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July 29, 2022

Woodard & Curran to move to new headquarters in 2023

top floors of 2 buildings Courtesy / The Boulos Co. Woodard & Curran plans to move to larger headquarters in a sublease from Covetrus Inc. at 12 Mountfort St.

Woodard & Curran, a Portland-based engineering firm, said Thursday it’s planning a move to new headquarters on Portland's East End in 2023.

The company said it would move from its outer Congress location at 41 Hutchins Drive to a newly constructed downtown space at 12 Mountfort St., subleasing the fifth and sixth and floors from Covetrus Inc. (Nasdaq: CVET), a supplier of veterinary technology and services. The move is planned for spring 2023. All together, Woodard and Curran leased 56,015 square feet.

The new space will also include a national learning and collaboration center.

Drew Sigfridson and Jessica Estes of the Boulos Co. represented Woodard & Curran in the transaction.

Covetrus’s construction of its new, 170,000-square-foot corporate headquarters at 12 Mountfort St. is nearing completion. It is being developed by Portland-based Bateman Partners LLC and being built by Scarborough-based Allied-Cook Construction. 

Woodard & Curran

Woodard & Curran has 1,200 employees in 27 locations across the country. It specializes in science, engineering, design-build and operations, as well as water-and-environmental projects. The firm was founded by Frank Woodard and Al Curran in 1979.  

Based on the number of Maine-based licensed engineers, Woodard & Curran is the state's second-largest engineering firm, behind Topsham-based Wright-Pierce, according to the Mainebiz list of Maine's largest engineering firms published July 25.

The firm's new location was selected for amenities that include common meeting rooms, a café, a patio on the top floor, on-site parking and bike storage, and access to downtown Portland.

The new office is also an opportunity for the firm to advance sustainability goals, as it considers carbon-neutral furnishings and workflows, LEED certification and a green roof.

The space is expected to accommodate continued growth, with room to host training, staff gatherings and client events.

“With input from our employees, we’re designing the space to facilitate communication, collaboration, and innovation — aligning with our values as a firm,” said CEO Alyson Watson. “Open, airy, and surrounded by windows, this new home base represents our future, with long views of Casco Bay and the City of Portland — a valued Woodard & Curran client.” 

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Alyson Watson

Woodard & Curran has seen significant growth since 2015, including the 2016 acquisition of California-based environmental engineering company RMC Water & Environment and the 2018 launch of a new Woodard & Curran Constructors division.

In 2022, Watson introduced a five-year strategic plan for continued growth, including recruitment of next-gen talent and enhancing technology and data science capabilities.

Over 15 years, the firm grew its revenue four-fold to $263 million in 2021 and tripled its workforce to 1,200 employees across 27 offices and over 50 water and wastewater treatment plants throughout the U.S.

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