In 1946, Strand Associates, Inc.®, began its legacy as a sanitary engineering firm founded in Madison, Wisconsin, by Clayton Ward and John A. Strand with fewer than 10 engineers. The firm was known as Ward and Strand. The firm name changed to John A. Strand and then to Strand Associates, Inc.® After many years of successful work, the firm built a reputation for engineering excellence with quality personnel. Out of this hard work, Strand Associates, Inc.®, evolved.
From 1984-2017, Theodore Richards, P.E., was our Chairman and CEO. The expansion of the firm started right away in 1985 with the opening of the Illinois office, first in Naperville and, then, relocating to Joliet in 1987.
Our Louisville, Kentucky, location was added in 1993, and following in 1995, by the addition of an office in Lexington, Kentucky.
In 2002, we expanded our Midwest presence by acquiring offices in Columbus, Indiana, and Lancaster, Ohio. In 2004, we opened an office in Indianapolis, Indiana. This office better enables us to serve the eight-county area surrounding Indianapolis. A local presence in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was added with the opening of an office in 2005. Also in 2005, we opened a new office in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving the Cincinnati, southern Ohio, and northern Kentucky areas.
Phil Budde, P.E., previously our Executive Vice President was named President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2006. Jeff Kronser, P.E., assumed the Executive Vice President position.
In 2007, our Lancaster, Ohio, office moved to Columbus, Ohio, allowing us to better serve our Ohio clients.
In 2008, we added an office in Phoenix, Arizona, and in 2015, we added an office in Brenham, Texas. Most recently, in May 2017, Phil Budde, P.E., became the CEO and President and Matt Richards, P.E., became an Executive Vice President. Theodore Richards, P.E., continues as our Chairman.
Through our 11 office locations and professional staff of 400, we offer full-service engineering to public and private sector clients throughout the nation. Click here for our full service listing.
State-of-the-Art Facilities and Technology
To better serve our clients, we continually upgrade the technology at each of our offices and train our staff to use the latest tools available.
Our offices are comparably equipped with videoconferencing equipment. Videoconferencing allows face-to-face communications between our clients and our experts around the nation. With ready access, we can collaborate our expertise without the added expenses of time and travel. Savings on time and travel result in more constructive design hours devoted to projects.
Our Leica ScanStation HDS System is state-of-the-art in topographic equipment. This particular instrument is the first of its kind to combine the four fundamental conventional total station features into one scanner. In addition to cost saving benefits, this equipment also provides added values to our clients by providing a higher level of accuracy, faster results, improved quality, greater details and lesser ambiguity, safer and less invasive data capture, point cloud safeguards for project management, 3-D imaging and the ability to obtain extra data quickly and without revisiting the site.
It is not uncommon for staff to spend their entire career at Strand. We have an exceptionally low turnover rate because during the recruiting process, we emphasize finding a match between the personality of the candidate and our culture. Experience indicates that those who have a genuine interest in helping others and work well individually and in teams, thrive in our organization. In addition, we look to hire staff for the long-term and not just to meet short-term fluctuations in workload.