NEW YORK CITY —WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, aglobal engineering and professional services organization here, hasacquired Halvorson and Partners, a 40-personChicago-based firm that provides structural engineering servicesfor developers, private owners, and institutions worldwide.

Halvorson's portfolio includes the Burj Mohammed Bin RashidTower in Abu Dhabi; OneEleven, a 60-story luxury apartment tower inChicago; Wolf Point West Tower, the first tower in a multi-phase $1billion development in Chicago; and Vantone Tower, a 600-foot-tallcorporate headquarters in Tianjin, China.

"Halvorson and Partners is a world class structural firm thatshares our culture of deeply caring about the success of ourclients and staff," says David Cooper, presidentof WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff's US buildings practice and theregion's chief commercial officer. "This acquisition not onlyenhances our building structures practice with additionalexpertise, it also gives us a platform upon which to build a fullyintegrated buildings engineering practice in the great city ofChicago, the birthplace of the steel frame skyscraper."

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