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July 1, 1955, Alexander Hargis opened an office in Downtown Seattle at the Lloyd Building on Sixth and Stewart giving birth to what is today’s Hargis Engineers.
Cautiously ambitious, the Navy veteran calls upon the architects who mentored him as a mechanical undergrad to earn the firm’s first small scale projects.
The fundamental value of serving people over projects contributes to the building of a local client base. The agile team of three is introduced to current-day Dykeman Architects, Everett School District, Highline School District, Safeway, and Providence | Everett.
The young firm weathers one of the most significant economic downturns in US history, while strategically hiring key personnel and investing in early digital technologies that help expand market reach and client base diversification.
Earning trust with emerging nationally acclaimed clients like current-day NBBJ, CallisonRTKL, and Nordstrom, the firm engages with large scale retail, commercial, and higher education projects.
Investment in public infrastructure coupled with private enterprise expansion opens new opportunities for the 40-person firm. Likewise, a transition plan for the second generation of leadership is activated to maintain continuity of service to the growing client base.
Advancements in technology and communications emerge as a driving force in enterprise environments. Hargis responds with what has become the largest team dedicated solely to telecommunications in the Pacific Northwest.
Applying experience with other national enterprise brands to serve a fast-pace financial institution’s expansion, setting the groundwork to serve future clients’ domestic and international expansion efforts.
Focus on market diversification and staffing stability aid the third generation of leadership in guiding the firm through two economic downturns. The 104-member team continues to serve with investments in professional licensing and certifications, introducing several industry firsts to new markets across the US, and firmly establishes itself as a preferred consultant to multiple public agencies along the west coast.
A decade of unprecedented change driven by technology and talent, we continued to be responsive to our clients’ needs. Growing to 180+ employees, expanding service offerings, and leading global Fortune 100, 500 and public enterprise efforts, we adapted to meet clients where they operate – locally, nationally and internationally.