Fort Worth, TX
- electrical engineering
- land surveying
- mechanical / plumbing engineering
- 180,000 SF
BHB provided MEP engineering services for the renovation and remodel of the historic Star-Telegram building in Fort Worth. Totaling approximately 180,000 SF, the project included a museum area, archive spaces, parking garage, training center, conference rooms and additional office spaces. BHB has provided ongoing services with MorningStar Oil & Gas since 2011.
The building was originally constructed in three major steps: the original four-story, 60,000 SF building constructed in 1921 on Seventh Street; the 1946 addition to the north, consisting of approximately 50,000 SF; and the final expansion in 1968 that spanned Sixth Street to the north and included approximately 75,000 SF.
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
Larry Jones, PE
Larry Jones, PE
Associate | Senior Electrical Engineer
Larry Jones has always wanted to be an engineer. In college, Larry was given the opportunity to intern with a local utility company who also awarded him a partial scholarship to study electrical engineering. During his internship, he was introduced to electrical power systems engineering and was instantly hooked.
After working a number of years in the utility industry and consulting engineering business, Larry decided to leave the engineering industry and teach mathematics to help young, budding engineers get a good start in their careers. Not able to stay away, Larry was ready to resume his engineering career after 13 years of teaching.
Larry is a member of many organizations including Eta Kappa Nu National Electrical Engineering Honor Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the National Fire Protection Association. When he’s not working or participating in organizations, Larry likes to read; play the guitar; and spend time with his wife, Lisa, his daughter, and grandson, who’s already showing signs of becoming an engineer.
Project ExperienceStar-Telegram Building
Tarrant County Sub-Courthouse
University of Tulsa:
Bachelor’s Degree/1973/Electrical Engineering
Richard J. Watters, PE
Richard J. Watters, PE
Principal | Senior Mechanical Engineer
Richard Watters came to BHB after working with a design-build contractor in the area for two years. As an active member of BHB’s leadership team, Richard manages some of the firm’s multiple long-term engineering projects, including healthcare, commercial, oil and gas, retail, and municipal. He is experienced in sustainable design, energy studies/audits, design-build, HVAC, plumbing, and medical gas design along with construction administration.
Richard has been named one of the Top 40 Engineers Under 40 in the country by Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine and one of the Top 20 Engineers Under 40 in our region by Engineer News-Record magazine.
In the office, his hands-on style has helped him successfully find solutions for clients and mentor young engineers. Outside of the office, Richard has been active with student organizations of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as a guest speaker; he also travels back to Texas A&M to guest lecture and has sponsored projects for the construction science department at Texas A&M.
With his wife Yesenia, he enjoys being outside with their kids, traveling, working on multiple home improvement projects, and especially helping others. They have sponsored scholarships for children in El Salvador, his wife’s native country, who would otherwise not have access to advanced education. Richard is also a founding board member of the Paul Schulte Foundation, a non-profit organization with a goal to empower, inspire, and facilitate individuals with disabilities.
Project ExperienceArlington Animal Services Center
Doss Heritage and Culture Center
Ott Cribbs Public Safety Center
Texas Wesleyan University Jack and Jo Willa Morton Fitness Center
Texas A&M University:
Master’s Degree/2001/Mechanical Engineering
The University of Texas at El Paso:
Bachelor’s Degree/1997/Mechanical Engineering