A design-firm specialized in architecture, engineering, environmental and construction services whose work I have admired for many years is HDR Inc. The company’s history spans more than 100 years.
Henningson Engineering Company was founded in 1917 in Omaha, Nebraska, by H.H. Henningson, a visionary who cared about rural communities. It was his commitment to people that drove the firm’s incredible growth.
In the 1930s, the Rural Electrification Act opened up fresh possibilities, leading engineer Willard Richardson to join Henningson. In 1940, Chuck Durham came on board and the firm became Henningson, Durham and Richardson, Inc. – later HDR – with Durham serving as president and Richardson as secretary-treasurer. Together, these three pioneers contributed to what became known as the Midwestern work ethic.
Today, HDR employs more than 11,000 people in over 200 offices around the world. The company’s multi-disciplinary approach means that clients can count on HDR to push the envelope when it comes to what’s possible. Under the leadership of Eric L. Keen, they are helping clients to meet the challenges of our ever-changing, technology-driven economy.
HDR is known for designing inspired spaces. The company ranked as one of the top three US architecture firms in 2022, according to Architectural Record. This continued its three-year streak leading the annual ranking of the top 300 firms in the sector.
The firm served as the engineer and sustainability consultant for Alliant Energy’s West Riverside Energy Center, a 730-megawatt power generation facility in Beloit, Wisconsin, which earned the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Bronze Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Clayco is currently building cleanrooms and a training center with HDR as the architect of record for a new, confidential client. We enjoy working with HDR as they share many of our values. Their strong commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as their collaborative culture and HDR Foundation align with our goal to always build “Beyond These Walls”.
HDR is known for designing environments that inspire people to do their best work. The company’s commitment to innovation is just one of the reasons why I am looking forward to continuing to work with this amazing team.
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Immigration has always been a critical point of value in America’s prosperity. The “American Dream” would not be possible without the contribution of generations of immigrants to society, not to mention the priceless importance of multiculturalism. Despite this, the rhetoric surrounding immigration and its influence on U.S. institutions and ways of life has become increasingly hostile and rooted in misinformation. I recently read the book “How Migration Really Works: The Facts About the Most Divisive Issue in Politics” by Hein de Haas. I highly recommend it to everyone to better understand migration policies and national impact. As we get farther into this election year, debates surrounding immigration are escalating. Still, people don’t understand the fundamentals of migration or how it truly affects the U.S. To mitigate this, Hein de Haas draws on decades of research to destroy myths and set the record straight. The book highlights tense topics like global migration not being at an all-time high, climate change not leading to mass migration, and immigration mainly benefiting the wealthy instead of workers. He also notes that border restrictions have produced more migration – something that is commonly misreported and viewed as the only “solution” to the migration “problem.”
When our Clayco team finds a company that mirrors our mission and determination, we fortify that partnership by pooling resources on as many projects as possible. Vision Electric & Systems is one of Clayco’s excellent subcontractors that we have had the pleasure of working on several developments with. Subcontractors play a pivotal role by bringing multifaceted advantages and expertise across construction efforts.