In Memory of William S. “Bill” Zoino, PE, GZA Co-Founder

William S. “Bill” Zoino, P.E. passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2023. Bill was a geoprofessional industry leader, GBA past-President (1981-1982), and co-founder of GZA GeoEnvironmental.

Of his time in GBA leadership, Bill said, “GZA owes a lot to GBA for the many years of most valuable services it provides to its members. For me it was most rewarding to be in the presence of the giants in our field… During my active participation in GBA, both Limitation of Liability and Peer Review were fully adopted by GBA.”

Here is more information about the life and leadership of Bill Zoino from a GZA internal announcement on his passing:

“A dual graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bill began his career primarily as a dam engineer. In 1964, Bill and his MIT classmate Don Goldberg started a consultancy based on the belief that if you provide quality science and engineering services, operate with integrity, and create a collegial environment in which your employees feel appreciated and empowered to develop innovative solutions for their clients, the firm will be successful. They were right, and here we are thriving almost six decades later.

While Bill was dedicated to the development of GZA and its people, he was also a significant contributor to the engineering community, serving as President of the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) and as President of the American Society of Civil Engineers –
Massachusetts, now the Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCE).

When asked by BSCE several years ago to provide a perspective on his career and the founding of GZA, Bill said, ‘Together with Don Goldberg, we provided jobs for over 2,500 people. But I’m most proud to tell you that those people were people-servers. In my view, that’s what life is all about. It’s a philosophy that Don and I share. Our employees count. Their families count first, their profession counts second. We shared that goal, and we also believed in quality in our projects.

Professional quality, service, family first. For all of us who had the privilege of knowing and working with Bill, those three terms capture the essence of Bill’s long and illustrious career and legacy.”