In preparation for our 40th anniversary, we refreshed the Coffman logo and look to honor our history, align with who we are today, and carry us into the future.

 
 
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Mission
& Vision

Coffman's mission is to empower our team to deliver innovative engineering solutions focused on our clients’ success.

Our vision is to be a preferred engineering consulting firm that supports employee well-being, local office autonomy, diverse and sustainable growth, and positive community impact.

 

Our Story

In 1979, Dave Coffman founded Coffman Engineers in Bellevue, Washington as a seven-person structural engineering firm. Although the company was just starting out, Dave already recognized many key principles necessary for running a successful company. Dave understood the value of creativity, outside-the-box thinking, and respect for customers and employees. He believed in hard work to stay at the forefront of engineering, being competitive while remaining humble. Those values remain ingrained in Coffman’s culture today.

It was during the first few years in business that Dave incorporated the triangle into the company logo. He had used the triangle as the solution to a difficult problem he solved during his master’s program at Berkeley. The triangle resonated with the brand, and over the years it has come to represent different areas of our business. Dave has used the triangle to describe the strength of our company (the equilateral triangle is the strongest shape), the three points of the triangle representing the principal functions common to all successful businesses (selling work, doing work, and making profit), the first three Coffman offices (Seattle, Anchorage, and Spokane), and more. The triangle has been a constant part of Coffman since our early days, changing only slightly over the years.

Coffman has experienced continuous expansion in our geographic presence, number of staff, and engineering services offered. Today, while we’re larger and more diverse than when we began, we remain true to our hometown roots by being dedicated to the success of our employees and our clients, just as we were from day one.

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Coffman Project No. 001:  Dave learned the value of good project management at the age of 10 with his first 3-story build.

Coffman Project No. 001: Dave learned the value of good project management at the age of 10 with his first 3-story build.

The Triangle:  Dave Coffman’s solution to a tricky problem while working on his masters project at Berkeley.

The Triangle: Dave Coffman’s solution to a tricky problem while working on his masters project at Berkeley.

1982:  Coffman opens the Anchorage Office

1982: Coffman opens the Anchorage Office