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CHA CONSULTING, INC. ACQUIRES Wolverton & Associates, Inc.

June 2019


Georgia acquisition strengthens Southeast presence in transportation, power and utilities

CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA), a highly diversified, full-service engineering consulting firm announced today that it has acquired Wolverton & Associates, Inc. (Wolverton).  Wolverton is a full-service transportation and civil engineering firm based in Atlanta, Georgia.

“CHA’s partnership with Wolverton will create added depth to our teams thus bringing immediate value to our clients and fueling our growth across the southeast.  Wolverton’s vision and values mirror CHA’s, and we share a strong commitment to elating clients and inspiring employees,” said Michael Carroll, CHA’s President & CEO. 

Wolverton Founder & CEO, Jay Wolverton, said, “The Wolverton team is very excited to join CHA.  The opportunities for collaboration with the CHA team will enhance our clients’ experience, while access to a broader platform will benefit the growth and professional development of our staff. Our shared commitment to quality, excellence, and trust make CHA the ideal partner for Wolverton.”

“Wolverton brings CHA exceptional leadership and talent in the transportation, traffic, land development, land surveying, and power/utility sectors, providing us with great opportunities for combined accelerated growth in these markets within the growing Southeast region,” stated CHA’s Chief Strategy Officer Jim Stephenson.

CHA and Wolverton will work closely together to ensure a seamless transition for Wolverton’s clients. During the integration period, the two firms will also work together to maximize the expertise, best practices, and experience of both firms. A first step in the integration process is a branding change for Wolverton. Wolverton will be known as Wolverton & Associates, a CHA Company effective immediately.

AEC Advisors LLC ( initiated the transaction and served as Wolverton’s financial advisor.



March 2019


CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA) announced today that it acquired Daedalus Projects, Inc. (Daedalus), a project and construction management firm based in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. 

“Daedalus brings CHA experienced project and construction management resources that will accelerate growth in our PM/CM business and propel us further into the metro Boston market,” said Michael Carroll, CHA’s President & CEO. “This partnership is extremely positive for both companies. Our values and vision are well aligned, and I am confident that the addition of Daedalus to the CHA team will further enhance our ability to serve our clients more fully with a broader set of services and capabilities.”

“The Daedalus team is very excited about the future with CHA,” said Daedalus’ President, Richard Marks. “The partnership with CHA will provide our team with tremendous opportunities to provide our services to a greater breadth of clients. Our common commitment to excellence, quality, and client satisfaction make CHA the perfect partner for Daedalus.”

CHA and Daedalus will work closely together to ensure a seamless transition for Daedalus’ clients. The two firms will also work to maximize the expertise, best practices, and experience of both firms.

Daedalus joins the CHA family of companies, which include CHA Consulting, CHA Tech Services, CHA Canada, Novara GeoSolutions, American Fire, and PDT Architects.


PDT Architects Promotes Staff in Portland

October 2018

Adam McKinnon

Adam McKinnon has been promoted to Design Technology Manager. Adam has worked in the architecture practice for 14 years and is a registered architect in Maine and Pennsylvania. He has a strong technology and design software background—as practitioner and former instructor—with an emphasis on building information modeling (BIM). He will integrate his firsthand experience with BIM technology and design to refine and apply new technological applications to PDT’s architectural practice. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University.

Ariana Melzer

Ariana Melzer has assumed the role of Social Media Coordinator in addition to her current position as an interior designer at PDT. Ariana provides collaborative design for interiors and has coordinated large interior projects. She now will be responsible for strengthening PDT’s online presence. Ariana earned her M.A. in Interior Architecture from Suffolk University and received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson has accepted the position of Office Leader. Pam will continue to work as one of PDT’s interior designers responsible for transforming clients’ budgets, timeframes, needs, and visions into workable plans and designs. As office leader, she will leverage her 31 years of experience to cultivate a collaborative and inventive working environment at PDT’s Portland office. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and completed the Interior Design/Project Management Program at Harvard University.


CHA Announces Subsidiary Rebranding

September 2018

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CHA subsidiary, Gryphon International Engineering Services, has rebranded as CHA Canada.  Based in St. Catharines, Ontario, the award-winning thermal, power and energy engineering arm of CHA has also launched a new website at

Gryphon International Engineering Services was acquired by CHA in 2011.  The name change and rebranding is intended to clarify to the market the full-service capabilities CHA can now offer our Canadian clients. CHA Canada will serve its clients with the highly professional staff and excellent service they have come to expect as well as offer additional services to meet our clients’ many needs.

“Branding our Canadian team under CHA reaffirms our aspiration to elate our clients by offering them a truly one-stop-shop for all their engineering and environmental needs that CHA’s fully integrated team of professionals can bring to North America,” said Michael Carroll, CHA President and CEO.   “Under our stronger, integrated brand in Canada and the United States, we will continue to responsibly improve the world we live in.”


PDT Architects Promotes Staff in Portland

September 2018

Matthew Pitzer

Matthew Pitzer, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted to Practice Leader. Matt joined PDT in 2016 after spending almost fifteen years in Boston as a designer specializing in historic preservation. He is a registered architect, earning his Master of Architecture from Northeastern University, and most recently completed the design of the new Kate Furbish Elementary School, which will be built at the site of the former Jordan Acres School in Brunswick, Maine.

Kathy Kahill

Kathy Kahill, LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted to Studio Leader. Kathy is a graduate of Cornell University and has led many of PDT’s largest and most successful projects since joining the firm in 2010 after spending nine years designing in San Francisco. Most recently, she completed the design of Mt. Ararat High School, a 750-student replacement high school currently being constructed in Topsham, Maine.

Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson has been promoted to Constructability Leader. Paul joined PDT in 2008 as an architectural designer. He is a registered architect and has designed some of PDT’s most technically challenging projects including schools, health care facilities, multi-family housing, and courthouse projects. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver and holds a B.A from the State University of New York at Cortland.


Chad Reed Promoted to Operations Manager

June 2018

Chad Reed is named PDT’s Operations Manager.

Chad Reed has been promoted to the role of Operations Manager for PDT. In this new role, Chad will be responsible for overseeing PDT’s profit/loss, including staffing, project management, technical excellence and quality, as well as operational activities, helping to ensure the firm can function profitably and at an optimal level.  Chad will also be responsible for the development of the firm’s staff, as well as the associated technical groups, to deliver timely, high quality projects, while adhering to PDT and CHA project management procedures. 

Chad received his BArch from Norwich University and joined PDT in 1998. Prior to this promotion, Chad worked in a variety of project-related roles. He was the project manager for many major commercial and educational projects and has worked hard to balance the design aspirations of several projects while keeping a steady focus on the overall delivery.


PDT Steps out for American Heart Walk

May 2018

PDT treks 3.5 miles at Southern Maine Heart Walk.

To raise money in the fight against heart disease and stroke, PDT Architects, a CHA Company, had a team of walkers participate in the Southern Maine Heart Walk on Sunday, May 20. Walkers followed a 3.5-mile-long route around Back Cove Pathway in Portland, Maine, beginning from the AAA Northern New England celebration site. Donations raised from the event support the American Heart Association.


PDT Team Bowls a Strike at MEREDA Bowl-a-Thon

May 2018

The PDT Pinheads play in the Annual Mereda Bowl-a-thon at Bayside Bowl.

PDT Architects recently took on fellow design and construction firms and some commercial real estate colleagues at the Annual Mereda Bowl-a-thon at Bayside Bowl in Portland, ME.  The PDT Bowling Team (The PDT Pinheads) included new and returning bowlers as well as a large cheering section.

This event supports scholarships for Maine students pursuing education in building trades, architecture, construction, engineering or a business program at a Maine Community College System, or the College of Science, Technology & Health at the University of Southern Maine.


PDT Architects Transforms a Press Room into an Inspirational Newsroom

March 2018

Portland Press Herald’s newsroom is seen before and after its transformation.

PDT Architects partnered with Workplace Transformation Facilitation as the architect of record to relocate the Portland Press Herald’s newsroom and associated departments from One City Center to the former press hall on Gannett Drive in Scarborough, ME. However, before the press hall could be transformed into PDT’s elegant design and outfitted with accommodations befitting more than 100 employees, the former 3-story tall, 750-ton press had to be disassembled and removed, carving an open chasm where the press once stood.

Over the course of six months, the former press was removed, the press hall was renovated, and a new printing press was installed in a separate part of the building. Watch this video to learn more about this collaborative effort between PDT Architects, Workplace Transformation Facilitation, Wright-Ryan (Construction Manager), and the subcontractors to re-imagine this space as a state-of-the-art newsroom for Maine Today Media/Portland Press Herald.

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