Gordon Prill was founded in Missoula, Montana in 1979 by mechanical engineers James E. Gordon and Ray L. Prill on a concept of quality, integrity and creativity. Shortly thereafter they bought Drapes, Inc. to become Gordon Prill Drapes (GPD).

GPD provided complete mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) design, and with their initial concept proving very successful, they expanded their services into project management for a group of diversified industrial and educational clients throughout the Western United States.

Working with clients such as the U.S. Navy Western Division in San Bruno, Jon Satre joined as a partner in 1986 to open a Bay Area office first in San Francisco and then in South San Francisco. Almost immediately Ray Prill came from Montana to open another office in Sunnyvale to be closer to their growing client base in the aerospace and semiconductor industries. Expanding services into architecture and construction, Gordon Prill was incorporated in California in 1989 under its parent company GPD.

In 1996 the South San Francisco and Sunnyvale offices merged locations to a new office in Mountain View. In 2001 the firm split from its parent company office to become a wholly independent office incorporated as Gordon Prill, Inc. and Jon Satre retired after a successful career growing Gordon Prill.

Senior principals, Joe Foraker, Gopal Aggarwal, P.E. and Patrick Dolci became partners, each managing one of our core service areas — architecture, engineering and construction. They pioneered a successful design-led process in the construction of office space, industrial, educational, institutional, high technology and life science facilities.

While Joe and Pat have retired after long careers, Gordon Prill, Inc. continues to be a highly recognizable and reputable name, still embracing the original concept of quality, integrity and creativity of our founders.