URS Corporation’s oldest predecessor company was founded in 1904. URS was established in 1951, and incorporated in 1957 as Broadview Research—a research group active in the area of physical and engineering sciences. In 1967, management developed a growth strategy focused on building a multidisciplinary professional services firm. In 1968, Broadview Research acquired United Research Incorporated of Cambridge, Massachusetts. During this period, the name Broadview Research was changed to United Research Services and later shortened to URS.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, URS continued to expand through internal growth and strategic acquisitions that enhanced our engineering, architectural and environmental practices. These acquisitions included Madigan-Praeger; Coverdale and Colpitts; John A. Blume and Associates; Hill Dreman Chase; and Dalton, Dalton and Newport.
In 1996, URS further expanded with the acquisition of Greiner Engineering, which broadened our presence in the transportation market. The Woodward-Clyde Group joined URS in 1997, bringing additional environmental capabilities and a broader international presence to the organization. When Dames & Moore Group joined the Company in 1999, it further widened our geographic base, strengthened our program and construction management expertise, added to our FORTUNE 500 client base and expanded our presence in the mass transit market.
In 2002, the acquisition of EG&G Technical Services, a provider of management and technical support services to U.S. government agencies—the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security in particular—positioned URS among the ranks of the leading U.S. federal services contractors.
The 2007 acquisition of Washington Group International enhanced URS’ ability to provide integrated engineering and construction services throughout the project life cycle—from planning, design and engineering through construction to operations and maintenance, and decommissioning and closure. The acquisition also expanded our capabilities in the power and nuclear management markets, as well as in transportation, mining, defense, and industrial infrastructure and process.
In 2010, URS acquired the Scott Wilson Group—a global integrated design and engineering consultancy based in the United Kingdom. The addition of Scott Wilson allowed us to significantly enhance our resources and capabilities in key United Kingdom and Ireland infrastructure markets. We also expanded our presence in Continental Europe, the Middle East, China and India.
In May 2012, URS acquired Flint Energy Services—one of North America’s leading providers of production, construction and maintenance services to the oil and gas industry. The acquisition enabled URS to provide life-cycle services for the full range of upstream, midstream and downstream projects in both the conventional and unconventional oil and gas markets, including the development and production of oil shales, tight oil, and oil sands.
URS was acquired by AECOM in October, 2014. Together AECOM and URS are one of the world’s premier, fully integrated infrastructure and support services firms. We design, build, finance, and operate infrastructure assets in more than 150 countries around the world—across a broad range of markets including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water, and government services. Today, listed on the Fortune 500 as one of America’s largest companies, AECOM’s talented employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management professionals — now serve clients in more than 150 countries around the world.