Aug 08, 2019
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the winners of the 2019 Mayor's Arts Awards: Center on Contemporary Art, Dani Tirrell, Delbert Richardson, Intiman Theatre and Marcie Sillman. All five recipients have shaped Seattle's arts and cultural landscape through contributions to the community, education, arts, and race and social justice. An awards ceremony will be held Aug. 29 at Charlotte Martin Theatre.
Bellevue accounting firm Sweeney Conrad won four workplace awards, one each from Seattle Business Magazine, Puget Sound Business Journal, Inside Public Accounting and Accounting Today. John Forrest is Sweeney Conrad's managing shareholder.
Tarragon Property Services has a new president, promoted from within: Tina Pappas, who will lead that division from its Sumner office. She'll oversee a portfolio that includes over 3,800 multifamily units, 2.8 million square feet of industrial and office, plus 600,000 square feet of retail. The 25-year industry veteran is also NAIOP's 2020 president-elect. Tarragon's Dennis Rattie said in a statement, “Tina's extensive background in leasing and management makes her a natural fit to lead TPS. Her leadership skills will elevate TPS's services and accelerate their growth.” Tarragon expects to develop 2 million square feet of industrial space and about 1,000 multifamily units in the near future.
Aug 07, 2019
Seattle-based Vera Whole Health is teaming with Premera Blue Cross to open two advanced primary care centers in Spokane. The first will open Jan. 1 at 9001 N. Country Homes Blvd., and the second in mid- to late 2020. No location was disclosed for the second center. Both will operate under the name Vivacity Care Center. They are part of a growing trend of health insurance companies integrating primary care into health plans in order to expand options for members. Premera is based in Mountlake Terrace.
Robert Gay, chief strategy officer and executive vice president of sales and marketing at Zevia, yesterday started a nearly 5,000-mile cross-country bike ride, from Neah Bay to Key West, Florida. Los Angeles-based Zevia is supporting Gay's journey and also partnering with Trips for Kids, a nonprofit that promotes healthy lifestyles, environmental awareness and personal empowerment for young people using the bicycle as a tool. Zevia, a maker of zero-calorie drinks, will help open new Trips for Kids chapters in the Seattle, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Jacksonville, Florida, areas.
In Seattle, HDR Engineering hired Genesee Adkins as community relations specialist focusing on business development and external community relations at all levels of government. She has 20 years of experience in public policy and government relations. Most recently, she was chief of staff at the Seattle Department of Transportation. Prior to joining SDOT, she was director of state relations for the University of Washington, director of government relations for King County Executive Dow Constantine, and state relations director for the city of Seattle.
Seattle-based Rolluda Architects hired Nematullah Hassanzadah and Matthew Budinger as project designers. Hassanzadah received a bachelor of science in architecture from Kabul Polytechnic University. He is working on the South Transfer Station Phase II for Seattle Public Utilities. Budinger holds a bachelor of architecture from the University of Utah. He is working on a fire station in Renton for The Boeing Co.
In Seattle, structural engineering firm Swenson Say Faget hired Kellen Brumbaugh as a project engineer and Evan Reschreiter, Holly Ashford and Sam Lieburn as staff engineers. In Tacoma, it hired Taylor Vincent as a staff engineer. Brumbaugh is working on a seismic retrofit of The Garage (office building/event space) in Fremont, and a new Marriott/TownePlace and Springhill Suites Hotel in Everett. He was with a three-person structural engineering firm for almost four years. Reschreiter's projects include houses and some structural design/build services for Dogwood Industry's prefabricated folded building installations in Louisiana, Texas, Michigan and Pennsylvania. He was with Walter P Moore, a national engineering firm, for three years in Austin. Ashford is working on new and renovation houses in Seattle, Mercer Island, Woodinville and Suncadia. She previously worked on housing and commercial projects for four years in Austin. Lieburn has a bachelor's in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is working on new and renovation houses in Kirkland and Seattle. Vincent's projects include the 5409 Leary apartments in Ballard and townhouses in Tacoma. He was with an engineering firm in Oregon.
Seattle-based SMR Architects promoted Andrew Phillips, Kate Smith and Rumi Takahashi to associate principal. Phillips was hired in 1996 and specializes in renovation, historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects. Smith was hired in 2006 and has designed permanent supportive and affordable housing projects. Takahashi joined SMR in 2014, designing housing and community-based buildings for the community's most vulnerable members. SMR said the three have contributed to its growth while displaying exemplary leadership and professional skills.
In Seattle, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson promoted Benjamin Doty to senior associate. Doty is director of design technology. In his more than 25-year career, he has focused on how technology can enhance the design and delivery of projects at every scale. He guides project teams to achieve their goals in design, iteration, model management or documentation.
Portland-based LRS Architects appointed managing principal Trish Nixon as president, the first woman to assume the role for the 140-person architecture and interior design firm. Nixon has over 30 years of experience. An architect, she started with LRS in 1996 and became managing principal in 2008. Nixon has worked in the senior housing studio, co-led the civic and commercial studios and continues to lead the firm's multifamily and affordable housing efforts. She spearheaded the newly formed internal social responsibility committee, which focuses on creating a more equitable A/E/C industry.
Middle of Six hired Traci Staffen as marketing and communications account manager. Staffen was with PSF Mechanical, overseeing marketing and communications for 12 years. She has done brand development and management, planning, and web presence and social media development. At Middle of Six, a marketing consultancy specializing in construction, architecture and engineering, she will provide marketing and communications support, including proposal development, brand strategy and planning.
Architects West hired Nathan Huestis as a BIM technician. Huestis has over 20 years of drafting experience and previously was with MSI Engineers. He is proficient in 3D design, AutoCAD and Revit and is working on the North Idaho Stem Charter Academy. He is in the Spokane office of Architects West, which provides architectural and landscape architectural/land planning services.