Oct 04, 2022
Compass Construction promoted Jonathan Kohatsu from general accountant to assistant controller, Sidnie Sosavanh from project accountant to project accounting manager, Destini Bell from field laborer to field assistant, and Chris Auld to safety director. Kohatsu joined Compass in 2018 as a project accountant. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from Hawaii Pacific University. Sosavanh started her career at Compass in 2017 as an accounts payable lead. She obtained her bachelor's degree in accounting at Bellevue College. Bell is working at the company's Boston project in Seattle. Auld began his career at Compass in 2000 as a laborer/carpenter and retains the title of senior superintendent along with his new role as safety director.
Western States Roofing Contractors Association appointed Brian Butler of Wayne's Roofing as board vice president for 2022-2023. Butler is vice president and CSO at Sumner-based Wayne's Roofing.
The Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington elected its 2023 officers and board. Officers include Dawn Lanz of Sea Tac Electric, chair; Josh Griesse of Washington Commercial Painters, chair–elect/secretary; Glen Kuntz of Tekton, immediate past chair; Cindy Axthelm of Axthelm Construction, treasurer; Adam Kemly of Kemly Electric, vice chair of government affairs; Stephanie Carlin of Propel Insurance, vice chair of membership; America George of Haggard Electric, vice chair of safety; Don Koslowsky of Deacon, vice chair of professional development; and Ryan Brown of System Mechanical and Safety, vice chair of workforce development. Directors are Candi Pfluger of BDO; Shelley Bloom of All City Fence; Karen Say-Valadez of Saybr Contractors; Scott Garcia of Parker Smith and Feek; Mitch Neeley of Neeley Construction; Jason Wandler of Oles, Morrison, Rinker & Baker; Anita Robertson of Make Ready Services; and Eric Brock of HST Construction. Those leaving the board at the end of the year are Travis Hull of Mechanical Control Services and Doug Bolar of Accountable Custodial Maintenance.
The Associated General Contractors of America is launching a new effort to combat high suicide rates and improve mental health among the industry's workers. The trade group noted that there were 53.2 suicides per 100,000 workers in a year compared to a national construction workplace fatality rate of 10.2 per 100,000 workers — meaning a construction worker is five times as likely to die by suicide than workplace safety hazards. AGC is preparing a series of video public service announcements featuring construction workers who almost succumbed to their mental health challenges. These workers will urge members of the construction industry to not be afraid to seek help. The association is also assembling a comprehensive collection of resources for construction companies and their workers about mental health and suicide prevention.
Sep 27, 2022
In Burlington, Trico Companies hired Tyler Owens as a project engineer. Owens earlier this year graduated from the University of Redlands with a bachelor's degree in business administration and a minor in spatial studies. At Trico, he is assisting project teams with various aspects of workflow, budget allocation, scheduling and other project-related activities.
Christina Lindal has become president of Seattle-based Lindal Cedar Homes. She previously was executive vice president and succeeds her father, Bob Lindal, who has spent the past few years gradually transferring responsibility for day-to-day operations to her. Christina spent 15 years working in various positions at the company to become familiar with all aspects of the business, including marketing, accounting, sales and manufacturing.
“I drew my first paycheck from Lindal 60 years ago, and became CEO and president in 1981,” said Bob, who remains board chair. “While I've never had a timeline for the change in leadership, it's always been the plan to transfer management of the company to the next generation when the time was right. That time has come. I have full confidence in Christina's experience and ability to lead Lindal successfully into the future.”
Founded in 1945 by Sir Walter Lindal, Lindal Cedar Homes makes custom post-and-beam home packages, delivered to clients' build sites worldwide.
Puyallup-based Absher Construction Co. joined 20 general contractors in the United States in signing the Contractor's Commitment to Sustainable Building Practices created by BuildingGreen's Sustainable Construction Leaders group. The commitment provides benchmarks specific to the construction industry in five areas: carbon reduction, jobsite wellness, waste management, water management and materials.
Tacoma-based plumbing company Harts Services opened a new Seattle location to meet demand. Harts now covers much of western Washington, from Olympia to Everett and Bremerton to Redmond. The company was founded in Tacoma in 2013 by co-owners Richard Hart and Dan Hartsough.