Oregon-based ColeBreit Engineering announced its acquisition of and merger with California-based Axiom Engineers. The newly combined firm will be the second-largest, certified women-owned mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering and design firm in the Pacific Northwest with 50 employees, five west coast offices and a commitment to quality, integrity and expertise. The terms of the acquisition were formally completed on Dec. 31, 2021. 

The alliance of these two highly compatible, family-tied firms is rooted in success and succession. Laura Breit, president and CEO of ColeBreit Engineering, is succeeding her father, Ray Cole, former president and CEO of Axiom Engineers for more than 40 years. Breit, who began her own mechanical practice almost 10 years ago, will lead the firm into its next chapter. Cole will step into the role of Principal Emeritus with a focus on mentoring the next generation of firm leadership. 

“It is an honor and joy to pass the leadership baton to my talented, highly-qualified daughter, Laura,” said Cole. “I’ve been inspired watching her personal growth as a professional engineer and leader of ColeBreit over the past nine years. It became obvious to me that she was the ideal person to guide Axiom Engineers into its future. I look forward to the big things the great people of these two teams will accomplish with Laura at the helm.”

“Completing this merger is the culmination of years of careful brainstorming and planning,” said Breit. “Ray and I are both thrilled about the opportunities this merger will create for our clients, employees and communities we serve. As we look toward the future, I intend to keep both my father’s and Axiom’s record of success going strong.”  

As a result of the merger, ColeBreit Engineering now boasts: 

  • 50 mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, lighting, energy and commissioning professionals; 
  • Five west coast offices in Bend and Corvallis, Oregon, and in Monterey, Napa and Santa Cruz, California; and
  • Deep knowledge and experience in market sectors ranging from civic, educational, commercial, healthcare, residential, hospitality, industrial, biotechnology and agricultural.

Breit founded ColeBreit Engineering in 2013. Her vision of providing high-quality, hands-on and client-focused design and engineering services, combined with the company’s commitment to a positive culture for its team members, quickly grew the company from a two-person firm to a team of 17, and now to the 50-person combined firm that it is today. Axiom Engineers was founded in 1970, with the philosophy that the best solution can come from the most fundamental principles. The company has since grown and expanded its services and its offices across California. The combined firm will continue to operate on the principles of quality, integrity, and expertise, with an unwavering commitment to client and employee success. 

To learn more about the ColeBreit Engineering and Axiom Engineers merger, visit https://www.colebreit.com/news.