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Earl Reynolds, P.E.

  Earl Reynolds, P.E.CH2M Hill is an International Consulting Firm with over 12,000 professional employees in 165 offices on 6 Continents. Earl Reynolds was the Chairman of the Board of this mega firm in the early 80's, providing his vision for the firm from right here in Boise.

It wasn't always this way.

If you go back to 1950, Cornell, Howland, Hayes and Merryfield was a seven-man firm with one office in Corvalis, Oregon. In 1950 when this small firm decided to expand, they chose Boise for its first branch office, and earl came to Boise to set up business here. Earl has been a major player in the growth and success of CH2M Hill, guiding over 1,200 projects from his Boise office.. Earl graduated with honors in civil engineering from Oregon State and earned a masters degree with honors from Yale in 1948.  
Economic Contributions
As Chairman of the Board for CH2M Hill, Earl was responsible for long-range planning, and with his vision, was instrumental in broadening the firm beyond the traditional engineering design into a broad-based consulting arena that extended to environmental sciences, economics, planning, and related fields. Earl served as chairman of the Boise City Planning and Zoning Commission, Blue Ribbon Committee on Downtown Development, Board of Boise Redevelopment Agency.

Other Contributions
An energetic, selfless community servant, Earl Reynolds has achieved an awesome record of service that we are all benefiting from. One of the more prominent community projects with which Earl is associated is the Boise River Greenbelt Development. He and a few of his associates conducted a study of the river and surrounding environment in 1964. Then, while serving as a member of the Boise City Planning Commission, Earl successfully persuaded the City Council to pursue development of the neglected asset. And of course Earl served on the initial Greenbelt Committee.

The numerous professional and civic honors Earl has earned are testimony of the widespread recognition of this very respected and admired gentleman, who is held in the highest esteem by all who know him. Despite his record of achievements, he remains humble, gracious, modest, and unaffected by the many accolades bestowed upon him. He was named an Idaho Statesman Distinguished Citizen in 1967, received the Boise Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Community Service award in 1988; And by mayoral proclamation, the Boise Redevelopment Agency and City of Boise named July 13, 1988 as "Earl Reynolds Appreciation Day." In 1992 Earl received the NSPE Distinguished Service Award.

Constantly looking for ways to enrich our quality of life, Earl is a patron of the arts, generously supporting such artistic and cultural organizations as the Boise Philharmonic, Boise Opera, the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, and providing Boise State University students music scholarships. He also has been an active member and leader in many capacities at All Saints Episcopal Church. Earl Reynolds' ingenuity, his innovative and energetic leadership, his immensely effective managerial style, his striving for excellence, his generosity, and the fairness, respect, and consideration he displays in his interactions with others are all trademarks by which earl is known throughout the country, not only in engineering circles, but in other areas of human endeavor as well. 


 

 

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