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WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff: A Year of Integration

One year after WSP acquired Parsons Brinckerhoff, we look at how two renowned engineering firms have achieved a successful integration and are pursuing their growth as a combined entity.


WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

On October 31, 2014, WSP acquired Parsons Brinckerhoff. The firm now has 34,500 employees working in 500 offices in 40 countries around the world. In many locations, our teams have moved into shared spaces and are working on joint projects and bids. The acquisition has reinforced our expertise and was extremely well received by our clients.

Paul Dollin, COO of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff explains: “Integration takes many forms from the emotional journey we take as people through to office co-location and single systems and processes. We have made great progress over the last year but many aspects of integration will continue over the coming months and years. We now need to move on from using language that reflects our legacy companies or integration as an activity and focus on the benefits we can bring to our clients and people from our increased depth of quality, diversity and global reach. Translating these benefits into competitive advantage will be the key to our long term success and will be measured through client satisfaction, organic growth and feedback from our people.”  

A great example of synergy and collaboration is the California High-Speed Rail project. The mandate originated from Parsons Brinckerhoff in the US, which was providing program management, integration and delivery, as well as operations and maintenance planning. The US WSP team is serving as engineer-of-record for the transit terminal of the line’s northern terminus, the Transbay Transit Center, as well as engineer for the Transbay Tower, a state-of-the-art office high-rise adjacent to the centre.

Our recent event about Designing Global Skylines, held in parallel to the CTBUH conference in New York City, also highlighted the strength of our combined expertise. Speakers such as Vincent Tse, vertical transportation expert originally with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Silvian Marcus, Director of Building Structures for the US (formerly with WSP), and Steve Burrows, Executive VP of our US business (previously with WSP), delivered insightful presentations on high-rise best practices, trends and challenges around the world. Furthermore, the recent digital launch of Network, a technical journal that had been published by the Parsons Brinckerhoff team for over 25 years, now features authors from the combined organization. The latest issue focuses on resilience and how it is concretely applied through our engineering solutions for clients in all sectors.

“The joining of forces between WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff was a great leap forward in reaching our 2013-2015 global strategic plan objectives. We were able to carry out our 2015-2018 strategy promptly, which attests to how successful the integration has been. In the past year, we pursued our growth as a united firm, both organically and through recent acquisitions such as that of MMM Group, Levelton and SPL in Canada, Faveo in the Nordic countries and Halvorson and Partners in the US,” concludes Alexandre L’Heureux, CFO of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.