PULLMAN, Wash. — Waite Dalrymple, co-founder and former CEO of
Parametrix, Inc., received Washington State University’s Alumni Achievement
Award May 26 at a company meeting. The Olympia resident was cited for
making significant contributions to better living in the Pacific Northwest and
for his loyal support of WSU.
Dalrymple completed a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering
at WSU in 1966. Three years later, he helped launch Parametrix. The
Sumner-based firm now has more than 350 employees in eight offices in
western Washington; Portland, Ore.; and Houston. It specializes in
water/wastewater engineering, waste management, transportation
environmental sciences and architecture.
One of the company’s largest tasks has been writing the environmental impact
statement for Sound Transit, the light rail system for three counties in the
Puget Sound region. In 1999, Parametrix joined the ranks of only 500 companies
in the United States that are 100 percent employee-owned.
“Employee ownership has improved morale, reduced turnover and helped
increase productivity,” Dalrymple said.
For more than 30 years, he has been a generous donor to WSU’s College of
Engineering and Architecture and the Department of Civil and Environmental
Dalrymple is a past president of the CEE Advisory Council and continues to
represent his industry on the college’s advisory board. He has a deep interest
in students and returned to WSU in March to address the student chapter of
the American Society of Civil Engineering.