Consultant Profile: Blending Design and Construction

ASPIRE, Summer 2010. By Craig A. Shutt.

Only 6 years old, FINLEY Engineering Group Inc. has experienced rapid success both nationally and internationally with a wide range of bridge projects. The key to its success, Managing Principal Craig Finley says, comes from blending bridge design skills and construction engineering to maximize constructability.

That approach has helped the Tallahassee, Fla.-based firm grow from one employee when it opened its doors in late 2004 to 30 employees today. The company has experienced 30% to 70% annual growth since then, and this year anticipates growing by another 80%. “We have the backlog of projects to make that happen,” Finley says. “The only thing hampering us is finding good people.”

Even that challenge will be eased by the company’s reputation, which saw it named one of the nation’s 25 Best Structural Engineering Firms to Work For in 2008 by Structural Engineer magazine. Read more…

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