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May 24, 2023

Opsis Architecture




Opsis Architecture announced new leadership promotions within the firm and new staff.

Chris Roberts, AIA, was promoted to Opsis principal. Roberts has 19 years of experience at Opsis and more than 27 years in the architectural profession. He brings a depth of expertise in architectural design and project management to the sports, recreation and higher education projects he is a part of. His skills and expertise have been honed from work on projects ranging in size and complexity from the award winning, long span mass timber Idaho Central Credit Union Arena at the University of Idaho to performing arts centers, libraries, and recreation centers throughout the pacific northwest.

Erica Dunn, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP, was promoted to the role of associate principal. Dunn joined Opsis in September 2022. She brings more than 19 years of experience in architecture with the last 12 years dedicated to zero energy projects. Dunn is a recognized leader in sustainable design, and was recently honored as one of eight new Fellows in the New Building Institute's Senior Fellows program.

Conor Wood, AIA, has joined Opsis as a designer and construction administration specialist with 12 years of architectural, interior design and project management experience from a diverse set of project types. His previous work encompasses residential, commercial office, hospitality, retail, laboratory, and higher education buildings.

BHC Consultants






Local engineering, planning, and code compliance consulting firm BHC Consultants, LLC has announced the following leadership changes. After serving as president of BHC since June 2017, Ronald Dorn, PE, has stepped down, and the board of directors has appointed James (Jim) Gross, PE, PMP, former executive vice president and director of engineering, as the new president as of January 2023.

Dorn stepped down from the board of directors in May 2023, and will continue to manage projects through the end of 2023. Dorn has more than 40 years of engineering experience managing, planning, and designing a wide variety of municipal utility projects. He has served on the company board for fourteen years and was previously the director of engineering for the company. Gross has more than 30 years of civil and environmental engineering consulting experience, primarily in drinking water and wastewater planning, design and construction support.

Cameron Ochiltree, PE a senior engineer with BHC for seven years has been named executive vice president and promoted to director of engineering. Ochiltree has 25 years of experience working as a principal, project manager, and lead engineer primarily on wastewater collection, conveyance, and treatment system facilities through planning, permitting, design, and construction. Ochiltree will lead an engineering department with more than 45 engineers specializing in drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, solid waste, structural, and electrical engineering.

William (Willie) Hill, CBO, ACO will be retiring at the end of 2023 after serving as the manager of building code and construction compliance at BHC for 14 years.

Shane Daugherty, AIA, NCARB has been appointed as the new manager of building code and construction compliance as of January 2023. Daugherty is a licensed architect with more than 20 years of experience in commercial, hospital, and residential projects through all stages from planning to completion. His background includes architectural and construction project management, and the Factory Assembled Structures (FAS) program at Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Daugherty will lead a building code and construction compliance group that includes eight in-house certified building inspectors able to address all aspects of building code compliance.





van Zee


Herrera has welcomed five new employees based out of Washington and Wyoming: Jimmy Esteban, Erynne van Zee, Cameron Sloan, Nikki VandePutte and Julia McInerney.

Esteban is a civil engineer with four years of experience designing transportation systems, green stormwater infrastructure, and storm drainage systems across the Pacific Northwest. He has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Seattle University and will be based out of the firm's Seattle office.

Van Zee is an environmental engineer and landscape designer with a background in technical design and analysis, community engagement/co-design strategies, interdisciplinary research, and integrated water resources design and planning. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington. She will be based out of Herrera's Seattle office.

Sloan is an environmental scientist based out of Herrera's Wyoming office. He comes to Herrera from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality where he worked as a Natural Resource Analyst, overseeing the environmental compliance of mining operations across the state. Sloan has a Bachelor of Science in Energy Resource Management and Development from the University of Wyoming.

VandePutte is an environmental technician based out of Herrera's Seattle office. She has experience working on restoration projects, identifying salmonoid, native plant, and invasive species, and conducting field research. VandePutte is a graduate of Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecology Emphasis.

McInerney is a HR generalist based out of Herrera's Seattle office. She comes to Herrera from Synapse Product Development where she worked as an HR and recruiting coordinator. McInerney has experience with employee onboarding, recruiting, interview processes, and database management. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in International Affairs.



Engineering consulting firm Perteet Inc. has welcomed Erik Martin as the director of its South Sound operations. Martin brings more than 17 years at Pierce and Lewis Counties, most recently in the role of Lewis County manager. He has also worked in consulting as an engineer, project manager, and principal.

Martin has expertise in a diverse range of areas, including transportation, planning and environmental projects, basin-wide flooding solutions, community development, and infrastructure improvements. This move will expand Perteet's multidisciplinary services to all of southwestern Washington.

Kenmore Farmers Market

Opening day is Wednesday, June 7 for the Kenmore Farmers Market. This year will brings new, additional vendors for a more robust market as well as Food Access Programs including WIC & Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The market is located at NE 181st Next to Town Square and runs every Wednesday through August from 3 pm -7 pm.

May 23, 2023

Kenmore Air

Kenmore Air announced the expansion of its land-based plane service connecting Boeing Field, Paine Field and Friday Harbor Airport with Victoria International Airport, expanding on its long standing float plane service to Victoria's Inner Harbour. Effective May 25th, Kenmore Air will provide two round trips per day between Friday Harbor and Victoria. Customers can book their tickets at KenmoreAir.com. Founded in 1946, Kenmore Air flys over 90,000 passengers annually in its de Havilland Beaver and Otter aircraft to over 45 water-based destinations throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Kenmore Air's wheeled aircraft operation, Kenmore Air Express, offers scheduled service aboard Cessna Caravan aircraft. In addition to their scheduled service, Kenmore Air and Kenmore Air Express offer charter service to many other destinations. Kenmore Air has operated land planes from Boeing Field for the past 17 years and Paine Field for the last year with scheduled, year-round service to Friday Harbor and Eastsound. Kenmore Air is now a partner with Alaska Airlines with flights originating from Paine Field bookable on alaskaair.com and eligible for Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles.


Nate Jorgensen and Susan Morris, executives at two public, Idaho-based companies, have been named to the boards of directors of Idacorp and Idaho Power. Jorgensen has served as the CEO of Boise Cascade since March 2020. Prior to that role, he was the company's chief operating officer responsible for overseeing the Wood Products and Building Materials Distribution divisions. Jorgensen joined Boise Cascade in 2015 after 28 years with Weyerhaeuser, where he served in various leadership roles. Morris is the executive vice president and chief operations officer at Albertsons Companies, a role she has held since January 2018. She leads the company's retail operations, overseeing more than 2,200 stores across 34 states, and has held a variety of leadership roles in her more than 38 years in the retail grocery industry. Jorgensen also serves on the board of directors for the American Wood Council. Morris also serves on the board of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertsons Foundation, the Food Marketing Institute, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Salt Lake City branch. Boise-based Idacorp is a holding company comprised of Idaho Power, Idacorp Financial, and Ida-West Energy. Idaho Power has been a locally operated energy company since 1916, and serves a 24,000-square-mile service area in Idaho and Oregon.

Graham Construction



In its Seattle/Washington Buildings Northwest Group, Graham Construction promoted Michael Webster to chief estimator and David Westmoreland to estimate manager. Webster is now responsible for all estimating functions in both Seattle and Spokane. He continues to refine the estimating costing database, oversee the development of subcontractor/supplier outreach, and align estimating efforts with the preconstruction services of Graham. Westmoreland is focusing on directing clients through the process of converting from schematic to ready-for-construction status, while offering constructive advice and options that allow their projects to be financially feasible. Graham says Westmoreland has a talent for teaching and will take an active role in the career development and mentorship of junior staff.


The Construction Management Association of America and the National Association of Women in Construction recently formed a partnership to strengthen the success of women in the construction industry. The two organizations will cross-promote events, with the possibility of co-producing a few, and attend each other's conferences and events. One of the features of the partnership is that NAWIC members will be able to pursue CMAA credentials for Construction Manager-in-Training, Certified Associate Construction Manager and Certified Construction Manager at CMAA member rates. This summer, CMAA will lead a Principles of Construction Management course for NAWIC members during NAWIC's 68th Annual Conference in Portland.

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