By Jan Buchholz
Austin-based Big Red Dog Engineering and Consulting continues to grow with the acquisition of MSP Engineering Group PLLC, a structural engineering firm in Sugar Land.
The six-person office in a suburb southwest of Houston will remain open, providing a sixth location to Big Red Dog’s roster. The team brings unique capabilities to the firm.
“The MSP addition contributes great apartment-specific design expertise to our multifamily market sector,” Big Red Dog CEO Will Schnier said in a statement.
Gerry Wynne and Victor Cordova, the founding principal and executive vice president of MSP, will become the structural market leaders for Big Red Dog and maintain the Sugar Land office.
Big Red Dog now has 115 employees with 65 based at its East Austin headquarters. Other offices are in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Lubbock.
Schnier co-founded Big Red Dog in 2009 after working for Bury, now Stantec, and Carter & Burgess, now Jacobs. It has handled engineering and design for several-high profile Austin projects, including the Lamar Union mixed-use outpost and master planning for Waller Creek.
The company has worked on many commercial projects across Texas — offices such as Domain 8 at The Domain, hospitality developments such as the highly acclaimed Hotel Van Zandt in downtown Austin, affordable housing such as Foundation Communities’ Capital Studios near the Texas Capitol and Eastside Station, the urban apartment complex that recently sold.
Big Red Dog recently landed on the 2017 Inc. 5000, which tracks some of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. It came in at No. 1,316 with three-year growth of 310 percent and 2016 revenue of $13.4 million.
Austin Business Journal earlier this year ranked Big Red Dog as the 19th-largest engineering firm locally with 2016 revenue of $8.67 million attributed solely to projects in the Austin area.
Schnier has always had lofty goals for the company — in 2013 he told me he was shooting for an initial public offering in 2023. Still plenty of time for that to happen.
This summer I caught up with Schnier for an in-depth look at the company’s growth and rapid expansion.
Among other projects, Big Red Dog is currently involved with the Lake Highlands Town Center in Dallas; the expansion of Athlos Academies charter schools in Houston; the proliferation of urban infill projects in San Antonio; and multiple projects at The Domain, including the Flatiron Domain, a mixed-use property from prominent Dallas-based apartment developer StreetLights Residential.