The venerable firm Luckett & Farley has been designing, engineering and shaping the community since 1853. This architect, engineering, and interior design firm enjoys an impressive list of clients and projects, a cross-departmental collaborative environment, and employee ownership.
We asked engineers from four disciplines: electrical, mechanical, structural and civil, why they chose to join the employee-owners at Luckett & Farley and what keeps them connected and inspired.
The Electrical Engineer
Then New Yorkers Chris Shoemaker and his wife, Gayle, always enjoyed visiting her cousin in Louisville, so when the Shoemakers decided they wanted to start a family, they thought of Louisville.
“It’s affordable, with so many amenities,” Shoemaker said. “And my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter has more room to play outside.”
Luckett & Farley logo MAIN(1)After three years at another Louisville firm, Shoemaker heard about a position at Luckett & Farley from a former co-op, and joined the team. The senior electrical engineer liked the appeal of having all the disciplines under one roof, “in many cases, a few desks over.”
The variety of projects also appealed to the engineer: healthcare, restaurants and industrial clients, including distilleries.
Company ownership is also a plus. The ESOP, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, ensures everyone has a vested interest in doing good work and maintaining relationships.
“It’s very friendly, a casual culture, and small enough to have a family feel to it,” he said.
Chris’ notable recent work:
Taylor Regional Hospital Surgical Center in Campbellsville, Kentucky, which is using daylighting. The technique uses lighting design, skylights and windows and adjusting dimmable lighting to conserve energy and create a positive environment.
The Mechanical Engineer
David Underwood worked for a design/build contractor and with Luckett & Farley on several projects when an outside consultant was needed.
“I got to know quite a few people, enjoyed them. They seemed to enjoy themselves, and it was a pleasant experience to walk into the building,” Underwood said. “Eventually, I worked my way into a job here.”
“Everyone is very approachable,” he added, “and shares the same goals: do good work, take care of ourselves, take care of each other, and keep improving each other and pushing each other forward in design and accomplishment.”
David’s notable recent work:
For the Fort Knox energy conservation project, Underwood worked on a combined heat and power system in which generators provide electricity to the military post. Excess heat is used to heat facilities, while absorption chillers create steam, hot water and air conditioning.
“While they’re running generators and reducing utility costs,” he said, “if they want they can power the entire base independent of the utility company.”
The Structural Engineer
Ron Peron had heard of the firm from a man in his neighborhood who worked there. Later, he met Luckett & Farley Vice President Gregory G. Buccola at a conference, and eventually met Kyle S. Beasley, Principal and Senior Engineer, and joined the firm.
Peron likes the multidisciplinary aspect of Luckett & Farley, saying it encourages collaboration and innovation and exposure to different disciplines.
Today the structural engineering department manager, Peron said that coming from a small office, he’d never had the opportunity to lead, but now manages a team of structural engineers.
Peron said he appreciates the culture at Luckett & Farley.
“Everyone is super nice, everyone seems to want to have fun and people are social and embracing,” he said. “It’s a nice atmosphere to work in.”
Ron’s notable recent work:
The Schnitzelberg Container Apartments, which presented challenges to the LEED AP certified structural engineer.
“This is a series of six small homes built out of shipping containers. It was interesting,” he said, “such a different medium to work with. I’m not used to the container world – they’re very different from stick buildings.”
The Civil Engineer
Ashley Hutt has put her engineering education to work for the greater good. She served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and brought water systems to schools and hundreds of homes there.
“My time in the Peace Corps definitely changed my life,” she said. “I lived in the countryside, without water, until I built the water system. People had just always gotten their water in jugs from the river and bathed in the river.”
Quote-FriendsThe Purdue graduate worked for a civil engineering and planning consultant firm in San Diego before joining the Peace Corps.
“When I moved back to Louisville in 2014, I wasn’t sure about going back into engineering. Coming back wasn’t easy, and I had to re-acclimate.” she said.
As it so happened, a friend’s neighbor worked at Luckett & Farley. They talked, she interviewed, and the firm made an offer that day.
Hutt said she’s grown through the firm’s Leadership Institute, a series of sessions dealing with nontechnical skills, such as effective communication and dealing with conflict.
Ashley’s notable recent work:
Rabbit Hole distilling, the new multiuse distilling location in NuLu: “It’s a very interesting project. There will be active manufacturing of bourbon, plus tours, retail, event space, some outdoor seating, and an outdoor meeting place that’s almost like a secret passage.”
Luckett & Farley is seeking talented engineers. Interested in being an employee-owner? Apply today!
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