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Dec 02, 2021


CoreStack has appointed Manish Bharti, former president at UiPath, as its chief revenue officer. Manish brings more than 23 years of experience to CoreStack across market development, GTM strategy, business and technology consulting. Manish was most recently the president of UiPath India & South Asia, and was an early member of its global executive team. CoreStack, headquartered in Bellevue, is an AI-powered next generation multi-cloud governance solution, working with customers across multiple industries including financial services, healthcare, retail, education, telecommunications, technology and government. It is a recipient of the 2021 Gold Stevie American Business Awards in Cloud Infrastructure, 2021 Stratus Award as Cloud Disruptor and 2021 Globee Gold Winner as the Most Innovative Company of the Year in IT Cloud/SaaS.


Seattle-based Audere, a digital nonprofit developing software to improve global health, will participate in a study with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Jhpiego, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, MYDAWA, and University of Washington to develop and evaluate an ePharmacy platform for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis delivery in Kenya. The study is funded by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It involves partners across the global health space that will jointly design and execute a new end-to-end virtual care delivery model for HIV. The UW, in partnership with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, will lead the study's research design, data collection, analysis and dissemination. MYDAWA will create the virtual self-care model to provide individuals with online access to HIV testing, while connecting them with remote clinicians to initiate PrEP therapies. Jhpiego will provide technical assistance for PrEP services implementation and policy advocacy support.

SWITCH Maritime

SWITCH Maritime announced the world's first hydrogen fueling of a commercial marine vessel was successfully completed on Nov. 18 at All American Marine shipyard in Bellingham, and the vessel is now beginning its final sea trials before delivery. The event is a step toward decarbonization of the worldwide shipping industry and showcases the United States' energy transition away from fossil fuels. The new 75-passenger ferry, called the Sea Change, received hydrogen into its 242 kg tanks on the upper deck. It uses that hydrogen in fuel cells producing electricity to power electric motors for distances up to 300 nautical miles, and speeds up to 20 knots – similar capabilities as diesel-powered vessels – with the added benefits of zero exhaust smoke or other emissions and very little vibration and noise. The fueling follows the regulatory approval in October by the United States Coast Guard of the hydrogen powertrain and storage systems onboard the Sea Change, representing the culmination of years of cooperation with the USCG focused on safely integrating hydrogen power and storage systems on passenger vessels.

Zero Emission Industries formerly Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine, is responsible for the design and development of the first-of-its-kind maritime hydrogen and fuel cell system as well as the vessel's unique fueling system that allows it to be fueled directly from a hydrogen truck, and was responsible for the successful regulatory approvals of all hydrogen-related aspects onboard.

The Sea Change project is managed and financed by SWITCH Maritime, an impact investment firm building the first fleet of exclusively zero-carbon maritime vessels for adoption by existing ship owners and operators. It is the first of the larger zero-carbon ferry fleet that SWITCH plans to construct in 2022, in partnership with municipalities and shipowners aiming to transition to carbon-free vessels, leveraging government grant funds related to transportation decarbonization activities targeted by the landmark US infrastructure bill.

Dec 01, 2021


Edifecs, a Bellevue-based global health information technology solutions company, announced its new Highly Productive Edifecs (HPE) work model. The work model will allow Edifecs associates to work from wherever they think they are the most productive. Except for a small segment of the Edifecs team whose role requires them to be onsite daily, associates are can choose where they work (home, office, or a combination). The key tenants of HPE are to ensure Edifecs associates feel safe, supported, and productive. To support its associates, the Edifecs operations team has implemented best practices for working from home including: collaboration tools, a microsite offering resources and advice for working remotely successfully. To facilitate productivity, Edifecs offers both onsite and virtual training and continues to assess and update its infrastructure to ensure teams are using the latest tools and technology at the core of HPE. Additionally, Edifecs recently signed leases for new office spaces in Atlanta and San Francisco that will enable the organization to offer its associates a similar collaborative work experience that parallels its Bellevue and Mohali, India offices. As a strategic part of HPE, Edifecs will continue to offer facilities globally and Wellbeing Centers at Bellevue and Mohali for those that opt to work onsite. Edifecs will also continue to offer virtual wellbeing and training sessions for remote associates.

Element 1

Element 1 announced that it has entered into a global agreement with NEXA Capital Partners to accelerate the adoption of its methanol-to-hydrogen generators for fuel cell applications in aerospace and particularly electric vertical aircraft. Element 1 and NEXA are combining their expertise, along with NEXA's capital market access, to hasten the introduction and commercialization of fuel cells for hydrogen powered flight. Element 1 possesses the world's only scalable methanol-to-hydrogen generator and is a global leader in small-scale to medium-scale solutions for both fuel cell stationary power and fuel cell HD mobility. NEXA and Element 1 will begin moving this technology into the aerospace manufacturing supply chain immediately, and through their newly formed partnership are expected to tap policies and funding from the recently enacted $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (HR 3684). The legislation calls for the development of a sector-by-sector national strategy and roadmap to facilitate a clean hydrogen economy. HR 3684 explicitly mentions methanol as a practical hydrogen-carrier. Element 1 is headquartered in Bend, Oregon. NEXA Capital Partners, based in Washington, D.C., provides corporate and strategic financial advisory services and capital investment to the aerospace, transportation, and logistics sectors.

ALSC Architects



ALSC Architects of Spokane welcomed David Thompson and Rick McQuesten. Thompson joins as a BIM Manager, with more than 26 years of experience in the design and construction industry. His role at ALSC includes creating, maintaining and implementing BIM standards and guidelines. McQuesten joins as a Revit specialist. McQuesten brings more than 20 years of experience to the ALSC team. He is proficient with BIM as well as Enscape, SketchUp, AutoCAD and Bluebeam.









BCRA has promoted seven new principals to its leadership team: Ben Dort, Heather Hocklander, Jeremy Doty, Jim Wolch, Joe Rydman, Justin Goroch, and Lori Robbin. Dort, a civil engineer, leads BCRA's Public Works market and serves parks and recreation clients. In his 14 years at BCRA, he has worked to grow the firm's civil engineering capabilities. Staff development within the engineering group has also been part of his focus. As principal, Dort will continue leading projects and cultivating relationships with local agencies. In addition, he will lead operational initiatives that create efficiencies, transparency and value. Dort is an active member of the APWA Washington Chapter.

A BCRA veteran for 21 years, Hocklander, architect, leads the education and recreation markets. She brings expertise in effective project management and alternative project delivery, working closely with school districts. She serves as the membership committee chair for Design-Build Institute of America's Western Washington Chapter.

Doty is an architect with 21 years of experience, with a focus in the education, healthcare and community markets. He is BCRA's most experienced design-build architect, and recently helped Tacoma Public Schools deliver their first two progressive design-build schools. Internally, he leads staff development opportunities and sustainability initiatives. Doty is a member of Design Build Institute of America.

In his 17 years at BCRA, Wolch has delivered dozens of healthcare and education projects for local clients. As BCRA's healthcare market lead, his recent focus has been on behavioral healthcare spaces that break societal stigmas and offer true places for healing. Jim's strategic vision has been a significant factor in the growth of BCRA's healthcare market.

Rydman, a registered architect, has been with BCRA for 16 years. He is the multifamily residential market lead and has delivered many successful multifamily residential projects in the Puget Sound, with an emphasis on end-user experience and community building. Rydman also supports architecture discipline recruiting and growth.

Goroch, is a civil engineer who serves clients across markets and has been with BCRA for 15 years. He also is a co-vice chairperson of the Permit Advisory Task Force for the city of Tacoma which works to improve policies, codes and procedures for issuing residential and commercial permits. Goroch also serves as a co-lead for the civil engineering discipline and supports BCRA's business development and operations efforts.

Robbin, leads the interior design group and works across multiple markets. Lori also serves on BCRA's board. She has been with BCRA for 18 years and specializes in projects that impact the community, such as schools and YMCAs. She will continue to work with clients and mentor staff in this new role.




Seattle-based design firm Hewitt announced that Kris Snider, senior principal and director of design – landscape architecture, will retire at the end of 2021 after 33 years with the company. In addition, Hewitt named Principal Jake Woland its next director of design – landscape architecture, effective upon Snider's retirement.

Snider's career has encompassed hundreds of projects in a broad range of environments including: civic — Bell Street Pier, Bell Street Park; office — Arbor Blocks, Amazon's Bigfoot/Nessie, SLU Lakefront Blocks; mixed-use residential — Via6, Center Steps, 8th and Republican, Harbor Steps Towers; retail — University Village, Redmond Town Center; and transportation — Tukwila Station.

Snider became Hewitt's first landscape architect in 1988 when he joined the Urban Design group, working primarily on larger scale urban planning projects. His desire to see projects through to construction led to him shifting to more site and urban open space design as part of the in-house architectural teams. Snider began working with many developers and growing his staff, leading to the creation of the landscape architecture studio. The studio's work with in-house architects resulted in an intimate knowledge of the building process. Snider and his team began working with outside partners, resulting in the first, and only at the time, multi-disciplinary firm in Seattle where the landscape architecture studio supported both in-house work as well as out-of-house projects with other architects.

Prior to Hewitt, Snider began his career as a landscape architect at EDAW in Seattle. He received his Master Of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. “Kris has made an indelible imprint across the region's landscape, which will be felt for decades to come. His design approach and ingenuity provided the solid foundation upon which our studio was built,” said Matthew Porteous, principal and director of practice – landscape architecture of Hewitt.

Woland has been with HEWITT for 13 years and has over 20 years of experience as a design leader. He specializes in conceptualizing the space between buildings. Woland received his Master Of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington and his bachelor of science, geological sciences, from Tufts University.

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