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Halcrow bought by CH2M HILL

CH2M HILL has acquired Halcrow, the U.K.-based engineering and design firm that includes the well-known Canadian structural engineering firm of Halcrow-Yolles.


CH2M HILL has acquired Halcrow, the U.K.-based engineering and design firm that includes the well-known Canadian structural engineering firm of Halcrow-Yolles.

In a press release after the acquisition was finalized, CH2M HILL said that both management teams will work closely to bring the two businesses together, “drawing on the breadth and depth of expertise embedded within both firms.”

CH2M HILL Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lee McIntire said, “We said at the outset that our firms were ideally suited in terms of cultures, geographies, and markets. It is becoming ever clearer that this combination will deliver significant benefits to our clients as we pool our collective expertise.”

Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, CH2M HILL describes its work as concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources.

The predecessor firm of Halcrow Yolles, was Yolles Partnership, a structural engineering firm based in Toronto that became legendary through the work of its founder Morden Yolles and Roland Bergmann. Yolles founded the firm in 1952, and Begmann joined it in 1955 and was a principal until he died in 1998.

Yolles Partnership was involved in numerous iconic projects. Tey include structures as the World Financial Centre in Battery Park, New York City, Canary Wharf in London, he CIBC tower in Montreal, Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, BCE Place and the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto.

Yolles Partnership became part of the Halcrow group around the year 2006.

The agreement for CH2M HILL to acquire the share capital of Halcrow is for approximately 124 million pounds sterling.