Mead & Hunt acquires “boutique” transportation consulting firm Sabra & Associates, Inc.

August 15, 2019


three men standing together in Sabra officeMead & Hunt, a large, well-known national architecture-engineering firm, has acquired Sabra & Associates, Inc. (SAI), a multi-disciplinary consulting firm with a strong emphasis on the transportation sector.

SAI has a heavy presence in the mid-Atlantic states with five offices spanning the area, including offices in Columbia, MD, Washington, DC, Vienna, VA, and two in Baltimore, MD. They have 120 team members.

This merger gives both firms the opportunity to provide clients expanded consulting resources and service areas. SAI brings sophisticated multi-modal transportation planning, travel demand modeling, GIS, traffic engineering, highway design and construction inspection to Mead & Hunt’s Transportation team, which excels at roadway and bridge design and construction inspection.

In addition, SAI brings strength in urban transit, freight logistics, signals, and intelligent transportation systems planning and design, which is vital to many of our clients across the country. The two firms offer complementary services, making this merger beneficial for SAI and Mead & Hunt clients alike.

Men and women in professional attire standing together in office“The convergence of SAI and Mead & Hunt’s areas of expertise supports clients and communities by creating greater access to vital transportation services nationwide,” said Rick Plymale, Vice President for Mead & Hunt’s Transportation. “I’m confident that together we can do more for our clients than either of us could alone.”

The merger is an ideal cultural fit, with both firms fostering people-first values. According to Andy Platz, Mead & Hunt’s CEO, “Keeping all of our clients, employees and communities at the forefront of our decisions is key to our overall success.”

Similarly, Ziad A. Sabra, former owner of SAI and now Mid-Atlantic Business Unit Leader at Mead & Hunt stated, “We remain committed to retaining the close client relationships we’ve fostered over the past several years, and we look forward to maintaining these relationships well into the future. Above all, this merger allows us to offer expanded resources to our clients and offers our employees additional opportunities to grow.”


Mead & Hunt is an employee-owned consulting firm and remains strong on ENR’s Top 500 design firm list with a national ranking of 119 in 2019. The firm employs nearly 900 employees from 35+ offices located across the nation. They were named by Zweig Group as one of the Best Firms to Work For, and by CE News as one of the top 10 engineering companies to work for in the nation.