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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.

Jun 17, 2020

Hart Crowser





Hart Crowser hired Blake Lytle as a hydrogeologist and Thomas Tremaine as a geoscientist in Seattle, and it hired Ryan Hendrix as a geologist, Sheri Salvador as a business development specialist and Andrea Clark as a project assistant in Honolulu. Lytle holds a master's degree in hydrogeology from Clemson University, where his research focused on studying water flow with ground penetrating radar. At Clemson he also developed and directed a program that involved using drones for grants, strategic initiatives, research projects and instruction. Tremaine has a bachelor's degree in geosciences from Trinity University. He has experience as a 3D geospatial analyst, using geographic information system software to turn complex data into user-friendly formats such as maps and 3D virtual plans/models, and to calculate the volume of soil stockpiles. Hendrix holds a bachelor's degree in geology and geophysics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. He will work on projects involving rockfall hazard, landslides, building development and environmental investigation and study.

Salvador returned to Hart Crowser after 18 years. Her 20 years of marketing at health care, finance and engineering firms includes brand awareness, communications, events, databases and advertising. She also has digital marketing experience, including website development and management. She has coordinated proposals involving geotechnical engineering, landscape architecture and environmental planning and permitting issues, and has coordinated community and charity events. Clark has previously worked in the engineering industry and for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Hart Crowser added this new position to support its growing Hawaii and Pacific Island presence. The Seattle-based firm specializes in geotechnical engineering, environmental science and engineering, stormwater services and resilience engineering.



Coeur d'Alene, Idaho-based Verdis promoted Stephanie Blalack to planning manager. Blalack was hired in 2008 as a senior land use planner. She will continue to oversee local land use planning projects, but will now be involved with the engineering, surveying and landscape architecture for those projects. She has experience in all phases of land use planning, including subdivision development, conditional use permits, variances, zone changes and annexations. She previously worked in Kootenai County's Community Development Department and has a bachelor's degree in land use planning from Eastern Oregon University. Verdis is a woman-owned engineering, planning, landscape design and construction firm.

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