The downturn of Houston’s economy in the mid 1980’s provided an opportunity for a Chinese immigrant with a background in land surveying and a former football player with a degree in civil engineering to harness their entrepreneurial spirit. They developed the vision of a firm founded on basic service industry business practices – quality, responsiveness, and accuracy, respect of engineering principles/for the industry, pride in our work, value of engineering principles, building long term relationships, insight to see the big picture, and courage for innovate design; and a business plan to capture this vision.
On June 30, 1985, Paul P. Kwan, RPLS and Thomas A. Staudt, PE opened shop with a truck load of used furniture and two survey vehicles – a 1980 El Camino with three coats of paint and a 1962 Chevy pickup with no air conditioning. With Paul as drafter and surveyor and Tom as party chief and engineer, they landed their first project within in weeks for which they were never paid. Remaining optimistic, they eventually secured paying projects: surveys of over 200 7/11 Stores for The Southland Corporation and the design of the Maxey Road and Maricopa Pump Stations for the City of Houston. Eight months after opening, they hired their first two employees both of which are still employees of Landtech today.
Nearly thirty years later, Landtech represents and consults with a diversity of public and private sector clients from our three office locations (Houston, San Antonio, and El Paso, Texas) and maintains a staff of 80+ professional and technical personnel. Our core disciplines include: land surveying, transportation engineering, hydraulics and hydrology, utility coordination and design, and construction management with a geographic reach of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
Growth is what fuels Landtech’s future. Movement of goods and people, drainage impacts due to development, new vertical structures, industrial responses, and real estate transactions all impact our infrastructure. Landtech will endure by instilling the importance of our original vision of quality, responsiveness, and accuracy, respect of engineering principles/for the industry, pride in our work, value of engineering principles, building long term relationships, insight to see the big picture, and courage for innovate design. We will continue to distinguish ourselves in the market place by emphasizing service delivery that fosters long term relationships, partnering with visionaries that plan for future infrastructure demands, providing tangible design solutions, and creating an environment for our employees to be contributing members of society.