California-based transport planning, construction and engineering company Parsons has acquired Delcan, an engineering consulting firm that does extensive work in the city of Ottawa.
The acquisition of the Markham-based firm will expand Parsons’ presence in Canada and several other countries along with its focus on the transportation sector.
“In addition to increasing our presence in Canada and other key strategic geographies in the world, the acquisition of Delcan continues the progression of our corporate objectives through the expansion of our transportation and infrastructure business lines and our suite of technology offerings,” said Chuck Harrington, the chairman and CEO of Parsons, in a press release.
Both companies have a presence in Ottawa.
In the fall, the City of Ottawa hired Delcan to conduct a design review of the troubled Airport Parkway pedestrian bridge.
The company received a design contract for the Des Allumettes Bridge near Pembroke in 2012. It has also worked on the redevelopment plans for Tunney's Pasture and the expansion of the the Bayshore Shopping Centre.
Parsons had four employees in Ottawa as of 2012 and was part of a consortium that bid unsuccessfully for the contract to expand the city’s light rail system.