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  • Friday, February 03, 2017
    Engineering firm building new facility here
    An engineering company has announced plans to build a $2.4 million office building here.
     
    O’Malley Strand Associates has closed on the sale of property on Niebuhr Street, across from Brenham Middle School, company officials announced Thursday.
     
    O’Malley Strand officials said they expect to break ground this fall on the 12,000 square-foot building.
     
    “Brenham has proven to be a great fit for our firm, and this investment in the community shows Strand’s commitment to the city and its future,” said company president Phil Budde.
     
    “Our professional staff in the Brenham office believes in our firm’s mission of being dedicated to helping our clients succeed through excellence in engineering.”
     
    The office will be initially planned for about 40 employees, with future expansion capabilities for up to 60 on staff.
     
    Roddy Williams, a member of the corporation’s board of directors and local office leader, and Craig Kankel, past O’Malley Engineers president, said they look forward to the future and continued growth here.
     
    “It is exciting to see the potential we have to prosper and to be a part of this expansion plan,” said Williams.
     
    Kankel said, “O’Malley Strand has been part of the Brenham business community since 1968, and this new office building is a symbol of our firm’s confidence in the future.”
     
    Established in 1946, Strand Associates now has 11 offices nationwide and has completed projects in 48 states. In 2016, Strand ranked 180th in the top 500 design firms in the country by Engineering News-Record.
     
    Strand Associates acquired O’Malley Engineers on Jan. 1, 2015, and the merger has been extremely positive, said Budde.
     
    “In addition to our full-service capabilities in civil, environmental, transportation, structural, electrical, instrumentation, mechanical engineering and financial assistive services, the Texas office adds experts in aviation facilities and natural gas systems design,” he said.

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press