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Bury Acquires CHP and Associates


Bury, a multi-discipline design consulting firm, has acquired CHP and Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc. (CHPA), a 64-year-old MEP practice with offices in Houston, Texas and Orlando (Maitland), Florida.

The addition of CHPA enhances Bury's existing MEP practice and brings a depth of expertise across a broad range of client and project types.  CHPA has specific project experience in more than 15 states. The combination of the two firms reinforces Bury's mission to set the industry standard for client service while providing greater opportunities for team members. The acquisition also establishes Bury's first office in the State of Florida.

"The acquisition reinforces our commitment to provide MEP services to clients across the country," said Paul Bury.  "In addition, this expansion will continue to drive our capabilities as a multi-discipline firm.  We're excited for our existing clients to be exposed to CHPA's excellence in delivering integrated mechanical, electrical and plumbing design services.  Our shared commitment to client service and quality make this a great fit.  Furthermore, we are excited to introduce a new set of clients to Bury's wide range of services."

CHPA's clients include a wide range of public and private entities such as NASA, Rice University, Pinnacle Entertainment, the City of San Antonio, British Petroleum, Compaq Computer Corporation, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the General Services Administration, Orange County (Florida) Convention Center, and the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

CHPA will operate as Bury CHPA until the integration of the two firms is complete.  As new Bury Principals, Gary Poole (CHPA's President), Pat Grant (CHPA's Vice President) and Richard Dickson (CHPA's Vice President) will immediately become an integral part of Bury's leadership team and will lead the strategic direction of the combined firms' MEP design practice. 

"As we came to know the Bury staff, Pat, Dick and I saw their dedication to client service and a commitment to being the industry leader," said Gary Poole. "We knew that the CHPA staff and reputation would augment what has been the mission at Bury.  We could not be more pleased with our new roles and the opportunity to be part of this family."

In addition to adding CHPA, Steve Bushong, who arrived at Bury in March, has moved into the role of Houston's Managing Principal.  Bushong has more than 28 years of experience in the management, growth and leadership of international, multi-discipline design firms.  Steve Eklund will assume the role of principal, leading the Bury Houston Land Development and Survey practice. The combination of leadership, from both Bury and CHPA, creates a robust team in the country's fourth largest city.

This acquisition comes only three months after Bury announced the company's rebranding, going from Bury+Partners to simply Bury. Founded as a civil engineering firm in 1984, Bury saw the rebrand as an opportunity to catch up to where years of rapid growth had landed them. New offices throughout Texas and the addition of more than eight distinct service lines prompted the creation of a new platform from which to launch future success. The CHPA acquisition is part of this growth, and Bury is pleased to welcome CHPA to the team.

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