Dallas-based civil-engineering consulting firm Hayden Consultants has merged with national engineering and science consulting company GEI Consultants, allowing GEI to strengthen its operations in Texas, the companies noted.

Rachel Hayden founded her company in 2000 and it grew to provide services to clients in both the public and private sectors.

“I am excited about the opportunity to join GEI — both for our clients and our employees,” she said. “The new combined operations offer significant capacity to serve our existing clients, while adding the resources needed to develop new clients and services in Texas and throughout the southwest.”

GEI President Ron Palmieri added: “We are pleased to have Hayden join GEI. Its commitment to technical excellence, client service, and employee development and engagement are exceptional and consistent with GEI’s culture. We are excited to have Rachel and her team drive our Texas growth strategy going forward.”