Engineering firms combine with an eye on attracting more public sector customers

Todd Short

Amy Doucet is the president of Doucet & Associates Inc., which has purchased Chan & Partners Engineering LLC.

via Jan Buchholz, Austin Business Journal

Two longstanding Austin engineering companies have joined forces to create a company with more capacity and service lines.

Doucet & Associates Inc. purchased Chan & Partners Engineering LLC. A new entity, Doucet+Chan, will operate as a division of Doucet & Associates Inc.

John Doucet, executive vice president of Doucet, and Raymond Chan, president and principal of Chan, have known each other and collaborated at length.

“This has been in the works for quite some time. John and Raymond have known each other 15 years,” said Amy Doucet, principal and president of Doucet. “Raymond has been simultaneously growing his business primarily through public works projects and we’ve been hoping to get more into that sector.”

Financial details were not disclosed. Austin Dale Group, a local mergers and acquisitions consultant, was an adviser in the transaction.

Doucet & Associates has about 55 employees with the acquisition.

In the new corporate configuration, Raymond Chan will report to Duke Altman, Doucet’s director of water resources. Chan’s partners, John King and Thomas Curran, will play pivotal roles in the new company.

Doucet & Associates has operated since 1992 and provides a spectrum of civil engineering services, entitlement procurement and surveying expertise. Clients have included national companies such as Walmart and Walgreens; Texas entities such as HEB Grocery Co. and Capital Metro; homebuilders D.R. Horton and KB Home; and the cities of Austin and San Marcos.

Chan & Partners Engineering is particularly active in water resources services and has completed numerous civil engineering projects for the cities of Austin and Georgetown, Travis County, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin Independent School District and the University of Texas.

“We think this will be a benefit to private developers with our greater expertise, and we’re also now hoping to go after more federal and state work,” Amy Doucet said.

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