Employee-Owned Spotlight: NWESI


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NorthWest Engineering Service, Inc. (NWESI) provides engineering services supplemental to design and installation that ensure high-performance building systems become a reality.

NWESI was founded in 1958 by long-time friends Allen Crombie and Gene Garoutte after they saw the need for skilled work on heating and ventilation systems. Later, as building designs and mechanical systems became more sophisticated, the firm expanded to provide other building solutions and services.

After the founders’ retirement in 1991, the company was inspired by their employees’ dedication to company growth. Thus, the Board decided to form an Employee Stock Ownership Plan to give the employees a voice in the company’s future and further invest in their own well-being. More recently, NWESI formed an ESOP Culture Committee to represent each division and work in tandem with NWESI leadership to continuously create a better work environment.

To date, NWESI has 57 employee-owners across three office loca­tions: Portland Metro area, Eugene area, and Boise, ID. Many of their team members have been employed by NWESI for over twenty years, and are fully vested in the company culture, growth, and integrating their core values of Integrity, Teamwork, Professionalism, and Quality into each project.

NWESI’s clients have counted on their highly credentialed professionals for Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing (TAB) complex air and water systems, with the same attention to detail that is their hallmark today. NWESI is a leader in devel­oping rigorous Commissioning processes for the building industry, combining the benefits of occupant health and comfort, energy efficiency, and facility maintainability into comprehensive Whole Building Commissioning.

Their work spans a variety of sectors and services. This year, NWESI has focused on what they can do to assist facilities in fulfilling Oregon Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 requirements for workplace ventilation via Healthy Building Surveys, and what facilities should, and should not do, to meet requirements.

Visit NWESI at nwesi.com to learn more about their work.

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