Lakewood can add another environmental business to its list with the opening of Sovereign Consulting in the city.
The environmental consulting firm opened a Denver office in May but recently moved to 2687 W. Cedar Drive, in the Colorado Technical Center.
The office works with numerous mining and industrial clients throughout the country, particularly in the Rockies & Pacific Northwest, as well as in support of state and national contracts with government agencies such the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.
“Sovereign provides environmental assessment, engineering, compliance, and remediation services to government and industrial clients throughout the U.S.,” said Jim Gusek, senior engineer. “Since 2005, the company has more than tripled in size from 53 employees located in four main offices primarily in Northeastern U.S. to over 200 employees in 16 offices throughout the country.”
According to Gusek, the Lakewood location’s focus is on mining water pollution issues. These concepts vary from passive treatment (like constructed wetlands) to source control of acid rock drainage. Gusek said they are seeing an increase in companies wanting to use these new technologies instead of traditional chemical treatment methods.
Gusek works with Lee Josselyn, senior project manager, who said that the the reason for the move was Lakewood’s location and the services it offers.
“Our location — in what is really Denver’s Tech Center West — is close to a lot of large consulting companies, and it’s great that we’re closer to them,” he said. “We wanted also to be close to the mountains in case we need to go there, since we do so much work with mines.”
Both Gusek and Josselyn have worked in Lakewood for many years, and are glad to be in the city where they also live.
“With the recent completion of the West Light Rail line, our access to Downtown Denver and the Tech Center will certainly be easier,” Gusek said. “Sovereign is a small business enterprise and we believe Lakewood is the place to grow our company.”
For more information on the company, visit www.sovcon.com.