COMPANY NEWS Jenny Engineering is acquired by COWI19 Feb 2013
US tunnel engineering practice Jenny Engineering Corporation (JEC) of Springfield, New Jersey, has been taken over by the North American division of Denmark's COWI engineering. All shares in JEC are purchased by COWI although the firm will continue to operate as Jenny Engineering Corporation.
As a specialists in planning, design, and construction management of tunnels and underground structures, JEC has worked on a variety of tunnel projects including for transit, highway, water, utility, sewerage, drainage in the civil tunneling world and underground works for the mining industry. From its Springfield, New Jersey head office, JEC has a staff of 30 engineering and support services professionals working in the tunneling and mining industries.
The merger with COWI strengthens JEC's position as a leader in specialist tunnel engineering in North America and its Springfield, New Jersey, headquarters becomes COWI's North American center for tunnel engineering. JEC also joins COWI's international tunneling practice, and will join with COWI's Copenhagen-based tunnel engineering team to pursue and execute projects outside North America.
"The merger with COWI provides additional foundation to secure access to major infrastructure projects in North America and worldwide," said Prakash Donde, President of JEC. "Not only does it provide JEC the opportunity to work closely with other specialist engineers, it also provides increased access to challenging and exciting projects for our staff."
Founded in 1965 by Bob Jenny, a well known personality in the industry during his professional career, highlights in the company's portfolio of projects include the design of running tunnels, shafts, substations and underground structures on 26 sections of the Washington DC Metro; geotechnical engineering and construction management services on New York's City Water Tunnel No. 3; and more recently a design and constructibility review and construction management contract for the since cancelled Access to the Region's Core trans-Hudson express rail tunnel project between New Jersey and Manhattan under the Hudson River; design in joint venture of the OARS sewer augmentation project in Columbus, Ohio; the Central Artery 'Big Dig' highway project in Boston; and the storm water Cole Park Detention Vaults and related by-pass tunnels, access shafts and ancillary structures associated with the reconstruction of US Route 75, North Central Expressway.
Internationally the firm was involved on the Orchard Boulevard Station and Tunnels contract for the earliest part of the Singapore Metro in the 1980s; consulting services on the construction of the Shanxi Wanjiazhai Yellow River Diversion Project in China; and the design of the undersea crossover cavern for the UK side of the Channel Tunnel connecting Britain and France.
"JEC's capabilities complement our position as a provider of specialist engineering services in the infrastructure sector," said Steve Hunt, President of COWI North America. "It adds to our ability to serve our clients on major bridge, tunnel, and marine engineering infrastructure projects around the world."
COWI North America now consists of five COWI companies headquartered in North America: Buckland & Taylor Ltd; Ocean & Coastal Consultants, Inc; Ben C. Gerwick, Inc; COWI North America Energy Inc; and now also Jenny Engineering Corporation. COWI presently employs more than 300 staff in 15 US and Canadian offices with each of the COWI North America companies operating under their existing brands and management teams.
COWI North America specialty companies form part of COWI's International Specialist Leader (ISL) practices for bridges, tunnels, and marine structures. Globally, COWI employs more than 1,000 bridge, tunnel and marine specialist staff, and is busy engineering some the world's largest infrastructure projects. Among them are several immersed tube highway tunnel crossings including China's Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge and immersed tube sea link, the new Midtown immersed tube tunnel across the Elizabeth River in Virginia, as well as the Cityringen metro TBM bored tunnels and underground stations for its home country capital city Copenhagen.
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