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HDR Acquires Maintenance Design Group

HDR has acquired Maintenance Design Group (MDG), which specializes in the planning and design of vehicle and fleet operations and maintenance facilities. Going forward, MDG will do business as HDR | Maintenance Design Group. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Founded in 1995, Maintenance Design Group is known for industry firsts such as designing a 250-bus maintenance facility with a 100 percent drive-through maintenance bay, and designing upper level work platforms for light rail facilities that provide convenient, safe places to work. The firm employs close to 40 professionals in offices in Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Houston, Baltimore and Nashville.

“MDG’s innovative approach to facility design makes them a perfect fit for HDR,” said Eric Keen, president and chief operating officer for HDR. “We see tremendous growth opportunities in the operations and maintenance facilities market, and MDG's strengths in facility planning and design complement our asset life-cycle approach to infrastructure development.”

Keen added that the relationship is not new. “We have worked together to serve transit clients for more than a decade, and we are pleased to welcome everyone at MDG to the HDR team.” Projects the firms have collaborated on include the Sun Link Streetcar in Tucson, Arizona and the Kansas City Streetcar, which recently was verified Envision Platinum by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. KC Streetcar is the first transit project to achieve this designation.

“MDG is excited about joining forces with HDR,” said Don Leidy, MDG managing principal. “We will be able to serve new clients and offer a wider range of services to our current clients. It’s also important that HDR shares our values and offers opportunities for employee-ownership and professional development. We look forward to all the great things we can accomplish together.”

Leidy will join HDR as vice president/managing principal and will continue to lead the HDR | Maintenance Design Group team.  Co-owners, Ken Booth, Mark Ellis, Jon Holler, Steve Radomski and Darren Pynn will join HDR as senior facility design managers.

About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans 10,000 employees, in more than 225 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.