Parsons Corp. is an engineering and construction firm founded in 1944 and headquartered in Pasadena Calif.
This simple description the company’s own fronts the $3.4 billion in revenues Parsons achieved in 2008 through a variety of projects carried out in the U.S. and internationally.
Parsons has 12 000 employees worldwide – all of whom report directly or indirectly to Charles L. "Chuck" Harrington its chief executive officer.
Harrington will be making his first visit to Guam in mid-June. During his time on the island he is expected to get a closer look at Parsons’ ongoing projects meet with community leaders as well as join with local personnel in celebrating the company’s 40th anniversary of doing business on Guam.
Parsons Corp. has participated in a variety of work on Guam since it first began doing business on the island in 1969.
It reported gross revenues for that work of $18.72 million and $12.9 million for fiscal 2007 and 2006 respectively in the Deloitte & Touche ASC Trust Corp. Top Companies in Micronesia survey in the November-December 2008 issue of Guam Busines magazine.
According to Parsons officials current projects at Andersen Air Force Base include storm drainage studies "to determine the impact of recent and projected construction on the installation’s storm drainage systems " and programming support to the base civil engineer which includes developing concept plans cost estimates and programming documents to support the bed-down of new missions." Additionally according to Parsons it is "conducting investigations of former ordnance-related sites on Guam [for the Air Force.] These sites include former bombing ranges ordnance incinerators small-arms ranges and an explosive ordnance disposal proficiency range."
For the Navy on Guam Parsons supports the Base Operating Support contract held by DZSP 21 LLC together with Day & Zimmerman and SKE Support Services Inc. As part of that operating support Parsons said it operates and maintains "electrical power distribution potable water treatment and distribution sewage collection and treatment all mechanical systems and all facilities except housing."
DZSP reported revenues of $62.77 million and $53.7 million for fiscal 2007 and 2006 respectively in the Deloitte & Touche ASC Trust Corp. survey of Top Companies in Micronesia.
As to other Navy projects Parsons said "Under the Navy’s Tactical Training Theater Assessment and Planning Program contract Parsons is conducting assessments and preparing plans and associated programming documents for the development of training ranges on Guam and other islands to support the relocation of U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam."
Parsons Transportation Group was selected in Nov. 2008 for development of the haul road system by the Guam Department of Public Works a contract also in support of the Territorial Transportation Improvement Program also known as the 2030 Transportation Plan which is intended to improve the island’s road system in conjunction with buildup preparation.
Parsons Corp. is also working on the program support services contract for the Guam military buildup awarded in October 2008. The company joint ventured with AECOM Technology Corp. of Los Angeles as Pacific Program-Design Management Services Joint Venture for the "firm fixed price indefinite delivery indefinite quantity architect/engineer contract " which has a maximum amount of $100 million and involves "various projects ”¦ in the [Naval Facilities Engineering Command] Pacific area of responsibility." The first task order of $5.7 million under the contract was announced in March.
While he holds a master’s in business administration from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California Los Angeles and attended the advanced management program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University the top man at Parsons is a registered professional mechanical engineer according to his biographical data. Harrington began his education with a bachelor’s in engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. At Parsons he held a number of senior appointments before becoming chief executive officer.
Harrington sits on a number of boards including those of two of his alma maters – UCLA and California Polytechnic – and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce as well as the city’s sports council and is a member of a variety of country and golf clubs. His resume says that he sponsored Parsons’ support of Toastmasters International.
Harrington told the Journal via e-mail "Parsons has been an integral part of the community on Guam for 40 years. In fact our first project on the island was in 1969 when we managed the Deep Water Terminal Program. Since then we have been involved in several major infrastructure milestones on the island including A.B. Won Pat International Airport in the 1970s and the 1990s assisting in the implementation of the 2030 Transportation Plan and now supporting the largest infrastructure investment ever made on Guam – the work associated with the U.S. Marine Corps relocation."
Robert Marks manager of operations for Parsons Corp. on Guam told the Journal "For years Parsons has demonstrated its commitment to Guam by supporting the local community in a variety of ways and by actively working to improve and enhance the island’s infrastructure. We are proud to say that we have had many successes during these years and we look forward to celebrating many more moving forward."
Parsons is a member of the Guam Chamber of Commerce the Armed Forces Committee of the chamber the Guam Contractors’ Association and the Guam post of the Society of American Military Engineers. Marks is vice president of Guam SAME.
Harrington recognized the importance of good corporate citizenship in its places of business. "As investments were made to the island’s infrastructure Parsons has invested in the community on Guam. From supporting Relay for Life the Guam Youth Football League and the rebuilding of the Guam Museum we give back to the communities where our employees live and work."
International projects are detailed on www.parsons.com.
These range from commercial and industrial work to facilities management for the Department of Defense and the private sector as well as planning and execution in fields as varied as infrastructure and data management. MBJ