Hall of Distinction Class of 1984-1985

Frank H. Walk, chairman of the board of Walk, Haydel & Associates, is an engineer who combines the highest standards of professional excellence and accomplishment with seemingly limitless energy and a deep commitment to his community, state, and alma mater. The result has been a life full of engineering achievement and a distinguished record of selfless service.

Frank Walk earned the B.S. in mechanical engineering at LSU in 1942. Immediately after graduating, he was commissioned as an officer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and served with distinction in Europe, Africa, and the South Pacific, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. He left the Army in 1946 and joined Dunham Wilson Company, Inc., as a vice president. In 1955 he became a consulting engineer with Truman B. Wayne & Associates.

In 1959 Mr. Walk, along with Gerald M. Haydel, founded Walk, Haydel & Associates, in New Orleans. From the firm's beginning, with fewer than 10 employees, Walk, Haydel & Associates has become a major corporation employing more than 500 engineers, technicians, architects, and support staff in offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Mobile, Alabama.

The firm's development and respect have resulted from the high level of professional performance of Frank Walk, from his outstanding ability to inspire and manage others, and from the confidence and respect he gains from clients.

Walk, Haydel & Associates specializes in complete industrial plant design, overall project management, environmental engineering, and construction management. Each year the firm designs facilities with a total installed cost of more than $200 million, and every year since 1970 has ranked in the top 20 percent of the Engineering News Record's Top 500 Design Firms in the United States.

Under the leadership of Mr. Walk, the firm has been responsible for a large number of major engineering projects. On e such project involved the selection by Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), In., of Walk, Haydel & Associates to design, procure ,, and manage construction of the onshore terminal facilities for the nation’s first deepwater oil port. This project, involving more than $150 million in construction costs, won a National Society of Professional Engineers commendation as one of the ten outstanding engineering projects of 1982 and the American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Engineering Achievement award in 1983. Another prestigious project carried out by the firm involved the design, procurement for, and construction management of the largest refinery ever built in one phase, an $80 million, 200, 000 barrel-per-day facility at Garyville, Louisiana. This is one of two projects by Walk, Haydel & Associates to be picked for inclusion in a display in the Smithsonian Institution honoring 100 years of engineering progress. The success of projects of this magnitude is testimony to the skills and abilities of Mr. Walk both as an engineer and as an administrator.

Peers and associates describe Frank Walk as a persuasive leader who is friendly, inspiring to work with, and who possesses integrity and common sense. These qualities have made him much in demand in his community. He belongs to more than 20 boards, councils, and committees dealing with business, education, and church and civic affairs. He has held leadership positions in most of these, and manages to find time to sit on the Boards of Directors of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Council, the International Trade Mart, and the LSU Foundation. Mr. Walk holds membership in many professional and honorary societies. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and A Fellow of the American Consulting Engineers Council. He is a registered professional engineer in several states in both mechanical and civil engineering.

Through his great professional abilities and accomplishment and his tireless service to others, Frank H. Walk has proved himself to be an engineer of whom the entire profession can be proud.