IAI - Board of Directors
Executive Committee Member
Charles E. Quade, P.E.
Charlie attended the University of Texas at Austin obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering. He began his engineering career with the TxDOT Bridge Division in October 1987 and became a Registered Professional Engineer in 1991. In February 1992, he joined Huitt-Zollars, Inc. as part of their structural engineering staff and was named Vice President in 2001. His lead structural engineer and project manager experience ranges from research, design, inspection, analysis, and rehabilitation of bridges
for various transportation agencies. He is responsible for structural analysis, design, and plan preparation for a large variety of highway, railroad, and light rail bridge projects. Charlie is the Structural Engineer-of-Record for both the Margaret Hunt Hill cabled stayed vehicular bridge and Margaret McDermott thrust arch pedestrian bridges located in Dallas, Texas over the Trinity River floodplain.
Charlie and his wife have two daughters and one son. His interests include sailing, camping and traveling with his family.
In an era when all professional service firms looked alike, a desire to create a business culture that made the focus on integrity, quality, and client satisfaction, Huitt-Zollars’ founders knew firsthand that when top-notch people work in a quality environment on great projects, everyone wins.
The idea was born from a friendship that began in the late 1960’s. While working for the same engineering firm early in their careers, Larry Huitt, a now-retired structural engineer, and Robert Zollars, a civil engineer, became respected colleagues. Although they pursued different career paths, their shared business values and mutual desire to create an unmatched culture soon brought them together.
In establishing the firm in 1975, they committed to a set of operating principles that continue to be the backbone of the company. Today, Huitt-Zollars’ core values are inherent in its people, projects, process, and philosophy.
From day one, the company has followed this vision and has grown into one of the most respected firms in the United States. Nineteen offices nationwide, two international offices, consistent repeat business, a growing portfolio of work and recognition via numerous awards and honors attest to the company’s reputation. We continue to earn some of the nations’ most challenging projects and attract some of the nation’s best talent.