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  • Historic Growth at Gannett Fleming Continues with BB&A Acquisition
    Historic Growth at Gannett Fleming Continues with BB&A Acquisition

    Posted: 1/7/2019
    Marks the Second Chicago Acquisition for the Firm in Two Years

    (Harrisburg, Pa.) Global infrastructure and engineering firm Gannett Fleming has acquired renowned Chicago-based transportation firm Bowman, Barrett & Associates Inc. (BB&A). The 30-year-old consulting firm now operates as BB&A, a business group of Gannett Fleming.

    "This marks Gannett Fleming's third acquisition in the past six months, and each new addition strategically positions us to thrive in a rapidly changing marketplace," said Bob Scaer, PE, Gannett Fleming chairman and CEO. "BB&A's record of delivering excellence to their clients and nurturing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurism is in perfect alignment with our mission. We are constantly seeking innovative and sustainable solutions in every market we serve."

    BB&A's team has worked on transportation operations, transit and rail, structures, construction management, and aviation projects across the greater Chicago area and the Midwest. In the coming year, this group will combine with the existing Gannett Fleming Chicago office to create a powerhouse team of smart mobility experts.

    "While our name is changing, our core principles remain the same as we join Gannett Fleming," said Jim Daum, PE, former president of BB&A and now a vice president at Gannett Fleming. "This move will allow us to immediately offer a full suite of engineering services to our clients, combining local expertise with national resources."

    BB&A has been a trusted advisor to many Chicago-area clients, including the Illinois Department of Transportation, Metra, the City of Chicago, the Illinois Tollway, Class I Railroads, and local governments.

    "We're passionate about developing thought leaders in the engineering industry," said BB&A's retiring co-founders Louis Bowman, PE, and John Barrett, PE, SE. "Our team paired with the resources of Gannett Fleming will do just that, helping clients solve their pressing infrastructure challenges."
  • World Series Champions
    World Series Champions

    Posted: 11/3/2016
    Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs on their World Series Victory! Here's a throwback to BB&A founders' experiences in baseball!

    No one under the age of 70 has seen a Cubs World Series game. The last Cubs title predates modern skyscrapers, toasters, assembly line production, sliced bread and Arizona! In the year 1908, Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Model T first rolled off the assembly line. The only World Series won by the Chicago Cubs was 1907 & 1908; both against Detroit.

    The 1945 Chicago Cubs played 154 games during the regular season, won 98 games, lost 56 games, and finished in first position under Manager Charlie Grimm. Both teams were made up of war depleted players; however, Detroit had two Hall of Famers including Hank Greenberg. A sports writer, Warren Brown, said of the teams, "I don't think either one of them can win it." The Cubs lost in seven games to the Detroit Tigers.

    During 1945, gas would cost you 21 cents per gallon, the United Nations wasn't even established, Jackie Robinson was 2 years away from signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers and a ticket to the World Series could run you $7-$10. If you don't believe it, just ask our Founders, Louis Bowman and John Barrett.

    Mr. Bowman and his three friends are just a few of the longtime fans who can say they attended a Cubs game during that season and before the Billy Goat curse.

    Mr. Barrett on the other hand had an entirely different viewpoint of Wrigley Field. Around the same time, the park district had a crosstown All-Star game between the North Side and South Side.

    Fitting the necessary characteristics, 13-year-old John Barrett was the south side All-Star with quick hands and quick feet starting at second base.

  • Congratulations Chicago Cubs!
    Congratulations Chicago Cubs!

    Posted: 11/3/2016
    BB&A is proud to support our Chicago Cubs! Congratulations to the 2016 World Series Champions!
  • BB&A Hosts Annual Pumpkin Contest
    BB&A Hosts Annual Pumpkin Contest

    Posted: 10/31/2016
    BB&A held our annual Pumpkin Contest on Halloween. Our staff was extremely creative with some exceptional pumpkin decorating.

    First Place: Oscar the Grouch
    Second Place: Star Wars Death Star
    Third Place: Donut
  • BB&A Celebrates 100 Years of ASCE IL
    BB&A Celebrates 100 Years of ASCE IL

    Posted: 10/13/2016
    BB&A is proud to help the American Society of Civil Engineers Celebrate it's 100th year in Illinois.
  • BB&A Engineer Rebecca Wingate, PE Presents to IIT Students
    BB&A Engineer Rebecca Wingate, PE Presents to IIT Students

    Rebecca Wingate, PE Speaks to Students

    Posted: 10/7/2016
    This past October, Rebecca Wingate, PE was invited to speak at IIT's Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Seminar for graduate students. She spoke of her experience thus far in the engineering industry, specifically on the amount of capital budgeting available and its affects on the industry. Her presentation revealed the challenges that in-house railway engineers and their consultants face and the decisions they make every year; from managing the quality of bridge inspections, making funding decisions, deciding on bridge replacement alternatives to controlling construction quality, safety and performance.
  • Newest Engineer To Be
    Posted: 9/12/2016
    BB&A is excited to announce the addition of Reagan Lena Christensen to our family. Structural Engineer Jordan Christensen, PE, SE's daughter was born September 12, 2016.
  • Newest Engineer to Be
    Posted: 8/30/2016
    BB&A is excited to announce the addition of Amira Raine Lopez to our family. Civil Engineer Octavio Lopez, PE's daughter was born August 30, 2016.
  • Congratulations Louis Bowman!
    Posted: 5/17/2016
    BB&A co-founder Louis Bowman, PE is celebrating his 55th college graduation anniversary. He graduated in 1951 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.
  • BB&A Welcomes Interns
    Posted: 5/17/2016
    BB&A is excited to welcome back two of our Railroad Department interns from last summer, Dom Darckus and Weixi Li! Alex Baker joins us for the first time in our Transportation Department.
  • Promotions
    Posted: 4/17/2016
    BB&A is excited to announce the following promotions:

    Beth Barrett to Human Resources Officer

    Daniel Filice, PE, SE to Vice President and Manager of the Highway Structures Department

    John Leary, PE, SE to Manager of the Railroad Structures Department
  • Welcome Joseph J. Hosanna
    Posted: 3/14/2016
    Joseph J. Hosanna, SE joins BB&A as Vice President, Railroad Structure. He has over 40 years experience in structural engineering, project management and operations management with particular emphasis on bridge design, and rail and transit shops and yards.
  • BB&A Engineer Jordan Christensen recieves P.E. License
    Posted: 6/2/2015
    Congratulations to BB&A engineer Jordan Christensen who is now a licensed professional engineer.
  • BB&A Project Wins CBC 2015 Merit Award
    BB&A Project Wins CBC 2015 Merit Award

    Posted: 5/26/2015
    BB&A was awarded the Chicago Building Congress(CBC) 2015 Merit Award for our Consolidated Rental Car Facility at Midway Airport in Chicago. This award is given for a new construction project in Chicago that displays distinctive design, outstanding construction, and has a positive impact on the surrounding community.
  • BB&A Office Renovations
    Posted: 5/20/2015
    BB&A is renovating our office space to put in dark wood flooring in the receptionist area, as well as a reclaimed wood wall featuring our logo behind the front desk. Wood flooring will also be installed in the conference room and library. In addition, new carpeting will be installed in the individual office spaces and back cubicle areas.