We've Engineered a Legacy

Freese and Nichols began as an engineering firm. Since 1894, Freese and Nichols engineers have been recruited for projects that improve the quality and safety of life. They have helped deliver water to dry areas, developed standards for professional practice and written statewide design guidelines. The constant in this legacy of engineering has been commitment to our clients.

A History of Solutions

When the City of Dallas experienced drought in the early 1900s, Freese and Nichols’ founder, John Hawley, was called as consulting engineer for design of White Rock Lake and then to serve on the committee recruited in 1910 to recommend emergency measures for drought relief. When the City of San Antonio sought a system of storm drains for downtown in the 1920s, Freese and Nichols was called to design the Great Bend Cutoff Channel that made the Riverwalk possible.

  • When the State of Texas needed to develop a statewide water policy in the 1950s …
  • When the Federal Aviation Administration needed to modernize and improve air traffic control and navigation systems in the 1980s and 90s …
  • When DFW Airport needed an Automated People Mover and a system of perimeter runways …
  • When the City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri needed solutions for the Stockton Water Supply … 
  • When Parker County needed to manage its $80-million transportation bond program …
  • When local fleets in Kansas City, Kansas and Pensacola, Florida needed compressed natural gas facilities … 
  • When the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality developed hydrologic and hydraulic guidelines for dams in Texas …
  • When the Boy Scouts of America needed dam design services on their scouting reserve in West Virginia …
  • When the City of Norman, Oklahoma desired to build a long-range vision through a comprehensive transportation plan …

All of them called upon Freese and Nichols.

A Team for the Future

Looking to the future, Freese and Nichols continues to introduce new techniques and technologies. Among our project awards are honors for IFAS filters and VTSH pumps in wastewater management, fast-tracked roadway improvements in Pearland, and a labyrinth weir on the Brazos River in Waco.

Our support for the future of the engineering profession remains strong as well. We continue to mentor engineering students and support employees in publishing papers and presentations, as well as pursuing professional education.

As our clients encounter new challenges, we continue to provide excellent engineering solutions that help them in pursuit of their goals.

Funding: A Roadmap to Success

Freese and Nichols understands the growing demands on our clients’ budgets. The process of selecting and applying for the appropriate grants and loans can be a challenging and time-consuming experience. The Freese and Nichols Funding Team is dedicated to helping our clients select the appropriate funding opportunity, navigate the application process and obtain funding for their community-building projects.