WHPacific plans to grow Springs presence

April 19, 2013

WHPacific plans to expand its new Colorado Springs headquarters from six to 50 employees within three years, according to the president of the Alaska native-owned architecture and engineering company.

Robert Macomber, WHPacific’s president, said the company plans to transfer a few finance and accounting employees from its previous headquarters in Anchorage, but he anticipates most of the openings will be filled locally unless WHPacific needs to recruit from outside the area to find qualified candidates.

“We have been able to recruit some very talented people and are discussing further expansion here,” Macomber said. “Colorado and Colorado Springs were extremely helpful in facilitating our relocation. We look forward to putting down roots in this growing city and becoming part of the community.”

WHPacific moved this month into its offices on the first floor of the Epic One Building, 10807 New Allegiance Drive, in the InterQuest business park. WHPacific moved its headquarters in December to space on the third floor of the Epic One Building that it shared with Akima LLC, a military and civilian technology and aerospace contractor; both companies are subsidiaries of Nana Development Corp., a company owned by 12,400 native Alaskans. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for both offices is scheduled for Wednesday.

WHPacific employs 400 people in 15 offices in the western U.S. and generates more than $60 million in annual revenue from services provided in the architecture, building engineering, energy, environmental, land development, surveying, transportation and water resources industries.

Akima employs 250 in the Springs area, including 35 at its western U.S. regional office and 215 at Fort Carson working on a contract to handle maintenance, transportation and supply for the post. The eight-year contract expires in September, and the company has grown too large to bid on the work, which is set aside for small businesses, said Colin Schmeisser, Akima’s president. Akima also employs 385 in the Denver area working on a variety of federal contracts.

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