“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that an airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” - Henry Ford
Victor joined Schrickel, Rollins and Associates in 1978. He is a Managing Principal and President of SRA. He leads the firm’s landscape architectural department. He understands the value of balancing economics, sustainability, and inventiveness on his projects. Victor has overseen a diverse portfolio of award-winning municipal, commercial, collegiate, school and private projects. These projects reflect his belief that the design of public and private spaces should be shaped by their relation to the environment and community. Victor places a high priority on his involvement in each project. He does not just oversee, but he is actively involved with his team and clients. His philosophy is that he is able to bring a level of understanding, leadership and strategic goal setting to his team. He established this creative framework for the firm, which has promoted excellence in design through collaboration and imagination. Victor furthers the profession by participating with local universities as a design juror, lector and student mentor. His projects have won awards by the American Society of Landscape Architects, American Institute of Architects, and the Texas Recreation and Parks Society. As President of the firm, he has worked to promote a multi-discipline approach to projects and to ensure the dynamic mix of disciplines within the office. He has promoted the attitude that all members of the team should have a voice in the outcome of the project. “We learn from and complement each other with our strengths. That can lead to some uncomfortable moments at times, but as a result, our projects reflect the diversity of input from multiple sources." When not at work, Victor can usually be found fixing something at home, with one of his three children, or involved in community or church events.
"Your attitude, not your aptitude will determine your altitude." ― Zig Ziglar
Joe started with SRA in 1983 and is now a Managing Principal and Vice President. He is expert at creating cost effective solutions for large transportation and roadway projects. He makes a point of communicating with his clients throughout all phases of a project. He is a trusted partner by both his clients and his team members for his commitment to quality without compromise. Joe manages projects, both large and small, with the same level of enthusiasm, including the $162 million Three + Bridges project in Arlington. When not at work, you can find Joe enjoying an evening out at a concert or spending time with his family and grandkids.
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." - Booker T. Washington
Sanford joined Schrickel, Rollins and Associates in 1979 and is a Managing Principal and Vice President of the firm. Sanford has managed and designed more than 200 projects, primarily focused in municipal public works and private development. He is skilled at analyzing problems and developing viable, practical solutions that are cost effective, appealing, and beneficial to the client, the environment, and the community. Sanford is directly involved with the firm’s quality initiatives including design excellence, sustainability, and technical delivery. He oversees firm’s business objectives for performance, collaborative operations and staff development. Sanford is committed to giving back to his community and has served on civic and professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and local Chambers of Commerce. He was awarded a Professional Service Award by ASCE for his continuous service, integrity, and commitment to advising young engineers. Sanford serves as the Hawley Foundation Trustee, Past President, President-Elect, Vice President, Director and Special Arrangement Committee Chair for the Fort Worth Branch ASCE, as well as an ASCE National Committee Member. He has also served as a Host Committee Chair for the Texas Section and served as a Practitioner-Advisor for the University of Texas at Arlington. Sanford’s focus has always been on providing quality design services with emphasis on detail while meeting value-engineering needs of the client. When not at work, Sanford is mostly likely found hunting or involved in community or church event.
"Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes." — Steve Martin
Clint joined Schrickel, Rollins and Associates in 1994 and was named an Associate in 2002. His innovative design and professional achievements have received numerous design awards by the American Society of Landscape Architects and the DFW Park and Recreation Directors Association for Design and Construction Innovation. Clint has been the project manager for numerous multi-disciplinary professional teams for complex multi-million, multi-phase projects. He is recognized as a successful consensus builder, creating a unified design tone for each project. He quickly understands the unique needs of clients and ensures that each project is accomplished accurately and efficiently. He is directly involved with the firm's quality initiatives, including design excellence, sustainability, and technical delivery. His design solutions are practical and inventive, with a strong emphasis on the integration of environmental responsiveness. Clint furthers the profession by participating with local universities as a lector and student mentor and is a strong community advocate. His diverse portfolio includes municipal, collegiate, school and private projects. If Clint is not at work, he is probably with his wife, attending one of his two kids' sporting events. He is also plugged into his church, having made two recent mission trips to Honduras as well as leading and mentoring 5th and 6th graders in a “Life Group” called Fuel 56.
Aggie roots run deep in the Rollins family. Mrs. Rollin's father, William H. James, Texas A&M Class of 1925, earned a bachelor's degree in textile engineering, a precursor to industrial engineering. Rollins' brother, Andrew Jr., Class of 1939, is a civil engineer. Their late father, Andrew P. Rollins Sr., Class of 1906, was a decorated civil engineer and 1926-27 president of the university's Association of Former Students. Six uncles attended Texas A&M. Albert Rollins, A&M Class of 1951, is an Aggie civil engineer as are his children. Albert Rollins and his wife Martha created an endowed scholarship at Texas A&M. Their children Elizabeth Rollins Yaggi '83 and Mark Rollins '94 also created a scholarship at Texas A&M.
Mr. Rollins has more than 60 years experience in all aspects of civil engineering. As one of the founders of Schrickel, Rollins and Associates, he has dedicated his career to providing exceptional service that results in a better quality of life for people. Mr. Rollins has served as principal-in-charge on over 50 roadway projects and he has served as project engineer or designer on more than 600 projects at SRA. He has been a frequent lecturer and instructor for Public Works and Water and Sewer Short Courses at Texas A&M University, and he was an early pioneer in the use of lime in subgrade and base course construction, a method which is commonly used today. Mr. Rollins has been recognized state-wide, having served as a director of the Texas Turnpike Authority; chairman of Texas Mass Transportation Commission until its merger with the highway department; chairman of the Urban Planning and Development Division of ASCE; and the first president of Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Mid-Cities Chapter. Prior to joining SRA, Mr. Rollins served as City Engineer, Director of Public Works, and City Manager of the City of Arlington. Although retired, Mr. Rollins still comes into the office most every day. However, when not here, you can find him in Colorado at his family cabin. There he enjoys the quiet of nature and the wildness of his grandchildren.
"Kent is 'pioneer' in establishing the profession of Landscape Architecture in the Southwestern United States. I had the pleasure of serving with Kent as an officer in the then Southwest Chapter of ASLA that included TX, OK, AR, LA, and MS. During our terms he helped establish the Texas Chapter which consisted of TX and OK. Later the OK Chapter was formed and the three remaining states in the SW Chapter became separate chapters. Kent's high energy level, professional involvement, and character helped facilitate this remarkable growth for our profession!" - J. Steve Ownby, FASLA Past Trustee and Vice President.
Of the landscape architects practicing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, it is difficult to imagine one who has had a greater impact on the profession and the citizens of the communities where his projects have been built than has Kent Besley. His long years of service and his tireless work for ASLA, licensure, and community organizations are a demonstration of the “complete” landscape architect. Throughout his 45-year career in landscape architecture, Kent Besley has promoted the profession, served and supported ASLA, volunteered in his church and community and provided exemplary leadership in his firm. It is perhaps by his example and in his quiet encouragement of his staff that he has made his greatest contribution to the profession, the mentoring young the landscape architects who are the future of the profession. Although he says he is retired, Kent still comes into office most every day. He mentors and assists professionals with difficult challenges and also assists in quality review. When not at work, Kent can be found at a community or church function or spending time with his family and grandkids.
"Service Above Self"
Dub joined SRA in 1977 and is a Vice President of the firm, specializing in the design outdoor recreational facilities. He has accumulated extensive knowledge in the design of municipal water parks, synthetic turf football fields and synthetic surface tracks, baseball, softball, soccer complexes and master planning for schools, cities and parks. Active in community recreational activities, he combines his passion for the outdoors with his commitment to quality design, creating solutions that are environmentally sensitive to the surrounding land and responsive to the safety and enjoyment of the users. When not at work, Dub can be found driving his motorcycle around town and enjoying the sites.
"Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne
Spencer joined SRA's landscape architecture department in 2004 and was named an Associate in 2012, He is actively involved in the management, design, and construction administration of projects ranging from site planning, gateway and streetscape design, multi-use trails, athletic complexes, and passive park development. He is committed to achieving a balanced relationship between community development and the preservation of natural resources. When not at work, you will find Spencer fishing, hunting or enjoying life with his beautiful bride Lacy.
“There’s nothing quite so sad as an empty skillet.” - Bob’s Grandpa
Henry joined the landscape architectural department of SRA in 2001 and was named an Associate in 2005. He strives to be more than a consultant to his clients, instead serving as a trusted advisor. As a result, he has numerous clients that request him for their continued work. Henry is very detailed oriented and has a played a major role in the design and execution of both complicated renovation and new construction projects at SRA. He believes in a strong client-based relationship and his work exhibits an ability to successfully translate client goals into a practical and inventive design. When not at work, Henry spends his time with his wife and two little girls swimming, fishing and slaying dragons.
"The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the member to achieve the goals of the group and the greater probability that the group will achieve its goals." - Rensis Likert
Chris joined Schrickel, Rollins and Associates, Inc. in 1991 and was named an Associate in 2001. He brings an innovative and feasible design approach to each engineering project he manages. His experience spans the design of water, sanitary sewer and storm drain lines, along with vertical and horizontal alignments of roadways for municipalities, school districts, and private developers. Recognizing that communication is integral to successful project execution, Chris maintains involvement throughout the design process, working directly with clients and the design team. His energy, attention to project organization, team development and leadership skills have placed him at the forefront of several of the firm’s most exciting award-winning projects. Chris is committed to giving back to his community and has served on civic and professional organizations including the Alzheimer's Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He has served as the Historical Chairperson, Membership Chairperson, Branch Director, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, President-Elect and President of the Fort Worth Chapter of ASCE. When not at work, Chris can be found riding his mountain bike or going to a concert when he isn’t off traveling the world!
"I would rather see a sermon than hear one any day." - Edgar A. Guest
Larry has 40-years of experience in numerous areas of civil engineering, including the design of roadways, drainage improvements, water distribution and sanitary sewer. This expertise has been used in project management for municipalities, private, residential and commercial developers, and public schools and universities. He also has extensive experience providing engineering support for athletic parks and recreational projects. Larry also manages SRA's quality control program. This program is important because many of SRA projects involve support from civil engineering, landscape architecture and architecture and various subconsultants. It is important to have a single source of review prior to release of plans for client acceptance and construction. Because of his experience in the variety of design projects produced at SRA, Larry is uniquely qualified to serve as quality control coordinator. When not at work, you can find Larry involved in a church or community function. He volunteers with the Salvation Army and CASA Retirement Center. He also regularly visits a small village in Saltillo, Mexico, where he oversees educational and spiritual enrichment programs for the K-12 age children.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.” ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Janna joined Schrickel, Rollins and Associates' landscape architecture department in August of 1999 and became an associate in 2005. She has led design efforts and managed projects focused on cutting-edge sustainable ingenuity. One of her recently completed projects was chosen as a pilot project for the Sustainable Sites Initiative™. This Initiative is a new program to test the U.S.’s first rating system for green site design, construction and maintenance. It was then chosen to be one of three projects in the world to be certified. Janna serves the needs of the client by developing a thorough understanding of the project site’s qualities, capacities, and sustainable opportunities. Janna's graduate research focused on creating a sense of identity within the public realm based on regional characteristics. Because of this research, she strongly believes in contextual design in which the design to the site should be related to relevant colors, patterns, texture, forms, scale and history. At SRA, she has applied this research to many projects. She brings a balance of big vision and constructability to the project. If not at work, Janna can be found at her private establishment called Patio y Piscina de Tidwell with her husband and two sons. She is infamous for her A-list parties. However, not many will comment on the "real inside scoop" due to her stringent liability waiver and release forms.
“Little League Baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets” – Yogi Berra
James joined SRA's landscape architecture department in May of 2002 and named an Associate in 2007. Throughout his career, he has executed increasingly complex assignments and directed multi-disciplinary professional teams. James’ work has been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects for excellence in design and has been highlighted in national publications noted for creativity, sustainability, and technical delivery. James firmly believes in a strong collaborative process and his work exhibits an ability to successfully translate client goals into a practical and innovative design. Recent projects include the 70-acre community park for the City of Forney, with a first phase budget of $14.4 million, and the 80-acre Bicentennial Park in Southlake, which was recently completed for $10 million. These projects are excellent examples of passive and active park environments that minimally disturb the natural site by carefully arranging buildings, roads, parking and other amenities into the natural environment. James expertly harmonizes park features through his commitment to balance community needs and environmental responsiveness. If not at work, James can be found with his three kids and wife exploring National and State Parks.