Ryan Linthicum’s lineage connects to such 19th century historical figures as Hezekiah, Abner, and Sweetster Linthicum, pioneers that helped found the Maryland town that bears their name. Yet for Langan the return of a Linthicum to the region was more about planting roots rather than tracing them. And since he started the firm’s Mid-Atlantic office three years ago, Linthicum’s efforts are sprouting new business and growing careers at Langan.
“When we decided to set up shop in Arlington, we had just completed providing geotechnical and environmental engineering for Turnberry Tower, the tallest tower in the Washington DC area, so we felt confident that we could focus mainly on private development projects, which Langan is well-known for around the country,” said Linthicum. “Unfortunately, the economy took a significant downturn at the end of 2008, so our timing was not ideal, but that did not stop us from opening a full-service office and adjusting to market conditions.”
Fortunately, the Federal market was still vibrant, so Linthicum and his team leveraged Langan’s public sector experience to quickly develop relationships with DC-based design firms and construction companies to gain traction among several agencies, including the US Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations and the GSA. Langan proved its willingness and ability to support embassy projects all over the globe in locations like Mexico City, Mexico; Brasilia, Brazil; Canberra, Australia; Rabat, Morocco; and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Additionally, Langan’s California offices have provided seismic retrofits of VA system hospitals on the West Coast. Closer to home, Langan secured several IDIQ contracts to provide 3D Laser Scanning and BIM support to provide superior as-built drawings for GSA buildings on a nationwide basis.
In short order, Linthicum’s team developed a substantial portfolio of projects in and around The District, such as peer support for the Armed Forces Retirement Home; utilizing laser scanning for a lighting study at the U.S Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; and most recently, providing hazmat, survey and civil engineering design-build services for a large demolition project at Andrews Air Force Base.
On the local institutional front, Langan has gained experience on several college campuses, namely Howard University, Gallaudet University, and the University of the District of Columbia. The firm’s environmental group has performed site assessments and soil characterization studies at Dulles Airport, Boeing’s new headquarters in Arlington, and at several local schools and parks. Retail assignments have included a new Wal-Mart in Maryland and geotechnical consulting for Safeway.
Within the District, Langan is involved with infrastructure assignments ranging from laser scanning the rails at Union Station to providing integrated services for the design and development of a new bus garage for the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority. And finally, as the economy has rebounded, the firm has been retained by some private developers, the type of clients that Linthicum and his crew thought they’d support when they first came to town. So while the initial plan took a few years to take shape, in the meantime, Langan has greatly expanded its Federal business, which now stretches from coast to coast and around the world.