Schrickel, Rollins and Associates, Inc. (SRA) was established in 1955, combining the practices of landscape architecture, civil engineering and land planning. Our founders were committed to developing strong, long-term relationships with their clients and becoming not only problem solvers but trusted advisors. Over the years, we have expanded our services and now offer architectural design, and 3D visualization/graphic design.
Sadly, the 2000’s are marked by the attacks of September 11, 2001 and all that came thereafter, including the implementation of various anti-terrorist measures at home and abroad. The economy took a severe downturn, which resulted in a period of time in which we had to tighten our belts and say goodbye to some of our coworkers and friends. This was the first time in the history of our firm that we had to lay off employees, and we pray we never face those decisions again. We miss them and wish them and their families well.
However, the hardest goodbye came on July 3, 2005, when we said farewell to Gene Schrickel, Jr., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Gene was an individual that could easily change the course of your life. One employee said, “Mr. Schrickel had a wonderful ability to wrap you into whatever story or situation he was talking about at the time. No matter the situation, it was just you and him. You couldn’t talk to Gene for very long without absorbing some of his zest for life and his enjoyment of the moment.”
As the 38th registered landscape architect in Texas, he was a pioneer of the profession. He wrote featured articles in national magazines and as a guest columnist for The New York Times. He designed numerous award-winning projects throughout the DFW Metroplex and around the state. In appreciation of his influence and impact locally, the City of Arlington honored him by dedicating a park in his name.
Mr. Schrickel retired from SRA in 1992. Many of us remember him saying when he retired that he would travel and never work again. But we never believed him. He was too active, too involved in the community and just too energetic to ever slow down. Alzheimer’s, however, took that choice away from him, and we lost our mentor and friend. Each year our office family participates in the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk to raise money in his honor. He’s never far from our hearts.