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Mar 30, 2017

El Centro de la Raza

El Centro de la Raza in Seattle is accepting applications for the 7th Annual Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award, to be presented at the organization's Building the Beloved Community Gala Sept. 30 at the Seattle Westin. The award recognizes a woman and a man who have exemplified Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of multi-racial unity and working to eliminate poverty, racism and social inequity. Applications are due by 5 p.m. April 17. Forms are at www.elcentrodelaraza.org.


Seattle-based Rover.com, a network of pet sitters and dog walkers, and DogVacay of San Monica, California, an online and mobile pet-sitting community, are joining forces. Together they have a network of more than 100,000 sitters across the U.S. and Canada. The firms say they generated over $150 million in bookings in 2016.

Fresh leadership at Oyhut Bay

Oyhut Bay, a new walkable beach community being built in Ocean Shores, has announced a new management team. Patrick Brunstad of Ocean Shores will lead the overall project management and serve as spokesman. Founders Stavros and Colleen Anasasiou will retain their ownership share but will focus on other projects. The master-planned community near the 683-acre Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area will have cottages to rent or buy, condos and retail. Waterfront access will be on canals and lakes that feed into the bay. Jeff Foushee represents the Oyhut Bay ownership and development team. The team announced that the Oyhut Bay Bistro and Sidewalk Cafe will open soon, followed by a coffee and gift shop. A second retail building is under construction and a new dock will open this summer.

Sushi coming to Bellevue's Alley 111

Skanska said sushi restaurant Minamoto will open this spring at Alley 111 in downtown Bellevue. The eatery will take 3,144 square feet. Minamoto is the creation of chef Dylan Xu, whose local team includes sushi chef Grant Lin and general manager Issac Zhang. The three collaborated on Xu's Iki Modern Japanese Cuisine in New York. Lin said, “We're excited to team up again to introduce our first West Coast restaurant in Bellevue at Alley 111. Our years of experience working together and our vision for high-end, Japanese food will create a one-of-a-kind experience.” Alley 111 opened in 2015. Skanska says the 12-story, 260-unit apartment building is 97 percent leased.

ULI spring meeting May 2-4

The dates have been set for Urban Land Institute's spring meeting at Washington State Convention Center: May 2-4. The midweek gathering includes tours, panels, forums and speakers. There will be a pre-meeting railroad junket to Portland (May 1), as well as tours of the Seattle waterfront, Bellevue (including Microsoft and the Spring District), and South Lake Union. Social events will include a Capitol Hill bash hosted by restaurateur Matt Dillon at Optimism Brewing Co. and a Pioneer Square pub crawl/art walk during the regular First Thursday art walk. Details and registration: spring.uli.org.

Eastside suburbs still growing

Not everyone wants to live in a SLU apartment, so Summit Homes of Washington has partnered with San Diego's Presidio Residential Capital to create two new single-family communities. In Sammamish near Beaver Lake, Ivy Estates will have 10 Craftsman-style homes ranging in size from 2,300 to 3,400 square feet. And in Woodinville, Autumn Grove offers 13 homes with three-car garages and up to six bedrooms. Summit and Presidio have previously developed 11 residential projects in the Puget Sound area. Summit has developed 3,000 homes in 20 years and Presidio has $2.5 billion in assets under management.

Mar 29, 2017

Hargis Engineers











Seattle-based Hargis Engineers promoted Jared Robillard to principal, and Chris Skiles, David Bultez, Grant Jamison, Kevin Eldredge, Michael Baranick, Paul Robaidek, Rawley Reeser, Ryan Callahan and Shane Fischer to senior associate. Robillard is on the mechanical leadership team. He specializes in mission-critical, academic, student housing and civic spaces, with projects at Bellevue College and Shoreline Community College. Skiles works on commercial projects, with clients that include Amazon and Microsoft. Bultez does infrastructure planning and upgrades, including work for Western Washington University and K-12 schools. Jamison is an electrical engineer focused on retail projects. Eldredge's has a background in telecom and audio-visual systems, with clients that include Amazon. Baranick has a background in mechanical engineering and energy conservation for public and private projects. Robaidek has two decades of experience in institution planning and tech upgrades. Reeser has 12 years of mechanical engineering experience and is working on retail projects. Callahan is an electrical engineer for retail projects. Fischer is leading acquisitions and new office openings for high tech clients in Asia and Europe. Hargis is focused on mechanical, electrical, telecom, security, energy and commissioning services.

Conard Romano Architects


Seattle-based Conard Romano Architects hired Maria Simon as a project manager. Simon has 16 years of experience in Seattle designing, developing and managing single-family projects, including ones on challenging sites. Conard Romano Architects designs homes and remodels.

Bernardo|Wills Architects



Autumn Hewitt and Anthony Finley joined Spokane-based Bernardo|Wills Architects as BIM/CAD technicians. Hewitt's work includes new credit union branches and remodel of Newport Hospital & Health Services in Newport. She has five years of BIM/CAD experience and was a detailer 1 with Benson Industries. Finley is working on Eagle River Luxury Living, a senior community in Eagle, Idaho. He has five years of BIM/CAD experience and was a project manager/designer with Evergreen Truss & Supply. Bernardo|Wills provides architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and master planning.

Helix Design Group



Tacoma-based Helix Design Group hired John Mundell as an architectural job captain and Rachel Fatum as an administrative assistant. Mundell has 28 years of experience in architecture, and eight years in construction. He focuses on federal, civic and commercial projects, and has done housing, aquatic and theater projects. Fatum's background includes experience in the construction industry. Helix provides architecture, interior design and graphic design.

Washington Newspapers Publishers Assoc.


Janay Collins joined the staff of WNPA as advertising director. She will assist with the annual convention and Better Newspaper Contest. She has worked at Microsoft as a research manager and at the Port Townsend Leader managing special promotions.

Habitat for Humanity

About 800 people helped Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County raise more than $690,000 at Habitat's 2017 “Beyond the Build” Luncheon on March 14 in Seattle. Funds will go toward home ownership, repairs and community programs. Volunteer Bob Moore won the Community Leadership Award for his long history with Habitat.

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