After recognizing the lack of industry-related WBE and DBE firms in Pennsylvania, Katherine (Kate) Farrow founded Lotus Environmental Consulting, LLC on May 1, 2009 with the vision of providing high quality, efficient services. By the end of June 2009, Lotus was certified as both a Small Diverse (Woman-Owned) Business (#346220-2012-11-SB-WBE) by the PA Department of General Services and as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise in PA (#13122). She recruited long-time colleagues at the business’s inception to assure clients that every project, no matter how big or small, will get the attention it deserves.
Between 2009 and 2011, Lotus saw success through winning projects for the PA Turnpike Commission, PennDOT Districts 2, 5, 6, and 8 as well as the Maryland Port Authority. As the backlog grew, Lotus added a number of staff members who provided a range of expertise in NEPA, natural resource and cultural resources.
2012 was also a significant year for Lotus, with the addition of key staff in Natural Resources as well as adding a Cultural Resources Department. John Benjamin (Ben) Reiman joined the firm in January of 2012. Ben specializes in wetland delineations and mitigations, as well as threatened and endangered species habitat surveys and sensitive waste site evaluations. Today Ben is a PM and leads our field efforts and staff development.
In response to requests from our clients, Lotus added a Cultural Resources (CR) Group in 2012. The CR Group is responsible for Archaeological Investigations, Historic Resources, Preservation Planning, Public Education/Outreach, Tribal Coordination, and other services.
Today our CR group is led by Marcia Kodlick, RPA who serves as our Principal Archaeologist and Margaret Parker, our senior Historian. Marcia has over 20 years of consulting experience in both public and private sectors throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Margaret, in compliance with NHPA Section 106 and NEPA requirements, has worked on numerous cultural resources investigations and has assisted local, state, and federal agencies in obtaining necessary approvals from the State Historic Preservation Office.
In 2014 Andrea Finn, P.W.S. joined Lotus to lend her botanical expertise to our field staff and to lead our NEPA and Section 4(f) efforts. Andrea has over 25 years of experience in both the transportation industry and the private development sector. She specializes in wetland mitigations and delineations, wetland replacement design and environmental regulation and policy.
Lotus opened its first office in 2015 and hired additional environmental scientist and planners to support our growing backlog of projects. Our office is strategically and conveniently located in Wayne, PA near several interstate highways and the PA Turnpike system which enables our staff to easily travel to job sites, client meetings, and conferences.