Acquisitions deepen engineering firm’s foothold in Hampton Roads

Henrico engineering firm makes acquisition

The headquarters of civil engineering firm Koontz Bryant Johnson Williams on Parham Road. (BizSense file)

A year after extending its reach to the beach, a local engineering firm has further planted itself in the Hampton Roads market with a pair of acquisitions.

Koontz Bryant Johnson Williams purchased Virginia Beach-based Blakeway Corp. in a deal announced Nov. 30. The acquisition follows the firm’s purchase of Chesapeake-based Horton & Dodd in June.

KBJW, based in Henrico, opened an office in Virginia Beach last year, extending its office footprint eastward while at the same time reaching westward with a new location in West Virginia. The 31-year-old firm also has offices in Ohio, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

In the announcement, CEO Gregory Koontz said the acquisitions were made amid growing demand in the Hampton Roads market. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Attempts to reach Koontz were unsuccessful Friday.

Described as the “final puzzle piece” of the firm’s growth strategy there, Blakeway had been in business 16 years with a focus on planning, surveying, environmental, engineering, construction management and permitting services. Blakeway’s dozen or so employees will be added to KBJW’s staff, which totals more than 100.

KBJW has opened branches in Virginia Beach and West Virginia, adding to offices in Richmond, Ohio, Kentucky and Wisconsin. (Image courtesy of KBJW)

Horton & Dodd had been in business for 35 years. Its services included survey, civil engineering and land planning.

KBJW will be merging all three locations into a centralized office in Chesapeake’s Greenbrier area. The announcement said the move would streamline processes for the civil engineering, geotechnical, environmental and survey firm.

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. The company is headquartered at 1703 N. Parham Road with an additional local office in Chesterfield County.

The firm’s local work has included site plans and engineering for Carver Square, a 90-unit condo development by Stanley Martin Homes under construction in Richmond. Other projects have included Wilton Commerce Park in Henrico, 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.

Henrico engineering firm makes acquisition

The headquarters of civil engineering firm Koontz Bryant Johnson Williams on Parham Road. (BizSense file)

A year after extending its reach to the beach, a local engineering firm has further planted itself in the Hampton Roads market with a pair of acquisitions.

Koontz Bryant Johnson Williams purchased Virginia Beach-based Blakeway Corp. in a deal announced Nov. 30. The acquisition follows the firm’s purchase of Chesapeake-based Horton & Dodd in June.

KBJW, based in Henrico, opened an office in Virginia Beach last year, extending its office footprint eastward while at the same time reaching westward with a new location in West Virginia. The 31-year-old firm also has offices in Ohio, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

In the announcement, CEO Gregory Koontz said the acquisitions were made amid growing demand in the Hampton Roads market. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Attempts to reach Koontz were unsuccessful Friday.

Described as the “final puzzle piece” of the firm’s growth strategy there, Blakeway had been in business 16 years with a focus on planning, surveying, environmental, engineering, construction management and permitting services. Blakeway’s dozen or so employees will be added to KBJW’s staff, which totals more than 100.

KBJW has opened branches in Virginia Beach and West Virginia, adding to offices in Richmond, Ohio, Kentucky and Wisconsin. (Image courtesy of KBJW)

Horton & Dodd had been in business for 35 years. Its services included survey, civil engineering and land planning.

KBJW will be merging all three locations into a centralized office in Chesapeake’s Greenbrier area. The announcement said the move would streamline processes for the civil engineering, geotechnical, environmental and survey firm.

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. The company is headquartered at 1703 N. Parham Road with an additional local office in Chesterfield County.

The firm’s local work has included site plans and engineering for Carver Square, a 90-unit condo development by Stanley Martin Homes under construction in Richmond. Other projects have included Wilton Commerce Park in Henrico, 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.

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