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Jan 22, 2020

Degenkolb Engineers




In Seattle, Degenkolb Engineers hired Lisette Terry as a project engineer and Tiffany La and Sarah Bergquist as designers. Terry has over a decade of experience specializing in structural forensics engineering and leads forensics efforts in the Northwest. She focuses on structural damage assessments and damage investigations for property losses including fire, vehicle strike, water intrusion and foundation settlement, and is an expert witness. La holds a master's in structural engineering from the University of California, San Diego, and is assisting with the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe's tsunami evacuation tower and the University of Washington's URM seismic improvements program. Bergquist holds a master's in civil engineering from the UW and is assisting with a renovation and seismic retrofit of the Old Main Building and the historic Fine Arts Building at Mount Vernon High School. Degenkolb provides structural and seismic engineering.

HNTB Corp.


Moein El-Aarag joined HNTB Corp. as transportation structures department manager in the Bellevue office. El-Aarag was an associate project director for another consulting firm. He has over 20 years of experience in bridge design, management and construction in the Northwest. He has done project work for the Washington and Seattle departments of transportation, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and King and Snohomish counties. His work includes the Ballard Bridge planning study. In addition to his new role, he will continue to provide design oversight for the Lander Street Bridge project. HNTB is an infrastructure firm.

HKP Architects


Julie Blazek, an architect and partner at Mount Vernon-based HKP Architects, earned Passive House Certification and will lead the passive house studio HKP introduced in 2016. The studio focuses on promoting and developing private and public projects that are looking at Passive House design, including office buildings, educational facilities and residential developments. HKP works on civic buildings and spaces, educational facility planning, nonprofit and community-oriented projects and houses.

Rice Fergus Miller



Rice Fergus Miller hired Gunnar Gladics as an architect in the fire and emergency services studio and O. Blake Webber IV as an architect in the health care studio. Gladics has experience as a firefighter and EMT and as a research scientist. Webber has 10 years of experience in health care projects ranging from in-house renovations to multimillion-dollar expansions. The 48-person architecture, interior design, planning and visualization firm is based in Bremerton.

Architects West


Architects West hired Joey Toews as a project architect in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Toews has over six years of architectural experience, most recently working at ZBA Architecture in Spokane. He has a background in design, project management and construction administration, and in Revit, AutoCAD and SketchUp. He has experience in multifamily, civic and commercial projects, and is working on Hermiston City Hall and Hermiston Library.

Jan 15, 2020

FSi Engineers



Seattle-based FSi Engineers promoted associates Ola Jarvegren and Ben Roush to principal. Jarvegren was hired in 2012 and works in the Seattle office. He has done projects for hospitals, universities, schools and public works, and has advocated for making FSi's standard specs as green as possible. His work includes Colman Dock, which integrates the use of natural air and light into its systems. Roush was hired in 2008. He runs the Baltimore office, which he opened using his business development skills to create a new market for FSi. He also provides training to the firm's engineers. FSi provides mechanical and fire protection engineering services.



In Seattle, Kleinfelder hired Sam Christie as principal professional/senior project manager. Christie provides geotechnical project management and technical leadership for infrastructure projects. He has over 15 years of experience, including overseas, and specializes in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. He has contributed to projects involving ground improvement design for port and marine structures, shoring design for high-rise excavations, foundation design for cable-stayed and suspension bridges, seismic analysis and foundation design for immersed tunnels, and wind turbine foundation design and remediation. Kleinfelder is an engineering, construction management, design and environmental professional services firm.

Lund Opsahl


Seattle-based structural and seismic engineering firm Lund Opsahl hired engineer-in-training Garrett Peterson. Peterson interned with the firm and has a bachelor's in architectural engineering from California Polytechnic State University. His work covers a variety of markets and includes memory-care facilities, the 190-unit Alexan Central Park apartments in Redmond, and a maintenance and operations facility renovation for Olympia-based Intercity Transit.

HNTB Corp.


Kimberly Proia joined HNTB Corp. as a project director and vice president based in Bellevue. She will be deputy project manager for the West Seattle and Ballard Link light rail extensions. Proia has nearly 25 years of experience in rail transit, with a background in program management, preliminary engineering, final design and environmental impact statements. Previously, she was project manager for design services of the $1.86 billion Green Line Extension program in Minnesota. HNTB is an infrastructure firm.

David Evans and Associates


In Bellevue, Greg Laird joined David Evans and Associates to lead its Puget Sound region water resources group. Laird has over 30 years of experience as a project manager and water resources engineer specializing in publicly funded projects, traditional design-bid-build construction, value engineering, constructability review and risk assessment. He has worked on projects for Sound Transit, WSDOT, ports and local and federal agencies. DEA provides design services for transportation, water, environmental, land, energy and marine infrastructure systems.



In Bellevue, Cathy Arnold joined engineering firm KBA as a project manager after 40 years with the Washington State Department of Transportation, where she managed construction, design and contracting teams for infrastructure projects. Arnold was WSDOT's engineering manager for Snohomish and King counties and has experience in paving, highway, road, bridge, culvert and fish barrier removal projects, including the MLK-to-Ravenna pavement replacement, the state Route 530 incident debris removal, and SR 530 access road maintenance and traffic control projects. KBA specializes in construction management, project/program management and value-added specialty services.

Architects West


Architects West hired Nathan Marcusen as a landscape designer in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Marcusen has a bachelor's in horticulture from Brigham Young University-Idaho. He has a background in the identification and care of landscape plants for most zones in the U.S. and in computer-aided design and drafting. He is doing projects for Northwest Farm Credit Services in Salem, Oregon, and East Valley School District in Spokane Valley. He was with Environment West Landscape Services. Architects West provides architectural and landscape architectural/land planning services.

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