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Celebrating 125 Years of Service

Celebrating 125 Years of Service

Since 1894, Freese and Nichols has built an enduring company by remaining true to the philosophies our founding fathers instilled: taking care of our employees, providing excellent service to our clients, investing in our communities, operating ethically and promoting innovation. Throughout this anniversary year, we’ll be reflecting on key people, projects and events that made us who we are today.

But just as important as what we’ve built throughout our past is our future. We have thrived for more than a century by understanding and meeting our clients’ needs, and we’ll continue to anticipate and adapt to help you address your challenges in the future.


Brian Coltharp, President and CEO

Each month, we’ll focus on a particular decade of our history. For a quick look at our 125 years, click here. For a  more in-depth look at our history, see A Century in the Works and Continuing the Journey.

1894 to 1910: Innovative From the Start

Freese and Nichols' first decades were guided by John Hawley heading to Texas in 1891. Three years later, Freese and Nichols was born. Hawley was also an innovator in the very real challenges of financing water supply improvements. Read more here.
 

The 1910s: Solving Water Supply Crises Here and In France

Major John Hawley laid the groundwork for White Rock Lake and Lake Worth, helped found a state organization for Texas engineers and solved a water supply crisis in France during World War I for the Allies. Read more here.
 

The 1920s: Mr. Freese, Mr. Nichols and the Riverwalk

After France, Major John Hawley returned stateside to use his wartime experience. Over the next 10 years, the firm added namesakes, took on a host of projects and left a mark on communities across the region. Read more here.


We're also highlighting the projects we've done throughout the decades, but also the people who have made the firm into what it is today.

Leaders and Legacies: Bob Herchert

Meet Bob Herchert, a nonengineer who brought experience in business and government to his role as CEO. He understood municipalities' needs, and he led our adoption of practices that the most-successful companies were using to flourish. Read more here.
 

Leaders and Legacies: Barb Nickerson

 The first woman to lead a technical group, Barbara Nickerson helped define the Environmental Science Group's stand-alone identity.
Read more here.


Today we serve clients throughout the region, but it all started with one project. We'll spotlight the historical projects that connect to the work we still do today.

Holly Pump Station, A Project Foundation

The Holly Pump Station was designed in 1892 by Major John Hawley, who'd go on to found Freese and Nichols two years later. More than 125 years later, the Holly Pump Station has expanded and remains central to the water supply for City of Fort Worth. Read more here.

Arlington Stadium, MoneyGram Soccer Park

Freese and Nichols oversaw the expansion of Arlington Stadium into a big-league ballpark in 1971. Decades later, FNI transformed a former gravel pit and landfill in Dallas into a championship-caliber soccer complex. Read more here.