Engineers Re-Invent Selves As Heidt Design, Create 16 Jobs

One of Tampa's leading engineering firms for more than 65 years, Heidt & Associates' core engineering team has moved on to become Heidt Design, a full-service engineering firm.
"Once we realized the single worst economic downturn in 20 years would claim Heidt & Associates, we took a three-pronged approach to creating Heidt Design. First, we sought sage advice; second, we found the right financial partner; and third, we returned to our roots – providing core engineering and planning services," says engineer and administrative partner Pat Gassaway.

Gassaway and co-owners Brian Cale, Tim Plate and Mike Tucker have relocated the firm from Ybor City to the Breckenridge office park just off I-4 and U.S. 301.

Buddy Henry and Art Andrews, former Principals and co-owners of Heidt & Associates, are "of counsel" and investors in Heidt Design. Andrews also will advise the new firm on strategic business matters.
The new owners were able to trim overhead and re-invent themselves with the backing of The Bank of Tampa.
"Through it all, we've been heartened by incredible commitment and loyalty from our clients," says Plate. "We feel an enormous debt of gratitude towards them and will repay their trust not only with great work but by watching the market closely, keeping numbers strong, and ensuring our projections are conservative."
Heidt Design is a 16-person engineering and planning services firm that focuses on planning, engineering services, regulatory compliance, ecological services, landscape architecture, transportation engineering and road design, construction, inspections and certifications.

Writer: Diane Egner
Source: Beth Leytham, The Leytham Group
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Diane Egner is a community leader and award-winning journalist with more than four decades of experience reporting and writing about the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. She serves on the boards of the University of South Florida Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications Advisory Council, The Institute for Research in Art (Graphicstudio, the Contemporary Art Museum, and USF’s Public Art Program) Community Advisory Council, Sing Out and Read, and StageWorks Theatre Advisory Council. She also is a member of Leadership Florida and the Athena Society. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism, she won the top statewide award for editorial writing from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors while at The Tampa Tribune and received special recognition by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists for creative work as Content Director at WUSF Public Media. Past accomplishments and community service include leadership positions with Tampa Tiger Bay Club, USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (WLP), Alpha House of Tampa Bay, Awesome Tampa Bay, Florida Kinship Center, AIA Tampa Bay, Powerstories, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Diane and her husband, Sandy Rief, live in Tampa.