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Oct 06, 2015

Abbott Construction


The Portland office of Abbott Construction hired Robert Jepsen as regional director. Jepsen is responsible for all business matters in the office. Prior to joining Abbott, Jepsen was a project engineer, project manager and senior project manager at several construction companies in the Portland and Seattle areas. Abbott also has offices in Seattle and Los Angeles.

University of Washington

The University of Washington's Department of Construction Management has teamed with Skanska to offer a new BIM (building information modeling) certificate program taught by Carrie Sturts Dossick, associate professor of building management and director of the Center for Education in Construction Research, and Mike Choquette, virtual design and construction director at Skanska. The 11-week online program began Sept. 29 and is open to UW students and industry professionals.

Orion Equipment

Seattle-based Orion Equipment bought Pacific Coast Equipment in Vancouver from Ohio-based Company Wrench Ltd. The acquisition allows Orion to provide and expand equipment rental, new and used equipment sales, service and support to the Vancouver-Portland market, as well as southern Washington and all of Oregon. Orion plans to retain all PCE employees.


The National Association of Women in Construction recent installed its new officers and board members, including Ruth Fritts of the Boise Chapter as Pacific Northwest Region director. Fritts is serving a two-year term. She is the risk management and environmental health and safety director for McAlvain Group of Companies in Boise, Idaho.

Sep 29, 2015

Watts Constructors


Jeffrey Spaulding joined the Gig Harbor office of Watts Constructors as project manager. Spaulding has managed industrial and commercial projects in the Northwest for more than 10 years. At Watts, he is focusing on projects around Naval Base Kitsap. He holds an engineering degree from Peninsula College, and has studied physics and math at Washington State University.

On Electric Group


MDU Construction Services Group opened a Seattle office for On Electric Group and appointed Curt Dickerson as Seattle Division president. Dickerson has more than 35 years of local industry experience. Portland-based OEG opened in 1947 and has more than $200 million in annual revenues. OEG performs preconstruction services, electrical construction and service maintenance. It is an MDU company.

Canyon Creek Cabinet Co.

Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. won a Trades Remodeling Excellence award from the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. In its second year, the T-REX program recognizes building trades and suppliers for their contributions. Monroe-based Canyon Creek was nominated by Potter Construction of West Seattle.

Sep 22, 2015

Express Construction Co.




Express Construction Co. hired Robert Whitcomb and Greg Tisler as superintendents, and Kevin Kuntz as project engineer. Whitcomb has more than 15 years of industry experience and Tisler has been in construction for more than 30 years. Kuntz holds a bachelor's degree in international business from the University of San Diego, and has experience in planning and logistics.

Garco Construction


Katie Fitzpatrick joined Spokane-based Garco Construction as marketing director. Fitzpatrick holds a bachelor's degree in organization communication from Eastern Washington University. She previously worked at Trindera Engineering as the marketing and business development coordinator.

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