Sep 18, 2019
In Seattle, Hart Crowser promoted Brice Exley to senior associate and Joni Keppler and Ernest Pascua to associate. The firm also hired Andrew Kaparos as an associate environmental engineer, Margot Ferencz as a geotechnical engineer, Maggie Bradshaw as an environmental scientist and Andrew Nakahara and Jolie Higgins as environmental engineers.
Exley is a geotechnical engineer hired eight years ago. He is project manager for geotechnical design for the new Seattle Center Arena, and the 850-foot-tall Rainier Square tower, soon to be Seattle’s second-tallest building. Keppler was hired 18 years ago and is accounting database manager, supporting all departments. She maintains the company’s enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management software, which are integrated across its nine offices. Pascua, financial statement manager, was hired 20 years ago. He is responsible for generating and analyzing Hart Crowser’s accounting and financial records and for reports to management on the financial operations of the company, as well as maintaining proper revenue recognition on projects of the business units.
Kaparos rejoined the firm and will work on stormwater management and environmental cleanup projects. His 13 years of experience includes stormwater management systems, hydraulic and hydrologic computer modeling, contaminated site remediation, and environmental permitting. His work on brownfield sites has helped put previously contaminated properties back into productive use, and he has worked with industry to reduce stormwater runoff with sustainable techniques.
Ferencz has a master’s in geology from Rutgers University. Her focus is on foundation design and landslide remediation. She has worked internationally. Bradshaw has experience in environmental cleanup and geographic information systems. She has a bachelor’s in conservation resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a certificate in wetland science and management from the University of Washington. She will work on environmental assessment and cleanup projects. She previously provided support to the EPA on the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund site.
Nakahara has a master’s in civil and environmental engineering from the UW and a background in environmental site assessment and remediation, GIS, data analysis, and the transport of chemicals in the environment. Higgins has a master’s in civil/environmental engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She has a background in water quality involving stormwater and ocean acidification. She co-founded a coastal erosion project in Mali Island, Fiji.
The Federal Trade Commission gave Rosemont, Illinois-based US Foods conditional approval to acquire five operating companies of Services Group of America for $1.8 billion in cash. The five companies are Food Services of America, Systems Services of America, Amerifresh, Ameristar Meats and GAMPAC Express. As a condition for regulatory clearance, US Foods will divest three FSA distribution facilities in Kent; Meridian, Idaho; and Fargo, North Dakota. US Foods said it will retain a portion of the business serviced from the Kent facility.
Phoenix-based Shamrock Foods acquired the Meridian, Idaho, operations of Food Services of America. The deal was possible after the FTC conditionally approved US Foods’ acquisition of five Services Group of America companies. The US Foods’ deal required it to divest FSA’s Idaho operation. Shamrock distributes food throughout the western U.S.
The Elliott Bay Design Group board of directors appointed Brian King as president-chief engineer. King is a mechanical engineer, naval architect and marine engineer. He will supervise the company’s business and affairs, and advance its major strategic objectives while leading the team on planning, business management, engineering, personnel development and sales. King was hired in 1988 and has developed engineering standards, led recruitment and training efforts, managed engineering and technical resources and developed the quality assurance program. He will continue to do project development and client management. EBDG provides naval architecture, marine engineering and production support services, with offices in Seattle, New Orleans, New York and Ketchikan, Alaska.
HNTB Corp. hired Kimberly Demuth as environmental department manager and associate vice president in its Bellevue office. Demuth has over 35 years of experience in environmental permitting and compliance, historic preservation, visual resource management, cultural resource management and project management. Based in the Seattle area for over 20 years, she has national experience managing transportation, transit and rail projects. She has done work for Sound Transit and the California High Speed Rail Authority, and in the power, oil and gas, utilities, mining, renewables and private development fields. Most recently, she was environmental market director for another consulting firm. HNTB is an infrastructure firm.
DLR Group hired Shelly Engels Yancy (interiors) and Christopher Perez (architecture) in its Seattle office. The global integrated design firm provides architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and building optimization.
Sep 17, 2019
Mike Brandvold recently marked 25 years at Monroe-based Pacific Earth Works WBE. Brandvold is senior project manager/senior estimator at the landscaping company. He has worked in landscape construction and maintenance for 40 years, starting as a laborer.
Dominic Woolery joined Carney Badley Spellman in Seattle as an associate attorney. Woolery was a summer associate at the firm last year.
Seattle Art Museum and the Betty Bowen Committee picked Seattle filmmaker Lynne Siefert as the winner of the 2019 Betty Bowen Award. Siefert gets $15,000 and a solo exhibition at SAM next spring. Anthony White of Seattle won the Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award and Andrea Joyce Heimer of Ferndale won the Special Recognition Award.
Aspen Dental opened an office at 532 Pole Line Road in Twins Falls, Idaho. Dr. Omid Gilani leads the practice that provides a range of dental services, including dentures, preventive care and restoration. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says there is a shortage of dentists in Twin Falls County, where the new clinic is located.