Dec 07, 2023
Real Retail announced late last month a new addition to its team. That would be veteran broker Deborah Ross, who makes the move from Pine Street Group. Maria Royer leads the brokerage, and she said in a statement, “Real Retail has been a leader in retail leasing and planning in Seattle and the surrounding area for close to 20 years — and with Deborah's addition we are well-positioned to continue that leadership as we bet on the Puget Sound region's resiliency in the years ahead.” Ross added, “I couldn't be more excited for the future, and to be working with this exceptional team.” The firm also said that Eric Zuehlsdorff was recently promoted to associate broker, and that Jack Quigley joined Real Retail earlier this year.
In the Spanaway area, spanning some 3 million square feet in six industrial buildings, Logistics Property Company's phased Frederickson One has been steadily adding tenants in recent years. One recent lease deal for the new Buildings 4 and 7 now brings the development to full capacity. LPC made the announcement at the end of last month, but didn't name the tenant. Pierce County records show that Boeing claimed the duo, which total 845,618 square feet. Boeing's brokers were Patrick Mullin and Scott Alan at Cushman & Wakefield. LPC's own Drew Zaborowski and Joe Sandhu worked with the Colliers team of Matt McGregor and Bill Condon on the deal. Condon said in a statement, “LPC has had unparalleled success in the Frederickson market as they build best-in-class buildings.” Other tenants include Ashley Furniture, Ikea, Amazon, Ace Hardware and Holman Logistics.
Though based in San Jose, Newmark's Jon Mackey was recently promoted to oversee our region, meaning 13 offices in our state, Oregon and Northern California. Kevin McCabe leads the entire Western division for the brokerage; he said in a statement, “Jon's deep understanding of our culture, his commitment to our values and his proven industry track record make him the ideal candidate to lead as we continue to capitalize on Newmark's growth.” Said Mackey, “It is truly an honor to be appointed to this expanded leadership role.”
After nearly 15 years and close to 1,500 new homes built, affordable housing advocate and developer Rob Justus is stepping away from Home First, the affordable housing company he co-founded in 2009 with retired Portland General Electric executive Dave Carboneau. His last day with the company will be Dec. 31, 2023. A 1987 graduate of the University of Portland, Justus got his first experience working with Portland's homeless population as a volunteer in the St. Francis Dining Hall in Southeast Portland. In 1992, he started a service organization called JOIN. To date, Home First and its development partners have built 1,425 units of affordable housing with a development cost of more than $381 million. Most units are in the Portland metro region, but Home First has also developed affordable housing in places like St. Helens, Hines, Ontario, Salem, Tillamook and Vancouver, Washington. At present, Home First has another 530 units of affordable housing under construction and 359 more in the pipeline. Justus will continue to serve as a member of Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek's Housing Production Advisory Council. Ben Pray, a co-owner of the company who joined in 2015, will assume leadership. Home First partners with public and private investors to help make sure affordable housing is available and accessible across the Northwest.
The Ben B. Cheney Foundation has appointed Erika Tucci as executive director. She will succeed Brad Cheney, who is retiring from the role at the end of December after spending more than 20 years leading the foundation. Cheney will remain as the foundation board chair. The Ben B. Cheney Foundation makes grants in Washington, Oregon and Northern California communities where the family's lumber mills operated. Since 1975, the foundation has awarded more than 6,000 grants to over 1,500 organizations. Tucci has served as senior program officer for the foundation since 2019, and she will be the first female to lead the nonprofit. She is active on several nonprofit boards and committees, including chairing the governor's Serve Washington Commission. During the pandemic, Tucci's ties to the nonprofit sector led her to initiate the Pierce County Daily Report. The effort provided coordinated human services information to policymakers, nonprofit leaders and funders making critical intervention decisions. Tucci previously led community affairs at Tacoma Public Utilities, where she instituted a leadership program encouraging volunteerism and service. Cheney, the son of the foundation's founder, will continue to provide leadership on the foundation board and on other local boards and committees, including the Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound and the Baseball Club of Tacoma. The board now includes three third-generation family members, and Cheney's son Henry Cheney will join the board in December. Henry Cheney played and coached baseball for the University of Portland while getting his undergraduate degree and then a master's in nonprofit management. He is the assistant athletic director at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma.
Dec 06, 2023
Michelle Reuss has joined Parametrix as a senior consultant. She has 25 years of experience working in the public sector in the areas of project management, executive leadership, capital project planning and development, and strategic planning.
Reuss comes to Parametrix from Sound Transit where she most recently served as chief of staff and deputy executive director of business services for the Design, Engineering, and Construction Management department responsible for delivering the agency's $54 billion capital program. Prior to that, she served as Light Rail development manager, chairing direction and project management of the Lynnwood Link light rail project from the environmental phase through early construction, including negotiation of major agreements and securing federal grants for the project. She also played key roles for the University Link and Northgate Link light rail projects and for North Corridor planning to Everett.
At Parametrix, Reuss joins the firm's Strategic Advisory Services team, bringing her depth of experience in capital program delivery, organization effectiveness, and strategic consulting services to clients across the Western United States.
The Thurston Chamber Foundation has named Schelli Slaughter as its new director. In the role, Slaughter will expand the foundation's impact and community engagement within Thurston County. Slaughter previously served as the director of the Family Support Center of South Sound for 13 years. Before that, she worked as the Thurston County public health director. For the last two years, Slaughter has contributed to health initiatives at Providence-Swedish and Choice Regional Health Network. Slaughter has a master's degree in health administration from the University of Washington and a bachelor's degree from the Evergreen State College.
Origami Solar, a developer of sustainable and domestically produced steel solar module frames, appointed Lauren Busby Ahsler as vice president of engineering. Busby Ahsler brings over 15 years of experience leading mechanical and structural engineering teams and developing solar products. In her new role, she will head Origami Solar's engineering and testing team, driving innovations in extending the structural performance of Origami's steel module frame technology to support future market needs. Previously, Busby Ahsler served as director of structural engineering at Valmont Solar. She has a track record of building high-performing engineering teams, developing design and testing methodologies for novel product types, optimizing product designs for extreme environmental demands, and delivering differentiated solar products to the global solar market. In 2022, Origami Solar was awarded the grand prize in the U.S. Department of Energy's American-Made Solar Prize competition. The company is based in Bend, Oregon.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, along with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), was chosen by the DOE for a demonstration project to validate a long-duration energy storage system developed by battery manufacturer CMBlu Energy. The collaborative project aims to improve microgrids in cold climates and make fast charging of electric vehicles more affordable in underserved communities. Over the course of the project, Argonne and INL will deploy and evaluate CMBlu Energy's Organic SolidFlow battery technology. The materials used in the construction of these batteries are non-metallic and abundant, with a goal to build resilient and domestic supply chains. The batteries are targeted for community, industrial and utility-scale applications of medium and long duration. The project also seeks to make fast charging of electric vehicles more affordable in rural and underserved communities by reducing charging facility installation and operational costs. The project will span two regions. In the Midwest, Argonne researchers plan to demonstrate the effectiveness of CMBlu's Organic SolidFlow batteries at the lab's Smart Energy Plaza. At the INL Battery Test Center in Idaho, researchers will conduct performance tests, including assessing how well the Organic SolidFlow batteries perform at different temperatures. This testing is crucial to ensure the technology's reliability in diverse environments. The INL center serves as the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) primary center for battery life and performance testing.