Feb 06, 2019
Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific hired former KOMO TV investigative journalist Tracy Vedder as communications director. Vedder is based in Boise, and oversees media relations and outreach across the Pacific Northwest. She also operates a small horse ranch in Boise with her husband.
Toronto-headquartered IBI Group hired Gregory Wharton as studio lead for a new commercial-residential mixed-use architecture practice in Seattle. He has over 25 years of experience in Seattle, nationally and internationally as a designer and planner for mixed-use projects including high-rise, mid-rise, apartments, condos, hotels, offices and retail centers. IBI Group has 2,800 employees and more than 60 offices worldwide.
Seattle-based Magnusson Klemencic Associates promoted Farshad Berahman, Sean Clifton and Danya Mohr to principal. Berahman has a Ph.D. and 20 years of design and structural engineering experience managing projects up to 11.8 million square feet. As leader of the high-rise structures technical specialist team, he has advanced MKA's tall building design with wind and seismic engineering advancements, including new forms of damping systems within tall towers for more efficient motion control. Clifton is a member of the residential and hotel specialist group and the high-rise and concrete technical specialist teams. He has experience internationally in residential, hospitality and mixed-use developments up to 4 million square feet, and high-rises up to 100 stories. Mohr is in the retail/mixed-use specialist group with experience in retail, mixed-use, and hospitality markets globally. He was educated as an architectural engineer and has designed boutique retail as well as multi-tower, mixed-use developments. MKA provides structural and civil engineering worldwide.
Seattle-based Floyd|Snider promoted Megan King to associate principal. The environmental engineer and senior project manager has 15 years of experience in upland and in-water hazardous waste remediation, project management and facilitation. She has worked on environmental cleanup and restoration projects in the Northwest for ports, municipalities, industries and developers.
In Kirkland, Blueline hired Eric Jensen as planning manager, Gloria Contreras as an engineer/construction inspector on public works projects and Eric J. Rivera as an engineering drafter. Jensen most recently was in capital infrastructure project management for King County's Community Development Block Grant program and has been principal planner for the cities of Duvall, Carnation and Millwood. He will lead land use planning, permitting and grant management for Blueline. Contreras has a master's in civil engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and was a project engineer with Gary Merlino Construction. Rivera has been in the civil engineering field for 20 years in California, including on a survey crew for Rodman, and as a designer and CAD manager for Yamabe & Horn Engineering. Blueline provides civil engineering, land use planning and landscape architecture.
In Federal Way, ESM Consulting Engineers promoted Trevor Stiff to vice president, Zack Lennon to director of survey, John Everett to director of planning and Clark Kunitsugu to principal. Stiff has been at ESM since 2001 and is director of engineering. Lennon has 20 years of experience in land surveying and has taken over the overall management of the firm's survey operations. Everett has 20 years of experience in land planning, real estate and development. Kunitsugu leads ESM's residential services with over a decade of experience in engineering, design and entitlement of residential projects. He works with builders and developers in the Puget Sound region. ESM provides civil engineering, land planning, surveying, landscape architecture and GIS services.
Carrie McCausland is the new public affairs director at the state Department of Fish & Wildlife. McCausland was deputy communications director at the state Department of Natural Resources, and was a communications specialist with the city of Tacoma prior to that.
Nato Thompson will return as artistic director for Seattle Art Fair, which will be held in August at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Thompson last year curated a range of projects, performances and installations for the fair. He is artistic director at Philadelphia Contemporary and created Philadelphia's Festival for the People. Seattle Art Fair was founded in 2015 by Paul Allen, and is produced by Vulcan Arts + Entertainment and Art Market Productions.
The Office of the Washington State Auditor has a new website: http://www.sao.wa.gov. It was redesigned based on feedback from hundreds of people in local and state government who do business with the auditor.