Bentley Architects + Engineers, Inc., as it is known today, was founded by William (Bill) C. Bentley, PE in Orlando, Florida in 1984. At the time, his main focus was on structural engineering. However, he quickly found that by adding civil engineering services, he could streamline the engineering process for his clients. This immediately started earning his company high praise, as it does to this day.
After two years of providing engineering services exclusively, Bill responded to clients’ requests for more comprehensive work by adding architectural services in 1986. With that move—a pioneering step in the industry in Florida—Bentley Architects + Engineers took off.
The firm focused in those early days on restaurant prototype designs and retail centers. Projects were completed across the US for companies like Ross Dress for Less, Pizzeria Uno, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Kmart, Publix, and others.
Looking to branch out into the public sector, Bentley was awarded its first public project by the Florida Department of Transportation in 1988, completing four rest area renovations. This opened up a new niche and the company began specializing in transportation facilities like toll plazas, rest areas, maintenance stations, offices, and storage. Bentley soon added the Florida Turnpike Enterprise to its list of clients while continuing to innovate the transportation industry.
In 1999, Bentley further expanded its involvement in the public sector with the award of a continuing contract for Seminole County. Since then, Bentley’s service to municipal entities has grown extensively, serving local governments such as Orange, Lake, and Volusia Counties, the Cities of Orlando and Oviedo, and others.
Today, although a much larger company than it started as, Bentley maintains a small firm’s customer service-oriented approach to comprehensive, scalable architectural, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and land development services. Thanks to dedicated staff and loyal clients, Bentley continues to grow, achieve new levels of success, and complete important projects for a variety of purposes throughout Florida and the country.