Sensing an upturn in the real estate development industry, an engineering, planning and landscape architecture firm is expanding into the surveying business.
Mount Pleasant-based Seamon Whiteside + Associates said Thursday it has acquired Southeastern Surveying of Charleston Inc. for undisclosed terms.
"Bringing this piece in-house allows us to have full control of the planning and engineering of a project from soup to nuts," said Kenny Seamon, co-founder and landscape architect at Seamon Whiteside. "Our team can now see a project through from day one to completion, and that makes taking care of our clients that much better."
The land-planning and civil- engineering businesses have been hit hard in recent years as demand dried up during the last recession and real estate crash.
Stuart Whiteside, co-founder and civil engineer at Seamon Whiteside, said "we felt the time was right" to add this new element to the firm, which noted that surveyors are required in nearly every aspect of construction.
"The year is off to a good start, and we look forward to rolling out this new service to current and future clients." Whiteside said.
The two businesses said they have worked on construction projects together for about 25 years.
Seamon Whitesides, which also has a Greenville office, was formed in 1985 and has worked on major developments throughout the Southeast region.
Southeastern Surveying of Charleston was established in 1980 on Kiawah Island as Williams & Associates. It later moved to West Ashley.
"We feel that merging our companies as one will streamline our operation and increase our ability to better serve our clients," said Josiah Williams, founder of the firm, which will now operate as SW+A Surveying LLC.