News | June 30, 2014

Hughes Associates And The RJA Group Complete Historic Merger, Creating Industry-Leading Engineering Services Company


Hughes Associates and The RJA Group, parent company of Rolf Jensen & Associates, the two most experienced and respected names in the fire protection engineering profession, announced they have completed their merger following a vote by The RJA Group shareholders in Chicago today.

The merger creates a global professional consulting practice of more than 500 employees engaged in the broadest scope of specialty engineering services available to the built environment.

According to Phil Rogers, chief executive officer of the newly formed company, an integration process has already been started between the two groups. “Our goal is to establish best practices for every facet of our practice and business,” said Rogers. “This will enable us to better serve the current and future needs of our clients regardless of their fire protection engineering or research challenges or their location around the globe.”

David Boswell, president of Hughes Associates, commented: “Our groups have many qualities in common. Both firms exhibit the highest level of technical excellence, we offer proven on-time and on-budget performance on projects, and we retain long-term client relationships. Our cultures are also very similar, which positions us well for the future. In terms of service scope, Hughes has strengths in areas such as research, testing, forensic engineering and power/energy risk analysis to complement RJA’s code consulting, performance-based design, construction management and security expertise.”

“For our clients, it is an ideal situation,” stated Martin Reiss, president of RJA. “The combined organization provides our clients with the ability to meet their fire protection and security challenges anywhere in the world. RJA has participated in over 50,000 projects in 75 countries and together with the additional Hughes resources, we have the unmatched technical strength and global presence today’s multi-national clients require.”

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About Hughes Associates

Hughes Associates, Inc. operates as a fire protection and life safety engineering and consulting company. It offers services in the areas of fire protection engineering and design, building and fire code compliance and representation, accessibility code consulting, and fire protection systems commissioning. Hughes is a technical leader in specialized consulting, including fire research and testing, dust hazards, forensic, and risk and external hazards. Core fire protection capabilities are supplemented by electrical engineering, environmental, training, and security services. The company serves healthcare, transportation, higher education, A&E services, government, DoD and DoE, power generation, transmission and distribution, historic buildings and museums, and industrial and petrochemical clients. Hughes was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with offices worldwide.

About RJA

Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. (RJA) is a professional consulting firm providing an extensive range of value-added engineering and construction management services on projects involving life safety, fire protection, and building codes for commercial, institutional and industrial clients worldwide. Operating from offices in the United States, Asia and The Middle East, RJA consultants have participated on more than 50,000 projects in 60 countries around the world. Founded in 1969, RJA is recognized as a global leader in fire protection engineering, construction management, life safety and building code consulting.

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