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Nov 24, 2020

University of Washington

Best Master's Programs, an online guide to master's degrees and careers, ranked the University of Washington's online master's degree program for construction management as best in the nation. The list of the 25 best online CM schools for 2021 was derived from tuition, alumni salary and student satisfaction data. Purdue University was second and the University of Illinois was third. Other Pac-12 schools on the list were Arizona State University (eighth) and the University of Southern California (12th).

Construction Center of Excellence

The Construction Center of Excellence is holding a construction video contest for high school students called We Build Washington! The purpose of the statewide contest is to promote construction as an industry of choice from a student perspective. Construction craft students can showcase their building projects and win a $2,000 scholarship for first place, $1,000 for second and $500 for “people's choice.” Projects could range from a birdhouse to a shed to a bathroom remodel. The contest runs until Dec. 9. Scholarships may be used for an accredited college or university, or applied to apprenticeship programs. More information is at http://www.constructioncenterofexcellence.com/webuildwa.

Nov 17, 2020

Foy Group



Foy Group founder Shawn Foy acquired the remaining shares of the greater Seattle-area electrical contracting company, making her sole owner. Foy is CEO and recent hire David Boeschenstein will lead the company as president. She said the company is strengthening its relationships with existing partners in the electrical market while adding solar and renewable energies to its offerings. Foy Group, founded in 1999, is a minority business with the Port of Seattle and is securing woman-owned business enterprise status with the state. It also is a member of the Puget Sound Chapter of NECA.

Trico Companies


Trico Companies hired Casey Stewart as superintendent. Stewart has over 35 years of construction experience, starting his career detailing formwork drawings. Over the years he expanded into superintendent and project manager roles focusing on concrete construction, estimating, buyout, scheduling, subcontractor relations and safety.



Local mechanical engineering and construction company UMC hired Kevin Parker as senior business development representative. In his new role, Parker is focusing on UMC's manufacturing offerings to strategic customers and its Facilities Services Group. He has 25 years of experience in individual and corporate solicitation and stewardship, most recently as associate director of philanthropic gifts at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where he worked for over 13 years. Prior to that, he spent five years as community relations manager for the Seattle SuperSonics.

Nov 10, 2020

Powell Construction Co.

Bellevue-based Powell Construction Co. rebranded itself as Powell RYKA. It says it's “taking over 30 years of industry experience and blending it with fresh talent and technology to create a fusion of old and new practices.” The rebranding includes a new logo and website. The company builds projects ranging from small tenant improvements to large developments comprised of multiple buildings and owners. It is led by Mike and Tanya Brehm.

Ritchie Bros.

Vancouver, B.C.-based equipment auctioneer Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers bought Rouse Services for $275 million to expand its data and analytics offerings. Los Angeles-based Rouse provides data for rental analytics, equipment sales support and fleet appraisals. Ritchie says the merger will allow its customers to better understand used equipment trends and how to use them to optimize fleet management decisions. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and includes $250 million in cash and $25 million in Ritchie common stock.

ABC of Western Washington

Jennings Electric of Bonney Lake joined the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington. The company is led by Scott Jennings, who has over 20 years of commercial electrical experience. State records show Jennings formed the company in February.

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