October 31, 2010
by Canadian Architect
Peter Halsall, Chairman of the Halsall group of employee-owned professional services companies, recently announced that the companies have become the Canadian operating company of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), the 14,000-person global professional services firm specializing in infrastructure planning, design and program/construction management. The merger includes Halsall Associates, the consulting engineering firm founded in 1956; Pivotal Projects, the national project management company; and Loop Initiatives, the corporate sustainability consulting business.
“As part of our overall plan to be leaders in contributing to community sustainability, we are joining a values-based professional services organization that has world-class expertise in transportation and power and steady growth in water.” Halsall said.
“The opportunity this creates is exciting and inspiring. Our clients can count on us for a broader range of solutions for their projects. Our employees increasingly will be able to apply their ideas, practices and innovations to infrastructure as well as buildings.”
In communicating the opportunity to employees, Halsall stated, “PB’s values, culture and commitment to being best of market in technical expertise and service delivery mirror ours. We are joining PB to enhance our ability to generate great career opportunities as we expand our impact.”
PB CEO George Pierson said, “Clients are at the centre of what we do. Combining Halsall’s strength in buildings with PB’s strength in transportation infrastructure allows us both to provide enhanced services to existing clients as well as new clients throughout Canada. We share Halsall’s values and commitment to community sustainability and are enthusiastic about the great potential to be realized by combining our teams.”
Halsall, Pivotal and Loop will continue to serve clients through the current executive leadership, project managers and staff.
The Halsall group of companies, including Halsall Associates Limited, Pivotal Projects Limited and Loop Initiatives, has an international portfolio of award-winning projects. With over 300 employees, including engineers, project managers, planners, energy specialists and other professionals, and offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Burlington, Toronto, Ottawa, Sudbury and Dubai, Halsall has been ranked as one of the “Best Workplaces in Canada” since 2007. Halsall provides structural engineering, restoration engineering, property condition assessment and green planning and design services to architects, property owners and managers, asset managers and municipalities across Canada and internationally. Pivotal’s project advisory and project management services include new buildings, renovations and interior fit-outs. Loop Initiatives helps organizations prosper in their shift towards sustainability by developing programs to integrate sustainability and manage carbon.
Parsons Brinckerhoff is a leader in developing and operating infrastructure around the world, with approximately 14,000 employees dedicated to meeting the needs of clients and communities in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia-Pacific regions. PB offers skills and resources in strategic consulting, planning, engineering, program/construction management, and operations for all modes of infrastructure, including transportation, power/energy, community development, water, and the environment. Parsons Brinckerhoff is the professional services division of Balfour Beatty plc, the international infrastructure Group operating in professional services, construction services, support services, and infrastructure investments.