PBS Engineering and Environmental acquires HDJ Design Group

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PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc. has purchased the Portland-based consulting firm HDJ Design Group.

PBS, which is also headquartered in Portland, has had a presence in the Tri-Cities since 1998 and the firm has a dozen employees in its Richland Office.

HDJ Design Group has offices in Walla Walla and Pasco. HDJ’s Walla Walla office has 10 employees and 16 employees work in the Pasco office.

While PBS specializes in geotechnical, environmental and industrial hygiene services, HDJ provides civil engineering, planning and land surveying services. Combining the two firms, which have 60 years of experience between them, allows both to expand their market share within the engineering industry.

Guy Neal, president of PBS, said the acquisition allows PBS to expand its geographic reach and provide a more extensive range of services to its clients.
“Because we complement each other’s expertise and our cultures are compatible, combining our talented teams makes perfect sense,” Neal said. “We’re building upon 15 years of collaboration between our firms, most recently working together on the major Vancouver Waterfront Development.”

The $1.5 million project along the Columbia River in Vancouver entailed developing a former industrial property into prime retail and recreational space for the city of Vancouver, while serving as an extension of the downtown core’s reconnection to the waterfront.”

“The scale and sheer complexity of the project allowed our two firms the opportunity to fully harmonize our capabilities,” said Gregory Jellison, HDJ principal engineer. “While HDJ worked on the entire master plan and infrastructure design, PBS was able to run right alongside us, offering seamless geotechnical engineering and environmental services.”

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Mary Coffman

Mary Coffman

Mary Coffman has been a reporter for more than two decades, winning numerous journalism awards throughout her career. She was the editor at Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business for 8 years.

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