Move by expanding BETA Group allows company to stay in Lincoln

Move by expanding BETA Group allows company to stay in Lincoln

This building at 701 George Washington Highway in Lincoln will soon be home to the expanding BETA Group. (Breeze photo by Ethan Shorey)

LINCOLN – The BETA Group, an engineering and landscape architecture firm currently doing business for many years in an office space at 6 Blackstone Valley Place, near Lincoln High School, is moving to a new expanded facility up the road to accommodate its continued growth.

Christine King, associate director of marketing at BETA, said the company’s current office has been its corporate headquarters for more than 30 years. On Oct. 1, BETA announced the acquisition of Nover-Armstrong Associates Inc., an environmental services firm with offices in Carver and Worcester, Mass.

“We are excited to offer our combined comprehensive environmental and engineering services, now under one roof,” stated the company in an announcement of the acquisition.

“To facilitate communication among all team members and better serve our clients, Nover-Armstrong’s professional staff from the Carver office will join the firm in BETA’s Lincoln corporate headquarters,” said King. To accommodate “this and other anticipated growth,” she said, BETA will be moving about one mile up the road to 701 George Washington Highway, Route 116.

“In addition to offering a larger office space to support our continued growth, we are thrilled that this building will allow us to remain in Lincoln,” said King. “The proximity to our clients throughout the state and greater region, and accessibility to amenities for our staff, were important considerations for us when choosing our new location. We look forward to settling into the new space in early 2019.”

BETA Group was founded in 1982 and offers civil, structural, traffic, water and wastewater engineering; landscape architecture and urban design; stormwater and environmental services; and GIS and asset management to municipalities and state agencies throughout New England.

Renovation work has been happening for the past several months at 701 George Washington Highway, after a large section of the building was demolished last year.

Anne Palladini, of Blackstone Management/FH French, which operates both BETA’s current and new properties, said BETA will go into the top two floors of the renovated building. There is currently no leased tenant on the first floor, which is accessible by a second lower parking lot.

The building on Route 116 originally covered about 76,000 square feet, but is now at 50,000 square feet after the demolition, said Palladini.

“The building was downsized for additional parking,” she said. “The entire inside of the existing building was completely gutted so we are basically building from the ground up, new electrical, HVAC, roof, parking lot, exterior updating.”

According to King, BETA currently has 70 employees working in Lincoln, and the new space will provide room for significant growth on that figure.

The company previously housed at 701 George Washington Highway was a biotech firm called Cyto Therapeutics. Prior to the downsizing of the building last year, there were labs throughout the building, said Palladini.