KPW Structural Engineers joins Salas O’Brien, expanding our structural engineering practice

Oakland, California-based KPW Structural Engineers has joined Salas O’Brien, an international firm providing a full range of engineering and technical consulting services for government and private sector clients.

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KPW represents a significant expansion of Salas O’Brien’s structural engineering services. The team’s focus on markets including education, data centers, corporate, science & technology, and healthcare complements Salas O’Brien’s similar markets and will enable the combined firm to offer even more coordinated services in-house to clients across the country. Together their clients include the most significant companies, institutions, and government agencies in North America.

This merger came at an ideal moment for both KPW and Salas O’Brien. With our past experience working as project partners, we knew that our teams had the chemistry to make this a perfect match. We were also looking for opportunities to expand our structural services, and I’m thrilled that we did that with the outstanding talent of the KPW team.
Darin AndersonChairman and CEO, Salas O’Brien

As the next step in Salas O’Brien’s “local everywhere, with international resources” growth strategy, KPW will continue to be managed by its current leaders and will adopt the Salas O’Brien name after a transition period. The transaction closed on June 30, 2020, and news of the merger was shared just after the close with the KPW and Salas O’Brien teams.

Merging with Salas O’Brien was so clearly the right move for our team, our engineers, and clients. Our structural engineering experiences, resources, and capabilities are now exponentially stronger. We now combine that with a full suite of engineering services that seamlessly coordinates, effortlessly collaborates, and contractually simplifies—a time-proven bonus to clients and projects.
John WestphalCo-Founder and Principal, KPW Structural Engineers
As we collaborate with Salas O’Brien’s team across North America, our team will have unprecedented opportunity to grow and serve more clients than ever. Likewise, both our clients and Salas O’Brien’s can now get even more services from a single, coordinated point of contact. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Jim PassagliaCo-Founder and Principal, KPW Structural Engineers
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KPW joins Salas O’Brien as part of an ambitious plan to create the best engineering, facility planning, and commissioning firm in the world—known for the highest-quality work and an outstanding reputation with its clients and team members.