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CH2M HILL Companies Ltd.
Type Employee Owned Corporation[1]
Founded Corvallis, Oregon (1946)
(as Cornell, Howland, Hayes and Merryfield)
Headquarters Meridian, Colorado, United States
Key people Lee McIntire, President and Chief Executive Officer
Industry Engineering, procurement, construction, and operations
Revenue $6.4 Billion [2] USD (2008)
Operating income $32.1 Million [2]USD (2008)
Employees 24,400 (2008)[3]

CH2M HILL is a global provider of engineering, construction, and operations services for corporations, nonprofits, and federal, state, and local governments. The firm is headquartered in Meridian, an unincorporated area of Douglas County, Colorado in the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area. The postal designation of nearby Englewood is commonly listed as the company's location in corporate filings and local news accounts. As of December 2008 CH2M HILL had 24,400 employees, and 2008 revenues totaled approximately $6.4 billion.[2] The firm is entirely employee-owned,[1] with an internal stock market that operates buy/sell events quarterly.



CH2M HILL was founded in 1946 in Corvallis, Oregon by Oregon State University civil engineering professor Fred Merryfield and three of his students: Holly Cornell, Jim Howland and T. Burke Hayes (the firm was named after the founders, with Howland and Hayes making up the H2 portion).[4] Cornell, Howland, and Hayes were all graduates of Oregon State University.[5] The Hill name was added after a 1971 merger with Clair A. Hill and Associates of Redding, California.[6] The firm remained headquartered in Oregon until 1980, when a decision was made to relocate to Colorado, a more central location in the United States.

Other key acquisitions include Black, Crow & Eidsness (a southeast U.S. engineering firm) in 1977,[7] Gore & Storrie (a Canadian water and wastewater engineering firm) in 1995,[8] Gee & Jensen (a Florida-based Ports and Harbor firm) in 2002,[9] DeMil International (a U.S.-based weapons destruction firm) in 2002,[10] EHS Consultants Ltd (a Hong Kong-based consulting firm),[11] Lockwood Greene, the oldest continuously operating professional services firm in the United States in 2003,[12] and BBS Corporation (an Ohio-based environmental engineering firm) in 2005.[13] On September 7, 2007, CH2M HILL finalized the purchase of most of the components of VECO, an Alaska-based firm specializing in services to the oil, gas, and energy sector that had become embroiled in the Alaska political corruption probe.[14]. In December 2007, CH2M HILL acquired Trigon EPC. [15] In March 2008, CH2M HILL acquired Texas-based Goldston Engineering, a company specializing in marine and coastal transportation engineering services. [16]


CH2M HILL offers full-service capabilities in multiple business units, [17] among three key operating divisions, Facilities and Infrastructure; Energy; and Government, Environment, and Nuclear . Business groups served include: Water; Transportation; Operations and Maintenance; Government Facilities and Infrastructure; Nuclear; Environmental; Energy and Chemicals; Power; and Industrial and Advanced Technology.

CH2M HILL developed, maintains and publishes its own method for managing projects for clients, called the CH2M HILL Project Delivery System, which may be found at popular internet book retailers[18]. As a firm specializing in project management, CH2M HILL has been associated in several large, complex projects around the world. In 2005, a CH2M HILL joint-venture known as Kaiser-Hill decommissioned and closed a former nuclear weapons facility at the Rocky Flats site in Colorado.

In Singapore, a joint venture is helping to replace an entire nation's sanitary services infrastructure.[19] The new Singapore Deep Tunnel System will surpass the existing infrastructure in reliability, ease, and economy of operation, and will be critical in handling Singapore's burgeoning waterfront renaissance[20]. CH2M HILL assisted in reconstruction efforts along the US Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.[21] Its main assignments included providing temporary housing, debris removal, and other services.

Starting in 2006, CH2M HILL subsidiary CH2M HILL OMI won contracts to manage all municipal services (except police and fire) for newly incorporated Georgia cities: Sandy Springs,[22] Johns Creek,[23] and Chattahoochee Hill Country.[24] CH2M HILL OMI won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest award for quality, in 2000.

Other large projects include a $660 Million gas-fired power plant in Australia, in conjunction with General Electric [25], and an $11.7 billion project to relocate American military bases in Korea.[26] In August 2007, the Panama Canal Authority selected CH2M HILL to manage the $5.25 billion Panama Canal expansion project, which will add new locks to the Pacific and Atlantic ends of the canal and allow Post Panamax ships passage through the canal for the first time.[27] In 2009, a CH2M HILL consortium was named program partner to oversee construction of the Crossrail [28] project to expand London’s transit system.

On August 30, 2006, as part of joint venture CLM, CH2M HILL was named Delivery Partner for the London 2012 Olympics.[29] The other two members of the venture are Project Management service provider Mace Limited and Laing O'Rourke, the largest privately owned construction firm in the UK.

On October 17, 2007, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company selected CH2M HILL as a key delivery partner for its Masdar initiative.[30] Masdar is a visionary city to be designed and built on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi near its international airport. Masdar is intended to be the world's first carbon-neutral city. Other key participants include architect Foster + Partners and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is participating in Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, or MIST.

Not only the company manages projects for the clients, but also handles the projects considering the Environmental footprint with sustainable solutions. Recently in March 2009, it released data of its overall environmental footprint reduction for the fourth consecutive year.[31]

Awards and honors

The firm was named by Fortune magazine as one of the top 100 companies to work for in 2009, marking the company's fourth time on the list. [32] In October 2009, the company's Canadian division, CH2M HILL Canada Ltd., was named one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc., and was featured in Maclean's newsmagazine. Later that month, CH2M HILL Canada Ltd. was also named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers, which was announced by the Toronto Star newspaper.[33]

In 2009, CH2M HILL became the first company in the heavily male-dominated engineering and construction industry to receive the Catalyst Award in recognition of its efforts to develop and advance women in the company. [34]. The firm also was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute [35].


  1. ^ a b "Employee Ownership". CH2M HILL. Retrieved 2007-09-04.  
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  18. ^ Project Delivery System : A System and Process for Benchmark Performance: CH2M HILL Project Managers: Books
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  22. ^ Company dives in to handle Ga. city's troubles - USA Today
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  30. ^ AME Info (October 17, 2007). "Masdar selects CH2M HILL to manage the development of the world's first fully sustainable 'Green Community". Press release. Retrieved 2008-02-26.  
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  33. ^ "Reasons for Selection, 2009 Canada's Top 100 Employers Competition".  
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