FEDERAL WAY, WASH. —BergerABAM, a 60-year-old Northwest-based civil and structural engineering, project management, and construction administration firm, completed the acquisition of Flores Lund Consultants (FLC) of San Diego. FLC has provided civil and structural engineering services for more than 30 years to a client base in the Southwest region, including California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. The acquisition immediately broadens BergerABAM’s geographical reach and presence into a region within the firm’s detailed strategic growth plan.

“The completion of the 100-percent purchase in FLC is a significant step for BergerABAM in our plans to accelerate growth in the southwest California region,” explains Arnie Rusten, president and CEO of BergerABAM. “With the acquisition of the 27-person firm, we have instantaneously increased our depth of resources and capabilities in not only civil and structural engineering, but with an impressive portfolio of clients and projects in the naval, hospitality, educational, recreational, and healthcare industries throughout California, as well as key partners in the region’s architectural and development communities. FLC’s solid reputation and integrity in the industry, vast expertise in design and development throughout California state, and their extensive client base add exceptional value to the BergerABAM brand. We are honored to have each talented staff on board.”

FLC owner, Bill Lund, stated: “As we combine our rich history in the Southwest region with BergerABAM’s substantial resources and expertise, I am excited about the new opportunities that will emerge for my team and myself. With this strategic alliance, we have uncovered far-reaching potential to participate in projects and markets that we could not otherwise achieve. This is a moment to celebrate.”

Lund’s long-time partner, Raymond Flores, passed away shortly before the acquisition was finalized. “Ray was an integral part of FLC’s decision to merge with BergerABAM,” Lund said. There is a deep void that will continue to be felt by all of us. Today, we are also celebrating his tremendous efforts that have led us to this exciting transition.”

Rusten added: “It was important to the entire acquisition team that we achieved Ray’s vision for FLC; we are proud to add his legacy to BergerABAM.”

Bill Lund will become a vice president of BergerABAM and continue in a leadership capacity, while remaining focused on business development efforts for civil engineering service in California. He will be supported by Hamid Liaghat and Armando Valdos, continuing their focus on promoting the firm’s structural engineering services.

“Although FLC has joined a company of over 200 employees, we respect the individual culture and commitments of each of our branch offices. We acquired FLC not only for its complementary disciplines and expansive portfolio, but for its complementary values in client advocacy, commitment to industry innovations and advancement, and a sincere appreciation of its excellent staff. The integration process, for these reasons, will be largely uncomplicated — with FLC’s existing clients minimally affected. As always, we will operate with our clients’ needs as top priority.”