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Apr 03, 2024

PACE Engineers

Cheesman

Nilsen

PACE Engineers' CEO Marty Penhallegon retired in March, 32 years after founding the firm in 1992. Ken Nilsen, president, and Phil Cheesman, executive vice president, have succeeded Penhallegon and now lead the business.

Nilsen joined PACE 26 years ago and currently leads the business's strategic operations. He has over 40 years of industry experience and has held several key leadership roles at PACE prior to becoming president last year. Nilsen's comprehensive background spans various sectors, including infrastructure, transportation, and environmental engineering. His specialty is solving complex stormwater and surface water challenges. Before PACE, he was a pioneer in developing King County's Surface Water program.

Joining PACE just weeks after its inception, Cheesman has built a regionally recognized land development department specializing in the civil design of commercial business parks, mixed-use developments, K-12 schools, parks, and trails. In 2017, he transitioned to directing all civil engineering activities at the firm, and more recently, in 2020, he oversaw all of engineering. He now leads all operations for structural and civil engineering, environmental, and surveying services.

Nilsen and Cheesman are backed by a talented team of department leaders, including Chris Anderson, structural; Darrell Smith, civil/environmental; Aaron Blaisdell, survey; Karmell Dawson, human resources; Myra Sachs, controller; Eugene Burgy, technology; and Paula Welly, business development and marketing.

GLR Engineers

Hopkins

Drew Hopkins has joined GLR Engineers as a structural project manager. Hopkins graduated from Boise State University and is currently licensed as a professional engineer in Idaho and California.

Hopkins has ten years of experience within the structural engineering industry and has previously worked at engineering firms in the Pacific Northwest. He is currently working on the reconstruction of Setsy's Ace Hardware in Chewelah which was destroyed in a fire in 2023.

GLR Engineers is a structural engineering firm with offices in Spokane and Boise, ID.

Makers Architecture and Urban Design

Johnson

Crozier

Bonjukian

Makers Architecture and Urban Design has promoted three employees in its urban design and community planning team.

Scott Bonjukian has been promoted to senior associate. Bonjukian has been with Makers since 2015. He has led many complex projects, including the recent development of the Department of Commerce's Middle Housing Model code.

Ian Crozier has been promoted to associate 2. Crozier has been with the firm since 2017. He is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is skilled in technical writing, quantitative analysis, and public engagement.

Markus Johnson has been promoted to associate 1. Johnson joined Makers in 2022 and has become an integral team member. He creates environments and spaces that allow people to thrive.

Parametrix

Buitrago

Craig Buitrago has returned to Parametrix as a senior consultant. He has over 18 years of experience as a surface water engineer and project manager focused on stormwater and streams.

He comes to Parametrix from PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc., where he served as the water resources practice lead and senior engineer. Prior to that, he was with Parametrix from 2006 to 2021.

Buitrago's expertise includes hydrology and hydraulics for stormwater management and stream design projects, stormwater planning and capital improvement plan development, stormwater conveyance and treatment facility design, retrofit and green infrastructure design, and fish passage and stream restoration design.

His recent project experience includes stream design work on Washington State Department of Transportation fish passage projects at I-405/132nd Street and I-90/SR18 as well as similar projects for the cities of Tumwater, Maple Valley, and Sammamish.

At Parametrix, he joins the firm's Greater Washington Environmental Planning and Compliance team serving public agencies and private clients throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace, an RTX business, and Common Energy, a community solar provider, announced a partnership to support a portfolio of four new community solar projects across the greater Portland area. In aggregate, the projects have a capacity of 12 megawatts and will generate 17 million kilowatt hours of clean energy each year. Clean electricity from the projects will flow directly to the electric grid and replace fossil fuel generation, thereby lowering carbon emissions. The projects will be owned and operated by Luminace, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brookfield Renewables. According to the provisions of Oregon's Community Solar Program, the projects will have a mix of commercial, residential and low-income subscribers. Each subscriber will receive credits on their electricity bills, proportional to their share of the projects, lowering their energy cost. In addition, all subscribers will receive Renewable Energy Certificates. Collins' facility in Wilsonville, Oregon, will make up the commercial allocation, thereby “anchoring” the portfolio. Approximately 10% of the projects' credits will be allocated to low-income households, which will receive a guaranteed 20% savings on their electricity bills for 20 years.

The Standard

Portland-based StanCorp Financial Group (The Standard) announced the closing of the acquisition of the Life & Disability business from Elevance Health in accordance with the terms of the agreement reported on March 28, 2023. The agreement includes a 10-year distribution partnership whereby The Standard's products and services will be made available to Elevance Health customers. The combined life and disability benefits businesses will operate under The Standard brand and include the Elevance Health Life & Disability employees and operations. The distribution agreement partners The Standard's sales team with Elevance Health's medical sales team for customers for group life, short term and long term disability, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and paid family leave and absence management services. Elevance Health's companies serve more than 115 million customers through a portfolio of medical, digital, pharmacy, behavioral, clinical, and complex care solutions.

Apr 02, 2024

Leafly Holdings

Seattle-based Leafly Holdings, an online cannabis discovery marketplace and resource for cannabis consumers, appointed Jeffrey Monat and Andres Nannetti to its board of directors. Monat has been an investor in cannabis companies since 2013, funding both cultivation and ancillary businesses. He has served as an independent director of Lowell Farms since January 2022, and has extensive capital markets experience. Nannetti brings more than 25 years of domestic and international business leadership. He also has experience as both a CEO and private equity principal investor for organizations that span the entire cannabis sector from cultivation to manufacturing. Leafly also announced that board chair Michael Blue resigned from the board, and Alan Pickerill was appointed to replace him as chair.

Idaho Power

Prevalon Energy, a Mitsubishi Power Americas company, has contracted with Idaho Power for a complete Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), along with a long-term service agreement. The project will provide grid resiliency as a net peak solution, helping the utility continue providing reliable power during peak demand periods. The service agreement includes maintenance as well as remote monitoring. The four-hour battery storage project will align with Idaho Power's plan to integrate more than 5,000 megawatts of energy from wind and solar projects over the next 20 years. The BESS will ensure energy produced by those intermittent sources can be stored for future dispatch. The project is expected to be fully operational in 2025. Idaho Power is headquartered in Boise, and has been a locally operated energy company since 1916.

ATREG

ATREG, a global firm in the semiconductor industry for brokering and executing the exchange of advanced technology cleanroom manufacturing assets, announced that the acquisition of Japan Display's (JDI) large operational LCD panel manufacturing facility located in Higashiura, Japan by Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. has officially closed. In May 2022, JDI announced that the company would end production at the Higashiura facility by March 2023 to increase JDI's cost competitiveness and profitability. JDI plans to lease and convert part of the plant into an engineering center. “Our work with ATREG has allowed us to find the best solution for Higashiura,” explains Yasushi Shimogaichi, chief strategy officer for JDI. “This acquisition will preserve jobs and allow for ongoing engineering innovation at the site.” ATREG brought multiple interested parties to the table and through a competitive process allowed JDI to select the best buyer, according to Stephen Rothrock, president and CEO of ATREG. ATREG is based in Seattle, and has been in the semiconductor industry for nearly 25 years.

Auburn Mechanical

Pritchett

Auburn Mechanical promoted Justin Pritchett to executive vice president. In his previous role, Pritchett led the contractor's Major Projects Division, refining the project delivery model. In his new role, Pritchett will turn strategic goals into reality by driving engagement among key stakeholders and maintaining high operational efficiency throughout the company. Auburn Mechanical says Pritchett has a proven track record in team leadership, project operations, resource allocation, preconstruction oversight, and overall project performance. Auburn Mechanical is a woman-owned full-service mechanical contractor.

ABC of Western Washington

The Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington has three new members: Riverside Roofing of Marysville, Hi Grade Asphalt & Seal Coat of Edgewood, and NW Dumpsters LLC of Renton. Riverside repairs and installs flat thermoplastic polyolefin, polyvinyl chloride and torch down roofs of all sizes. Hi Grade specializes in paving, grading with crushed rock and gravel, overlays, water berms, resurfacing, and speed bumps and ramps. NW Dumpsters provides roll-off dumpsters, junk removal and demolition in the Puget Sound region. Its roll-off dumpsters range from 20 to 40 cubic yards in capacity.

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