Over 35 Years of Experience

L.A. Gates Company has been providing engineering services to public and private clients since 1985, but our roots go back to 1905. We are a transportation and energy engineering company with a long history in West Virginia’s mining industry and with decades of experience in transportation and natural gas industries.

Our Services

Civil Engineering

We have designed a wide variety of over 50 bridge & highway projects for the WV Division of Highways.

Oil, Gas, and Energy

We meet our customer’s needs with a cost-effective approach and an understanding of environmental conservation.

Municipal Services

Structural and Site Design, Surveying, Environmental/Permitting, Operation and Maintenance Support, Sanitary Sewer, and much more.

Mining Engineering

Our findings are presented on a suitable map with the major mining blocks in the principal coal seams identified and depicted in tabular form for ease of understanding.

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We Live Here, We Work Here, We Support Here

L.A. Gates Company was established in Beckley, West Virginia, in January 1985, to provide civil and mining engineering services. Our company continues a tradition of dedicated and continuous service to the mining industry which spans three generations of the Gates family. It began in 1920 when Lauren A. Gates joined Merrill-Ferguson Engineering Company (started in 1905 as E.M. Merrill Engineering Company).

In 1920 Lauren A. Gates established a reputation of providing dependable high quality consulting services to the coal industry in southern West Virginia. After World War II, his son, Leslie C. Gates, joined the firm and continued the Gates philosophy of supplying professional services on time at a reasonable cost. In 1961 the name of the firm was changed to Gates Engineering Company and was incorporated in 1962.

Professional services were expanded to include civil engineering and architectural services both functioning independently, but in addition, provided adjunct services to the mining division in the development of coal properties. In 1972, L.A. Gates, Lauren’s grandson, joined Gates Engineering Company, Inc. enhancing the Gates tradition of service. In 1976, services were expanded internationally with a branch office in Sydney, Australia. In 1980, Gates Engineering Company, Inc. became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ebasco Services, Incorporated, a company started by Thomas A. Edison in 1905. In September 1985, Ebasco dissolved the subsidiary. L.A. Gates Company was formed in 1985. The rest of Ebasco went out of business in 1994.

Today, L.A. Gates Company continues to offer the same professional service which started over 100 years ago.

Years Established

Office Locations

Latest Projects

Switchback – Maybeury Road

State Project No. X341-121-560 00
Raleigh County, WV

Study, design, and prepare R/W and Construction Contact Plans for 400 feet of slide repair along US Route 52 in McDowell County. The project includes the design of an innovative moment slab.

LAG Project No.: 10111.930
Estimated Construction Cost: $684,600

Allen Creek – Big Ridge (Coalfields Expressway)

State Project No. X341-121-2.50

Raleigh County, WV

Study, design, and preparation of Construction Contact Plans and related documents for a 3-mile portion of the Coalfields Expressway, a four-lane facility with a 46′ median and a design speed of 65 miles per hour.

LAG Project No.: 10104.055
Estimated Construction Cost: $32.8 Million

East Beckley Bypass

State Project No. U341-19-14.47 00
Raleigh County, WV

Study, design, and preparation of construction contract plans and related documents for a 3.7-mile segment of the East Beckley bypass, a five-lane commercial road spanning from the I-64 East Beckley Interchange to CR8 Ragland Road. The project includes a major bridge over 1200 feet long spanning Cranberry Creek.

LAG Project No.: 10111.829

Estimated Construction Cost: $ 79.5 Million

We’ve Been Engineering For Over 35 Years

The Combined skill and experience of the L.A. Gates team includes diverse capabilities in Civil Engineering; Oil, Gas, and Energy; Municipal Services; and Mining Engineering Services. Your needs are our specialty and we have the combined experience to handle a wide range of tasks with precision and efficiency. Learn more about our capabilities below.

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(304) 757-6434

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Who is the key contact at L. A. Gates?

Leslie Gates is the Chairman of the board at L. A. Gates Company. You can contact Leslie at (304)  256-140.

How long has L. A. Gates Company been in business?

L. A. Gates Company has been in business for approximately 37 years.

Where is L. A. Gates Company incorporated?

L. A. Gates Company is incorporated in the State of West Virginia.

How many people work at L. A. Gates Company?

L. A. Gates Company has approximately 36 employees.

What are the coordinates of L. A. Gates Company?

Latitude: 37.76241
Longitude: -81.15995