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Nov 25, 2015












Stantec hired 10 staff members in Lynnwood to assist the buildings group. They are Amar Safadi as a project manager, electrical; Rebecca Yam as a lighting designer; Anna Cunningham as a marketing coordinator; Alexia Rohrer as a project management assistant; Adam Opsata and Mary Hofbeck as acousticians; and Scott Hager, Charles Siderius, Umid Mamadaminov and Sean Leistritz as project designers, electrical. Safadi worked for a consulting engineering firm in Columbus, Ohio. At Stantec, his projects include Swedish First Hill Medical Center expansion. Yam has been a lighting designer for eight years, and is working on Salmon Bay Center. Cunningham has done marketing for over seven years, and worked for McKinstry. She creates proposals, qualifications packages and other material. Rohrer has 10 years of administrative support experience. She helps produce proposals, plans and specifications. Opsata holds a master's in acoustics and a bachelor's in music. He is working on Our Lady of Fatima Church. Hofbeck has worked in acoustical positions for nearly 20 years. Her projects include Chester Elementary School in Spokane. Hager has 12 years of experience in engineering design and project management for commercial, health care and government projects. He is working on Kadlec Regional Medical Center Lab. Siderius was an electrical engineering intern for Sparling in 2014 and holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering. He is working on Lincoln Square. Mamadaminov has master's in renewable energy engineering and industrial electronics. He is working on Amazon tenant improvements in Seattle. Leistritz has been an electrical field engineer for two years and is working on Swedish First Hill Medical Center. Stantec provides consulting in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management and project economics.

Reid Middleton




Everett-based Reid Middleton hired Kim Means as a project surveyor, and Kevin Aguilar and Drew Nielson in the designer I position. Means is in the survey group and has over 20 years of experience. Aguilar is in the structural engineering group and has experience at Structural Hawaii and Seattle City Light. Nielson is in the structural engineering group. He interned at a management company in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and at Alaska Water and Wastewater Utility. Reid Middleton provides civil and structural engineering, planning, and surveying services.

Transportation Solutions


Isabel Diaz joined Transportation Solutions as a transportation engineer. Diaz has experience in traffic engineering and operations. She worked in engineering in Puerto Rico. Transportation Solutions is a transportation engineering and planning firm in Redmond.

The Blueline Group


The Blueline Group hired Hector Reyes as a CAD designer. Reyes has over 17 years of CAD experience. He has worked on stormwater, commercial, subdivision, water and wastewater treatment projects, and for the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Agency for International Development. Blueline provides civil engineering consulting.

Nov 18, 2015






Seattle-based Hewitt promoted Leah Ephrem, Sean Ludviksen, Julia Nageleand Matthew Porteous to principal. Ephrem was hired in 2008, and helps oversee transit work. She has 19 years of experience in architecture and transit facility design, with work that includes transit stations in Northgate, Roosevelt, Rainier Beach, Lynnwood and Tukwila. Ludviksen joined the firm in 2011 and helps oversee the architecture studio. He has 30 years of experience focused on multifamily and mixed-use architecture, with recent work that includes residential towers Verve and 2nd + Stewart in Seattle. Nagele joined Hewitt in 2011, and helps oversee the architecture studio. She has 19 years of architectural design experience, including on urban residential and commercial mixed-use projects. Her recent work includes Verve and 2nd + Stewart. Porteous joined Hewitt in 2000, and helps oversee the landscape architecture practice. He has 18 years of experience, and integrates urban design and landscape architecture in civic infrastructure and streetscape projects. His recent work includes Bell Street Park and University Village in Seattle. Hewitt provides architecture, landscape architecture and urban design.

FFA Architecture and Interiors






Portland-based FFA Architecture and Interiors promoted Ian Gelbrich to associate and hired Richard Grace as a senior associate, Kerry Knauss and Meghan Kelly as project team leaders, and Tyson Staab as an intern. Gelbrich has over 17 years of experience. He has been with FFA since February and is project manager for Redmond City Hall/Civic Center in Redmond, Oregon. Grace is an architect with 18 years of experience on educational, institutional, corporate and public projects. He is managing the Linn Benton Community College Benton Center expansion in Albany, Oregon. Knauss has 17 years of industry experience and is working on the rehab of Olympic National Park Visitor Center. Kelly has 10 years of industry experience, and is assisting on a mixed-use project in Portland. Staab worked in architecture and construction in the Bay Area and Central Oregon for five years. At FFA, he is working on the Library! at Bown Crossing in Boise, Idaho. The firm provides architecture, planning, historic preservation and interior design services.








In its Tacoma office, AHBL hired Janet Bringhurst as an accounting assistant and Jason Jacobson as a project engineer. In Seattle, it hired Lea Bonebrake as a project engineer and Charles Palmer as a project manager. In Pasco, it hired Nicole Stickney as a project planner, and survey technician Tyler Duncan transferred to that office. Bringhurst was an accountant and bookkeeper with HiLine Homes in Puyallup. Jacobson has 12 years of engineering and construction experience and a background in stormwater design. Bonebrake has 11 years of industry experience, and will work on the King County Children and Family Justice Center. Palmer has 10 years of industry experience, with a background in stormwater and roadway design. He will work on Lynnwood Elementary School. Stickney was a planning and economic development manager for the City of West Richland. Duncan is supporting the Liberty Lake Road Rehabilitation. AHBL provides civil and structural engineering, landscape architecture, community planning, and land surveying, with an office also in Spokane.

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