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BHB Ranks on ENR’s List for 2021

BHB ranks for the second consecutive time on ENR’s Top Design Firms List.

BHB Wins Zweig Award for the Third Year in a Row

Baird, Hampton & Brown places 12th on Zweig’s Best Firms to Work For list

Meet Thomas Wilson, PE

Electrical Engineer Thomas Wilson leads BHB’s newest office in San Antonio

Introducing Our New San Antonio Office

We are establishing our permanent presence in central Texas, led by Associate Thomas Wilson, PE

Meet the Interns 2021

Introducing our summer interns at each office!

Engineering a Future for Joshua ISD Graduates

Bill and Terresa Baird celebrate five years of awarding the Baird, Hampton & Brown Engineering Scholarship.

The Ethics of Engineering

The importance behind ASCE’s decision to update its code of ethics

Meet Our Administrative Team!

Celebrating this year’s Administrative Professionals Day

A Unique Civil Engineering Solution

Providing public sewer service to a local community

Mechanical System Solutions: Chilled Water

Chilled water systems use water to remove heat from the air

Growth of BHB Structural Department

See what our Structural team has accomplished in their first year

Pushing the Bar on Efficient Building Design

BHB’s commitment to the 2030 Challenge

Exterior Lighting Studies

Applying electrical engineering to improve safety after dark

Mechanical System Solutions: DX RTUs

Direct Expansion Rooftop Units are a common air-conditioning system with several advantages

Introducing the LG Hydro Kit to VRF Systems

How this new system increased HVAC efficiency for our client

BHB Bids Farewell to 2020

As the new year begins, Baird, Hampton & Brown looks back at our year in review

BHB Announces Ten Employee Promotions

Baird, Hampton & Brown announces employee promotions to further the company’s growth and expertise.

BHB Donates Services to Build Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County

Baird, Hampton & Brown is proud to have been part of the CAC’s mission to end the cycle of child abuse.

Remembering Michael Jay Buckley, PE

The story of an influential Building Partner in the early days of BHB

Weatherford College Breaks Ground on Workforce Building

The joint-use Workforce & Emerging Technologies building is anticipated to open at the end of next year.

Meet Bill Baird

Bill Baird, a civil engineer, is one of BHB’s three founders.

Mechanical System Solutions: Geothermal Heat Pumps

The inner workings of this ground-source heat pump system and its applications

Complete Streets: A New Approach to Infrastructure Design

How municipalities are maximizing the utility and safety of right-of-ways to best serve their communities

Pivoting Alongside our Building Partners

How we’ve helped some of our clients with unanticipated projects this summer

The Importance of BIM in Structural Engineering

A look at Building Information Modeling (BIM) and its applications in structural engineering

Meet Ron Ishmael

Highlights of BHB’s first structural engineer’s career (so far)

Breaking Ground on The Underground

Fort Worth’s first drop-in center for victims of human trafficking will open later this year

The State of the Market

Looking ahead in light of this year’s impacts on the market and construction sector

BHB Named a 2020 Best Firm to Work For

Baird, Hampton & Brown has been ranked again on this year’s list from Zweig Group

Women in Engineering Day 2020

BHB engineers on the importance of mentoring and visibility for women in STEM

BHB Ranks as an ENR TxLA Top Design Firm

In our first year on the list, the firm places #72 overall

Storm Shelter Requirement Included in 2015 IBC

Code requirements and design considerations for storm shelters

Returning to the Office

Options for office spaces post-COVID-19

Mass Timber from a Structural Engineering Standpoint

What you should know about the upcoming structural building system trend

28 Years of Memorable Projects

BHB celebrates 28 years in business with a walk down memory lane

Native Plants vs. Well-Adapted Plants in North Texas Landscapes

Our landscape architecture team is mindful of the various landscapes in which we work, as well as carefully selecting[…]

Increasing Virus Protection Through HVAC Systems

Combatting airborne exposure in a patient care environment

Strategic Decision Making in Light of COVID-19

During this unprecedented time, BHB is here to help

BHB Employee Joins U.S. National Guard

Ritchie Chairez is taking a break from his professional career to serve in the National Guard.

3D Laser Scanning Technology Transforms Land Surveying

BHB’s land surveying department stays in step with the ever-changing industry.

Meet Konstantine Bakintas

As BHB President and Senior Civil Engineer, Konstantine Bakintas has been an outstanding asset to the company for over[…]

Joe LaCroix Named Young Engineer of the Year

Civil Engineer Joe LaCroix has been named Young Engineer of the Year by TSPE’s Fort Worth Chapter.

BHB Celebrates Engineers Week

Engineers Week is dedicated to appreciating the impact engineers have on our community.

BHB Hosts Professional Conduct and Ethics Seminar

The event provided an opportunity for private and public sector engineers to discuss professional conduct and ethics.

BHB Recognized on UTA’s Mavs 100 List

The inaugural list recognizes alumni entrepreneurs.

A New TSPE Chapter at Tarleton State

BHB engineer helps start the state’s 9th student chapter of the professional development organization.

BHB Applies Energy Storage System as Emergency Power Source

BHB’s use of an ESS as backup power is thought to be the first of its kind in North America.

BHB Announces Addition of Structural Engineering

Ronald Ishmael, PE will lead structural engineering at the firm.

BHB Wraps Up a Successful 2019, Looks Forward to New Year

2019 brought year of growth for Baird, Hampton & Brown.

BHB Announces Employee Promotions, Hires Structural Engineer

Baird, Hampton & Brown announces multiple promotions and a new hire to enhance services and better assist clients.

Keep Your Building Running Successfully with Preventative Maintenance

Implementing an effective PM system can prolong the life of equipment.

Engineering for a Sustainable Future

BHB engineers are experienced in designing sustainable systems that can positively impact our environment.

A Bright Future for Power over Ethernet Lighting

PoE powered lighting is an evolving technology that could be the next disruptor in the lighting industry.

BHB Helps Local Nonprofit Get Dedicated Rehearsal Space

To thank BHB, Kids Who Care surprised employees with an in-office performance complete with acting, singing, and dancing.

BHB Attends Annual TML Conference

BHB had a presence on the exhibition floor to showcase our municipal project experience.

Throwback Thursday: SWBTS Campus Assessments […]
Meet Les Brown

Les Brown, a mechanical engineer, is one of BHB’s three founders.

BHB Named a 2019 Top 100 Company

BHB was recognized by Fort Worth Business Press as a Top 100 Company in Tarrant County.

Our Weatherford Office has Moved!

BHB’s Weatherford team has moved to a larger office to continue to meet the needs of clients.

IECC 2018 Puts Energy Efficiency at Top of Mind

The updated IECC 2018 code adoption includes updates and specifications that impact mechanical and electrical designs.

Meet Merlin Hampton

Merlin Hampton, an electrical engineer, is one of BHB’s three founders.

VRF a Leading Energy Efficient HVAC System in North Texas

VRF HVAC systems are starting to become a preferred solution for owners as they renovate or build.

Texas House Bill Affects Roles in the Construction and Renovation of Buildings

House Bill 2439 will alter the current architectural regulations that municipalities have for building construction.

We searched for the best interns of 2019 and found 10 results!

Get to know our Summer 2019 class of interns!

BHB Named a Best Firm to Work For

Baird, Hampton & Brown has been named a 2019 Best Firm to Work For by Zweig Group.

A Pleasant Road Ahead for Soft Surface Nature Trails […]
Engineering for Animal Shelters—a Different Kind of Cat

MEP systems for animal shelters can be very technical, but it is all about the health and comfort of the animals.

BHB Celebrates 27th Anniversary

As BHB turns 27, Bill Baird reflects on how it all began.

BHB Begins 2019 with Seven Promoted Employees

Baird, Hampton & Brown announces multiple promotions to further the company’s growth and expertise.

Happy New Year: A Look Forward at 2019

After a successful 2018, BHB is looking forward to what 2019 has in store.

John Margotta Celebrates 20 Years at BHB

From crew chief to Vice President of Land Surveying, John Margotta has made a positive impact at BHB for the past two[…]

Parker County’s CAC Breaks Ground

The Parker County Children’s Advocacy Center will provide a place for healing for victims and their families.

Throwback Thursday: 714 Main

In 2007, our engineers designed a complete remodel of mechanical and plumbing systems in this 24-story building.

Flashback Friday: Fort Worth Flatiron Building

In 1999, BHB provided MEP engineering services for the renovation of Downtown Fort Worth’s Flatiron building.

Professional Engineers Day 2018

BHB is celebrating Licensure and the Profession with PEs around the world today for the third annual Professional Engineers[…]

Meet the Interns

We have a great group of engineering interns at BHB this summer!

Engineers Week 2018

Meet some of our engineers who are helping make a difference, and their advice for young girls wanting to become future[…]

O.B. Macaroni: A Building From the 1900s Gets a Modern Look

BHB was excited to provide MEP design finish-out for two tenant spaces in the circa 1900 facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

Walsh Ranch a New Residential Community in Fort Worth

BHB provided MEP designs for the newest residential community development in west Fort Worth, Texas.

Surveyors Week 2018

In honor of National Surveyors Week, we celebrated all Land Surveyors and are thankful for those that are a part of the[…]

Mathena Hall A New Addition to the SWBTS Campus

BHB is proud to have been part of the newest addition to the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) Campus.

A Note from Mike McIlraith
Happy Holidays

2017 has been our biggest year of growth yet! We wish you all the happiest of holidays as we start a new year full of[…]

Bowden Event Center & Chapel: A First-class Venue that Gives Back

The Bowden Event Center & Chapel provides a unique event space while giving back to Keller residents.

Katie Murray: Local Artist Helps BHB Celebrate a Quarter of a Century

In 2017, BHB celebrated its anniversary with a staff and client event featuring local artist, Katie Murray.

A Look Back at BHB’s History

Three engineers were working comfortable administrative positions at Yandell & Hiller in Fort Worth. But they missed[…]

Gregory Avenue

Earlier this year, we offered a lunch-n-learn to our municipal clients, titled Roadway Reconstruction, Soft Subgrade and[…]

BHB’s New Look

In 2016, a core team of professionals began discussions on a company rebrand to depict the firm’s inventive, long-term[…]

25 years of Building Partners

We just celebrated our 25th Aniversary – what a milestone achievement! The festivities took place Thursday, April 27[…]

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A Look Back at BHB’s History

Three engineers were working comfortable administrative positions at Yandell & Hiller in Fort Worth. Bill Baird was in charge of marketing and worked as a civil engineer, Merlin Hampton oversaw production and electrical engineering, and Les Brown was a senior project manager and mechanical engineer. But they missed their true passion: building partners through interactive engineering work.

Bill and Merlin left Yandell & Hiller to form Baird, Hampton and Associates. One month later, Les heard they had left, and was confident the two would need a good mechanical engineer on their team; so, he called Bill and Merlin to ask if they had room available for one more. They welcomed him and together they founded Baird, Hampton & Brown, a firm dedicated to principal involvement at every stage to ensure quality results from start to finish. The company started in a three-room suite with a commitment to staying out of debt, developing their own client base, providing quality service, and thoroughly enjoying their jobs. At BHB, principals would also invest in the next generation of civil, electrical, and mechanical engineers, serving as mentors and leading by example. While the team was originally anticipated to grow to eight or ten people, the company expanded to nearly 100 employees in 25 years.

Recognizing that they could positively impact the built environment on a broader scale, BHB broadened their suite of services to include land surveying and landscape architecture. Time proved that BHB’s visionary model was sound, and satisfied clients have helped ensure that the firm never lacks for work. Principals are still involved in each project from start to finish, and up-and-coming engineers continue to experience excellent industry guidance.

Ultimately, the founders owe the continuous success of BHB to the talent, creativity, and dedication of their employees. They believe the diverse work experience, loyalty, flexibility, and solutions-based designs have been unique factors that set BHB apart from other engineering firms. BHB doesn’t measure their success by awards or money, but by the impact they continue to have on communities, client retention, and the value and quality of their employees.

Now, with three offices in North Texas and over 25 years of engineering excellence, BHB is looking to the future of the industry. Sustainable engineering practices are needed now more than ever, and BHB is leading the charge in inventive, long-term solutions that will benefit clients and communities for years to come.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • John W. (Bill) Baird, Jr., PE, RPLS

  • Les Brown, PE, LEED AP

  • Merlin Hampton, PE

Blog Archive

BHB Ranks on ENR’s List for 2021

Baird, Hampton & Brown is proud to announce our second consecutive ranking on Engineering News Record Texas and Louisiana’s Top Design Firms list. We have ranked #77 overall and #28 in the Master Planned Development/Site Infrastructure sector. BHB is honored to be included on this annual list that ranks both publicly and privately held U.S. […]

BHB Wins Zweig Award for the Third Year in a Row

Baird, Hampton & Brown is excited to announce our third win for Zweig Group’s 2021 Best Firms to Work for Award, ranking #12 out of 35 in the 100-199 employee category. We are truly honored to win this award among so many prestigious firms. The award recognizes AEC (architecture, engineering, environmental, planning, and construction) firms […]

Meet Thomas Wilson, PE

Thomas Wilson is an electrical engineer from the small town of Bastrop, Texas. He graduated from Texas State University with his Bachelor’s in Manufacturing Engineering and has 10 years of professional experience, six of which have been with Baird, Hampton and Brown. He says his favorite part of engineering is that “engineering builds upon the […]

Introducing Our New San Antonio Office

Since 1992, BHB has provided services of land surveying, engineering, and landscape architecture with offices in Grapevine, Fort Worth, Weatherford, and now San Antonio. We’ve had a presence in central Texas for over 25 years and are excited to continue that with the addition of our new office location. The addition of the new office […]

Meet the Interns 2021

Raquel Sandoval- Fort Worth Electrical Engineering Intern Texas Christian University- Electrical Engineering “All extreme situations have their flashes that sometimes blind us, sometimes illuminate us.”-Les Miserables -Born and raised in Honduras -Native language is Spanish, but sometimes thinks and dreams in English -She brings Honduran coffee back to TCU to remind her of home   […]

Engineering a Future for Joshua ISD Graduates

On Monday, May 10, three Joshua High School graduates were awarded the Baird, Hampton & Brown Engineering Scholarship, presented to individuals enrolled at an accredited university pursuing a degree in civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering. Five years since its official inception, the initial idea to set up this scholarship stemmed from personal experience. BHB’s Senior […]

The Ethics of Engineering

As members of their profession, engineers are expected to exhibit the highest standard of ethical integrity. With a direct impact on the public’s welfare, the services engineers provide requires honesty, impartiality, and a dedication to public health and safety. Professional organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), National Society of Professional Engineers, […]

Meet Our Administrative Team!

To celebrate Administrative Professionals Day, we wanted to introduce some of the team members that go above and beyond to keep our company running smoothly!  We asked our administrators what they love about their profession: Ashley Thomas, Administrative Assistant: There are a lot of different tasks that keep every day different. Whether I’m interacting […]

A Unique Civil Engineering Solution

Though much of a civil engineer’s work is not glamorous by any means, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t often significant or impactful. One example of this is our recent work designing the largest low-pressure sewer system owned and operated by the City of Fort Worth. Also the largest such system designed by BHB in […]

Mechanical System Solutions: Chilled Water

Chilled water systems work similarly to direct expansion (DX) systems with the exception that instead of refrigerant, water flows through the system. The chiller uses an internal refrigeration cycle to chill water in a chiller barrel. Once inside the chiller barrel, the chiller removes heat from the water through heat transfer to a colder internal […]

Growth of BHB Structural Department

Establishing the newest department in almost ten years was an exciting announcement for Baird, Hampton & Brown. Although the COVID-19 pandemic struck only a few months after the department’s inception, the team has proven their capabilities through their strides and accomplishments within their first year. Ron Ishmael, PE became BHB’s first structural engineer, bringing with […]

Pushing the Bar on Efficient Building Design

At BHB, we’ve always been committed to helping our clients meet their sustainable design goals through ongoing research and education on the newest energy efficient technologies and systems. We are proud to have been one of the first engineering firms in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to join the 2030 Challenge. “The 2030 Challenge is an […]

Exterior Lighting Studies

Whether a large academic or corporate campus or residential neighborhood, the need for thorough yet efficient exterior lighting can seem like a daunting task. Not only can an electrical engineer design improvements to your existing exterior lighting, but we can also help you from the beginning of the planning phase. Through an exterior lighting study, […]

Mechanical System Solutions: DX RTUs

Direct Expansion Rooftop Units (DX RTUs) are a common form of air-conditioning in the industry. This type of system is widely used for its low initial cost and simplicity, and thus has gained an unfair reputation as a low-quality system. The system’s flexibility and range of options allows it to be considered for various types […]

Introducing the LG Hydro Kit to VRF Systems

As a consulting engineering firm, we are always looking for new technologies to increase the efficiencies of the HVAC systems we design. Doing this allows us to offer our clients the most up to date products to help them evaluate the right systems for their project. Over the past two decades, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) […]

BHB Bids Farewell to 2020

As Baird, Hampton & Brown closes 2020, we are grateful to our building partners for their support and dedication throughout the year. Over the past 12 months, BHB has seen the addition of 14 new employees, the extension of our services to include Structural Engineering, and ten employee promotions. BHB also received recognition on the […]

BHB Announces Ten Employee Promotions

Baird, Hampton & Brown, a multi-disciplinary engineering firm, recently announced ten promotions to further the company’s growth and expertise. Craig Gregory, PE, Senior Electrical Engineer, has been promoted to Vice President of Facilities Engineering in recognition of his efforts in strengthening the company’s industrial partnerships with Dannon, Gatorade, Lockheed Martin, and Pepsi.  During Craig’s 27 […]

BHB Donates Services to Build Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County

Baird, Hampton & Brown is dedicated to making a positive difference, both in our offices and in our communities. A recent testament to that mission was the construction of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County (CAC). Parker County Attorney, John Forrest, recognized the work BHB had done in 2015 on Grace House Ministries Options […]

Remembering Michael Jay Buckley, PE

Ask any business owner to reflect on the early days of their venture, and they’re sure to tell you stories of the partnerships that made it possible. Over the past 28 years at Baird, Hampton & Brown, we’ve worked with countless influential Business Partners who have left their mark on our business for years to […]

Weatherford College Breaks Ground on Workforce Building

Last month, Weatherford College (WC) broke ground on the 70,000 square-foot Workforce & Emerging Technologies building in a unique and symbolic fashion. As a new robotics program will be housed in this development, WC President, Dr. Tod Allen Farmer, had the school’s very own programmed robot move the first shovel to lead the groundbreaking ceremony. […]

Meet Bill Baird

Unlike most kids his age, Bill Baird was certain that he was going to be an engineer starting in the fifth grade. His passion for math and science pointed directly towards a career that would serve the clients and community in and around his hometown of Arlington, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas […]

Mechanical System Solutions: Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps, sometimes referred to as earth-coupled, ground-source, or water-source heat pumps, use underground piping and the earth’s natural temperature as the source for heat transfer (instead of outside air). Despite seasonal temperature changes, the ground a few feet below the earth’s surface remains at a relatively constant temperature of 45°F to 75°F – […]

Complete Streets: A New Approach to Infrastructure Design

A relatively new term, Complete Streets refers to what is, in essence, well thought-out infrastructure design. A Complete Street project takes a balanced approach to maximize the space available for as many user groups as possible. As we continue to see an increase in interest in this approach for North Texas municipalities, we’d like to […]

Pivoting Alongside our Building Partners

A lot of things in our day-to-day work look different now than they did a year ago. We’ve all spent some amount of time working from home, video call meetings have become the new normal, and we wonder when we’ll be back to shaking hands. But in addition to these changes that we’ve all experienced, […]

The Importance of BIM in Structural Engineering

BIM has become essential among the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. This process has shown tremendous potential and has provided AEC professionals with a more integrated approach when visualizing and designing buildings and facilities. BIM utilizes advanced software and file sharing techniques to implement and model the many intricate components of construction while maintaining […]

Meet Ron Ishmael

As a child, Ron was fascinated with buildings – a fascination that only grew with him. At the start of 2020 he became BHB’s first structural engineer, bringing with him 14 years of experience in consulting engineering. Over those years, he’s had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of unique and noteworthy projects, […]

Breaking Ground on The Underground

This summer, BHB has had the honor of being on the design team for a project which will fill an important hole in our community: The Underground, a drop-in center for Unbound Fort Worth. Unbound Fort Worth works with local organizations, schools, and shelters to increase awareness of human trafficking and empower youth to stay […]

The State of the Market

2020 started with construction continuing to roll after a successful 2019. In fact, we have seen about seven (7) years of growth in the construction industry and about ten (10) years of growth in the financial markets, though we did see a slow-down at the end of 2018 in the market that may have contributed […]

BHB Named a 2020 Best Firm to Work For

Baird, Hampton & Brown is excited to announce our designation as a 2020 Best Firm to Work For by Zweig Group. This award recognizes the top engineering, architecture, and construction firms in the US and Canada based on workplace practices, employee benefits, and more. Since our first year of participation in 2019, we’re proud to […]

Women in Engineering Day 2020

It’s no secret that women are a minority in the engineering profession. Despite a 58% increase in bachelor’s degrees in engineering and computer science awarded to women from 2012 to 20171, only 13% of engineers are women2. Although outnumbered by men, women in STEM professions have proven time and time again to be just as […]

BHB Ranks as an ENR TxLA Top Design Firm

Baird, Hampton & Brown is excited to announce our inclusion on Engineering News-Record Texas & Louisiana’s Top Design Firms list. In our first year to rank amongst the region’s largest design firms, we have come in at #72 overall and #10 in the Master-Planned Development/Site Infrastructure sector. We’re honored to be included alongside many accomplished […]

Storm Shelter Requirement Included in 2015 IBC

Over 1,000 tornadoes touch down each year in the United States. Texas is one of the highest-ranking states for the average number of tornadoes per year. Tragedies such as Joplin, Missouri and Moore, Oklahoma remind us of the impact tornadoes can have on human life and public safety. How can we make our structures safer […]

Returning to the Office

The virus responsible for the COVID-19 disease, officially named SARS CoV-2, is very contagious and has quickly spread globally. The CoVs have become the major pathogens of emerging respiratory outbreaks in the world (Astuti & Ysrafil, 2020) and preventing transmission of the disease in our community is our best weapon against the outbreak. Transmission of […]

Mass Timber from a Structural Engineering Standpoint

Mass timber is a type of framing style that utilizes solid wood panels for wall, floor, and roof building construction and is an emerging trend that is reviving timber construction. Innovations in mass timber make it competitive with steel and concrete in larger and taller building applications such as long spans or tall walls. As […]

28 Years of Memorable Projects

Today, BHB celebrates 28 years in business with a walk down memory lane. We asked members of company leadership, “what is your favorite or most memorable BHB project thus far?” From the firm’s first foray into Autocad in 1992 to the renovation of an iconic downtown Fort Worth building, here are their answers. Federal Medical […]

Native Plants vs. Well-Adapted Plants in North Texas Landscapes

At Baird, Hampton & Brown, our landscape architecture team works to create designs that add to the visual appeal of office buildings, plazas, playgrounds, and more. Apart from the aesthetic aspect, landscape architecture is also about being mindful of the various landscapes in which we work, as well as carefully selecting plants that will best […]

Increasing Virus Protection Through HVAC Systems

Much like other companies around the world, we continue to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 and assess what we can do as a firm to help the community around us. As experts in our field, we always seek to find new and better ways to serve our clients. Amid the current crisis, we have researched […]

Strategic Decision Making in Light of COVID-19

Due to recent events and the uncertainty of the COVID-19 shutdown, the economic impact has either reduced or ceased funding for many projects. At BHB, we are Building Partners, and we recognize the importance of communicating with owners and clients to understand their goals and needs in relation to how current events are affecting businesses. […]

BHB Employee Joins U.S. National Guard

Ritchie Chairez has worked at BHB for three years as a civil Engineer in Training (EIT), with the goal to one day obtain the designation of Professional Engineer (PE). He is a valued member of the firm and helps live out our philosophy to serve clients with integrity and make a positive difference in our […]

3D Laser Scanning Technology Transforms Land Surveying

Since BHB began offering land surveying services in 1994, the rapid rate at which the technology has changed and improved has been influential to not only the growth of the surveying department, but the growth of the entire firm. In recent years, the land surveying department at BHB has taken advantage of 3D scanning technology […]

Meet Konstantine Bakintas

Konstantine Bakintas, PE, is a major influence at Baird, Hampton & Brown. Not only is he a senior civil engineer, but he is also President and is instrumental in defining and guiding the firm’s strategy and structure. Having been an outstanding asset to the company for over 26 years, his successes and determination began much […]

Joe LaCroix Named Young Engineer of the Year

BHB Project Manager Joe LaCroix, PE has been named Young Engineer of the Year by the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. This award is presented to individuals less than 34 years old who exhibit outstanding technical ability, have made great professional achievements, and continually support civic and humanitarian activities for […]

BHB Celebrates Engineers Week

Engineers Week is dedicated to appreciating what engineers do and how their contributions affect our communities, while also inspiring young students to pursue engineering and spur their excitement about the profession. Engineering can be looked at as a career that is focused on the willingness to learn and solve problems, while sparking creativity. “We need […]

BHB Hosts Professional Conduct and Ethics Seminar

Ethics play a vital role in engineering, from both public and private perspectives. That’s why, as a Professional Engineer (PE), one of the required 15 hours of annual professional development hours (PDH) must be dedicated to ethics. BHB was proud to partner with the City of Fort Worth again this year to host the Professional […]

BHB Recognized on UTA’s Mavs 100 List

On January 24, Baird, Hampton & Brown was recognized by the University of Texas at Arlington as one of the 100 fastest-growing Maverick businesses. Known as the Mavs 100, the inaugural event celebrated successful alumni and their entrepreneurial achievements. BHB consists of 34 UTA alumni, with Mavericks comprising 30% of the company, including two of […]

A New TSPE Chapter at Tarleton State

Engineering students at Tarleton State University can now join a collegiate chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) on their own campus, thanks in part to the efforts of BHB Civil Engineer and Tarleton alumna Skylar Wierzbicki. Part of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), this chapter is the ninth student chapter […]

BHB Applies Energy Storage System as Emergency Power Source

In today’s modern era, owners are starting to think about the impact their projects have on the environment today, tomorrow, and 50 years from now. In fact, many are willing to spend more money upfront on a product or technology if it will reduce the harm to ecosystems. What’s more is that using these products […]

BHB Announces Addition of Structural Engineering

Baird, Hampton & Brown is excited to announce the addition of structural engineering. This new service adds to our five other sectors of mechanical/plumbing, electrical, and civil engineering; land surveying; and landscape architecture. The decision to offer structural engineering has been a strategic goal of BHB’s for several years and has become more pressing after […]

BHB Wraps Up a Successful 2019, Looks Forward to New Year

As Baird, Hampton & Brown closes out 2019, we are grateful to our clients and employees for another successful year serving DFW and surrounding areas. The past 12 months have seen the addition of 13 new employees, our Weatherford office moving to a larger location, and 11 promotions. BHB also received three firm awards – […]

BHB Announces Employee Promotions, Hires Structural Engineer

The multi-disciplinary engineering, land surveying, and landscape architecture firm of Baird, Hampton & Brown recently announced the promotion of eight employees, and the hiring of a structural engineer. Austin Baird, PE, Senior Civil Engineer, was promoted to Principal to further BHB’s strategic vision, while strengthening client and business relationships. During his 17 years at BHB, […]

Keep Your Building Running Successfully with Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance (PM) is the service regularly performed on a piece of equipment to lessen the likelihood of it failing. Planned and performed during regular business hours while the equipment is still working, PM helps make sure resources are accessible, while decreasing operating costs and the chance of machinery failing unexpectedly. Having a PM schedule […]

Engineering for a Sustainable Future

The ever-changing term “sustainability” is used often in this modern era, as the importance of maintaining a balanced environment economically and socially is a topic that is top of mind for many. When applied to engineering, sustainable design focuses on material usage, land usage, and energy efficiency in order to minimize a building’s environmental impact, […]

A Bright Future for Power over Ethernet Lighting

Power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting is an evolving technology that could possibly be the lighting industry’s next disruptor. While the term is somewhat unfamiliar to the general public, the concept — and its applications to power computers and VoIP phones — is not new. The known component is Ethernet, and the evolution is in providing […]

BHB Helps Local Nonprofit Get Dedicated Rehearsal Space

Here at Baird, Hampton & Brown, we provide engineering and design services for hundreds of various projects each year. However, once in a while, there are certain projects that have special meaning – including a recent remodel that can’t be measured by length of pipe and wire, but instead by the number of people it […]

BHB Attends Annual TML Conference

Earlier this month, representatives from Baird, Hampton & Brown attended the Texas Municipal League Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio. The annual event attracts over 3,000 town and city delegates across the state including mayors, managers, and departmental employees who serve as decision makers for their communities. This was BHB’s 11th year to have […]

Throwback Thursday: SWBTS Campus Assessments

In 2016, BHB’s engineering team provided a campus assessment for the mechanical equipment at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) in Fort Worth, Texas. The non-profit institution noticed that unnecessary energy was being spent on the existing chilled water system, so they reached out to BHB to see what could be done to reduce energy and […]

Meet Les Brown

To Les Brown, his childhood and adolescent years were completely normal. But others might think that building log cabins in the woods or trapping and selling muskrat pelts aren’t ordinary pastimes for a kid. At a young age, it was very evident that Les possessed a determined and adventurous spirit, which followed him in his […]

BHB Named a 2019 Top 100 Company

Baird, Hampton & Brown was recently named one of Fort Worth Business Press’s Top 100 Private and Public Companies. The annual event was held at the River Crest Country Club and recognized companies in Tarrant County based strictly on generated revenue. “We are happy with our ranking on the list of Top 100 Companies,” said […]

Our Weatherford Office has Moved!

Due to Baird, Hampton & Brown’s growth in Parker County and surrounding areas, our Weatherford office has moved to a new location: 949 Hilltop Drive, Weatherford, Texas, 76086. The new office, which is nearly twice the size of our previous location, will allow our Weatherford team to continue to grow and meet the needs of […]

IECC 2018 Puts Energy Efficiency at Top of Mind

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is the official code adopted by the State of Texas to meet energy efficiency requirements for the design, construction, and renovation of buildings. Maintained by the International Code Council, the IECC is on a three-year code cycle to make necessary updates reflecting technological advancements and efficiency upgrades, and covers […]

Meet Merlin Hampton

Standing before the office of Merlin Hampton is a shelf lined with 41 blue, hardcover notebooks. They date back to the creation of Baird, Hampton, & Brown in 1992 when Merlin, Senior Electrical Engineer and Co-founder of BHB, began keeping detailed records of his daily tasks, appointments, and projects. The spine of each book has […]

VRF a Leading Energy Efficient HVAC System in North Texas

Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) is a type of air-conditioning system that adjusts refrigerant flow to different areas of a building as needed, based on heating or cooling demand, instead of operating large quantities of refrigerant at all times. Although they have been installed in applications around North Texas for several years, VRF systems are starting […]

Texas House Bill Affects Roles in the Construction and Renovation of Buildings

As a multi-disciplinary engineering firm located in the DFW Metroplex, the Baird, Hampton, & Brown team strives to stay informed of new and changing legislation that could affect our clients, firm, and communities. May 27, 2019 marked the end of Texas’ 86th Legislative Session. Of the bills that were passed, House Bill 2439 (H.B. No. […]

We searched for the best interns of 2019 and found 10 results!

Luke Grammer Computer Science Major at A&M University https:// fun_facts /_IT_intern_FW/_he_also_fixes_with_computers_in_his_spare_time I am an Eagle Scout The first job I ever had was as a boat mechanic over a summer, which would be fun had there been any A/C I wanted to be a marine biologist when I was younger, but was severely disappointed to […]

BHB Named a Best Firm to Work For

We’re excited to share that Baird, Hampton & Brown has been named a 2019 Best Firm to Work For by Zweig Group! This award recognizes the top engineering, architecture, and construction firms in the US and Canada based on workplace practices, employee benefits, and more. “We at Baird, Hampton & Brown are constantly looking ahead […]

A Pleasant Road Ahead for Soft Surface Nature Trails

Throughout the year, particularly the spring and summer months, bikers and walkers can often be found enjoying the multitude of trails in the DFW area. From winding paths through wooded park areas to those that loop around town, trails provide residents safe routes for exercise and alternate ways of transportation. More and more, nature trails […]

Engineering for Animal Shelters—a Different Kind of Cat

Animal shelters are meant to provide short-term housing for dogs, cats, and other domestic animals until they can find their forever home. Depending on their background, many shelter animals can have a rough past due to no fault of their own. Whether they were abused, neglected, lost, or replaced, animals in shelters are often broken […]

BHB Celebrates 27th Anniversary

April 23, 2019 marked Baird, Hampton & Brown’s 27th anniversary as a multidisciplinary engineering firm. With three locations, over 100 employees, and hundreds of projects successfully completed each year, BHB is continuing to grow and thrive after nearly three decades of being in business. While proud of the success of a company he helped start, […]

BHB Begins 2019 with Seven Promoted Employees

Baird, Hampton & Brown, a multi-disciplinary engineering firm, recently announced seven promotions to further the company’s growth and expertise. Ottis Lee, senior civil engineer, was promoted to Vice President of Land Development. With over 30 years of experience, Lee brings indispensable professional, technical and project management skills to BHB. In addition to his current engineering […]

Happy New Year: A Look Forward at 2019

Another year at Baird, Hampton & Brown has come and gone, and we are proud to now be on our 27th year of serving DFW and surrounding communities. 2018 brought us lots of opportunities, growth, ideas and perspective. Since January, we have had 21 new employees. We are proud to continue to grow our staff […]

John Margotta Celebrates 20 Years at BHB

Today, December 21, marks John Margotta’s 20th year at Baird, Hampton & Brown. As the company’s Vice President of Land Surveying, John has had a profound impact on the department’s development and growth, while providing field and office supervision across BHB’s three offices. John started out as a crew chief in 1998 when he joined BHB. […]

Parker County’s CAC Breaks Ground

Parker County residents and officials gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new 7,000 square-foot building for the county’s Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). The CAC is currently operating out of a temporary space in the Parker County Attorney’s Office and will move into this new facility built on land donated by Jerry Durant off Clear […]

Throwback Thursday: 714 Main

Partnered with Schwarz-Hanson Architects in 2007, our engineers designed a complete remodel of mechanical and plumbing systems in this 24-story building, in conjunction with a new parking garage and data center. The biggest challenge of this project? Working around the ongoing office operations and allowing the building to stay occupied throughout renovations. The result was a historic […]

Flashback Friday: Fort Worth Flatiron Building

Today we’re looking back at our 1999 MEP renovation of the Flatiron building in Downtown Fort Worth. This historic building was built in 1907 to emulate New York’s Flatiron building, and is now the only survivor of the early skyscrapers of the area. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Texas […]

Professional Engineers Day 2018

What is a PE?  A Licensed Professional Engineer has proven competency in their field. Since 1907, state engineering licensure laws have protected public health, safety, and welfare through high standards for ethics and quality assurance. How to Get Licensed After graduating from an engineering program, you pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and become an […]

Meet the Interns

Nolan Perry Civil Engineering, Fort Worth University of Texas at Tyler Why BHB? It is a place with great and friendly employees, and seemed like a great opportunity to get ahead in my major and get a good look at what my future could be. What projects are you working on? Designing a new park […]

Engineers Week 2018

BHB celebrated Engineers Week this year by asking a couple of our engineers to share some of the reasons why they love what they do and encourage young girls to follow their dreams.

O.B. Macaroni: A Building From the 1900s Gets a Modern Look

BHB was excited to provide MEP design finish-out for two tenant spaces in the circa 1900 facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The O.B. Macaroni building was originally a carriage house in the late 1800s. In 1905, it was converted into the Fort Worth Macaroni Company, where pasta products were shipped all over the Greater Southwest […]

Walsh Ranch a New Residential Community in Fort Worth

BHB is happy to provide the MEP designs for the Gas Market Building, Fitness Building, Co-Working Building, and the Maker’s Building for the newest residential community development in west Fort Worth, Texas. These buildings will provide the community with a private place to purchase gas, consumer goods, take fitness classes, have office spaces and wood-working […]

Surveyors Week 2018

BHB is thankful to have a great Land Surveying department and all of their continuous hard work and dedication throughout the years. We celebrate each member of the team and all land surveyors.

Mathena Hall A New Addition to the SWBTS Campus

BHB is proud to have been part of the newest addition to the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Campus in Fort Worth. We provided the MEP design for Mathena Hall, a building dedicated to providing educational classes for the school’s Mission and Outreach programs. The building is complete with additional classrooms, offices, and a tiered lecture […]

A Note from Mike McIlraith

Mike McIlraith, former mechanical engineer, retired in 2017. Having been with the company since 1993, he had a huge impact on everyone at Baird, Hampton & Brown, as well as the numerous projects he worked on during his 33+ years at the firm. As a farewell, we asked Mike to leave us with his thoughts […]

Happy Holidays

2017 has been our biggest year of growth yet. It was a joy to share the fall and winter holidays with all of you! We celebrated the end of the year with our Pumpkin Carving Contest, BHB Thanksgiving Luncheon, and our annual Holiday Party. We wish you all the happiest of holidays as we start […]

Bowden Event Center & Chapel: A First-class Venue that Gives Back

With an elegant stone facade, floor-to-ceiling windows, intricate wood ceilings, and a picturesque pond, the Bowden Event Center is hard to miss. Located in Keller, Texas, this venue is perfect for a classic, fairy-tale wedding with some added Texas flare. Aside from serving as a unique event space, the Bowden also gives back to residents […]

Katie Murray: Local Artist Helps BHB Celebrate a Quarter of a Century

In 2017, BHB celebrated its anniversary with a staff and client event. BHB Marketing Director, Shonnah Driver, had a vision to use abstract art of engineering plans as the anniversary campaign design. With local artist Katie Murray and graphic designer, Julie Shaffer of Shaffer Creative, LLC, the campaign design was a success, resulting in an international […]

A Look Back at BHB’s History

Three engineers were working comfortable administrative positions at Yandell & Hiller in Fort Worth. Bill Baird was in charge of marketing and worked as a civil engineer, Merlin Hampton oversaw production and electrical engineering, and Les Brown was a senior project manager and mechanical engineer. But they missed their true passion: building partners through interactive engineering […]

Gregory Avenue

Earlier this year, we offered a lunch-n-learn to our municipal clients titled “Roadway Reconstruction, Soft Subgrade, and Lessons Learned at Gregory Avenue.” This continuing education program was attended by 26 public works professionals representing nine municipalities. The featured project, Gregory Avenue, was a street maintenance project that was in need of reconstruction after several sessions […]

BHB’s New Look

In 2016, a core team of professionals began discussions on a company rebrand to depict the inventive, long-term solutions for which the firm is known. When Baird, Hampton & Brown (BHB) was established in 1992, we were focused on civil, electrical, and mechanical projects. Today, the firm has evolved to also provide land surveying and […]

25 years of Building Partners

We just celebrated our 25th Anniversary – what a milestone achievement! The festivities took place Thursday, April 27 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center from 4-8 p.m. Our clients and community are very important to all of us at BHB. That’s why we made sure to integrate both into this commemorative night. By incorporating small […]

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