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Jun 22, 2021

Korsmo Construction





In Tacoma, Korsmo Construction hired Bill Haider and John Julius Muwulya as project managers; and Laurel Franklin and Chris Ohlinger as project engineers. Haider and Muwulya have expertise in a range of markets, including multifamily housing and educational facilities. Franklin and Ohlinger are focusing on the health care and tribal markets. Korsmo has been a general contractor since 1948.

Hanford Mission Integration Solutions

The Department of Energy recently bestowed the 2021 Classification Award of Excellence to LaMont Schofield, classified material expert and information security manager for Hanford Mission Integration Solutions. Schofield led two high-impact projects that will result in a large reduction of classified documents, improved processes and quality control, and cost savings for the Hanford Site.

Garco Construction

Spokane-based Garco Construction was ranked as the 357th largest contractor in the United States by Engineering News-Record. The company moved up nine spots from its 2020 ranking. Rankings are based on revenues from construction contracts, the construction portion of design-build contracts and construction management work that involves financial risk equivalent to that of a general contractor. Garco has been operating since 1978 and also has a Tacoma office.


APA — The Engineered Wood Association announced the winners of its 2020 Safety and Health Awards, which honor companies in the structural panel and engineered wood industry. Winners from the Pacific Northwest included: Spokane-based PotlatchDeltic for Safest Company Award (Three or Fewer Mills), 1st Place Safety and Health Award/Division I (St. Maries, Idaho, mill), and Safety Improvement Award/Division I (St. Maries, Idaho, mill); Murphy Plywood Co. for 2nd Place Safety and Health Award/Division I (Rogue River, Oregon, mill); and Boise Cascade Co. for 3-Year Safety Award/Division III (White City, Oregon, mill). Tacoma-based APA represents about 175 lumber mills throughout North America.

Jun 15, 2021

Walsh Construction Co.









In Seattle, Walsh Construction Co. hired Alex Brito, Cody Erickson and Emma Hanks as project engineers; Garret Olsen as assistant superintendent; Derek Johnson as project manager; Devansh Gupta as layout project engineer; Whitney Lake as assistant project manager; and Kathy Garcia as office manager. Brito interned with Walsh in summer 2019 and graduated the next year with a construction engineering degree from Washington State University. Erickson worked for a general contractor in Michigan for several years and holds a construction management degree from Michigan Technological University. Hanks previously worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation and in the Wastewater Treatment Division of King County's Department of Natural Resources and Parks. Olsen holds a bachelor's degree in construction management from Central Washington University. Johnson rejoins Walsh after originally working at the company in 2007 as an assistant superintendent, later taking on the roles of building envelope superintendent followed by project manager. Gupta in 2019 completed a master's degree in construction engineering at Arizona State University. Lake previously worked at Walsh in 2008 as an intern, followed by seven years as a project engineer and an estimator, and then a stint with a residential contractor. Garcia previously worked at McKinstry as a business operations analyst and facility manager, and at BlueCore Power as a project engineer and senior administrative assistant.

PCL Construction


Tyler Kautz is the new district manager for PCL Construction Services in Seattle, overseeing all operations in the Pacific Northwest. Kautz began his PCL career in 2005 as an intern while serving as an active Marine reserve. In 2007, he joined PCL full-time after serving a one-year tour in Iraq. Some of the local projects he has worked on include the Bravern Condominiums, Chief Joseph Fish Hatchery, Spire, Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station, and the South Link 200 Extension. He holds a bachelor's degree in construction management from the University of Washington, and serves on the school's Construction Industry Advisory Council.

Dawson Construction


In Bellingham, Dawson Construction hired Luke Bentley as civil estimator manager. Bentley worked at Granite Construction for 13 years and holds a bachelor's degree in geological testing from Montana Technological University. Dawson says Bentley will help the company in its pursuit of more civil construction projects through its Civil Division, which was launched in 2019. Established in 1967, Dawson Construction is a general contractor serving Alaska and Washington.

Sigma Six Solutions

Irving, Texas–based Shermco Industries said it has acquired two Pacific Northwest electrical specialty businesses: Sigma Six Solutions, a regional testing and maintenance company in Auburn; and Innovative Electric, a design-build electrical contracting business in Everett. Sigma Six provides start-up and acceptance testing on new installations, as well as repair, maintenance, training, engineering services, operations support and project management services for mission critical power equipment and systems. It was owned by Penn Power Group since 2015. Innovative provides specialized and complex commercial, industrial and automation related problem-solving solutions, including design-build services and electrical engineering. Innovative and Sigma Six's management and technical experts remain following the acquisitions. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed. Shermco provides electrical testing, maintenance, commissioning and repair services. It is majority-owned by San Francisco-based private equity firm Gryphon Investors.

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