ST. KILDA, VICTORIA — Kleinfelder, a global science, architecture and engineering consulting firm based in San Diego, Calif., announced its second Australian acquisition in the last five months. Alliance Environmental Engineering & Consulting Pty Ltd (Alliance) specializes in providing environmental services focused on the assessment, investigation, and remediation of impacted land and water. The transaction closed on Nov. 8, 2012, following a due diligence process and integration planning between the two firms.
“Given Alliance’s strength in the retail petroleum assessment and remediation market, they represent a significant addition of in-country capability for Kleinfelder,” said Bill Siegel, Kleinfelder CEO. “This acquisition, coupled with our recent acquisition of New South Wales-based firm, Ecobiological Group, will act as a springboard for our growth in support of multinational clients throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific.”
Founded by Andrew Johnston in 2006, Alliance provides environmental, project management, civil contracting and strategic advice services to clients in the petrochemical, manufacturing, construction and real estate/development industries. The firm employs nearly 30 people working primarily out of the St. Kilda location, with additional staff working remotely in Sydney and Perth. The entirety of the firm’s staff will now operate as part of Kleinfelder.
“The demand for environmental remediation services is growing rapidly, not only in Australia, but throughout the world,” said Johnston. “By becoming part of the Kleinfelder organization, our clients will have access to the resources of a global firm, while continuing to leverage the expertise of our local project managers that have served them well since 2006.”
Kleinfelder has been executing a strategic growth plan since 1992, and providing environmental services has been, and will continue to be an important aspect of overall company growth. During the last few years, Kleinfelder has demonstrated a strong momentum of global expansion, opening its first offices in Australia (Melbourne) and Guam in 2010 and its first Canadian office (Alberta) in 2012. Since opening its Melbourne office, the firm has grown business significantly with new and existing clients in the region. With the July 2012 acquisition of Ecobiological Group — the firm’s first international acquisition — and the most recent acquisition of Alliance, Kleinfelder anticipates continued growth in the region to eventually encompass its full suite of services to the water, transportation, energy, facilities and government markets.