Fort Worth, Texas — Freese and Nichols, Inc., announced that it will move its headquarters to Burnett Plaza in downtown Fort Worth in 2020. The professional consulting firm has been based in Fort Worth since it was founded by Major John B. Hawley in 1894.
“Downtown Fort Worth is a thriving place whose culture matches our own,” said Brian Coltharp, President and CEO. “Working downtown — within walking distance or a few train stops away from some of our largest clients — will enable us to continue our dedication to outstanding client service.”
About 300 employees will work from the new headquarters, which will occupy at least three full floors at Burnett Plaza. The 40-story office tower is certified LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council, has earned the Energy Star rating and overlooks a two-acre urban park. Burnett Plaza is owned and managed by Dallas-based TIER REIT, a New York Stock Exchange company, and represented by Jack Clark of Red Oak Realty.
“Our focus on sustainability for both our clients and ourselves made Burnett Plaza an attractive option for us,” Coltharp said. “We are here to make a positive impact on the communities where we live and serve, and this is an ideal place for us to do that.”
Freese and Nichols serves local, state and federal entities in the water, transportation, aviation, buildings and oil and gas industries. A sampling of the firm’s North Texas projects includes the Clearfork Main Street Bridge for the City of Fort Worth; the 150-mile Integrated Pipeline Project, jointly owned by the Tarrant Regional Water District and the City of Dallas; the Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; and the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology at Tarrant County College.
“Downtown is Fort Worth’s premier corporate address, and Freese and Nichols’ relocation adds to the wealth of talent that makes downtown such a dynamic location,” said Andy Taft, President of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.
In March 2018, Fortune magazine named Freese and Nichols the No. 1 Medium Workplace in Texas. The firm’s leaders believe that moving to downtown Fort Worth, with its proximity to residences, cultural attractions and transit options, will continue its commitment to employee satisfaction.
“We’re confident that Burnett Plaza will provide a state-of-the-art working environment that our team can be proud of, and it will enable us to attract new employees,” Coltharp said. “We are excited about our future and our ability to serve North Texas.”
Freese and Nichols expects the move to take place in early 2020. Its current headquarters is at International Plaza in southwest Fort Worth.