Louis Berger Group

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Not to be confused with Louis Berger & Co.

Louis Berger (formerly known as Berger Group Holdings) is a full-service engineering, architecture, planning, environmental, program and construction management and economic development firm based in Morristown, New Jersey. Founded in 1953 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania by Dr. Louis Berger, the firm now employs nearly 6,000 employees in more than 50 countries worldwide.[1]

The firm provides services to federal, state and local government clients, as well as to international multilateral institutions and to commercial industry. As of September 2011, Louis Berger ranked as the third largest USAID private-sector partner,[2] and has contracted some of the government’s largest post-conflict redevelopment projects in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2015, Louis Berger was ranked #25 among U.S. design firms in terms of total firm revenue by Engineering News-Record.[3]

Dr. Louis Berger[edit]

Louis Berger was founded in 1953 by Dr. Louis “Doc” Berger in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Born in 1914 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Dr. Berger graduated from Tufts College in 1936 with a degree in civil engineering, and earned a master’s in soils and geology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1940.[4] In 1942, Dr. Berger joined the Coast Guard where he designed waterfront facilities along the Mississippi River and commanded a Coast Guard base in Greenland. Upon returning from active duty, he earned his PhD in soil mechanics from Northwestern University and joined the teaching faculty at the Pennsylvania State University[5]. In 1952, Dr. Berger left his position at Pennsylvania State University to form the engineering consulting firm that would later become Louis Berger.

Fredric S. Berger, son of the company's founder, Dr. Louis Berger, was involved with the company since 1972 and served as chairman of Louis Berger Group from 2007 until his passing in April 2015.[6] Mr. Berger held a bachelor's in economics from Tufts University and a master of science degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology[7]. Mr. Berger was a founding member of the American University of Afghanistan and served on the university's board from 2004 to 2015[8]. In 2013, Mr. Berger was appointed to advisory boards for the U.S. Institute of Peace and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.[9]


The firm’s first major projects included design on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the first turnpike in the U.S.[5], and on I-80 between Denville and Netcong, the first interstate road in the state of New Jersey[10].

In November 2010, Louis Berger agreed to pay a record $69.3 million to settle charges of fraud against the government brought under the False Claims Act. The case, filed by a whistleblower, alleged that the company billed the government for internal costs unrelated to its rebuilding contracts in Afghanistan. This is the largest fraud settlement paid by a war-zone contractor to the U.S. government.[11]

In December 2010 the Discovery Science Channel production team filmed 30-hours of footage of the works for the construction of a new bridge over the Sava River in Belgrade, Serbia.[12][13]

In 2014, the State Department began expanding into the Navy Hill Complex across 23rd Street NW from the Truman Building.[14] A joint venture consisting of the architectural firms of Goody, Clancy and Louis Berger won a $2.5 million contract in January 2014 to begin planning the renovation of the buildings on the 11.8 acres (48,000 m2) Navy Hill campus, which housed the World War II headquarters of the Office of Strategic Services and was the first headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency.[15]

Industry Rankings[edit]

Louis Berger was ranked #25 among U.S. design firms in 2015 based on total firm revenue by Engineering News-Record[16] and #10 among Program Management firms[17] The firm also ranked #37 among Environmental firms in 2014.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Berger sees Sandy as a chance to redevelop Shore the right way". NJBIZ. 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  2. ^ "devex.com". 
  3. ^ "The Top 500 Design Firms | ENR: Engineering News Record | McGraw-Hill Construction". Enr.construction.com. 2015-01-14. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  4. ^ "Louis Berger - The Tech". Tech.mit.edu. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  5. ^ a b By CLAUDIA H. DEUTSCHPublished: August 19, 1996 (1996-08-19). "Louis Berger, 82, Who Built Engineering Concern - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  6. ^ Rubin, Debra K. "Fred Berger, Louis Berger Chairman and Global Sector Activist, Dies at 67.". Engineering News Record. Dodge Data & Analytics. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Fred Berger | Tuftsgloballeadership
  8. ^ "AUAF mourns the loss of Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Fredric Berger". 
  9. ^ "Louis Berger Chairman Appointed to Two Global Advisory Boards". 
  10. ^ Louis Berger: Leadership and Management in Engineering: (ASCE)
  11. ^ "Phillips and Cohen whistleblower case yields record settlement for fraud by US contractor in Afghanistan" Phillips & Cohen LLP Press Release. November 5, 2010.
  12. ^ Sava River Bridge, Discovery.com
  13. ^ Bridge Over the River Sava in the City of Belgrade Project
  14. ^ This complex is also known as the "Potomac Annex".
  15. ^ Sernovitz, Daniel J. "Boston Firm Picked for State Department Consolidation." Washington Business Journal. January 14, 2014. Accessed 2014-01-14.
  16. ^ The Top 500 Design Firms | ENR: Engineering News Record | McGraw-Hill Construction
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ The Top 200 Environmental Firms | ENR: Engineering News Record | McGraw-Hill Construction

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