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Employee-owned architectural, engineering and consulting firm HDR has stayed the course during the recession, ending the year with about $121.5 million in Texas revenue.

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“We may have been a little more versatile in terms of what work we went after,” says Ramon Miguez, department manager for engineering at HDR, Dallas. “But we didn’t make any dramatic changes with regards to what we did in the past.”

The firm was founded in 1917 by H.H. Henningson, who wanted to help small communities through engineering. It continues to serve that mission. HDR recently consulted on the planning and design of the $18-million Denton County Administrative Complex.

HDR served as the prime design consultant on a massive graving dock, a dry dock to facilitate fabrication of a deepwater floating oil and gas production platform, called the ATP Titan, for Gulf Marine Fabricators, a subsidiary of Gulf Island Fabrication of Houma, La. At 250-ft wide, 600-ft long and 40- ft deep, the Ingleside dock is one of the largest on the Gulf.

In a joint venture with Corgan of Dallas, HDR is designing the $1.27-billion, 862-bed Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

Moguez credits the firm’s success to the ability to recruit and retain a technically competent staff. More than 80% of the company’s business comes from repeat clients.

“You cannot have that success rate without good people,” Miguez says. “We do significant training in-house, we send folks out and we have our HDR University. We’re trying to provide employees with the best tools.”