Melville architects H2M build onto New Jersey team

Book smart: The state-of-the-art Sayville Library is one of several featured projects in H2M's shiny portfolio.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

Melville-based consulting and design firm H2M architects + engineers has drawn up a key addition in the Garden State.

On Friday, H2M announced the acquisition of New Jersey-based civil engineering/land surveying expert Schommer Engineering Inc. SEI’s planning and design team will move into H2M’s office in Parsippany, NJ, and will focus on the real estate, municipal water and industrial markets, the Melville mothership said in a statement.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But the addition of namesake Rusty Schommer and his SEI team – which will also assist H2M’s growth in New Jersey’s education and public agencies markets – is a thrill, according to H2M President and CEO Rich Humann.

“Rusty brings his 30-plus years of civil engineering experience and leadership experience to us at a very exciting time of growth in our company,” Humann said Friday. “Continuing to grow the firm and fortify our technical capabilities throughout our office locations is a staple of our vision, and the acquisition of the Schommer firm is another strong step in that direction.”

Besides its Melville headquarters and its Parsippany office, H2M operates a second Garden State facility in Howell, NJ, as well as New York offices in Riverhead, Purchase, Latham, Suffern and New York City.

Richard Humann: Excited to build in New Jersey.

Schommer, who will oversee the Parsippany civil engineering group under the H2M flag, called the acquisition “an excellent opportunity for both firms.”

“It’s been a pleasure to work with H2M during this transition period,” Schommer said in a statement. “We look forward to helping with H2M’s continued growth.”

H2M, which launched way back in 1933, offers a wide range of in-house architectural capabilities, including plumbing, electrical, mechanical and HVAC expertise, as well as roadway design and engineering, land-use planning, sustainable “green” construction, hazardous material abatement and other critical building-related services.

The well-regarded firm’s featured projects include a new Olympic-sized pool complex at Bronx Community College, a 9-11 memorial garden at Massapequa High School, design and engineering work for new public libraries in Mineola and Sayville and a host of other high-profile public-space projects.

While he’s keen on accessing SEI’s regional knowledge, Humann is especially interested in the circa-1998 civil engineering firm’s existing client list – not only beefing up H2M’s Rolodex but exposing those existing New Jersey clients to a new range of architectural services.

“We are also excited to bring to bear a full breadth of H2M’s professional technical capabilities to Schommer’s client portfolio, allowing his clients the benefit of continued intimate client service with more tools in the tool box,” Humann said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”


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