Gary James, PE, NCEES

Civic Market Principal

As the Principal of FSB’s Civic market, Gary James relies on his more than 30 years of experience in Oklahoma City to better understand the needs of FSB’s civic clients. Born and raised in the Oklahoma City metro area, Gary has solid, long-standing relationships with clients, contractors and subcontractors, giving him a unique ability to lead teams of architects and engineers who specialize in these types of projects. Gary’s experience allows him to lead the FSB team in a very proactive approach to gaining consensus, resolving a wide range of technical issues and moving projects forward, keeping. them on time and within budget.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Gary is licensed as a mechanical engineer in 17 states. He previously served on the Board of Governors for ASHRAE’s central Oklahoma chapter and is active in the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of both Leadership Oklahoma and Leadership Oklahoma City.

Gary also sets a company tone that encourages giving back to the community. He leads by example, lending his talents to a number of philanthropic projects. Among his passions is a private initiative which constructed chapels in five Oklahoma prisons, and he serves on the board of Positive Tomorrows, an Oklahoma school for homeless children.

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“As a lifetime metro resident, I love to work on projects which benefit my community. For me, in terms of career fulfillment, nothing tops the experience of seeing the public enjoy civic buildings that FSB was fortunate enough to have designed.”

FSB stepped up to help the Oklahoma Department of Tourism expedite its office relocation into the Department of Commerce building when the agency was given five days to vacate its current offices. The FSB team worked with Tourism and Commerce staff to successfully plan and execute the move in just one weekend. The Situation: Relocation […]

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The Oklahoma Capitol building is a living piece of state history. It’s also a functioning public office building and gathering space. The 100-year old building’s mechanical systems had reached a critical point of disrepair when, in 2014, the legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin initiated a restoration for the building that would include modernizing its heating, […]

Extensive interior repairs and refurbishment of the state Capitol, which had been planned to begin next year, will start next month, project leaders said Thursday. First on the list: Oklahoma Senate and House staff space on the first and third floors. Specific architectural drawings and costs for that work are not available, said John Estus, […]