Larry Whaley Honored

05/07/2014 | Cardno Haynes Whaley

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently elevated Houston structural engineer Larry Whaley to the level of Fellow, a designation held by fewer than 4% of ASCE members. Whaley was recognized for his contributions at the annual ASCE Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala in Arlington, VA in late March.

Whaley is president of Houston-based engineering firm Cardno Haynes Whaley, the structural engineering firm behind some of Houston’s most recognizable landmarks, including The Menil Collection, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza, Hess Tower and One Park Place. The firm’s current work includes the ExxonMobil Office Campus, 609 Main, the Marriott Marquis and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Under Whaley’s leadership, the Houston office, along with the Austin and Reston, Virginia offices has provided structural design for over 5,500 projects in 40 states and several foreign countries.

Whaley earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky and his MS in Civil Engineering from Rice University. In 1976 he became a founding partner in the firm Gentry Haynes and Whaley, later becoming Haynes Whaley Associates. In October 2013, Haynes Whaley Associates merged with international engineering firm Cardno to provide structural engineering services solely for buildings throughout the Americas.

The firm is known for its work on architecturally significant projects and its involvement in the communities around its offices. Whaley personally volunteered more than 500 hours last year to civic and professional organizations. The firm supported 75 different organizations and employees donated over 1,200 volunteer hours. Cardno Haynes Whaley is a long-time supporter of AIA Houston.

In 2012, the University of Kentucky College of Engineering inducted Whaley as the 100th member of its Hall of Distinction, based on his career accomplishments. A member of ASCE since 1966, when he joined the Student Chapter at the University of Kentucky, Whaley became a professional member of the Society in 1971 and was granted Life Membership in 2011.

About Cardno Haynes Whaley
Cardno Haynes Whaley provides comprehensive structural engineering services for a broad range of commercial, public and institutional projects around the world. Founded in Houston in 1976, and with offices in Reston, Virginia and Austin, Texas, the firm joined global engineering and environmental consulting leader, Cardno, in October 2013.

Founded in 1945, Cardno partners with public and private clients to solve engineering, environmental and social challenges. Cardno provides clients with access to over 4,000 professionals in over 200 offices in the Americas focused on delivering customized consulting solutions to plan, design and construct social and physical infrastructure. Cardno currently ranks 26th on Engineering News-Record's (ENR's) 2013 Top 500 Design Firms and 30th on ENR's Top 200 Environmental Firms. To learn more, visit