On behalf of the Board of Directors, RH2 is pleased to announce the advancement of Edwin Halim to the position of Director. As an Associate Director for the last two years, Edwin has continually demonstrated that he is a natural leader. His insight and contributions have been of great value to the Board. We are confident that he will play an important role in providing leadership at RH2 for many more years.
Edwin joined RH2 in 1998 and currently leads the RH2 Bothell Design Group. A trained Mechanical Engineer, Edwin’s specialty is facility projects, such as reservoirs, pump stations, lift stations, and treatment plants. Edwin is also passionate about mentoring young engineers—he loves to teach them the “why of design and consulting decisions. Witnessing their growth and eventual success in managing their projects and acquiring their own clients brings him immense satisfaction. Edwin’s goal as a Director is to make sure newer staff are properly mentored and to provide a different perspective in the Board meetings.
There are too many favorite projects to mention, but Edwin loves to rehabilitate an existing facility. Facility rehabilitation requires more attention to details as the envelope of the facility has already been defined. Most of the time, the best solution requires creative ideas to solve the space constraint issues that are frequent with these types of projects. Two of his noteworthy projects are the Tacoma Water McMillin Reservoir Replacement and the Issaquah Highlands Fire Station No. 73. The McMillin Reservoir is still the largest diameter Type 1 pre-stressed concrete reservoir in the world, and the Issaquah Highlands Fire Station No. 73 was the first fire station in the US to receive a Silver LEED certification from the US Green Building Council.
Edwin grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia, and had wanted to become an engineer a early as elementary school. He came to the US to pursue a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Washington. Edwin’s original plan was to move back to Jakarta after graduation; however, the 1998 Asian Financial Crisis hit. Luckily, Edwin saw a small ad in the Seattle Times and applied for the job, and RH2 has been his only employer since starting his career. Outside of work, Edwin likes the outdoors: tennis, fishing, crabbing, clam digging, hiking (mainly looking for wild edibles such as mushrooms and berries), gardening, and skiing. He also loves to travel the world with his family, showing his kids where he grew up and helping them see things from a different perspective. Unsurprisingly, Edwin is also a foodie and enjoys trying different foods in the Seattle area.
Edwin is grateful to the Directors for recognizing his accomplishments and his ability to positively impact the culture at RH2. Edwin deeply appreciates the colleagues that have helped him become an impactful mentor, project manager, principal, and now Director, and he hopes that he has provided valuable guidance to those around him. The Directors welcome Edwin’s work ethic, unique insights, and ability to enrich RH2.