COWI acquires Finley Engineering Group
By Adam FreillBridges Construction
Global engineering consultancy set to grow with addition of international engineering firm.
COWI has entered into an agreement to acquire Finley Engineering Group, a specialty engineering firm with expertise in complex bridge projects of all kinds. The acquisition is part of COWI’s strategic focus on growing its presence in North America following the recent opening of its offices in Houston and Toronto.
Headquartered in Florida, Finley has a satellite office in Prague, Czech Republic, and employs 35 specialists offering bridge design and construction engineering services. The firm has worked on more than 100 projects in the United States, Canada, Middle East, Africa and South America.
“As a company with a long history in bridges, globally and not least in North America, we are very excited to welcome Finley into the COWI family,” said Thomas Dahlgren, president and CEO for COWI in North America. “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 Bridge Integration Modelling (BrIM), which 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,” said Dahlgren said. “There is a lot of work to do, and digitalization is incredibly important to us so that we can ensure best practice processes.”
The team at FINLEY will continue to work under the management of Craig Finley, Managing Principal, who founded the company in 2004.
“It has been an incredible journey ever since we established Finley nearly two decades ago,” stated Finley. “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.”
Finley has been recognized as a top firm to work for, welcoming engineers at all levels of experience.
“As we join COWI, the Finley family will become part of something bigger, with access to global markets and many new development opportunities, working alongside colleagues in a well-known global engineering consultancy,” he added. “I personally look very much forward to this new chapter of our journey and know our team is excited about the opportunities this will bring for them as individuals and for the team as a whole.”
The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the month.