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Terracon Boosts West Coast Presence with Purchase of California’s CHJ Consultants

OLATHE, Kan. – Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, announces the acquisition of CHJ Consultants (CHJ). CHJ provides geotechnical and materials testing services from its three southern California locations.

“We are pleased to further demonstrate our commitment to growing our presence, expertise, and service offerings in southern California and throughout the West,” said David Gaboury, P.E., president and CEO of Terracon. “CHJ’s depth of expertise allows us to expand our regional presence and bring additional resources to national and local clients.”

CHJ Consultants was founded in 2011 by Robert Johnson along with Jay Martin and help from a former business associate. From its headquarters and laboratory in Colton, and with a laboratory in Victorville and an office in Palm Desert, Calif., CHJ supports projects throughout the San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties. CHJ’s services include geotechnical investigations, soil testing, engineering geology, environmental consulting, materials testing, and construction inspection.

The transition is effective immediately. The company operates as CHJ Consultants, A Terracon Company. All 55 CHJ employees have been retained.

President and principal geotechnical engineer of CHJ, Robert Johnson, P.E., G.E., said, “We believe this is a unique opportunity for CHJ employees and our clients. We could not be more excited to join a national company committed to the success of its employee-owners. The merger brings us the added resources that will allow us to focus on bringing greater value to our clients.”

CHJ has a professional staff which includes geotechnical and civil engineers, geologists, materials technicians, and inspectors. The CHJ portfolio includes a number of major hospitals, roadways, schools and universities, power projects, and flood control projects.

The new acquisition is supported by Terracon’s existing Orange County office. The CHJ acquisition is Terracon’s fifth of 2016. Over the past two years Terracon’s western expansions have included NORCAL of Sonoma County, Calif., and Mayes Testing Engineers and Argus Pacific, both of Seattle.


Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


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Terracon Acquires Geotechnical Consulting & Testing Inc.

Establishing Company’s First Virginia Locations

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OLATHE, Kan. – Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, announces the establishment of its first Virginia office locations through the acquisition of Geotechnical Consulting & Testing Inc. (GC&T), headquartered in Woodbridge, with a laboratory in Dulles.

Formed in 1990, GC&T is a privately owned firm primarily dedicated to providing geotechnical and materials testing services. GC&T provides services for transportation and infrastructure, commercial, industrial, retail, residential, office, medical, and hospitality projects throughout the Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

David Gaboury, P.E., president and CEO of Terracon, said, “As Terracon continues our strategy of profitable growth and geographic expansion, we seek to build our presence in regions such as the Mid-Atlantic, where we can bring value to even greater numbers of clients nationwide.”

The transition is effective immediately. The company operates as Geotechnical Consulting & Testing, A Terracon Company. Terracon is retaining all 52 GC&T employees.

GC&T is especially well-regarded in Washington D.C. for its laboratory testing capabilities and cost-effective performance of tests on soil, concrete, and reinforcing steel. The laboratory is accredited by the Washington Area Council of Engineering Laboratories, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies, and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

“Aligning with Terracon is a great opportunity for our employees and clients,” said Emad Saadeh, P.E., chief engineer and president of GC&T. “This change provides our employees with the support of a national organization, and our clients with an expanded network of resources and complementary service offerings.”

GC&T joins Building Exterior Solutions, Mayes Testing Engineers Inc., and ROC Geotechnical Consulting Engineers as Terracon’s fourth acquisition in 2016.


Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


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Terracon Consultants, Inc., Kansas Office, Receives Outstanding Employer Recognition Award

Terracon Consultants, Inc., has been awarded the 2016 Outstanding Employer Recognition Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Committee of Younger Members (CYM). This recognition is given to outstanding employers who supports professionals early in their careers and encourages their involvement in ASCE activities.

“Terracon’s dedication to young civil engineers through their promotion of continuing education, support of Society involvement, and outreach into local community activities, aligns with ASCE’s goals of developing people, advancing the profession of civil engineering, and serving the public good,” said Leslie Payne, Director of Student and Younger Member Programs at ASCE.

Terracon places a high priority on continuing education by covering up to 90% of the tuition expenses for approved coursework. They also cover the costs of registration and preparation of material for young professionals taking the P.E. exam. Additionally, an award of up to $1,000 can be earned for writing technical papers and articles for professional conference proceedings or journals. Terracon encourages employees to present a single topic paper at least twice per year.

Terracon encourages young engineers to be involved in professional societies by covering national and local fees. Specifically, Terracon covers Society and Section dues for young engineers involved with ASCE. Travel is supported for Society events, such as the Central Region Multi Regional Leadership Conference, Emerging Leaders Alliance Workshop, and Section and Branch Leaders Workshop.

Through its young professional staff, Terracon has presented programs about engineering and science to local community groups and led a Geotechnical Engineering Tour in Kansas City for local university students.


The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society.   ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment.


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Terracon Continues to Rise in ENR Rankings

OLATHE, KS —Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, has continued a pattern of growth and its market presence expansion as evidenced in Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) annual listing of top design firms and top regional design firms.

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Terracon has advanced in each of the following national listings:

  • Top 500 Design Firms – #32 (up from #35)
  • Top 100 Pure Designers – #16 (up from #17)
  • Top 200 Environmental Firms – #59 (up from #61)
  • Top 150 Global Design Firms – #63 (up from #71)

“Terracon has continued to become more diversified through both organic and external growth,” said Gayle Packer, chief administrative officer for Terracon. “In the past 10 years, we have opened more than 50 new offices, expanding our services and value to more clients throughout the U.S.”

Terracon’s focus on strategic business sectors within its core service lines has resulted in strong growth — transportation revenues up 8 percent; power generation and transmission (including renewable energy) revenues up 45 percent; and oil and gas revenues up 39 percent. By providing local service with support from offices nationwide, Terracon continues to support clients’ business objectives.

ENR performs annual surveys of the construction industry’s key segments and ranks companies engaged in general contracting, specialty contracting, engineering, architecture, and environmental services, among other specialties. The rankings, based on annual revenue, are further divided into market categories and geographic regions. Significant upward movement in the Top Design Firms regional listings includes rising to #9 in the Southeast, #10 in the Southwest, #11 in Texas and California, and rising ten places to #41 in California. A full list of ENR rankings can be found here.


Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


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Blair Loftis Named Terracon’s National Director of Power Generation and Transmission

Firm Continues Focus on Renewable Energy

PORTLAND, Ore. — Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, is pleased to name Blair Loftis as the national director of power generation and transmission.

Loftis brings to the position more than 25 years of industry leadership in consulting engineering, construction management, and electric utility management. His work in the areas of operations, strategy, project management, and finance bring a unique understanding to project development and meeting client objectives.

Recognized as an expert on renewable energy, Loftis leads Terracon’s marketing of innovative services such as solar pile load testing and the patent-pending Pile Driving Performance Monitoring. He also published an article on the recent North Star Solar Project and supports a Terracon success story presentation at the upcoming Solar Power International conference.

Looking ahead, Loftis sees even greater opportunities. “We have grown our service line by more than 59% in the past two years,” he said. “That’s a significant increase and a credit to the leadership and experience of our nationwide team. I look forward to capitalizing upon this momentum and continuing to find ways to provide value for our clients.”

Since joining the firm in 2015, Loftis has served as national program manager of renewable energy from his office in Portland, where he was responsible for leading the direction of Terracon’s services to support renewable energy clients, primarily within the wind and solar energy sectors. He has worked closely to develop Terracon’s professional staff to efficiently position the company for targeted opportunities and to coordinate with Terracon’s scientific and engineering staff to effectively execute projects.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental toxicology from the University of California at Davis. Loftis has authored several industry articles on energy and renewable power. He is president of a local non-profit agency, husband, father, and an avid outdoorsman.


Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees in more than 130 offices with services available in all 50 states. Headquartered in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. Terracon also recently announced the acquisition of Mayes Testing Engineers Inc. with offices in Portland, Ore., and Lynnwood (Seattle) and Tacoma, Wash. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


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Mentor-Protégé Collaboration Establishes Competitive Environmental Team

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Terracon, a leading national engineering consulting firm, and Consultech, a recognized small disadvantaged business (SBD) and woman-owned enterprise (WBE) providing environmental consulting and construction, announce the establishment of their mentor-protégé relationship.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Mentor-Protégé Program was developed to encourage long-term, mutually-beneficial business partnerships between large and small companies. Mentor companies voluntarily support protégé businesses interested in pursuing federal government contracts, enhancing small businesses’ ability to perform large federal contracts. Establishment of the relationship provides increased contracting opportunities specifically set-aside for program participants.

“The mentor-protégé program is an invaluable tool for the strategic growth of our company,” said Pragna Shah, Consultech managing officer. “With access to the expertise and resources of Terracon, we will gain new operational experience and overcome barriers to entry we might otherwise encounter.”

The agreement brings together the resources of two complementary organizations with extensive environmental experience. Terracon’s capabilities include a wide range of risk management activities including asbestos, industrial hygiene, regulatory compliance, and site investigation consultation. Paired with Consultech’s experience in general contracting, waste management, remediation, industrial, environmental, and storage tank management services, the relationship creates a full-service environmental team.

Charlie Vernoy, Terracon program manager, said the Mentor Protégé Program is a learning opportunity for mentor companies as well, “We have been fortunate to grow our business and appreciate being able to share our experience, but we also expect to learn from Consultech’s construction expertise.”

The firms also intend to pursue the formation of a joint-venture relationship, providing further growth and experience opportunities for each organization.


About Terracon

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.

About Consultech

Consultech Environmental LLC., is an environmental consulting and construction company, certified as an 8(a) small disadvantaged business (SDB) and woman-owned enterprise (WBE). From their location in Cary, N.C., Consultech’s mission is to emphasize integrity, creativity, professionalism, and commitment. For more information about Consultech, visit www.consultechenv.com.


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Terracon Acquires Mayes Testing Engineers, Inc.

Pacific Northwest Expansion Continues with Materials Engineering Powerhouse

OLATHE, Kan. – Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Mayes Testing Engineers of Lynnwood (Seattle), Wash. Terracon is retaining all 115 Mayes employees.

Mayes Testing Engineers was formed in 1991 through acquisition of Boss Testing, originally established in 1984. Locally owned and operated for the past 25 years, Mayes is known as one of the largest providers of construction quality assurance services in the Pacific Northwest with in-depth welding, concrete, soils, masonry, asphalt, and non-destructive testing experience.

“This acquisition allows us to significantly expand our presence and service offering in the Pacific Northwest,” said David Gaboury, P.E., president and CEO of Terracon. “We believe Mayes’ materials expertise and local area knowledge complement our existing services and enhance the value and depth of resources we bring to our clients regionally and nationally.”

The transition is effective immediately. The company operates as Mayes Testing Engineers, A Terracon Company.

The Mayes team provides special inspections, materials testing, condition surveys and other materials consulting for owners, developers, architects, contractors, and structural engineers.

“This is a great opportunity for our company, our employees and our clients,” said Michael Mayes, P.E., president of Mayes Testing Engineers Inc. “Joining forces with a nationwide leader like Terracon allows us to provide additional services, including geotechnical, environmental, and building envelope consulting, to our regional clients.”

Terracon’s expansion brings together the acquired resources of Mayes, RGA Environmental, and Argus Pacific all in the Pacific Northwest. Terracon companies now combine to include six Seattle/Tacoma and two Portland, Ore., locations. The move also becomes Terracon’s fifth acquisition in the West in the past two years, having also acquired NORCAL Geophysical Consultants and Neil O. Anderson and Associates.


Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


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Terracon Expands New England Resume

ROC expertise builds regional soil testing services

OLATHE, Kan. — Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services is pleased to announce the projects and assets of ROC Geotechnical Consulting Engineers, PLLC (ROC) are now part of Terracon. Located in Rochester, N.Y., ROC offers geotechnical and soils testing capabilities.

The transition is effective immediately. Terracon retains all four ROC employees.

The expansion allows Terracon to further strengthen its service offerings and geographic presence in Rochester and across upstate New York. Terracon’s existing Rochester location opened in 2015 and has quickly grown to 20 employees. Employees from both offices will remain at their current locations before eventually integrating into one office.

“This opportunity allows us to further strengthen our presence in the area and draw upon the excellent regional history and reputation of an established upstate New York firm,” said David Gaboury, P.E., Terracon’s president and chief executive officer. “Gaining this area expertise aligns with our commitment to bring even greater resources to our clients.”

With more than 70 combined years of geotechnical experience, the partners of ROC formed the company in 2011 through an acquisition of Tierney Geotechnical Engineering. ROC’s services include subsurface exploration; geotechnical engineering design recommendations and laboratory analyses; and geotechnical field inspection services.

ROC services clients across the public and private sectors and boasts a project history spanning across the commercial, healthcare, energy, and government markets.

“ROC has an incredible background in the region, having provided services on countless recognizable projects,” said Bob Pavlicek, P.E., Terracon’s northeast division manager. “Gaining these resources helps us provide clients with cost-effective consulting supported by powerful, site-specific information and regional expertise.”


Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


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Terracon Foundation Awards $105,500 in Grants

OLATHE, Kan. ­­– The Terracon Foundation is pleased to announce the award of $105,500 to grant recipients. The Foundation was established as the community investment arm of Terracon with a goal to reach out and become a real part of the lives of company employees and the communities where they live and work. Employees complete applications which are then reviewed and decided upon by a volunteer board of professionals.

The Foundation bi-annually awards funds in the grant categories of universities and community organizations, and annually presents funds for scholarships supporting dependents of employees. To date, the Foundation has distributed more than $1.3 million in grant funds.

“Through the Terracon Foundation, we have been able to support the education of 55 young adults in the last three years,” said David Gaboury, P.E., president and CEO of Terracon. “The scholarships are one facet of our broader commitment to providing financial support for industry-focused higher education at universities across the country.”

Dependent Scholarship Grants

The Foundation distributed $24,000 in scholarship grants to 12 dependents of Terracon employees who are pursuing a four-year degree through a community college, college, or university.

University Grants

As part of an ongoing effort to support higher education, the Foundation also presented university grants for graduate-level scholarships, fellowships, and programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This year, the Foundation presented $55,000 to nine universities: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; Texas A&M University – San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; Texas Tech University – The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, Lubbock, Texas; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.; University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.; University of Missouri – St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo.; University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.; University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; and University of Utah – Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Community Grants

Terracon also awarded $26,500 in community grants to eight local, nonprofit programs in which employees are actively engaged with an emphasis on education and the built and natural environment. Recipients include: Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne, Inc., Cheyenne, Wyo.; Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.; Celeste Henkel Elementary School, Statesville, N.C.; Community Help for Autism Spectrum Everywhere, Olathe, Kan.; Great River Greening, Saint Paul, Minn.; Junior League of Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Kiwanis Club of Bradenton Foundation, Inc., Bradenton, Fla.; and Sustainable Tulsa, Tulsa, Okla.

For more information about the Terracon Foundation, visit terracon.com/about/terracon-foundation/.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.

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Terracon’s Bill Johnson Begins Term as President of SMPS Northern New England

MANCHESTER, N.H. – June 8, 2016 – Terracon, a leading national engineering consulting firm with a personal and uncompromising commitment to everyone going home safe to their family each and every day, is proud to announce that Bill Johnson, client development manager for the New England region, will serve as president of SMPS Northern New England (NNE) for the organization’s 2016-2017 fiscal year.

SMPS NNE is the local chapter of a larger national organization, the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and serves over 50 members in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. SMPS Boston is the local chapter of a larger national organization, the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). SMPS was established in 1973 as the only professional society devoted to the marketing of professional services for businesses in the built environment. It is the mission of SMPS Boston to be the primary resource for education, team building and strategic and marketing information for SMPS members and others involved in the built environment.

A member of SMPS since 2010, Bill previously served as Director at Large and Program Committee Chair.

In addition to his role on the SMPS NNE Board of Directors, Bill is actively involved with the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) where he serves on the national board of directors as the business partner representative for the US, the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the International Facilities Managers Association (IFMA) the Society for College & University Planners (SCUP), and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).

He holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Northeastern University and is a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) through the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).  He has authored and published a book entitled “Business Development for Professionals.”

About Terracon

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 130 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.

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