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The road taken

image Volkert provided roadway and bridge construction inspection for much of the reconstruction and widening of US 290 stretching 38 miles across northwest Houston.

HOUSTON - Despite being established in 1925 with a presence in several states, multi-discipline civil engineering firm Volkert, Inc. didn’t have a Texas presence five years ago. That changed when Volkert, Inc. realized Texas’ potential in the transportation field and created a corporate initiative to invest in creating a presence here.




     The investment paid off: Volkert, Inc., which has 1,100 employees and is active in 24 states, has found success in the Lone Star State.
     “In 2015, we started in Texas and have grown that to a staff of 55 employees with offices in Austin, Frisco, Houston and Rockwall. In Texas, we’re primarily focused on transportation engineering, both design and construction management,” Senior Vice President Randy Redmond says. “The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) is our primary client and where we have the most work. They have 25 districts around the state; we perform services for them in over 15 of those. We’re 87th in the Top 100 Engineering News Record-ranked firms, and in the top 1% of engineering firms in the country.”
    In addition to TXDOT, Volkert, Inc. works for cities and counties and hopes to grow its program throughout the U.S.
    “The energy sector is a growing industry and we want to provide our energy clients support. As far as program management, more school bonds are passed every year, so we want to help schools deliver bond programs in a management role. Disaster recovery is another area we will be focusing on; we have the resumé, experience and support in that area,” he says.
    For Volkert, Inc., the new road they have taken in Texas has led them home.
    “Our civil engineers aren’t just designing roads as their jobs, but they’re designing roads for their families,” Redmond says. “These are the roads and bridges that they travel on, too. That’s why we’re here: to take care of our community, citizens and families.”
    Volkert, Inc. offers transportation and infrastructure engineering services to federal, state and municipal government and private industry clients. –mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net