Private equity firm brings regional materials labs under Atlas banner

Sources: Bernhard Capital Partners Management, LP, Baton Rouge, La.; CP staff

A Bernhard Capital-led group has acquired construction materials and infrastructure management specialists Engineering and Testing Services Corp., Oakland, Calif.; Moreland Altobelli Associates, Duluth, Ga.; and Pavetex Engineering LLC, Lubbock, Texas, combining them under Atlas Technical Consultants.

The new entity will provide public and private sector clients with infrastructure engineering, design, program development/management, acquisition and project control services, plus construction engineering & inspection and materials testing support. Atlas Technical will be one of the largest operators of its kind, with 1,000-plus employees in more than 30 offices across 11 states. Major offices are located in Atlanta; Austin, Dallas and Houston; Boise; Honolulu; Portland; Salt Lake City; and San Francisco.

"Atlas Technical Consultants will be a major industry contributor in infrastructure engineering, program management and construction inspection & testing and will add significant value,” says Bernhard Capital Partner Jeff Jenkins. “We are confident this platform will be a foundation for continued growth and remain excited about our impressive pipeline."

Bernhard Capital has appointed as Atlas chief executive officer L. Joe Boyer, who brings nearly 30 years of experience leading firms in solving complex infrastructure challenges in new build, recovery and resiliency scenarios for federal, public and private clients. He most recently headed Atkins North America, a design, engineering and project management consultancy under Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin.