North American design firm Stantec will be expanding its presence in Texas and Alabama with the planned acquisition of the Infrastructure Americas division of KBR, expected to close in December 2015. The acquisition will strengthen Stantec’s Texas presence and enhance the firm’s infrastructure design capabilities in the Gulf Region.

KBR is a global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company serving the hydrocarbons and government services industry. Its three distinct businesses — technology and consulting, engineering and construction, and government services — have customers in more than 70 countries through operations in 40 countries. The Infrastructure Americas division has offices in Houston, Austin, and Dallas, Texas, and Mobile, Alabama, and the purchase will bring about 180 professionals with experience in transportation, water/wastewater and aviation projects to Stantec.

“One of the strongest opportunities for growth in North America is within the transportation and infrastructure markets, particularly in Texas,” says Stantec President and CEO Bob Gomes in a press release. “As a part of KBR, Infrastructure Americas has a strong background in design/build, highway and bridge design; construction engineering and inspection; aviation experience including airside and landside design; and civil and structural engineering. This project experience and their seasoned staff will give us a platform to continue growing in these areas across the country, while significantly boosting our presence in Texas and Alabama.”

KBR’s Infrastructure Division is a leader in the Gulf Region with an impressive series of recently completed, ongoing and upcoming projects for major clients and local communities. Their recent and awarded work includes Loop 375 in El Paso and State Highway 288 in Houston, on-call construction engineering and inspection and on-call design contracts for the Alabama Department of Transportation, program management support services for the Houston Airport System, and pre-construction and full construction management and inspection services for the San Jacinto River Authority’s large diameter waterline to deliver treated water to Montgomery County, Texas.

“Joining Stantec will help us leverage our infrastructure expertise,” said Nick Bokaie, Vice President, Infrastructure Americas. “Our strong clientele in the transportation and water/wastewater business lines will complement Stantec’s existing presence in the Gulf. Our combined forces will allow our staff to continue to work on the biggest and most complex projects in the region, now with a greater resource pool and enhanced service lines as we draw from across the Stantec community.”

Stantec’s current presence in the Gulf includes more than 800 people working in 28 offices in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. Stantec is one of the United States’ largest engineering and architecture firms with more than 6,550 employees in 163 offices across the U.S. and additional offices operating throughout Canada.