Timmons lassoes Dallas outpost

Timmons’ corporate headquarters in Chesterfield’s Boulders office park. (Timmons Group)

A locally based engineering company continues to add to its national footprint, this time expanding to the Lone Star State.

Timmons Group announced this week it has opened an office in Dallas, Texas. The six-person office will focus on wind and solar energy, private land development and surveying, in addition to the company’s public land work, GIS and other civil engineering services.

The office is led by Robert Gonzalez, a Dallas-based engineer with 17 years of experience. Timmons principal Chris Dodson, who led the company’s push into Texas, said they recruited Gonzalez last August after previously competing against his previous employer for wind farm work.

“Several years back we started doing work with Apex Clean Energy. They’re developing the first wind farm in Virginia, in Southwest Virginia,” Dodson said. “There’s another firm we often compete against for their work. The guy running the work was this guy we hired, Robert.”

Dodson said Gonzalez is responsible for all of Timmons’ operations in Texas, where the company is aiming to grow its Dallas office to 17 employees by the end of this year.

The office is located at 5801 Tennyson Parkway in Plano, Texas. Timmons is leasing the space, which it located with help from its Richmond neighbor JLL, the commercial real estate firm whose local office shares a building in Chesterfield’s Boulders office park with Timmons’ corporate headquarters.

Dodson said Timmons’ renewable energy and GIS work continues to grow in the Southwest, as well as in Virginia and up and down the Mid-Atlantic. He said the firm has over 100 clients in the wind and solar market. Locally, he said it put together 15 site plan proposals for different developer clients that responded to an RFP from Dominion Energy for a renewable energy grid for the Facebook data center under development in eastern Henrico County.

“We’re hopeful that one or more of our folks will be selected and we’ll continue to see those projects forward,” he said. “Solar in Virginia and North Carolina is a booming market, and we have a whole team dedicated just to that work.”

Chris Dodson

Chris Dodson

With field offices in those states and others across the country, Timmons totals upwards of 510 employees and is active in all states in the continental U.S. The firm’s annual revenue reached $76.6 million in 2017, up 27 percent from the previous year.

Last year, the company acquired Vogel Engineering, a 20-person Baltimore-based firm that now serves as Timmons’ Maryland outpost. It also has offices in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

Clients in the Richmond area include Magnolia Green in Chesterfield, VDOT, TopGolf, and area public school systems and economic development authorities. Dobson said the company recently won a geotech contract with Richmond Public Schools.

Local projects have included West Broad Village, Westchester Commons, St. Francis Medical Center, the Washington Redskins training facility, renovations to Chesterfield Town Center and an expansion to Richmond Raceway.

Other Richmond engineering firms have been making their own moves of late. Draper Aden Associates relocated its headquarters from Blacksburg to Henrico County last fall. Also last year, three local firms joined forces to form Koontz Bryant Johnson Williams through a three-way merger.

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