hen the housing market crashed in 2008, Steve Parker, a residential survey manager with Stantec, formerly Trico Engineering Consultants, in Charleston, realized his co-workers were going to lose their jobs.
Rather than accepting the layoffs, Steve and his wife, Pam, decided to start their own land-surveying firm. “Pam and I knew the employees and our local clients,” says Parker. “We negotiated with Stantec, which allowed us to export that piece of the business without having to lay people off.”
Since then, Parker Land Surveying has grown into a trusted and experienced go-to group of land surveyors across South Carolina.
PLS staff have over 600 years of combined survey experience.
“A lot of our staff are the same employees from the Trico days,” says Parker, who is Company President. Pam Parker serves as CEO, making it a woman-owned firm.
The firm’s surveys involve all facets of development, Parker says.
The firm works with builders on new construction for boundary surveys, tree surveys, wetland surveys, easements, subdivision platting, lot-fit studies and more.
“We do FEMA elevation certifications to determine the height of flood zones which insurance companies use to determine rates,” Parker says.
It’s important to understand the legal importance of boundaries and how they protect the public, Parker says.
The firm has done commercial work for Boeing and the Joint Base Charleston to replace the military base’s airplane runway.
“We have an excellent reputation; companies hire us because of our customer service,” Parker says. “We put the best state-of-the-art equipment in the hands of the best qualified people who do this kind of work in South Carolina.”
It’s that investment and dedication to the business that made 2015 the best year in the company’s history.
“Repeat business is our main source of revenue,” Parker says.
The firm is very active in giving back to the community, sponsoring teams, participating in local Rotary Club and Water Missions events.
“It’s nice to see that what you do can impact the community exponentially,” Parker says.
“We put the best state-of-the-art equipment in the hands of the best qualified people who do this kind of work in South Carolina.”
– Steve Parker, Company President