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Mar 02, 2021

Hensel Phelps


General contractor Hensel Phelps promoted Ragen Garrison to project manager within the Pacific Northwest region. Over the course of his 8-year career with the company, Garrison has built aviation and design-build projects in Washington and Northern California. He most recently worked on Sound Transit's Operations and Maintenance Facility East and is now on Seattle-Tacoma International Airport's Baggage Optimization Phase 2 project. He holds a bachelor's degree in construction engineering from Oregon State University.

Trico Companies


Burlington-based Trico Companies hired Tom Stephenson as superintendent. Stephenson has over 30 years of industry experience, beginning his career with new commercial building construction, and then expanding into new and renovation projects in both the public and private sectors.

Auburn Mechanical


Auburn Mechanical hired Ralph Schaeffer as project executive. In the industry since 1998, Schaeffer has extensive project management and business development experience. Auburn Mechanical specializes in mechanical design, HVAC, plumbing, fitting, refrigeration and maintenance. It is a woman-owned firm based in Auburn.

Mott MacDonald


Pete Brown joined Mott MacDonald as its U.S. Rail Systems Practice lead based in the company's Seattle office. Brown previously was a senior member of Sound Transit's Design, Engineering and Construction Management team for eight years. For the last four years, he was Sound Transit's director of systems engineering and integration, leading a team of 45 engineers. Brown has worked on several large transportation projects in places such as Sydney, London and Washington, D.C.

Goodfellow Bros.

Wenatchee-based Goodfellow Bros. is 100 years old and is celebrating by offering a $50,000 grant to charities. The heavy-civil contractor was founded by three Goodfellow brothers — Jack, Bert and Jim Sr. — and is now in its fourth-generation of family owners. Over the years, it has completed a wide range of complex projects ranging from high-tech campuses in Silicon Valley to wind farms, entertainment arenas and environmental restorations. It has over 1,000 employees and 12 offices in Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii. Goodfellow is accepting grant applications until Sept. 20 from charities where it has offices. More information is at https://goodfellowbros.com/grant-application.

Feb 23, 2021

Matt Hays, Consultant


Matt Hays started a new consulting firm — Matt Hays, Consultant — specializing in market research and analysis for construction, design and development firms. His services include tracking project leads, following market trends and helping with specific work pursuits. He is a 28-year industry professional who spent 24 years with Lease Crutcher Lewis in research and marketing. He also was part of the DJC SeattleScape blog team. His website is http://www.matthaysconsultant.com.

Construction Center of Excellence

Hunter McInelly of Auburn Riverside High School won the first We Build Washington! construction video contest sponsored by the Construction Center of Excellence. McInelly's video profiles how he built himself a desk to use while learning from home. His effort resulted in a $2,000 scholarship. The contest is open to high school students in the state.

Feb 17, 2021



Commercial interior construction company Vantis opened an office in Seattle to serve the Pacific Northwest, with a primary focus on the greater Puget Sound and Spokane markets. Longtime Seattle construction industry executive Mark Conway is heading up the office as vice president of the Pacific Northwest. Conway comes from Vantis sister company OpenSquare, where he was senior vice president. Vantis specializes in corporate, technology, health care and education facility interiors using custom prefabricated components that are adaptable as user needs change. It also works with modular construction fabricators. Its California headquarters are based in Santa Clara and its Seattle operations include OpenSquare, Porter and Splice.

Rider Levett Bucknall

le Roux

Emile le Roux returned to Rider Levett Bucknall's Seattle office as associate principal after spending time on a big project in Las Vegas. Le Roux has an educational background in quantity surveying, and over 29 years of national and international construction cost estimating experience, including nearly 20 years with RLB. With offices across the globe, RLB provides construction cost and project management services.

Hensel Phelps


General contractor Hensel Phelps promoted Jared Cummins to project superintendent within its Pacific Northwest region office. Over the course of his 11-year career with the company, Cummins has worked on civic, health care and aviation projects in Washington, Northern California and Hawaii. He is currently working on Seattle-Tacoma International Airport's North Satellite modernization project. He holds a bachelor's degree in construction management from Washington State University.

Auburn Mechanical


Auburn Mechanical hired Roger Johnson as senior project manager. Johnson has been in the industry since 1989, as an estimator, project manager, license holder and executive. Auburn-based Auburn Mechanical is a women-owned firm specializing in mechanical design, HVAC, plumbing, fitting, refrigeration and maintenance.

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