Sep 08, 2021
Olson Kundig announced nine new promotions. Romie de Hillary has been promoted to Director of Legal Affairs and several architectural design staff members have been promoted to Associate: Senan Choe, Simon Clews, Meghan Griswold, Jesse Kingsley, Laura Sinn, Hallie Terzopolos, Todd Walbourn and Brian Walters. Romie de Hillary, JD, works with project managers, principals, and executive and administrative teams to help strategically drive and support projects, business initiatives and growth, assess risk, and protect and promote the firm's designs and reputation. Senan Choe, AIA, has a background in retail, hospitality and residential projects, and has worked on many of Olson Kundig's large-scale luxury hospitality projects, merging both private residential and communal hotel amenities. Simon Clews originally came to Olson Kundig through the firm's International Internship Program, and has risen through the ranks as a project architect / project manager with a focus on custom single-family homes. Born and educated in New Zealand, Simon has been instrumental in expanding the firm's portfolio of residential work across Australia and New Zealand. Meghan Griswold has a wide range of experience working on high-end, award-winning residential projects that enhance connections between built and natural environments. Jesse Kingsley specializes in single-family residential projects, translating ambitious design concepts into refined architecture. Laura Sinn is a versatile designer who has demonstrated her detail-oriented, organized approach on multiple large-scale, mixed-use, technologically complex projects. Hallie Terzopolos has extensive experience on cultural, installation, single-family residential and luxury hospitality projects around the world. Todd Walbourn, AIA, has decades of experience across residential, institutional, workplace, cultural and retail projects and is often challenged to create spaces that combine complex programs with diverse, overlapping uses. Brian Walters, AIA, LEED® AP, is drawn to largescale mixed-use projects, often incorporating tenant improvements, historic building adaptation or food and beverage elements. In his work, Brian seeks to uncover historical threads of the built environment and urban fabric, weaving them into his designs. Olson Kundig provides architecture, landscape architecture and interior design.
Gig Harbor-based Washington Patriot Construction promoted Mikhail Balasyuk to project manager, Bogdan Tishchenko to assistant project manager, and Zerah Florance and Neil Shaw to senior project managers. Balasyuk interned with Washington Patriot in the summer of 2015 and became a permanent employee in 2016. He started as a project engineer and now primarily leads design-build projects for private clients. He holds bachelor's degrees in architecture and construction management from the University of Washington. Tishchenko was hired in 2017 as a project engineer. He graduated from the UW with a degree in urban planning and design, with a minor in architecture. He provides planning and estimating, and helps develop collaboration tools that provide visual representations of the company's projects. Florance joined the company in 2009 as a project manager and has led some of its most diverse design-build projects. She holds bachelor's degrees in construction management from the UW and architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. Shaw joined the company in 2013, and primarily leads its projects with state and federal agencies. He holds a construction management degree from the UW and serves as a mentor on the company's Project Engineer/Quality Control team.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan has appointed 34 new members to EPA's Local Government Advisory Committee. Among those asked to serve in this important advisory role for the federal agency is Snohomish County Councilmember, Megan Dunn. Councilmember Dunn is now one of the 39-members of EPA's LGAC. EPA's LGAC includes representatives from 30 different states, Tribal nations, and U.S. territories, representing a diverse cross-section of cities, counties, towns, and communities across the United States. Chartered in 1993 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Local Government Advisory Committee provides independent policy advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of issues affecting local governments. The Small Community Advisory Subcommittee was established by EPA in 1996 to advise the Administrator on environmental issues of concern to the residents of smaller communities.
ALSC Architects announced two new hires. Matt Garr, AIA has been hired as a project manager. An Architectural Project Manager with seven years of professional experience, Matt Garr attended the University of Idaho where he earned his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture. Current assignments include healthcare projects for CHAS Health, Adams County Health Center, and New Health. Laura Somerville, a 4th year interior design student at Washington State University, has been hired as an interior design intern. Laura will be assisting ALSC's interior designers on a variety of projects. ALSC provides professional planning and design services for projects ranging from education to retail, and military to sports and recreation.
Jamil Aljasir recently joined Velocity Building Technical Service as Director of Energy Services bringing with him over 20 years of experience in mechanical design, commissioning, LEED administration, and energy assessments. Velocity Building Technical Services provides Test & Balance, Controls, and Commissioning services, as well as highly qualified specialties in Indoor Air Quality improvements, Energy Evaluations, and Fire-Life Safety Compliance to a growing clientele across Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.
Alliant Insurance continues to expand its footprint in the Pacific Northwest, acquiring Biggs Insurance Services. Biggs has an 86-year history of providing personal, commercial, and employee benefit solutions to businesses and individuals in Washington, Oregon, and throughout the Pacific Northwest Region. Biggs is one of the largest locally owned, independent agencies in both Vancouver, WA and Portland. Biggs and its team of almost 60 insurance professionals will join Alliant and will continue servicing clients from its Vancouver headquarters. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Alliant Insurance Services is a leading distributor of diversified insurance products and services.
The HAVI Group, a global, privately-owned company that operates businesses providing services in supply chain, sourcing, and consumer engagement to global brands, announced it has acquired Pacific Market International (“PMI Worldwide”). Founded in 1983, PMI Worldwide provides beverageware and food container solutions to global foodservice brands and retailers. PMI Worldwide employs more than 700 people in seven countries. Under the new structure, PMI Worldwide will continue to be managed by the existing leadership team and will operate as a new HAVI business unit reporting to HAVI CEO Frank Ravndal. Headquartered in Seattle, PMI Worldwide has offices in San Francisco, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Amsterdam, Manila, Rio de Janeiro, and Bentonville, Arkansas. Additionally, PMI Worldwide has ownership in three manufacturing facilities, one in China and two in Brazil.
Seattle-based ModusBox announced a partnership with DocFox, an SaaS-based automated business onboarding tool for financial institutions. The two companies provide solutions that enables banks and credit unions to unlock access to banking core data and rapidly onboard any new business. DocFox provides a white-labeled, paperless experience that handles document collection and validation through automated analysis, performs enhanced review and screening of high-risk customers, and a single point of view for real-time tracking of Bank Security Act compliance. DocFox is used by over 200 financial institutions to automate their account opening processes. It provides intelligent, highly customized workflows for any type of client. ModusBox is a financial services technology company focused on open banking solutions that unlock access to banking core data and eliminate vendor dependencies.