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Chris NicholsoN, P.E.
PrINCIPAL - Houston

Chris Nicholson has grown his career at Ensight Haynes Whaley, starting as a project engineer and working up to the role of Principal. For every project, Chris is responsible for developing the project plan, ensuring adequate staffing, scheduling milestones, and regular reviews of project progress against client goals. Chris thrives on client interaction, equally happy to explore the broad-picture goals, as well as “getting into the weeds” on drawing details to ensure the project is successful and the client is 100% satisfied.


Since graduating Texas Tech University in 2011 with dual bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and architecture, Chris has been a vital employee on the Ensight Haynes Whaley team. He brings a hard work ethic, strong construction industry knowledge, and a “whatever it takes” attitude to his role. Chris is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas, and he maintains active memberships in the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying and the Structural Engineers Association of Texas Houston chapter. Chris is also certified through the state of California Safety Assessment Program as a first responder, to perform structural assessment of buildings damaged by natural disasters anywhere in the United States.


One of Chris’s proudest accomplishments is development of a proprietary software that streamlines the design of steel connections. Ensight Haynes Whaley has used this software on several projects and has been able to reduce the overall construction schedule by several months by performing this task in-house during construction documentation, rather than delegating it once construction has started.


In his free time, you’ll find Chris spending time with his two daughters, saltwater fishing on the Texas coast, relaxing with his two dogs, or even cracking a few jokes over a few frozen margaritas with friends at his favorite Mexican food restaurant.  


“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky (and/or Michael Scott from ‘The Office’, depending who you ask!)

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