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Top 100: Engineering/Architecture: Dunaway Associates adds structural engineering to portfolio

Nearing 60 years in business, Dunaway Associates Inc. has continued to grow and expand both in terms of its offerings and the geographic area served by the firm.

“In our ongoing effort to provide a broad spectrum of services to our clients, Dunaway is excited to announce that we have now added structural engineering to our already comprehensive line of work,” said Tom Galbreath, president. “With this addition also comes a new geographic area for us, deep in the heart of Texas.”

Dunaway Associates is a professional services engineering consulting firm with a solid history. The company provides civil and structural engineering, planning and landscape architecture, environmental, traffic, water resources/H&H, land surveying and GIS services to public and private clients across the Southwest.

After a long collaboration with some Austin-based structural engineers, Dunaway officially integrated this relationship into its business in February, adding Ross Eubanks and Luke Esser as partners in the firm. The addition brought with it an Austin office, giving the firm entrée into the rapidly – growing Central Texas area.

“I’ve been working at Cook Children’s since 1998 and met Jason Williamson [Dunaway’s vice president of operations] about two years ago. We were in similar places a lot and became friends and colleagues,” said Eubanks. “We’ve been very close with them in the last year on multiple projects so it was a natural fit.”

Adding structural engineering services also means Dunaway Associates can “travel” better as a company, says Chris Wilde, executive vice president.

“Structured can travel,” he said. “In the structural world, you deal with international building codes, so the code is the cone, no matter what, with a few regional differences, but it’s not contingent on the local code, so it’s going to open a lot of doors in other locations.”

Dunaway Associates now has about 120 employees, 11 of those in the new structural engineering department.

“We believe this addition to the Dunaway portfolio will enhance our professional service options for our clients as well as bring added opportunities for our employees,” said Galbreath.

Moving into the Austin market will also give Dunaway a more diverse geographic outpost with some different economic drivers, such as technology.

“It’s a slightly different economy down there, less energy-focused,” said Galbreath. “We like the fact this gives us another geographic region with another economic focus.”

Dunaway Associates has been in an expansion mode for the past several years, opening an office in Midland three years ago and a year ago opening one in Prosper focused on the Collin County and North Dallas markets.

In 2005, following a reorganization into Dunaway Associates LP, the firm added planning and landscape architecture services. The next year environmental and water resources services were added.

Some key Fort Worth projects

• Cook Children’s Medical Center

• Texas Christian University’s

Greek housing

• Walsh Ranch

• Fort Worth Zoo Safari Splash

• Andrew Brown Community Park

• Fort Worth Arena project

Source: Dunaway Associates

Dunaway Timeline

1956 – Founded as Dunaway Surveying

1978 – Dunaway & Associates founded by James R.

Dunaway Jr.

2003 – James Dunaway leaves, now owned by Tom Huffhines, Tom Galbreath and Toby Ford

2005 – Reorganized into Dunaway

Associates LP

2005-2006 – Addition of planning and landscape architecture, environmental and water resources

2015 – Addition

of structural

engineering

About

Dunaway

Associates LP

Location: 550 Bailey Ave.

Suite 400

Fort Worth 76107

817-335-1121

www.dunawayassociates.com

Top 100: No. 75

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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