This is a promise Seattle-based Harris Group has been fulfilling over the last four decades. Established in 1975, Harris Group is a multidiscipline engineering firm with broad capabilities supporting businesses across various industries, including chemical processing, aerospace, energy, renewable fuels, and life sciences. Embracing modern technologies and valuing traditional excellence, the company provides clients with engineering services from concept through completion, including integrating process technologies, technology assessment, process conceptualization and development, automation solutions, detailed design and construction, and startup and commissioning support. Harris Group’s dedicated team of engineers, designers, project managers, and business specialists bring the technical and industry expertise and proficiency of a large firm and the focus and attention of a small business. “By positioning ourselves as an extension of our clients, we forge solutions to their technological challenges while also ensuring that capital projects are integrated seamlessly into an operating facility,” says Jeff Ross, process engineering manager of Harris Group.
A prominent service of Harris Group is its consulting and feasibility studies. “Most often, clients come to us not knowing the solution to their problem, and we conduct feasibility studies looking at various possible options, costs, and benefits, and then make a decision on the right path forward,” explains Ross. Harris Group takes a holistic approach with each project; this includes gaining a deep understanding of the clients’ key priorities, presenting different concepts, and jointly determining the optimal choice based on the client’s needs and specific project. Once the conceptual design has been finalized, the team works to finalize the scope of the project. As the detailed design of the overall project progresses, Harris Group’s process engineers ensure that mechanical, electrical, structural, and automation designs are all aligned with the design intent of the project. The firm also provides commissioning and startup support to ensure a smooth transition from construction to commercial operations. Automation and process control are critical to chemical and process facilities for ensuring quality and efficiency.
By positioning ourselves as an extension of our clients, we forge solutions to their technological challenges while also ensuring that capital projects are integrated seamlessly into an operating facility
Highlighting the effectiveness of Harris Group’s services is its success story with a client that wanted to increase the capacity of one of their processes at a site. “However, they didn’t know the project cost. They needed to finalize their project concept in order to get the required funding from their leadership,” mentions Ross. Harris Group conducted a feasibility study looking at different options in terms of equipment lineups to determine the number of new equipment they needed to double the capacity of their processes. The team also guided the client during the detailed design, engineering, and implementation phases. “It’s an ongoing project, and so we continue to conduct weekly meetings with the client. Construction is in progress and we are looking to commission the project very soon,” states Ross.
Harris Group’s emphasis on client satisfaction has helped the company create a name for itself across diverse industries and continues to play a critical role in attracting over 90 percent of work from existing clients. The firm has always focused on forging long-term relationships with its clients; its experienced team is dedicated to ensuring that the client’s project experience is of the highest quality. As the next step, Harris Group plans to expand its geographical footprint across its client’s locations. “Our mission is to become a trusted advisor for our clients. To that end, we will continue to collaborate with them to offer innovative solutions and provide value over and above what is called for in the contract every time,” concludes Ross.