WHPacific, Inc. Announces New Northwest Regional Marketing Manager
5/24/2012 3:30:54 PM

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WHPacific, Inc., ranked #177 among Engineering News-Record's Top 500 Design Firms of the year, announced today that Heather N. C. Brown has been promoted to the position of regional marketing manager for WHPacific's Pacific Northwest region. Heather has been with WHPacific for three years and her achievements have spanned the full range of WHPacific's business development efforts, from proposals to award submittals to trade shows and conferences, and she has delivered a wealth of effective marketing projects and materials.

Heather has 10 years of experience in marketing, including five years in the A&E industry. Heather earned her BA in public relations from Central Washington University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix. 

With Heather's expertise in marketing and business development, she is a key member of WHPacific's strategic initiatives and task forces dedicated to innovative construction management, sustainable energy solutions, tribal services, surveying, and scanning and real-world modeling solutions. Most recently she instituted the WHPacific Social Media task force, which has gained momentum under Heather's leadership. As regional marketing manager, she will supervise the marketing staffs of WHPacific's Portland and Seattle offices.

"Heather has been instrumental in strengthening our client relationships and building new ones through focused marketing efforts," said Hal Keever, regional operations manager for WHPacific's Pacific Northwest region. "We look forward to her contributions as the leader of our northwest marketing team."

About WHPacific, Inc.
The largest 100% Native American-owned architecture and engineering firm in the U.S., WHPacific is a multi-discipline firm specializing in building engineering, land development, water resources, survey, architecture, scanning, and transportation. We serve public and private clients from 15 offices throughout AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, NM, OR, and WA, developing innovative, effective, and sound solutions that are sensitive to the natural environment and local communities.

WHPacific's Alaska Native Corporation ownership status allows federal prime contractors (under FAR Section 19.703) to count subcontracts to WHPacific as Small Business (SB) and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) under their subcontracting plans.

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Engineering News-Record is a weekly publication of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., that has covered issues in the construction industry, including business management, design, construction methods, technology, safety, law, legislation, environment, and labor, since 1917. WHPacific, Inc. is not affiliated with Engineering News-Record or The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

WHPacific Ranked Among Engineering News-Record's Top 200
5/8/2012 2:59:15 PM

WHPacific is ranked at #177 among Engineering News-Record's (ENR’s) Top 500 Design Firms of the year.


The Top 500 Design Firms list, published annually in April, ranks the 500 largest U.S.-based design firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design revenue. WHPacific is again ranked among the top 200 firms, a position it has held for several years.


“We are pleased to remain among ENR’s top design firms listing,” said WHPacific President John Rense. “We are looking forward to a year of more opportunities as the economy continues to pick up steam and demand for A&E services grows.”


Engineering News-Record is a weekly publication of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., that has covered issues in the construction industry, including business management, design, construction methods, technology, safety, law, legislation, environment, and labor, since 1917.

OSU Energy Center First Platinum LEED-certified Power Facility in Nation
2/7/2011 1:34:55 PM


Oregon State University's Energy Center has just received Platinum LEED certification - the highest certification possible - and our nation's first Platinum LEED-certified power facility!

The WHPacific team provided civil engineering and landscape architectural services for this energy facility on campus at the intersection of 35th and Jefferson Way. Working closely with the University and City of Corvallis, our engineers also provided public improvement design for 35th Street adjacent to the new Energy Center. 

Both civil and landscape components were designed to incorporate the latest technology in order to comply with the University’s achievement of LEED Platinum certification.


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WHPacific named "Employer of the Year" by WTS
1/6/2011 4:17:34 PM

WHPacific Inc. was named Employer of the Year by the Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS), Treasure Valley Chapter. The award was presented at the WTS annual awards banquet, held 12/2/10 in Boise, ID. 


WHPacific was recognized for its extensive local work, including numerous projects that improved pedestrian mobility and safety. These included a Greenbelt pedestrian bridge in east Boise and numerous area bridge expansions that improved safety for the traveling public; as well as large interchange projects, including the new Orchard interchange over Interstate 84.


WTS Treasure Valley is a local chapter of WTS International, an association of men and women transportation industry professionals formed in the 1970s.

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WHPacific Hosts LYNX Mobile Mapper Open House and Demonstration - August 12, 2010
8/4/2010 11:36:31 AM
WHPacific is hosting an informal Open House and Demonstration of the recently upgraded LYNX Mobile Mapper™.
The event will take place Thursday, August 12 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Future of Flight Aviation Center at Paine Field, Mukilteo, WA, and is open to the general public. 

The LYNX Mobile Mapper System incorporates three proven technologies -  LiDAR, GPS and the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) -  into a field unit which produces survey-grade 3D data.  Capable of collecting data at travel speeds up to 60 mph with accuracies better than 5 cm and resolutions up to 1 cm, this translates into fast, accurate, safe and cost-effective surveying. 

WHPacific’s LYNX System now has a second scanning head and GLONASS capability, which allows for even more accurate data collection.  It  will be on site along with displays (photos, AutoCAD Base Maps, etc) of recent projects. A highlight will be a demonstration of scan data collected at Paine Field which will show firsthand the level of detail the LYNX System produces. 

WHPacific wins ASCE-California PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2010! American River Diversion, Pump Station and Restoration
6/21/2010 3:42:14 PM
WHPacific brought home the ASCE-CA Project of the Year, 2010 for innovative work on the American River Diversion, Pump Station and Restoration project!  
WHPacific's design provided solutions for a permanent water supply without the Auburn Dam. A massive river stabilization and restoration effort was required, with river recreation and fish passage as integral parts. The diversion weir was a very low slope dam incorporating a whitewater rapid that can be run by canoes and kayaks. It also serves as a fish passage since its rock construction mimics a natural river bottom. Project included: 

  • Physical scale models and Flow 3D computer modeling
  • Channel hydraulic evaluation for flows up to 219,000 cubic feet per second
  • Flow depths from 5 feet to 60 feet
  • Construction included removal of 1 million cubic yards of material
  • Designed unique "fish safe" intake screens
WHPacific provided hydrologic and hydraulic evaluations, oversight of physical scale models and development of computer based Flow 3D models, flow simulation model and BRISTARS sediment transport modeling, design of channel improvements, recreational boating improvements, fish passage, screens diversion weir, intake and pump station, construction observation. 
City of Duvall's Main Street Reconstruction Project wins MULTIPLE AWARDS!
6/21/2010 3:34:44 PM
WHPacific, along with the City of Duvall and other teaming partners, received three awards for the Main Street Reconstruction Project:  
  • 2010 APWA Washington State Chapter Award for Best Project for Transportation projects less than $5 million
  •  Association of Washington Cities Municipal Excellence Award for Economic Development
  •  Governor Gregoire’s 2010 Smart Communities: Smart Partnerships Award – Development Project to Implement a Plan

WHPacific provided construction management services for this project which aimed to revitalize historic Duvall – the heart of the City – through infrastructure improvements and a variety of feature enhancements. New sidewalks, tree grates, road and pedestrian lighting, small public spaces, public art, and other public amenities make historic Duvall a more inviting place for businesses and pedestrians. 
WHPacific No. 162 in 2010 Engineering News Record Top 500 Design Firms
4/21/2010 2:51:59 PM

WHPacific is ranked No. 162 in the 2010 Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms list! 

Congratulations also to our sister firm, Dowl/HKM, ranked No.193.

The Top 500 Design Firms list, published annually in April, ranks the 500 largest U.S.-based designs firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue. WHPacific's ranking is based on 2009 revenues from their 18 offices throughout Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, California and Arizona.

Dave Field Elected to Washington Airport Management Association Board
3/29/2010 1:12:47 PM

Congratulations to Dave Field, PE, on his election to the Washington Airport Management Association (WAMA) Board!

Dave was selected for a two-year term and is the only Consultant serving on WAMA's Board of Directors. Recently, Dave completed his service on the governor-appointed Washington State Aviation Planning Council.

The Washington Airport Management Association is a non-profit organization created in 1970 to foster professionalism among airport operators in the State of Washington. Their mission is to improve airports and airport management in Washington State.

Dave Field is based in our Bothell, WA office. He is a former manager of the Seattle Airports District Office and the FAA Airports Division Programming Branch. Dave has more than 40 years of aviation development experience, and is extremely knowledgeable of FAA Policies, Procedures and Standards

Larry Signani Earns CFedS
3/29/2010 1:06:13 PM

Congratulations to Larry Signani, PLS - and now also CFedS - who passed the February 2010 CFedS certification exam. We are very proud of Larry and appreciate his dedication to the surveying profession!

Larry is based in our Sumner, WA office and serves as a senior survey project manager. He has over 48 years of experience in cadastral, geodetic, topographic, hydrographic, photgrammetric, utility and construction surveying. Larry's role at WHPacific also includes instructing employees and surveyors across the U.S. in GPS techniques. He is the GPS committee chairperson for the Land Surveyors Association of Washington, which involves establishing new technology to be used in the Northwest including the Washington Real Time Network in Washington and Oregon. Larry has also implemented the National Geodetic Survey - Height Modernization program campaigns for Washington state on behalf of the Spatial Reference Center of Washington.

What is a CFedS?

A CFedS is a state licensed land surveyor who has completed the Bureau of Land Management's training program and successfully passed the certification exam. The training program consists of seven courses covering different aspects of the BLM's surveying procedures containing survey legal issues, survey case studies, mathematical problems, and survey history.