For Heritage Engineering, the business philosophy is a true reflection of “client-first” service. Founded in 2003 by Robert Woosley P.E. and joined by partners William Sanders P.E., Gregory Miller, P.E. and Scott Hannah R.L.A, the company’s services include civil engineering, landscape architecture and land planning consulting in Metro Louisville and Southern Indiana.
While you may not immediately know the name Heritage Engineering, you would recognize many of the diverse structures and greenspaces that have made an impressive impact on the region. The projects run the gamut from schools, bridges, parks, theaters, ball parks, pump stations and waste treatment plants to medical centers and museums. Some notable projects include the Mercy Academy high school campus, Kentucky Country Day Performing Arts Building, the Jeffersontown Trails Project and the Portland CSO Basin Project.
The services offered by the 23 employees at Heritage Engineering are diverse, and tailored to the specific needs of the client, whether it be design services for roadways, parks, green infrastructure or sewers, or program or construction management and inspection services.
For the Mercy Academy project completed in 2007, for example, the company worked with the architect and client from the ground up to develop an overall master plan for the campus including the building, two softball fields, six tennis courts, a track stadium and practice field.
Heritage Engineering provided on-site construction administration and plans for the large medical office building and outpatient care center for Baptist Eastpoint Medical Center in Louisville’s east end.
For many regional Kroger Fuel Stations, Heritage had to meet the challenge of designing a plan that would incorporate fuel stations into existing Kroger store landscapes that would still enhance the shoppers’ experience for the client. According to partner Scott Hannah, this type of specialized team-oriented engineering is a prime example of the “client first” engineering that Heritage engages in. “Our core business is about establishing long-term relationships with our clients.”
“We’re a vital part of the community, and invested in its success,” said Hannah. “We enjoy working on local projects that build our community and help it to thrive. We live in this community and not only is our work our reputation, but we have to live with our decisions and actions. Our children will be attending school at the schools we have enhanced or playing in the parks we have improved.”
Hannah said that means the work is personal. “We are going to see our clients at the grocery store, in church and at school functions. Our work means so much more to us than a firm that outsources their work out of the area.”
All four partners who lead Heritage Engineering are hands-on and heavily involved in the civic life of the community, said Hannah. Robert Woosley is an active fundraising volunteer for Neighborhood House and the Town Engineer for the town of Georgetown. Gregory Miller has been an active member of the Kentucky Society for Professional Engineers (KSPE) and hosts the annual KSPE banquet. Scott Hannah is a past president of the Kentucky Society of Landscape Architects (KYSLA). All four have coached their kids’ sports teams as well.
The example of the Heritage Engineering Leadership encourages others to contribute their talents. “Our involvement trickles down to supporting employees’ involvement in the community,” said Hannah.
Office Manager Andrea Clark said Heritage employees are also involved in KSPE and KYSLA as well as Water for the People, a global organization committed to promoting the development of high-quality, accessible drinking water and sanitation services.
Hannah said that from a partner’s perspective, employees are the lifeblood of the organization, and the company makes business decisions that support retaining all their workers.
“Heritage Engineering has been structured to enable us to grow in a smart way. It enables us to overcome when times are tough,” he said. “Our client/project base is very diversified so that when there’s a downturn in the economy, we’re able to thrive and not have to let any of our employees go,” he said.”
Clark appreciates the way the company treats their employees. “They have great pay and benefits, flexibility, and they offer a good work/life balance. They make a real effort to bring employees together. We celebrate when they reach a major milestone within our company, and we hold monthly lunches so that employees from both offices can hang out with each other,” she said.
“Heritage is a great place to work because the company is family-oriented,” said Clark. “They care about their employees.”
Heritage Engineering is looking to add more great people to their team. If you like what you’ve read and think you’d be a great addition, please send your resume to [email protected].