To continue meeting its clients’ current needs while increasing service capacity, engineering firm Alfred Benesch & Company of Chicago recently announced that the company will merge with Lincoln, Neb.-based HWS Consulting Group.

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Uniting the firms’ respective practice areas will broaden the services the combined company has to offer existing and future clients.

Both firms are known for their expertise in civil and traffic engineering, transportation planning, and rail and roadway design.

Benesch is recognized for its structural, municipal, water /wastewater systems, and value engineering services. These offerings are complemented by HWS’ experience in environmental services, geotechnical engineering and aviation planning and design.

Both Benesch and HWS were founded in the 1940s.

The combined firm will have approximately 370 employees and will practice under the Alfred Benesch & Company name.

In addition to its Chicago headquarters, Benesch will expand to include HWS’ offices in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Iowa. Benesch will continue to maintain offices in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.