HKA | October 29, 2020
The astonishing toll of overrunning costs and schedules on major engineering and construction projects worldwide is laid bare in an analysis of claims and disputes published today by HKA. CRUX Insight 2020 is the product of investigations into more than 1,100 projects across 88 countries by HKA, the construction and engineering industry's leading specialists in consulting, expert and advisory services. Design conflicts are eclipsing scope change as the main disruptors of major projects. As well as ranking the causes of claims and disputes, HKA's third CRUX Insight report provides a regional analysis with actionable advice to pre-empt these recurring problems – from its expert consultants in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East & Africa. The analysis reveals the eye-watering sums of money and time being lost, as well as the patterns of root causes. Already observing a surge in spurious claims conflated with the impacts of COVID-19, HKA consultants warn that the pandemic will be detrimental for the industry, and potentially lethal for already weakened contractors, without the corrective actions.
Surna Cultivation Technologies LLC | February 28, 2022
CEA Industries Inc. (NASDAQ: CEAD) subsidiary, Surna Cultivation Technologies LLC, a leader in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) systems engineering and technologies, was recently awarded four engineering contracts for indoor farms across the United States.
“I am proud of how our team continues to execute toward our strategic vision. Our strength comes from every team member’s high expectations for our future.”
-Tony McDonald, CEA Industries Chairman and CEO
Surna has seen an increase in cultivation facility owners’ propensities to work with its engineering teams earlier in their projects. By being involved earlier in the process, Surna’s engineers can provide a holistic system approach guided by the project’s needs and facility constraints. These contracts indicate this correlation, and further validate Surna’s expanded product offerings and strategic initiatives announced last year.
“Historically, cultivators have often decided on a particular manufacturer for their HVAC technology, even before engineering has started, With more system choices available from a single source through Surna, our clients can freely explore a variety of CEA climate control technology options, working with our engineering team to select the one that best serves their interests."
-Kenneth Loshelder, P.E., Surna’s Director of Engineering and Field Services.
About CEA Industries Inc.
CEA Industries Inc. (www.ceaindustries.com), is home to industry leaders in controlled environment agriculture, with complementary and adjacent companies added to its portfolio when aligned with the company’s growth initiatives. As the global environment for indoor cultivation continues to grow, CEA Industries was formed to embrace companies that support these ecosystems.
Headquartered in Louisville, Colorado, CEA Industries knows that growth is a team sport. Through future partnerships and mergers and acquisitions, both financial and strategic, CEA Industries will continue its pursuit of companies that bring accretive value to its customers and investors.
About Surna Cultivation Technologies
Surna Cultivation Technologies (www.surna.com), is an industry leader in CEA facility design and technologies. We provide full-service licensed architectural and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering services, carefully curated HVACD equipment, proprietary controls systems, air sanitization, lighting, and benching and racking products. Our team of project managers, licensed professional architects and engineers, technology and horticulture specialists and systems integrations experts help our customers by precisely designing for their unique applications. Through our partnership with a certified service contractor network, we provide installation and maintenance services to assist in a smooth build-out and optimal facility performance. We have been providing solutions to indoor growers for over 15 years and have served over 800 cultivators with over 200 of them being large, commercial projects.
Headquartered in Louisville, Colorado, we leverage our experience in the industry to bring value-added solutions to our customers that help improve their overall crop quality and yield, optimize energy and water efficiency, and satisfy evolving state and local codes, permitting and regulatory requirements.
BDT Capital Partners | July 30, 2021
Universal Engineering Sciences® (UES), a national leading engineering and consulting firm specialising in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections, and environmental consulting, has recently revealed that BDT Capital Partners, LLC ("BDT") has agreed to create a meaningful strategic investment in the company through an affiliate agreement. BDT, which is linked with BDT & Co., LLC, a merchant bank that provides long-term specialised capital to family- and founder-led firms, will become the majority stakeholder of UES, combining existing shareholders Palm Beach Capital, company founders, and the management group. Michael Burke, former AECOM Chairman and CEO and current UES Chairman, will remain in his current position.
"UES is an industry leading geotechnical engineering, building materials testing, and environmental consulting services firm with an expanding national footprint," stated Ben Sher, Partner at BDT Capital Partners. "BDT's long-term commitment to the UES and Palm Beach Finance is consistent with our merchant banking approach of providing patient capital to founder and family-led firms, comparable to the enterprises that have formed the backbone of the UES platform."
Nate Ward, co-founder of Palm Beach Capital, and industry veteran Gary H. Elzweig, PE, F.ASCE founded the UES family of firms. Elzweig will continue to serve as Vice-Chairman of the firm. Nate Ward and Palm Beach Capital will continue to be significant investors and will have board involvement.
"We are delighted to work with BDT because of their experience investing in and coaching founder-led enterprises with transformative growth possibilities," Ward added.
"We would like to thank our partners, as well as every member of the UES team, for their contributions that contributed to this critical milestone. UES will realise its aim of being the nation's most sought after, respected, and successful geotechnical, building materials testing, inspections, and environmental consulting firm with BDT as the principal investor."
"The geotechnical engineering, construction materials, and environmental services industries are very fragmented," Burke said. "I see a tremendous deal of opportunity to identify and partner with strong, well-run businesses that will increase our portfolio and geographic reach." "As the country focuses on repairing and improving existing infrastructure, we play an important role in servicing engineering firms, developers, contractors, and architects in all of our locations. I am excited to work with this outstanding leadership team as they guide UES through our next chapter of tremendous growth and development."
Founded in 1964 by Sy Israel, UES has over six decades of expertise and recognition as the best engineering and consulting firm in the geotechnical engineering area, and is well-positioned to serve the demands of commercial, residential, and civic customers nationwide. UES has recently merged with GFA International, Inc., NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services, Contour Engineering, Wallace-Kuhl & Associates, Construction Testing & Engineering, SUMMIT Engineering, Laboratory & Testing, P.C., GEOServices, LLC, McGinley & Associates, and Geotechnology Inc., making it one of the largest and most resource-rich organisations of its kind in the country.
UES, a privately held corporation, has made a commitment to organic expansion as well as strategic acquisition. UES has locations in high-growth regions throughout the South, Midwest, and West, including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Washington, D.C., California, Utah, Nevada, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
The investment is scheduled to close in the third quarter of 2021, subject to customary restrictions.
About Universal Engineering Sciences
Universal Engineering Sciences, based in Orlando, is a fast-growing engineering and consulting firm with nearly six decades of experience in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections, and environmental consulting. UES is regarded as an industry pioneer, at the forefront of evolving technology, best practises, and relevant legislation. Public and private clientele are represented in projects ranging from transportation and healthcare to commercial and education. UES engineers, geologists, certified inspectors, and scientists are uncompromising in their commitment to excellence, treating each project as an opportunity to create long-term client relationships.
UES recently ranked first on the Zweig Group Hot Firm List, which recognises the fastest-growing firms in the architectural, engineering, planning, environmental, and construction (AEC) industry. UES consults on projects of all kinds, with 2,500 professionals spread over 60 branches in 17 states, to assist deliver critical infrastructure and develop safe and successful communities.
About BDT Capital Partners
BDT Capital Partners provides long-term, distinctive capital to family and founder-led enterprises. Over the course of its investment funds, the firm has raised more than $18 billion, and its worldwide investor base has invested an additional $10 billion in debt and stock in the funds' portfolio firms. BDT & Company, the firm's affiliate, is a merchant bank that works with family and founder-led businesses to achieve their strategic and financial goals. BDT & Company offers problem-solving expertise and access to a world-class network of business owners and leaders.