Member Spotlight: Arcadis North America

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Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Many of our 130 Columbus associates are long-time residents and proud to be contributing to quality of life in our Ohio communities.  Arcadis is ranked among the top 10 US design and engineering firms in water and wastewater, hazardous waste and environmental services.

Tell us about your company’s mission and values

Our mission is to create exceptional and sustainable outcomes for our clients in natural and built asset environments.  Whether it involves safeguarding the quality of drinking water, helping clients manage liabilities and mitigate risk, renovating contaminated properties for redevelopment, or helping design and construct bUnknown-1uildings and infrastructure, we are passionate about improving quality of life and being recognized as simply the best organization of our type in the world today.

How do you stay engaged with trends you see in the industry?

We are part of a company of 27,000 people activee in over 70 countries.  Our global operations and diverse experience mean we have a vast trove of collective wisdom to draw upon.  This enables us to work with clients to adapt and innovate.  Whether it’s designing shopping centers in Shanghai or water purification in São Paulo, new rail systems in Doha or reducing air pollution in Los Angeles, we can bring their best ideas and know-how to create exceptional and sustainable outcoUnknown-2mes for clients.

What do you think differentiates you from competitors?

Arcadis has a long and rich history, tracing its roots back to the Association for Wasteland Redevelopment in the Netherlands in 1888.  Our global operations and diverse experience mean we apply collective wisdom to every challenge, big and small.  In this way, our experience protecting the Dutch coast for generations is applied to securing New York’s flood defenses today. Whatever challenge our clients face, our teams bring the necessary perspective to provide the right answers, adapted to the client’s individual objectives and circumstances.

Arcadis’ offices in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo and Akron house over 300 experienced professionals.  We are architects, engineers, scientists, biochemists, geologists, designers, surveyors, statisticians and construction program managers.  With 152 offices in North America, Arcadis provides a powerful combination of geographic coverage with exceptional insights and expertise.

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Our core values are Integrity, Client Focus, Collaboration and Sustainability.  We believe in being honest and responsible, while also passionate about creating value for our clients.  Arcadis embraces diversity and staff development in our constant striving to be the best we can be.  In our 2015 employee survey 89% of our people said Arcadis is a great place to work.  We are equally proud that Forbes Magazine named Arcadis to its 2016 list of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms.  Our core values truly do guide us in everything we do, and it is very gratifying to be acknowledged for it.

What business leader do you most admire and why?

Sam Walton.  You had to admire the tireless energy of “Mr. Sam.”  Walton cared deeply about his customers and his employees, and was constantly seen in stores talking with both.   He was never afraid to try new ideas and learn from them.  His relentless drive to cut costs to keep prices low has enabled millions of people to live better lives.  Despite being a billionaire Sam Walton stayed humble, living in the same house and driving the same old pickup truck.  People were what mattered most to him.

What is your favorite place to have a meeting outside of the office?

Our customers’ offices ─ we want to know them better, and for them to feel that we are a part of their team.

Why do you think Columbus is a great place to do business?

From a strategic standpoint, Columbus is home to a remarkable range of businesses, large and small, and thus diversified against any one industry suffering a downturn.  Our city is home to many great institutions and ranks among the highest cities in America in per-capita philanthropy.  More importantly, the people make this a great city.  The combination of Midwestern values, good schools, a relatively low cost of living, a very optimistic economic outlook and great enthusiasm (O-H … I-O!) creates a quality of life competitive with any other community in the nation.


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