ORLANDO (April 9, 2010)
Bob Brustlin, President and CEO of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), a planning, design and engineering firm with Southeast headquarters in Orlando, announced today the merger between VHB and MSCW, the Orlando-based planning and engineering firm. The merger is scheduled to be effective April 10. Both companies have been in business in Orlando for more than 25 years.
The merged companies – VHB Florida and MSCW – will be doing business in Florida as VHB MillerSellen. VHB’s Southeast Regional Manager, Michael J. Carragher, said that the merger is in response to growth opportunities and the improving economic climate in Florida.
“VHB is bullish on Florida,” said Carragher. “This is a result of the long-term growth strategy that VHB has put in place in our top markets. We sought to find the right firm with strong leadership, project innovation and similar values – and in Florida found this with MSCW.”
Steve Miller, founder and CEO of MSCW, said in the past few years, both firms have adapted their focuses to advance services needed in Florida’s modified economy. As a result, VHB and MSCW ended up teaming up on projects of similar interest. “Our firms began working together in 2008 and recognized a unique cultural and experience synergy we just couldn’t ignore,” Miller said. The firms are teaming on several projects including the Seminole County 17-92 Community Redevelopment Area, the Williams DRI/USF high speed rail station project in Lakeland, urban planning services for the City of Ocala and redevelopment planning for the City of Edgewater.
The combined firms will provide comprehensive planning, design and engineering services, specifically: urban planning; community design; landscape architecture and redevelopment; transportation planning and engineering; site/civil and utilities engineering; environmental permitting, monitoring and restoration; and, water resources.
Noteworthy Central Florida VHB projects include: the SunRail project since it launched in 2005; on-call engineering services for the City of Orlando; TIAA-CREF’s Crossroads Retail Center; Zena Resort; and, the Osceola County Transit Master Plan. MSCW has leveraged large scale planning and engineering experience on projects such as Baldwin Park with SOM architects, Horizon West Shared Vision Plan and its first three villages; Avalon Park; North Jacksonville Vision and Master Plan; the original Lake Nona DRI; Innovation Place; and, Williams DRI which includes the USF 575-acre Polytechnic site in Polk County Recent assignments include public planning engagements for cities and counties throughout Florida including: Osceola, Orange and Taylor counties and The City of Jacksonville.
MSCW executives will become principals at VHB MillerSellen. MSCW, currently headquartered in Baldwin Park, will move to VHB’s office at the Landmark Center complex at 225 E. Robinson Street in downtown Orlando.
VHB has Florida offices in Orlando and Sarasota with 17 additional offices along the East Coast with its headquarters in Watertown, MA near Boston. The firm employs 750 with a professional staff of planners, engineers and scientists with a diverse skill base serving public and private clients in the areas of education, healthcare, county and municipal governments, departments of transportation, airports and port authorities, transit and rail, the federal government and utilities and energy producers. VHB is known for its roles in some of the nation’s most complex infrastructure and development initiatives. The company is owned by its employees with 2009 reported revenues of $135 million and has been named among the top 100 design firms and is ranked 36th in the nation in transportation by Engineering News-Record. For more information go to www.vhbmillersellen.com.
MSCW is an award-winning planning and engineering firm founded in 1977. The company has built a solid reputation for its innovative, elegant residential communities and complex roadway designs. MSCW has become synonymous with sustainability and visionary projects throughout Florida, driving new concepts in statewide land use regulations. Among other honors, the company was awarded the American Planning Association’s Florida Award of Excellence. MSCW reported 2008 revenues were $12 million. For more information go to www.mscw.com.