Bentley Architects + Engineers began out of necessity. Following his employer’s restructuring, Bill Bentley was no longer employed by General Mills Restaurant Group as of May 30, 1984. With a mortgage and a young family to support, Bill started his own structural engineering company the next day, working out of his home.
Thanks to the relationships he’d developed over his time with General Mills Restaurant Group and his reputation for excellent work, Bill was quickly awarded his first projects, designing several restaurants. His previous experience with restaurant design led to more contracts nationwide, including Olive Garden and Red Lobster.
Bentley Engineering, Inc., as it was known then, officially incorporated on November 1, 1984. It was moving full steam ahead with restaurant designs, warehouses, and structural engineering support projects, including post-design services.
During this launch period, Bill also pioneered a structural engineering software product line called Syntactics, Inc. for Radio Shack TRS Model 80 personal computers. When Microsoft introduced their operating system with the help of IBM, it dominated the market and Syntactics software was phased out, along with most other competing operating systems and personal computers.