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March 11, 2014
Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, promoted Bob Barlish from senior project manager to project executive in the Special Projects Group. Barlish has more than 40 years of industry experience, including a stint early in his career as a journeyman cabinet maker in an old world German woodworking shop in Seattle. He has been with Howard S. Wright since 2012, and is active in the Building Owners and Managers Association and NAIOP.
Bellevue-based Express Construction added Aaron Lee as project manager for Special Projects and Kevin Ellyson as a project engineer. Lee has 11 years of experience with local and regional construction projects. Ellyson also has 11 years of industry experience. He is working with all of the project managers at Express.
Washington, D.C.-based MGAC merged with Basis LLC, a cost and risk management consulting firm based in Los Angeles and comprised of former directors of Davis Langdon/Aecom. MGAC provides owner's representation and project management services across the country and internationally. The merger expands MGAC's presence in California and the western United States. MGAC has an office in Seattle.
March 4, 2014
Walsh Construction Co. promoted Tracy Ann Michel to assistant project manager in the Seattle office. Michel has been with the company for four years, working as a project engineer and in the Extended Services department. Her new duties include estimating, value engineering, job costing and schedule monitoring.
Matthew Hafen joined Adolfson & Peterson Construction's Pacific Northwest office as assistant project manager. Hafen has more than 10 years of industry experience and recently worked on large-scale projects in Hawaii. He holds a bachelor's degree in construction management from Brigham Young University.
Law firm Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker hired Howard W. Roth as an of counsel attorney in its Seattle office. Roth, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, is focusing his practice on government contracts. He has more than 23 years of government contract law experience, and was legal counsel to the Army's Regional Support Command program manager in California overseeing construction of more than 50 buildings in seven states.
David de Yarza, director of innovation at BNBuilders, is transitioning into the president's chair of the Seattle Revit User Group board of directors. Founded in 2007, SeaRUG is a local group that builds technical skills and exchanges ideas in the use of Autodesk Revit products. De Yarza has been on the board since 2010.
The American Welding Society accredited Bellingham Technical College's welding program as a certified test facility. The endorsement allows the school to perform many types of welding certifications above and beyond that of the Washington Association of Building Officials. BTC and Bates Technical College in Tacoma are the only schools in the state that are certified test facilities.
February 25, 2014
Derek Benson joined PSF Mechanical as project executive in the Special Projects Tenant Improvements Department, Christina Rose joined as bookkeeper and contracts administrator in the Service Department, and Peter Martynovych joined as VCM plumbing and piping detailer in the Virtual Construction Modeling Department. Benson has been in the industry for nearly 30 years, spending the last 10 years in project management, design, estimating and sales. Rose holds associate's degrees in both accounting and business, and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in accounting from Western Governors University. Martynovych has 20 years of industry experience and holds a degree in HVAC and piping from North Seattle Community College.
Skanska USA promoted Tony Taddeo to senior vice president and general manager of Skanska USA Civil in the Northwest. In his new role, Taddeo is overseeing all civil construction operations in the Northwest and Northern California. He has been with Skanska for more than 27 years, previously as senior vice president of estimating for Skanska Koch, which specializes in bridges and structural steel. He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the City College of New York.
Oak Harbor-based Blue Mountain Electric was named 2013 Subcontractor of the Year by Washington Patriot Construction. The veteran-owned subcontractor worked on several Washington Patriot projects, including energy upgrades at a Bremerton barracks, a Whidbey Island airfield and a naval hospital security upgrade.
February 19, 2014
Abbott Construction hired Chad Falgout as superintendent, Jeff Phillips and Chris Lee as project managers, and Chris Wiberg as project engineer. Falgout has 24 years of hands-on construction experience. Phillips has 22 years of industry experience and holds a bachelor's degree in construction management from the University of Washington. Lee has 19 years of experience in both field supervision and project management, and is a LEED AP BD+C. Wiberg holds a bachelor's degree in construction management from Washington State University.
Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, hired Jim West as safety director, and Eldon Kiel and Andy Brown as senior project managers. All three work in the Washington State Division in Seattle. West has 30 years of safety and risk management experience in the construction and timber industries, including 22 years at the state Department of Labor and Industries. He holds a bachelor's degree in forestry from the University of Washington, is a certified OSHA instructor and is a Certified Safety Professional. Kiel has 15 years of industry experience and holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia. Brown has 23 years of industry experience, including 14 years at Wright as a project manager in Guam, Portland and Seattle. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration/construction engineering management from Oregon State University.
PSF Mechanical hired Xay Keomongkhoun as network administrator, Samantha DeBella as Nordstrom Team administrative assistant and Mary Beth Thurman as administrative assistant for the Special Projects Tenant Improvements Department. Keomongkhoun has 20 years of IT experience and holds an associate's degree in computer networking and electronics technology from Edmonds Community College. DeBella has seven years of administrative experience and is a graduate of Rutgers University. Thurman has five years of experience and holds a bachelor's degree in English from Mississippi State University.
Everett-based Goldfinch Bros. promoted Scott Murphy to president. Murphy joined the company in 2008 as chief operating and financial officer. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Washington, serves on the Everett City Council, and is a board member for Mountain Pacific Bank and the Greater Everett Community Foundation. Goldfinch is a glass and glazing company serving commercial and residential markets since 1892.
Martha Rose of Martha Rose Construction in Seattle was named Builder Advocate of the Year as part of the 2014 NAHBGreen Awards given by the National Association of Home Builders. The award was presented earlier this month at the NAHB International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Rose is the 2014 president of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties.
Juli Bacon was named PWB Woman of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders Professional Women in Building Council. Bacon is from JB Consulting Systems in Woodinville. She is chair of the PWB Council at the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties.
PCL Civil Constructors and PCL Construction Services are collocating on Feb. 24 to new space in Bellevue. The new address is: 3650 131st Ave. S.E., Sixth Floor, Bellevue, WA 98006. Phone numbers will remain the same.
February 11, 2014
Cochran promoted Curt Dickerson to director of Washington Large Electrical Construction, Steve Burnett to director of Preconstruction and Estimating, and Collette Duck to director of Internal Services. Dickerson has been with Cochran for 11 years and has more than 30 years of experience in electrical and general contracting. Burnett has more than 19 years of experience in electrical construction. Duck is responsible for Cochran's warehouse, tools, prefabrication, purchasing and IT departments. Cochran is an electrical and technology contractor.
Seattle-based construction software provider Dexter+Chaney appointed Norbert Orth as president. Orth was the company's vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, and is a member of the board. He has more than 25 years of experience in business management, including executive roles at multinational firms and technology start-ups.
Property and construction consulting firm Rider Levett Bucknall promoted Chris Burris to principal in the Seattle office. Burris has led the local office for the past four years and has more than 13 years of experience in the construction industry. He is a Certified Cost Professional and has expertise in conceptual estimating, life-cycle costing, contract administration, reviewing progress draws and change orders.