Founded in 1976, Houston-based planning/surveying/engineering firm Jones|Carter celebrates its ruby anniversary this July and continues to expand its geographic reach and service offerings. Starting with only three employees, revenue in the first year was less than $200,000. Today, with revenues in excess of $73M, Jones|Carter consistently appears on regional and national ranking lists, including Engineering News Record Top 500, Engineering News Record TX/LA Top 100, and Zweig Group's Hot Firms.
"Every single person working here has the talent and dedication to tackle the unique challenges our clients have. We are united in our mission, and with that, comes unlimited potential," says president and CEO, Bob Aylward. "We strive every day to make a measurable difference in the quality of lives for our employees and clients. We are proud of this reputation." In 2016, Jones|Carter garnered top awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies, winning Gold in the Environmental category and Silver in Water Resources.
Jones|Carter has experienced double-digit growth over the last five years, contributing to the strong Texas economy. Projects include ongoing design for TxDOT, surveying for the Verizon cell phone tower network, storm water drainage at Houston Hardy Yards, site development for the Railport Business Park in Midlothian, and multiple wastewater treatment plants, including the first plant in Montgomery, Texas to use a biological nutrient removal process.
With a legacy of smart solutions and innovative engineering, Jones|Carter has built a strong foundation that has driven firm growth to eight offices, ten specialty practices, and over 550 personnel statewide. A particularly inventive and cost-saving solution for Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District saved over $1M. "This project was definitely not a one-size-fits-all solution, and we carefully considered all angles of the problem and potential impacts to provide the best value for our client and area residents," says Lead Project Engineer, Craig Kalkomey, PE, CFM. Jones|Carter's innovative, multi-component flood wall design and channel improvements in Pecan Lakes subdivision provided critical flood protection to over 325 homes.
"Our clients appreciate the open-minded attitude that comes with having a wider perspective. We look at every project, applying the right resources, leveraging industry relationships, and engineering expertise to bring a concept to fruition," says Carlos Cotton, PE, RPLS, surveying practice leader and chairman of the board. "Our teams enjoy a good challenge and are always looking for better solutions to common issues many of our clients face."
The company's 40th anniversary plans include regional events celebrating the significant contributions of each Texas office, and year-long activities that honor the firm's mission, core values, and culture. "Forty years is significant. Being mindful of how far the organization has come keeps us grounded while leading a legacy of knowledge, expertise, integrity, and most importantly, service. From Greenwater Redevelopment in Austin to Union Park in Dallas, Jones|Carter completes projects that make a difference in the communities where we live and work. This has been true about us since day one," reflects Bryan Kennedy, PE, community development practice leader.
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