PBS Engineering and Environmental

Growth Leads to Vancouver Office Move

Vancouver, WA – PBS Engineering and Environmental (PBS) has announced the upcoming relocation of their Vancouver, Washington operations to a new office space that will accommodate the expansion of their engineering division.

PBS has announced that it has reached an agreement to sublease 10,053 square feet of new office space in the heart of downtown Vancouver. A third larger in square footage, the new office space will support the continued growth of PBS’ staff and resources.

Following the acquisition of HDJ Design Group last year, PBS’ workforce doubled, and a search immediately began for a new space that could house staff from the firm’s two Vancouver locations. After combining temporarily within HDJ’s former space on 15th Street, the firm began working with a broker to locate a permanent home.

“Finding a space that would keep us in close proximity to downtown Vancouver and close to our major projects, like the Vancouver Waterfront, was important,” said PBS President, Guy Neal. “PBS views the City of Vancouver as a vital community that will experience continued growth into the future, and we want to be a supporting partner in that growth.”

The Vancouver Waterfront project has proven to be a critical turning point for the firm. PBS and HDJ both worked on the project in 2015—PBS provided geotechnical and environmental services, while HDJ provided civil engineering and surveying. Their successful collaboration led to the two firms discussing a partnership, and eventually led to an acquisition deal that doubled the firm’s numbers.

“It’s been challenging to find large commercial space in downtown Vancouver,” said Neal “but we held out for an option that would keep us close to our roots.”

Following an exhaustive search, PBS was connected with the opportunity to sublet a portion of Vancouver City Hall’s sixth floor. The space was made available by local brand strategy firm, AHA.  Following their successful transition to a close-knit, collaborative layout, the creative agency recognized an opportunity to lease out the remaining square footage. Representing the two firms during negotiations was Tamara Fuller, CCIM and Eric Anderson of Colliers International on behalf of AHA, and Brett Irons of Eric Fuller & Associates on behalf of PBS.

“There were several options on the table, but in the end, the 6th Street space offered the best combination of benefits for our team. The location allows us to remain downtown, have easy access to our work on the Waterfront Project, and gives us the flexibility to expand in the future,” said Neal.

PBS plans to relocate its 45 Vancouver team members on October 9, 2017 and intends on adding 10 percent to its workforce in 2018.

“This relocation will wrap-up and exciting year for us. Combining forces with HDJ allowed us to strengthen services in both our engineering and environmental divisions,” said Neal. “Each of our disciplinary groups has benefited from the wider range of services we’ve been able to offer, particularly in southwest Washington. The growth we’ve experienced has been tremendous, and this local move is the next big step for us.”

Beginning October 9, the firm’s Vancouver operations will be located at:

PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.
415 W 6th Street, Suite 601
Vancouver, WA 98660
360.695.3488

ABOUT PBS ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENTAL

PBS, named a “Top 500 Engineering Firm” by Engineering News Record, mobilizes from Northwest locations throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Since 1982, PBS’ nimble, multi-discipline teams have provided engineered solutions that balance compliance, sustainability, and practical design. PBS’ core service areas include engineering, environmental, industrial hygiene, planning, surveying, and natural resource consulting for public and private clients.

Posted: October 2, 2017

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