Apr 21, 2021
Seattle-based SABArchitects promoted Kate Vincent, Laura Taylor and Shaun Danielson to associate principal. They are the first people to hold that role at the firm, reflecting a period of strong growth. Vincent has spent her 16-year architectural career in Seattle, working on a variety of project types, and most recently leading large-scale workplace projects at SABA. Taylor has 16 years in the industry and experience that spans a spectrum of project types. Danielson has 10 years of technically informed design sense and has worked on large and small projects across all of the firm's market sectors. SABArchitects has 45 staff members.
Gensler, a global architecture and design firm, promoted Kristin Jensen to principal. Jensen is also co-managing director of the Seattle office and has over 20 years of experience managing commercial real estate and development projects in the Northwest, including suburban office parks, master planned communities, hotels, urban infill office and mixed-use. As principal, she will use her background to work with clients on projects.
Allana Buick & Bers hired Marc Choiniere as a building technologist in Seattle. Choiniere has over 12 years of experience in building materials sales specializing in using software such as WUFI Passive, Therm and Sketch-Up. His notable projects include Paine Field, the University of Texas Arlington Science and Engineering Innovation and Research Building and the University of Chicago North Dining and Residence Hall.
In Seattle, Hart Crowser hired Lauren Phillips and Evan Capron as geotechnical engineers and Bret Buskirk and Curtis Smerdon as geologists. In Portland, it hired Ryan Lewis is an environmental engineer, and in Honolulu it hired Dennis Peters as a registered environmental manager and Michael Figueroa as a chemical engineer. Phillips has worked on high speed rail in California and a convention center expansion in Las Vegas, and done computer modeling to see the effect an earthquake might have on a liquid natural gas facility in the Adriatic Sea. She is working on projects for the Washington State Department of Transportation and the County of Hawaii. Capron has a geotechnical master of engineering degree from Utah State University. He interned with Hart Crowser and has returned as a full-time employee working on projects for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, WSDOT and the U.S. Navy. Buskirk holds a master of science in earth and space sciences from the University of Washington and was recently a physical science technician with Badlands National Park. She will work on life sciences building development projects. Smerdon is working on landslide repair projects. He has completed projects for the Oregon Department of Transportation, the ports of Portland and Vancouver, Legacy Health, Intel, Weyerhaeuser, Portland State University, University of Portland, University of Oregon, Portland Public Schools and the cities of Portland, Vancouver and Roseburg.
Lewis has five years of experience that includes environmental services related to stormwater, water quality and mining sites. He is supporting environmental investigation and cleanup projects under an on-call contract with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Peters has 29 years of experience with environmental planning, environmental site investigation and cleanup, and solid and hazardous waste management projects in the U.S. and the Pacific Rim. His clients have included the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, County of Kaua'i, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command and the U.S. Air Force. Figueroa has a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Stanford University. He is working on projects for the County of Maui and the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation, Airports Division. Hart Crowser, a division of Haley & Aldrich, specializes in geotechnical engineering, environmental science and engineering, stormwater services and resilience engineering.
Amazon announced nine new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects in the United States, Canada, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The company now has 206 renewable energy projects globally, including 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects and 135 solar rooftops on facilities and stores worldwide. With this announcement, Amazon is now the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in Europe. These projects supply renewable energy to Amazon's corporate offices, fulfillment centers, Whole Foods Market stores, and Amazon Web Services data centers. The renewable energy from these projects also helps Amazon meet its commitment to produce the clean energy equivalent to the electricity used by all consumer Echo devices. All of these projects put Amazon on a path to power 100% of its activities with renewable energy by 2025—five years ahead of the original target of 2030. Investing in renewable energy is one of the actions Amazon is taking as part of The Climate Pledge, a commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement.
Fingernails2Go, a leader in creative nail art, announced its new U.S. distribution partnership with Salon Services. The new distributor, based in Seattle, has locations in nine states with a variety of physical stores. It also has a distribution network with salons all over the U.S. Fingernails2Go is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where it manufactures digital nail art printers. Customers can select a design from the nail art library or use the Fingernails2Go App on their phone to upload an image. Nail care is a multi-billion-dollar industry, with ReportLinker projecting the worldwide nail care market to top $6 billion by 2027.
Pacific Medical Centers, a primary and integrated multi-specialty healthcare network across the Puget Sound region, selected Redspin to conduct a readiness assessment of their current security posture to determine how to prepare for the Department of Defense's new security framework certification for vendors, Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. The Department of Defense is aiming to reduce the estimated $600 billion in cybercrime losses impacting the nation's military supply chain every year by requiring third-party cybersecurity assessments of contractors with access to controlled unclassified information. Pacific Medical Centers holds a contract with the Department of Defense to administer the US Family Health Plan. Redspin, a division of CynergisTek, is a cybersecurity company providing security testing, assessments, validation, and consulting services to companies in highly regulated industries including government, financial, technology, and manufacturing.
Apr 20, 2021
Redmond-based electrical contractor Sequoyah promoted Ron Lambert to project executive. Lambert has over 30 years of experience in design, construction and management of major projects and programs. He has been a journeyman wireman, general foreman and senior project manager. He holds a Washington state electrical license and went through Local 46's electrical apprenticeship program. Sequoyah focuses on commercial, data center, higher education and health care construction.
Roswell, Georgia-based SiteOne Landscape Supply opened a branch in Poulsbo at 20149 Viking Ave. N.W. The new branch sells irrigation, lawn maintenance, hardscapes and landscape lighting materials to primarily residential and commercial landscape professionals. Olin Smith is SiteOne's area manager for the Pacific Northwest. SiteOne has about 500 wholesale branches across the U.S., according to its website. It also is growing in Canada.
Enumclaw-based Independent Electrical Contractors joined the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington. The firm specializes in electrical design, fire systems, access controls and fiber optics for new commercial installations, assisted-living and mixed-use projects. Kyle J. Belton is CEO.
Symetra Financial announced that its investment subsidiary, Symetra Investment Management (SIM), is now a Registered Investment Advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Launched in January 2020, SIM will expand its existing relationship with Symetra, continue to facilitate the ability of Symetra's Japan-based parent, Sumitomo Life Insurance, to invest in U.S.-based assets, and begin to pursue third-party institutional clients. Mark Hunt, president of SIM and executive vice president and chief investment officer of Symetra Financial and its insurance subsidiaries, directs the company's investment policy and strategy. The SIM team includes Colin Elder, senior managing director and head of commercial mortgage loans; Nicholas Mocciolo, senior managing director and head of structured bonds and derivatives; and Evan Moskovit, senior managing director and head of corporate fixed income. SIM's fixed income team is based in Farmington, Connecticut, and its commercial mortgage loans operation is based in Bellevue.
With a goal of using more sustainable materials, two Lamb Weston Alexia brand products will use corn and potato starch in their packaging beginning this month. The packaging is partially made of potato starches, a byproduct of producing french fries, and will be identified with a label on the front of the package indicating it is partially made from plants. Sweet Potato Fries and Alexia's Organic Yukon Select Puffs will feature a special seal, identifying the plant-based packaging. Lamb Weston's packaging team spent two years collaborating to create a durable, sustainable packaging alternative and continue working to expand their sustainable packing efforts. Lamb Weston is a food processing company headquartered in Eagle, Idaho.
Willamette Valley Bank hired Ryan Allbritton, a longtime banking executive from Salem, Oregon, as senior vice president and chief banking officer. Allbritton has held various roles for a large national bank including regional president, which included overseeing the growth and development of branches throughout the Willamette Valley region. He has served as president of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, president of the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, and board member of SEDCOR and numerous other non profit organizations. Oregon Bancorp is the parent company of Willamette Valley Bank, a community bank headquartered in Salem. The bank conducts commercial and retail banking activities at four full-service branch locations in Salem, Keizer, Silverton, and Albany, Oregon. The bank also operates 13 Home Loan Centers located in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
Portland-based Standard Insurance (The Standard) has been awarded multiple honors based on the results of the Plansponsor 2020 Best in Class Provider Survey, an annual survey of approximately 3,000 defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors across the country. The Standard received 48 Best in Class DC Provider awards and two top-five Net Promoter Score placements in the Micro Market and $25 million to $50 million categories. Plansponsor Best in Class Awards are based on client satisfaction within a given area of service. The three highest-scoring providers in each service category earned an annual Best in Class Award.