William D. Bates, also known as Denton Bates is an American civil engineer with specialties’ in several practice areas. He is currently the President and managing Principal of Bates Engineers, and Bates Engineering International(BEI).
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering he joined the surveying and engineering firm of Michael Baker, Jr., Inc.(Baker) where he obtained a wide variety of civil engineering experience and was responsible for the southern division’s newly expanding field of environmental engineering. During his tenure at Baker, he was responsible for RCRA compliance projects performed for Ingalls Shipyard’s east bank and west bank shipbuilding operations in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Bates expertise while at Baker also extends to a wide variety of civil design projects including bridge structures; municipal water systems, and underground storage tank remediation and testing projects. Following Baker, Bates joined First Environment, Inc. of New Jersey’s environmental engineering group’s California office in Irvine where he was involved in performing environment audits and site assessments in the United States as well as in Mexico. He was responsible for assessment of soil and groundwater contamination at tire manufacturing; electrical balance and underground storage tank facilities. In 1969 he joined Resources Engineering & Management (REM) as Vice President of engineering in South San Francisco, California where he was responsible for municipal water and wastewater engineering design projects in Pittsburg and City of Pacifica, California as well as wastewater treatment plant contract operations. REM was sold to Philadelphia Suburban Corporation (PSC) in 1975 and Bates remained for a few years assisting in marketing activities for the wastewater O & M division, since acquiring company, PSC was not interested in the engineering division. Bates later formed the company of REM in California where he provided civil engineering as well as structural engineering contract design services to three manufacturers of a product developed in Germany, autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) masonry blocks.