CH2M HILL was founded in January 1946 in Corvallis, Oregon, as CH2M —a name derived from the initials of the company’s four founders: Holly Cornell, James Howland, and T. Burke Hayes, Fred Merryfield. Some 25 years later, the company merged with Clair A. Hill and Associates to form CH2M HILL. Like other successful companies, CH2M HILL is built on the hard work of dedicated employees who want to do the right thing, a bit of luck over the years, and the ability to respond to client needs and values with innovative solutions.
Strong Ethics and Personal Values
One of 99 global companies to be selected in 2009 as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies,” CH2M Hill is dedicated to the advancement of best practices in business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Its values include:
- Honesty, integrity and trust
- Responsive client focus
- Quest for innovation and continuous improvement
- Collaborative and enjoyable work environment
- Sustainable, long-term growth
- Community commitment
- Challenging work opportunities and a strong work ethic
- Commitment to safety, health, and environmental protection
Veterans Are Appreciated
At CH2M Hill, veterans are recognized and honored for their leadership, problem-solving abilities, strong work ethic, integrity, loyalty, and commitment to teamwork. CH2M HILL values veterans for their military background and wants to put this experience to work.
Veterans, senior military officers retired military personnel, and active reservists are placed on exciting projects worldwide with a diverse group of intelligent, disciplined, and focused individuals.
With over one-third of its projects awarded by the U.S. Government and thousands of former (and current) military personnel on staff, CH2M Hill values its relationship with the Armed Forces and understands the importance of a smooth transition from military life to corporate life. CH2M Hill helps ease this challenge, and includes the family in the transition, all the while utilizing the service person’s specialized background and continuing while continuing with the established military relationship.
Global Company with Worldwide Influence
CH2M Hill now has 25,000 employees active in 80 countries. It has 6.4 billion in gross revenues including joint ventures, and experienced in 131 countries in every continent. In 2005, CH2M HILL was awarded over $1 billion USD in US federal government projects.
Its employees are working at more than 100 military and other United States government installations around the world.
Nowhere does CH2M HILL distinguish itself more than in its service to the United States government and the Department of Defense (DoD). At military and other government installations around the world, CH2M HILL provides exemplary environmental services, base operations and support, facility infrastructure services, munitions response, AT/FP, and military planning, design, and construction. In addition, CH2M HILL continues to deliver indispensable infrastructure development services in diplomatic hot spots where newly formed democracies are beginning to take root.
CH2M HILL is active in the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), with over 300 active members spanning 60 worldwide posts. In addition, we belong to other premiere defense industry associations, such as the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).
The following awards have been presented to CH2M Hill for its work on military projects:
- 2007 VAPA Outstanding Plan Award, Four Mile Run Restoration Master Plan
- Joint Long-Range Energy Study, Greater Fairbanks Military Complex, Alaska
- 2006 Air National Guard Environmental Restoration Award for Individual/Team Excellence
- Rhein-Main transition Program, Spendahlem U.S. Air Force Base, Germany
- S.A.M.E. 2005 Outstanding Sustaining/Public Agency Member of the Year
CH2M HILL’s employees own 100% of the firm, and many employees actively participate in the internal stock market. The ownership program and entrepreneurial culture attract high-caliber people who take a personal stake in their work.
CH2M Hill wants veterans to be in a work environment that is rewarding and inspiring. Giving veterans the leadership they need to succeed in turn makes veterans yet another leader to inspire other staff as well.