San Diego-based construction consulting firm Xpera Group has expanded its operations with a new office in Walnut Creek. This is the third office for Xpera, which has two locations in San Diego County.

As part of the expansion, the company has also formed a strategic alliance with W.E. Lyons Construction, a general contractor and design-build firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to an Xpera Group statement. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Xpera’s work in the Bay Area has increased significantly over the past three years, to the point where approximately 25 percent of its current business is that region, the company said. Xpera Group will serve clients throughout Northern California from the new office.

Xpera founder and President Ted Bumgardner said the partnership with W.E. Lyons “gives us an on-the-ground presence to provide better service and value” in the Northern California market. Greg Lyons will continue to serve in his role as president of W.E. Lyons, and will join Xpera’s team of construction forensic experts.

Xpera Group was formed in 2009 and currently has 45 employees in San Diego and Solana Beach. Earlier this year, the firm acquired the assets of locally based Roel Consulting Services Inc.

— SDBJ Staff Report