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September 26, 2019
Allied News

Bala Engineers establishes Washington DC Office

By Suzanne Cammarota
Bala | Meta Leaders Michael Anastasio, Donna Castelli, Paul MacDonald

Bala Consulting Engineers has acquired Arlington, Virginia based Meta Engineers, PC to establish BALA | META. The merger with Bala enables Meta to offer additional services of Structural Engineering, Technology (Tele/Data, Security and AV), Energy Modeling, Commissioning, Validation and Critical Systems Operation and Testing to their clients. Bala | Meta will serve the corporate, education, data center, public sector, religious, healthcare and developer markets in the greater Washington, DC / Virginia region.

Both Meta and Bala have close to 40 years of engineering expertise and have designed numerous noteworthy projects. Meta’s prominent projects include: Chapman Stables Condos, National Cancer Institute, PEPCO Washington DC Southwest Substation, KIPP DC Charter Elementary and Middle School, FBI Chesapeake VA Field Office, Port Covington Rye Street Market, American Woodmark Corporate Headquarters and Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory.

As the leading independent engineering firm in the Philadelphia area Bala maintains full service offices in Boston, New York City, Baltimore, and now, Washington, DC. Bala is recognized for its excellence in engineering High-Rise buildings, Corporate offices, Mission Critical facilities, College and University projects and Transportation building structures. Some of their notable Philadelphia projects include the new Comcast Technology Center, Schuylkill Yards East Tower, the FMC Tower and the Laurel.
Meta leaders, Donna Castelli and Paul MacDonald, will continue to run the operations for
BALA | META, plus gain the value added technical resources, marketing efforts and access to Bala’s national relationships and clients.

Meta Principal, Donna Castelli said; “We are very excited about the merger with Bala and see this as the natural evolution for Meta to become more competitive locally and expand our services and capabilities to better serve clients in the Washington DC/Virginia market.”

Michael Anastasio, Bala’s President, concurs; “Meta has an excellent reputation and relationship with their clients. Bala shares that culture of promoting engineering excellence through strong professional bonds throughout the A/E/C community. As an Engineering News Record Top 400 firm, we can offer our clients a great value by having a strong presence in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Baltimore and now, Washington, DC. Bala’s 10 year plan has been to expand our diverse range of engineering services along the East Coast Amtrak Corridor. Meta now completes that plan and will be a major contributor in our Vision 2030.”

Bala is a dynamic growth oriented company, built on relationships with our clients, staff, and industry partners. From recruiting through engagement with our community of clients, staff and friends, we are committed to providing an exceptional experience that results in successful projects and successful careers. Our broad range of engineering services for the built environment makes buildings more valuable, energy efficient, secure and reliable. Bala is consistently ranked as a top engineering firm by ENR, Building Design & Construction and Consulting Specifying Engineer, and is registered in more than 30 states.

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