80 Years
of Making a
Difference

 

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80 Years
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19
40s

Milestones
& Highlights

1940

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Open For
Business

  • Opened the business May 1 at Penn-Beaver Hotel in Rochester, PA
  • 1st job, in July, was a $25 lot survey

1942

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Early
Work

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Early
Work

  • 9 survey contracts with the War Dept.
  • 18 civil engineering contracts with National Defense Housing
  • 16 contracts for design of sewer, road & airport systems
  • 6 property survey contracts for private-sector firms

1943

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First Engineering
Design Contract

  • 1st engineering design contract ever to be awarded to a private consultant by the PA Department of Highways, for the 9.5-mile Parkway East

1945

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U.S. Army
Corps

  • Began the 1st of continuing contracts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for surveys & mapping in the southern & southwestern U.S.

1946

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American
Telephone

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American Telephone
& Telegraph Co.

  • 1st series of contracts with American Telephone & Telegraph Co. for surveys, mapping, route location & construction supervision

1948

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PA Contract
Awards

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PA Contract
Awards

  • Awarded contract from PennDOH for the design of Schuylkill Expressway near Philadelphia
  • Received contracts from the PA Turnpike Commission for construction supervision of the Eastern & Western extensions

1946

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American
Telephone

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American Telephone
& Telegraph Co.

  • 1st series of contracts with American Telephone & Telegraph Co. for surveys, mapping, route location & construction supervision
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19
50s

Milestones
& Highlights

1950

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First Mapping
Contract

  • Received first major photogrammetric mapping contract from the Corps of Engineers in Florida

1951

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Saudi
Arabia

  • Awarded a contract for consulting engineer & construction administrator for Saudi Arabia
  • Designed a wharf, buildings, highways, airports, water & electrical systems, air base, hospital & royal palaces

1953

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New
Technology

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New
Technology

  • PennDOH accepted the first-ever application of photogrammetry

1955

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Republic
of Peru

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Republic
of Peru

  • Awarded a contract from the Republic of Peru to develop surveys, engineering designs, construction supervision, & maintenance of its highway systems

1956

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PA Turnpike
Commission

  • Named the consulting engineer to the PA Turnpike Commission, a position the Company still holds

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56

New
Airport

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New
Airport

  • Began the design of a new airport in Mississippi, the first jet-age airport to be built in the South

1957

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Fortune
Feature

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Fortune
Feature

  • Michael Baker, Jr., was featured in-depth in the July edition of Fortune magazine in an article called "Mike Baker of the Turnpikes"

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New
Airport

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New
Airport

  • Began the design of a new airport in Mississippi, the first jet-age airport to be built in the South

1958

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Top-
Ranked

  • Ranked the largest architectural-engineering firm in the U.S. by Engineering News-Record
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19
60s

Milestones
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1960

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Pittsburgh
Stadium

  • Selected by the Pittsburgh Stadium Authority for civil & transportation infrastructure design & site development of Three Rivers Stadium

1961

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Project
Telstar

  • Surveyed, mapped & planned a satellite tracking station in Maine for Project Telstar, AT&T's first communications satellite

1962

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Hess Oil &
Chemical

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Hess Oil
& Chemical

  • Completed design & construction supervision of a 76-mile pipeline & two pump stations for Hess Oil & Chemical in just 150 days

1964

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Supplying
Water

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Supplying
Water

  • Completed a 25-million-gallon-per-day industrial water supply system along the Gulf Coast for Mississippi's Bayou Casotte industrial area

1968

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Publicly
Traded

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Publicly
Traded

  • Michael Baker, Jr., Inc., issued its first publicly traded stock on June 13

1969

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Betsy Ross
Bridge

  • Completed the design of the 8,481-foot-long Betsy Ross Bridge near Philadelphia for the Delaware River Port Authority

1968

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Publicly
Traded

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Publicly
Traded

  • Michael Baker, Jr., Inc., issued its first publicly traded stock on June 13
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19
70s

Milestones
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1971

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Stock
Exchange

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Stock
Exchange

  • Company was first listed on the American Stock Exchange on May 13

1972

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Highway
in Peru

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Highway
in Peru

  • Awarded the design of the 94-mile Chamayo-Jaen-San Ignacio agricultural highway by the Government of Peru

1974

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Alaskan
Highway

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Alaskan
Highway

  • 360-mile highway completed from Yukon to Prudhoe Bay for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company

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West Virginia
Bridges

  • The West Virginia Dept. of Highways awarded the designs of the Ravenswood, Weirton-Steubenville & Moundsville Bridges, each crossing the Ohio River

1976

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HUD
Contract

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HUD
Contract

  • An existing flood plain mapping contract with the Housing & Urban Development Administration (HUD) was expanded to cover 9,000 communities in 29 states

1977

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Longest
Steel Arch

  • Designed and managed construction of the 1,700-foot New River Gorge Bridge, which was the world’s longest single span steel arch at the time

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Trans-Alaskan
Pipeline

  • Provided pipeline, engineering design & construction management services on this award-winning project

1978

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Penn State
Stadium

  • Expanded Penn State University's Beaver Stadium using a unique jacking/lifting procedure
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19
80s

Milestones
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1982

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Vine Street
Expressway

  • Began final design of the 10-lane Vine Street Expressway linking I-95 & the Schuylkill Expressway in Center City Philadelphia for PennDOT

1984

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New Design Program

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New Design
Program

  • Developed the FAST Design Program (Facilitate Acceleration through Special Techniques) for rebuilding of the Jack's Run Bridge near Pittsburgh in less than 259 days

1985

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Innovative Bridge
Software

  • Selected by PennDOT & Intergraph Corp. to research & design bridge automated drafting software (BRADD) for producing short-span bridge designs

1986

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Making The
Ranks

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Making
The Ranks

  • Ranked in the top 10 percent of engineering firms
    nation-wide on Engineering News-Record’s list of the 500 largest U.S. design firms

1989

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Environmental
Management

  • Selected by U.S. Navy for $100 million environmental management program

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Forbes
Magazine

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Forbes
Magazine

  • Recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the 200 best small companies in the U.S.
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19
90s

Milestones
& Highlights

1990

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50th
Anniversary

  • Celebrated 50 years of service to hundreds of major clients across the globe

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90

MO Services
Inc.

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MO Services
Inc.

  • Acquired MO Services Inc., of Houston, Texas, to provide operations & maintenance services to oil and gas producers, utilities & industrial customers

1991

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Mellon Stuart
Company

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Mellon
Stuart Co.

  • Acquired some assets of Mellon Stuart Co., putting Michael Baker into the business of general contracting, construction & construction management

1995

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AT&T
Network

  • Commissioned by AT&T to conduct feasibility study for the design and construction of an historic 2,600-mile fiber optic network linking Mexico’s major cities with the U.S.

1996

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Energy
Logistics Inc.

  • Created Energy Logistics Inc., a maritime transportation joint venture with SEACOR Marine Ltd.

1998

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Geo
Research Inc.

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Geo
Research Inc.

  • Acquired Geo Research Inc., a global positioning software manufacturer

1996

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Energy
Logistics Inc.

  • Created Energy Logistics Inc., a maritime transportation joint venture with SEACOR Marine Ltd.
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20
00s

Milestones
& Highlights

2004

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Supporting
FEMA

  • Finalized contract negotiations with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on the $750 million Flood Map Modernization project, extending Michael Baker’s nearly 40-year relationship with FEMA

2006

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Continued
Growth

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Continued
Growth

  • Acquired Buck Engineering, P.C., a planning & environmental engineering firm in Cary, North Carolina

2008

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Bridging
Cultures

  • Provided engineering, design and on-site consulting services for the $30 million Pyandzh River Bridge, which opened a trade route stretching over 1,400 miles from Karachi, Pakistan, to Almaty, Kazahstan
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20
10s

Milestones
& Highlights

2010

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Aviation
Expertise

  • Acquired the LPA Group, Inc. (LPA), a transportation consulting firm based in Columbia, South Carolina

2011

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Architecture
Portfolio

  • Acquired JMA Architecture Studios, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, broadening the spectrum of architectural services offered by Michael Baker

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Growing
Out West

  • Acquired RBF Consulting, with engineering and consulting expertise spanning 17 offices across California, Nevada & Arizona

2013

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DC Capital
Acquisition

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DC Capital
Acquisition

  • Acquired by DC Capital. The merged companies are named Michael Baker International, LLC

2015

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UAS
Capabilities

  • Became one of the first in the industry to receive certification from the FAA to operate Unmanned Aircraft System

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Diversified
Planning

  • Enhanced West Coast operations by acquiring Pacific Municipal Consultants, with planning, environmental & municipal expertise

2016

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Bridges to
Prosperity

  • Participated in its first Bridges to Prosperity build in El Zarzal, Nicaragua & continues to participate in builds to this day

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Diversified
Planning

  • Enhanced West Coast operations by acquiring Pacific Municipal Consultants, with planning, environmental & municipal expertise

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16

Great Place
To Work

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Great Place
To Work

  • Received its first designation as a Great Place to Work, thanks to positive feedback from team members
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2017

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New
CEO

  • Brian A. Lutes is named CEO of Michael Baker International

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Top Bridge
Firm

  • Earned the No. 5 ranking for our Bridge practice from Engineering News-Record, reaffirming our position at the forefront of the bridge industry

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17

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Wolf Pack
Philosophy

  • Introduced our Wolf Pack philosophy — that we are stronger together — into the Company’s Culture of Excellence

2018

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Chairman's
Award

  • Established our Chairman’s Award, our Company’s highest honor, to recognize employees who exemplify our Wolf Pack philosophy — that we are stronger together

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18

Tech &
Innovation

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Tech &
Innovation

  • Launched technology & innovation Incubator program. First initiative — DATAMARK® — helps first-response agencies leverage GIS data

2019

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Expanded
Footprint

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Expanded
Footprint

  • Our expanded footprint includes nearly 100 offices serving key markets around the world

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Future
Mobility

  • Launched Intelligent Transportation practice to deploy transformative technologies to enhance mobility & safety

What’s
Next?

Our engineers, surveyors, architects, and planners continue to push the envelope of what's possible in our field.

With technology changing constantly, we look to what's next on the horizon

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21

MILESTONE

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Corridor H
Elkins, WV

Project to be completed by 2021

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23

MILESTONE

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I-10 Corridor
San Bernardino County, CA

Project to be completed by 2023

EXPLORE PROJECT