Walbridge Partners with California Design Firm to Build Tech Facilities


The Detroit-based construction company Walbridge has formed a new venture with Carlson, a California-based design firm, to create technology-driven facilities. The new firm will offer services from Walbridge’s offices in Detroit and Kalamazoo, among other locations. 

“This increases the value we can offer clients, by combining the strengths of Carlson and Walbridge and bringing together our considerable expertise and resources,” says William Fraser, president and CEO of Carlson Walbridge.

Fraser says the two companies will remain independent and privately owned. The new venture will be based in Dallas, and operate from 20 offices around the world. He says Carlson Walbridge will focus on providing design, construction, and design-build services for clients in the technology, automotive, financial, and health care industries, among others.

“This combination of capability and knowledge provides a total solution for tech-intensive facilities, from early collaboration, into integration of design, and then through the construction phase,” says Randy Abdallah, executive vice president of Walbridge.

Clients of Carlson’s have included Boston Children’s Hospital, JP Morgan Chase & Co., and Pacific Life Insurance, among others. Walbridge, founded in 1916, has worked on projects such as Detroit Metropolitan Airport’s North Terminal in Romulus, The Henry Ford/Greenfield Village redevelopment in Dearborn, and the renovation of the Ford Dearborn stamping plant.​