CH2M HILL Debuts on FORTUNE 500 Where Engineering and Construction Is Second Fastest Growing Industry

DENVER, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Apr 23, 2009 -- CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, procurement, construction, and operations firm, has debuted on the FORTUNE 500 list, ranking number 436. The firm is also ranked among the top 10 largest Colorado-based companies.

"The FORTUNE 500 ranking is a testament to our talented and dedicated employees who provide quality services to our clients every day," says Lee McIntire, CH2M HILL chief executive officer.

In 2008, CH2M HILL ranked 520 on the FORTUNE 1,000. In just one year, CH2M HILL's revenue grew more than 27 percent due to continued diversification.

"This steady and stable growth allows us to take on some of the most challenging projects around the globe," added McIntire. "We are honored to be among so many great companies and thank our clients worldwide for the privilege of working on important projects that are benefiting the communities where we live and work."

A sampling of CH2M HILL's current projects include:

--  Program management for the $5.25 billion, 7-year Panama Canal
    expansion, leading to a third set of locks and deepened and widened
    channels to accommodate post-Panamax shipping.
--  Implementation of cutting-edge water treatment technology in arid
    regions, including water recycling in Australia, desalination in the Middle
    East, and natural and state-of-the-art treatment in Aurora, Colorado.
--  Oversight of the design and construction of the venues and
    infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of
    the CLM Delivery Partner.
--  Helping meet the world's future energy needs by providing engineer,
    procure, construct (EPC) services and oil field operations in the Arctic,
    EPC for power plants in Australia, landfill gas utilization in China and
    solar manufacturing in Spain.
--  Program management of the world's first carbon-neutral, "green"
    community in Masdar City, a two-square-mile area in Abu Dhabi, United Arab
--  Prime contractor for the safe, environmental cleanup of the $4.5
    billion, 5-year Central Plateau of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford
    nuclear site in south-central Washington state.
--  Management of a $10 billion military base relocation program for the
    U.S. and South Korean governments.

In January 2009 CH2M HILL became the first engineering and construction firm to win the Catalyst Award, which annually honors innovative organizational approaches with proven, measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of all women, including women of color. CH2M HILL has also been named one of the 2009 FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" and one of the 2009 "World's Most Ethical Companies" by Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability.

The full FORTUNE 500 list and related stories appear in the May 4 issue of FORTUNE and at

Headquartered near Denver, Colo., employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in engineering, procurement, construction, management and operations for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. With $6.4 billion in revenue and more than 25,000 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record (2008). The firm's work is concentrated in the areas of energy, water, transportation, environmental, nuclear and industrial facilities. The firm has long been recognized as a most-admired company and leading employer, including being named by FORTUNE as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For (2009). Visit

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