Parsons Corporation (Parsons) is an American technology-focused defense, intelligence, security, and infrastructure engineering firm headquartered in Centreville, Virginia
. The company was founded in 1944.
Parsons has more than 16,000 employees across 24 countries.
Parsons was founded by Ralph M. Parsons
The company delivered electronics, instrumentation, ground checkout systems design, and engineering for aircraft, missiles and rockets during the Cold War
. In 1974, Parsons opened the first part of its Pasadena headquarters in Pasadena.
In 2004, a $29.5 million contract was given to both Parsons and Gilbert Southern/Massman Construction to redo a portion of the Escambia Bay Bridge
near Pensacola, FL
after Hurricane Ivan
made landfall and knocked off 58 spans of the original bridge and misaligned 66 other spans. Traffic destined for the bridge was rerouted onto US 90
(exit 17 on I-10
) for 2 months while construction was taking place, which caused severe traffic jams. The westbound bridge opened to traffic on October 4, 6 days ahead of schedule, while the eastbound lanes opened to traffic on November 20, 66 days after Ivan made landfall and 27 days ahead of schedule. Both contractors received $1.5 million in bonuses for the early completion.
In late February 2019, Parsons announced the move of its headquarters from Pasadena, California
to Centreville, Virginia
On 8 May 2019, Parsons executed an Initial Public Offering
of approximately $500M on the New York Stock Exchange
under the symbol PSN.
In December 2019, it was announced that Parsons and Leidos Holdings Inc
. had earned spots on a $4 billion contract to support the cleanup of a former nuclear weapons site in southern Washington state.
In 1961, Parsons founded the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. The foundation became entirely independent from the company in 1974.
Notable Parsons projects include:
and Minuteman ICBM
bases, sites and silos (along with another California-based contractor—Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall)
* Pershing MRBM
Iraqi health care centers
Parsons was awarded a contract for a $243-million project to build 150 health care centers in Iraq
in March 2004. By March 2006, $186 million had been spent, with six centers complete and accepted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
);, 135 centers only partly complete; and one was reassigned to another contractor. USACE
progressively terminated the contract from September 2005 to March 2006, eventually requiring Parsons to complete a total of 20 centers, with the others to be completed by other contractors. The estimated cost for the completion of the other 121 centers was $36 million.
Parsons and USACE disputed the degree to which the final 20 centers were completed.
A report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction cited problems, including "high turnover among government personnel... directions... given without agreement from the contractor... program managers' responsiveness to contractor communications, cost and time reporting, administration and quality assurance".
CBOSS Positive train control system
Parsons was contracted in 2011 to implement a custom positive train control
system for Caltrain
, to be completed before the December 2015 federal PTC
deadline mandated by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008
The project, called the Communications Based Overlay Signal System (CBOSS), failed to meet its 2015 delivery date and Caltrain terminated the contract as a result of "non-performance in 2017 after many months of delay and repeated failure by the contractor to correct performance issues."
After the cancellation of the Parsons contract, Caltrain approved a new contract for an off-the-shelf PTC system from Wabtec
"Crucial Iraq police academy 'a disaster'"
''The Seattle Times
'', September 28, 2006
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