Little Rock Office Opens Under Leadership of James Arbuckle

June 15, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Halff Associates, Inc. (Halff), one of the nation’s leading engineering/architecture consulting firms, has opened an office in Little Rock at 10411 W. Markham St., Suite 320. The firm is excited to offer a full range of engineering and architectural services to this growing region.

James Arbuckle, PE, a 30-year veteran of the engineering industry, has been named the vice president and operations manager of Halff’s Little Rock office. Mr. Arbuckle is returning to Little Rock, where he served for nearly 20 years as the Arkansas operations manager with an international A/E firm before spending the past three years in Austin as a program manager on some of the largest transportation projects in the state. He is an alumnus of Leadership Greater Little Rock (Class XVI) and served as president for the Little Rock Engineer’s Club and West Little Rock Rotary.

Mr. Arbuckle has looked forward to returning to his valued family, friends, and clients. He cites Halff’s culture of valuing its employees and their family lives as a big reason he joined the firm last year. “I immediately sensed the importance Halff places on taking care of their employees, from providing professional training and entrepreneurial opportunities to encouraging a healthy work-life balance,” he said. “Not only does Halff share my own values, but I knew this would be a place where I could successfully open an office and attract and lead a team of dedicated professionals.”

Mr. Arbuckle’s experience includes planning, design, and management of major highway and arterial projects as well as comprehensive plans, land and site development, drainage studies, water supply and utility design, and construction engineering and inspection.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Abilene Christian University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in six states including Arkansas and Texas.

Halff Chief Strategy Officer Russell Zapalac said, “We expanded into Arkansas because of its great economic opportunities, the strategic growth potential, and its unique culture and quality of life. We are thrilled to have James leading our Little Rock team. We look forward to demonstrating Halff’s energy, innovation, and creativity to our Arkansas clients. Our goal is to become a trusted advisor to our Arkansas clients and a well-respected partner in the community.”

The new office provides a wealth of experience in multiple disciplines from a team that knows Arkansas, Little Rock, and its surrounding communities well, each having contributed to the region’s development for more than 20 years. They include Sally Horsey, Mark Rickett, and Brian Vines.

About Halff

Halff is an award-winning, employee-owned, diverse and multidiscipline professional engineering and architecture firm. For more than 70 years, Halff has provided innovative solutions for clients throughout the United States. Halff is committed to the purpose of improving lives and communities by turning ideas into reality by continuously investing in its employees and fostering a culture of collaboration.

Halff has 28 offices in Arkansas, Florida, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas. The firm is ranked No. 97 by Engineering News-Record. Halff is the No. 10 Top Workplace nationally in 2022 as ranked by Energage for businesses with 1,000 to 2,499 employees.

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