In the early days, Scott Hattenburg approached Dave Lundin, a new PE who had recently moved to Alaska. Dave became the first employee at HDL and was given the opportunity to become an owner. Scott and Lorie soon expanded the team by hiring more employees and writing numerous proposals.
With the arrival of Dennis Linnell, the company formed the Transportation Group. To do this, they brought on Jeff Fuglestad, Carita Backman, and Nancy Yarmack, creating a highly competitive engineering team.
The firm originally had a five-year goal of reaching 20-25 employees and earning $5 million in revenue. However, the company surpassed this target in just three years.