Executive RecognitionSalas O’Brien is expanding again! We have merged with WMA Consulting Engineers, adding locations in Chicago and Denver and creating a combined firm with 21 offices and more than 600 employee-owners.

The addition of WMA expands Salas O’Brien’s portfolio in the design of large high-rise, commercial, higher education, healthcare and institutional building projects.

WMA will continue to be managed locally by its current leaders and will adopt the Salas O’Brien name after a transition period. The transaction closed on February 15, 2019, and news of the merger was shared last week with the WMA and Salas O’Brien teams.

“There couldn’t be a better combination of firms than WMA and Salas O’Brien,” said Darin Anderson, Salas O’Brien chairman and CEO. “Although Salas O’Brien is growing very rapidly, we very carefully screen the firms we choose to partner with. As soon as we began meeting with WMA’s leaders, it was clear that our culture, services, and leadership are perfect fits. Our partnership will provide outstanding value to our employee-owners and better service to our clients, and I’m especially pleased that the whole WMA team will become employee-owners of our combined organization.”

The combined company will become a national powerhouse with significant expertise designing facilities including corporate headquarters, higher education, K-12 education, data centers, telecommunications, industrial and manufacturing, clean energy, healthcare, laboratories, retail and all levels of government.

“Our philosophy at WMA is ‘Grow the People, Grow the Business,’ “ said Deirdre McDaniel, WMA CEO. “Our partnership with Salas O’Brien strengthens our already formidable resources and allows us to serve our clients better than ever while maintaining the local decision-making and project accountability that have been instrumental to our success.”

Under Deirdre McDaniel’s leadership as managing principal, all WMA team members will remain with the firm, and clients should expect the same service and decision-making from the same team members as before.

Please join us in celebrating this exciting news!