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Firm History

Firm Established, 1940 - Bernard, Godat and Heft, Inc.

Change of Name, 1965 - Godat and Heft, Inc.

Change of Name, 1967 - Godat and Pepper, Inc.

Change of Name, 1967 - Pepper and Associates, Inc.


David Walker Godat; ASCE Fellow

(1897-1967) From the Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers 1968, pg. 743

David Walker Godat, the son of Allen Fulton and Elizabeth (Mitchel) Godat, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 17, 1897. He was graduated from the College of Engineering of Tulane University of Louisiana (New Orleans) with the degree of Bachelor of Engineering in civil engineering in 1919, and subsequently did graduate work in structural engineering at Tulane and in 1933 received the degree of Civil Engineer.

After graduation, Mr. Godat worked for T. Baker Smith, consulting engineer of Houma, Louisiana, in 1919. From 1920 until 1923, he was with the Bureau of Bridges of the Illinois Division of Highways on bridge design and supervision of construction. From 1923 until 1940, he was in the employ of the city of New Orleans. In 1940, Mr. Godat became a partner of C. C. Barnard and G. A. Heft. In 1948, Mr. Godat opened his own office as David W. Godat and Associates. In 1965, Jerome Pepper became Mr. Godat’s partner and the firm of Godat and Pepper continued in practice until the time of Mr. Godat’s death.

Mr. Godat was a member of Tau Beta Pi. He was a registered Civil Engineer in the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas and a registered Mechanical Engineer in Louisiana. He was a charter member of International House of New Orleans; a member of the City Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of New Orleans; member of the American Public Works Association; Gulf Institute of Consulting Engineers; and also a member of the Louisiana Engineering Society where he served as its President in 1939.

On April 6, 1920, Mr. Godat was married to Esther Augustin of New Orleans, Louisiana, who died June 25, 1949. Their only son, David Walker Godat II, died February 6, 1930, and in his memory Mr. Godat established the David Walker Godat II Memorial Scholarship Fund in the School of Engineering of Tulane University of Louisiana. On October 29, 1952, Mr. Godat was married to Mrs. Bee Sutton Blocker of New Orleans, who died January 26, 1963. Mr. Godat died August 13, 1967, and is survived by a brother; a sister; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Godat was elected a Member of the Society on August 16, 1937, and a Fellow on June 6, 1959.


Jerome Pepper; ASCE Fellow

2005 - 2009: Chief Executive Officer, Pepper and Associates, Inc.

1967 - 2005: President, Pepper and Associates, Inc.

During this period, Mr. Jerome Pepper directed Pepper and Associates, Inc. The firm's size varied from 20 to 40 employees, depending on the firm's work load and projects under construction. During this 38 year period of the firm's operation, Mr. Jerome Pepper had overall responsible charge for the design of major transportation infrastructure projects (airfield safety and lighting improvements, rural, urban and interstate road and bridges), utility infrastructure projects (including storm drainage conveyance and pumping systems, sewer collection and water distribution systems) and major public works projects (levees, flood walls and flood gates, garbage collection and incineration). In all, over 500 million dollars worth Civil Engineering and Pubic Works projects have been planned and constructed under the supervision of Mr. Jerome Pepper.

The firm of Pepper and Associates, Inc., is responsible for preparation of plans for two pumping stations for the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, which includes many structural design features which value totals approximately $50 million.

The firm of Pepper and Associates, Inc., has also been responsible for design and inspection for many varied jobs for the Board of Commissioners of the Orleans Levee District which required structural design, lighting, runways, roadways, sewage, utilities, etc. We performed the engineering design and construction project management of South Shore Harbor Marina for the Orleans Levee Board.

Plaquemines Parish:

Pepper and Associates, Inc., prepared plans and specifications and performed Administration and Construction Inspection Services for the following Boat Harbors and Marinas for the Parish:

Buras Boat Harbor – 316 Slips

Point-a-la-Hache Boat Harbor

Mr. Pepper has been called to serve as an expert witness successfully on several structural and permit cases, both in State and Federal courts. All of the firm's engineering design and construction administration work has been under the close personal supervision of Mr. Jerome Pepper. Mr. Pepper has been a practicing Engineer since June, 1949.

1957 – 1967: Partner and Chief Engineer – Godat and Associates, Inc., Godat and Pepper

Design and supervision of construction of overpasses, highways, underpasses, interchanges, incinerators, garages, collection and disposal studies. Over $17 million of highway construction has been planned under the supervision of Mr. Pepper and he has been responsible for the preparation of plans and specifications for all projects produced by the firm since 1958.

1951 – 1957: Office Engineer, Brown-Raymond-Walsh, Edificio Espana, Madrid, Spain

Office engineering for prime contractor for a multi-million dollar petroleum oil and lubricant distribution complex (POL system) for the U.S. Air Force in Spain. As office engineer, Mr. Jerome Pepper was responsible for field changes, partial payments, as-built drawings, negotiations, interpretation of specifications and design changes as required in criteria. This project consisted of underground steel storage tanks, pumping stations, housing for operating crew, a 400-mile pipeline and a fuel pier to unload tankers.

1949 – 1950: Department of Natural Resources, State of Michigan

Civil Engineer In charge of constructing dams, surveys of lake levels, identifying pollution problems.



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