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Mar 04, 2021

Laird Norton


Laird Norton, which has real estate interests and arms including Heartland, recently announced that its Brian McGuigan is now executive vice president of enterprise strategy and corporate development. He'll also become a member of the real estate committee that oversees Heartland and other property investments. Company CEO Jeff Vincent said in a statement, “When Brian joined the company in 2012, we intuitively knew that he had significant growth potential. It has been extremely satisfying over the past nine years to see him live up to that potential both professionally and personally.”

Vulcan lands another Central Area tenant

Vulcan Real Estate announced that restaurant Simply Soulful will join its tenant roster in the new Jackson Apartments, at 2401 S. Jackson St. Residents are already moving into the 532-unit corner development. By this summer, they'll have a new place to eat, too. Co-owner Lillian Rambus said in a statement, “The southeast corner of 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street has a unique history and connection to the city's Black community for decades. We consider it a privilege to carry on the neighborhood's cultural legacy through our family's traditions and recipes.” She with fellow owner Barbara Collins will spin off the restaurant from their successful Simply Soulful Pies & Catering business. Their new eatery will feature what they call a home-cooked, farm-to-table experience using organic ingredients procured from local vendors including Alm Hill Farm, Falls Brand, Olsen Farms, Kirsop Farms and One Leaf Farm. Meanwhile, Amazon Fresh recently filed plans with the city that indicate it'll open as the anchor grocery tenant in early May.

SHA announces new general counsel

Seattle Housing Authority recently named Charles (Chuck) Lind as its new general counsel. The veteran attorney makes the move from Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch. He also has prior experience working for King County. SHA's Andrew Lofton said in a statement, “Chuck has 30 years of legal experience and has worked extensively with public entity law, federal and state regulation, governing boards, commissions and executive officers in charge of agencies.” Lind says that his mother and father once lived in SHA housing. His predecessor, James Fearn, recently retired.

KeyBank provides $13M refi

KeyBank Real Estate Capital says that it recently secured a $13.2 million refinancing loan via the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Shelter Holdings' fairly new Metroline Flats. Katie Plett and Marguerite Moyet led that effort for the bank. The loan, which benefits from HUD's Green Mortgage Insurance Premium reduction program, carries a fully amortizing 35-year term. The seven-story, 75-unit development opened about two years ago at 915 E. Spruce St., a little east of Yesler Terrace. Johnston Architects designed the project, which Shelter built through a subsidiary.



Tacoma-based Nexus hired David Pogreba as a project manager. Pogreba comes with a background of more than four years in the building enclosure services industry with a specialty in structural analysis. He holds a bachelor and master of civil engineering from the University of Washington. At Nexus he is working with clients such as King County Housing Authority, Kaiser Permanente, and the Department of Enterprise Services. Nexus provides building enclosure design, testing, and commissioning services.

Reperio Health

Preventative wellness startup Reperio Health announced its seed capital raise of $6 million. The Portland-based venture will offer wellness kits containing sensors for an at-home health assessment and biometric screening that provides comprehensive results immediately. The FDA-approved sensors in the Reperio kit include a blood test to measure levels of total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose, in addition to tests for blood pressure, resting heart rate, Body Mass Index and Relative Fat Mass. In addition to its initial launch into the employer market, Reperio's at-home health assessments will be made available to health plans, retirement facilities, fitness and nutrition practitioners and directly to individuals. Reperio's seed round was co-led by Caduceus Capital Partners in Nashville, Tennessee, and Rogue Venture Partners in Portland, with additional investment from Liquid 2 Ventures and G Ventures, both out of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Molina Healthcare

Molina Healthcare of Washington announced the appointment of Dr. Jay Fathi as plan president. In this role, Fathi will lead the health plan's operations and strategic initiatives. Fathi is a native Washingtonian and has been a family physician for more than 25 years. Most recently, he provided national advising and strategic consultation to clients around health care delivery, financing, regulatory issues, public health, and policy, including to support and strengthen the COVID-19 pandemic response. Fathi earned his M.D. from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He serves as a board member on the Washington State Health Innovation Council, Cambia Grove, and the Ballard Food Bank. Molina Healthcare of Washington has been providing government-funded care for low-income individuals for over 20 years.

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.


Tacoma-based JayRay announced the addition of Alex Domine as a new JayRay advisor. Domine brings experience in communication strategy for causes from education to the environment to equity, and in sectors spanning nonprofits, technology and economic development. Domine most recently worked as communications director at Charles Wright Academy. JayRay partners with national and regional clients on branding, advertising and strategic communication programs.

City of Tacoma

The city of Tacoma Historic Preservation Office Announced that 2021 Heritage Project Grant applications are available through Friday, April 30, 2021 on its web page. The goal of the program is to support projects that increase public awareness and access to Tacoma's history. Eligible applicants include non-profits and public and educational institutions. Applicants may apply for an award between $1,000 and $10,000 for their project. This is a matching grant with a total of $50,000 in total funds to be granted. The grant requires that applicants demonstrate matching funding for proposed projects, and cannot fund general operating expenses. To find out more about the grant or to download an application, go to cityoftacoma.org/HeritageGrant.


FarEye announced the appointment of Suvrat Joshi as its chief product officer. Joshi brings with him over 20 years of experience in leadership roles at Yahoo, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and most recently Dropbox. Joshi will be based out of Seattle and will drive product strategy and growth for the company. FarEye also recently announced that it will be hiring 100 tech professionals globally in 2021. FarEye is a predictive logistics SaaS platform designed to streamline operations for industries across retail, manufacturing and transport and logistics.

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