This merger supports further growth of GHD's 3000+ person strong business in the Americas with the addition of PE Group's offices in Washington DC, Baltimore, MD and Atlanta, GA.
Founded in 2003, the PE Group provided engineering design and consulting services for a broad suite of interrelated building systems. The company supported all aspects of the design and construction process, from initial studies and code consulting, to master planning and detailed systems design, to construction administration support.
Ian Shepherd, GHD's CEO, says, "Our relationship with the PE Group has been in place for many years and we are excited to welcome them into our global family. This merger will enhance our existing capabilities to protect people, property and assets."
Charles E. Hahl, PE Group's CEO, says, "We have always strived to provide more opportunities for our employees and enhanced offerings to our clients through growth in new markets, services, and geographies. One of the most exciting aspects of the merger is that it allows us to provide even more technical resources and services for our clients."
Richard Wankmuller, GHD's General Manager and Executive in charge of the Americas, comments, "Safety, security and technology are at the forefront of our clients' core needs and concerns. Joining forces with the PE Group brings us a broader and more technically deep capability in these fields with the goal of providing effective solutions to our clients' challenges. With both firms being 100% employee owned, the merger provides us with a strong cultural fit, and helps us grow our business in the Americas and globally."
In 2003, the PE Group was founded by five seasoned industry professionals. With a unique blend of experience and capabilities in virtually all aspects of fire protection, life safety and code consulting, the group embarked on an exciting venture to provide high quality engineering services and unmatched customer satisfaction. After a few years of consistent growth in the mid-Atlantic region, they expanded their service offering to include both electronic and physical security. This diversification opened up significant growth opportunities for their organization and facilitated their expansion to a 40 person firm.
The PE Group provided engineering design and consulting services for a broad "suite" of interrelated building systems. In addition to their core capabilities in fire protection, security and life safety, they grew to support a wide variety of low voltage systems such as fire alarm, IT, telecommunications and audio visual. Their people consisted of registered Fire Protection Engineers (FPEs), Certified Protection Professionals (CPPs), Physical Security Professionals (PSPs), Registered Communications Distribution Designers (RCDDs), NICET certified professionals, and Project Management Professionals (PMPs).
Supported by their full-service offices in Chantilly, VA, Baltimore, MD and Duluth, GA, they successfully completed hundreds of projects. They evolved to meet the needs of their clients. Clients that took them across the United States and half way around the world.
Since the PE Group’s inception, the business of protecting people, property and assets has changed dramatically. Long gone are the days of simple, stand-alone systems and prescriptive codes. We're now faced with the challenge of complex integration of technologies and software, application of performance-based solutions, and significant changes in project delivery methods. As part of GHD, they will continue to offer fire protection engineering, life safety, code consulting, security, IT, telecommunications, and audio visual consulting services. However, with this merger, GHD brings a broader set of capabilities to meet the significant changes in the built environment. Changes in the people we employ, the services we provide, and the approaches we use to meet our client's needs.