services that include: comprehensive planning, design, and engineering services; urban planning; land planning; market analysis; community and housing design; landscape architecture; transportation planning and engineering; site/civil and utilities engineering; environmental studies, permitting, monitoring and restoration; and water resources.

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