Henderson Engineers was founded in 1970 by Fran Henderson, the sole professional engineer for the company’s first 17 years. A small firm of three, Henderson’s primary focus was grocery stores, retail, education, churches, and office buildings.
In 1983 Fran’s younger son Doug joined the company; in 1987 his older son Duane joined after spending five years at a major engineering firm in Houston.
Because of Henderson’s experience with grocery store design, in March of 1989, Walmart Stores, Inc. asked Henderson to provide mechanical and electrical design for a Kansas City Hypermart store (now known as the Supercenter). After successfully completing this project, Walmart began giving multiple projects to Henderson, and they remain a client today. By 1994, Fran Henderson was mostly retired, although he remained a shareholder in the firm for several years.
In 1995 Henderson reorganized their corporate structure by promoting additional Owners and setting strategic business goals for growth and diversification. Due to the pace at which the company was growing, the need for additional leadership was apparent, and in 1997 the first Associates were promoted. Currently a Board of Directors, Senior Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Associates comprise Henderson’s leadership committee.
Henderson continues to provide many opportunities for advancement and leadership, and now employs more than 600 with 12 office locations nationwide. The company designs for numerous repeat clients, a testament to its strength in professional services and relationships, and boasts a diversified portfolio that represents a full range of markets.