FORT COLLINS - Denver-based engineering firm CTL|Thompson is expanding its presence in Fort Collins, adding staff and moving to a larger office space.

CTL|Thompson, a full-service geotechnical, structural, environmental and materials engineering firm, is moving its operation in Fort Collins to 400 N. Link Lane, just east of the company's present office at 351 Linden St., the company announced Thursday.

The move will accommodate expansion of both its laboratory and field operations. CTL relocated its lab technicians in April, and the engineering department and associated staff will move later this summer.

When the move is complete, the approximately 11,000-square-foot office and laboratory facility will house a staff of more than 26 engineers, technicians and administrative staff.

"Our expansion reflects the growing Northern Colorado economy," said Wayne Thompson, the company's branch manager in Fort Collins. "The new space allows CTL to improve and enhance our helical pier and screw pile testing abilities."

CTL's materials testing lab in Fort Collins is accredited by the International Accreditation Services to test helical piers, the structures that stabilize deep foundations for large buildings and transportation projects. To support that program, the lab houses a high-capacity torque machine, capable of applying a torque of 1 million inch pounds.

The engineering team has worked on some of the city's highest-profile projects, including a $19 million facility expansion to wireless manufacturer Avago Technologies' campus on the southeast side of Fort Collins, and readying the ground for the 5-mile trail planned for the Mason Corridor, combining bicycle and pedestrian access with MAX Bus Rapid Transit.

CTL|Thompson, established in 1971, has offices in offices in Glenwood Springs, Breckenridge, Pueblo and Colorado Springs, and Cheyenne, Wyo.

The firm employs 185 technical and non-technical employees.