(OMAHA, Neb. – May 5, 2006) – HDR, a leading architectural and engineering consulting firm, has acquired Cochran & Wilken, Inc.(CWI), an engineering and natural resources consulting firm based in Springfield and Murphysboro, Ill. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.Going forward, CWI will conduct business as HDR/CWI.
CWI is a full-service firm providing engineering and scientific services.It also specializes in natural resources and fisheries under the FishPro name throughout the central, southern and eastern United States.HDR acquired Port Orchard, Wash., and Santa Fe, N.M.-based FishPro, Inc. in 2002.
“We are pleased that CWI has joined our HDR team and welcome the expanded reach it provides not only in Illinois and the Midwest, but nationally,” said George Little, president, HDR Engineering, Inc.“Their commitment to their clients and communities make them a good fit with HDR.”
Under the new corporate structure, CWI founders Gary A. Wilken, Lincoln D. Cochran, and Thomas L. Johnson will be vice presidents.
“Everyone at CWI is excited about joining HDR because of its national presence, which fits well with our projects and clients throughout the U.S.,” said CWI President Gary Wilken.“We also look forward to the long-term professional and ownership opportunities it affords our employees.”
Founded in Springfield, Ill., in 1984, CWI employs 45 professionals and support staff in its Springfield and Murphysboro offices.Its team of structural, mechanical, electrical and civil engineers, biologists, geologists, chemists, and specialized support personnel are committed to personal service and respect for client schedules and budgets.
HDR (www.hdrinc.com ) is an architectural, engineering and consulting firm that excels at managing complex projects and solving challenges for clients.More than 4,500 employee-owners, including engineers, consultants, scientists, planners and construction managers, in 120 locations worldwide, pool their strengths to provide solutions beyond the scope of traditional AEC firms.