In late November, Woodard & Curran announced that it acquired RMC Water & Environment an environmental engineering company focused on developing solutions to the complex challenges of using and protecting water.
The acquisition of RMC, , a 125-person, California-based firm, expands Woodard & Curran’s national footprint to 26 offices in 12 states, and 48 clean water facilities across the country. The combined firm represents 1,000 engineers, scientists, planners, treatment facility operators, and support staff who expect to deliver more than $200 million in projects this year, strengthening its position as one of the top wastewater firms in the country and elevating it into the top 20 for water resources and supply.
“This marks an important milestone in Woodard & Curran’s history,” explained Woodard & Curran CEO, Douglas McKeown. “We have grown steadily since the firm was founded, maintaining our focus on supporting and empowering our people, working side-by-side with our municipal and private sector clients on some of the most important water and environmental challenges. We are thrilled to be able to bring the people of RMC into the Woodard & Curran team, and to be able to leverage their expertise and experience to benefit our employees and clients.”
“We were at a critical point in our growth,” said RMC President Alyson Watson. “Joining forces with Woodard & Curran allows us to expand our capabilities and offer more to our existing clients, and it gives us a national platform to deliver our expertise in water resources to many new clients.”
RMC (No. 43 on Trenchless Technology’s 2016 list of Top 50 Trenchless Design Firms) was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998. With a portfolio of large-scale projects, industry leadership in water recycling and a strong reputation, RMC works for some of the largest cities in California on crucial water resource planning. The firm also provides water and wastewater design services to mid-size communities. Recent projects include preliminary design of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s potable reuse program and design of wastewater treatment plant upgrades for the Cities of Brentwood and Yuba City. Earlier this year, RMC engaged Matheson Financial Advisors to initiate a comprehensive nationwide search for a merger partner that would provide the greatest benefit to both firms. Woodard & Curran was the clear choice, both in terms of service offerings and cultural fit.
Woodard & Curran was founded in Maine in 1979 to help clients address the needs arising out of the Clean Water Act. It has grown steadily since that time with a focus on water and environmental services. Today, the firm works with municipalities, companies, and institutions across a wide range of market sectors to anticipate and solve some of the most important water and environmental challenges in the United States. Recent projects include sewer collection system improvements for the City of Lawrence, MA, design of a wastewater treatment plant for Upper Montgomery Joint Authority in Pennsylvania, and contract operations of the South Sangamon Water District’s water treatment plant in Illinois.
“We have always been a values-driven organization,” said McKeown. “Our mission statement puts our people first, and our growth and success are a direct result of our focus on hiring exceptional people and empowering them to do what they do best. RMC’s history and approach are strikingly similar to our own. The match in values is easily as important as the overlapping set of skills and services across the two firms, and those shared values, expertise, and experience make for a very powerful combination.”
“We made a careful and conscious decision about who to partner with for this process,” added Watson. “Finding a firm that shared our values and had complementary strengths was very important to us. And we found that firm in Woodard & Curran.”
The firms will integrate capabilities beginning immediately, but in the near-term, RMC will retain its focus on serving its clients in California. RMC will operate under a co-branded identity through 2017 and then transition to operating as Woodard & Curran in 2018.