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Alden expanding with acquisition of AECOM research facility

Alden Research Laboratory Inc. has acquired the AECOM hydraulic engineering and modeling laboratory in Redmond, has learned.

Alden, based in Holden, Mass., says the acquisition creates the largest commercial hydraulic engineering laboratory system in North America.

"This transaction will establish Alden's presence on both coasts and will enable us to better serve the growing hydraulic design and flow modeling market by bringing together two companies with extensive capabilities and complementary cultures," says Alden President Stuart Cain.

The lab was founded by Charles "Chick" Sweeney in 1978 and has since worked to optimize hydraulic structures and fish passage systems associated with hydroelectric power generation. The lab says it works closely with municipal utilities, federal agencies and hydroelectric power utilities in the Pacific Northwest.

AECOM acquired the facility in 2005, which was formerly known as the ENSR hydraulics lab.

"It's a win-win-win arrangement," Sweeney says. "I am very excited about the evolution of the laboratory, as both teams get to draw on each other's knowledge base, and our clients will have much more to bear on their challenging projects."

Alden says the acquisition is part of its geographical expansion plan. The company opened an office in Fort Collins, Colo., in 2009, and established a presence in Portland, Ore., in 2011.

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