proHNS expands beyond its Alaskan roots

Since our inception in 2015, proHNS has proudly served an array of private property owners, municipalities, and State of Alaska Departments. Now, we are excited to finally add the Federal Government to that client list.

proHNS recently secured a contract with Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFLHD) to provide construction management and inspection support services for highway and bridge projects throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

proHNS Engineering Inspector Randy Crum working on the Nez Perce Clearwater Repairs project in Idaho.
proHNS Engineering Technician Randy Crum working on the Nez Perce Clearwater Repairs project in Idaho.

Principal Engineer and proHNS Owner Garret Gladsjo, PE, said the WFLHD contract is a major win for proHNS for several reasons. Not only does it validate the work our firm has been performing for past and current clients, but it ensures a steady stream of work opportunities for the next five years if all option years are extended.

“Many in the industry, including myself, view the Federal Government as the top of the ladder when it comes to contracting with public agencies,” Gladsjo said. “Since our inception, proHNS has contracted with several State and Local Government agencies on projects with Federal funding, but never directly for the Federal Government itself. Now that we have the opportunity to work directly for WFLHD, a division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), I believe other public agencies we have not yet contracted with will view proHNS as being more than qualified for their projects if they believe our work is meeting the highest standards, in this case, the standards of FHWA-WFLHD.”

Company owners and staff have been researching, networking, and strategically planning to expand into new markets for the past three years. An aggressive personnel recruitment campaign and the support of our trusted subconsultant MacKay Sposito will ensure proHNS can staff projects for WFLHD without detracting from services we are currently providing to Alaska clients.

“We see this contract as an opportunity to grow proHNS, rather than to shift focus from one client to another,” Gladsjo said. “The economies of Alaska and the Lower 48 often trend on opposite ends of the curve, so we are very excited to spread our work across multiple states and distance ourselves from the volatility of any one state’s economy. Additionally, branching into the Lower 48 will improve our ability to identify and recruit more talented staff members of the type we always value at proHNS.”

Our completed and ongoing WFLHD projects include the Gifford Pinchot Repairs (WA), Redfish Lake to Stanley Trail (ID), Nez Perce Clearwater Repairs (ID), Cowlitz Valley Road Repairs Phase II (WA), and the Bend Haul Road Trail Improvements (OR). proHNS is also providing a Project Administrative Assistant to support WFLHD on various projects regionwide.