“Doing what we love and loving what we do since 1979.”

 
 

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

 
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.

 
1980:  Coffman opens the Anchorage Office

1980: Coffman opens the Anchorage Office

 
1984:  Roger at VFT.

1984: Roger at VFT.

 
2009:  Coffman Engineers celebrates 30 years.

2009: Coffman Engineers celebrates 30 years.

Coffman Engineers 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.

1979

Dave Coffman founded Coffman Engineers (Coffman/White 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 and being competitive while remaining humble. Those values remain ingrained in our culture today.

1980

Began work in Alaska through the structural design of the Anchorage International Airport North Terminal, and opened an office there in 1980.

1983

Rapid growth of employees in Seattle and Anchorage and the scope of projects. Services expanded to include project management of industrial construction and design of utility, institutional, and industrial projects.

Gained 20 industrial engineers from Hallinger Engineers and acquired Pettijohn Engineering in Portland, Oregon, where we provided civil and surveying services until 1987.

1984

Merged with Valentine, Fisher & Tomlinson (VFT) Consulting Engineers of Seattle and gained commercial, institutional, and medical expertise.

1985

The Bellevue and Seattle offices consolidated operations in downtown Seattle.

1995

Merged with leading structural engineering firm Peden•Petersen•Lee, P.S. (PPL) in Spokane, Washington and developed the base for expansion into multidiscipline engineering.

1999

Merged with mechanical engineering firm Iverson Elder in Seattle. The two principals of Iverson Elder had previously worked for both VFT and Coffman. The merger substantially increased the depth of the mechanical engineering department and provided strategic management capabilities.

2000

American Pipe Lining NW, Inc., became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coffman. APL-NW was headquartered in Redmond, Washington. The company sold APL-NW in 2007.

2001

Expanded into the Southern California market by merging with SHA Engineering Consultants, a highly respected structural/seismic firm in LA.

2004

Merged with electrical engineering firm Huntley Pascoe, Inc. (HPi) in Seattle. The two original principals of HPi, and several of their employees, worked previously for both VFT and Coffman. 

2006

Electrical engineering firm Arctic Sun Engineering joined the Anchorage office. The owner of Arctic Sun Engineering previously worked for Coffman.

2010

Opened a new office in Honolulu following seven years of work in the Hawaiian Islands.

2012

Opened a new office in Hagatna, Guam.

 

2014

Established a presence in the San Francisco Bay Area through a merger with Jeffrey Weber & Associates, a structural engineering firm in Oakland.

Acquired Honolulu electrical engineering and lighting design firm Moss Engineering and doubled the staff size of the Honolulu office.

Two strategic opportunities significantly increased Coffman’s commissioning and fire protection capabilities.

 
2016:  S.S. Dannaway Associates joins Coffman in Honolulu.

2016: S.S. Dannaway Associates joins Coffman in Honolulu.

2015

 

2016

Announced Corporate leadership transition of Dave Coffman to Founder and Director and Will Veelman to Chairman, Dave Garnder to CEO, and Dave Ruff to President.

Opened an office in Bozeman, Montana, offering engineering and oil and gas services. Shortly after, Coffman merged with Sprinkler Technology Design, a Bozeman fire protection consulting and engineering firm.

Established a presence in Atlanta to better serve fire protection engineering clients in the Southeast.

Opened the San Diego office to support clients with fire protection engineering and code consulting.

Acquired established fire protection engineering firm S.S. Dannaway Associates in Honolulu bolstering the fire protection service line.

2017:  Hope-Amundson joins Coffman in San Diego and announces new principals in 2018. (Pictured L-R) Jim Amundson, James Conley, Scott Twele, Casey Whitsett, and Chuck Hope.

2017: Hope-Amundson joins Coffman in San Diego and announces new principals in 2018. (Pictured L-R) Jim Amundson, James Conley, Scott Twele, Casey Whitsett, and Chuck Hope.

2017

Opened D.C. Metro office in Fulton, Maryland to meet the demand for fire protection services on the East Coast. This also allows us to support Mid-Atlantic and Southeast clients.

Merged with Garrison Engineering to expand our industrial mechanical and water system engineering services and reach in Burlington, Washington.

DEI Electrical Consultants joins Coffman in the Spokane office bolstering electrical engineering capabilities.

Merged with structural engineering firm, Hope-Amundson, expanding our multidiscipline services in San Diego. The merger brought the addition of an Orange County office.

2018:  Dave Gardner to lead Federal Initiative and new CEO, Dave Ruff.

2018: Dave Gardner to lead Federal Initiative and new CEO, Dave Ruff.

2018

Announced Dave Gardner to lead the new Federal initiative and New CEO, Dave Ruff.

2019

Opened a Denver office to support oil and gas clients and opportunities.