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HVJ Associates is the engineering services firm that translates decades of experience in design and testing into clear, deep guidance for the managers who oversee the construction of vital infrastructure.
Our expertise is in horizontal and vertical construction, and we offer guidance to managers that considers the full scope of the project. Our team is home to thoughtful listeners and strong communicators who own their commitments and inspire the excellent results for successful infrastructure projects.
“If ever an issue comes up, HVJ Associates stand behind their work. They don’t run and hide. They do whatever needs to be done. What truly separates them from the rest is their responsiveness and integrity. It’s worth a lot to us.”
Michael Blasdel, PE
“We contracted with HVJ because of their working knowledge of the Army Corps. rules and regulations. We are very pleased with the timely work product and highly depend on HVJ to execute the environmental task work within the environmental guidelines and procedures set by the City of Houston and Harris County for all of our projects.”
“We were pleased with their management involvement and follow through in seeing that the city was informed and kept abreast of any issues. PWE was very satisfied with their overall job performance."
Deputy Director - Public Works and Engineering
City of Houston
“It was very refreshing to have a company (HVJ) listen to what we needed, rather than be told what we needed.”
Senior Construction Inspector
City of Lubbock
“HVJ met all of Gilbane’s demands from early morning concrete pours to late evening compaction testing. Test results are always returned in a timely manner which has allowed us to quickly review the results and get them into the hands of our Owner and Engineer.”
Derico R. Lewis
“Staff was very accurate in developing the scope and fee and have obviously developed some streamlined processes for completing work.”
Geotechnical Project Client
At HVJ, we believe that the success of infrastructure projects rests on the character of the people involved. We leverage the diverse experience of our team to manage any challenging geotechnical, construction, pavement, civil, and environmental problems that may arise. We’re supportive, ambitious, and resilient—we own our commitments and inspire the excellence that results in outstanding infrastructure. With HVJ on your team you can rest easy, we’ve got your back!
HVJ focuses on public infrastructure projects giving us a deep understanding of design and construction for these projects and what drives value for the agencies that build them.
We deliver to peace of mind by listening, keeping our commitments, staying in touch, and anticipating problems to solve them proactively.
We keep foremost that each commitment has a performer and a customer, and that value is determined by the customer not the performer. We continually focus on developing our ability to take better care of what the customer cares about, compared to others.
Processes give us consistency and efficiency and facilitate the spread of best practices throughout the organization.
Our managers attend an extended leadership training program that emphasizes real-world practices for communication, coordination, language, emotions, and embodied learning to create the future we care about.
We are innovative in developing people skills such as what does is a commitment and how to make a good one, managing moods, and how to avoid overwhelm.
We have innovated the structure of the engineering business by establishing a franchise program which lets engineers start businesses with lower risk and creates locally-owned businesses that can be relied on due to franchise system processes and standards.
We empower the companies the provide services and products to us to succeed through collaborating to build their businesses as we build our own.
HVJ has won multiple awards not only for engineering excellence, but also for management effectiveness, client satisfaction, and employee satisfaction.
Our strategic focus on infrastructure lets us provide quality solutions based on public sector project and client needs.
Each office provides ACI, TxAPA, and TxDOT certified testing technicians, NICET certified technicians are available from certain offices.
Each office has an accredited laboratory by AASHTO AMRL, CCRL, with U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, TxDOT, and A2LA accreditation at certain locations.
We go beyond the standard deliverables by listening to understand unique project-specific requirements and agency concerns and then delivering superior engineering solutions and peace of mind through taking ownership, keeping commitments, and staying in touch to deliver a successful project and a satisfying experience working together.
As part of North Texas Municipal Water District’s commitment to meeting steadily increasing regional water needs, Bois d’Arc Lake was constructed as a surface water reservoir to collect rainfall and flows from Bois d’Arc Creek.View Project →
Webb County: The local staff and practical experience enables a rural Laredo district resurfacing project to finish ahead of schedule.View Project →
Dallas: Careful planning and time management were needed to perform the work safely as service along these busy lines could not be interrupted.View Project →
Austin Energy’s Electric Service Delivery Division oversees the design and construction of distribution improvements for more than 500,000 customers (507,660 as of 2020) in their service area, and they devote the majority of their construction projects to expanding electrical services.View Project →
As the perfect gateway for import and distribution of finished automotive vehicles, Port Houston saw double-digit growth in containers this past year while the global supply chain continued to experience significant challenges. This triggered immediate need for constructing a new wharf at Bayport Terminal,View Project →
The University of North Texas System identified a need to add space for student housing on the growing Denton campus in 2016. In response, they initiated a project to build a 500-bed residence hall for freshman residents to open for students in the fall of 2019.View Project →
The HVJ organization has won multiple awards in all aspects of our business: Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms, PSMJ Circle of Excellence for management excellence, PSMJ Premier award for client service, Client Savvy CX-cellence award for customer experience, Best and Brightest award for employee engagement and enrichment.
Herb Johnson is President and founder of HVJ Associates, Inc. He has responsibility for corporate vision, strategy, development of company culture, executive team leadership, and capital allocation. He is an accomplished executive and business leader, and leads a team of executives delivering quality engineering services throughout Texas.
Mr. Hasen’s career encompasses a period of over 30 years of diverse geotechnical, construction, and environmental engineering experience. In addition to technical leadership Mr. Hasen’s responsibilities include development and implementation of new initiatives related to our revolutionary and unique franchise business model.
Mr. Esmail joined HVJ in 2000, and provides overall leadership for company owned and franchised operations. He is a successful Chief Operations Officer with extensive experience in Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Materials Testing, and Business Development.
Ms. Didi Ndando leads the accounting, financial, talent management, and administrative services of the firm. She joined HVJ in 1992 as a staff engineer, but over the years she experienced a growing interest and aptitude in management and leadership as she moved on to project and department management.
HVJ Associates is a leading, rapidly growing civil engineering consulting firm building a team around people who are ambitious, supportive, and resilient. We believe that the success of our infrastructure projects is accomplished through thoughtful guidance and outstanding solutions - and you can help!
We are looking for candidates who are looking to advance their career in management and leadership, including possibly owning their own firm. Are you motivated by the challenge to expand both your technical and leadership skills in the development and expansion of a strong, responsive team? We're looking for you!