LJA was founded in 1972 when John “Dutch” Lichliter established The Lichliter Company. In 1976, Bill Jameson joined the firm as president, and the firm was renamed Lichliter/Jameson & Associates. The firm evolved into LJA Engineering, Inc. in 2011, as it is known today. At LJA, we continue to build upon our reputation, while broadening our knowledge and constantly striving to be better. To us, there is no measure that matters more than our own drive to exceed the firm we were yesterday. Our history defines us, but in no way limits us. We are proud of landmark projects from our past and look forward to blazing a new path and setting the new standard. The best companies are about great people – and great people, working together, make great projects. We believe this to be true about LJA.
From the beginning, the firm stood out by recognizing the importance of quality engineering solutions amid a culture of visionary leadership and collaborative delivery. We are firmly grounded in our mission: To establish LJA in our chosen disciplines as the premier engineering firm in Texas by providing high quality, innovative, and cost-effective services to our clients. Our reputation is built upon a 49-year legacy of trust – among our staff and our clients – and this mutual trust continues to drive our commitment to deliver the best solutions to complex building and business challenges.
With 40 offices across the nation, LJA is poised to deliver the most dedicated and responsive teams directly to local clients who need concept-to-completion solutions. A strategic balance of organic growth coupled with carefully aligned mergers and planned acquisitions has positioned us to provide optimum, reliable, and timely service to our clients, precisely when and where they need us. In response to growing client needs and requests, we opened new offices in Texas including Austin (2004); San Antonio (2006); The Woodlands (2008); Spring (2014); Katy (2015); Dallas (2015); aConroe (2016); Round Rock (2018); Arlington, McKinney, Fort Worth (2019); and in Jacksonville, Florida (2015).
Each extension of our geographic reach grows the range of our expertise and capabilities. Key acquisitions have placed us from Deer Park to Corpus Christi and Galveston to Beaumont, and on to Alice and Austin. These include the merger with SCL Engineering (2006); LEAP Engineering (2012); Land Surveying, Inc. (2013); Grounds Anderson (2013); Frank J. Dillard & Associates, Inc. and Design Support Solutions, Inc. (2014); RVE, Inc. (2015); WORTECH Land Surveyors, Inc. (2015); Carroll & Blackman, Inc. (2016); Coym, Rehmet & Gutierrez Engineering (2016); Longaro & Clarke (2016); Horizon Environmental Services (2017); Berg-Oliver Associates, Inc. (2017); Precision Aerial (2017); and DCBA (2019).
Quite simply, we build civilization. LJA is an Engineering News-Record Top 500 National Firm offering full-service engineering and consulting services to public and private sector clients. Our depth of services is comprehensive, our breadth of knowledge leads the industry, and our regional influence continues to positively impact our personal and professional communities. With over 1200 employees in 40 offices across Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida, we are organized around nine comprehensive sectors: Public Infrastructure, Land Development, Transportation, Water Resources, Energy Services, Rail Services, Surveying, Construction Engineering & Inspection, and Environmental & Coastal. This allows us to best leverage our resources across our company, deliver expertise-driven teams, increase responsiveness to your specific needs, and individualize project solutions.
LJA is managed by our Board of Directors and an 11-member Advisory Committee. The Board of Directors — James Ross, PE, Jeff Collins, PE, PMP, and John Shackett — has experience managing, directing, and designing some of the most recognizable and prestigious projects throughout Texas including master planned communities, infrastructure, regional and area-wide flood control, coastal environments and waterfronts, and major transportation planning and improvement. LJA leadership remains hands-on and is active not only in the operations of our firm, but in setting the example for maintaining project excellence among our staff.
LJA is employee-owned with each staff member empowered to make key decisions while being vested in the success of the firm. Company ownership builds loyalty, motivates people to perform their best, and fosters an environment where employees and clients have mutual respect and interest in the successful outcome of each project. Satisfied, fulfilled personnel care about the jobs they do and the future of our company. We take care of our employees, so our employees can devote their best to taking care of our clients.
The strongest indication of our success stems from client satisfaction and industry recognition. A carefully honed internal culture of dedication, commitment, and client-focused results is indicative of our approach to our work at all levels and evident in the way we conduct our business. The firm has received awards for not only project excellence, but more importantly for our ability to connect with our employees, our clients, our communities. National and regional awards over the years include Top Work Place, Best Places to Work, Hot Firm, Fast 100, Top Design Firm, and Top Civil/Structural Firm. LJA was recently named #90 by ENR National as a Top Design Firm and as the 2019 Design Firm of the Year by ENR Texas & Louisiana.
Defining characteristics inherent to LJA keep us at the forefront of our industry. We offer a singular and unique perspective to our clients that is defined by our very DNA. At our core, LJA is comprised of our people and our culture. Our employee-owners work tirelessly to build LJA’s reputation of experts in our chosen disciplines and precision in our engineering solutions. The LJA difference is our people who make the commitment to treat every client like a part of the LJA Family. We believe in keeping relationships for life.