Freese and Nichols, Inc., is expanding its national expertise and presence in the Central Plains to Northwest Arkansas (NWA). The new space is in Rogers, minutes away from Bentonville and near the growing cities of Springdale and Fayetteville.

With NWA holding a prominent position among the nation’s fastest growing regions, Freese and Nichols can help the area grow the right way and develop strategies for future growth by providing clients with water/wastewater treatment, transmission and utilities and stormwater solutions, and helping build sustainable, resilient and reliable water systems while preserving and promoting the surrounding communities’ quality of life.

“We believe that Northwest Arkansas is an ideal location to establish a new office, leveraging and building on our existing experience, contacts and projects,” said Tricia Hatley, Freese and Nichols Executive Vice President. “As a full-service firm with local and national expertise in water/wastewater and stormwater, we have the ability to provide clients with customizable solutions.”

Although this is our first office in the area, Freese and Nichols has been serving Arkansas since the 1940s. In the last two decades, the firm has completed 14 projects across Arkansas, including levee certification and rehabilitation, pump stations, comprehensive planning and watershed studies. Our team of professional engineers and planners is currently working on projects with the City of Fayetteville, Rogers Water Utilities, Siloam Springs, American Electric Power and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

In addition, Jason Cocklin, PE, BCEE, Freese and Nichols Project Manager and Associate, will be relocating from Corpus Christi, Texas, with his family to help serve the surrounding NWA municipalities and utilities. Cocklin brings 13 years of experience in water/wastewater treatment and utilities with a specialization in designing resilient water/wastewater infrastructure, treatment plant and distribution systems. His experience with treatment facilities includes process design, innovative treatment technologies and membranes, capacity analysis, hydraulic modeling, disinfection and disinfection byproducts. He currently is acting project manager on an elevated storage tank rehabilitation project for the City of Fayetteville.

Cocklin is a Board-Certified Environmental Engineer with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. He has served in leadership for multiple local-chapter and state-level professional organizations such as Water for People, the Water Environment Association and the American Water Works Association.