Fink Roberts & Petrie, Inc.  has long been known as a premier structural engineering firm by architects, facility owners and contractors alike.  Founded in 1944 and located in Indianapolis, Indiana, FRP has consistently been involved in significant structural engineering and architectural projects.

The growth of the company over the past seven decades has not altered the basic philosophy of the firm which is embodied in the following mission statement:

Since 1944 FRP has been building a reputation for quality and integrity of its engineering services. As the firm seeks new opportunities to strengthen its practice, FRP shall maintain its standards of excellence to remain a premiere structural engineering firm

FRP is committed to being a leading Engineering firm recognized for outstanding services and professional expertise.

FRP’s principles are:

  • Provide for our employees an excellent workplace and the opportunities to develop their careers.
  • Service our clients’ needs with respect, integrity and professional excellence.
  • Recognize our social responsibilities by being good citizens.
In the late 1930’s a young engineer, Mr. George Fink, was commissioned to design the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum after spending his first six years of his career teaching at the University of Illinois. Upon completion of this Indiana landmark in December 1944, George Fink and LeRoy Roberts formed a partnership to practice consulting structural engineering in Indianapolis. In its early years, the firm served as consultant to architects, engineers, fabricators and contractors on medium to large industrial building projects.

Russ Petrie joined the firm in September 1952, and the partnership was renamed Fink Roberts & Petrie. With two very talented structural engineers (Fink in steel design and Petrie in concrete design), the firm began to acquire a great reputation for quality structural designs, which has remained with the firm to this day.

In the mid 1950’s, the firm broadened its practice to include highway and bridge design as well as storm sewer design. FRP began to establish its reputation for quality design in the civil engineering field as well. FRP became the exclusive structural and civil engineer for all projects at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 1958, the firm was incorporated.

The 1960’s led to FRP establishing itself as a highly respected consulting engineering firm

involved in large projects such as the City-County Building in Indianapolis, the original phase of the Indiana Convention Center and the Indiana Interstate Highway System. The firm began to pick up signature architectural projects such as Clowes Hall at Butler University.

The 1970’s saw continual growth of the company’s staff to meet the needs of an increasing list of repeat clients — Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Eli Lilly & Company, Indiana University, Indiana Highway Department, City of Indianapolis and several local architectural firms.

The 1980’s and 90’s brought new challenges to FRP as the industry began to alter its traditional ways of project delivery. Fast-track construction, Construction Management, and Design/Build were new processes in which FRP’s talented staff had to adjust to and excel at. During these two decades, FRP continued to provide structural engineering for numerous large scale, complex projects throughout Central Indiana and the surrounding states for many repeat clients, owners, local and national architects, contractors and developers. Athletic facilities and stadiums were added to our growing portfolio. FRP was commissioned to design the new Hoosier Dome to accommodate a new NFL football team.

In the mid 90’s FRP expanded its speedway experience to the west coast. For three years in a row, FRP led the design effort in three of the most prestigious racetracks built in the country. FRP’s scope of services even spread to locations as far away as China.

Large scale civic projects in Indianapolis included Circle Centre, the Indiana State Office Building and the second expansion of the Indiana Convention Center. Our list of nationally recognized architects as clients continued to grow as well as the number of states which include projects designed by our engineers.

FRP’s staff welcomed the 21st century with continued dedication to serving our clients with professionalism, integrity and goodwill. Notable projects included the Indiana State Museum, the New Indianapolis Airport Midfield Terminal and Concourses, Lucas Oil Stadium, another major expansion of the Indiana Convention Center and the Knauf Industries plant in Shelbyville, Indiana.

For the coming decades, FRP is now fine tuning its mission to focus solely on its original core strength of structural engineering. We look forward to continuing to serve our clients in a manner that has sustained us through the last seven decades while adapting to the new challenges of the future.