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Jun 12, 2024

Heliotrope Architects




Heliotrope Architects has three new employees. Sara Morrison has joined the firm as a designer, Ben Loeffler joins as an architect/project manager, and Jie Bao comes onboard as an intern.

Morrison has a Master of Architecture from Montana State University and works on residential projects. Loeffler holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and also works in the residential space. Bao has a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and at Heliotrope has worked on both commercial and residential projects.



Patty Rubstello has joined WSP as a national transportation strategic advisor.

In her new role, Rubstello, who served more than 33 years with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in a variety of roles, provides leadership and strategic direction to project teams working to identify, develop and deliver multimodal and tolling initiatives for clients nationwide.

Based in Seattle, Rubstello most recently served WSDOT as assistant secretary of Washington State Ferries, where she oversaw a budget of more than $1.25 billion, a fleet of 21 vessels, a workforce of nearly 2,000 people and more than 17 million customers annually.

She was a driving force behind efforts to convert the largest vessels in the fleet to hybrid electric and design new vessels capable of running nearly 100 percent on battery power. She also oversaw the replacement of the ferry terminal at Seattle's Colman Dock.

Rubstello is credited with forming and managing Washington State's Urban Mobility and Access office, which included the toll division, regional transit coordination division and the management of mobility division.

Her industry associations include active membership in the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), where she founded the Women in Tolling Council in 2020. She earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from IBTTA in 2023.

Jun 05, 2024

Rice Fergus Miller








Bremerton-based architectural, interior design, and planning firm, Rice Fergus Miller (RFM), has welcomed nine new team members to the company.

In late 2023, Suzanne Hudson, Bali Mshar, Scott Waggoner, McKenzi Kent, Tim Dickerson, and Claire Kincaid-Slate joined the firm. John Leuck, Courtney Mosby-Gee, and Jenna Earle were welcomed in early 2024.

Hudson joined in July 2023 as a project coordinator, with a focus on RFM's Civic Studio. She has been working within the A/E/C industry for over two decades and brings four years of architectural spec writing and construction documentation development to her role. She holds an Associate of Business Administration degree from Cascadia College.

Based in Spokane, Mshar is a recently licensed project architect with a focus on hospitality projects in the firm's Housing, Healthcare, and Hospitality (H3) Studio. She served as project manager on multiple projects at her previous firm and demonstrates adeptness in client communication, consultant collaboration, and city regulatory compliance. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design from the University of Washington and joined RFM in August of 2023.

Waggoner is a project manager and architect who brings nearly four decades of hospitality, residential, and high-rise design expertise to RFM. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Washington State University. Waggoner joined RFM in September 2023 and is utilizing his expertise primarily in the firm's hospitality market.

Kent joined RFM in October 2023 as a project coordinator focused on the H3 Studio. She has a background in administration and specializes in streamlining processes and procedures.

Dickerson is a Spokane-based project architect who joined the firm in October 2023. He brings a diverse background in a range of project types from tenant improvements to higher education, residential, and commercial projects. He is licensed in Washington and Montana and holds his NCARB registration. Dickerson is supporting RFM's healthcare market, including the new Generations Healing Clinic for the Nisqually Indian Tribe, and an extension of the Jamestown Healing Campus in Sequim.

Kincaid-Slate is a project manager who is both a licensed architect and interior designer. Based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, she joined RFM's growing Spokane team in November 2023 and is currently working on multiple tribal healthcare projects for clients including the Nisqually Indian Tribe and Lummi Nation. She has focused most of her career on healthcare projects. Other experience includes commercial, civic, education, and mixed-use work.

Leuck joined RFM in January 2024 and brings nearly 25 years of leadership and management experience in senior housing, hospitality, and commercial projects. He has worked with many clients throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. At RFM, Leuck is serving clients in the housing market as part of the firm's H3 studio.

Mosby-Gee joins RFM as a human resources assistant, a new role at the firm. With a career spanning various HR capacities, she brings a wealth of experience and expertise. She will support RFM's director of business operations.

Earle joins RFM's marketing department as a marketing assistant. Earle's background and skillset developed in her previous role as a digital marketing specialist and will be utilized to further develop RFM's communications efforts with clients and industry partners. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles and a Minor in Business Marketing from Washington State University.

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