In 1954, Walter Cochran and his sons, Bob and Gordon, opened an electrical contracting office in a Seattle storefront. They pulled wire and made service calls for small local businesses. Today, under the leadership of Walter’s granddaughter LeeAnn, Cochran is a major force in the electrical, technology, and shore power industries. With 2014 revenues of $200M, we’re big enough to offer a broad range of services and capabilities.

Over the last six decades, we’ve built relationships with most of the major general contractors, subcontractors, designers, and suppliers in the Seattle/King County and Portland metropolitan areas, collaborating on commercial, residential, industrial, and governmental buildings and facilities. We’ve worked successfully with permitting officials and regulatory agencies to initiate projects efficiently and keep them on track. In 1991, we acquired Broadway Electric, a respected Oregon-based service firm, to better serve the Portland metropolitan area, as well as central and eastern Oregon. It’s been a busy few decades, and we’re happy to share some of the highlights. → Timeline

For 60 years, we’ve believed in a few simple things:

  • People: To do great work, we need to find great people and hang onto them. That means giving them the opportunity to build great things, rewarding extraordinary performance, and offering them the freedom to shape their careers.

  • Service: We don’t just give our customers what they ask for. We give them the best service experience they’ve ever had, so they have a reason to trust us with their most important projects.

  • Discipline: We bring care and precision to every project, day after day. You can always recognize our people by their attention to detail.

  • Change: Our industry changes quickly, and we’re a part of that change. That’s how we make sure our customers are never left behind. There’s always a better way to do things. Our job is to find it.

  • Partnership: The idea is to create trusted and lasting relationships, to partner with customers for the life of their projects and the success of their business ventures. If you’re there from the beginning to the very end, you have more opportunities to help.

  • Safety: Taking good care of our people and our customers always comes first. If we haven’t gotten that right, nothing else matters.

  • Community: We also believe in being good members of our community. Cochran supports the American Heart Association, Rainier Scholars, the Safe Crossings Foundation, the Bellevue Schools Foundation, the Swedish Medical Center Foundation, the Seattle Childrens Hospital, the ACE Mentor Program, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, and many other charitable organizations.


Cochran’s safety program gives our workers tools for staying injury-free. It’s the cornerstone of our decades-long commitment to worksite safety. Cochran prepares a safety plan for every project, detailing the specific hazards of the site and recommending ways to minimize them. We provide specialized training for unique hazards such as confined spaces, heights, and respiratory exposure. Our focus on accident prevention, combined with comprehensive safety policies and programs, has earned Cochran one of the lowest Experience Modification Rates (EMR) in the industry.

Cochran is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and is committed to making our industry more environmentally responsible. We have LEED-Accredited professionals managing our projects and offer a full range of LEED building services. We’re always on the lookout for new sustainable technologies, and trying to make our best practices better. We provide life cycle cost analyses for our projects to assess environmental impacts and dollar value, and manage on-site recycling programs for scrap metal and all other jobsite waste.