National construction firm to expand Houston presence, move office space
October 11, 2016


The growth is tied in large part to the expansion of its power division.

Overland Park, Kansas-based Black & Veatch Corp. expects to add 30 employees to its Houston office in the coming years as it expands its growing infrastructure business.

The engineering, procurement and construction company currently has around 60 employees in its Houston office at 5151 San Felipe. That's up from 12 employees just five years ago, according to Roosevelt Huggins, associate vice president and regional general manager for Black & Veatch's South Central Americas' energy and power division.

The growth is tied in large part to the expansion of its power division, which oversees the engineering and construction of power transmission lines and substations, as well as its water division, which handles the supply, distribution and treatment of water delivery in the city and surrounding area. The expansion of those divisions are tied to a national surge in the development of power infrastructure and additional water projects Black & Veatch has secured, company executives said. These trends are expected to continue, leading Black & Veatch to bolster its Houston presence.

Additionally, Black & Veatch plans to expand its oil and gas team in the Houston market as the industry rebounds, Huggins said.

"Over the last three to five years, we've realized for the oil and gas market, we need to have more presence in Houston," Huggins said. "That's why some of us came down here to grow a presence in Houston. Now that's happened. The next step is to have oil and gas come."

Because of all the growth, Black & Veatch will move into a new office at 4400 Post Oak Parkway on Oct. 17. The 27,000-square-foot space will take up the entire 12th floor and is 10,000 square feet larger than its previous location, allowing the company to expand as necessary. The company has been on the lookout for new office space in the Houston market since May 2015.

Most of the jobs Black & Veatch expects to hire in the market will be engineering and highly-skilled positions, the company said. The hires will make B&V's Houston office the largest in Texas. The company used Savills Studley as its broker for the deal...

National construction firm to expand Houston presence, move office space




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