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Oct 27, 2020

The Walsh Group

The Walsh Group is holding its third annual Quality Week Nov. 2-6 at its U.S. and Canada jobsites and offices. The event celebrates the company's professional and craft workforce, while promoting accountability and recognizing work performed accurately and safely. This year, a series of presentations called Jobsite Stories will highlight project teams' success stories. Walsh is based in Chicago and has a local office in Tukwila.


UMC led a team that designed and built two hygiene trailers for New Hope Resource Center's new Mobile Resources Response Team, which brings services to the homeless in Pierce County. Ten companies donated the materials and labor needed for UMC to build out the trailers at its Mukilteo manufacturing shop. CHC Hydronics partnered with Intellihot, a manufacturer of tankless water heaters, to donate two water heaters valued at $20,000 each. Other donations came from Weir's Appliances (four stackable washers and dryers), as well as Ferguson, Central Welding Supply, United Rentals and Bigfoot Construction. Prime Electric provided electrical work. The mobile team is deploying three times a week where encampments are located, at local churches and in business parking lots. The operation includes a 40-foot RV in addition to the shower and laundry trailers. UMC is a mechanical engineering and construction company.

Washington River Protection Solutions

The National Safety Council gave Hanford tank operations contractor Washington River Protection Solutions a Community Advancement Award for its commitment to safety. The award focused on two areas: employee-led safety programs, and safety outreach and engagement in the community. Washington River Protection Solutions has been involved in the Department of Energy's Voluntary Protection Program, accident prevention councils, and creation of employee-generated safety videos.

Oct 20, 2020



Bonnie Frye Hemphill joined UMC as director of policy and partnerships. At UMC, Hemphill is providing strategic policy leadership on the next generation of the built environment, with a focus on the clean economy. She also is using her expertise in partnership development and external communications. Prior to joining UMC, Hemphill opened new markets for solar in the Northwest at A&R Solar and Solar Installers of Washington. UMC is a mechanical engineering and construction company based in Mukilteo.

ABC of Western Washington

Firepower of Spokane joined the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington. Firepower is a contractor focusing on fire safety, CCTV, access control and security.

Wayne's Roofing

Sumner-based Wayne's Roofing placed 454th in Engineering News-Record's Top 600 Specialty Contractors list. That's up eight places from last year and 15th among roofing contractors nationally and first in the Pacific Northwest.

The Rush Companies

Puget Sound Business Journal ranked Gig Harbor-based The Rush Companies as the No. 4 large company in Washington's Best Workplaces. The list was created by Quantum Workplace, which scored candidates in 30 items across six categories, including trust in leadership and team dynamics. The Rush Companies is comprised of five real estate focused businesses, including Rush Commercial Construction and Rush Residential.

Oct 13, 2020

Hermanson Co.



Jana (Hermanson) Burbank and Steve Otis are new partners at Kent-based Hermanson Co. Burbank is chief of staff and previously worked in shipping, marketing and the company's Special Projects Division. Otis, a licensed engineer, is supervisor of virtual design and construction (VDC). He has been with Hermanson for five years, working on some of its largest integrated delivery and design-build projects.

Skanska USA

General contractor Skanska USA raised over $220,000 during its annual Bricks & Books fundraising event, which was held online this year due to the pandemic. The month-long event benefited Seattle nonprofit Rainier Scholars, which provides low-income students of color with equitable access to a quality education. Skanska set a goal of $200,000, topping that by 10%, and has now raised over $1.6 million during the eight years that the program has run. Skanska's effort this year was backed by over 60 organizations, many from the design and subcontractor communities.

The Walsh Group

The Walsh Group raised nearly $25,000 in this year's Food Frenzy, which benefits Food Lifeline, beating its goal by over $9,000. The two-week competition pits local companies against one another to raise money, collect food and promote hunger awareness in western Washington. In addition to the money, Walsh's Seattle region collected over 3,400 canned food items and the contractor's staff volunteered in the Food Lifeline warehouse. Walsh came in fifth out of 48 teams in Food Frenzy, and was second among AEC contestants.

Epoch Design

Redmond-based sustainable wood furniture company Epoch Design is moving to Arlington. As part of this plan, the company recently broke ground on a 53,100-square-foot warehouse at the intersection of 59th Avenue Northeast and 172nd Street Northeast, near the Arlington airport. The company says it's moving to Arlington next summer due to concerns over rent increases and zoning changes at its current location. It will own the Arlington facility, which is being built by Sierra Construction and was designed by The Ronhovde Architects.

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