Feb 28, 2024
Architects West has promoted Debbie Bravo, Ryan Johnson, and Bryce Olberding to associates.
Bravo is an interior designer with more than 30 years of experience. She began working at Architects West two years ago to establish the firm's interior design studio.
Johnson is an architect and has been with the firm for seven years. He worked in construction and drafting before attending architecture school, forming the foundation for his 25-year career.
Olberding is a landscape architect and has been with Architects West for 11 years. His 15 years of professional experience are diverse, including work at a civil engineering firm and as a landscape contractor before joining Architects West.
Ashton Wesely is a new principal and owner at integrated design studio Wittman Estes.
Wesely has been with the firm since 2015 and in addition to design work, provides operational leadership and mentorship to staff. Her work on Othello Gardens townhomes was recognized at the 2021 AIA Seattle Honor awards. Other notable projects completed at the firm include Aldo Beach House, Yo-Ju Courtyard House, and Seven Gardens — which have been published in various magazines including Dwell, Portrait, Dezeen, Sunset and Luxe.
Wesley is a Nebraska native. She was awarded a Regents Scholarship at the University of Nebraska, then obtained her master of architecture at the University of Oregon, where she focused on ecological design and received an AIA Northwest and Pacific Honor award for exploring the material capabilities of cross-laminated timber.
Samir El-Hage has joined Parametrix as a senior intelligent traffic systems consultant. He brings over 30 years of experience in transportation planning and traffic engineering, including road and highway design, intelligent transportation systems, and smart mobility advancements.
El-Hage comes to Parametrix from TEC Engineering, where he served as a project director, managing a team of engineers and developing road safety initiatives and training. He has international experience in Canada, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. His expertise includes pedestrian and bicycle facilities, mass transit and bus rapid transit systems, urban and transportation planning, parking studies and management, and data collection and analytics.
At Parametrix, El-Hage joins the firm's Smart & Livable Communities team, supporting transportation technology projects and grant applications for clients across the western United States such as the city of Seattle, Tahoe Transportation District, Washington and Oregon departments of transportation, and others.
WJA Design Collaborative has recognized a new associate principal and two new associates. All three have been with WJA since 2014.
Clint Treat is now an associate principal. Treat is a senior architect with over 16 years' experience in a range of project types including private residences, dormitories, hospitality, and administrative and training facilities for a variety of clients including the Department of Defense, state and local agencies, and the private sector.
Ryan White is now an associate. White is an architect who has been with WJA for nine years. His experience includes Department of Defense work, public safety, and schooling. This experience includes new construction and tenant improvements of all scales.
Shane Smith is now an associate. Smith is a designer with nine years' experience in the industry. He has a broad base of knowledge over a wide range of types and scales of buildings, with experience ranging from military and government facilities and renovations, civic task order projects as well as higher education, multifamily and residential projects.
Feb 21, 2024
B9 Architects has promoted Megan Zeien-Perez from project designer to associate. Zeien-Perez joined the firm in December 2019. She has worked on a diverse range of projects, including townhouses, small apartments and a nearly completed 107-unit Passive House certified apartment building in the Central District.
In her new role as associate, Zeien-Perez will be taking on expanded responsibilities, with a focus on championing the firm's design standards and brand.
Herrera has welcomed James Packman as an associate scientist. Packman has 25 years' experience in surface water science and engineering helping clients — municipal, governmental, non-governmental/institutional, and private — with needs related to stormwater and drainage issues, sediment and site evaluation, environmental monitoring, and project management.
His skillset includes watershed science, regional stormwater management effectiveness evaluation, identification and source control of surface water pollution, sediment monitoring methods research, statistical modeling, and expert witness support for litigation involving forensic hydrology.
Packman has overseen the execution of notable projects, including as the principal investigator for six western Washington Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM) studies. These SAM studies have supported the 130 municipal stormwater permittees in western Washington with resources for managing stormwater and surface water on topics including pollution identification, source control, and operations and maintenance of best management practices. He also supported Seattle Public Utilities with a fatal flaw analysis for reconnecting a diverted creek back to its natural watercourse in the Cedar River municipal watershed, which provides drinking water for the city of Seattle.
Michael Horntvedt has been selected to serve as Bremerton operations manager at Parametrix. He has 30 years of industry experience serving public agencies across the Puget Sound and Kitsap Peninsula.
Horntvedt has been at Parametrix for over 20 years and worked on a variety of critical infrastructure projects such as the Washington State Department of Transportation's SR 520 Bridge Replacement, Olympic Region Fish Passage projects, and city of Bremerton's SR 303 Corridor Study.
As operations manager, he will lead the firm's Bremerton office, which includes approximately 25 staff providing transportation, water, survey, and environmental services to public agencies across the peninsula such as the cities of Bremerton and Poulsbo, Kitsap County, Kitsap Transit, Ports, Tribes, and others.
Bellevue-based engineering consulting firm Wood Harbinger, Inc. recently transitioned to its sixth generation of leadership, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2024.
Former president/CEO Tom Leonidas has started a new chapter and former executive vice president Sean Bollen is now Wood Harbinger's new president.
Bollen brings a nearly 30-year history with Wood Harbinger as an electrical engineer and project manager. He has been managing principal of Wood Harbinger's electrical engineering group for four years.
CEO Bollen is joined by a leadership team including controller Courtney Montgomery and director of operations Andy Brown.
Montgomery has been with Wood Harbinger for 15 years in roles of increasing responsibility in business and financial management. Brown has also been with Wood Harbinger for 15 years, starting out in CAD and electrical design. He has led the firm's business operations for more than five years.
Wood Harbinger also welcomed four new team members in 2023: senior mechanical engineer James Carter, III; electrical designer Michael Provera; electrical designer Tim Del Mundo; and electrical designer Noi Brown.
Carter joined the firm as a senior mechanical engineer. He spent 10 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard prior to launching his consulting engineering career in the Seattle Area. He served in a variety of management and leadership roles in the Coast Guard, including as the Port State Control Branch Chief at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, as a mechanical engineer at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, and as the auxiliary mechanical and electrical engineering division head aboard a high-endurance warship. He holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington (UW), and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy. He is currently pursuing a master's in business administration, also at UW.
Provera joined the firm as an electrical designer with six years' experience designing electrical systems for luxury residential, multifamily housing, hotel renovations, healthcare facilities, and office renovations. He holds a master's degree in biological engineering from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Del Mundo is an electrical designer with more than six years of experience. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from UW. Recent experience includes several healthcare facility renovation projects. His achievements include top-three rankings in American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges' Student Mathematics League competitions while attending Bellevue College.
Brown is an electrical designer with six years of experience, including working for the FAA as a resident electrical engineer in addition to consulting. She has worked on a variety of electrical distribution systems for commercial buildings, transportation infrastructure, and aviation facilities. Prior to a career change into engineering, Noi Brown owned and managed a remodeling company. She holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a minor in computer science engineering.