A homegrown civil engineering firm is marking three decades in business with two new office openings.
Koontz Bryant Johnson Williams opened branches this month in Virginia Beach and Charleston, West Virginia, extending the 30-year-old firm’s reach into Hampton Roads and the Mountain State.
Based in Henrico, KBJW already had offices in Ohio, Kentucky and Wisconsin in addition to a branch in Chester and its headquarters at 1703 N. Parham Road. It expanded to those states since forming from the merger of three local engineering firms — Koontz-Bryant, Geo-Solutions and Willmark Engineering — in 2017.
Having grown in that time from 50 employees to more than 100 today, the firm brought on two more hires to lead the new branches: Keith Koontz and Bruce King.
Koontz, brother of firm president Greg Koontz, is leading the Virginia Beach office, which opened Sept. 1. King, previously with Eclipse Resources, opened the West Virginia office Sept. 8.
A Virginia Tech grad with a master’s degree from UVA and an MBA from Averett University, Keith Koontz said he had been living in Hampton Roads for over two decades when the opportunity arose for KBJW to expand there.
“They had not gone much further than Williamsburg to the east, so this was just a good opportunity, looking at the amount of work that’s taking place down here, and they wanted to diversify also into some federal work,” said Koontz, previously with Sierra Management & Technologies.
Koontz said the firm’s initial emphasis in Hampton Roads would be on environmental assessments, on top of its civil engineering work and other focus areas including asset management, facility condition assessments and geotechnical engineering.
Founded as Koontz-Bryant in 1990, KBJW has expanded from Richmond with a national reach that includes engineers licensed in all 50 states and seven provinces in Canada, according to a company release.
Locally, recent work has included site plans and engineering for Carver Square, Stanley Martin Homes’ proposed 90-unit condo development at North Lombardy and West Moore streets. The firm also worked on Wilton Commerce Park, a flex industrial and office development by The Wilton Cos. at 5801 Staples Mill Road.
Other projects have included Atlee Commerce Park in Hanover, Branscome Richmond’s office building in Goochland, and the USS Monitor Center addition to the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News.
KBJW follows another Richmond engineering firm that recently expanded to Hampton Roads. Scott’s Addition-based PermitZIP opened an office in Norfolk last year.