Integrating Cultures after an Acquisition

Integrating Cultures after an Acquisition

The A/E industry is a hotbed of M&A activity.  Forbes Magazine published an informative article for firms facing the challenge of integrating different cultures resulting from an acquisition.  M&A is a powerful way to grow revenue, but to avoid hurting employee retention it is important to acknowledge and manage competing cultures.

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Marc Richards of Tighe & Bond appointed to hazardous waste site cleanup board

Marc Richards, Vice President of the award winning engineering and environmental consulting firm, Tighe & Bond, has been appointed to the Commonwealth’s Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Professionals (LSPs).  The LSP program includes scientists, engineers, and public health specialists and has expedited the assessment and cleanup of contaminated brownfield sites. Read more details […]

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Three Reasons for Hiring Older Workers in Architecture, Engineering, Planning, and Environmental Consulting Industries

One positive trend we’ve seen in the design industry is that there has been less resistance to hiring older workers. Perhaps this is due to the extreme labor shortage that we’re likely to see continue for some time. Whatever the reason, it’s a good thing in my opinion. Older workers bring the following traits that […]

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Here’s how the Tax Bill will Affect the A/E Industry

With the Republican-led tax bill headed to the President’s desk, The Wall Street Journal takes a closer look at how the overhaul affects homeowners, families, retirees, and business professionals.  Here are the highlights for the Architecture and Engineering industry: Pass-Through Entities Although owners of S corporations, partnerships, and other pass-through businesses are set to receive […]

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What Do Your Employees Really Think? Finding Out Can Decrease Turnover

It is the leaders who establish the cultures within Architectural, Engineering, Planning, and Environmental Consulting firms. Even in small design groups, it is the group leaders who establish the customs within their sections of their organizations.  Cultures can be healthy, toxic, or someplace in between. When a company has high turnover, fixing the problem often […]

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Michael Baker Grows Architecture Practice with Key Hire

Michael Baker International (ENR # 32), a leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, has hired Peter Darby, AIA, LEED, AP.  My Darby will lead a team of architects to deliver all aspects of building design for clients across the state. It is not surprising that Michael Baker is bulking up its key staff in Texas.  Texas […]

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Jacobs Completes CH2M Acquisition

Jacobs (ENR #2) completes the acquisition of CH2M (ENR #3).    This marks another mega M&A deal in the AE industry in 2017.  In the first nine months of 2017, 10 deals involved a seller on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms list. Other notable deals included Wood Group (ENR #28) acquiring Amec Foster Wheeler (ENR #7), New Mountain Partners […]

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