Gannett Fleming Expands Water Services with KEH Acquisition

Global infrastructure firm Gannett Fleming has acquired the assets of KEH & Associates Inc. KEH, a highly respected water and wastewater engineering firm based in Southern California and formed in 2006. Effective as of 31 August, the company now operates as KEH, a Business Group of Gannett Fleming. This acquisition creates a national water team with a depth of knowledge few other firms can match.

“When considering an acquisition, Gannett Fleming leadership first looks at a company’s culture. Are employees valued and encouraged to continually learn? Do they contribute to improving their community? Are they committed to amaze their clients with innovative solutions? KEH checked all of those boxes and more,” said Bob Scaer, PE, Gannett Fleming chairman and CEO. “We will now be able to provide California water clients access to specialised, local expertise backed by the resources of a global infrastructure firm.”

KEH is known for its comprehensive water, wastewater, and recycled water portfolio, particularly in large pump station and pipeline design, treatment facility design, operations support, and programme management services. They are recognised for their innate understanding of water reclamation and reuse, developing public sector programmes that help ensure safe, clean, and reliable water supplies. All KEH employees have been retained.

“Our current and future clients from California and the surrounding states can now benefit from Gannett Fleming’s full range of engineering, construction management, and programme management services,” said Ken Hume, PE, former president of KEH and newly appointed West Region Water Business Line leader at Gannett Fleming. “We will continue to focus on client needs and the unwavering commitment to service excellence that is the foundation of both firms.”

KEH, with offices in San Diego and Ventura counties, has successfully undertaken assignments for many public sector clients in Southern California. Their project portfolio includes the City of San Diego’s Morena Sewer Pump Station and Alvarado Trunk Sewer Projects; Wastewater Operations Support Services for the City of Oxnard; Water Replenishment District of Southern California’s Groundwater Reliability Improvement Programme; and the Orange County Water District’s Groundwater Replenishment System start-up and commissioning.