VIEW FROM THE TOP: Steve Demetriou

Chairman and CEO, Jacobs Engineering

International engineering firm Jacobs Engineering moved its headquarters from Pasadena, California, to the Harwood Center Dallas in the fall of 2016. One of the largest engineering firms in world, Jacobs has more than 50,000 employees worldwide. Steven J. Demetriou joined Jacobs as Chief Executive Officer in August 2015 and was appointed chairman of the company’s Board of Directors in August 2016. Demetriou recently took time to answer our questions about the big move.

What were the main reasons for Jacobs relocating to Dallas, and why did you choose the location at Harwood Center?
Jacobs has had a presence in Texas for more than 30 years, and relocating our corporate headquarters to downtown Dallas meant we would benefit from a business-friendly economic environment that enables us to capitalize on the company’s high-performance culture and workforce. Being a professional services company that cuts across most global design, engineering, and construction projects built around the world, our new headquarters location ensures access to top talent and geographically positions us with access to our valued clients and partners around the world. We wanted to be in the heart of downtown, so Harwood Center was ideal. We currently occupy about 100,000 square feet with plans to expand our footprint.

How has the new location met your needs for innovation and efficiencies?
Our downtown office was designed based on our corporate initiative to provide open concept workspaces and technology to increase collaboration and mentoring at all levels within the company. Texas is home to more than 50 Fortune 500 companies and its robust economic environment aligns nicely with our commitment to continued growth. Our diverse set of businesses, coupled with the employment potential for talent in the state, enable us to deliver innovative solutions that provide superior value to our clients.

What about relocating to North Texas has been the most pleasant surprise?
We are deeply involved in infrastructure projects throughout the Metroplex, including Klyde Warren Park, the Dallas Independent School district, significant enhancements to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, extensive work with TxDOT, and Lockheed Martin. We feel very fortunate for how much the North Texas business community has embraced us being here. We were recently selected by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to be featured in the Texas economic development section of the annual Fortune 500 issue in June. We’re very honored and humbled to have received such a grand welcome to the Lone Star state.