Firms on the move

January 2007 » Business Briefs
Engineering firms announced the following mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and expansions during the last quarter of 2006 and the beginning of 2007:
Engineering firms announced the following mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and expansions during the last quarter of 2006 and the beginning of 2007:

Terracon Consultants, Inc., opened a new office in downtown Chicago to provide an additional platform in the metro area for the firm’s geotechnical, environmental, construction materials, and facilities engineering services. Terracon also acquired Ground Engineering Solutions, Inc., a geotechnical and environmental engineering firm in Greenville, S.C.; and Spencer J. Buchanan Associates, Inc., an engineering consulting firm in Bryan, Texas, which, according to Terracon, will strengthen its ability to serve clients in the Brazos Valley area and throughout Texas and Louisiana.

AECOM, a provider of technical and support services for government and commercial clients in more than 60 countries, merged with Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern, Inc., a Roanoke, Va.-based architectural and engineering firm with 20 offices across the United States.

Black & Veatch’s global employment grew by 20 percent in 2006 to 8,500 professionals; employment in the Kansas City, Mo., area, the firm’s base, increased about 10 percent in 2006 to 3,600 professionals. Black & Veatch added more than 100,000 square feet of office space globally in 2006 and expects a similar expansion in 2007 as a result of its energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, and federal services operations.

Wood Rodgers opened its 10th office since its founding in 1997. The new Mesquite, Nev., office, the firm’s fourth office in Nevada, is expected to pursue land development and public works projects.

Gannett Fleming, Inc., and Dering Consulting Group, Inc., created a joint venture, Avant IMC, LLC, to provide management consulting, planning, and engineering services for organizations that own and maintain large infrastructure systems, such as highways, water and wastewater treatment and conveyance systems, and railroads.

Dewberry recently opened new offices in Norfolk, Va., and New Orleans. The Norfolk office will provide dedicated service to the U.S. Navy Mid-Atlantic and NAVFAC Atlantic Divisions and support the U.S. Army Norfolk District Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Air Force, and other federal, state, and local agencies. Dewberry’s New Orleans office will support the firm’s emergency management contracts, as well as provide full-service architecture, engineering, planning, and program management to assist the region’s rebuilding efforts.

Alpharetta, Ga.-based MACTEC, Inc., and Netherlands-based Royal Haskoning signed a strategic alliance agreement under which MACTEC will help Royal Haskoning service their internationally based clients in the United States. Additionally, the firms will seek opportunities to work together in China, where Royal Haskoning has four offices.

Crafton, Tull & Associates and SPARKS merged into one architectural and engineering firm, Crafton, Tull, Sparks & Associates. The company will have 320 employees with offices in Birmingham, Ala.; Little Rock, Rogers, and Russellville, Ark.; Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Wichita, Kan.

Consulting engineers Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc., opened a new office in Grand Rapids, Mich., to support its ongoing work in Western Michigan.

Fuller, Mossbarger, Scott and May Engineers, Inc., a civil engineering consulting and design firm headquartered in Lexington, Ky., opened its eighth office-a regional office in Nashville, Tenn.

SEPI Engineering Group moved to new corporate headquarters in Raleigh, N.C. The new location is an 11,500-square-foot, three-story building with room for firm expansion and features a locker room and exercise facility.

Tampa-based civil engineering and planning firm Wade Trim opened an office in Key Largo, Fla., to oversee projects throughout the Florida Keys and South Florida. The firm also merged Tomoka Engineering, a Daytona Beach, Fla.-based land development, engineering, and surveying firm, into its Southern Region. The two companies will share key resources and personnel, but continue operating under their own names.

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