SBA Honors Polar Field Services as 2014 Regon VIII Subcontractor of the Year

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SBA Honors Polar Field Services as 2014 Region VIII Subcontractor of the Year

Littleton, Colo. — Polar Field Services, a Littleton-based project management, facilities support, and logistics planning service company, has won the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Region VIII Subcontractor of the Year award for 2014.The award.

Polar Field Services (PFS) was among several small business winners honored June 17 in Colorado Springs. The Regional Subcontractor of the Year Award is presented annually to a small business that has provided the government and industry with outstanding goods and services.

“Our team works around the clock to deliver the absolute best support to our clients,” said Jill Ferris, company founder and director. “It is terrific to have our hard work acknowledged, and I’m grateful to our colleagues at CH2M HILL for nominating us.”

Regional winners are automatically considered for the SBA National Subcontractor of the Year Award, a citation that distinguishes the best small businesses providing outstanding goods and services to the federal government as subcontractors.

CH2M HILL nominated PFS for its exceptional work on the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Arctic Research Support and Logistics Services contract. CH2M HILL cited PFS accomplishments in customer service, technical expertise, innovation, exceptional results, sustainability, management, and cost performance. As part of the CH2M HILL Polar Services team, PFS provides hands-on support to scientists working in remote, challenging locations above the Arctic Circle in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Russia, Iceland, Fennoscandia and the Arctic Ocean.


Jill Ferris founded Polar Field Services in 1999 with 16 years of project management and field experience supporting scientific research projects in Antarctica (South Pole). That same year, the company won its first National Science Foundation (NSF) contract, teaming with CH2M HILL and SRI International to help scientists plan and conduct Arctic field research. PFS won consecutive contracts with the NSF in 2005 and 2011. The firm has grown from seven full-time employees to 50, with 50 more seasonal staff in Alaska and Greenland and annual revenues over $9 million.

Today, PFS employs staff with expertise in planning, project management, logistics, renewable energy, science technical support, field camp planning and operation, safety and risk management, facilities operation and maintenance, construction, mechanical systems, food service, cargo handling, and more. Ferris attributes the company’s success to its employees and a collaborative work culture.

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