Forte & Tablada, one of Louisiana's leading civil engineering and land surveying companies, is the latest company to come on board as part of Gateway Development Corporation's $1 billion, ten year plan to develop downtown Shreveport's Cross bayou area.

The Baton Rouge company, which describes itself as "a multi-disciplinary engineering firm," has a number of noted projects around the state, including the tennis team facility at LSU, Shreveport's Hilton and Convention Center and Red River parish Community College's Technical Training Center.

From the GDC release:

"Forte & Tablada Inc, one of Louisiana’s largest multi-discipline civil engineering and land surveying companies, has joined Gateway Development Consortium’s billion-dollar Cross Bayou Point Project.

The firm specializes in civil, structural, environmental, electrical engineering and land surveying with a broad spectrum of expertise in waterfront site development.

Additionally, Forte & Tablada’s engineering services include commercial and multi-family, site engineering, permitting and entitlements, hydrology, environmental and structural engineering.

“Forte & Tablada has done extensive work on development projects on the Red River and with the City of Shreveport. Their experience is crucial to ensuring the public/private sector can complete this complex, but transformative project,” said Daron West, GDC Partner.

Over the years, Forte & Tablada has built a company that offers unsurpassed consulting experience and a unique understanding of the engineering and land surveying environment. The company caters to the demands of various large corporations and municipalities as well as an array of independent owners and developers of all sizes.

“Cross Bayou Point is the epicenter of a larger vision that integrates places to live and work within a dense, walkable urban neighborhood and we are thrilled to be part of this transformative project,” said Desi Sprawls, director Forte & Tablada North Louisiana Operations."

Representatives for GDC say they hope to begin the project, which will include municipal offices, retail space and a residential area, hopes to break ground before the end of 2019.