About Us

Freese and Nichols is a client-focused, regionally based firm with national expertise. We meet client needs with responsiveness and flexibility.

Dating back to our firm's founding in 1894, we have put relationships first - clients, teaming partners and staff - and seek long-term relationships, many of which are counted in decades, not years. At Freese and Nichols, our tenured staff provide consistency in services and culture.

Freese and Nichols provides a broad range of services to plan, design and manage public infrastructure projects. We help our clients through every stage of the project life cycle: planning, design, program management, funding procurement, regulatory compliance, construction management, and operations and maintenance. Our project teams are known for exceeding client expectations through innovative concepts and high-performing designs. We approach stewardship of resources (ours, our clients' and the world's) with resiliency and balance in mind.

We have deep roots in higher education, with decades of experience working with Texas colleges and universities to position their facilities and infrastructure for growth, sustainability and resiliency. Our full-service, multi-discipline consulting firm offers planning, architectural design and engineering services, with experience gleaned from more than 200 projects delivered for more than 45 higher education institutions to date. Many of our higher education clients have used our services in subsequent projects in relationships that span decades. Among design firms specializing in planning for higher education, American School & University has recognized us 10 times over the last 20 years.

FNI has provided campus planning services for many colleges and universities across Texas including Texas A&M University - Tarleton State University, Texas Wesleyan University, Sul Ross State University, University of Texas - Tyler, and Navarro College. Higher education institutions across Texas have come to rely on FNI for campus master planning. Our multi-discipline, higher education teams are adept at addressing critical issues in higher education today, including:

  • Growing enrollment with urgent demand for new space
  • Increasing student retention and course completion
  • Space utilization to meet changing program priorities
  • Impacts of technology, online and distance learning, dual enrollment and non-credit course programs
  • Increasing business and industry partnerships
  • Pedestrian and transportation mobility
  • Preserving the symbiotic relationship between the University and the community
  • Funding opportunities through public/private partnerships, grants and the local community