Farnsworth Group Acquires Foth Champaign, IL, Office Location

Farnsworth Group, Inc., announced today it has acquired the Champaign, IL, consulting office location of Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC.  This acquisition includes only Foth’s Champaign office and not any of its other office locations.


Foth’s Champaign office, located on Broadmoor Drive, has a long history in central Illinois, having previously operated as Daily & Associates for more than 50 years before joining Foth in 2005.  The office provides Transportation, Water, Wastewater, Municipal, Stormwater, Structural, and Land Development Engineering services to a broad range of clients, most notably Illinois municipalities and state agencies.


The acquisition further strengthens Farnsworth Group’s presence in the Champaign area, which also operates a consulting office located on Neil Street. Farnsworth Group’s Champaign office was established in 2002 and offers Architecture, Civil Engineering and Surveying services.


More than 25 Foth employees will be joining Farnsworth Group, bringing the Company’s total Champaign presence to nearly 40 staff members.  For now, the two offices will continue to operate from their current locations. Farnsworth Group now has more than 400 employees located nationwide.


We are always looking to acquire exceptional talent and expertise that adds value to Farnsworth Group’s clients and further complements our existing business practice,” said Farnsworth Group President and Chief Executive Officer Karen Jensen, PE.  “Foth’s Champaign office and staff certainly fulfills that goal.  With this addition, we will now be able to provide our clients with full-service engineering and architecture services from our Champaign location.”


Combined, the Champaign offices will continue to serve clients such as the cities of Champaign and Urbana, the University of Illinois, Illinois Department of Transportation and municipalities throughout Illinois, as well as support Farnsworth Group projects nationwide.

Farnsworth Group Hits No. 213 on ENR Top Design Firms Ranking

Bloomington, IL … April 29, 2014…Farnsworth Group, Inc., a national full-service engineering, architecture and survey firm, has been recognized as one of the Top 500 Design Firms by Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine.

Farnsworth Group landed at No. 213 on the ENR annual listing of the Top 500 Design Firms for 2013, marking the firm's highest ever ranking on the list. Farnsworth Group was one of the biggest movers, moving up 32 spots from last year’s ranking of No. 245. The Top 500 Design Firms list ranks the 500 largest U.S. based engineering, architectural and environmental design firms, both publicly and privately held, based on annual revenue at home and abroad by each company. 

“We always look forward to ENR’s annual ranking of the top design firms, and we are proud to be listed as one of the Top 500 firms in the nation,” said Farnsworth Group President and Chief Executive Officer Karen M. Jensen, PE. “Our move in the rankings is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees, and the quality of services that we provide to our clients. We know that our success is dependent on the level of service we provide, and the close relationship we develop with our valued clients.”

Farnsworth Group, Inc., an employee-owned company, is a full-service engineering, architecture and survey firm, offering clients nearly 400 professionals located throughout a nationwide network of offices including Illinois, Missouri , Colorado, Wisconsin, California, Texas and Georgia.

Larry Gabriel Bridge Gains ACEC Merit Award

Farnsworth  Group was recently awarded a merit award by the American Council of Engineering  Companies (ACEC) in the 2014 Illinois Engineering Excellence Awards  Competition.

Farnsworth  Group's award winning project, Larry Gabriel Bridge on the Fox River Trail, was  selected in the Small Projects category. Entries are judged on the basis of engineering  excellence, the degree to which the client's needs are met and the benefits to  the public welfare and private practice of engineering.

When the Fox River Trail System was  developed in 1981, it included an existing bridge that was constructed in 1931  and located at Island Park in Geneva, Illinois.  By 2004, the superstructure had deteriorated beyond repair. Farnsworth Group designed a new  superstructure for the Geneva Park District that maintained the historical  aesthetics, while incorporating modern design standards.

Approximately 200' of the trail itself  north and south of the bridge was replaced and a pedestrian overlook area was  added. Decorative metal railings were  included as an additional safety feature. The rehabilitation of the Larry Gabriel Bridge  not only provides aesthetic and safety improvements, but also preserves an  essential connection to this 100-plus-mile trail system for pedestrians and  bicyclists.


The  award was presented during a luncheon on February 7, 2014 at the Marriott in  Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.

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