Stantec (TSX:STN) (NYSE:STN) is taking a giant leap forward with its plan to become one of the world's leading architecture practices through a signed letter of intent for Pennsylvania-headquartered firm Burt Hill Inc. to join Stantec.
Burt Hill is an international architecture and engineering firm with over 600 employees in 13 offices, including three offices overseas. The firm's clients represent nearly every facet of the economy, including health care institutions, colleges and universities, K-12 schools, technology and biotechnology companies, government bodies, multinational corporations, real estate developers, and nonprofit organizations. Stantec also recently announced its plans to acquire Anshen + Allen, a San Francisco-based architecture firm with more than 200 employees and expertise in health care design.
"The combination of Stantec, Burt Hill, and Anshen + Allen will create a new global architecture practice with world-class expertise in our key market sectors, particularly health care, education, and science and technology," says Bob Gomes, Stantec president and chief executive officer. "The addition of Burt Hill will bring to Stantec a wealth of experience in the markets we've targeted and give us a much stronger building design presence in the eastern United States to complement the practice we're developing on the West Coast with Anshen + Allen."
Founded 74 years ago, Burt Hill has been recognized as a national leader in the design of higher education facilities and is in the top 10 nationally in health care facility design. Among its projects are the University of Rhode Island Ocean Science and Exploration Center, Doherty Hall at Carnegie Mellon University, the Harrisburg University Academic Center, the University of Wisconsin's student center, the Dorrance H. Hamilton Building at Thomas Jefferson University, the corporate headquarters for JSW Steel Ltd., multiple projects at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and with the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and Al Mafraq Hospital. The firm has offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Phoenix, Arizona; Butler, State College, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Miami, Florida; and Washington, D.C. The company's overseas operations are located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Ahmedabad, India.
"Our decision to join Stantec was based on the benefit that our clients, and those of Stantec, will receive through our combined ability to provide an unparalleled range of resources, expertise, services, and geographic reach. It will also provide more growth opportunities for our staff," says Peter Moriarty, Burt Hill president and chief executive officer, who will continue with Stantec in a leadership role. "We will have created, together, one of the largest and best architecture and engineering firms in the world. In addition, Burt Hill's presence in the eastern United States and overseas will extend Stantec's geographic presence with complementary market sector expertise."