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Engineering giant AECOM to move corporate HQ from Los Angeles to Dallas-Fort Worth

AECOM, a Fortune 500 firm with $13.2 billion in revenue last year, will move its global headquarters from Los Angeles to its existing office in Dallas.

The move, announced by the company Tuesday, takes effect Oct. 1. AECOM chief executive officer Troy Rudd and other corporate leaders will join the company’s more than 1,200 employees in Texas.

The new corporate home will be Galleria Tower One, 13355 Noel Road, Dallas. Rudd became CEO a year ago when he replaced Michael Burke, who retired.

AECOM said its 2,500 employees in California will continue to work out of its downtown Los Angeles location and other offices throughout the state. It had a global workforce of 54,000 at the end of fiscal 2020, with 22,000 in the U.S.

“AECOM has had a longstanding presence in both California and Texas with our professionals delivering transformational projects that uplift communities and improve quality of life,” the company said. “While the North Texas region today provides AECOM additional benefits as a corporate hub and talent magnet for the engineering and consulting industry, both markets remain core to the company’s growth strategy.”

AECOM joins a growing list of major California-based companies that relocated their corporate base to Dallas-Fort Worth. Toyota North America, McKesson, Charles Schwab, Jacobs, CBRE and Core-Mark all made the move in recent years.

Based on its 2020 revenue, AECOM would have been the 14th largest public company based in North Texas. It also joins Irving-based Fluor and Dalllas-based Jacobs as engineering and infrastructure giants headquartered in the region.

AECOM is working on a number of high-profile Texas projects.

In November, Trinity Metro selected AECOM to conduct the environmental assessment and preliminary engineering for its TEXRail extension. The 2.1-mile extension is part of the $1 billion, 27-mile TexRail line that connects Fort Worth with DFW International Airport. The extension will run from downtown Fort Worth to its medical district.

“This expansion is intended to improve transit equity by providing access to health care services for local residents who may not have a vehicle and will ease the commute for healthcare workers traveling in and out of the district,” Dev Rastogi, AECOM’s Dallas executive, said at the time.

In May, the company was chosen to provide program management services for the first phase of Dallas ISD’s $3.5 billion bond program. It had earlier worked on the school district’s 2002, 2008 and 2015 bond programs.

AECOM has also worked on an environmental impact statement for a proposed 240-mile high-speed rail project that will run from Dallas to Houston, and a coastal resiliency master plan to protect Gulf Coast communities.


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