Our History

Penhallegon Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc. (PACE) began in April 1992 when Marty Penhallegon ventured out on his own, with key staff members from his prior employer, to start one of the region's most experienced professional consulting firms in engineering, surveying, planning, and design.

After the first year, PACE had seven employees and quickly grew both organically and through strategic acquisitions. Specializing in utility infrastructure and civil site projects, PACE quickly became the go-to firm for many clients in the Puget Sound area. In 1994, PACE acquired a surveying company out of Issaquah, Washington, adding one of the firm’s current specialties, land surveying. In 2001, PACE acquired a Seattle-based engineering firm with experience in many of the region’s large infrastructure projects from sewer and water projects to transportation and Sound Transit experience, strengthening our capabilities in Seattle and adding depth in order to compete on larger projects.

In 2005, PACE acquired an engineering firm located in Oregon City, Oregon, to expand our service area into southwestern Washington and Oregon. This office added a high-level water treatment resume and a structural group to the PACE team. In 2009, this office moved to Lake Oswego to be more strategically located in the Oregon market.

In 2005, the name of Penhallegon Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc., was formally changed to PACE Engineers, Inc., to reflect the many owners who had become shareholders in the company. In 2006, PACE became an ESOP company, making all employees owners.

In 2011, PACE acquired an engineering firm that was established in 1943 with offices in Seattle and Wenatchee, Washington. This added depth to our transportation group and allowed us to expand our offices to eastern Washington.

The result of all this history is that PACE has a talented and experienced staff that is unrivaled in the Northwest and we are well positioned and ready to take on the challenges of the next 20 years!