Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 16, 1973 · Page 89
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 89

Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, April 16, 1973
Page 89
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IMS GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Mon., April 16,1973 THE FOUR HORSEMEN -- Surveying two engineering excellence awards won in state competition are Greeley's famed "four horsemen," from left, Vern Nelson, Pat Patterson, Willard Quirk and John Haley. The four started their engi- THE LATEST INTERIOR DESIGN -- A new idea in interior-arrangement is used in the new 19,000 square foot office buildingnearing completion in Greeley. The building will house about 150 staff members of Nelson, Haley, Patterson and Quirk, local engineering firm. Called "office landscaping," the open space plan consists of movable partitions and furniture which allows for easy rearranging if change and growth require. (Tribune photo by Red Edgerton) 'Four Horsemen' build firm to prominence in 14 years neering firm here in 1959 with no staff and little cash, but now rank among biggest in the area with 265 employes in several '·' offices in Colorado and Wyoming. (Tribune photo by Red Edgerton) j' EPMI anticipales and avoids moveable partititions and Creg Martino, Roger Wells and _bui!ding apart as one ofi potential problems. furniture, has been im- Bill McGinley are responsible Greeley's most distinctive- f j r m plemented in the building's and mechanical specifications; structures, interior design, Dave Town and Jerry Morton, This is a new concept in office electrical and Gene Evenson design which allows and Bob Greenbank are rearrangement as required by working on structural aspects change and growth. of the building. The new building was One of the unique features of designed by CNC, architectural (his building is lhat its eight division of NHPQ with Peter stories will be of poured con- Boer as project architect. The crete. The sandblasted ar- Four professionals with a and today owns a new 4,000 broad range of engineering skill square fool office there staffed and experience came to by 15 professional and support Greeley in April 1959 and for- personnel. med a partnership. A temporary Denver office Officially named Nelson, was opened in May of 1970 and Haley, Patterson and Quirk, the permanent Denver officers in organization was quickly the East Denve'r Montbello tagged the "Four Horsemen" Office building were occupied Jby a zany newspaper type. in July, 1971. There are 22 staff Vern Nelson, John Haley, "Pat" Patterson and Willard Quirk began their Greeley business with little capital and no support personnel, but they set out to develop a full-service engineering firm wilh service also in allied professional fields. Beginning primarily as municipal engineers, capability of the firm was increased in January, 1%1 when C. Neal Carpenter arrived. Architect Carpenter's first lask was to design a new NHPQ office building of 7,000 square feet to hold an u l t i m a t e 50 staff members. members in the Denver office. Also in July 1971 NHPQ opened a small office near Colorado Springs to serve the southeastern part of the state. Two engineers and four survey parties make up the complement of this office at the present time. In Sept., 1971 NHPQ was acquired by Combustion Engineering, Inc. At that time there were 33 stockholders in the company, all active professional staff members. As a member of C-E Tec, a subsidiary consulting division of Combustion Engineering, NHPQ is the Mountain States The building, located west of anchor in a nationwide family Greeley, was occupied in the of professional firms and is summer of 1962 wiih 20 staff expanding operations to be of members. greater service to the 10-state The following year the business was incorporated and staff members who had proven their professional attitude were invited to purchase stock and obtain ownership slatus in the organization. In 1968, Ihe booming business forced enlargement of the building to 20,000 square feet and this building now houses 150 staff members. Rocky Mountain Region. In late 1972 an engineering firm in Riverton, Wyo., was purchased and now functions as a part of NHPQ. A Salt l^ke City, Utah, firm has been furnished with a letter of intent by C-E to be acquired in 1973 and operate as an NHPQ NHPQ opened . a Grand Junction Branch office in 1966 Negotiations are currently underway with an Albuquerque, N.M., firm and additional acquisitions are pending. Steady, positive growth has marked the history of NHPQ since its 1959 beginning and by 1963, with 37 staff members, it was sufficiently diversified to call itself a full service engineering-architectural firm. A Planning Deparlment was added in the fall of 1967 and by 1968 NHPQ entered a period of phenomenal growlh. The staff .rose from 74 members at the start of 1969 to 207 by 1972. At present, the firm employs 265 and the annual payroll is $2.5 million. NHPQ's annual income has grown from $318,000 in I96:i (first year of incorporation) to $2 million in 1970. Estimated 1972 income was $4,068,000. Projected income goal for 1973 is $5.5 million. Indications are that this goal will be met or exceeded. About 31 per cent of NHPQ's fees are derived from the civil engineering disciplines including hydrology, sanitary, t r a n s p o r t a t i o n , airports, drainage and other municipal engineering projects. Architectural projects make up about 20 per cent of the firm's business and about 16 per cent comes from surveying. Land planning contributes about nine per cent and the balance comes from materials testing, photogrammetry, r e p r o d u c t i o n s a n d miscellaneous functions. The firm serves individuals, private industry, educational districts and institutions and government entities at all l e v e l s , p a r t i c u l a r l y municipalities. NHPQ services to clients begin with feasibility studies and continue through design, financial arrangements and related specialized services as well as construction management. The company also maintains a close relationship with the client after completion of a project to assure lhat the new facility is utilized effectively. NHPQ is the Rocky Mountain affiliate with Environmental Planning and Management, Inc. (EPMI) which was formed last year by C-E Tec, a family of architects, engineers and planners. By offering a new dimension in use of the environment, The environmental contracts directly for projects that require biological, ecological, sociological and economical expertise. EPMI is managed and operated by Ph.D. scientists trained in various environmentally related fields. Offices are located in Greeley, Los Angeles and Waltham, Mass. . In the Rocky Mountain area, EPMI has made environmental assessments on major water and sewage treatment facilities, highway construction and impoundments, land developments and comprehensive regional planning studies. Currently, NHPQ personnel are occupying a new 19,000 square foot building directly across the streel from the original NHPQ facilities west of Greeley and near Ihe Aims Community College campus. The two level building will cost $600,000. It will house Planning, Transportation, Land Last year NHPQ entered the , state engineering excellence, awards competition for Ihe first, time and placed two projects in the top five. interior design was by Jana McEwen and landscaping by Jim Sell. Gene Evenson and Bob Greenbank handled the structural design and mechanical design was by Bill McGinley with Wayne Conrad and Roger Wells. Electrical design was handled by Dave Towns and Jerry Morton. General Contractor is Hensel Phelps of Greeley, while U.S Engineering of Lovcland is mechanical contractor and Herdrnan Electric is handling electrical design. CNC-NHPQ architectural chitectural finish and chrome reflective windows will set Ihe Both the NHPQ projects were selected for national com-' petition and winners will be announced in May at New Orleans. ' Wright's pitiless view pervades Personnel are also working in , conjunction with Bill Muchow D e v e l o p m e n t , S t r u c t u r a l , " Associates of Denver who Architectural, Mechanical, ""''ally designed Ihe new C.reeley National Bank building in downtown Greeley. Norm 1?a J ott e is project field architect; Paul Lundquist and Willis Steele are responsible for and Civil depart- Electrical ments. This summer a garden type landscaping will be completed, Inside, "office landscaping," an open space plan consisting of drawings and specifications; ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO GET ALARMED ABOUT. By Charles Wright. Farrar, Straus. 215 Pages. Wright is the author whose first novel, "The Messenger," demonstrated that stark, pitiless view of the seamy side of life that has marked his work ever since. He writes in an equally stark style, handling exposition and dialogue wilh a low-keyed understatement. This book is a sort of journal, or diary, describing Wright's experiences in the urban slum, amongst the most degraded street people.. It is a world of pills, booze, sex, panhandling, crime -- you name it. There are racism and riots, freakish people, prostitutes, drug push- ' ers and thieves. The author gives only a few glimpses of how he supported himself, but apparently he found his way around lower Manhattan and a Catskill summer resort by washing dishes and doing other menial tasks. There is a sort of surrealistic wildness about the events Wright describes here -- graph-. ic, gritty, grim. : Miles A. Smith Associated Press ys-.'f^s.$w*si .--.A ;-.··] '~ ···'··· --·"-;·'···' ····'' -.··] \'~ [···'··· --·"-;·'···': ····' ' " - r l Mf.r , i . A KKKMNG OF OPENNESS - The en- level. This photo shows Ihe slnirway leading to trancewny of NHPQ's new $600,000 office ||, 0 first level from the entrance nren. (Tri- building hns a feeling of open space, even in bunc photo by Red Kdgcrlon) llic stairwell lending lo Ihn building's firsl MARTIN MOBILEHOME SALES SINCE 1964 One of Greeley's Oldest Mobilehome Dealerships Mobilehomes have progressed tremendously in recent years. And we've progressed along with them. LOCAL BANK FINANCING AS LITTLE AS 10% DOWN UP TO 120 MONTHLY PAYMENTS Consider These Advantages Of Buying A Mobilehome At Martins MANY DIFFERENT MODELS TO CHOOSE FROM-ONE JUST RIGHT FOR YOUR NEEDS COMPLETE -Delivery -Service -Guaranteed Satisfaction WE TRADE FOR ANYTHING OF VALUE Martin Mobilehome Sales 3211 10th Ave. 'ask the family that lives in one" 352-1070

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