MARIETTA - Pickering Associates has opened a new Marietta location at 326 Third St. The event included a lawn party and open house of the architecture and engineering firm's offices in the former Lock One Engineering building.
"It was a natural move for us. We already have offices in the Parkersburg and Athens areas - and this will be another full-service architectural and engineering facility," said Charles Pickering, Pickering Associates chief executive officer.
Pickering Associates purchased the Lock One building in June 2012 from former owner and local engineer Jim Bir, who, along with his Lock One staff, has merged with Pickering.
"I think it's a good move," Bir said. "I've known the Pickering family for some time, and this is a great local company."
Ryan Taylor, company president, said Pickering Associates was incorporated in 1989, and has more than 50 employees at the Marietta, Parkersburg and Athens offices.
"Last year alone, we did 484 individual projects, and the largest was a $50 million industrial park facility in Ravenswood," he said. "We currently have jobs in five states, but do work for clients throughout the eastern U.S."
Taylor said the company is bringing on board 15 more architects and engineers.
Traci Stotts, the company's lead architect, said Pickering Associates is working on projects for the city of Marietta, including renovation of city hall and the National Guard Armory building, as well as the city's $20 million wastewater treatment plant upgrade.
In addition, Pickering Associates has worked on the Marietta College campus, Washington Electric Co-op building, Marietta Memorial Hospital and other commercial and industrial facilities throughout the region.
"It's exciting to be here, and this new transition will allow us to focus even more on Marietta and surrounding areas," Stotts said. "This facility will also provide satellite offices for our engineers and architects from other offices who may be working on projects in this area."
Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews said the business is more than welcome to the Pioneer City.
"We've worked with Pickering in the past, and they're doing work for the city now," he said. "I'm very happy to see them bringing their business to Marietta."
Charlotte Keim, president and CEO of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce, agreed.
"We're absolutely delighted to have Pickering establish offices in Marietta," she said. "They'll be closer when we need them, but Pickering has also been a chamber member for a long time. The company is a real class act with a lot of great talent, and they're bringing good jobs to this area."