Jensen Hughes

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Jensen Hughes, Inc.
Jensen Hughes
FormerlyHughes Associates, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.
IndustryFire Protection Engineering
Founded1980 Edit this on Wikidata
ParentGryphon Investors Edit this on Wikidata

Jensen Hughes (previously stylized as JENSEN HUGHES) is a professional engineering and consulting services company headquartered in Baltimore that provides services, software, and consulting in fire protection engineering, forensic engineering, and security.[1] The company has approximately 90 offices globally in part due to its acquisitions of and mergers with related safety and security middle-market companies in recent years.[2] As of 2019, it has been led by CEO Raj Arora.[3] The company's projects include conducting forensic investigations of fire accident scenes on behalf of local courts,[4] studying fire dynamics of chemicals with the National Institute of Justice,[5] and working with healthcare associations to stock local clinical practices and hospitals with PPE and other medical supplies.[6]



Hughes Associates, a fire protection engineering consultant, was founded in 1980 in Baltimore and, among other projects, performed safety upgrades to historic buildings and landmarks such as the Library of Congress.[7] In 2011, as part of a larger movement into the professional services sector, the private equity firm Huron Capital partners signed an agreement with the management team of Hughes Associates to recapitalize the business.[8]

The business later became Jensen Hughes following a merger with Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.,[9][10] a firm founded by Illinois Institute of Technology professor and safety engineer Rolf Jensen.[11] In 2015, Gryphon Investors acquired Jensen Hughes from Huron Capital partners.[12] Since then, Jensen Hughes itself has gone on to acquire additional companies,[13][14] strengthening its Fire Engineering Consultancy through the acquisition of JGA Fire Engineering in August 2018.[15]

Karen Gardner report[edit]

In response to the public outcry surrounding the city's police actions during the arrest of the elderly Karen Gardner, the company was hired to investigate the Loveland police department.[16][17] Jensen Hughes found that the officers failed to further investigate whether Garner was injured.[18][19]

Awards and scholarships[edit]

Jensen Hughes has placed in the Building Design + Construction Top 80 Engineering Firms list[20] and, in 2019, it placed in two of Engineering News-Record lists, Top 225 International Design Firms and Top 500 Design firms.[21][22] In 2018, Siemens awarded Jensen Hughes its annual Engineering Innovation Award for Fire and Life Safety Design.[23]

Jensen Hughes endows the yearly Rolf H. Jensen Award for Outstanding Committee Service through the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.[24] It also sponsors the Jensen Hughes Graduate Fire Safety Award at the University of Waterloo.[25]


  1. ^ "FPE and Sponsor Jensen Hughes Offer Holistic 'Think Tank' Course". Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  2. ^ Wolfson, Andrew. "Consultant hired to dissect Louisville police doesn't 'play footsie' with departments". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  3. ^ "EFCG warns on 'overoptimistic' industry projections". Environment Analyst Global. 27 May 2020. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  4. ^ Insurance, Spot On (2020-10-13). "The Science of Safety in Insurance Episode 186". Spot On Insurance. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  5. ^ "NIJ and Jensen Hughes: Advancing the Forensic Analysis of Ignitable Liquid Fuel Fires". Forensic Technology Center of Excellence. February 14, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  6. ^ "Public health agencies announce new partnership to support long-term care centers". WHSV. 6 May 2020. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  7. ^ "Crowning Achievement". Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  8. ^ "Huron Engineering Investment Acquires Key Strategic Partner". CBS Detroit. 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  9. ^ "Huron Capital's Hughes Associates and RJA Group Merge". Wall Street Journal. 2014-06-30. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  10. ^ "JENSEN HUGHES Brand Launches Following Merger". Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  11. ^ "Rolf H. Jensen Obituary - IL | Chicago Tribune". Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  12. ^ Sherman, Natalie (8 December 2015). "California firm takes stake in Baltimore County's Jensen Hughes". Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  13. ^ "Jensen Hughes, Nexus Technical Services announce merger". Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  14. ^ "Chicago security firm Hillard Heintze acquired". Crain's Chicago Business. 2019-04-22. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  15. ^ "JGA Fire Engineering Acquired By Jensen Hughes". CapEQ. Retrieved 2022-06-06.
  16. ^ "Loveland releases Jensen Hughes internal affairs findings on Karen Garner arrest". Loveland Reporter-Herald. 2022-11-04. Retrieved 2023-06-14.
  17. ^ "Independent Assessment Of Loveland Police Complete, Findings To Be Released Jan. 11". 2022-01-05. Retrieved 2023-06-14.
  18. ^ "Investigation into Karen Garner arrest reveals 'egregious mistakes' by Loveland officers". Fort Collins Coloradoan. Retrieved 2023-06-14.
  19. ^ "'A Bit Frustrating At Times': Loveland Mayor And Former Karen Garner Family Attorney React To Investigation Into Police Department". 2022-01-06. Retrieved 2023-06-14.
  20. ^ "Top 80 Engineering Firms for 2019". Building Design + Construction. 2 August 2019. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  21. ^ "ENR 2019 Top 225 International Design Firms 1-100". Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  22. ^ "ENR 2019 Top 500 Design Firms". Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  23. ^ "Siemens Recognizes Jensen Hughes for Innovative Approach to Fire/Life Safety Design". June 12, 2018. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  24. ^ "The Rolf H. Jensen Award for Outstanding Committee Service". Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  25. ^ "Jensen Hughes Graduate Fire Safety Award". Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs. 2016-12-02. Retrieved 2021-01-21.

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