History

In the Beginning

Willy Van Hemert, PE
Willy Van Hemert, PE

Almost 40 years ago, Willy Van Hemert, PE, had an unorthodox idea. He believed he could create a firm that would become a leader in Alaska civil engineering.

A lot of people think that. 

Willy’s idea was different because he thought in order to be successful, he needed happy employees.

He knew that happy employees turned out a better work product.

Better work products = happy clients.

Happy clients are repeat clients. 

CRW has a lot of repeat clients.

In fact, 97% of our clients are repeat clients.

What do the initials “CRW” represent?

The initials “CRW” have never had an official business meaning or representation. Instead they reflect the initials of what is really important to Willy…his family. “C” is for his first daughter and only child at the time, Caroline; “R” is for his wife, Rose; and “W” is for Willy. Family has always been Willy’s priority. He made sure his business family kept their families a priority over work throughout his CRW career.

Words of Wisdom, or what we call Willyisms from our founder, Willy Van Hemert

Willyisms are the foundation of CRW. They continue to be the principles that direct our business decisions and guide our staff on a daily basis.

Customer is King (help them, let them take the credit.)

Customer is King (help them, let them take the credit).

Consistently provide a high quality product on schedule.

Consistently provide a high quality product on schedule.

Put people in a position to be successful. Play to their strengths.

Put people in a position to be successful. Play to their strengths.

Treat all staff members with respect and dignity.

Treat all staff members with respect and dignity.

Last but not least – your family comes first.

Last but not least – your family comes first.