ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers Inc. has provided structural engineering services for some of New Mexico’s most prominent structures, including renovations of the Pit and Isotopes Park. But, increasingly, the company is looking outside state lines for work.
“We’re very committed to our in-state clients,” said Chris Youngblood, Chavez-Grieves’ Albuquerque-based CEO. “But I can’t imagine where our firm would be right now if we were completely dependent on New Mexico’s economy.”
Youngblood said that, in his line of business, the state’s economic climate tends to lag behind the rest of the nation’s by about 18 months. While New Mexico’s slow recovery has dramatically decreased the number of public sector construction projects – traditionally the bread and butter of Chavez-Grieves’ work – states like California, Washington and Arizona aren’t having the same problem.
Youngblood said whereas, 10 years ago, out-of-state clients made up 40 percent to 50 percent of the company’s business, it’s now about 60 percent and 65 percent. And much of that is by design.