HDR, Inc. a well-known leader in engineering and architectural design with offices at 3200 E. Camelback Road, was selected as a recipient of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s 28th annual IMPACT Awards.
The IMPACT Awards honor the accomplishments of small and large businesses and the impact they have on the Valley’s business community and economy. This year—as in each of the last three years of the program—the GPCC recognizes two recipients in each of four categories: Community Champion, Economic Driver, Entrepreneurial Excellence, and Response to Adversity.
HDR, Inc., received the IMPACT Award for Economic Driver in the small to medium business category (250 employees or fewer). HDR has been in Arizona since 1959 when Del Webb first contracted with the firm to provide drainage expertise during the economic boom of the 1950s and 1960s. Today, with more than 200 employees in its Arizona offices, HDR is the largest architectural, engineering, and consulting firm in the state.
“HDR’s projects help to drive the economy by creating jobs, providing people with quicker access and more transportation options to get to and from work, and building facilities that improve people’s quality of life,” said David Skinner, vice president and Southwest Area operations manager for HDR.
Some of the projects HDR has been involved with include light rail transit (LRT) planning work with Valley Metro; the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway project; and Arizona State University’s ISTB 4, a transdisciplinary research facility and the home of ASU’s newly formed School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) as well as program areas including synthetic chemistry, astrophysics, environmental engineering, and energy research initiatives. Skinner explained the building was designed to encourage collaboration and innovation—activities that will affect the local economy and state.
“These eight companies truly represent what makes our community such a great place to live, work and do business,” said Todd Sanders, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. “Their entrepreneurial spirit drives our state forward, and we are privileged to honor them for their leadership, commitment to community, job creation and economic impact.”
The 2015 IMPACT Businesses of the Year will be selected from eight total honorees and announced at a luncheon on Wednesday, May 13, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Tickets are $75 for GPCC members and $85 for non-members. For reservations, visit www.phoenixchamber.com/impact.