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Owner of Cardinal Engineering sells downtown firm

Owner of civil engineering firm starting “second chapter.”
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: January 25, 2014

Steve Mason, owner of one of the city's leading civil engineering firms, and a developer along Automobile Alley and the 16th Street Plaza District, is starting his “second chapter” and selling Cardinal Engineering to two prominent engineers formerly associated with the Benham Group.

Mason, 54, moved his company from northwest Oklahoma City to Automobile Alley six years ago with about 50 employees, and has since seen it grow to a workforce of 95.

That move, which required a redevelopment of a century-old former Cadillac dealership building at 1015 N Broadway, then morphed into a sideline of commercial redevelopment along nearby NW 9 and along NW 16 west of Classen Boulevard.

“I underestimated the value of being downtown, the value of having a neon sign on Broadway,” Mason said. “You're prominent, they see you.”

That presence, Mason said, will continue with the sale of Cardinal Engineering, which is led by former Benham Group executives Herschel Roberts and Greg Meacham. Roberts and Mason's careers both started at Benham Group, formerly known as Benham Engineering, and Roberts was a veteran of the failed Benham Group merger with London-based W.S. Atkins in 2000.

Roberts, now chief executive officer of Enviro Clean, said his firm and Cardinal compliment each others' services and fit into a larger strategy of creating an engineering firm that provides a full array of work.

Enviro Clean offers professional environmental consulting, engineering and field services to clients in the private sector, including primarily oil and gas companies and industrial/manufacturing facilities. Cardinal Engineering offers civil engineering, environmental consulting and surveying services for clients in various public and private sector markets.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's...
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