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Apr 07, 2020

Construction Center of Excellence


Kristi Grassman is the new director of the Construction Center of Excellence at Renton Technical College. Grassman has over 20 years of workforce development experience, including stints with Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, WorkForce Central and Tacoma Goodwill Industries. She also co-owns an automotive business in Sumner.

Mission Support Alliance

Three Mission Support Alliance staffers from Richland recently won Game Changer awards at the Connected Plant Conference in Atlanta. They include: Todd Synoground, vice president of Public Works; Ashley Ward, director of Information Systems; and Jeff Flora, creative technologist. The team was cited for bringing Microsoft's HoloLens mixed-reality platform to the Hanford Site. HoloLens is expected to enhance operational efficiency, improve maintenance planning, modernize training, and provide reliability and availability improvements of key infrastructure systems at Hanford. MSA consists of Leidos and Centerra Group, who are responsible for mission support at Hanford.


Roy and Dawn Thompson, co-founders of Champion Concrete Pumping in Hauser, Idaho, won the Pioneer Award from the American Concrete Pumping Association. Champion was cited for being the first to use separate placing booms and bring in big booms to the greater Coeur d'Alene/Spokane area. ACPA gives the award to its members who have been active in early development of concrete pumping, advanced the industry and improved conditions for concrete pumping.

Mar 31, 2020

RC Cost Group



Construction industry veterans Mark Richardson and Andrew Cluness formed RC Cost Group, a Tacoma-based consulting firm. Richardson and Cluness worked together over 15 years ago, then Richardson worked for some of the top local general contractors and Cluness formed his own cost consulting firm, working with local design firms. They reunited to offer construction cost planning and management services to owners, architects, engineers and institutions.

Rock Project Management Services


In Renton, Rock Project Management Services hired Sena Burchak as project coordinator. Burchak was a project coordinator at Vanir Construction Management. RPM provides owner's representative services to public and private clients throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

IBTTA Foundation

The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association Foundation is accepting applications for five $5,000 scholarships for undergraduates seeking careers in transportation. The money is available to students pursing degrees in various fields of study, including engineering, urban and regional planning, construction management, public administration and finance that benefit the tolling industry. Applications are due April 2 and winners will be announced in June. More information is at http://www.ibtta.org.

Mar 24, 2020

Rock Project Management Services



Renton-based Rock Project Management Services hired Ashley DePierre as director of business development and marketing, and Pamela Wood as senior contracts manager. DePierre was Northwest area business development manager at Vanir Construction Management. Wood also came from Vanir, where she was contracts administrator. RPM provides owner's representative services to public and private clients throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

Oceanside Construction

Bellingham-based Oceanside Construction added a concrete division for private and municipal markets. The new division focuses on street features such as curbs, gutters, sidewalks, driveways and ramps. Oceanside also does house foundations, concrete slabs, retaining walls, flat work, and stamped and colored concrete.

KLB Construction

Lynnwood-based KLB Construction won a national AGC in the Community Award for its work with Habitat for Humanity. The award was presented earlier this month by AGC Charities, the charitable arm of the Associated General Contractors of America, at the association's annual convention in Las Vegas. KLB devoted more than 1,500 labor hours over four years to build 10 homes for families in need in King County. Work ranged from site preparation and building stormwater treatment systems, to wall construction and lot grading. Over two dozen KLB employees volunteered their time and $122,500 in cash was donated.

Mission Support Alliance

In Richland, Mission Support Alliance gave the 2019 Kathryn A. Wheeler Safety Leadership Award to Cheryl Stroup, who worked with MSA's Radiological Site Services until her retirement in December. Stroup was an advocate for safety throughout her career at MSA, volunteering on the MSA Integrated Safety Management System team, where observation feedback and improvement ideas helped MSA enhance safety. She also completed advanced certified safety courses and participated in many MSA training presentations. MSA, the team of Leidos and Centerra Group, is responsible for the mission support contract at the Hanford Site.

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