Timmons gets bigger near Baltimore

Timmons is the largest real estate-related engineering firm in Richmond. (Timmons Group)

Timmons is the largest real estate-related engineering firm in Richmond. (Timmons Group)

A local engineering giant is reaching northward with an acquisition of a Maryland firm.

Timmons Group has acquired Vogel Engineering, a 20-person firm that has been operating in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area for 25 years.

The deal was finalized June 26. Terms were not disclosed.

Vogel’s services include civil engineering, land planning and surveying for residential, institutional, industrial-commercial and mixed-use projects. The Vogel team, led by Robert Vogel, will operate as a Timmons office, giving the Richmond-based company its first location in Maryland.

Timmons president Brian Bortell said the company had been eyeing the Maryland market for a possible acquisition for a year and had talked to several firms.

“The Maryland market was attractive to us,” he said. “We had been doing a good bit of work in the state, but we didn’t have a presence there.”

Brian Bortell

Brian Bortell

The company does have a field office north of Baltimore, but Bortell described that office as client-based, whereas the Vogel location will be a full-service engineering and surveying office.

“It’s going to allow us to better serve our clients up in that area, because we’ll be geographically closer to them,” Bortell said. “We also have a number of clients that we provide services to here in Richmond as well as in North Carolina that have interest in Maryland and have expressed to us that if we had a physical presence there, we could be of help to them as well.”

The acquisition extends Timmons’ office presence beyond Virginia and North Carolina, where it has offices in Shockoe Slip, on Southlake Boulevard in Chesterfield County, and in Prince George, Hampton Roads, Charlottesville, Ashburn, Staunton, Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte.

Headquartered in Chesterfield’s Boulders office park, the company also has several field offices across the country, including Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

Started in 1953, Timmons has grown to become the largest real estate-related engineering firm in Richmond, recently surpassing the 500 employees mark. The company’s focus areas include civil engineering, environmental, geotechnical, GIS/geospatial technology, landscape architecture and surveying services.

Local projects have included West Broad Village, Westchester Commons, St. Francis Medical Center, the Washington Redskins training facility, renovations to Chesterfield Town Center and an expansion to Richmond International Raceway.

Other projects have included an expansion of Atlantic Constructors Inc.’s headquarters in Southside, where it is also slated to provide engineering services for an indoor sports facility at Stonebridge and the Midlothian West mixed-use development. Timmons also was involved in the nearly 300 apartments rising beside Stony Point Fashion Park and a new retail strip under construction at Innsbrook.

Timmons is headquartered in the Boulders office park in Chesterfield. (MGT Construction)

Timmons is headquartered in the Boulders office park in Chesterfield. (MGT Construction)

Its clients in Maryland include Bon Secours, Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, CSX, Potomac Food Group, Target, University of Maryland and Wells Fargo. Current projects there include the Defense Information Systems Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, the Main Exchange Replacement of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, and multiple Target stores, Burger Kings and AAA Car Care Centers.

The acquisition is the first in more than a year for Timmons, which was on an acquisition tear in 2014 and 2015. It picked up local software firm Evenspring in 2014, as well as Hampton Roads survey firm Baldwin & Gregg and Raleigh-based Development Consulting Services. In 2015, it acquired Raleigh-based Mitchell Environmental – its sixth acquisition over a 20-month span.

Bortell said the company is on the lookout for more deals but does not have additional acquisitions in the works.

“We’re definitely open to it,” he said, “but nothing on the burner right now.”

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