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Black & Veatch
Industry Engineering, procurement, and construction, and consulting
Founded Kansas City, Missouri (1915)
Headquarters Overland Park, Kansas
Areas served
Power, water, telecommunications, oil and gas, mining, government, data centers, banking and finance
Key people
Steven L. Edwards, Chairman and CEO

Edward Walsh, President of Black & Veatch Power

Hoe Wai Cheong, President of Black & Veatch Oil and Gas

Martin Travers, Group President of Black & Veatch

Cindy Wallis-Lage, President of Black & Veatch Water

John Janchar, President of Black & Veatch Telecommunications

Greg Clum, Executive Vice President of Black & Veatch Special Projects

John Chevrette, President of Black & Veatch Management Consulting

Karen L Daniel, Chief financial officer
ServicesAsset management, consulting, data analytics, EPC and design build, operations, physical and cybersecurity, program and construction management, sustainability
Revenue$3.2 billion (2016)
Number of employees
11,500 (2017)
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Black & Veatch is the largest engineering firm in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Founded in 1915 in Kansas City, Missouri it is now headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas [1] It is a global engineering, procurement, construction ( EPC) and consulting company specializing in infrastructure development in power, oil and gas, water, telecommunications, government, mining, data centers, smart cities and banking and finance markets. [2]

Black & Veatch is the 10th largest majority Employee-Owned company in the United States. [3] With revenues of $3 billion, the company is ranked by Forbes as one of the largest privately owned companies in the United States. [4] Engineering News-Record, which compiles and publishes rankings of the largest construction and engineering firms annually, measured by gross revenues, ranked Black & Veatch 1st in telecommunications, 2nd in power, 5th in water, 8th in wastewater, 13th in international markets, and 15th in the overall top 500 design category, in the United States in 2016. [5]

Black & Veatch has more than 100 offices worldwide and has executed projects in more than 100 countries on six continents. [6]


Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch provides comprehensive solutions in asset management, construction, consulting, engineering, operations, physical and cybersecurity, procurement, data analytics, sustainability, and program and construction management. [7]

Company Timeline

  • 1915 Ernest Batemen Black and Nathan Thomas Veatch form a partnership called Black & Veatch with 12 employees on the payroll. [8]
  • 1940 War Department requests that Black & Veatch rebuild Camp Robinson in Little Rock, Arkansas. Other camp projects include Camp Chafee in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Camp Hale in Pando, Colorado, and other military installations in the Midwest. [9]
  • 1948 Work begins for the Atomic Energy Commission at Los Alamos, New Mexico. [9]
  • 1950 N.T. Veatch appointed by President Harry Truman to the President's Water Pollution Control Advisory Board. [10]
  • 1963 Black & Veatch International is formed. [9]
  • 1964 Black & Veatch opens its first regional office in Denver, CO to design a 100 million gallon per day water treatment plant by the Denver Water Board of Colorado. [11]
  • 1967 Black & Veatch wins a contract to produce a 60-megawatt power generating unit for Yanhee Electricity Authority of Thailand, now known as EGAT, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand. [11]
  • 1976 Black & Veatch opens new building at 11401 Lamar Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas. [9]
  • 1985 Black & Veatch acquires Pritchard Corporation. [11]
  • 1988 Black & Veatch power division introduces a new computer-aided engineering and project management system called POWRTRAK to be more time efficient and capture new business. [11]
  • 1993 Black & Veatch forms UK-based partnership with UK business Tarmac following the latter's acquisition of the privatised UK government agency PSA Projects. [12] This was initially called TBV Consult, but after the partnership was discontinued, it was renamed TPS in 1998. [13]
  • 1995 Black & Veatch merges with Binnie & Partners. [14]
  • 1996 Black & Veatch acquires Paterson Candy Ltd., a UK-based water treatment process contractor and expands building at 11401 Lamar Avenue. [11]
  • 1999 Black & Veatch changes company structure from general partnership to an employee-owned corporation. [15]
  • 2005 Black & Veatch acquires RJ Rudden Associates, Lukens Energy Group, and Fortegra, [16] a move that doubles the size of its management consulting business. [11]
  • 2006 Black & Veatch acquires the water business of MJ Gleeson in the UK, more than doubling the size of its existing UK water operations. [17]
  • 2008 Black & Veatch selected by Eskom to provide project management and engineering services for a 4,800 megawatt power generation facility in South Africa. [18]
  • 2009 Black & Veatch repurchases 11401 Lamar Avenue office building in Overland Park, Kansas, and establishes the location as the company's World Headquarters. [19]
  • 2009 Black & Veatch launched the infraManagement Group LLC (, a wholly owned subsidiary to assist asset owners with management of water, wastewater, and power-generating assets. [20]
  • 2010 Black & Veatch acquired Enspiria Solutions Inc. to expand its scope of smart-grid services. [21]
  • 2013 Steve Edwards assumes role as Black & Veatch Chairman, President, and CEO. [11]
  • 2015 Black & Veatch celebrates its 100th Anniversary. [11]
  • 2018 Black & Veatch and the University of Missouri release a report on the Missouri Hyperloop


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  2. ^ Our Markets. Black & Veatch, 27 February 2017.
  3. ^ The Employee Ownership 100: America's Largest Majority Employee-Owned Companies National Center for Employee Ownership, August 2013
  4. ^ Forbes: Black & Veatch December 2013
  5. ^ Rankings: Engineering News-Record (ENR). Black & Veatch, 27 February 2017.
  6. ^ Worldwide Locations. Black & Veatch, 27 February 2017.
  7. ^ Our Services.. Black & Veatch, 27 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-26. Retrieved 2010-10-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title ( link) Black & Veatch Web site
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  10. ^ Oral History Interview with Nathan Thomas (Tom) Veatch. Harry S. Truman Library
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h Black & Veatch History. Black & Veatch, 28 Feb. 2017
  12. ^ "Tarmac buys PSA Projects". Independent. 1 October 1992. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  13. ^ "History". TPS Consult. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-08. Retrieved 2010-10-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title ( link) "Black & Veatch and Binnie consortium." Water Desalination Report. May 11, 1995.
  15. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2010-10-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title ( link) Chief Executive Magazine, September/October 2010 issue
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-10-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title ( link) "Black & Veatch acquires Fortegra." Water & Wastewater, October 11, 2005.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-10-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title ( link) Water & Wastewater, November 2, 2006
  18. ^ Kansas City Business Journal, May 8, 2008
  19. ^ Black & Veatch completes purchase of world HQ building. Kansas City Business Journal. July 6, 2009.
  20. ^ Kansas City Business Journal, October 19, 2009.
  21. ^ Kansas City Business Journal.

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