Barge Fuels Growth with the Acquisition of Core Engineering Group

3 / June / 2024

Barge is excited to announce the acquisition of Core Engineering Group (CORE), a fully integrated professional engineering service and management consultation company based in Florida.  

The acquisition of CORE is a strategic move to strengthen its presence in the Florida transportation market and overall position in the industry.  

Founded in 2019, CORE started with a mission to implement safer transportation solutions and is committed to delivering complex projects with the assurance of experience and qualified professionals.  

“At Barge, we believe the future of Florida is bright. We have a big vision for this part of our geography, and this acquisition allows us to make a significant impact in the state and continue to deliver exceptional value and service to our clients across our entire footprint,” said Bob Higgins, president, and CEO of Barge. “With CORE’s extensive network and expertise in working with various FDOT districts, we will take a sizable step forward in accelerating our growth and impact in Florida and beyond. We will also provide our new team members with additional support, resources, and professional development to expand their capabilities and continue their great work across the transportation sector.” 

With offices in Orlando, West Palm Beach, Miami, and Margate, CORE will undergo an immediate name change to Barge Design Solutions. The CORE team brings experience on transportation projects across the state, including the SR 600 Roadway Resurfacing project for FDOT District 5, the US 1 and SW 137th Avenue Intersection Safety improvement project for FDOT District 6, and the SR 60 Resurfacing and Intersection Safety Improvement project for FDOT District 7, further solidifying Barge’s strategic presence in Florida. 

“Our decision to join forces with Barge reflects our shared vision for growth and a commitment to providing enhanced opportunities for our employees,” said Xavier Arroyo, PE, founder and senior project manager of Core Engineering Group. “The alignment in values, coupled with Barge's proven success and impressive track record, resonated deeply with us and made the decision a natural fit. We believe this move will empower our team members, offering them the opportunity to work on exciting projects and grow both personally and professionally.” 

Barge has seen consistent growth through organic expansion and acquisitions, fortifying its presence in the Southeastern United States and diversifying across healthcare, environmental, and energy sectors, alongside its transportation focus. Its culture is central to Barge's success, emphasizing employee experience, client satisfaction, collaboration, and innovation. This culture consistently attracts top talent driven by curiosity and passion, fostering lasting relationships with clients who trust Barge when it matters most for unwavering support and creative solutions in critical moments. 

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