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TRANSACTIONS INTEGRAL GROUP AND ROSS & BARUZZINI ANNOUNCE MERGER Integral Group, LLC, and Ross & Baruzzini, Inc. announced an intent to merge. Expected to be finalized in late-2022, the new company will consist of more than 1,000 employees located in 31 offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Serbia, and Australia, creating one of the largest building engineering and consulting firms. Ross & Baruzzini has demonstrated expertise across the transportation and buildings sectors through a well- diversified market approach, underpinned by delivering cutting-edge technology

solutions. Integral Group has built a global business delivering deep green engineering solutions on some of the world’s most complex projects with an emphasis on decarbonization and resilience. The future is at the intersection of technology and sustainability within the built environment — where buildings and infrastructure become living systems that address the complex challenges facing society and connecting communities. The name of the new company and the timing for the merger will be announced in the months ahead.

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needs? Oftentimes custom in-house trainings that hit all of your firm’s identified needs are the best way to ensure training has the best return on investment. Many are concerned these programs cost more. However, figure out the cost of multiple trainings that you need to touch on the areas identified and compare this to the cost of custom trainings. It could be more cost effective, have a better return on investment, and most importantly be more impactful for your organization. 2. Will my team leave the training with knowledge of skills that have been shown to work? Much like learning to golf, effective training blends expanding your knowledge of the topic, skill development, and practice – and, more importantly, practice with support and feedback! Most training presents information in lectures and leaves attendees able to pass a declarative knowledge quiz, but does not actually change behavior or skills used when they return to the office (e.g., Turk et al., 2019). Seek out opportunities that blend all three pillars for maximum results. 3. How strong is this training? It’s all too easy to create beautiful websites with great marketing these days. When it comes to your people, the stakes are too high to take chances on something that does not have outcomes to back it up. Do your own research. Ask the trainers for feedback, data, and testimonials. Great programs have raving fans in your industry that are eager to talk about them. Training is an investment with big payoffs. Do your research to determine what will be best and do not rule out any options right away. Keep in mind that what is best for one AEC firm might not be the best for another – and that’s OK, as long as it’s providing what you need. Fit is more important. The optimal program strikes the right balance of understanding your unique needs with thoughtfully designed experiences that are focused on developing skills and shaping the behaviors that are best linked to results. Taking a step forward in supporting training for your organization will help differentiate your firm from others and support an environment in which employees want to work. Justin Smith is an advisor at Zweig Group, specializing in project management and leadership development. He can be reached at

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