Our Story

It all begins with the curious & companionable
Jim Reid . . .

Jim was the kind of guy who, on a family road trip, stopped the station wagon every time they came upon a sewer treatment plant, dam, or school construction site. That’s how much he loved engineering.

Jim hung out his shingle in 1953, and the City of Edmonds hired him to serve as municipal engineer. Other Snohomish County cities soon followed suit. Jim and LeRoy Middleton, who joined the firm the next year, had a way of developing lasting personal relationships that led to continued business.

That story repeated itself through the years. By the time the firm was known as Reid, Middleton and Associates, in 1960, it had become a trusted advisor to local school districts, ports, developers. Each decade since, we’ve grown to respond to market demand and adapted to ever changing technology, adding Waterfront Design, Airport Engineering, and Structural Engineering to the services we offer. As our services expanded, so did our client base, to include ports and cities and state and federal agencies across the Northwest and beyond.

Reid Middleton has stayed close to its roots – investing in people who care about doing a good job and how projects turn out. To us, the measure of our success is that people want to work with us again and again. Our business is personal.

 

Jim Reid
LeRoy Middleton

I thought about what engineering meant to my dad. And, while the product was always quality, the process involved integrity and that’s how my siblings and I grew up in a household that valued honesty and integrity and as a byproduct, hard work.

Ken Reid, son of founder Jim Reid, reflecting on the company’s 60th anniversary

Guiding Principles

If you ask us why we do what we do, the answer is clear: we care about the world we live in, and we want to be a part of making it better.

Guiding Principles


Community Involvement

Hands, feet, hearts, minds. In the places we live and beyond, our staff-led community involvement efforts reflect a fundamental desire to make life better.

Community Involvement

Timeline

1953

Jim Reid Founds the Firm

Jim Reid starts the firm that is to become Reid Middleton. His first project is for the City of Edmonds serving as the agency’s Municipal Engineer. He later serves in similar capacity for the Cities of Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, and Hermiston (where he grew up).

1953

Client #7 - Port of Everett

Our first project for the Port of Everett is writing specifications for the repair of the step bulkhead at Pier 1. We work continuously with the Port over 6 decades.

1954

LeRoy Middleton Joins the Firm

Survey Practice established when LeRoy Middleton joins firm. Mr. Middleton was very active in the Survey community and in the Land Surveyors Association of Washington (LSAW). He was a historian and established the Edmonds-Snohomish County Historical Society. LeRoy was also a recognized expert in Indian Treaty land boundaries.

1955

First Military Project & First project at Paine Field

First project at Paine Field for the US Air Force before property is transferred to the County. We continue to work at the Airport today.

1956

First work for Edmonds School District

Begin working for the Edmonds School District providing survey services. Today, we continue to work with the School District and recently completed civil engineering design for the New Lynnwood High School which has won several awards.

1960

In 1960 . . .

Reid Middleton becomes a Corporation with Jim Reid as President and LeRoy Middleton as Vice President.

1960

John Olsen joins Reid Middleton

Coming to the firm from WSDOT where he had designed the Snohomish County reach of Interstate 5, John was with Reid Middleton for over thirty years. He was integral to building the waterfront practice at Reid Middleton and renowned for his work region-wide.

1961

Stevens Memorial Hospital

Conduct street vacation project for Stevens Memorial Hospital.

1966

Reinhart Jung joins firm

Reinhart later becomes the Airport Group Director and led the practice much of his career with the firm. He is the longest term employee and still here in 2016.

1971

Airport practice established

Ken Reid and Paul Vick were leaders in the airport practice in the early years; Reinhart Jung joined the group a few years after it was ‘official’.

1971

Waterfront practice established

1973

US Navy design work

Selected to design support facilities for the US Navy’s Trident submarine system at Bangor Torpedo Station Keyport.

1974

First Project in Alaska

Conduct first survey project in Alaska for the Bureau of Land Management.

1977

Leroy Surveyor of the Year

LeRoy Middleton named Surveyor of the Year by the Land Surveyors Association of Washington.

1978

United States Post Office Contract

Awarded term contract with the United States Post Office for environmental assessments or statements – results in work at dozens of sites in western United States.

1983

First female engineer hired

The first female engineer is hired – Janet Proulx. The following year, Karen Miles and the year after that Kelli Owen. Now, 25% of the engineers in the firm are women.

1983

Mary Anne Lord Hired

Mary Anne Lord is hired as Financial Manager and named CFO in 1989. She transitions the role of CFO to Simeon Alejo in 2012 but continues to serve part-time as Controller.

1985

First Navy ID/IQ Contract

This contract is a marketing coup in a very competitive environment and positions Reid Middleton for what is to become a robust practice.

1987

Jim Reid retires

34 years after founding the firm, Jim Reid retires. His legacy continues on and the principles that he built the firm on – integrity, professionalism, hard work, service – remain the core of the firm’s principles today.

1987

New president

Tom Nack becomes the second President of Reid Middleton.

1988

Leroy Middleton Retires

1989

Big Move, New Name

Main office moves from Edmonds to Lynnwood and our name changes to Reid Middleton, Inc.

1989

Boeing Flightline

1991

Anchorage, Alaska Office Opens

Reid Middleton establishes presence in Alaska. The focus of the office changes over the years, from a primarily waterfront design practice to a market leader in structural engineering.

1992

Civil Engineering Group

Establishment of a growing relationship with the Department of General Administration, now Washington Department of Enterprise Services.

1993

Hugh Townsend becomes Reid Middleton’s 3rd President

Hired in 1985 as a structural engineer, Hugh Townsend becomes the Waterfront Group Director in 1988, then moves into role of President.

1994

Jim Reid, Firm Founder, passes away

1994

Surface Transportation Group established

Bill Goodwin is named Director.

1995

Kobe EQ Reconnaissance

First reconnaissance participation

1998

Structural Engineering Group

David Swanson is named as Director of the Group and remains in that role today. The structural group is the largest in the firm.

1998

Big Move

Main office moves from Lynnwood to south Everett – its current location.

1999

First Seismic Retrofit

Gray’s Harbor County Courthouse damaged in 1999 Satsop Earthquake.

2001

Tester Road Roundabout

First roundabout designed by Reid Middleton. Project was award-winning and first roundabout in Snohomish County.

2001

Ken Andersen moves back home to Alaska

Ken becomes Manager of the Anchorage office. His extended family of some 400+ Alaska natives means he cannot go anywhere without running into someone he knows. He returns to Everett in 2016.

2001

Nisqually Earthquake

2004

Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade, Wharf, & Marina

2004

University of Alaska, Anchorage Library Opens

This unique, award-winning building was designed with sloping and curving exterior walls that maximize exposure to the views of the surrounding Chugach Mountains. Reid Middleton was the structural engineer on this unique building that is one of the highlights of the UAA Campus.

2006

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Seismic Retrofit

This $250 million seismic & security upgrade project was Reid Middleton’s largest project in its history.

2006

Naval Hospital Bremerton Seismic Retrofit – REAP Developed

The Rapid Evaluation and Assessment Program is an important tool empowering facility managers to quickly assess the condition of their building after earthquakes. REAP helps to address uncertainty and improve decisions.

2007

Bob Galteland named 4th Reid Middleton President

Bob joined the firm in 1991 with a background as a civil engineer for the US Navy. His understanding of the military was integral to building the firm’s robust federal practice in place today. He was the Civil Projects Group Director prior to becoming the President.

2010

NAVFAC NW Kitsap – Silverdale, Bachelor Enlisted Quarters kicks-off

This award-winning project is the largest Design-Build project in Reid Middleton history.

2011

Lifetime Achievement Award for Leroy Middleton

LeRoy Middleton receives Lifetime Achievement Award from LSAW. He passes away in 2012.

2012

Honolulu, Hawaii office opens

Lance Lum returns to his home in Hawaii with his family and opens the newest Reid Middleton office, expanding the firm’s reach into the Pacific.

2014

San Diego Office Opens

Official opening of our San Diego office.

2015

Jim Purkey hired as Director of Survey Group

2016

Don Barclay named Airport Engineering Group Director

2016

David Stierwalt named Anchorage office Manager