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Datum Engineers, INC

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Location: 

Dallas:
6516 Forest Park Road
Dallas, Texas 75235
214 358 0174

Austin:
5929 Balcones Drive, Suite 100
Austin, Texas 78731
512 469 9490

San Antonio:
5021 Broadway
San Antonio, Texas 78209
210 858 2880

Services:
Structural Engineering

History:
“Datum was founded in Dallas in 1937 by Mr. Frank Chappell, a much-admired engineer whose works included the 3525 Turtle Creek Apartments, the General Services Administration Building, and the Cotton Bowl, among several other buildings at Fair Park.

In 1963, a very young Thomas Taylor took over operations of the firm and began to build on Mr. Chappell’s legacy. Under Mr. Taylor’s leadership, Datum has grown into a regional leader in structural engineering, with a reputation for tackling technically complex projects, providing outstanding, client-focused service, and innovative design solutions. But passion for design and architecture – the “Art of Structural Engineering” – has been Mr. Taylor’s signature. Projects such as Thanksgiving Square, the Ballpark at Arlington, the Chapel of St. Ignatius, EDS Headquarters, and the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank have become Datum’s signature works.

In 2004, six Datum employees with a combined 128 years of tenure with the firm became new principals under the beginnings of an ownership transition plan which includes Mr. Taylor. The transition ensures the future of the firm for two more generations, and allows Mr. Taylor to focus on continuing to provide design guidance in his role as principal design engineer.

Datum remains committed to building on our legacy of design excellence, cultivating a passion for architecture, and practicing the Art of Structural Engineering.” (Source)

Number of Employees: 23

Selected Projects:
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Engineering Education and Research Center

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Cypress Waters Office Building

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Austin’s New Central Library

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Robert B Rowling Hall McCombs School of Business

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Dell Medical School Research Building & Medical Office Building

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Parkland Hospital (Collaborated with HDR)

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The Perot Museum 

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St Ignatius Chapel

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Written by Laith Quntar

February 5, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Posted in Uncategorized