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Arizona-based EPS Group named Design Firm of the Year by ENR Southwest

Following a milestone year in 2021, Arizona-based civil engineering firm EPS Group was named Southwest Design Firm of the Year by ENR in its annual look at the Top Design Firms in the region.

From left, Hank Jensen, Principal/ Field Survey Department Manager; Kathey Wagner, CEO; and Ox Auxier, Principal/Civil Engineer, take part in the ribbon cutting event for the new EPS Group office in Loveland, Colorado.

Based in Mesa, with offices in Phoenix and Tucson, EPS Group recently held a ribbon cutting/grand opening celebration for its new market office in Loveland, Colorado. The company hired 84 new team members in 2021 to bring the company-wide total to 285. It also saw a substantial jump in revenue, from $33.7 million in 2020 to $44.1 million in 2021.


EPS Group, which has operations in California along with Arizona and Colorado, is also making progress on opening an office in Texas in the fall of 2023.


In the feature story that announced their selection as Southwest Firm of the Year, EPS Group CEO Kathey Wagner notes that, “We have spent a lot of time on our company culture over the past two years to make sure that as we continue to grow, the foundation of our success — (our people) — remains at the core of everything we do. It’s more important now than ever as our teams are located in multiple locations and we continue to support hybrid work options.”


Founded in 2003, EPS Group provides civil engineering, planning, land development, surveying, water resource, landscape architecture and construction management services, with associates who are certified in 14 states across the country. EPS Group expertise ranges from major public works infrastructure to large-scale private developments.


Several company initiatives were highlighted in the feature, including the quarterly incentive program; EPS University, an in-house technical and leadership skills training program; the new Work Your Way hybrid work program; and formalizing the Path to Ownership initiative.


“When I learned EPS Group was named ENR’s Design Firm of the year, I was overcome with pride and gratitude,” said Wagner. “This award recognizes and celebrates the tremendous work and on-going commitment our team has maintained in pursuit of our goal to become the #1 Design Firm in the Southwest by 2030. This honor gives us a little extra octane in our tank as we focus on creating a bigger future together for our associates, clients, and the communities we serve. We are extremely honored by the selection.”


For EPS Group, 2021 was just another step in its goal to be a Top-5 design firm in the Southwest by 2025. Some of the recent projects that EPS Group has worked on that helped it post a record 2021 are the Phoenix Rising Stadium at Wild Horse Pass Sports Park in Chandler; the US 60X for the Arizona Department of Transportation in Gilbert, Bella Vista Farms in San Tan Valley, and Encore at Johnstown in Colorado.