CH2M expanding Upstate operations

July 21, 2015

CH2M-expanding-Upstate-operations.jpgEngineering firm investing millions to open new Greenville facility

CH2M, a global, Fortune 500 consulting, design, construction and operations firm, is expanding its Upstate South Carolina operations with a new 70,000-square-foot facility in Greenville County. The investment will involve relocation of 350 professional positions and is expected to generate 50 new jobs in Greenville, S.C.

Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., CH2M was established in 1946 in Corvallis, Ore. by three Oregon state college graduates, Holly Cornell, Jim Howland and Burke Hayes and their enthusiastic professor, Fred Merryfield. Since that time, the company has grown tremendously. With a total workforce of more than 25,000, CH2M is currently working on projects in more than 50 countries worldwide, providing engineering solutions in the areas of transportation, water, environment, nuclear, oil gas and chemicals, industry and urban environments.

By relocating its existing Upstate operations to a new Holder Properties’ build-to-suit facility, located at Bonaventure Circle off of Verdae Blvd. in Greenville, S.C., CH2M looks to significantly grow its operations in the Upstate, allowing the company to better meet increasing customer demand. Throughout the site selection process, CH2M prioritized a number of amenities including technology, building infrastructure and location all aimed at employee retention and recruitment.

Strategically located along the Interstate 85 growth corridor, half-way between Atlanta and Charlotte, the Verdae Community will include pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, a lush central park and abundant green space.

CH2M’s Upstate operation currently delivers large capital projects in the chemicals, fibers, manufacturing, transportation, and life sciences markets. The new facility is being developed by Holder Properties and will be completed by April 2016, with hiring for new positions anticipated to begin during the second quarter of 2016.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project. For more information on CH2M, visit Those interested in joining the CH2M Hill team should visit the company’s careers page online.


“We look forward to establishing a state-of-the-art, next generation workplace within the Verdae Community with its many recreational amenities and nearby commercial districts. CH2M is often ranked as one of the best companies to work for in the U.S., ranked No. 25 in 2015 according to Business Insider, and our goal is to be the engineering employer of choice in the Upstate community.” –CH2M Regional Vice President Kent E. Smith

“It’s always exciting when a company decides to expand its operations and create new jobs in our state. This multi-million dollar investment and the 50 new jobs it will create will have a tremendous impact on our Upstate community, and I look forward to watching CH2M continue to grow and thrive there for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Today, we celebrate CH2M’s decision to expand its Upstate operations, creating dozens of new jobs. This announcement is a testament to South Carolina’s loyal, world-class workforce, and I’m excited to watch them succeed in this new, expanded facility.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“As a forward-thinking and growing company serving critical infrastructure and engineering markets, CH2M Hill is a great fit for the Greenville County and the Upstate. The company’s expansion and increased investment in Greenville County is a testament not only to its overall strength, but to the supportive business environment and the world-class engineering talent pool we have here.” –Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor

“The expansion of CH2M in Greenville is good news for the state and local economy.  CH2M brings a wealth of world-class talent and engineering expertise to Greenville—all attracted by the quality of life and superb work force that our city is known for.   We are grateful for the company’s decision to be a part of Greenville’s future.  What’s more, CH2M is an impressive part of the constellation of internationally –recognized companies that mark one of America’s highest growth regions, the Interstate 85 corridor.” –City of Greenville Mayor Knox White