COWI is acquiring the FINLEY Engineering Group, an engineering firm specialising in complex bridge projects. The acquisition forms part of COWI's strategic focus on growing its presence in North America following the recent opening of its offices in Houston and Toronto.
FINLEY Engineering Group (FINLEY) is headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, and has a satellite office in Prague, Czech Republic. The firm employs 35 specialists within bridge design and construction engineering services. Having worked with more than 100 projects in the United States, Canada, Middle East, Africa, and South America, the company has won over 60 project awards and achieved a leading position within digitalisation and innovation.
Thomas Dahlgren, president and CEO for COWI in North America, said: “FINLEY is known for its outstanding work with bridges but also for its strong technical capabilities and a great go-do attitude." FINLEY is particularly well-known for the development and implementation of BrIM (Bridge Integration Modelling) that integrates bridge information databases into the planning, design, and construction process using advanced engineering software.
"We expect to see many business opportunities in North America within all aspects of transportation infrastructure – bridges, tunnels, and highways, among others needing modernization and replacements. There is a lot of work to do, and digitalisation is incredibly important to us so that we can ensure best practice processes." Dahlgren said.
The team at FINLEY will continue to work under the management of Craig Finley, managing principal, who founded the company in 2004. Craig Finley, PE, said: “It has been an incredible journey ever since we established FINLEY nearly two decades ago. We have worked hard, had a lot of fun, and can look back with pride on everything we have built and achieved together. For us, engineering has always been very much a people-oriented business, and it has always been a priority to me that every member of my team thrives and sees a purpose in what they do for a living."
The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the month.