Position Available

Looking into the near future, it is evident that one of our key staff, Patricia Paiva, would eventually like to retire.  While we would all love to see Pat live out the rest of her life as a happy retiree, we don’t know what we would do without her!  So, as of today, we would officially like to announce the search for a new Office Administrator (otherwise known as “New Pat”)!

Take a look at our job listing on our Employment Page, where you can read the job description.  If you or one of your friends are interested in working for Prime, and feel you’re qualified for this position, contact Courtney Cohen and tell her about yourself.  In the meantime, here’s a little bit about us:

Prime Engineering provides full service engineering design, permitting, land survey and environmental consulting services. Our multi-disciplinary team includes a group of 17 highly experienced civil and environmental engineers, geologists, surveyors, and support staff.  Over the past 17 years in business, Prime Engineering has built a reputation as a leading engineering and environmental consulting firm.  We are committed to the quality of our services and the professional development of our staff.  We encourage a relaxed and cooperative professional environment where fresh ideas are welcomed and professional growth and innovate thinking are encouraged.  Please contact us if you are interested in exploring the opportunity to join our team.


The Permit Extension Act – They Did It Again

Those approval stamps are good for another four years.

It looks like the State House has done it again, issuing a second round of the Permit Extension Act.  Gov. Patrick signed into law “An Act Relative to Infrastructure Investment, Enhanced Competitiveness and Economic Growth in the Commonwealth” on August 7th, 2012 which includes provisions relative to the extensions of all permits.

Essentially, if you had a permit “in effect or existence” during the qualifying period beginning on August 15, 2008 and August 15, 2012, that permit is automatically extended for four years beyond its expiration date.  Now, aside from hunting and fishing permits, 40B permits, or anything issued by the Federal government, this is good for any local or state issued permit.   From the State’s FAQ page, ““Approval” is defined broadly to include any permit, certificate, license, certification, determination, exemption, variance, waiver, building permit, or other approval or determination of rights, and any order, except for enforcement orders.”  These include MEPA, MassDOT, building permits, special permits, orders of conditions from the Wetland Protection Act (WPA), Natural Heritage permits, Chapter 91 licenses, or any other permit relating to land development.

Prime Engineering always advises our clients that permit protection is an important part of land development in Massachusetts.  Thanks to this recent legislation, that process just got a little easier.  Of course, if you don’t have any permits to protect, we can help you with that too!



So, who wants a solar farm?

In the last couple of years, we have found ourselves permitting more and more Solar Farms.  Many of our clients have found that land which was previously difficult to develop, is now a great spot to site a ground mounted photo-voltaic solar installation.  Sites that were previously thought undevelopable due to the need for large wetland crossings, poor soil, or zoning issues, are often perfect candidates.

We have had great success permitting these type of projects in Massachusetts towns such as Swansea, Dartmouth, Freetown, Raynham, Carver, and New Bedford.  Our success comes from our experience in permitting many other innovative projects throughout the Commonwealth.  The key is choosing the right permitting strategy early on. Many solar developers stumble in this area since more typical roof mounted systems only require a building permit.  By teaming with Prime, solar developers are able to succeed in obtaining the necessary permits and actually start putting panels on the ground instead of spinning their wheels at the town hall.

Recently, two of our engineers, Rich Rheaume and Evan Watson gave a presentation to one of our favorite Solar clients, Borrego Solar.  The presentation was created to help solar developers understand the importance of choosing the right consultant when attempting to permit their proposals.  

Whether you’re a solar developer or a land owner with land you thought was undevelopable, contact us to see how we can help get those panels on the ground.


With multiple large projects being worked on here at Prime, and with more rolling through the door, it’s been hard to keep up with Blogging, but it couldn’t make us happier!  With everyone so busy, it was a great break for everyone to be able to sit back and watch the Pat’s roll right over their opposition.  It was some good inspiration.  Here’s hoping that Prime Engineering can do some “Bradying” and “Gronking” of our own!

Happy Holidays from Prime Engineering, Inc.

During the holiday season more than ever,
Our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible
And in this spirit we say simply but sincerely,  “Thank You!”

Best Wishes for the Holiday Season

 In the spirit of giving to our local community, we have made a donation to the Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, an organization focused on educating the public about coastal and watershed issues.


Prime Time is Online

Well, we’ve finally done it.  The website has been updated to include links to the Prime Time blog.  We have lots of new projects that we’re working on that we’re positive will provide lots of inspiration for “blogging.”

As an added bonus, we’ve been able to integrate the Prime Engineering Facebook Page and Facebook commenting.  So, if you read something you like, be sure to “Like” it!  Also, if you don’t feel like visiting primeengineering.org on a routine basis, if you “Like” our Facebook Page, you’ll be sure to be notified of new posts.

Prime Time coming soon!

The Prime Time Blog will be coming soon!

To keep our clients and friends up to date with our different projects, industry trends, and any other interesting or fun information, we’ve created Prime Time.  We hope to keep this site updated frequently and look forward to sharing lots of stories and information!