Since his graduation from Auburn in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Billy Land has enjoyed an illustrious, 56-year career in construction.
It started with a 23-year career with the Highway Department, followed in 1971 by 17 years with Harbert Corporation in Birmingham. In 1991 he established W. F. Land and Associates consultants.
Mr. Land served in several capacities with the highway department field inspector, design engineer, and chief engineer. As vice president of engineering and construction at Harbert he was also executive assistant to the president.
He was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 1991, and in 2002 was honored by the Alabama Section of Civil Engineers as one of the top 10 civil engineers for service to the profession and to the state.
That Billy Land would distinguish himself in his career would come as no surprise to those who knew him as a soldier in the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division in Italy and France during WWII.
Though wounded twice and confined for more than two years to military hospitals, he landed on his feet, and set leadership standards that would raise the bar for road building in Alabama.