Akana is a Native American owned professional services firm helping clients plan, design, engineer andmanage projects in the built environment. Our diverse client base includes federal, state and local agencies; Native American tribes; and the commercial and industrial sectors. Our projects have taken us from urban centers to rural communities, from the rivers of the Pacific Northwest to the oil fields of the American Southwest. Our capacity and capabilities enable us to provide comprehensive services throughout a project life cycle, from concept through construction and commissioning. At every stage,we apply know-how, perspective, and insight to deliver creative, workable, responsive solutions that meet each client’s technical quality, cost, and schedule expectations.
Our name defines how we work together to plan, design, engineer, and manage projects that benefit the communities we live in. Derived from the Northern Plains Arikara Indian words akana’u (to build) and akaanu’ (lodge), it represent the concept of a gathering place, both the structure and the vehicle for sharing knowledge and inspiration. It is a place for learning and teaching; a place that brings together ideas and commerce, a place where the community gathers to share and work toward a common goal.
Akana is the outcome of a merger between two professional services firms – Cooper Zietz Engineers and Cascade Design Professionals – both Native American owned, both leaders in their field. The merger cemented a long-term business relationship and expanded the range of our service capabilities and creating the opportunities to enter new markets. Akana brings into one firm the ability to serve clients at every stage of project implementation, from planning through design, construction and commissioning.