Chazen Joins LaBella Associates

December 15, 2020

Chazen announced today that it will be acquired by LaBella Associates, headquartered in Rochester, NY and with over 20 locations in the eastern United States. Effective Jan. 1, 2021, this integration will expand LaBella’s presence in the Capital Region, extend its reach north to Glens Falls and the Adirondack region, and south to the Hudson Valley and NYC metro regions. Additionally, Chazen’s offices in Nashville and Chattanooga, TN will complement LaBella’s teams in the Southeast. Chazen’s Portland, OR office will mark LaBella’s first west coast presence.

LaBella Associates employs over 1,000 professionals with expertise in buildings, infrastructure, environmental and energy projects throughout the eastern United States and Spain. LaBella is a certified Great Place to Work, and was recognized in Fortune Magazine’s list of Best Workplaces in NY in 2020.

“LaBella’s commitment to client service, excellent technical ability, and award-winning culture are renowned throughout our industry,” said Richard “Rick” Loewenstein, P.E, CEO, The Chazen Companies. “In addition, LaBella’s leadership team prioritizes the core values that have guided Chazen, including community, collaboration and growth. We know that our employees and clients alike will benefit from being a part of the LaBella organization.”

“Like LaBella, Chazen has been successful because of long-term client partnerships, fostered by employee-owners,” said Jeff Roloson, AIA, President, LaBella Associates. “An expanded footprint, new services in landscape architecture, land development, and municipal code support, and additional expertise in our existing offering are just a few of the reasons why we are excited to welcome Chazen.”

“My mother and father founded Chazen in 1947, and I’ve been involved with the firm for nearly all my life,” Senior Principal Richard Chazen said. “We have strived to develop a firm culture that treats all of our employees as members of the Chazen family, and that’s the same culture that exists at LaBella.”

Existing clientele of both Chazen and LaBella will benefit from enhanced serviceability and an expanded depth of resources. All of Chazen’s current employees – across offices in Poughkeepsie, Glens Falls, Troy, New York City, White Plains, Nashville, Chattanooga and Portland – are expected to remain with the company, which will operate as Chazen, a LaBella company, through 2021.

Chazen is pleased to have worked with The Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG), which initiated this transaction and served as Chazen’s financial advisor.