The PBSJ Corporation Is Renamed Atkins

Tampa, Florida – On April 1, The PBSJ Corporation and its PBS&J subsidiary company will be renamed Atkins. PBSJ operates as a national business of Atkins in North America following its acquisition in October 2010. Atkins is the world’s 11th largest design firm.

“The Atkins name is well known and highly respected through the United Kingdom and Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific and in key sectors such as energy,” states Robert J. Paulsen, former chairman and president of The PBSJ Corporation and now president and regional managing director of Atkins in North America. 

Bob Paulsen adds, “We have maintained our focus on client service and our commitment to delivering technical excellence. Our teams are highly skilled and we are confident in our ability to augment our services by delivering Atkins’ international expertise locally through teams that understand the local requirements, practices, and culture.  We continue to believe a local presence is essential to best serve many of our clients. “

Holders of more than 97 percent of The PBSJ Corporation’s capital stock voted overwhelmingly to approve the corporation’s acquisition by Atkins last October.  Atkins has around 18,000 employees, including more than 3,700 (full- and part-time) in North America.

About Atkins
Atkins ( is the world’s 11th largest design firm.  We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy. Whether it’s the concept for a new skyscraper, the upgrade of a rail network, the modelling of a flood defence system or the improvement of a management process, we plan, design and enable solutions.

Recent projects include:
• Program management, design, planning, and GIS support services to the Power Company of Wyoming for the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy project, which consists of two sites with a combined 1,000 turbines on approximately 98,500 acres.
• Multiyear architecture-engineering construction management services for the National Park Service in the USA, including projects such as rehabilitation of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and Administrative Complex at Colorado’s Death Valley to meet the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification standards.
• Major infrastructure works, such as the design and program management of the civil works for the Dubai Metro red and green lines in the UAE.
• Key rail projects – providing architectural and engineering design services on Crossrail, Europe’s biggest civil engineering project in London, UK, and designing stations, tunnelling, and track systems for Gautrain, South Africa’s first high speed line.
• High-profile transport planning and urban design – our innovative scheme to deliver a diagonal crossing at Oxford Circus in London, UK, has helped tackle the problem of pedestrian crowding;
• Vital water and environmental projects – as part of a joint venture, Atkins is providing technical assistance to the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme in Nigeria, which will benefit up to three million people.
• Multidisciplinary building design – Northwood Primary School in Darlington, UK, is an exemplar project which raises standards for environmental design and community engagement.

Atkins is the official engineering design services provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.