Rob Quaempts and Dave Fishel first linked up in 2007 to manage planning, design and construction of the $23 million Nixyaawii Governance Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Rob’s role as the Umatilla Tribe’s Public Works Director provided internal Tribal coordination and overall program oversight. As an outside Construction Management Consultant, Dave provided external project oversight and day-to-day management. Their effective team approach with designers and contractors resulted in a stunning new Tribal Government Center, completed under budget and a month ahead of schedule.
Recognizing their special connection and shared values, Rob and Dave formed Wenaha Group in December 2010. Since then, the company has steadily grown into a regional leader while holding fast to its Guiding Principles.