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May 31, 2023
Graham Construction promoted four superintendents within its Buildings Northwest Group: Jason Schmidt to superintendent 1, Buck Loshbaugh to superintendent 2, Rowel Caribo to superintendent 3 and Nile Underwood to superintendent 4. Schmidt leads Graham's team at the Alexan Bothell project for Trammel Crow Residential. Graham says he has a detailed approach to maintaining schedule while keeping an eye on the budget. Loshbaugh has a wealth of experience in high-rise construction, and has been preparing to play a leading role in the company's new multi-key projects. Caribo is a leader of Graham's quality management system at the Nelson Legacy Group P1 project. Graham says he can deep dive and vividly comprehend drawing details and specifications. Underwood has been with Graham for over a decade, serving as general foreman for the Spokane branch's largest projects. Currently, he is helping lead the WSU University Crossings project.
Burlington-based Trico Companies hired Randy Espinoza as BIM assistant manager and Steve Garka as project manager. Espinoza has over 15 years of experience in 3D design in the oil and gas industry. He is supporting and driving BIM/VDC services for project team members. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in management information systems from Western Washington University. Trico says Garka is a passionate leader that believes in delivering high-quality projects to clients by communicating clear expectations and delivering on commitments. He has over 10 years of experience in construction management in residential, mixed-use and commercial projects.
Vancouver-based Environmental Containment acquired Marks Metal Technology, a metal fabricator based in Clackamas, Oregon. Marks Metals was established in 1946 by John Marks in a barn on his family's farm. Renamed Marks Metal Technology in 1997, the family-owned company has grown to be a leader in metal fabrication, processing and precast concrete forming. Marks Metal Technology continues to operate in the company's 49,000-square-foot facility with the same staff. Environmental Containment makes and installs cast-in-place detention vaults, precast ponds and precast vaults.
May 23, 2023
In its Seattle/Washington Buildings Northwest Group, Graham Construction promoted Michael Webster to chief estimator and David Westmoreland to estimate manager. Webster is now responsible for all estimating functions in both Seattle and Spokane. He continues to refine the estimating costing database, oversee the development of subcontractor/supplier outreach, and align estimating efforts with the preconstruction services of Graham. Westmoreland is focusing on directing clients through the process of converting from schematic to ready-for-construction status, while offering constructive advice and options that allow their projects to be financially feasible. Graham says Westmoreland has a talent for teaching and will take an active role in the career development and mentorship of junior staff.
The Construction Management Association of America and the National Association of Women in Construction recently formed a partnership to strengthen the success of women in the construction industry. The two organizations will cross-promote events, with the possibility of co-producing a few, and attend each other's conferences and events. One of the features of the partnership is that NAWIC members will be able to pursue CMAA credentials for Construction Manager-in-Training, Certified Associate Construction Manager and Certified Construction Manager at CMAA member rates. This summer, CMAA will lead a Principles of Construction Management course for NAWIC members during NAWIC's 68th Annual Conference in Portland.
May 16, 2023
In its Buildings Northwest Group, Graham Construction promoted Trevor Graafstra to vice president of operations, Troy Johnson to project development director, Matt Pulick to senior operations manager, and Joe Browder to operations manager. Graafstra has brought financial, operational and strategic guidance to Graham for over a decade. He has over 28 years of construction experience in multi-key, retail, health care, life sciences, education and office buildings throughout Washington. Johnson spent 28 years in architecture, development and construction, delivering a diverse range of building types for public and private clients. In his new role, he is responsible for developing and curating key clients, overseeing preconstruction and estimating efforts, and ensuring that Graham project teams convert projects into reality. Pulick has been instrumental in Graham's wins and preconstruction efforts on the upcoming Samaritan Hospital and Quincy Hospital projects in eastern Washington. Recently, he was a key driver toward the completion of the Quileute Tribal School in La Push. Browder has been part of successes in both Graham buildings and infrastructure over his tenure, through a variety of large complex projects. He is working to support project teams in pre-planning, and ensuring that project teams are set up for operational success.
Clarence Clipper joined mechanical contractor UMC as director of the Facility Services Group, where he is working to streamline UMC's processes and support its growth. Clipper has been integral to the facilities and industrial space for 30 years, and held leadership positions that have propelled businesses forward for 18 years. His most recent role was general manager with CenTrio (formerly Enwave Seattle Steam), where he was responsible for operations that include a steam plant in Seattle, a chiller plant in Portland and an ambient loop wastewater heat recovery system in Denver. Prior to that, he was director of engineering for Unico Properties, overseeing engineering departments in Washington, Colorado, Utah, Texas and Tennessee. He started at Unico as chief engineer for the Metropolitan Tract of downtown Seattle buildings.
The Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington named Faber Construction as 2022 New Member of the Year. After signing up with the ABC, members of Faber joined the Government Affairs Council, attended events, graduated from ABC's Construction Business School, and attended the ABC National Convention in March. Faber also referred a list of contractors to help ABC build its membership.
Granite's Alaska Region team was awarded the Governor's Safety Award of Excellence by the Alaska Safety Advisory Council for its exceptional safety performance in 2022. Granite's safety and environmental performance were evaluated over the last three years against other competing companies. This is the eighth time in 11 years that the Alaska team has won the award. The team achieved 300,000 hours without a recordable injury, and ended 2022 with zero OSHA recordable injuries.