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Behind the List with Barry Isett & Associates Inc.

Projects are ‘part of the circle of life’

The need for engineering services in the Greater Lehigh Valley is as strong as ever as construction is booming and the cities’ downtowns are rapidly growing.

With buildings going up and construction projects on the rise, firms such as Barry Isett & Associates Inc. in Upper Macungie Township are keeping busy.

With scores of projects in the pipeline, and with tax incentives luring businesses to the region, we can expect to see even more growth.

Here to answer this week’s “Behind the List” questions and shed light on engineering in the Greater Lehigh Valley are Barry Isett and Kevin Campbell of Barry Isett & Associates.

Lehigh Valley Business: How long has Barry Isett & Associates Inc. been operating in the Greater Lehigh Valley and what are its primary services?

Kevin Campbell: In October 1977, in the midst of a recession, Barry E. Isett opened an engineering office in the Lehigh Valley to provide structural and civil engineering and surveying to clients in the public and private sectors, as well as to other design professionals. Barry Isett & Associates Inc. has grown into a highly respected regional multidiscipline consulting engineering firm that employs over 100 associates working from five offices in two states.

In addition to civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and forensic engineering, the company offers landscape design, municipal engineering, code services, environmental services, special inspections and construction services.

Long-term clients include Fortune 500 companies, a host of institutions of higher education such as Lehigh and DeSales universities, many school districts, local municipalities and authorities and high-technology companies, including Olympus North America and Almac Pharmaceutical.

LVB: What have been some of the biggest hardships and opportunities that Barry Isett & Associates has encountered throughout its years in business?

Campbell: Like every other company, we were challenged by the recession. Sadly, we worked with a number of design and construction firms that did not survive those rough years.

Realizing that staff is our most important asset, BIA’s board of directors and executive committee worked to preserve an intact team through the downturn. Among other initiatives, associates accepted across-the-board salary cuts (now restored) to stretch cash flow.

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