May 27, 2020
The University of Washington’s Construction Management department postponed its 2020 Construction Management Hall of Fame event set for June 5 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will now be held in 2021 at the Bell Harbor Conference Center. The inductees for 2020 include Marvin Nelson, Bill Lewis, Ernie Emmert and Teb Herb. The CM department is part of the College of Built Environments.
Minneapolis-based CSDZ hired Cal Beyer as vice president of workforce risk and worker wellbeing on its Minnesota team. Beyer has over 30 years of safety, insurance and risk management experience, with 24 of those years in the construction industry. Prior to joining CSDZ, he was director of risk management for Lakeside Industries in Issaquah, where he catalyzed the construction industry’s mental health and suicide prevention movement. CSDZ, a Holmes Murphy company, provides construction insurance.
APA The Engineered Wood Association announced the winners of its 2019 Safety and Health Awards, which honor companies in the structural panel and engineered wood industry. Winners from the Pacific Northwest included: Roseburg Forest Products Co. of Coquille, Oregon (Innovation in Safety Award/Jeff Wagner Process-Based Innovation category); Boise Cascade Co. of Medford, Oregon (Safety and Health Honor Roll/first place Division I); and Boise Cascade Wood Products of White City, Oregon (3-Year Safety Award/Division III and Safety Improvement Award/Division III). Tacoma-based APA represents about 175 lumber mills throughout North America.
May 19, 2020
Darrel Zak is the new safety director at Auburn Mechanical. Zak is a Certified Safety Professional with over 15 years of experience working in safety for specialty contractors in the Puget Sound region. At Auburn Mechanical, he is reviewing workplace safety associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the firm’s return-to-work policy and safety guidelines for the company’s offices. The Auburn-based contractor specializes in design-build, full-mechanical construction.
The Associated General Contractors of America is launching a nationwide program designed to help expand diversity in the industry by making jobsites more inclusive. The new program, called Culture of CARE (commit, attract, retain and empower), is designed to help firms create more welcoming workplace environments for staff, particularly those from diverse demographic backgrounds. The program is based on one developed by the AGC of Washington.
The state Department of Commerce awarded three grants to help increase Washington’s skilled workforce, including a grant of $30,000 to the Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors’ Head Start to Construction Trades Apprenticeship program. Two other grants went to Whatcom Community College and Aerospace Machinists Institute.
May 12, 2020
For its Seattle office, Walsh Construction Co. hired Jennifer Marlette as certified payroll specialist, Jeffery Bartley as marketing assistant, Paige Paulston as administrative assistant and Stacey Mulholland as project administrator. Marlette is a graduate of Bellevue College and has over seven years of experience as a payroll specialist. Bartley was marketing coordinator at Merrill Gardens and recreation technician/program manager for Metro Parks Tacoma. Paulston has over six years of management and customer service experience. Mulholland rejoins Walsh with 17 years of experience as a project administrator.
Seattle-based MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions extended its contract with field service tech provider XOi of Nashville, Tennessee. XOi provides an app that connects field service contractors with an online knowledge base so they can complete more service requests.
The Associated General Contractors of America named Boise State University's student chapter as one of three winners of its Outstanding Student Chapter Contest. BSU won the Construction Management Skills category for its work at Peregrine Elementary School in the West Ada School District. BSU acted as a construction manager, helping to renovate and secure two portable classrooms for a new community school. The other two winning chapters were from Missouri State University and Colorado State University. Each chapter received $2,000.