Engineering excellence since 1969

BNK has a solid track record of serving the Research Triangle area.

BASS, NIXON & KENNEDY, Inc. was formed in 1969 by Al Bass, Larry Nixon, and Don Kennedy for the practice of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering and land surveying. The three founding members of the firm all graduated from NC State University in Raleigh and met while employed by P.H. Brown & Associates.

The extensive experience of BNK’s Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors provides for a wide array of work and projects for clients in government, educational, institutional, residential, subdivisions and commercial fields. While a large part of our FPME work is as a sub-consultant to architects, most of the civil engineering services are provided directly to the client, especially work involving site planning and permitting, cost inspections, and studies.

The firm was established at an advantageous time in the development of the Research Triangle area and BNK has experienced its growth along with the tremendous growth in the area. Being near Cary, North Carolina has also contributed to the growth of the firm. Cary has grown to be the seventh largest city in the State. Additional stockholders have joined the firm for the practice of land surveying, civil engineering, landscape architecture, fire protection engineering and mechanical engineering. BNK also has an office in Wake Forest to better serve clients in that area.

Al Bass


  • NC Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
  • Board Chairman 1992, 1996
  • Chairman Engineering Committee 1991, 1995
  • ASHRAE member, past treasurer
  • Nat’l Council of Examiners for Engineering & Land Surveying
  • PENC
  • NC Bldg Code Council Committee
  • Committee for Multifamily Building Code 1990
  • Sub-committee for Existing Buildings 1992
  • Professional Engineer of the Year, 1993
  • NFPA
  • NCBC Council, 1997-2003

Larry Nixon


  • BSEE, NCSU, 1964
  • ABET – 2004 President
  • NSPE – 1996-97 Vice President
  • IEEE – Accreditation Evaluator for Electrical Engineering Programs
  • PENC – 1989-1990 President
  • PENC Engineer of the Year – 1991
  • NC State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, Chairman 1980; Secretary 1976 – 1978
  • Construction Specifications Institute, Past President, Triangle Chapter
  • Illuminating Engineering Society – CIES
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Member   
  • Wolfpack club president
  • Trustee – Larry D. Nixon Scholarship – Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • NCSU Alumni Association Board of Directors

Don Kennedy


  • BSCE, NCSU, 1963
  • N.C. Homebuilders Association
  • Progress for Raleigh through Orderly Development
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • Cary Chamber of Commerce – Past Chairman Board of Directors
  • Raleigh Downtown Housing Improvement Corporation – Past Chairman of Board
  • Cary Economic Development Liaison Group
  • Past President Cary Chapter Ducks Unlimited
  • Grand National Waterfowl Hunt – Cambridge, MD
  • First Union Bank – Cary Board of Director

Bass, Nixon & Kennedy, Inc. Consulting Engineers

6310 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 250
Raleigh, NC 27607