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Jan 22, 2020

Degenkolb Engineers




In Seattle, Degenkolb Engineers hired Lisette Terry as a project engineer and Tiffany La and Sarah Bergquist as designers. Terry has over a decade of experience specializing in structural forensics engineering and leads forensics efforts in the Northwest. She focuses on structural damage assessments and damage investigations for property losses including fire, vehicle strike, water intrusion and foundation settlement, and is an expert witness. La holds a master's in structural engineering from the University of California, San Diego, and is assisting with the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe's tsunami evacuation tower and the University of Washington's URM seismic improvements program. Bergquist holds a master's in civil engineering from the UW and is assisting with a renovation and seismic retrofit of the Old Main Building and the historic Fine Arts Building at Mount Vernon High School. Degenkolb provides structural and seismic engineering.

HNTB Corp.


Moein El-Aarag joined HNTB Corp. as transportation structures department manager in the Bellevue office. El-Aarag was an associate project director for another consulting firm. He has over 20 years of experience in bridge design, management and construction in the Northwest. He has done project work for the Washington and Seattle departments of transportation, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and King and Snohomish counties. His work includes the Ballard Bridge planning study. In addition to his new role, he will continue to provide design oversight for the Lander Street Bridge project. HNTB is an infrastructure firm.

HKP Architects


Julie Blazek, an architect and partner at Mount Vernon-based HKP Architects, earned Passive House Certification and will lead the passive house studio HKP introduced in 2016. The studio focuses on promoting and developing private and public projects that are looking at Passive House design, including office buildings, educational facilities and residential developments. HKP works on civic buildings and spaces, educational facility planning, nonprofit and community-oriented projects and houses.

Rice Fergus Miller



Rice Fergus Miller hired Gunnar Gladics as an architect in the fire and emergency services studio and O. Blake Webber IV as an architect in the health care studio. Gladics has experience as a ?re?ghter and EMT and as a research scientist. Webber has 10 years of experience in health care projects ranging from in-house renovations to multimillion-dollar expansions. The 48-person architecture, interior design, planning and visualization ?rm is based in Bremerton.

Architects West


Architects West hired Joey Toews as a project architect in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Toews has over six years of architectural experience, most recently working at ZBA Architecture in Spokane. He has a background in design, project management and construction administration, and in Revit, AutoCAD and SketchUp. He has experience in multifamily, civic and commercial projects, and is working on Hermiston City Hall and Hermiston Library.

Northwest Seaport Alliance


The Northwest Seaport Alliance hired Dana Henderson as general counsel. Henderson has over 20 years of experience in both public and private law practice, and previously served over six years as general counsel for Pierce Transit. She worked as a litigator and maritime law practitioner earlier in her career. The alliance is a marine cargo partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

Life Science Washington

Life Science Washington, the state's life science trade association, has three new board members and new leadership on its executive committee. Dr. Margaret McCormick, executive director and COO of Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason and vice president of Research for Virginia Mason Medical Center, is the new board chair. McCormick succeeds Caitlin Cameron, chair and CEO of OtoNexus Medical Technologies, who continues on the executive committee. New board members are: Jan Beck, head of R&D operations at Lyell Immunopharma; Lauren Hackett, COO at the Allen Institute; and Amanda Rose, partner at Fenwick & West. New members of the executive committee are: Richard Fabian, president and COO of FujiFilm SonoSite; and Dr. Teresa Foy, senior vice president of immunology-oncology and cellular therapy at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

City of Tacoma

The Tacoma City Council has five openings on its Citizen Police Advisory Committee. The openings are for one youth position and one position each for residents of council districts 1, 2, 4 and 5. The committee provides recommendations about Tacoma Police Department policy to the City Council. Applications are due by Jan. 27 at http://www.cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact Michelle Emery at (253) 591-5178.


Orbridge, a Bainbridge Island tour operator specializing in educational travel, said it will plant 100,000 trees this year to help forest recovery, halt soil erosion, provide habitat and improve air quality. Trees will be planted in government-owned forests.

MCA of Western Washington







The Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington elected its 2020-2021 board officers: Stacy Johnson of Auburn Mechanical, president; Jeff White of Holmberg Mechanical, vice president; Frank Leonard of Key Mechanical, secretary/treasurer; and Mark Webster of MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, immediate past president. New directors are Matt Campbell of General Mechanical and Geno Timmons of Enviromech. MCA members consist of union-signatory plumbing, piping and HVAC contractors.

Nielsen Commercial

Seattle-based Nielsen Commercial opened a branch office in Great Falls, Montana, and in the spring will open a third office, in Boise, Idaho. The general contracting business was started about a year ago by construction industry veteran Jeff Nielsen, a co-founder of BNBuilders in Seattle. Nielsen is expanding in anticipation of continued growth this year in the local market. The company focuses on specialty construction markets including life science, health care, technology, retail, manufacturing, corporate facilities, government, hospitality, clean energy and defense.

Trenchless Pipe Repairs

Houston-based Vortex Cos. bought Trenchless Pipe Repairs of Sumner. Financial details were not disclosed. TPR specializes in robotic cutting, cleaning and reinstatement services, cured-in-place lining and trenchless infrastructure management. It was founded in 2011 by Nick Patrick, who is now Vortex's national and global product manager. Patrick has nearly 25 years of experience in trenchless technologies.


Laborers' International Union of North America Northwest Region formed a partnership with NHL Seattle to make LIUNA the official union partner of the hockey team. LIUNA members are building NHL Seattle's new home and practice facility in Northgate.

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