WSP, the international engineering design and environmental consulting firm, will double its size in the Houston market by combining its existing operations there with the office of ccrd, a national MEP engineering and commissioning firm based in Houston, which WSP acquired last November.
The combined office, with about 60 employees, will be managed by David Sinz, PE, a vice president and managing director of WSP’s Houston office. David Duthu, PE, who was managing director of ccrd’s Houston office, is now co-leader of WSP’s national Science + Technology practice.
Aside from bolstering its Houston operations, the ccrd acquisition expanded WSP’s presence into markets throughout the Southeast and south-central U.S., according to WSP’s executive vice president Steve Burrows. (Founded in 1980, ccrd has offices in Austin, Texas, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Nashville, Tenn., Orlando, Fla., Phoenix, Richmond, Va., Kansas City, Mo., and Washington, D.C.)
David Cooper, PE, president of WSP’s U.S. Property & Building sector and chief commercial officer for WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, called the combination in Houston “a natural step forward.” He says the acquisition so far “has been everything both firms hoped it would be.”
Montreal-based WSP Global has 500 offices in 39 countries. Last Fall, it agreed to pay Balfour Beatty US$1.24 billion in cash to buy Parsons Brinckerhoff, a deal that increased WSP’s workforce by 77% to 31,000.
The purchase price for ccrd was not disclosed.
Separately, WSP and ccrd had already been active players and competitors in Houston’s healthcare, science, and technology sectors, having worked on innumerable hospitals, government, energy, and research construction projects. They are also active in Houston’s hospitality, commercial, residential, and industrial sectors.