To best understand the evolution and breadth of capabilities of the IDS Group, it is important to know the respective history of the organizations that have been joined together to form this multi-disciplined company that is the IDS Group today.

IDS was established in 1998 as Integrated Design Services by Dr. Said Hilmy, a well-known expert and award-winning structural engineer, initially offering structural design and forensic engineering consulting services to both public and private sector clients in Southern California. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Rami Elhassan, a well-known licensed structural engineer with numerous industry-related publications and awards to his credit, joined the firm, as a principal and partner.

Building on initial successes with clients including Intel Corporation, Whittier Union High School District, Los Angeles County, and Pacific Health Corporation, IDS Group continued to grow, relying upon efficient business practices and core values that continued to drive the firm’s mission and vision. With their combined energy and resources, Dr. Hilmy and Dr. Elhassan used their experience and knowledge to implement their vision – a fully-integrated, multi-disciplinary consulting services company, serving clients both in the U.S. and abroad.

The start of integration

Expanding from its roots in structural engineering design, IDS added program | construction management services in 2004. This was followed a few years later, with a series of successful acquisitions and integration of leading regional specialty engineering firms, including FT Andrews, mechanical engineers (established in 1960); DGM & Associates, electrical engineers and lighting designers (established in 1992); Popov Engineers, Power and Energy (established in 1975); and EKN, civil engineers and surveyors (established in 1990), and Morse- Boudreaux (Health Care Design).

When the Firm officially changed its name and brand identity to the IDS Group in 2007, the founding Principals were able to achieve their goal of creating a truly integrated design, engineering, and construction management firm, meeting and exceeding the rapidly changing goals of their clients.

FT Andrews joins the IDS Group in 2008 and becomes IDS Mechanical Engineers

FT Andrews, established in Fullerton, California in 1960, had offered a wide range of clients specialized mechanical engineering services to a wide range of clients, over a 50-year history. Along the way, they completed literally thousands of projects for public and private agencies involved in education, healthcare, hospitality, microelectronics, and the aerospace industries. The mechanical and plumbing engineering disciplines of IDS Mechanical Engineers, a division of the IDS Group continue to be led by Mr. Ray Cranston and staffed by his group of highly-skilled technical professionals.

DGM & Associates joins the IDS Group in 2009 and becomes IDS Electrical Engineers

The electrical engineering discipline of IDS Group has its roots in DGM & Associates, a specialized and customer-service driven company, established by Mr. Dale Madler in 1992. DGM provided quality-based electrical engineering services to private developers, land owners, and the architectural community throughout the Western United States for more than 10 years. Mr. Dale Madler, Principal of the firm, currently leads IDS Electrical Engineers, providing expanded services to a large following of repeat clientele.

IDS welcomes Popov Engineers in 2009

Founded in 1975, Popov Engineers rapidly emerged as pioneering experts in the specialty fields of power generation and energy engineering from their California offices in Newport Beach and San Diego. When renewable energy, thermal energy storage, distributed power generation, and wasted energy recovery were gaining momentum, Popov Engineers was at the forefront, giving their clients the added benefit of the newest energy saving technologies available in their projects.

In 1985, a new office in Honolulu was added and this led to expansion of services throughout the US, Asia, and Europe. Popov completed more than 3,000 projects, served over 500 clients, with projects throughout the US and in 14 foreign countries.

IDS added Popov Engineers to the IDS Group in 2009, and they now operate as part of the IDS Mechanical Engineering team.

EKN joins the IDS Group in 2010 and becomes IDS Civil Engineers

In 2010, IDS Group continued to add to the resources available in-house by incorporating the staff and project resources of EKN Civil Engineers. Established in 1990 by Mr. Ebby Nakhjavani, EKN had been providing quality-based land planning, civil engineering, and land surveying services to a diverse range of private and public clients throughout the Western U.S. By adding the civil engineering discipline to this diverse group of building industry professionals, IDS Group was able to fully integrate their design services with a multi-disciplinary suite of engineering and management services under one roof.

The Future is bright for IDS Group

As the firm heads towards the next generation, IDS Group continues to expand with new service capabilities, clients, and an unwavering focus on the core principles of quality, innovation, safety and sustainability.

With a name change in 2007 to the IDS Group to encompass a broader realm of services, IDS Group now provides complete design and management consulting services to some of the top public and private institutions in the United States.