In the course of his career, Art held Professional Civil Engineer licenses in Washington, Alaska, Nevada, and the West Indies. He has worked on projects in nearly every state west of the Mississippi and a few to the east, as well as overseas, in every type of environment from arctic permafrost to tropical jungle. He really enjoyed the project manager role with its mix of technical design, client interface, schedules and budgets, and construction.
Art attributes his childhood model-airplane building skills, drafting experience at Boeing, and part-time job as an engineer’s aide with the City of Enumclaw all through college for giving him good design skills that served him well throughout his career. He also credits hard work as a farm boy and tough discipline in the Army for preparing him for some of the 7-day weeks and all-nighters he occasionally pulled to meet deadlines.
Art also balanced his work life with a rich personal life as well. He had part-ownership in an airplane for awhile and, with his wife Sharon, traveled to Europe numerous times; puttered on their farm in Enumclaw; supported a lot of Little League and other kids’ activities; and did a lot of hiking and camping. This limited his work-related activities to membership in American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which recently honored him as a Life Member. As Art tells us, “CH2M HILL enabled me to be all I could be as a civil engineer, and I shall be forever grateful for that opportunity. It was the best career any poor farmer’s kid could ask for.”