CHAR acquires Altech Group

Mississauga, Ont.-based CHAR Technologies has closed on its acquisition of Toronto’s Altech Group. This comes with an announcement that they will manufacture and sell a biocoal product, which will be marketed as a cost-effective coal replacement. Altech is a 12-person environmental consulting company and provider of air pollution control and water treatment technology.  CHAR acquired […]

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Salas O’Brien Expands to Ohio with Varo Merger

Salas O’Brien has merged with Varo Engineers, creating a combined firm with 16 offices and 460 employees.  Salas O’Brien is a facility planning, design, construction management and commissioning firm headquartered in San Jose, CA.  The combined company will have expertise in manufacturing, critical environments, industry, power transmission and distribution, clean energy, education, and telecommunications. Read […]

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ISG Joins Forces with Iowa-based StruXture Architects

ISG has joined forces with StruXture Architects, an architecture and interior design firm based in Waterloo, Iowa. StruXture’s portfolio includes education, government, healthcare, and civic + cultural markets. ISG is a multi-disciplinary firm.  This ISG led acquisition will enable StruXture to offer current clients additional in-house services backed by the same solid architecture, planning, and […]

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Christopher B. Burke Engineering Announces Promotions

Full-service consulting engineering and surveying firm, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, has promoted Bryan Welch, PE and Lee Feel, PE to Assistant Department Heads of the Civil Design Department. Ilene Dailey, PE, CFM has been promoted to Assistant Department Head of the Drainage Department. All three are long-serving employees. Dailey has extensive civil engineering and project management […]

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The Top 45 Science + Technology Architecture Firms

Building Design + Construction ranks the top 45 science and technology sector architecture and AE firms, as reported in the 2017 Giants 300 Report.  HDR, HOK, Interior Architects, Stantec, Flad Architects, Perkins+Will, Payette, DGA, SmithGroupJJR, and Page top the list.  The #1 firm, HDR, had a total of $71,661,656 in science + technology revenue in 2016.  Read Building […]

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Design Firm Leaders- Is Company Culture Part of Your 2018 Budget?

In architecture and engineering firms, culture has an enormous impact on almost every aspect of business. Improving culture can especially improve your success in hiring and retention. In the A/E industry, where talented architects and engineers are in high demand, this can add tremendous value to your firm. Chris Barbin expands on the importance of […]

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King Acquires CTT Engineering

King Engineering has acquired Criser Troutman Tanner Consulting Engineers (CTT), a North Carolina based full-service engineering firm. CTT specializes in civil and structural engineering for private and public-sector clients. CTT will continue to operate as CTT in the North Carolina market from offices in Wilmington, Raleigh and Charlotte. With this addition, as well as the […]

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Six Things Design Firms Should Do to Retain More Women

Six Things Design Firms Should Do to Retain More Women

The labor shortage in the architecture and engineering industry is no secret.  It has been a problem since the early nineties, except for the brutal recession back in 2010 when industry unemployment went to 20%.  Today, however, industry unemployment is back down to 4.2%, and firms are scrambling to find talent.  Unfortunately, many firms have […]

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