- civil engineering
- land surveying
- 55 acres
BHB provided civil engineering and land surveying services for 5T Ranch, a 55-acre residential development in the growing community of Argyle, Texas that included 90 quarter to half-acre lots for single-family custom homes. Located on Country Club Road, the development features 18 acres of park land (32 percent open space) including soccer fields, a playground, picnic areas, and concrete walking trails.
A two-phase project, BHB’s civil engineering team was tasked with designing the detention pond, lots, sanitary sewer lift station, the entry to the development, and a large open space in phase one, as well as the completion of a FEMA study and map revisions. The detention pond was designed so that it could be used as the major active recreational area for the development. Phase two consisted of additional residential lots, as well as a large open space at the back of the neighborhood complete with winding concrete walking trails connecting to the remainder of the open space areas. BHB’s services for this development also included platting, and boundary and topographic surveys.
While the development was being built, Denton County was in the process of making upgrades to Country Club Road. This proved to be a challenge for the team and required extensive coordination due to the connections with the new roadway, as well as the drainage modifications that the County was making.
Ottis Lee, PE
Ottis Lee, PE
Vice President of Land Development
Ottis Lee has always enjoyed building and learning how things work. He spent his first two years of college studying art and architecture, which introduced him to civil engineering. Ottis now has over 30 years of civil engineering, project management, and development management experience.
His experience includes feasibility studies, conceptual planning, zoning, planting, construction plans, budgets, estimates, and construction support. He has provided designs and plans for numerous residential developments throughout North Central Texas, as well as marinas, commercial and retail sites, waterlines, sewer projects, and roadways and bridges.
Ottis is an active member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. When he’s not working or participating in organizations, Ottis likes to spend time with his wife Lana and their three grown children.
Project ExperienceGlade & Pool Road Roundabout
Texas Tech University:
Bachelor’s Degree/1984/Civil Engineering
Shannon L. Nave, PE, CFM
Shannon L. Nave, PE, CFM
Principal | Senior Civil Engineer
Shannon Nave’s desire is to use engineering to leave the world a better place than he found it and to help man live with nature and with each other. His extensive experience includes engineering design and project management for a significant variety of civil and water resource projects.
His wide-ranging experience in working for both consulting firms and as a municipal staff engineer includes flood studies, dam design and repair, expert witness testimony, and general civil projects encompassing designs for residential, commercial, educational, utility, and Capital Improvement Projects (CIP).
Shannon’s research and master’s thesis on storm water flow in streets and gutters led to UTA receiving a $450,000 grant from TxDOT to build a street section in the basement of the UTA Nedderman Hall to run full-scale tests.
Shannon lives in Parker County with his wife Anna and two sons; he enjoys cooking, reading, and working with the Cub Scouts.
Project ExperienceImperial Construction Office and Shop
Tarleton State University:
Bachelor’s Degree/1996/Hydrology and Water Resources
University of Texas at Arlington:
Master’s Degree/2000/Civil Engineering: Water Resources
John Margotta, RPLS
John Margotta, RPLS
Vice President of Land Surveying
John Margotta has been with BHB for over 20 years. Previously, John worked for a company that provided surveying services to BHB. Shortly after BHB added a surveying department, John joined the team and is now the head of the surveying department. He has provided field and office supervision on land surveying projects for public and privately funded projects, including the DFW Airport, City of Fort Worth, TXU Electric, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., Trinity River Authority, Federal Aviation Administration, TxDOT, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Railtran, and Fort Worth Transportation Authority.
In high school, John held the rank of Master in the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (World Chess Federation). Outside of work, John loves cooking, football and karaoke. If he wasn’t a land surveyor, John would be a chef. “Cooking is very relaxing to me and I feel like I’m creating something good out of raw ingredients that may or may not taste good by themselves.” John’s favorite place to visit is New York City because he loves the different cultures, food, and architecture it has to offer.
John is an active member of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors and the National Society of Professional Surveyors. He also volunteers for Skills USA, teaching high school-aged kids, who compete in local, state and national competitions, about land surveying.
John has two kids, a son who who graduated from The University of North Texas with a degree in graphic design, and a daughter who works for Mothers Milk Bank of North Texas, a nonprofit that collects breastmilk from healthy, nursing mothers who have a surplus and is dispensed to premature and fragile infants without access to their mother’s own milk. He also has one granddaughter. John’s favorite quote is from Winston Churchill, “Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts,” because he believes that one is never finished in life and even if you fail, at least you tried.
Project ExperienceCatholic Charities of Fort Worth
Fort Worth Country Day Lou and Nick Martin Campus Center
Fort Worth Country Day Sid W. Richardson Visual Arts Center
Imperial Construction Office and Shop
Early Learning Center
Meadowview Estates Channel Improvements
Monterra Medical Campus
Park Hill Surgery Center
Presbyterian Night Shelter Morris Foundation Women & Children's Center
Rogers Road Pavilion
Saint Patrick Cathedral Parish Hall
Tarrant County Downtown Courthouse
Texas Wesleyan University Rosedale Renaissance
ITT Technical Institute
Associate | Senior Survey Technician
Dave’s journey to Texas wasn’t always the plan; he grew up in Florida, nurturing dreams of becoming a professional surfer. Remarkably, he achieved significant success, holding the third rank in the state within his division and garnering multiple sponsors along the way. As a child, Dave’s adventurous spirit led him to construct forts, explore woodlands, and shadow land surveyors on construction sites in his neighborhood.
Dave’s land surveying path led him to BHB, where he knew he could forge a fulfilling career. His tenure at the company has spanned over 25 years, during which he has excelled as an Associate and Senior Survey Technician/Survey Department manager. His affiliation with the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors exemplifies his commitment to the profession. Dave plays a pivotal role in cultivating the land surveying department’s client relationships, overseeing project management, and providing training on essential tools like Autodesk Civil 3D and Trimble Business Center.
Beyond his professional achievements, Dave leads a fulfilling personal life alongside his wife, Jill, and their three children: Jamie, Ava, and Benjamin. Adding joy to their family is their beloved canine companion, Mack. Dave’s multifaceted interests include his ordainment as a minister, active involvement in his church, and dedicated community service. He enjoys moments spent with friends and family, enriching his life through travel experiences.
Dave’s global altruism is evidenced by his volunteer work in Romania, where he dedicated a summer to serving in an orphanage. His journey also took him to Mali, Africa, where he engaged in vital land surveying tasks with the International Mission Board. During this time, he connected with unknown tribes, fostering relationships and creating essential maps of villages and routes.
Dave embodies a remarkable blend of professional excellence, compassion, and adventurous spirit, making him a true inspiration to those around him.
Tarrant County College