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Oct 14, 2020










In Spokane, CollinsWoerman hired John Eckert as practice leader, Randy Benedict and Owen Turnbull as design architect leaders, Aileen Maeve Link and Manasa Vishwanath as interior designers and Jon Dunne, Justin Traw and Braden Stepp as technical designers. Eckert has experience managing projects in healthcare, recreation, and senior living. He has served in leadership positions on the board of AIA WA Council and AIA Spokane. Benedict has over 42 years of experience in large metropolitan areas as well as midsize communities on a variety of building types and in market sectors that include commercial, healthcare and higher education. Turnbull has over 15 years of experience in Seattle, Portland and Spokane on large-scale commercial, higher education, clinical research and mid- and high-rise mixed-use housing. Link is an interior designer with 10 years of design experience on projects that include student housing, higher education and healthcare in Spokane and in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, Bozeman, Montana and Golden, Colorado. Vishwanath has over 24 years of experience in Spokane, Seattle, California and Idaho in healthcare, higher education, dental and orthodontics, mixed-use and corporate design projects. Dunne has over 20 years of experience in BIM modeling and design. His portfolio includes municipal, industrial, commercial and other specialty projects. He also has two years of field engineering experience. Traw has over five years of experience that includes residential, commercial, and public works projects. He holds a master's degree in architecture from the University of Idaho. Stepp is a 2020 graduate of Washington State University's School of Design + Construction. He is working on higher education and healthcare projects. CollinsWoerman is a Seattle and Spokane-based architecture, interiors, planning and sustainability firm.

Cushing Terrell


Cushing Terrell promoted Kara Eberle to associate principal in the Seattle office. Eberle is an architect, project manager and Equity by Design team lead who has been with the firm for nine years. She has served as designer and advisor for clients from the initial design phase through project completion and beyond. Eberle specializes in the retail and commercial markets with a focus on gourmet grocery stores and workplaces for high-tech clients. Cushing Terrell is an architecture, engineering and interior design firm.



Seattle-based McKinstry promoted Megan Owen to the newly created position of vice president of sales and marketing. In her role on the executive team, Owen will lead efforts that shape McKinstry's market-facing activities. She will focus on expanding its reach and evolving strategies to connect with and serve clients. Owen joined the company more than a decade ago focused on government affairs. She transitioned to support its national energy business where she has focused on creating demand for new products and services. She has experience in the public and private sectors with an emphasis on policy, business development and strategic planning. McKinstry designs, constructs, operates and maintains high-performing buildings.

Vanbarton Group

Vanbarton Group, a privately owned real estate investment and advisory firm, announced the installation of the NeedlePoint Bipolar Ionization (NPBI) system at 901 Fifth Avenue, the first high-rise implementation in Seattle. The installation of NPBI at the downtown Seattle office tower is part of Vanbarton's efforts to enhance its buildings' air quality and help reduce the transmission of airborne illnesses, such as the novel coronavirus. NPBI technology is integrated into buildings' HVAC systems. Vanbarton has corporate offices in New York City, San Francisco and Seattle.


Fortive announced that it has completed the separation of its industrial technologies segment through the spin-off of Vontier.

Approximately 134.9 million shares of Vontier common stock were distributed in the separation to Fortive shareholders, with approximately 33.5 million additional shares of Vontier common stock retained by Fortive. Fortive, headquartered in Everett, is a diversified industrial growth company, with of approximately 17,000 employees in more than 50 countries around the world.

Alaska Community Care Network

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded a contract to TriWest Healthcare Alliance to administer VA's Community Care Network (CCN) in Region 5, which covers the state of Alaska. Under the CCN Region 5 contract, TriWest will be responsible for building and maintaining a network of community health care providers, paying claims, and providing customer service to VA and providers in the state of Alaska. TriWest Healthcare Alliance is based in Phoenix.

Lutheran Community Services

Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCS Northwest) and Compass Housing Alliance (Compass) have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent for Compass to become an affiliate of LCS Northwest. An affiliation would create one of the region's largest non-profit alliances providing support to people experiencing homelessness, and under-served populations in the Pacific Northwest. Combined, the organizations serve more than 50,000 people each year and employ more than 800 people in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The execution of a definitive agreement is subject to the approval of the LCS Northwest and Compass Board of Directors, and closing conditions. Under than anticipated agreement, Compass will operate as a separate subsidiary of LCS Northwest, with LCS Northwest the parent organization.

Oct 13, 2020


PACCAR and several of its divisions: Peterbilt, Kenworth, PACCAR Parts and Dynacraft, were each honored as a 2020 “Top Company for Women to Work for in Transportation” by the Women in Trucking Association (WIT). Women in Trucking is a non-profit organization that encourages the employment and promotes the accomplishments of women in the trucking industry. WIT solicited nominations for companies with a culture that supports gender diversity, flexible hours, competitive compensation and benefits, training, professional development and career advancement opportunities. Employees and business partners voted to determine the honorees.


Ernst & Young announced that Peggy Miller, CEO of PacStar, a developer and supplier of advanced communications solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense, was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 Pacific Northwest Region Award winner. The award recognizes those entrepreneurial leaders who are excelling in overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management. Miller is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 National Awards. PacStar is headquartered in Portland. Entrepreneur Of The Year, founded by Ernst & Young, is now its 33rd year,

Spacelabs Healthcare

Spacelabs Healthcare, a developer and manufacturer of patient monitoring and diagnostic cardiology solutions, announced that the company has been inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame for its remote health monitoring technology for NASA astronauts. Spacelabs Healthcare, a division of OSI Systems, is headquartered in Snoqualmie, and has offices in the United States, Canada and Europe, and distributors in more than 100 countries around the world.

Hermanson Co.



Jana (Hermanson) Burbank and Steve Otis are new partners at Kent-based Hermanson Co. Burbank is chief of staff and previously worked in shipping, marketing and the company's Special Projects Division. Otis, a licensed engineer, is supervisor of virtual design and construction (VDC). He has been with Hermanson for five years, working on some of its largest integrated delivery and design-build projects.

Skanska USA

General contractor Skanska USA raised over $220,000 during its annual Bricks & Books fundraising event, which was held online this year due to the pandemic. The month-long event benefited Seattle nonprofit Rainier Scholars, which provides low-income students of color with equitable access to a quality education. Skanska set a goal of $200,000, topping that by 10%, and has now raised over $1.6 million during the eight years that the program has run. Skanska's effort this year was backed by over 60 organizations, many from the design and subcontractor communities.

The Walsh Group

The Walsh Group raised nearly $25,000 in this year's Food Frenzy, which benefits Food Lifeline, beating its goal by over $9,000. The two-week competition pits local companies against one another to raise money, collect food and promote hunger awareness in western Washington. In addition to the money, Walsh's Seattle region collected over 3,400 canned food items and the contractor's staff volunteered in the Food Lifeline warehouse. Walsh came in fifth out of 48 teams in Food Frenzy, and was second among AEC contestants.

Epoch Design

Redmond-based sustainable wood furniture company Epoch Design is moving to Arlington. As part of this plan, the company recently broke ground on a 53,100-square-foot warehouse at the intersection of 59th Avenue Northeast and 172nd Street Northeast, near the Arlington airport. The company says it's moving to Arlington next summer due to concerns over rent increases and zoning changes at its current location. It will own the Arlington facility, which is being built by Sierra Construction and was designed by The Ronhovde Architects.

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