WHO WE ARE
LANCE V. LEHTO, PE, GE
PRESIDENT AND SENIOR PRINCIPAL ENGINEER
Lance V. Lehto is the majority owner, founder and senior managing principal of Columbia West. Mr. Lehto has more than 20 years of experience in the geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, and materials testing and special inspection fields. After obtaining his Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Montana State University in 1995, Mr. Lehto worked in the private geotechnical consulting field as a field engineer, project engineer, and project manager. Since initial opening of operations in 1999, Mr. Lehto has guided Columbia West to consistent sustained growth while developing the company’s reputation for providing quality reliable professional services. Under Mr. Lehto’s direction, Columbia West has successfully provided geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, and construction materials testing and inspection services for more than 1,500 projects in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Lehto is a licensed professional and geotechnical engineer, and serves as the company’s special inspection technical director.
DANIEL E. LEHTO, PE, GE
VICE PRESIDENT AND PRINCIPAL ENGINEER
Daniel Lehto is a principal engineer and Columbia West’s Vice President. Mr. Lehto is a licensed professional and geotechnical engineer with over 15 years of experience. He has helped develop recent company growth utilizing innovative plans, solutions and management practices. Employee training, scheduling, organization, staff meetings and oversight are a few of Daniel’s responsibilities. Mr. Lehto is also the Geotechnical Services Project Manager for Columbia West. As the Geotechnical Services Project Manager, Mr. Lehto is responsible for bidding and cost estimating, business development, client care, project delegation and coordination and report preparation and review. Daniel’s extensive knowledge of local soil conditions has resulted in the successful management of more than 500 geotechnical projects since becoming head of the department in November 2003.
JASON L. ORDWAY, PE
Jason L. Ordway is a Principal Engineer at Columbia West. Mr. Ordway is a licensed professional engineer with more than 12 years of experience in the geotechnical engineering field. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Portland State University in 2004, Mr. Ordway began work in the private geotechnical consulting field as a staff and project engineer. Mr. Ordway interned at Columbia West during portions of his undergraduate work performing laboratory testing and construction monitoring. Mr. Ordway currently manages geotechnical engineering and construction monitoring projects, and also serves as the company’s quality manager. Mr. Ordway also holds ICC special inspection certifications and manages special inspection projects.