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Although the volume of engineering work has declined during the recession, PBS&J of Austin still finds clients, particularly construction management. The firm finished 2009 with $99.9 million in revenue in Texas.
“We focus on client service on each project,” says Craig Hogan, senior vice president of PBS&J, which began in Florida 50 years ago and opened its first Texas office in 1999. “We are strategic about investments and growth. Now is not the time to be aggressive in moving into new geographic markets, especially where potential clients may have budget shortfalls.”
Hogan adds that the Texas transportation market has remained strong, and the firm is seeing more energy and water and wastewater opportunities.
“Many public agencies are experiencing funding issues,” he says. “The infrastructure needs are not going away. As a result, many public agencies are turning to public-private-partnerships to advance needed projects.”
While many of the current P3 projects are for toll roads or are transit related, Hogan says momentum is growing to use the funding model for water/wastewater systems and other infrastructure. PBS&J is pursuing P3 projects and recently executed a major contract to serve as technical adviser, with joint venture partner Grusamar of Spain, during construction on the $2.7-billion LBJ - 635 Managed HOV Lanes P3 project in Dallas for LBJ Infrastructure Group of Austin. It is also providing design review, consulting engineering and construction inspection services for the Texas Dept. of Transportation on the $368-million Spur 601 project in El Paso.