Who We Are

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF), has been improving our communities, shaping the world around us, and creating value by design since 1983. Our broad range of services in the architecture, engineering, planning, and surveying disciplines provide clients throughout the Delmarva Peninsula and Mid-Atlantic region with comprehensive industry expertise under one roof.


The firm’s story began in a one-room brick office in the heart of downtown Salisbury. Davis & Associates, as it was first known, was spearheaded by engineers John A. Davis, P.E., and Gerald G. Friedel, P.E., two young visionaries with a passion for problem-solving and a vision for innovation. Architect, G. Donald Bowen, AIA, joined the firm shortly after, establishing versatile capabilities for the firm early on – and – Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (DBF), officially began.

With a growing need for professional services in Delaware and a drive for a stronger presence on the Eastern Shore, DBF opened a second office in Dover in the 1990s. Later, relocating to Milford to better serve the firm’s largest municipal client, the move offered broader geographic coverage and a multitude of opportunities in a new region, setting the tone for future endeavors.

DBF would later acquire Andrews, Miller & Associates in 2007, expanding architecture, surveying, civil engineering, and structural engineering services to include marine engineering, hydrology, and enhanced surveying. From there, DBF consolidated and opened an office in Easton, Maryland, and more recently celebrated two grand openings of relocated offices: DBF’s corporate headquarters in Salisbury, MD, and the rapidly expanding office in Milford, Delaware; all designed to accommodate the burgeoning firm.

Today the firm is led by President, Ring W. Lardner, P.E. and Principals, Mike E. Wheedleton, AIA, LEED Green Associate, W. Zachary Crouch, P.E., Jason P. Loar, P.E., and Jamie L. Sechler, P.E.

About Us Image

“Add value to people’s lives & they will remember it.”

– Gerald G. Friedel, P.E., Founding Principal


Join our mailing list to receive the
latest news and updates about our firm!

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., 601 East Main Street, Suite 100, Salisbury, MD, 21804, https://www.dbfinc.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact