June 23, 1969
On June 23, 1969, George E. Butler & Associates, Inc., consulting engineers was established. The firm’s offices were located on the sixth floor at 114 West 10th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. GBA started with ten employees, led by George Butler, and specialized in site development and surveying.
George Saller joined the firm as a principal, bringing extensive mechanical and electrical engineering experience with him, greatly diversifying the firm’s services. Saller and Butler were lifelong friends – first meeting at church, then attending the same school from elementary school to their college years as roommates at the University of Kansas.
GBA began its multiple office presence and hopped the state line to Kansas in the early 1970s. The firm’s new location was in the Fairway Office Center at 4210 Johnson Drive. GBA provided engineering services for this office, which was developed by one of the firm’s earliest clients, the Linclay Corporation.
When Jerry Buttron joined the firm in 1977, GBA added architectural services to its growing list of capabilities. One of the firm’s earliest building design projects was the Reynolds Metals Company plant, a 350,000 square foot aluminum can manufacturing plant located in Executive Park, Kansas City, Missouri.
GBA’s headquarters made the move to its present office: One Renner Ridge in Lenexa, Kansas. Prior to moving in, GBA helped develop the entire corporate center and was responsible for land planning, environmental design and permitting, civil engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, land surveying and city submittals.