A Team You Can Trust

Learn about our foundations: what we believe in, how we approach our work, and why we invest in our people.

AT 3J OUR MISSION IS GROWTH

We problem-solve for the present and design a vision for the future – all with the goal to develop reliable infrastructure, build healthy environments, and protect natural resources. Our team pulls together our best ideas to help our communities grow intuitively and gracefully. What makes us feel good at the end of the day is knowing that we’re using our skills to grow communities – and to promote professional growth. This happens in three ways:

Growing Our Communities

We get our hands dirty for the needs of the community while turning our gears for future possibilities.

Growing Our Capabilities

Staying stagnant isn’t how we roll. We’re good at what we do, but we’re always trying to grow our skillset and diversify our capabilities.

Growing Our People

It’s important to us to help our team learn and develop their skills. In turn, we appreciate the fresh perspectives that our folks bring to the table.

Our Company Culture

We believe that employee happiness is a result of staying true to our values – and in turn, leads us toward our mission of growth. Whether we’re hitting the slopes, grabbing a beer, or running in Forest Park for Workout Wednesday, we like to find a balance between work and play.

Workout Wednesday
3J Campout
Hood to Coast 2015
Street of Dreams 2015
3J Ski Trip
Pole Pedal Paddle
Grill Team
Cycle Pub

Our Values

Our core values are the blueprint that leads us to making the right choices. These ideas are more than ‘nice-to-haves’ – we use them as a gut check in every decision we make. If our actions align with these promises, we know that we’re working toward our mission of Growth.

Value The Team

It’s an easy equation: when your employees are happy, your organization is healthy. Whether it’s through a simple “thank you” or hosting an end-of-day gathering, we care as equally about our employees smiling as we do revenue.

Appreciate The Work

We aren’t ashamed to geek out about what we do. Our passion for our projects and our motivation to solve problems are why we’re here in the first place. While others might shy away from a challenge, we see it as a fun and rewarding puzzle.

Get It Done Right

When we say we’ll deliver, we have the work ethic to back it up. We’re driven by timeliness and quality, and we always keep the big picture in mind.

Be Ahead of The Game

The best way to ensure a successful project? Answer the question before it’s asked. We’re obsessive about preparing for what’s next, and we invest time and resources into keeping our people well-equipped to stay ahead of our clients’ expectations.

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Heather once appeared on national television giving her opinion of Judge Wapner’s verdict on “The People’s Court”.
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Barbara spends weekends on her road bike on the Washington County Scenic Bikeway or the Banks-Vernonia Trail, or on her SUP on Haag Lake.
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Steven is an avid collector of board games – he's filled an entire wall!
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Joe enjoys singing and playing guitar for his dog.
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Ashley loves to hike and explore the great Pacific Northwest with her husky whenever possible.
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Sean enjoys spending his personal time building projects in his woodshop, tending to his vegetable garden, and playing hot licks on the saxophone.
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Jesse can quote over a dozen 1980’s and 1990’s movies by heart.
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Steve is learning to play the ukulele along with his six-year-old daughter.
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Brian can launch his ski boat in 40 seconds flat.
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Jeremy honorably served in the United States Marine Corps for 5 years as an electrician on the F18 Hornet.
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Tim has been a high school basketball official for the Portland Basketball Official Association for almost 20 years.
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Kathleen lives on a farm raising a garden, two sheep and two cows.
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Taryn worked in remote parts of Alaska on a Drift Gilnetting boat in high school.
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Andrea rappelled down a waterfall in one country and climbed up a waterfall in another country in the same summer.
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Kelly feels most accomplished when she can get through the day without mixing up her identical twin girls.
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Jake is restoring a 1951 2R5 Studebaker pickup that has remained in his family since 1952.
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Audrey is an avid reader, sometimes completing up to 7 books a week.
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Anais has sailed through three oceans & fives seas, yet still can’t quell her disposition towards seasickness.
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Aaron grew up in Australia and had to learn feet and inches to take the PE exam.
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Although Josh never got his merit badge for helping the elderly cross the street, he did become an Eagle Scout when he was 15.
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The water calls to Brian – he has swum in the Atlantic, Pacific and all 5 Great Lakes.
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Laura was a member of Chi Omega Women's Fraternity at Oregon State University.
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Ken loves hiking in the Pacific Northwest and has summited South Sister twice.
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Phillip writes with his left hand but plays all sports right-hand dominant.
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Sevin is the seventh of seven children. He got his name because his parents said "they just ran out of names".
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Mercedes has been to the top of the tallest building in the smallest country in the world.
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Chase enjoys good food, great wine, and Oregon’s beer.
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Gregg is an avid fly fisherman even while answering emails on his phone.

Recent Press

Architecture and engineering employment continues to surge

June 13, 2019

Stepping into the empty space of a new office packed with modern amenities and aesthetics, it’s easy for John Howorth to reflect on his professional journey, which began in 2009 when he founded 3J Consulting, a civil engineering and community planning firm.

Read More About 3J and Our Industry's Growth

PBJ 100 2019: 12 companies that continue to log huge growth

May 28, 2019

The Portland Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Private 100 program, which this year takes place June 13, is widely considered one of the business world’s best annual parties.

Check Out Our Growth

Progress on Florence’s Housing Code Update

May 24, 2019

The City of Florence is currently working on a major revision of the housing codes that govern construction and development within city limits. The public was invited to participate in the process by attending an open house meeting on Thursday at Florence City Hall. The goal of the code update is to allow for an easier path to building all types of housing in the city.

Read the Siuslaw News Article

Housing Code Sub-Committee Meets

May 3, 2019

The City of Florence Housing Code Update Subcommittee, which operates under the auspices of the Community and Economic Development Committee (CEDC), met last Thursday afternoon at City Hall, where the meeting was facilitated by City Recorder Kelli Weese and Planning Director Wendy FarleyCampbell.

Learn About the City of Florence Updates Here

Crestview project slowly progressing

March 30, 2019

After years of planning and several setbacks, officials expect first phase to begin this summer.

Read About the Progress

Portland’s new affordable housing development includes units for families transitioning out of homelessness

March 15, 2019

Located in Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District, Vibrant! is a new affordable housing, high-rise development

Check out Building Construction + Design's Article

Questions remain on Commons master plan

December 4, 2018

LINCOLN COUNTY –– County officials and members of the community are still working with consultants to hash out details of a fairgrounds master plan that — so far —needs tweaking. Consultants from 3J Consulting hired by the county to draft a County Commons Master Plan found discrepancies between current and past accounts of the community’s needs.

Read the Newport News Times Article

North Plains plans for major growth

September 6, 2018

A small group of North Plains residents gathered Tuesday evening, Sept. 4, to learn about the vision for their city’s future.

See the growth in the NewsTimes Article

Progress is being made on Crestview Crossing project

August 8, 2018

Crestview Crossing, a proposed development in the works for more than a decade on Highway 99W across from Providence Newberg Medical Center, will take another step toward fruition this week as the subject of a public hearing before the Newberg Planning Commission.

Read Newberg Graphic Article

Update: Commons Master Plans meetings

June 27, 2018

County officials said six people attended the Lincoln City public meeting on June 27, concerning the Commons and fairgrounds master plan.

Check Out the Article

A first look at the smashing new Concordia/Portland Public Schools $49M education center

August 24, 2017

Concordia University and Portland Public Schools are rolling out a stunning new $48.8 million facility that’s designed to impel a potentially revolutionary new type of education program. Called a ‘3 to PhD’ community, the new school creates a holistic environment for  education to Northeast Portland neighborhood families, as well as a proving ground for those taking Concordia’s education curriculum.

See more in the Portland Business Journal

Transportation safety improvements on the way

August 24, 2017

Traversing roads in certain unincorporated areas of southwest Washington County is becoming much safer for pedestrians thanks to a series of safety improvements. New sidewalks are on the verge of completion on portions of 90th and NW 113th Avenues, where pedestrians previously were forced to walk alongside roads filled with motor vehicles. Three more projects are in the works.

Read the Oregon DJC article

Gateway Green, an Urban Park in the Works for 12 Years, Is Open

June 20, 2017

In the works since 2005, Portland’s Gateway Green has finally opened phase 1: 25 acres of mountain bike trails and terrain. 3J is helping landscape architect GreenWorks PC  engineer the next phase, which will develop the remaining 13 acres of land, which is wedged between  between I-205 and I-84.

Read more in Portland Monthly

Portland breaks ground on new affordable housing high-rise

June 16, 2017

A new 12-story apartment building at NW 14th Ave and NW Raleigh St will give more than 40 local families affordable housing and a high quality of life.

Watch coverage of the ground-breaking from KPTV

PBJ 100 2017: Here are Oregon's fastest-growing private companies

June 12, 2017

3J Consulting has made the list again this year, ranked 65th. Our fourth year in a row!

Check out the full list

Proximity to Partnership

October 17, 2016

The partnership between Faubion School and Concordia University started by proximity. Faubion, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school in Northeast Portland, has been located since the 1950s across the street from Concordia, which has offered a four-year college curriculum since the 1970s.

Read the Oregon DJC article

Here's the ranked list of Oregon's 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies

June 16, 2016

Nearly 1,000 business leaders converged on the Oregon Convention Center Thursday night for the beach-themed Oregon Fastest-Growing Companies event, hosted by the Portland Business Journal.

Check Out the Rankings

Faubion School and Concordia University celebrate groundbreaking of new building

April 7, 2016

More than 350 parents, teachers, staff, politicians and well-wishers celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday for a $48.8 million building in Northeast Portland that will serve as the new home for the pre-K through 8th-grade Faubion School, as well as Concordia University’s education program.

Read Oregon Live Article

'TreeHouse' apartment building takes shape near OHSU

July 17, 2015

TreeHouse is named for the hospital campus’ forest setting. Its metal facade is meant to evoke tree bark, and the octagonal structure — mostly an effort maximize space inside — a tree trunk.

See More in the Oregon Live Article

Strutting on the Streets

July 2, 2015

After hosting month-long luxury home shows for four decades, the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland knows how to throw a party. And this year’s NW Natural Street of Dreams will be no exception.

Read the Lake Oswego Review Article

Barrier Technology Helps Deter Fish at Hydro Facilities

June 29, 2015

Improving technology designed for deterrence offers hydroelectric facility managers options to both control and protect fish as they move through and around hydro projects.

Read the Hydro Review Article

A Treehouse fit for a forest

June 22, 2015

In the past, housing has been scarce on Marquam Hill, home to Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Veterans Medical Center and Shriners Hospital for Children. But a remedy may soon be on the way.

See the Oregon DJC Article

Running the Show

May 28th, 2015

With more than 50,000 visitors anticipated during the month of August, the NW Natural Street of Dreams could very well be one of the biggest single events ever held within Lake Oswego’s city limits.

Read the Lake Oswego Review Article

3J Consulting on AM Northwest

January 8, 2015

3J was a featured OnPoint Small Business Spotlight on AM Northwest! Check out the interview with 3J President John Howorth.

Watch the interview

Engineering firms add staff as industry recovers

April 4, 2014

Small Portland-area engineering firms that survived the recession say surge in private work is instilling optimism about adding on more staff.

Read the Oregon DJC Article

Repaving the way to effective stormwater management

September 18, 2013

Pervious concrete lets rainwater pass through into soil, so stormwater runoff is eliminated completely. The material has existed for more than a decade, but with susceptibility to damage and clogs. Now, advocates say those design flaws have been fixed.

Read the Oregon DJC Article