Firms on the move

March 2007 » Business Briefs
Engineering firms announced the following acquisitions and expansions in late February:
Engineering firms announced the following acquisitions and expansions in late February:

KCI Technologies, Inc., is moving its headquarters from Hunt Valley, Md., to Sparks, Md., to allow room for the company's anticipated growth at its headquarters from about 300 employees to more than 400 employees during the next five years. The new headquarters will be a four-story, 120,000-square-foot building that meets federal green building standards, using systems design, architecture, landscaping, and site-specific design, as well as environmentally sensitive and energy-efficient construction.

HDR, Inc., an employee-owned consulting firm based in Omaha, Neb., acquired Quest Engineers, Inc., a full-service engineering firm based in Lexington, Ky., with offices in Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati. The company employs 120 people. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Going forward, Quest Engineers will conduct business as HDR/Quest.

David Evans and Associates, Inc., Portland, Ore., acquired structural and civil engineering firm CES, Inc. Engineering. CES has 15 employees based in Olympia, Wash., and serves Pacific Northwest clients in the public and private sectors. Founded in 1994 with an emphasis on bridge engineering services, CES added services in roadways, construction, hydraulics, inspection, and testing related to transportation infrastructure improvement as the firm grew.

Carter & Burgess opened an Inland Empire office in Ontario, Calif. According to the firm, the new office "stands as a sign of the Carter & Burgess commitment to continuous growth in the state of California." The company's other offices in the state are in Orange County, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Sacramento.

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