About McCrone

A History of Excellence

McCrone is a civil engineering, land planning, and surveying firm with 86 years of expertise and innovation throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. We stand by our clients at every stage – from site selection through construction – acting as both an advocate and adviser. Our deep understanding of the built environment gives us the ability to recognize what is possible, profitable and sustainable, and to give you an honest opinion when it’s not.

No matter what your challenge, we have the solution. Whether we are working with architects, owners, developers, or government agencies, we turn visions into reality. Let our decades of experience bring you closer to your goal.

  • Integrity
    We stick to our word. We are straightforward, candid, and frank. We don’t play games among ourselves, with our clients or other business associates.
  • Work Ethic
    We work hard; this is a competitive business and we put forth extra effort to meet our commitments.
  • Professional Challenge
    We continue to learn. We take pride in accomplishing challenging assignments. We look forward to change and application of new ideas and demonstrated technology.
  • Teamwork
    We know that we accomplish much more together than we can as individuals. We work as members of a team with fellow employees, clients and business associates.
  • Results
    We produce. We set goals and then take effective action to accomplish them. We consider new methods and implement improvements.
  • Client Service
    We make every effort to understand our clients’ needs and objectives, and then we take action to support and assist the client in achieving those goals.

Our History

A History of Excellence

  • 1937 McCrone, Jones and Hicks opened for business in Annapolis, offering surveying and engineering services

  • 1938 Jones and Hicks departed and Fayette M. Latham was hired as a rodman for the field crew. The firm became a sole proprietorship doing business as J.R. McCrone, Jr., Engineer and Surveyor.

  • 1946 Jack Latham joined the firm.

  • 1950 John Roy McCrone, Jr. and Fayette M. Latham, Jr. formed the partnership, McCrone & Latham and Harry Sturdevant, P.E. is hired.

  • 1952 The firm was incorporated as J.R. McCrone, Jr., owned by John Roy McCrone, Jack and Fayette Latham, Jr., and Harry Sturdevant.

  • 1955 First Delmarva Peninsula Branch Office opened in Centreville. Over the next 30 years, several offices opened in various small towns on the Eastern Shore and later consolidated into what are now the Centreville, Elkton and Salisbury offices.

  • 1966 F.M. Latham III joined the firm full-time after graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Civil Engineering and became president in 1982.

  • 1984 The company was reorganized which resulted in the creation of a parent corporation, Design Teams, Inc. (DTI), and an operating company, McCrone

  • 1995 Gary C. Beach promoted to President of McCrone

  • 2005 F.M. Latham III, retired.

  • 2012 Gary C. Beach, retired.

  • 2020 McCrone acquires Hartwell Engineering adding electrical engineering to its services.

  • Today McCrone has expanded its core engineering and surveying services to offer 3D Visualization, preparation of nutrient management plans, GIS services and electrical engineering. We have four design centers where our staff combine old-fashioned customer service with today's top technology to deliver the best possible service to our clients.