Jim Speedie originally came to Phoenix, Arizona in 1977 in order to open a branch office for a consulting engineering firm based in Detroit, Michigan, headed by Hugo Halpert. Halpert & Associates was an active, growing firm, with a number of very talented young engineers, several of which later went on to form NTH Consultants, a well known Michigan-based engineering firm.

Our History

In 1977, Sky Harbor Airport had only two small terminals, the freeway system consisted of only I-17, and the Valley of the Sun had a population of only 500,000 people. At the time, it would have been difficult to imagine the explosive growth that the Valley would experience over the next 25 years. Jim Speedie began to build a small team of dedicated and hard-working individuals, and instilled in each of them the philosophy of customer service which remains the essence of the firm today. The firm specialized in geotechnical engineering, construction inspection and materials testing, laboratory testing, and civil design and surveying. The early projects consisted of large shopping malls, including its first project, Paradise Valley Mall.


One such challenge was the economic and construction downturn of 1988 to 1992. Lessons learned during this period included how to maximize efficiency, practice economy, and mutual sacrifice, all with the common goals of improving client satisfaction and building the customer base.