Atwell acquires Hydro Consultants, expanding surveying capabilities in the Gulf Coast

June 20, 2024 (Southfield, MI) – Atwell has acquired Hydro Consultants, a professional surveying, engineering, and mapping company located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This acquisition expands Atwell’s presence in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1984, Hydro Consultants services include land surveys, hydrographic surveys, pipeline route surveys, industrial site surveys, GIS, and more.

“Hydro Consultants has a reputation for accuracy, high ethical standards, and professionalism, and having seen those same values in Atwell’s organization, we consider them to be an outstanding cultural fit,” said Ernie Gammon, PLS, President of Hydro Consultants. “We look forward to expanding our services to our clients and providing new opportunities for our employees.”

Matthew C. Bissett, PS, President of Atwell, shared, “Hydro Consultants is well known in its community, exemplifies the professionalism and quality we value at Atwell, and is committed to a client-centered approach. For all these reasons and more, we are excited to combine efforts with their team and expand our services in the Gulf Coast region.”

Atwell continues to expand its geographic footprint, service offerings, and capabilities through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. This is Atwell’s fourth acquisition of 2024 and follows two previous acquisitions of surveying and engineering firms in the Southeast: Banks Engineering, located in Fort Myers and Port Charlotte, Florida, and Biscayne Engineering, located in Miami and Boca Raton, Florida.

Atwell, LLC is a national consulting, engineering, and construction services firm with more than 1,800 professionals located across the country. Creating innovative solutions for clients in industries such as real estate and land development, power and renewable energy, oil and gas, and transportation and infrastructure, Atwell provides comprehensive turnkey services including land and right-of-way support, planning, landscape architecture, engineering, land surveying, environmental compliance and permitting, natural resources consulting and project and program management.

Atwell acquires Miami-based Biscayne Engineering, expanding surveying and engineering services in South Florida

June 12, 2024 (Southfield, MI) – Atwell has acquired Biscayne Engineering, an engineering and surveying company with offices in Miami and Boca Raton, Florida. This acquisition expands Atwell’s already robust presence in Florida, adding over 50 employees, and will be the company’s first office in Miami. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1898, Biscayne Engineering has been at the forefront of South Florida’s growth and development for more than 125 years. What began as a partnership between two surveyors has expanded to include additional services such as engineering and GIS mapping.

“Biscayne Engineering has been providing unparalleled professional services to South Florida since Miami’s very early days,” said Mike Bartholomew, PSM, Biscayne’s President. “Atwell, like Biscayne, has a long history and both firms share a common vision. By joining Atwell, we will be able to provide a broader range of services to our existing clientele and expand our reach. In addition, the members of our team will have an amazing opportunity to grow professionally. We are excited for the future.”

“Biscayne brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for building the future,” said Matthew C. Bissett, PS, President of Atwell. “We’re excited to work with their team and grow together. It is the shared level of expertise and commitment to client satisfaction that makes Biscayne and Atwell a great fit.”

Atwell has expanded through organic growth and strategic acquisitions across the United States over the past several years. This is Atwell’s third acquisition of 2024 and second in Florida following the acquisition of Banks Engineering, an engineering and surveying firm based in Fort Myers, Florida, earlier this year.

Atwell, LLC is a national consulting, engineering, and construction services firm with more than 1,800 professionals located across the country. Creating innovative solutions for clients in industries such as real estate and land development, power and renewable energy, oil and gas, and transportation and infrastructure, Atwell provides comprehensive turnkey services including land and right-of-way support, planning, landscape architecture, engineering, land surveying, environmental compliance and permitting, natural resources consulting and project and program management.

Atwell ranked #71 in ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms

Thanks to the continued work of our passionate team, Engineering News-Record (ENR) has ranked Atwell #71 of the Top 500 Design Firms for 2024. Each year, firms across the nation are ranked based on several key factors, including their new corporate initiatives, current projects, and annual revenue growth.

We are honored to be ranked among the best firms in our practice and are dedicated to continually improving through our unwavering commitment to our clients and their business goals.

Atwell expands in the Southeast with opening of Birmingham office

April 15, 2024 (Birmingham, AL) – Atwell has opened a new office in Birmingham, Alabama, expanding the firm’s reach in the Southeast. A leading firm in consulting, engineering, planning, landscape architecture, survey, and construction services, Atwell already has a solid presence in the Southeast with offices in Florida and Georgia. This is Atwell’s first office in Alabama.

The Birmingham office, located in the Blue Lake Center at 3500 Blue Lake Drive, Suite 230, maintains a team of technical professionals who specialize in the Real Estate & Land Development and Power & Energy markets. Services offered include land planning, survey, engineering, environmental, and construction management.

“As Atwell continues to expand its geographic footprint, we’re excited to open our first office in Alabama,” said Kyle Wood, Director at Atwell and leader of the Birmingham office. “Our passionate team of local experts looks forward to developing and strengthening relationships with local clients and communities.”

Atwell, LLC is a national consulting, engineering, and construction services firm with more than 1,800 professionals located across the country. Creating innovative solutions for clients in industries such as real estate and land development, power and energy, oil and gas, and infrastructure and transportation, Atwell provides comprehensive turnkey services including land and right-of-way support, planning, landscape architecture, engineering, land surveying, environmental compliance and permitting, and project and program management.

Atwell Hires Todd Fleming as Director of Real Estate & Land Development

We are excited to welcome Todd Fleming to Atwell as Director of Real Estate & Land Development in Philadelphia. With over 25 years of experience in land development consulting, Fleming brings comprehensive experience in coordinating all project functions from real estate contracts and due diligence to design and site development. In this leadership role, Fleming will provide effective and consistent project delivery approaches.

Fleming’s experience includes the management of site development for commercial, industrial, and residential projects spanning across the United States and throughout the Mid-Atlantic markets. He has successfully led teams consisting of brokers, architects, engineers, construction, operations, and legal consultants. He has been responsible for creating site designs for regional markets consistent with company standards, while adhering to cost, schedule, and operational requirements.

Fleming will also be leading the Philadelphia operations, which already has a solid core group of technical and management staff. His experience will add great value to our Real Estate & Land Development teams, and we are happy to have him on board!

James Hall joins Atwell as Executive Vice President of Special Projects

March 20, 2024 (Southfield, MI) – James Hall has joined Atwell – a national consulting, engineering, and construction services firm – as Executive Vice President of Special Projects. In this role, Hall will lead the execution of several corporate projects, including strategic recruitment, integration of teams from mergers and acquisitions, and organic client growth across the Atwell Family of Companies – Atwell, RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture, and Strategic Construction Solutions.

“I’m excited to return home to Atwell,” says Hall, who was previously with the firm from 2003 to 2010. “I’ve always been driven to provide proactive solutions, lead by example, and impact positive change. All of which defines Atwell’s incredible company culture and elite team of professionals.”

Hall’s career spans more than 25 years and encompasses leading national growth and execution strategies throughout a multitude of consulting, engineering, and construction arenas. Skilled in quickly impacting positive change, his experience and relationships extend across the nation’s top real estate and land development, power and energy, and oil and gas markets.

Atwell CEO Brian Wenzel says, “James’ extensive leadership experience and expertise in multiple industry sectors is sure to be an asset to Atwell’s continued growth and reach. We look forward to James joining the leadership team.”

Atwell, LLC is a national consulting, engineering, and construction services firm with more than 1,800 professionals located across the country. Creating innovative solutions for clients in industries such as real estate and land development, power and energy, hydrocarbons, and infrastructure, Atwell provides comprehensive turnkey services including land and right-of-way support, planning, landscape architecture, engineering, land surveying, environmental compliance and permitting, natural resources consulting and project and program management.

Atwell acquires Karins and Associates, expanding surveying and engineering capabilities in the Mid-Atlantic

 

January 18, 2024 (Southfield, MI) – In its second acquisition of the year, Atwell has acquired Karins and Associates, an engineering, surveying, and planning firm with locations in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. This acquisition continues to strengthen Atwell’s resources and capabilities in the Mid-Atlantic, building upon the acquisitions of Bay Engineering in 2023 and Ben Dyer Associates in 2022. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Operating in the Mid-Atlantic since 1973, Karins prides itself on serving a diverse group of clients with their more than 50 employees. The addition of Karins will expand Atwell’s engineering and surveying services within land development, transportation, water resources, and public works throughout the region.

“The core values of Karins and Atwell are well-aligned,” said Dev Sitaram, President of Karins. “We’re focused on providing clients with the highest standards of quality and service. We look forward to working closely with our new teammates at Atwell, to expanding our capabilities, and providing improved services to our clients and new opportunities to our employees.”

“We both have a client-centric approach, making the addition of Karins to Atwell a great fit,” said Bill Anderson, Atwell’s Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Land Development in the U.S. East. “By leveraging their decades of experience within the Mid-Atlantic, we’ll be able to provide our clients with even more capabilities. We look forward to working with the Karins team to help our clients reach their goals.”

This acquisition follows a year of expansion through organic growth and strategic acquisitions across the United States for Atwell. The acquisition of Karins follows Atwell’s most recent acquisitions of Banks Engineering, an engineering and surveying firm based in Fort Myers, Florida; Summit Engineering, a civil engineering and land surveying firm in Heber City, Utah; and Mead Gilman & Associates, a land surveying firm located in Woodinville, Washington.

Atwell, LLC is a national consulting, engineering, and construction services firm with more than 1,800 professionals located across the country. Creating innovative solutions for clients in industries such as real estate and land development, power and energy, hydrocarbons, and infrastructure, Atwell provides comprehensive turnkey services including land and right-of-way support, planning, landscape architecture, engineering, land surveying, environmental compliance and permitting, natural resources consulting and project and program management.

Atwell continues growth in Florida with acquisition of Banks Engineering, expanding engineering, planning, and surveying services

 

Jan. 11, 2024 (Southfield, MI) – Atwell has acquired BEI Engineering Group, LLC, doing business as Banks Engineering, a 90-person firm providing civil engineering, planning, and land surveying services. The acquisition of Banks Engineering continues to strengthen Atwell’s resources and capabilities in Florida, specifically in Fort Myers and Port Charlotte. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

Banks Engineering has provided Florida with civil engineering, planning, and land surveying for more than 30 years. Founded in 1992, Banks Engineering has supported private sector work for a diverse range of clients throughout the state of Florida. The firm provides professional expertise at every stage, from initial concept to project completion and beyond. 

“Banks is excited to join the Atwell family,” said Tom Lehnert, President of Banks Engineering. “Banks Engineering and Atwell share similar values, and the merger will allow us to expand our services to better meet the needs of our clients and provide new opportunities for all of our team members. We look forward to supporting Atwell’s growth in Florida and the Southeast Region.” 

“We’ve worked with the team members at Banks Engineering for years and have firsthand experience of their excellent work and commitment to clients,” said Ron Waldrop, Senior Vice President at Atwell. “We have added the outstanding professionals at Banks Engineering to our company because we want to continue investing in this market for the benefit of our clients and the success of their projects.” 

Atwell has significantly expanded its geographic footprint, service offerings, and capabilities through organic growth and strategic acquisitions over the past few years. The acquisition of Banks Engineering follows Atwell’s most recent acquisitions of Summit Engineering, a civil engineering and land surveying firm in Heber City, Utah, and Mead Gilman & Associates, a land surveying firm located in Woodinville, Washington. 

Atwell, LLC is a national consulting, engineering, and construction services firm with more than 1,800 professionals located across the country. Creating innovative solutions for clients in industries such as real estate and land development, power and energy, hydrocarbons, and infrastructure, Atwell provides comprehensive turnkey services including land and right-of-way support, planning, landscape architecture, engineering, land surveying, environmental compliance and permitting, natural resources consulting and project and program management. 

Atwell and TVA Architects build the future for Advantis Credit Union, despite environmental and pandemic delays

 

Not even global delays could stop Atwell from delivering the exact major vision our client was looking for.

Atwell and TVA Architects teamed with Advantis Credit Union to design their corporate headquarters in Oregon City, Oregon. The credit union’s new headquarters consolidated three separate offices into one modern campus, totaling over 76,000 square feet and sitting on more than 12 acres of land. Atwell provided planning and engineering services for this exciting project, which not only respects the history of the community but also brings opportunities for current and future employees and the surrounding area.

Atwell got to work knowing that Advantis had one overarching mission in mind: to keep jobs in the community while maintaining an essential link between the members of the credit union and their administration. It was also a high priority, to both Atwell and the client, that the design be sustainable in order to maintain the plentiful farming roots of the area. To preserve the integrity of the former agricultural nursery site, the teams collaborated on creating access to walking trails and on-site recreational amenities to foster creativity, open-air collaboration, and a modern campus experience for employees and administration.

The team overcame several challenges, such as starting the project at the height of the pandemic, which included working through the obstacles of crew and material shortages and strict quarantines. The project site itself posed other hurdles that the Atwell design engineering team surmounted, such as off-site stormwater challenges both upstream and downstream of the property, coupled with limited municipal conveyance. These global and environmental setbacks didn’t stop Atwell from delivering excellence and expertise. Through optimal use of city-approved stormwater best-management practices and maximizing the available systems to transport on-site and off-site water, the team was able to overcome these shortages and challenges.

Ultimately, the Atwell team was able to stay true to our company values of being creative and bold, while putting the client first and delivering an outstanding outcome. Additionally, the region was supported through local jobs for a credit union that supports the surrounding community.

Brady Berry, Associate Director of Real Estate and Land Development, stated, “This project was a great effort by a collaborative team to provide a space and environment that makes going to work a pleasure for the employees. I thoroughly enjoyed working through the opportunities, challenges, and roadblocks while delivering excellent results alongside the design and execution teams!”

This project is yet another example of the way Atwell values are put into practice each day. Through collaborative teamwork, a client-first mindset, and thorough communication, Advantis Credit Union continues to be a staple within the community as well as a supporter of the local agricultural industry.

Atwell expands to Utah with acquisition of Summit Engineering Group

Oct. 3, 2023 (Southfield, MI) – Atwell has acquired the operations of Summit Engineering Group, a civil engineering and land surveying firm headquartered in Heber City, Utah. This is Atwell’s first permanent office in Utah, adding to the company’s recent expansion in the western United States. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2001 by Brian Balls and Michael Johnston, Summit offers a wide variety of professional and technical services throughout Utah. Their employees have a broad range of construction experience, utilizing design software and data reporting methods that help ensure accuracy, construction feasibility, efficiency, and low construction costs.

“Atwell and Summit place a priority on getting it right the first time, which makes our services and company cultures an ideal fit,” said Brian Balls, Principal at Summit. “Similarly, both companies have strong reputations for expertise, experience, and responsiveness to their clients’ needs. The breadth of Atwell’s services will expand into Utah, providing greater opportunity for our clients.”

“The team at Summit is focused on providing clients with the highest standards of quality, value, and service,” said Jeff French, Vice President of Real Estate and Land Development for Atwell. “We look forward to working with the Summit team and leveraging their decades of experience within their community. We’re very excited to expand our national reach by bringing Atwell into Utah to provide greater service options for our clients.”

Atwell continues to expand its geographic footprint, service offerings, and capabilities through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Summit is Atwell’s eighth acquisition over the past year. In the last two months, Atwell acquired Mead Gilman & Associates, a land surveying firm located in Woodinville, Washington, and Bay Engineering, a civil engineering, land surveying, and environmental services firm headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland.