SCJ Alliance, an engineering firm with an office in downtown Centralia, is celebrating 15 years in business.
“We’ve gone from eight people working on Costco folding tables as desks, to 123 folks in 10 offices in Washington, Montana and Colorado,” said Jean Carr, SCJ president and CEO.
SCJ became a 100% employee-owned company in 2019.
The company specializes in civil engineering, transportation planning and design, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture and public outreach.
In 2016, SCJ opened its downtown Centralia office at 212 N. Tower Ave. Since then, the team has grown to 14, many of them transportation and civil engineers.
Office Principal Brandon Johnson, a third generation Lewis County resident, is active on the boards of the Lewis Economic Development Council and the United Way of Lewis County and also supports the Centralia College Foundation.
Area projects for the office have included the Borst Avenue redesign, the Mellen Street e-Transit Station, the United Learning Center and many schools including Shawn Learning Center, Fords Prairie and Jefferson-Lincoln elementary schools and Centralia High School. The team has also played a significant role in the Chehalis Tribe’s Ground Mound development, which includes Fairfield Inn, Talking Cedar and Station 88.
Since its founding in May 2006, SCJ Alliance has worked on 3,346 projects for public and private clients.
“We have watched new terms develop — such as transit-oriented design and now trail-oriented design,” said Eric Johnston, SCJ’s executive vice president. “These trends match well with our expertise and experience, as well as our team’s passions. I love seeing our culture embraced by staff ... integrating business groups and offices and striving to turn every project into something of significance.”