Canadian firm buying Burt Hill
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Burt Hill, a prominent engineering and architecture firm that has its roots in Butler and eventually expanded to offices throughout the U.S., the Middle East and Asia, is being acquired by a Canadian-based engineering and design company.
Stantec Inc. in Edmonton, Alberta, said Thursday it had a letter of intent to buy Burt Hill. Terms were not disclosed.
Burt Hill has 600-plus employees in 13 offices including about 150 in Butler and Downtown.
Stantec, which has been on an acquisition spree recently, already maintains an office in Lawrenceville. The publicly traded company had approximately $1.5 billion in revenues last year and 9,300 employees in 150 offices throughout North America.
Founded in 1936 in Butler, Burt Hill took on its current name in 1952 when principals Ralph Burt and Alva Hill joined the company. For years, the company also included the last names of longtime principals Dick Rittelmann and John Kosar in its brand.
Among its major designs in Pittsburgh are the Software Engineering Institute in Oakland; and facilities for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Bob Gomes, chief executive of Stantec, said the acquisition will help boost his firm's presence in the Eastern U.S. Last month, Stantec announced plans to acquire San Francisco-based architectural firm Anshen & Allen.
First Published September 10, 2010 12:00 am