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Parsons Brinckerhoff

Headquarters: One Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10119
Employees: 13,010
CEO: Keith Hawksworth
: http://www.pbworld.com

Privately held

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Parsons Brinckerhoff is one of the world's leading planning, engineering, and construction management firms. The firm's expertise plays a major role in transportation, power, buildings and environmental projects around the globe.

The company has helped build some of the world's largest and most important public works projects, from Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel to Britain's rail system Network Rail; from the Sabiya power plant in Kuwait to Cairo's Metro and the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System in Singapore. Other projects include the NYC subway system, the BART in San Francisco and NORAD defense facility in Colorado.

The company completed the redesign of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Washington D.C. in 2008 and also the new JetBlue terminal at JFK Airport in NYC.

The company does work in more than 80 countries and has over 150 offices worldwide.

Parsons Brinckerhoff reported total revenues of $2.2 billion in 2008, a 26% increase, and net income of $73.9 million.


William Barclay Parsons, an ambitious engineer, opened his first office in Manhattan in 1885. The first undertaking of his new venture was to design New York City's first subway, the IRT. Completed in 1904, this line-extending from lower Manhattan to Harlem-remains the world's most heavily used rapid transit system.

Even then, the firm had a global reach; Parsons' second major project was to chart a 1,000-mile railroad in China, from Hankow to Canton, a line that is also still in use today.

In 1906, Henry M. Brinckerhoff-a pioneering highway engineer-brought his expertise in electric railways to the firm. Known for his co-invention of the third rail, which revolutionized rapid transit, Brinckerhoff designed the network of roads at the 1939 World's Fair in New York.

In 1930, the company built the Detroit-Windsor tunnel, the first underwater tunnel to connect two countries.

In 1964, PB would design and supervise construction of NORAD (North American Air Defense Command Center), a hardened underground facility under Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado.

The company would also consult on the design of Bay Area Rapid Transit or BART construction in 1972.


PB offers its employees a benefits program including:

- Health care
- Insurance
- Retirement savings plans, with matching contributions
- Company ownership
- Holidays and leave
- Tuition assistance and training programs

Updated July 11, 2009


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