Our Firm

FHCE was founded in 1965 by Freeland Harris. Mr. Harris established a relationship with Gray Construction in Bowling Green, KY and began to provide structural design services on Gray’s projects. FHCE quickly became Gray’s primary source for structural engineering, and helped Gray become one of the nation’s leading design build contractors for industrial buildings.

Today FHCE continues the tradition of providing excellent structural design services that Mr. Harris established. We emphasize creative framing and foundation design solutions that add value to our customer’s projects while meeting current building codes to ensure the safety of the building’s users. We believe close coordination with all design and construction team members is critical to successful projects. Our services include 3D Revit modeling to assist in design coordination. Many of our projects are delivered on fast track design and construction schedules. Our experience and level of commitment allows us to thrive in this design environment.

Our services extend beyond when construction documents are issued. FHCE remains engaged in our projects until the building is turned over to the owner. We take a hands on approach to construction assistance ensuring our design is properly executed in the field. FHCE construction assistance consists of close review of fabrication drawings, presence at critical meetings with onsite contractors, and site visits to observe construction.

FHCE values the relationships we build through providing professional consulting services. If you are in need of structural consulting services please contact us. We look forward to learning about you and your project needs. Note that through our experience we have gained a vast network of design professionals in all disciplines. If your project is in need of a complete design package we can help build a team to meet your needs.

Our Team

Our close knit group of engineers is devoted to providing quality service and building strong relationships with clients, project teams and with each other. Trust and open communication within our team allows knowledge from our combined years of experience to flow into your project. Get to know our team below.

Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson, PE, SE

Principal Engineer

Jim started working for FHCE in 1990 and became president of the Lexington office in 1996. Jim received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1987 and his M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1998 from Tennessee Tech University. In his 28 years with Freeland Harris Jim has designed and prepared pricing for fast-track, design-build industrial projects, shallow and deep foundation design for conventional and pre-engineered structures, load bearing tilt-up wall design for high seismic loading, industrial slab-on-grade design, including reinforced and non-reinforced slab, with rack and forklift loading, control/construction joint details, conventional steel structures design, including crane buildings as well as multi-story process structures design. In addition to managing the structural design of his team’s projects Jim oversees operations at the firm and manages distribution of workload to teams within the firm.

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Larry Antle, PE

Principal Engineer

Larry earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1988 and his M.B.A. in 1995 from the University of Kentucky and joined FHCE in 1989. In his 29 years with Freeland Harris Larry has designed and prepared pricing for fast-track, design-build industrial projects; shallow and deep foundation design for conventional and pre-engineered structures; industrial slab-on-grade design, including reinforced and non-reinforced slab, with rack and forklift loading; control/construction joint details; conventional steel structures design, including crane buildings, multi-story process structures design, and existing building evaluations.

Eddie Alexander

Eddie Alexander, PE

Principal Engineer

Eddie completed his B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky in 1986, and his M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1995. Eddie joined FHCE in 1992. In his 26 years with Freeland Harris Consulting Engineers Eddie has designed and prepared pricing for fast-track, design- build industrial projects, shallow and deep foundation conventional and pre-engineered structures, load bearing tilt-up wall design for high seismic loading, industrial slab-on-grade design, including reinforced and non-reinforced slab, with rack and forklift loading, control/construction joint details, conventional steel structures design, including crane buildings as well as multi-story process structure design.

Michael Baugh

Michael Baugh, PE

Associate Engineer

Michael joined FHCE in 2006 after completing his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. In 2010 Michael obtained his Masters of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with a structural engineering emphasis from the University of Kentucky. Michael is experienced in the structural design of industrial buildings for various markets. His experience includes the design of manufacturing facilities and distribution centers in regions with high seismic activity.

Greg Bailey

Greg Bailey, PE

Associate Engineer

Greg started at Freeland Harris Consulting Engineers in October 2006 while he was attending the University of Kentucky, finishing up his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.  After completing his Masters Degree with an emphasis in structural engineering in May 2008, he joined FHCE full time.  During his time at FHCE, Greg has been involved with the design of structural steel and concrete for industrial buildings, process plants, and municipal water treatment projects in several states.

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Lauren Fryxell, PE

Associate Engineer

Lauren joined FHCE in 2005 after completing a B.S. in Civil Engineering at University of Kentucky. He earned his M.S. in Civil Engineering in 2008. Lauren specializes in the analysis and design of structural steel and reinforced concrete in industrial building applications.

David Ahnquist

David Ahnquist, PE, SE

Associate Engineer

David joined Freeland Harris Consulting Engineers in 2016. David earned his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Louisville in 2007. He practiced in Nashville, Tennessee with a structural engineering consulting firm for 6 years before returning to his hometown of Danville, Kentucky, where he has practiced for the past 5 years. David specializes in structural steel, masonry, wood, light gauge metal, and shallow concrete foundation design.

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Jeff Beckman, PE

Associate Engineer

Jeff joined Freeland Harris Consulting Engineers in 1997 after completing a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1994 and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering in 1996 at West Virginia University.  He specializes in design of structural steel and reinforced concrete for industrial buildings and distribution facilities.

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Michael Summers, PE

Associate Engineer

Michael joined Freeland Harris Consulting Engineers in 2019. Michael earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2010 and his M.S in Civil Engineering with a Structural Engineering emphasis in 2013. Before joining Freeland Harris Michael practiced in Lexington, Kentucky with a Design/Build Construction firm providing structural engineering for industrial and manufacturing facilities. He specializes in design of structural steel and reinforced concrete for industrial buildings and distribution facilities.

Josh Brunmeier

Josh Brunmeier, EIT

Design Engineer

Josh Brunmeier earned his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a structural emphasis from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2012.  He began his career in Milwaukee Wisconsin with a structural engineering consulting firm, designing heavy industrial steel mills and other industrial structures.  In 2018 Josh joined FHCE and continues the design and analysis of steel and reinforced concrete structures.

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Spencer Young, EIT

Design Engineer

Spencer joined FHCE in 2018 after completing an M.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky in 2018. Prior to pursuing structural engineering, Spencer practiced as a mechanical engineer for conveyor systems and watertight doors. Spencer earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tulsa in 2008.