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Mar 03, 2021

Coughlin Porter Lundeen









Seattle-based Coughlin Porter Lundeen promoted Aaron Fjelstad and Jackie Sempel to civil associate, Christen Sanders and Marie Ternes to structural project manager, Walt Busch, Eric Dixon and Ben Frizzell to structural associate and Mike Armstrong to senior structural project manager. Fjelstad specializes in challenging urban sites. Sempel establishes a collaborative environment with contractors, jurisdictions, mentees and others she works with. Sanders' experience is in the preK-12 sector, focusing on the uniqueness of the designs, diversity of building materials and distinctive programming needs. Ternes works to bring coordination and organization to even the most complicated projects. Her work has included West Main and the State Hotel. Busch has technical skills and specializes in applications of concrete and steel. He's also is part of the region's mass timber movement. Dixon has extensive experience with concrete and steel construction as well as mass timber across a variety of building types. Frizzell's work has included the Enumclaw High School modernization, Sitka and Palihotel Seattle. He specializes in residential, preK-12 and renovation projects. Specializing in excavation and shoring, Armstrong oversees the firm's most complex shoring projects. He also focuses on fire stations and the preK-12 market. Coughlin Porter Lundeen is a structural and civil engineering firm.

FFA Architecture and Interiors


FFA Architecture and Interiors promoted Laura Roark to associate partner. Roark will join the firm's leadership team while continuing her work leading projects which include K-12, parks and recreation, multifamily, mixed-use, higher education and libraries. She has spent half her career, which spans over 20 years, at FFA. The Portland-based firm provides architecture, planning and interior design.

Mayes Terracon



Mayes Terracon promoted Heath Defoor to principal and Mark Gordon to department manager for its Tacoma office. Defoor will take over the Seattle materials testing and inspection services group, replacing Mike Dolder, who is retiring after 30 years with the firm. Mike Mayes and Tim Beckerle will continue to support Defoor as senior consultants. Defoor has 18 years of experience including the last seven with Mayes Terracon as senior project manager and department manager. He has worked on projects in the Northwest, including the Lincoln Square expansion, 2+U, Expedia Seattle Headquarters Campus, Microsoft Refresh Campus and 333 Dexter. Gordon manages materials testing, laboratory quality control, safety programs and field staff. He is a WABO registered technical director, special inspector and lab and field supervisor. He has over 25 years materials testing and inspection experience with 20 at Mayes Terracon, a consulting engineering firm that provides environmental, facilities, geotechnical and materials services.

Weisman Design Group



Seattle landscape architecture firm Weisman Design Group promoted Peter Nelson to principal and Taber Jossi Caton to associate principal. Nelson will continue guiding the design of urban private sector projects and public educational campuses. Caton recently returned to the firm as a senior associate after several years back in her home state of Rhode Island. She has a wealth of experience designing higher education and public spaces.

Tres West Engineers


Tres West Engineers promoted James Chong to associate principal. Chong is an electrical engineer with knowledge in a variety of electrical systems. He has experience in transportation, education, commercial and multifamily projects including mid-rise and high-rise buildings. His recent work includes Seattle Housing Authority Lam Bow Apartments, Pierce Transit building upgrades, Seattle Municipal Tower elevator modernization planning, and projects for Sound Transit. Tacoma-based Tres West provides MEP feasibility studies, design and engineering, construction administration and construction management.

The Riley Group


Kelly Kelley-Horne, marketing and business development manager of The Riley Group, was elected as the 2021 International Real Estate Federation-Seattle Council president. The federation was founded in 1951, and is headquartered in Paris. The Riley Group is an environmental consulting and geotechnical firm headquartered in Bothell.

Feb 24, 2021



Lorelei Williams joined WSP USA engineering and professional services consultancy as transportation business line leader for the Pacific Northwest district. In her new role as a vice president, Williams will enhance service offerings and foster the development of new and emerging innovations. She will advance the strategic direction of WSP within the district, which includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii and Guam; and position the company for growth and encourage staff development in the district. Williams has about 24 years of transportation industry experience, most recently as deputy director of capital project delivery for Seattle's Department of Transportation over the past 16 years. In this role she was the executive lead for the Move Seattle Levy and the capital projects, project development and roadway structures divisions.

Shannon & Wilson




Shannon & Wilson, a geotechnical and environmental consulting firm, promoted these people to office manager in the following cities: Mike Harney in Seattle, Kyle Brennan in Anchorage, Alaska and David Vara in Denver, Colorado. Harney is a geotechnical engineer and vice president. He works on civil engineering and construction projects involving a range of soil and rock types. His geotechnical engineering experience includes studies and recommendations for projects including fish passage facilities; trenched and tunneled pipeline installations; wastewater, stormwater and water supply facilities; commercial and industrial buildings; road, railroad and light rail transit alignments and bridges; and highway and railroad embankments. Brennan is a geotechnical engineer and vice president. He has experience in geological and geotechnical engineering for projects in Alaska. His experience includes road and rail infrastructure; pedestrian walkways, trails and bridges; pavement analysis and remediation; utilities and power generation/distribution; new building development; and airports and seaports. Vara is a geotechnical engineer and senior associate with a experience on transportation and infrastructure projects, including major rail, roadway and bridge projects; evaluation and remediation of geohazards; water and wastewater plants; and design of shoring systems.

B+H Architects



The Seattle studio of B+H Architects promoted Christa Jansen to principal of interior design and welcomed back Bryan Berg to lead B+H's global experiential graphic design practice. Jansen's leadership of award-winning interior design projects and creation of the firm's design principles make her an integral member of the Seattle leadership team and a meaningful contributor to B+H's global practice. Berg returns to guide the expansion of B+H's experiential graphic design practice as it adds team members across the firm's worldwide studio network and delivers larger and more diverse projects across geographies.



Seattle-based Clark|Barnes promoted Craig Carney to senior associate. Carney will launch the firm's single family design studio with a focus on high-end custom homes, remodels/additions, second homes and DADUs. He was hired in 2019 and has managed several notable projects including the 18-story mass timber AKARI House high-rise in First Hill and the eight-story mass timber Ballard Radisson Red Hotel. An architect with more than 20 years in the field, he has worked on luxury single-family, distribution centers, high-rise, multifamily, office buildings and hospitality, but his true passion is single-family and working with homeowners.

Dykeman Architects


Everett-based Dykeman Architects hired Vas Sufuev to its design staff. Sufuev will support project development from design through construction administration, assisting job captains with project assignments and deadlines, and working on a variety of project types. Sufuev holds a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Texas in Austin. He interned for Forsite Studio and Lanmar Services and held freelance and part-time positions with residential developers in Texas and California. Dykeman provides architecture, interiors and graphic design.

TCA Architecture + Planning



TCA Architecture + Planning promoted Forest Hooker to associate principal and Darin Wate to senior associate. Hooker has over 29 years of experience. He has managed municipal, federal and fire facility projects over his 17-year tenure at the firm. He has lectured and published nationally on the complexity of fire station design and is an expert in this field. He is a member of several state fire organizations and the AIA Seattle's Committee on Homelessness. Wate has over 30 years of experience. He has dedicated his 23-year career at TCA to the design of municipal facilities. Most notably, he worked on the Issaquah Fire Station 72, the first fire station in the U.S. to achieve a LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy.

Middle of Six



Tacoma-based Middle of Six, a marketing consultancy specializing in construction, architecture and engineering, hired Allison Tivnon as pursuit strategist, and Allison Rose as graphic design manager. Tivnon was marketing director and partner at ECONorthwest, an economics and planning firm. In 2019, she was named SMPS Oregon's Influential Marketing Leader of the Year. At Middle of Six, she applies over a dozen years of experience in procurement to help clients develop proposals and content for their messaging and branding. Rose was a digital marketing specialist at Seattle-based multidisciplinary architecture firm, Weber Thompson. Her experience includes branding and website designs for small businesses as a freelance graphic designer, creating digital marketing campaigns, and analytical reporting. At Middle of Six, she applies 10 years of graphic design and digital marketing experience to visual storytelling in graphic design, advising on digital marketing best practices including email marketing, social media and website optimization.

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