Our History

Wright-Pierce was founded on January 17, 1947 in Topsham, Maine, as a partnership between Frank Wright, Jr., and William Pierce. Frank and Bill met as Civil Engineers working for Bath Iron Works. Raising $50 in capital between them, they formed the partnership to practice civil engineering, primarily highway design, and surveying in Maine. One of their first acts was to flip a coin to determine the name for the firm. Frank won, so the name became “Wright & Pierce”.

Over the ensuing years, the company expanded with additional staff and a wider range of engineering discipline capabilities for a growing number of municipal, industrial, and institutional clients.

For 70 years, Wright-Pierce has been helping municipalities and municipal utilities build and maintain their infrastructure systems to support the community’s vision for the future and to enhance quality of life. We continue to grow and expand to engineer a better environment for our clients, our people and our planet.

Through The Years

1947 – Wright & Pierce established by Frank Wright, Jr. & William Pierce

1967 – Water and wastewater services division established

1970 – Environmental division established

1998 – Expansion into Southern New England with opening of Connecticut office

1999 – Further growth with opening of New Hampshire office

2004 – Further growth with opening of Massachusetts office

2008 – Further growth with opening of Rhode Island office

2015 – Expansion into Florida with opening of new office

Today and Our Path Forward

Now, 70 years later, our Firm is 200+ strong, thanks to the continued support of our enduringly passionate employees, our clients and our friends. We constantly stay true to the spirit of our Founders and are proud to deliver expert service and innovative solutions today, and look forward to doing so for years to come.

A Legacy Company

Wright-Pierce is committed to passing on Firm ownership to future generations of employees, that is, we are a legacy company for our employees. Each generation of leaders is committed to passing along a vibrant and growing company to the next generation. All of our owners are hands-on and accessible practitioners that are connected to the “heart of our business” – serving clients, and mentoring the next generation. Every employee has an opportunity to become an owner of the Firm.

As a legacy company, we continuously invest in our people to build the foundation for the future. The result is happier employees with more professional growth opportunities and more satisfied clients. As an employee-owned firm, we control our own destiny. While we desire to continue to grow, our growth will always be consistent with the growth of our employees. Our goal is to be among the best engineering firms in our market segment and not one of the largest.