Worldwide engineering firm WSP acquired Chicago-based Willoughby Engineering, a 10-person mechanical, electrical and plumbing firm. Willoughby Engineering also has an office in Dallas.

Tom Willoughby, who founded the firm in 2013, joins WSP as a senior vice president in Chicago. He’ll work with Brett Kelly, who leads the local buildings practice.

WSP is able to grow its market in Dallas, as well, and provide local expertise in the commercial sector to supplement the firm’s work in healthcare engineering.

“With the addition of Willoughby Engineering we now have a 20-person strong building systems team in Chicago, enabling us to face the market with a core group of staff focused on a range of integrated services spanning structural, MEP and related specialty services,” said David Cooper, president of WSP USA’s buildings practice. “The office is now a 55-person strong integrated buildings practice with outstanding expertise across multiple market sectors, including high-rise commercial and residential, healthcare, science and technology, and higher education.”

Willoughby adds: “Our goal at Willoughby has been to create a new paradigm of quality of building engineering, technology and high performance design. Joining WSP will enable us to work in an environment of true collaborative design, on some of the most challenging projects in the U.S. today.”