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  People & Companies

Oct 10, 2012

Swenson Say Faget

Seattle structural engineering firm Swenson Say Faget rehired Bart Blans. He worked for the firm from 1999 to 2006 until he joined Arup and worked in Istanbul and Amsterdam. Blans has more than 20 years of engineering and project management experience with historic buildings, hospitality, mixed-use, office and housing. He is working on Alley 111, a Bellevue apartment project that H+dlT Collaborative is designing for Skanska USA.

Runberg Architecture Group

Runberg Architecture Group of Seattle promoted Melissa Wechsler to principal. Wechsler is project manager of Vulcan Real Estate's StackHouse Apartments in South Lake Union and managed The Chloe Apartments, a Barrientos mixed-use project on Capitol Hill. She has more than 11 years of experience on projects, including historic remodels, housing, mixed-use, and civic buildings. Runberg specializes in urban mixed-use and adaptive reuse projects.

Freiheit & Ho Architects

The board of directors of Kirkland-based Freiheit & Ho Architects elected David Hills to executive vice president as part of a leadership transition plan. Founder Dick Freiheit remains president and continues to guide day-to-day activities. Freiheit & Ho said it has had growth of 75 percent over the past three years. Hills has been with the firm for 26 years, and will continue to lead projects and support client relationships while assuming greater leadership responsibilities. Larry Ho, the firm's founder and outgoing vice president, will remain as a design principal.

Sclater Partners Architects

Sclater Partners Architects added Robert Martin to the design team. Martin has 20 years of retail, residential and health care experience. He is working on the Lincoln Square expansion in Bellevue. Seattle-based Sclater provides design and planning.


GeoEngineers hired Spencer Allison as a marketing coordinator in the Portland office. He was previously a marketing coordinator for Coffman Engineers in Spokane. GeoEngineers is an earth science, engineering and technology consulting firm based in Seattle.

DeForest Architects

Melissa Nordquist joined DeForest Architects. Nordquist is an architect with more than 15 years of experience, focusing on custom homes and mixed-use buildings. She holds degrees from Williams College and Harvard Graduate School of Design, and worked for firms in Boston, Houston and San Francisco.

Buckland & Taylor

Scott Roux was appointed vice president of U.S. operations for Buckland & Taylor as part the bridge engineering company's plan for growth. The North Vancouver, B.C.-based firm works with clients worldwide and has a Seattle office. It is owned by the Danish company Cowi Group.

Oct 03, 2012

Golder Associates

Golder Associates hired Reda Mikhail as a geotechnical practice leader in the Pacific Northwest. He has a background in geotechnical and structural engineering and more than 20 years of experience on transportation, waterfront, energy, site development, wastewater and landslide projects, including 15 years in this region. Golder is a global ground engineering and environmental consulting firm, with an office in Redmond.

Rice Fergus Miller





Rice Fergus Miller promoted Jeremy Southerland and Jennifer Frost to principal, Matt King to senior associate, and Reuben Rios to associate. Southerland is a designer and project manager who focuses on health care and senior living projects. He also sits on the Bremerton design review board. Frost is an interior designer with a focus on hospitality, senior housing and health care. King is an architect and project manager who focuses on health care services. He has spent 20 years working as a builder, designer and project manager. Rios is a technical designer focusing on senior living projects. Bremerton-based Rice Fergus Miller provides architecture, interior design and planning.



Sparling hired Denny Le as an electrical project designer in its Lynnwood headquarters. Le recently graduated with a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Eastern Washington University. He previously was an electronics technician. He is working on Stadium Place in Seattle and two office buildings in Eastern Washington. Sparling is an electrical engineering and technology design firm.

Murray, Smith & Associates


Murray, Smith & Associates hired Wally Hickerson as a senior consultant in the Tri-Cities. He has 40 years of experience as a consultant in the Pacific Northwest, including managing projects for a public agencies, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Northwest consulting engineering firm provides infrastructure planning, design and construction management.

HDJ Design Group


HDJ Design Group hired Regan Schaller as a survey technician in the Vancouver headquarters. He has more than 11 years of survey experience and is a licensed land surveyor in training. He has a background in project management and survey experience for topographic, construction, as-built and boundary mapping projects. HDJ provides engineering, planning, landscape architecture and survey services.

Cary Kopczynski & Co.

Bellevue-based Cary Kopczynski & Co. structural engineering firm hired Al Leaverenz as an associate and BIM/CAD manager, Elaine Peng as senior design engineer, Gregg Vernon as senior CAD designer and Allison Tran as administrative assistant. Leaverenz has more than 30 years of experience and returns to CKC after running his own CAD/BIM company. He manages CKC's drafting/production department. Peng has 13 years of experience. She is working on 815 Pine, a 40-story apartment tower in downtown Seattle, and Ameristar, a $500 million gaming resort in Louisiana. Vernon has 23 years of experience in structural drafting, including six years with BIM and Revit. He is working on the Avalon University District project and The Vermont, a 30-story apartment project in Los Angeles. Tran has five years of experience as a special education teacher and a title specialist at a law firm. CKC designs urban buildings and parking structures in the United States and elsewhere.

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