In a move that helps reverse the outflow of jobs from downtown Fort Worth, Freese and Nichols announced Tuesday that it’s moving its headquarters back to the city’s central business district
Freese and Nichols, a Fort Worth company that dates to 1894, will make the move in early 2020 to Burnett Plaza. It will occupy three floors of the 40-story office tower.
“Downtown Fort Worth is a thriving place whose culture matches our own,” Brian Coltharp, president and CEO, said in a statement. “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.”
Freese and Nichols, which provides engineering, architecture, environmental science, construction and planning services, currently has its headquarters at International Plaza in southwest Fort Worth.
It left the Equitable Savings Building in downtown Fort Worth in 1993. That building was demolished in 2002, according to the website, fortwortharchitecture.com.
“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 May, XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, told the Texas Workforce Commission that 1,200 employees would be gone from its downtown Fort Worth headquarters by July 1.
Earlier this year, Fortune magazine named Freese and Nichols the No. 1 medium Workplace in Texas.
Among the projects Freese and Nichols has worked on locally are 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 Panther Island bridges, the Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; and the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology at Tarrant County College.
Original article by Bill Hanna, award-winning reporter at the Star-Telegram. A link to it can be found here.