WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services organization, has acquired Halvorson and Partners, a 40-person Chicago-based firm that provides structural engineering services for developers, private owners, and institutions worldwide.
Formed in 1996, Halvorson and Partners has completed structural designs for high-profile projects throughout the world. Its portfolio includes the Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower in Abu Dhabi, which won the 2015 Best Tall Building Award for the Middle East and Africa from the CTBUH. Other prominent recent projects include: OneEleven, a 60-story luxury apartment tower in Chicago; Wolf Point West Tower, the first tower in a multi-phase $1 billion (USD) development along the Chicago River in Chicago; and Vantone Tower, a 600-foot-tall corporate headquarters in Tianjin, China.
Robert Halvorson, founding principal of Halvorson and Partners, led the firm’s designs for the recently completed Index Building in Dubai and the Central Market Towers in Abu Dhabi. He also developed the structural concepts for a number of super-tall towers which Halvorson and Partners has taken through schematic design and design development, including 1 Dubai, Russia Tower in Moscow, and Hanking Center in Shenzhen. Halvorson will remain with the firm and has been named an executive vice president, where he will continue to lead the Chicago office.
Aside from structural engineering services for tall and complex buildings, Halvorson and Partners offers technical expertise in such areas as adaptive reuse/tenant modification, forensic engineering, value engineering, building assessment, and peer review. Its clients include owners and developers of commercial office towers, residential buildings, hotels, and mixed-use complexes as well as educational and civic institutions.