On March 16, 2015, LAN celebrated another milestone – the firm’s 80th anniversary. As the firm celebrates this landmark, a brief glance of its history and achievements along the way will shed some light on the journey
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The Early Years
Although the first few years were a struggle, through persistent effort, Lockwood and Andrews obtained additional clients and work. Retainer arrangements were made in many cases, which placed the firm on call for plant operation problems and for additions as needed by the client. This was valuable to the client and it aided the fledgling firm by assuring a basic income.
In 1941, the two young engineers got their breakthrough when they were awarded a major engineering contract for the San Jacinto Ordnance Depot, a site of approximately 5,000 acres located along the north side of the Houston Ship Channel. Numerous buildings, wharves for ships and tugboats, ammunition storage, miles of concrete roads, a network of railroads, a railroad yard, shop areas for multiple trades as well as utility systems were designed and constructed quickly. This military contract catapulted the firm into major civil engineering projects, establishing it as one of the few multi-disciplined firms in the southwest.
Growth and Expansion
In 1946, Frank H. Newnam, Jr., a civil engineer and a classmate of William Andrews at Texas A&M, joined the firm as a partner, further diversifying the firm’s services. With its growing capacities and abilities post-war, the list of clients grew and business boomed. The firm took on work for ports, municipalities, other government agencies, industries and institutions. Projects included several large incinerators for the City of Houston, a section of the Gulf Freeway and wharves for the Port of Houston. In 1956, the firm changed its name to Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN). The firm was incorporated in 1961. In 1966, Lockwood and Newnam initiated a plan for the orderly transfer of ownership and management.
Acquisitions, Mergers and Offices
In 1991, LEO A DALY, an international planning, architecture, engineering and interior design firm, acquired LAN, which then became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daly organization. This enhanced LAN’s ability to provide services for a wide range of projects and assignments throughout the world.