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History of GDS

Incorporated on November 1st, 1983, as a Missouri Corporation, Gibbens Drake Scott, Inc. was founded under the name of Gibbens & Swinney, Inc. by Tom Gibbens and former associate Robert Swinney. The two partners felt that the level of service provided by consulting engineers in the Kansas City area was dwindling. The new firm, dedicated to serving the client, opened its doors in Raytown, Missouri with president Tom Gibbens, dedicated to forming thriving client relationships to result in successful projects. 

By late 1985 the firm had grown to 18 employees and Robert Drake, P.E., a mechanical engineer and former associate of Tom Gibbens, joined to incorporate his experience in health care facility, office building and industrial project design. Robert Drake was named Vice President in 1986, a Shareholder in 1990, and became President (upon Tom’s retirement) in 2009. 

In 1987 Robert Swinney left the firm to pursue other interests and in November of 1990 the firm’s title was changed to Gibbens Engineering, Inc.

 To broaden the firm’s electrical engineering design experience, Gibbens Engineering, Inc. hired Timothy L. Scott in 1994; he was named Vice President in 1996 and a Shareholder in 1997. 

Gibbens Engineering, Inc. merged with Larson Binkley & Associates, a Kansas based MEP engineering firm, in 1998 but re-emerged as a separate entity in 2000. After the division, the firm changed its name to Gibbens Drake Scott, Inc. to reflect its current ownership.

 In May of 2001, Jay R. Guerra, P.E., an electrical engineer with a 5 year tenure at Gibbens Drake Scott, Inc., was promoted to Vice President; he became a Shareholder in 2005.

With an employee average of 10 years company tenure and 20 years industry experience, today's firm has 26 employees. We are actively involved with projects across the nation to include office buildings, commercial buildings, multi-screen theatre complexes, educational and research facilities, data centers (mission critical), industrial and city, state and federal government projects.


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