Our Story

When Noel Adams opened for business in 1969, the dust had barely settled in the Sea of Tranquility, where Neil Armstrong took one giant leap for mankind. Woodstock had just wrapped up in New York, launching the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and the Grateful Dead. Closer to home, The Seattle Pilots baseball team were in the midst of their one and only season, and the newly formed Supersonics were still finding their stride in the crowded NBA Western Division. Bell bottoms and tie-dye were all around, and Disco was well on the way. What a difference fifty years makes.

This year, we celebrate the history and legacy of the company Noel Adams founded way back when – the company that would become AHBL, Inc. Since our inception as a one-person operation offering structural engineering, we have grown to more than 125 strong. Over the years, we added civil engineering, community planning, land survey, and landscape architecture to our repertoire, creating a multidisciplinary environment where results happen. As our story unfolded, we spread out across the map, first to Seattle, then to Spokane and Tri-Cities. Our work took us to other states along the West Coast, north to Alaska, and further inland to Idaho. Eventually, it even took us around the world. Yet, every step along the way was grounded in an appreciation of who we are and how we got there.

Over the coming months, we will celebrate the journey – fifty years of remarkable experience and unforgettable memories. We reflect on the people who made it possible, not only our founding partners and principals, but every individual who has joined their story with our own in the pursuit of excellence, including our employees past and present, our clients, our project partners, our families, and our friends. Gratitude is our common theme, and that’s unlikely to change over the next fifty years.

A lot can change in half a century. We can’t wait to see what’s next.

AHBL Mission Statement

Through innovative planning, design, and engineering, we improve our communities and build collaborative partnerships one project at a time.

AHBL Core Values

  • Our actions are open, honest, and respectful.
  • We are advocates for our clients, and our clients are advocates for us. We assist them in achieving their goals, and they rely on everything we do.
  • We are empowered, engaged, and enthusiastic.
  • We are respected and visible in our communities, where we actively contribute.
  • We lead with the highest moral integrity, which guides all our actions.
  • We are all proud of the exceptional work we do.