CHA Consulting buys Florida-based Reiss Engineering

12 February 2021 2 min. read
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CHA Consulting, an Albany, NY-based engineering and construction management consultancy, has acquired Reiss Engineering, a Florida-based engineering consultancy specializing in water and wastewater.

Founded in 1998, Reiss Engineering provides planning, design, construction management, and operational consulting services in water/wastewater to municipal infrastructure clients in Florida.

Some of the firm’s recent engagements include work on the Eastern Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion in Eustis and the reverse osmosis water treatment plant in Vero Beach.

Reiss has approximately 40 employees across four offices in Central Florida (Orlando, Tampa, Winter Haven, and Melbourne).

CHA’s acquisition of Reiss will bolster its water and wastewater expertise, as well as expand its presence into Florida. The firm has more than 900 employees across offices in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest, and Texas, as well as one Canadian location.

CHA Consulting buys Florida-based Reiss Engineering"The joining of CHA and Reiss Engineering expands our water/wastewater capabilities into the growing Florida infrastructure market while providing both teams greater resources and reach into the Southeast. The combined capabilities of our two firms will bring tremendous value to both CHA and Reiss water clients," said Jim Stephenson, CEO of CHA Holdings. "This is a great complementary fit for both companies, and we look forward to coming together as one firm in the coming months."

Reiss will be rebranded as “Reiss Engineering, a CHA Company.”

The acquisition will offer CHA greater opportunities to tap into growing opportunities for water consulting as municipalities continue to grow amid a sustained population boom in the Sunshine State. Florida’s population has increased by roughly 50% since 2000.

"The need for clean water and innovative wastewater and reuse solutions is accelerating with the growing Florida demographics. This union deepens our combined water resources capability, furthering CHA's reach as a leading full-service water/wastewater provider to serve the essential water infrastructure needs of our clients," said John Hensley, CHA infrastructure sector president.

CHA is the 50th largest engineering firm in the US, according to Engineering New-Record. The firm provides engineering, architecture, survey, construction, project management, and other services to public, private, and institutional clients. The firm’s expertise covers buildings, infrastructure, power, fire protection, and construction and facilities management.

CHA in 2019 acquired Daedalus Projects, a Boston-based project management firm focused on education and municipal construction, and JBS Project Management, a New York-based consultancy specializing in the commercial, residential, and hospitality markets.