August 1, 1915
Having given up the position of chief engineer at the Pennsylvania Water Supply Commission to start his own practice, Farley Gannett, and his partner, Theodore Seelye, swing open the doors to Farley Gannett, Consulting Engineer, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Job Number One: Mill Creek Dam on the Yellow Breeches Creek. Also, emphasizing the firm's water resource roots, the event that led to an early major assignment a mere two days after the company opened for business, a disastrous flood nearly 300 miles away in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Having known Farley Gannett for some years, Samuel W. Fleming, Jr., leaves his post as engineer at the Central Hudson Gas & Electric Company in Newburgh, New York, to join the burgeoning firm in Harrisburg. With that, a dynamic new partnership, Gannett, Seelye & Fleming, is formed.
Adding the word, "Engineers" to its name, Gannett, Seelye & Fleming Engineers, Inc. (GSFE), is awarded the largest construction job in the company's 11-year history, construction of the Caneadea Dam in western New York.
Theodore Seelye resigns from the firm and the company is renamed Gannett, Eastman and Fleming, Inc. (GEF). Frank Eastman, who joined the firm 13 years prior, is one of the firm's original stockholders, and along with five other gentlemen, is considered one of the company's senior members.
During Roosevelt's New Deal era, the City of Harrisburg calls on GEF to design a solution to meet the water supply needs of area residents. The Clarks Valley Dam and Pipeline project is born. With a $1.2 million grant from the Public Works Administration to cover 45 percent of the project cost, the dam towers 105 feet high, is 2,000 feet wide, and 600 feet thick at the base.
The U.S. National Guard originally used Ft. Indiantown Gap in Annville, Pennsylvania, for training maneuvers, but when World War II erupts, the U.S. Army assumes the base with plans to develop it into a cantonment.
Frank Eastman passes away and GEF becomes Gannett Fleming Corddry & Carpenter, Inc. (GFCC). Having joined the firm in 1917 and 1918 respectively, at the time, William Corddry and James Carpenter are two of only five stockholders in the company.
Quickly recognizing GFCC's technical acumen and innovative design principles, the Pennsylvania Department of Highways retains the firm to design the Saw Mill Interchange at Penn Lincoln Parkway, near Pittsburgh. The Pennsylvania Department of Highways later becomes the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), one of the firm's most long-standing and valued clients.
GFCC continues its role in the development of Pennsylvania's interstate highway system with a 100-mile location study for the Eastern Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, from Carlisle to Philadelphia.
The first "computer," an IBM 602A punched card electromechanical calculator, arrives at GFCC and is delivered to the Machine Computing Section of the firm's Valuation Division. Maintaining pace with evolving technology, two years later, the 602A is replaced by an IBM 604 electronic calculator, which can be programmed through the use of a plug board to perform up to 40 steps.
PennDOT selects GFCC to design the Vine Street Expressway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Founder Farley Gannett passes away while on a business trip to Washington, D.C., which coincidentally, is his birthplace and childhood home.
GFCC continues to work beyond the borders of the U.S. to provide final design services for a major waterworks program in metropolitan Quito, Ecuador.
Leading the way in water/wastewater innovation, GFCC provides design services for a new activated sludge wastewater treatment plant for the Greater Hazleton Joint Sewer Authority.
GFCC is awarded the Honorable Conceptor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies for its work on the Lindenwold Line of the Southern New Jersey Rapid Transit System.
Since its construction in 1959, the I-83 Bridge near Harrisburg had proven to be the most heavily traveled route in central Pennsylvania.
Having designed the original facility in the 1950s, GFCC provides design and construction services for upgrades to the Harrisburg Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility.
More than 65 years after opening its doors, the firm returns to its roots. In honor of founder, Farley Gannett, and one of our earliest contributors, Samuel Fleming, the firm is renamed Gannett Fleming, Inc. More than 30 years later, this moniker continues to represent the company.
Gannett Fleming launches into the design-build arena for the first time with the Detroit People Mover, an advanced, fully automated guideway transit system in downtown Detroit, Michigan.
Gannett Fleming receives the Federal Design Achievement Award for its work on the Tioga-Hammond Lakes flood control project in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.
Gannett Fleming receives an Honor Award for Engineering Excellence in Water Resources from the Consulting Engineers Council of Pennsylvania for its work on the Forest Park Water Treatment Plant in Chalfont, Pennsylvania.
Dynamic design solutions developed by Ganflec Architects and Engineers, Inc., a Gannett Fleming affiliate, come to life as ground is broken on the nine-acre PNC Bank headquarters complex in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
In a joint venture with LS Transit Systems, Gannett Fleming is selected as the general engineering consultant for Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Improvement Program.
Gannett Fleming officially implements a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) program. The program gives employees ownership of CQI so they can individually and collectively contribute to the firm's quality objectives and company mission: To Amaze our clients with responsiveness and innovation and become their trusted advisor.
The American Consulting Engineers Council (ACEC) recognizes the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) RailWorks project with a National Honor Award.
This year marks the debut of IntelliGrout®.
Recognizing the congestion challenges posed by the existing landside transportation system at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), the City of Phoenix, Arizona, awards Gannett Fleming the PHX Sky Train® project.
The Route 18 Extension, Section 2A, in Piscataway Township, New Jersey, is recognized with a Globe Award for Environmental Excellence in Transportation.
GeoDecisions, the firm's geospatial IT division, is awarded a $57 million contract by the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command for its patented IRRIS® technology.
Planning for the needs of the booming Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) selects Gannett Fleming as part of the Blue Line Extension design team to help the agency improve mobility, including expanding light rail service from the existing last stop in Garland, Texas, to a new station in Rowlett.
Ashghal, the public works authority of the State of Qatar, selects Gannett Fleming for the first phase of a multiphase project to develop a statewide intelligent transportation systems (ITS) master plan that incorporates all modes of transportation.
Gannett Fleming is selected to serve as the prime consultant in a joint venture that will assist the Washington Area Transit Authority (WMATA) with its renewal and expansion program.
Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems is awarded a $30 million, multi-year contract to serve as the owner's representative for electrification support services for Caltrain's Modernization Program.
August 1, 2015 - 2,000 employees across 60 worldwide offices celebrate Gannett Fleming's 100th anniversary and a century of Excellence Delivered As Promised.