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Sep 28, 2022

Cushing Terrell



Cushing Terrell has promoted Josh Hersel and Shawn Pelowitz to associate principal. An architect and director of the firm's residential design studio, Hersel is based in Boise, Idaho. Hersel's primary focus is leading transformative multifamily and mixed-use projects. He has been with Cushing Terrell for 17 years, and in addition to residential projects, has expertise in commercial and hospitality design work, melding best practices from across these markets into his current work.

An architect and director of the firm's government design studio, Pelowitz is based in Minneapolis. Pelowitz has 30 years of experience working for the U.S. military and government agencies across the globe, including the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. General Services Administration. Through this experience as an architect, he has gained in-depth and intuitive knowledge of how government agencies operate and how to best support them through design.

Pelowitz has been with Cushing Terrell for seven years, during which time he co-led the government group and also established the firm's office in Minneapolis.



GeoEngineers has hired James Baum as CFO. Baum is an accomplished CFO with more than 35 years of experience in financial management for engineering and construction firms, where he has helped to improve processes, grow business and increase profits. Baum launched his career working for small and mid-sized engineering firms in Southern California. His leadership and strategic skills soon propelled him into a position as controller and then CFO. He spent the next three decades learning the finer points of financial reporting, strategic planning, cash management, budgeting, market development and executive leadership.

Baum has specialized in employee-owned companies, so an employee-owned consulting firm like GeoEngineers is a natural fit. He understands the broader consulting industry, and knows how to pursue mergers when appropriate, develop new markets and encourage collaboration.

Helix Design Group


Bassim Kreem has joined Helix Design Group in a project manager role. Kreem earned his bachelor's degree in architectural engineering at Cairo University and then went on to Washington State University to complete his master's in architecture. He has over 10 years' experience working on a multitude of project types, varying from single-family and multifamily residential facilities to commercial and mixed-use projects.

Kreem is an active member in multiple design forums, and in the community. He serves as a member on the city of Olympia Design Review Board and is heavily involved with multiple organizations including AIA and Habitat for Humanity.



Levi J. Rippy has been promoted from senior project architect to technical principal for HOK's San Francisco and Seattle studios. Based in San Francisco, he leads the technical direction and development of projects across HOK's markets.

Rippy is an architect with more than 20 years of experience with aviation and transportation, health care, science and technology, justice, corporate, commercial and hospitality projects. His recent projects include the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Concourse D Annex and Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center.

Rippy is a member of HOK's firm-wide technical board working to improve project delivery and design processes. He also sits on the firm's mentoring task force and has served as chairperson for the AIA Seattle Chapter's Urban Design Forum.

McGranahan Architects

Benjamin Fields and Dion Serra have joined the ownership group at McGranahan Architects. Fields is passionate about creating engaging learning environments and continuing the firm's work around sustainability and diversity and inclusion.

Serra values creating positive environments for the community and fostering rewarding relationships with clients and consultants. Fields and Serra join McGranahan's four current owners.

The Watershed Company



The Watershed Company has hired Drew Foster, arborist, Jesse Rogers, arborist, and Justin Kay, ecologist. An ISA-certified arborist, Foster comes with a master's degree in environmental studies from the University of Washington and has 14 years of working experience in arboriculture, forestry, and natural resource conservation. Foster will play an integral role in Watershed's arborist services, as well as joining multidisciplinary teams to support project permitting and management.

At the company, Rogers will assist with procuring, scoping, and budgeting small and large arborist consulting jobs for public and private clients, and will coordinate arborist tasks and project elements with Watershed's project managers. Kay will assist with environmental field work such as wetland and stream delineations, plant and tree identification, along with the preparation of environmental reports and studies.

Sep 21, 2022

Barghausen Consulting Engineers





Barghausen Consulting Engineers Inc. has promoted four employees since the start of July. Glenna Mahar was promoted to project planner. Erin Raya was also promoted to project planner. Jeff Currie was promoted to facilities specialist/courier, and Anthony Merlino was promoted to senior project engineer. These employees work out of the firm's Kent location.

Mahar joined Barghausen in Feb. 2021. She is involved with multisite corporate programs for several clients. Her responsibilities include conducting due diligence investigations, preparing reports and applications, and working with agencies to obtain land use approvals and construction permits. Raya joined Barghausen in Oct. 2021. She provides support to several large commercial clients that includes thorough feasibility research and the production of detailed reports. Raya also works closely with the project team to obtain land use entitlements and construction permits.

Currie started his career with Barghausen in Nov. 1999 as a courier. From courier runs, to replacing light fixtures, to spraying parking spot lines, to about anything else that someone could need, he helps keep things running across the firm's offices. Merlino joined Barghausen in May 2016, serving in various roles as a part of multiple commercial and fuel development teams within the company. Merlino has heavily contributed to the rapid expansion and capabilities of one of the large commercial client programs at Barghausen since the fall of 2021. The expanded growth of this program is due to Merlino's abilities to oversee the engineering design for the entire team.

The firm also welcomed six new employees in July and August. The new hires include an assistant planner, two design engineers, a project engineer, a project coordinator and a new director of survey. These new team members will be working from a mix of offices, including one new employee in the company's Roseville, CA. office, one new employee in the Richland, WA. office, and three in the Kent office.





Elizabeth Espinoza joins Barghausen as an assistant planner. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she earned her master's degree in urban planning and her B.S. in urban and regional planning. Espinoza previously worked in land planning and development in south Florida, and interned for a local municipality, League City, in Houston, Texas. Espinoza was president of Texas A&M's Association of Student Planners. Peter Lau joins the firm as a design engineer. Lau is a recent graduate from the University of Washington where he received his BAS in civil engineering.

Kaleb Mapstead joined Barghausen's Richland office in July as a project engineer. Mapstead graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in civil engineering. He previously worked with AHBL as a project engineer for the last five-and -a-half years and has experience as a business systems analyst. Noor Witwit joined the Roseville office in August as a design engineer. Witwit is a recent graduate from California State University's Sacramento campus, where she earned her B.S. in civil engineering. She has previous experience as an engineering and architectural intern with Sacramento County Department of Water Resources. She is also an instructional student assistant at Sacramento State College with their civil engineering department.

Nisha Rohila has been hired as a project coordinator. Rohila is a graduate from the University of Washington, where she got her B.A. in urban studies and her GIS certificate. Her planning background includes working for different local municipalities, where she was a development specialist for the City of Federal Way, and a permit coordinator for the City of SeaTac. Brian Gillooly re-joined Barghausen in August as the director of the survey department. Gillooly previously worked for Barghausen for sixteen years, starting as a party chief back in 2004 where he worked his way up to become a project surveyor, and now director. Gillooly is a California State University alum and has his P.L.S (Professional Land Surveyor) certifications in Washington and Oregon.

Barghausen is headquartered in Kent with branch offices in Chehalis, WA; Richland, WA; Klamath Falls, OR; Long Beach, CA; and Roseville, CA.

CAST architecture


CAST architecture added Naomy Peralta to its team. Peralta grew up in the Dominican Republic and moved to New Jersey to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree. At Florida International University, she completed her Master of Architecture where her thesis focused on exploring both tectonic and stereotomic elements.

FFA Architecture and Interiors


Tammy Hite has joined FFA Architecture and Interiors. A 2002 graduate of the University of Oregon's Bachelor of Architecture program, Hite's experience includes designing and performing construction administration on several K-12 schools throughout Oregon and Washington. She is also a former Benson Polytechnic High School Architectural Drafting Teacher.

Since joining FFA, Hite has been working on the new Monmouth City Hall and is a member of the FFA Standards Committee.

FSi Engineers



FSi Engineers promoted Alice “Ali” Thabar to the position of Sr. project coordinator. Thabar is a US Army veteran, has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and is a Certified Project Management Professional. She has been with FSi for seven years.

FSi also welcomed Maika Nguyen to an engineering internship. Nguyen has a Bachelor's degree in International Business and is a senior at the University of Washington Bothell studying mechanical engineering. At FSi, she is focusing on using her academic knowledge in a professional environment through energy modeling and the practical application of HVAC load modeling.

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