Our History

Harrison Ranch
Harrison RanchEllenton, Florida

Richard A. Mortensen, PE (1956-2016), established the Tampa office of a large nationwide engineering company in 1984. He left that company to found Mortensen Engineering, Inc. (MEI) in 1988, a geotechnical engineering business serving primarily Central Florida. Beginning in 1984 and continuing throughout his professional career, Mr. Mortensen consulted in the environmental field. In fact, he performed Phase I environmental site assessments (Phase I ESA) before there were basic guidelines.

During the environmental industry’s early years and into the 1990s, Mr. Mortensen was active in assessing and testing properties contaminated with petroleum products and chlorinated solvents in Tampa and throughout Central Florida, as well as in Maryland and North Carolina.

In the 1990s, MEI, and for a time Mortensen Environmental Services, Inc., were involved in significant contamination projects and produced hundreds of Phase I and II environmental site assessments for numerous private clients and large banks such as SunTrust Bank and Bank of America (then NationsBank). The company’s largest projects involved wide-spread chlorinated solvent contamination at industrial sites in Lake Wales, North Carolina, Maryland and Tampa. Richard C. Reynolds, a SunTrust commercial and real estate lender and manager was hired in 1991 to oversee the environmental side of Mr. Mortensen’s growing business. In fact, Mr. Reynolds managed the company’s assessment and cleanup of chlorinated solvent contamination stretching for ½ mile within Beltsville Industrial Center, in Beltsville, Maryland.

In 1999, Land Assessment Services, Inc., based in Tampa, Florida, was formed to cater to large clients taking down significant tracts of land for development, and to specialize in large-scale