Structures + Haynes Whaley celebrates 10-year anniversary

11/30/2012 | Haynes Whaley

Ability without opportunity is nothing. Structural engineering firm Structures + Haynes Whaley is proof that opportunity provided by the State of Texas can drive sustainable business growth and innovation. Two firms, Structures and Haynes Whaley Associates, formed a partnership in 2002 to specifically serve public clients across Texas. That partnership, known as Structures + Haynes Whaley, is now marking its 10-year anniversary and planning for future growth.

Structures + Haynes Whaley is one of the first partnerships formed under the State of Texas Mentor Protégé Program for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs). All publicly funded construction projects in the state require HUB-firm participation. The Mentor Protégé Program pairs two businesses in an effort to create and foster an atmosphere of success for minority companies without creating a dependency between each other. The Structures + Haynes Whaley partnership is a model of a successful pairing. Structures + Haynes Whaley has completed over 70 building projects and won several awards since its inception.

Structures, founded by Jerry Garcia, PE in 1990, began by serving primarily residential clients with intricately detailed custom homes. The firm evolved to work with large public and private institutions, still maintaining a focus on design quality. Haynes Whaley Associates opened in 1976 and quickly grew a portfolio of large public and commercial projects across the United States, based on their notoriety for completing structurally complex projects. Together, the two firms provide clients considerable depth of knowledge and experience.

Indicative of the firm’s exceptional performance on previous projects, Structures + Haynes Whaley continues to win major project commissions across the state. The firm recently began work on the Jennie Sealy Replacement Hospital at UTMB Galveston, the Seaholm Power Plant multiuse redevelopment in Austin, and the Texas State University San Marcos Residence Life Housing-West Campus.

The firm’s work has also been recognized for design and construction quality by several professional organizations. Last year alone, the Texas A&M University Agriculture Headquarters Building in College Station, Texas was awarded the Engineering News Record (ENR) magazine Best Project Award of Merit and the University of Houston Cougar Village in Houston, Texas was recognized with an Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction from ABC Central Texas Excellence.

Structures + Haynes Whaley has not only been successful as a partnership, it has also been the impetus for growth within each firm. “I believe all firms have much to learn from other firms regardless of size. To ignore the diversity of skills and experiences of others is to shut your eyes to growth opportunities,” said Jerry Garcia, President of Structures + Haynes Whaley. “Our firms continue to learn from each other, technically and culturally. As a result we have become better firms individually and collectively.”

The rest of the Structures + Haynes Whaley leadership team includes:
• Robert Tyler, PE – Executive Vice President
• Mark Merryman, PE – Vice President
• Dante Angelini, PE – Vice President

About Structures + Haynes Whaley
Structures + Haynes Whaley LLC is a strategic alliance between structural engineering firms Structures and Haynes Whaley Associates. Structures + Haynes Whaley is based in Austin, TX and serves public clients across Texas. The firm specializes in structurally innovative and demanding designs and works primarily with institutions, governmental entities and commercial clients. Prominent previous and current projects include the Texas A&M Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building; the Texas Department of Transportation Houston Headquarters; the University of Texas San Antonio South Texas Research Facility; the Lorenzo de Zavala Texas State Library and Archives restoration; and the Texas State University San Marcos Performing Arts Center.

Structures + Haynes Whaley is a State of Texas certified Historically Underutilized Business (HUB). Learn more at