By Joshua Burd
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services has acquired a Dallas-based professional services firm, seeking to accelerate its growth in Texas after entering the state in 2015.
The Parsippany-based firm said the deal with Adams Consulting Engineers Inc. gives it three additional offices in Texas, including satellite locations in Austin and Tyler. The acquisition, only the second in Langan’s 50-year history, also brings its workforce in the Lone Star State to more than 70.
The firm now has more than 1,300 employees across its 36 offices.
“Shortly after we opened in Houston, clients began putting Langan on projects in Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin,” said David T. Gockel, Langan’s CEO and president. “Now with the addition of Adams we’ll have a substantial workforce in these major markets, with native Texans whose knowledge of the local markets is unsurpassed.
“Rob Adams and his leadership team have built an impressive business and culture that aligns extremely well with ours, and we are excited to have them join the Langan family.”
Adams, founded in 1980, provides land development engineering and landscape architecture services, holding longstanding relationships with clients and design partners at both the local and national levels, according to a news release. Like Langan, the firm supports multiple development markets, including residential, commercial and institutional clients in education and health care.
Langan will expand geotechnical and environmental services in Dallas and Austin.
“We have had multiple opportunities to join large A/E firms and equity companies, but we wanted to become part of a successful, client-focused consulting firm whose culture matches well with Adams — and that’s Langan,” said Rob Adams, who joins Langan as a principal. “From my first conversation with Dave Gockel and subsequent meetings with Langan’s corporate and regional office leaders, it was clear that this is a great move for both firms, and I am especially excited about providing new career growth opportunities for all of our employees.”
Adams’ leadership team is joining Langan, the news release said. Jack Garner and Bryan Rossman, who lead offices in Austin and Tyler, respectively, join Langan as associates and will work closely with Managing Principal Gregory Elko, who oversees Langan’s Texas expansion, and Kyle Bogardus, principal-in-charge of its Houston office.
“Kyle Bogardus has done a tremendous job growing our Houston office, and I am confident that adding Adams to Langan will quickly build upon our Lone Star State success,” Gockel said. “We are now better positioned to support our clients in the real estate development and energy sectors as they keep pace with the strong population growth occurring in the great state of Texas.”
AEC Advisors and the law firm of Lawson & Weitzen advised Langan and facilitated the asset-purchase transaction.