KLJ Wins Engineering Excellence Award in Montana

November 12th, 2014

KLJ has been awarded a 2014 Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Montana (ACEC/MT) for their work on the Reserve Loop to US 93 segment of the Kalispell Bypass Project. The Kalispell Bypass will be a crucial link between Kalispell in western Montana and the rest of the state, the segment allows traffic to loop around the west side of Kalispell so travelers can reach their destinations without going through downtown traffic. It also connects travelers to north Kalispell’s growing commercial district while eliminating as much as 15 minutes of travel time. The segment created a wider, more functional intersection between US 93 and S-548 and alleviated the congestion in the busy area. The result is a safer route around Kalispell that connects to a growing commercial district. The Kalispell Bypass project is a 20 year effort by Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) to create a major north-south running US highway in western Montana. KLJ provided the design for roads, drainage, traffic signals, retaining walls and right-of-way services for the Reserve Loop to US 93 segment, which was completed in November 2013. KLJ assisted with environmental re-evaluations for the overall project and prepared plans, specs […] Learn More


KLJ Announces Northeast Bismarck Sub Area Study

November 6th, 2014

Cities across North Dakota are experiencing growth and Bismarck/Mandan is no exception. One of the metro area’s highest growth locations is northeast of Century Avenue and Centennial road, growing in urban and rural development as well as commercial land uses. This has resulted in increased traffic on rural two-lane roadways and urban streets, with limited transportation options. With growth projected to increase in the area through 2040, alternative transportation options are needed. KLJ is working with Burleigh County, City of Bismarck and the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMMPO) to develop and evaluate a future plan that provides alternatives for improved mobilityof motorized and non-motorized transportation in the study area. The intent of the Northeast Bismarck Sub Area Study is to develop design alternatives, cost estimates, funding alternatives and implementation strategies for future transportation needs in the area. The study area is comprised of more than 12 square miles in Bismarck and Burleigh County northeast of the city. The study area is bounded to the north by 84th Avenue, to the west by Centennial Road, to the south by Interstate 94 and to the east by 80th Street. Once the study is completed, the decision to develop a construction project will […] Learn More


KLJ Completes North Dakota Oil and Gas Industry Impacts Study

September 18th, 2014

The North Dakota Oil and Gas Industry Impacts Study was commissioned to forecast the level of oil and gas production in the state of North Dakota and trends that may increase, decrease or stabilize production. The study area focuses on the 19 oil and gas producing counties with a time frame of 2014-2019.The collaborative team of KLJ, based in Bismarck, ND, North Dakota State University’s Agribusiness and Applied Economics Department (NDSU) in Fargo, ND, and the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota (EERC) in Grand Forks, ND conducted the research and provided their expertise in preparation of this study. The study suggests the next five years are forecasted for sustainable oil and gas production in the state of North Dakota. While there are undoubtedly conditions and events that could impact these expected outcomes, the oil and gas industry will continue to invest in the Bakken/Three Forks Formation if the economics of drilling prove profitable. Click on the link below to view the study. Oil and Gas Study 2014-2019 Learn More


KLJ Recognized as Best Place to Work

September 3rd, 2014

Prairie Business magazine recognized KLJ as one of the Top 25 large employers in their “50 Best Places to Work” contest. Receiving this award illustrates KLJ’s commitment to recruiting and retaining exceptional employees. “We recognize that happy employees are vital to the success of our company,” said Recruiting Manager, Michelle Miller. Studies indicate that companies with the best employee morale have lower turnover and better financial performance as well as improved safety and higher-quality job applicants than industry peers. Employees nominated KLJ by submitting employee satisfaction surveys, which included questions about work environment, employee benefits and employee happiness. “The surveys submitted by KLJ employees reflect the positive company culture that KLJ has established,” said Miller. The contest acknowledges the best 25 small businesses and the best 25 large business throughout the area and is the first contest of its kind in the region. Learn More


KLJ Selected for 2014 PSMJ Circle of Excellence

July 16th, 2014

The Professional Services Management Journal (PSMJ) selected KLJ for their 2014 Circle of Excellence. The recognition validates KLJ’s outstanding achievements in profitability, cash flow management, productivity, business development, staff growth and turnover. PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence is designed to highlight firms that are successfully managed, based on 13 key performance metrics. The Circle of Excellence represents the top 20 percent of participants in PSMJ’s annual Architecture and Engineering Financial Performance Benchmark Survey. KLJ is among the top firms to exemplify both the basic and most innovative best practices in the business. PSMJ is one of the world’s leading authorities, publishers and consultants on the effective management of architecture, engineering and construction firms. Including KLJ on their elite list demonstrates our firm’s ability to achieve national success and recognition. Learn More


KLJ Expands to Florida

July 9th, 2014

KLJ is expanding to Lake Worth, Florida. The firm will specialize in hydrogeological services and provide comprehensive water supply, water management and well water-system consulting to the community and surrounding area. The office, a business suite in the Wellington Commons Business Center, is located at 8461 Lake Worth Road, Suite # 1-251 in Lake Worth, Florida. The Lake Worth office is KLJ’s first office in Florida and brings the firm to 24 office locations. “Expanding our services into Florida will provide unique opportunities to work with the community and bring multiple career opportunities to the area, as we plan to continue to expand once we become more prominent in the community,” said Michelle Miller, recruiting manager at KLJ. Mike Waldron, a Lake Worth resident, recently joined KLJ, and will lead the initiative in Florida from the Lake Worth office. Waldron, a professional geologist and hydrogeologist, has more than 24 years experience in water resource and environmental fields and has served as project manager and technical lead for numerous injection-well programs and water-supply well projects.   Learn More


Hyndman Receives Patriot Award

June 23rd, 2014

Justin Hyndman in the Dickinson office received the Employer Support for Guard and Reserves (ESGR) Patriot Award from the National Defense Department. The award recognizes supervisors nominated by a Guardsman or Reservist employee and reflects efforts to support the nominator and his/her service to our country. Katelyn Kelly, a member of the 231st BSB of the National Guard in Valley City, nominated Hyndman because of his dedicated support of her participation in National Guard training exercises and deployment to active duty.  North Dakota has the fourth largest National Guard and Reserve contingent in the nation and has recently sent units to active duty in Croatia and Afghanistan. This dedication to the National Guard is not possible without supportive employers. The Patriot Award recognizes this support and makes Hyndman eligible for the prestigious Freedom Award. Learn More


KLJ Recognized as One of the Nation’s Top 500 Design Firms by ENR

May 27th, 2014

KLJ has again been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 500 Design Firms by Engineering News Record (ENR).  ENR is a construction trade magazine which issues annual rankings of firms engaged in architecture, engineering or construction. The rankings list the 500 largest privately and publically-held consulting firms based solely on revenue of the previous year. KLJ was recognized as: 70th in the Top 100 Pure Designers (based on revenue received for design services, considering only traditional design firms with no contracting revenue reported). 102nd in the Top 500 Designer Firms (based on revenue received for design services).  Additionally, ENR ranks firms by specific market sectors and sub-sectors, again based on revenue. This year, KLJ was ranked 19th in the Telecommunications category. Learn More