The values and reputation of Austin Brockenbrough, Jr. and his commitment to clients were essential elements in the formation of Austin Brockenbrough & Associates. Mr. Brockenbrough’s personal history reveals his roots in integrity and service, both of which are the foundation of our firm today.
Mr. Brockenbrough was born in Richmond, Virginia on July 6, 1899. His ancestors can be traced to the Revolutionary War period and were known to have demonstrated honor and leadership through military and civilian roles. Mr. Brockenbrough’s education included graduation from the Virginia Military Institute and receipt of a Civil Engineering degree from Cornell University. After graduation Mr. Brockenbrough began his career with the Virginia Public Works Administration followed by employment with a Newport News, Virginia general contractor. As General Superintendent, he was responsible for the construction of the Defense Supply Center Richmond, Camp Peary in Williamsburg, Virginia and the Quartermaster Depot, Fort Lee, Virginia.
World War II interrupted his civilian career and Mr. Brockenbrough was called into the U.S. Navy as a Lt. Commander and assigned to the Naval Construction Battalion service – the Seebees. He was quickly promoted to Captain and ordered to command a Seebee Battalion in the South Pacific. His Battalion constructed airfields at Bougainville and on Guadalcanal with the enemy “shooting at us from less than 200 yards away”. Mr. Brockenbrough was awarded two Silver Star medals for extraordinary service during the War.
After the War, Mr. Brockenbrough returned to the construction industry. His notable projects included automobile tunnels in Boston and New York City, and airfields in North Africa. Upon returning to Richmond, he was employed by The City of Richmond as Director of Public Utilities.
Mr. Brockenbrough joined with Warren Perrow in 1950 to form the consulting engineering firm of Perrow and Brockenbrough. The firm practiced in general civil engineering, principally site development and municipal services. Five years later, Mr. Brockenbrough left the Perrow firm to begin his own consulting engineering firm.
In 1955 Austin Brockenbrough & Associates was formed in partnership with James E. Watlington, Jr. Mr. Brockenbrough was the driving force that brought steady growth for the Firm in subsequent years.
Austin Brockenbrough & Associates began with two Partners and a small staff of about five employees. The first office was located in the triangular Sauer Building (since demolished) at Meadow and Broad Streets in Richmond. Space requirements and a desire to be nearer to clients soon required a series of moves to several locations in the 100 and 200 blocks of East Cary Street in downtown Richmond. The Firm joined with another consulting firm in 1964 to construct a new office building at 114 East Cary Street and by the early 1970’s, had acquired full ownership and occupied all of the space.
Mr. Brockenbrough was the Firm’s Senior and Managing Partner while Mr. Watlington was responsible for the engineering operations. Projects in the early years included Chesterfield County’s first reservoir and water treatment plant on Falling Creek, a wastewater treatment plant for Ferrum College and sewer systems for the City of Richmond. Urban Renewal projects including Mosby Court, Creighton Court, 17th Street and the Fulton Area were notable projects in Richmond.
James A. Whitt, a 1955 civil engineering graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, joined the Firm in 1960 after serving as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army and working for the Tennessee Valley Authority. He became a Partner in 1966 with responsibility for surveying and site development projects.
Alexander B. Sadler, Jr. a 1958 civil engineering graduate of the University of Virginia joined the Firm in 1961. He had been in the U. S. Navy’s Civil Engineering Corps and served as a project manager for construction and maintenance projects throughout the southeast and he briefly worked in the City of Richmond’s Department of Public Works. Mr. Sadler became a partner in 1967 with responsibility for municipal utility projects.
Gerald W. Augst was hired in 1972. He is a 1970 graduate of Virginia Tech and had been employed by the Virginia State Health Department. He became a partner in 1991 with responsibilities for environmental and utility projects. Jerry later assumed responsibility for all civil engineering projects including transportation and site development.
Gerald E. Kilgore, a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, joined the Firm in 1973 as the Firm’s Business Director. He had formerly been Administrator of Federal Programs and Special Assignments for Virginia Community Colleges, and had served in the Army Medical Corps. Mr. Kilgore became a Partner in 1975, responsible for administration and financial management.
William F. Bell joined the Firm in 1973 after being employed as a mechanical engineer with Hercules, Inc. He was a 1956 graduate of Bradley University in mechanical engineering. He became a Partner in 1980 with responsibility for mechanical, process and electrical engineering services.
Mr. Brockenbrough retired in 1972 and Mr. Watlington left the firm in 1976.
I-64 Afton Mountain
I-64 Clifton Forge
I-77 Carroll and Bland Counties
Utility systems for almost all rest areas in Virginia.
William & Mary
Domestic and Industrial Wastewater Treatment
This period was marked by increasing project complexity, a stricter regulatory environment, the beginning of computer aided design and new construction management techniques.
In 1982 the firm moved to a new larger office building located in Chester, Virginia that was specifically tailored to their operations.
With the elevation of William F. Bell to Partner, mechanical and electrical engineering projects became a source of growth for the Firm. Work with the U.S. Department of Defense expanded to providing a full range of services associated with petroleum products.
Bruce K. Sadler, a 1988 BSME graduate from the University of Virginia joined the Firm in 1992 after being employed by BASF Corporation as a Facilities Engineer. Bruce was elevated to Partner in 1997 responsible for mechanical and electrical engineering services.
Carolyn B. Langelotti, a 1986 BSCE and 1993 MBA graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, joined the firm in 1993. She had been a Project Manager with Parsons/Main in Charlotte, North Carolina. Carrie was elevated to Partner and Business Director in 1998.
Jim Whitt died in 1992. Bill Bell retired in 1994. Alex Sadler and Jerry Kilgore retired in 1997.
Chesterfield County Wastewater System Master Plan
Water and Wastewater Systems for Interstate Rest Areas Throughout the State
VDOT Annual Utility Adjustment Contracts
Monticello and Skipwith Pumping Stations, Williamsburg, VA
Water and Sewer Mains, Town of Colonial Beach, VA
I-95 HOV Lanes Utilities, Prince William County, VA
Route 58, Lee County – 6 miles 4 lane divided
Route 522, Louisa County – 6 miles reconstruction and relocation
Route 340, Augusta County – 3 miles 4 lane divided
Route 604 Genito Road, Chesterfield County – 3 miles 4 lane divided
Whitepine Road, Chesterfield County – 1 mile reconstruction and widening, 4 lanes
Route I-95 Prince George County, Rest Area and Information Center
Chesterfield Mall (Chesterfield Towne Center)
John Tyler Community College, Chester and Midlothian Campuses
6th Street Festival Market
Louisa County Middle School
Henrico County Schools – Various Projects
Chesterfield County Schools – Various Projects
Craney Island Fuel Storage Tanks
NAS Oceana Fuel Lines
Fuel Storage Facilities, Hvalfjordor, Iceland
Fuel Storage Facilities, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Camp Lejeune Oil Prevention Facilities
Jerry Augst retired in 2008. Vince Benedetti and Craig Matthews became partners in 2009. This phase of our history has seen significant change in almost every aspect of our business. Internally, the firm has significantly increased its focus on the employee and the work environment with flexible work hours, personal leave, a formal quality program, company sponsored professional development training and continuing education, annual community service projects, and a new, modern office with all of the latest perks.
Externally, our project mix has also changed and our client list has grown dramatically. We no longer work on just a few large highway design projects for VDOT, we do not limit ourselves to just the Navy for military fuels projects. We do a variety of transportation (not just highway) projects for state and municipal clients directly and indirectly through design-build. Similarly, we design military fuels projects all over the world now with every branch of the DoD through prime contracts and under design-build teams. We still perform many utility related designs and studies including water and wastewater treatment, and our site development work continues to be very strong.
In 2013 we added architecture to our services with the acquisition of Rawlings Wilson & Associates, a long time teaming partner. This was a strategic move to provide “full” services to our existing client base who were routinely asking for us to be involved with building (vertical construction) projects. Since adding the architecture discipline, we have seen the buildings market sector grow every year.
University of Mary Washington Convergence Center
Facility Expansion Westminster Canterbury
Andy Guest State Park
The High Bridge
Woolridge Road Improvements
Hull Street Widening
High Bridge Access Road
Replace Water Distribution System, Defense Supply Center Richmond
Matoaca Water Tank and Pump Station
Haynesville Wastewater Treatment Plant
Midlothian Turnpike and German School Road Utility Adjustments
Fredericksburg Safety Rest Area and Welcome Center
Cumberland Community Center
Goochland Admin Building
Replace Bulkeley Hall HVAC
Replace Fuel Tankage Craney Island
Replace Fuel Storage Lemoore
Replace Hydrant Fuel System Travis AFB
P-178, Aircraft Parking Apron Modifications and P-180, In-Line Fueling Station, MCAS Miramar, CA
DESC1511 Replace Jet Fuel Complex – Fresno-Yosemite IAP ANG, California
Central State Hospital Engineering Survey
Topographic Survey City of Hopewell Public Works Facility
Topographic Survey – Pocoshock Creek
Austin Brockenbrough & Associates strongly promotes individual community and professional leadership. Owners and employees are active participants in many professional, governmental and charitable organizations, including:
It really hasn’t changed since Mr. Brockenbrough – develop relationships with good clients, do high quality work, and provide excellent customer service. We also strive to provide a ‘best places to work’ type of atmosphere.