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Robert B. Balter was the laboratory assistant to Arthur Casagrande and Karl Terzaghi (the founding fathers of soil mechanics) while obtaining his Masters Degree in soils mechanics at Harvard University. Hired as a civil engineer with the J.E. Greiner Company (now URS Corporation). Mr. Balter introduced soils mechanics to the firm and almost immediately established their first soils/geotechnical engineering department.
In 1954, Mr. Balter began private-sector consulting, and in 1963, Robert B. Balter and Barbara G. Balter established The Robert B. Balter Company. It began as a two-person consulting firm with a mission to provide geotechnical engineering services. From its inception, the goal was to provide a personalized service with regard for intergrity, quality, and cost effectiveness.As one of the country's first consulting firms specializing in soils mechanics, The Robert B. Balter Company quickly expanded to provide geotechnical engineering, geo-environmental engineering, surface and subsurface explorations, monitoring well and instrument installations, laboratory testing, full construction inspection, resident engineering and material testing services to private as well as public sector clients. This diversity enabled us to deliver a higher level of quality and accuracy, control scheduling, and to better serve the client's needs.
Through our commitment to superior service and innovative and cost-effective geotechnical/geo-environmental design, we have worked to achieve an outstanding reputation among developers, architects, engineers, contractors and government agencies. We pride ourselves on the large percentage of repeat clients that we serve. During the past four decades, over 80% of our work has been generated by clients for whom we have previously provided services.
Since inception, we have worked on over 17,500 projects located primarily throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Additionally, the firm has a significant portfolio of national and international public and private sector projects. We believe much of this success is attributed to our ability to hire, retain and train the best engineers, geologists, technicians, and support personnel in our field of service. Personnel with an average tenure of 26 years of employment with our firm direct our various engineering, drilling, inspection and administrative divisions. This level of stability, coupled with our dedication to engineering excellence and customer service has enabled us to continue to grow and prosper.
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