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Jul 01, 2020

Salas O'Brien


In Seattle, Salas O'Brien hired Elizabeth Robinson as director of interior design. Robinson has 35 years of experience in interior design and leading projects for corporate, higher education, health care and hospitality Fortune 500 clients. She has worked on headquarters and corporate campuses for clients that include General Motors, Google, Mercedes Benz and Kohls. She has a management background and is well-versed in all aspects of design. Salas O'Brien is an employee-owned multidisciplinary design firm with 35 offices nationwide.

Sazan Group




In Seattle, Sazan Group hired Joel Gragg as marketing director and promoted Estrella Sung to marketing manager. In Portland, it hired Sara Drenzek as senior marketing coordinator. Gragg has over 10 years of experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industry, with previous roles as marketing manager for DLR Group and Meng Analysis. He will direct all marketing efforts for Sazan across its three offices. Sung has nearly two decades of experience in the industry, starting as a graphic design lead at Golder and progressing to proposal and senior marketing roles at Gensler, Glumac, NBBJ and HDR. She manages Sazan’s day-to-day marketing and proposal development, primarily in the Seattle office. Drenzek has six years of experience in the AEC industry, including as the marketing manager for Ankrom Moisan Architects. She will be the lead marketer in Sazan’s Portland office. Sazan Group provides mechanical, electrical and fire protection engineering, information technology systems consulting, lighting design and owner representation services.

DCI Engineers


DCI Engineers, a civil and structural engineering firm, hired Ethan Martin as an associate in Portland. Martin is on the structural team and will focus on mass timber design for West Coast projects. Previously, he was Northwest regional director at WoodWorks, the wood industry’s nonprofit for advancing knowledge and technical support in commercial wood building projects in the U.S. While there, he assisted DCI on the Flatiron PDX, 120 Clay and Fair Haired Dumbbell projects. Martin has a background in mass timber code, permitting and design. He collaborated with Oregon and Washington officials to set new precedents in prescriptive building codes and contributed to the performance-based design of tall wood buildings. He also co-founded the International Mass Timber Conference with Forest Business Network in Portland.

Jun 24, 2020

HBB Landscape Architecture


Seattle-based HBB Landscape Architecture promoted Merit Oviir to vice president. Oviir will take on a stronger role in the company's leadership while continuing to nurture creativity and quality design and build strong client relationships. Since joining HBB in 2012, Oviir has worked on projects that include trail and open space planning, streetscape improvements, plazas and multimodal transportation corridors. HBB has 18 landscape architects, urban designers and planners.

The Greenbusch Group


The Greenbusch Group promoted Dylan Turner to principal and practice lead for its mechanical engineering, commissioning services and vertical transportation group at the Seattle office. Turner has played a key role in the delivery and growth of those services after joining the firm nine years ago. As a principal, he is involved with client relations, business development, project scheduling, quality control and project management, and leads projects for owners, including Sound Transit. Greenbusch is a multidisciplinary engineering firm that provides acoustical and vibration consulting, mechanical engineering, audio/video systems design, vertical transportation design and commissioning services.

Pace Engineers


Kirkland-based Pace Engineers hired Deneise Kopetzky as business development director. Kopetzky will be responsible for setting the business development and marketing strategy for the firm and managing the marketing groups in its four offices. She has 17 years of marketing and business development experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industry, including at PCS Structural Solutions, McGrahanan Architects and TCF Architecture. She is on the SMPS Seattle Board of Directors and is engaged in organizations that include A4LE, WSSHE, CREW, WLIC and Building Women. Pace provides civil and structural engineering, planning, surveying and GIS services.

Hanson Professional Services


The board of directors of Hanson Professional Services elected Lauren Schroedter assistant vice president. Schroedter, Hanson's railway discipline manager, works in the Seattle regional office. She interned for the firm in 2006 and joined it full time in 2009. She has experience in project scoping, feasibility studies, conceptual designs, design team coordination, construction phasing planning, design quality control, bid document preparation, estimating, scheduling, construction administration and contract management for railroad projects. Hanson is a national consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services.



Jonelle Vance joined architecture firm Knit as an associate principal and director of interiors. Vance has three decades of experience designing interiors for commercial, hospitality, healthcare and tenant improvement clients — projects totaling millions of square feet. She has relationships with developers and brokers such as Ensemble Real Estate Solutions, EQ Office, Del Mar Properties, CBRE and Colliers International. She's based in Las Vegas but her work is throughout Knit's regional offices in Seattle, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. The firm provides architecture and design services.

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