Steve Porter


Steve’s tenacity and perseverance, evident in the firm’s fast growth and continued success, took root far before his working years. He attended Washington State University on a wrestling scholarship, competing as a D1 athlete while completing a rigorous engineering program. Today, that same character affords him unparalleled relationships with the region’s top architects, developers and jurisdictions.

Overseeing the civil practice, Steve pushes his team of engineers to reach beyond their discipline, to “think like an owner,” and to strive for vision that extends far beyond engineering. A thoughtful mediator and a powerful advocate for his clients, Steve bridges the divide that can often exist between clients and regulatory agencies. An advocate of sustainable design long before it became mainstream, Steve is known throughout the industry as the leader in creative design practices.

His work in greater Seattle includes many of the region’s flagships including the Microsoft campus, the Amazon Spheres, The Allen Institute, and the decade-long transformation of South Lake Union.


B.S. Civil Engineering, Washington State University, 1985

Fun Fact

An avid fly fisherman, Steve travels the world for a shot at unique species.