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Stantec to acquire Penfield & Smith

The design firm behemoth Stantec is enhancing its presence along California’s Central Coast by acquiring Santa Barbara- based Penfield & Smith. A 90-person civil engineering and land planning firm with local offices in Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Santa Maria, and Lancaster, Penfield & Smith has a sizeable roster of public and private sector clients. This transaction is expected to close in October.

Following nearly seven decades of operation, Penfield & Smith has serviced a variety of projects and clients to support infrastructure in local communities. Among large-scale projects in the firm’s portfolio is the 135-acre master planned marina community of Seabridge at Channel Islands Harbor. Penfield & Smith served as lead consultant for civil engineering, surveying and land planning on this Oxnard, CA project that featured two retail centers and more than 700 live/work units and personal residences. In Thousand Oaks, CA, they redesigned 1.3 miles of a two-lane rural hillside roadway to enhance drainage and lane width as part of the Norwegian Grade Rehabilitation project. Within the city of Santa Barbara, the firm provided project management assistance and construction management for the conversion of the 40-million gallon, open-air Sheffield Reservoir into below-ground water storage facilities with a public park above. Penfield & Smith’s regional clients include Shea Homes; County of Ventura; Comstock Homes; the University of California, Santa Barbara; Caltrans; Valencia Water District; People’s Self-Help Housing; and the cities of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Oxnard, Lancaster and San Luis Obispo, among others.

From its base of more than 14,000 employees, Stantec currently has nearly 6,500 team members working across the United States, including over 1,000 within California. Additionally, Penfield & Smith will join Stantec’s firm-wide infrastructure business operating unit of nearly 4,400 team members.

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