HDR acquires companies in Calif., Texas

HDR Engineering Inc., a leading architecture-engineering-consulting firm, has acquired Surface Water Resources Inc. (SWRI), an environmental and engineering consulting firm based in Sacramento, as well as Shiner Moseley and Associates Inc., an engineering and environmental consulting firm based in Corpus Christi, Texas...

OMAHA, NE, Jan. 10, 2006 -- HDR Engineering Inc., a leading architecture-engineering-consulting firm, has acquired Surface Water Resources Inc. (SWRI), an environmental and engineering consulting firm based in Sacramento, Calif.

It also announced the purchase of Shiner Moseley and Associates Inc., an engineering and environmental consulting firm based in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Financial terms of either purchase agreement were not disclosed.

SWRI
Going forward, SWRI will conduct business as HDR/SWRI.

SWRI specializes in water resources, with particular expertise in systems analysis and modeling, fisheries, water quality, policy analysis, water supply issues, water transfers, and environmental documentation and regulatory compliance (NEPA, ESA, CEQA). The company has 30 employees.

"Effective water resource management will be one of this century's defining issues in the western United States and beyond," said HDR president George Little. "SWRI has some of the most respected water policy analysts, scientists, and water resources professionals in California, and we are pleased they wanted to join HDR."

Under the new corporate structure, George "Buzz" Link, and Paul Bratovich, founding partners of SWRI, will be vice presidents with HDR helping to manage SWRI operations and grow the services offered.

"We are excited about the additional opportunities the HDR network brings, in terms of both personal and professional growth," said Link. "We're in this business because we are committed to problem solving and lifelong learning, and HDR will be a great partner in that endeavor."

Founded in Sacramento, Calif., in 1996, SWRI is a professional services firm providing expertise in the areas of hydrologic engineering and modeling, environmental planning and policy development, environmental assessments, water policy, and water resources management.

Shiner Moseley
Going forward, Shiner Moseley will conduct business as HDR/Shiner Moseley and Associates.

Shiner Moseley specializes in port/marine and coastal planning, engineering and permitting, in addition to civil, structural and environmental services.

"In addition to their national and international work, Shiner Moseley has a tremendous reputation along the Gulf Coast for providing top-notch coastal and marine engineering services," said HDR's Little. "Given the recent hurricane season and predictions of continued severe activity, helping the Gulf and the rest of our nation's coastlines thrive is more important now than ever. We are pleased to welcome this talented group to HDR."

Under the new corporate structure, Jim Shiner, Shiner Moseley president, will be a senior vice president, as will Jeff Massengill, who's presently executive vice president. Doug Hearn and Jerry Hauske will be vice presidents.

"Everyone at Shiner Moseley is excited about expanding the reach of our services to HDR clients nationwide," said Shiner. "We also look forward to being part of a company that shares our commitment to integrity and offers our employees long-term professional and ownership opportunities."

Founded in Corpus Christi in 1985, Shiner Moseley and Associates, Inc., employs 55 professionals in Texas. The company also has offices in Houston and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

HDR (www.hdrinc.com) is an architectural, engineering, planning and consulting firm that excels at complex projects and solving challenges for clients. More than 4,400 employee-owners, including architects, engineers, consultants, scientists, planners and construction managers, in over 100 locations worldwide, pool their strengths to provide solutions beyond the scope of traditional A/E/C firms. HDR is HDR is currently No. 19 on the Engineering News-Record "Top 500 Design Firms" rankings. It is ranked No. 5 in environmental science.

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