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Mar 22, 2023

BLRB Architects





BLRB Architects announced the following 2023 staff promotions across the firm's regional offices.

Nicholas Radon, Sarah Fischer, and Amy Vohs have all been promoted to associate principal; and Amy McCarthy-Smith has been promoted to associate.

Radon, AIA, LEED Green Associate, is located in the firm's Bend office and helps lead the firm's commercial and housing projects in Oregon. With 20 years of experience, Radon has worked on a variety of mixed-use and multi-family projects along the West Coast ranging from $50,000 to over $200 million in construction costs. He has expertise in all phases of the design process from master planning and feasibility through construction and project close-out. His recent projects include The Hixon at Westside Yard (Bend), HiLine Homes Office (Redmond), Modera Century West Apartments (Bend), NW Wall Street Multifamily (Bend), and Reserves at Pilot Butte (Bend).

Fischer, AIA, LEED AP, has 20 years of experience on a variety of public projects and is located in the firm's Tacoma office. Fischer has been recognized as an inclusive and collaborative project leader with a unique background in education, industrial, and parks sectors, serving both civic and commercial clients. Recently managed projects include the Fawcett Elementary School Replacement for Tacoma Public Schools, Steilacoom DuPont Elementary School, the Negus Transfer Station for Deschutes County, Oregon, and the Spencer Creek Industrial Park for the Port of Kalama.

Vohs, AIA, NCARB, recently joined BLRB's Portland's office and helps lead K-12 and public projects for the firm. Vohs brings 25 years of experience with master planning, long range facility planning, sustainable facility design and a detailed approach to project documentation and delivery. Her recent projects include the expansion of Trinity Lutheran School in Bend, the Veneta District Headquarters and Crew House for the Oregon Department of Forestry and a variety of K-12 planning and design projects.

McCarthy-Smith, AIA, NCARB, has been elevated to associate of the firm. Located in BLRB's Bend office, she is an organized, detail-driven architect and designer with experience in K-12, commercial and housing projects. Her recent projects include the expansion of Trinity Lutheran School in Bend, The Linden at Brookfield Senior Living (Connecticut), The Vero at Newark Senior Living (Delaware), The Vero at Bethlehem Senior Living (Pennsylvania), and The Vero at Chesapeake Senior Living (Virginia).

Graham Baba Architects



Graham Baba Architects has promoted Maureen O'Leary and Brian Jonas to partner. The two join Jim Graham and Brett Baba as owners of the firm.

O'Leary's work includes the Alaska Airlines Flagship Lounge at Sea-Tac's North Satellite Terminal, the Kenmore Hangar, Pybus Market in Wenatchee, and the St. Joseph School Library renovation in Seattle. Her ongoing work includes the new home for Molbak's Garden + Home at the Gardens District in Woodinville, Washington.

Jonas' work includes the new Ballard Food Bank in Seattle, Center Table Dining Hall at the University of Washington, and the new physical brand identity and stores for PCC Community Markets in the Puget Sound region. His current work includes a restaurant and retail complex for a large technology company campus, and the new home for Photographic Center Northwest in Capitol Hill.

In other firm news Leann Crist has been promoted to principal. Susan Tillack, Melissa Glenn, and Caroline Brown have been promoted to associate Principal. Ellen Cecil, Andy Brown, Liz Kee, and Noreen Shinohara, have been promoted to associate.


MG2 has promoted the following individuals in the Seattle office; Kris Artz - Associate 5; Mary Avellino - Accounts Payable Manager; Jackie Bang - Associate 2; Brad Barbee - Associate 5; Katherine Bartman - Human Resources Generalist; Jared Bassetti - Senior Associate 1; Morgan Bell - Associate 2; Lauren Bizzigotti - Associate 2; Jessica Bone - Associate 2; Elise Braun - Associate 3; Josh Brown - Associate 2; Anthony Caldarazzo - Estimator II; Lauren Cebulla - Associate 3; Dennis Cenidoza - Senior Associate 1; Taylor Chadwick - Associate 3; Catherine Clark - Senior Associate 1; Erin Dillinger - Associate 3; Ping Doan - Associate 2; Abbie Drake - Art Director; Dallas Dyer - Program Manager; Crystal Fairley - Associate 4; Kaitlynn Fenn - Associate 2; Rory Fitzpatrick - Associate 2; Whitney Gomes - Associate 3; Trevor Gunderson - Associate 4; Colleen Hannah - Studio Administrator 2; Brittany Hazzard - Contract Specialist; Gabe Hernandez - Associate 2; Debbie Huynh - Project Accountant II; Bonnie James - BIM Account Manager; Marit Jensen - Senior Associate 1; Eleazar Juarez-Diaz - Design Lab Coordinator; Jackie Kennedy - Content Specialist ; Derrick Kent - Chief Estimator; Johnny Klemke - Senior Building Performance Analyst; Mike Knoff - Associate 5; Willie Mak - Associate 5; Kevin Marx - Senior Associate 1; Courtney McLean - Program Administrator; Geir Mjelde - Associate Principal; Savannah Moller - Associate 3; Jed Moody - Associate 2; Svetlana Olsen - Senior Estimator II; Eshani Patel - Associate 2; Alina Pinchuk - Associate 4; Rozlyn Pratt - Associate 3; Christina Puzon - Senior Associate 1; Fidel Ramos Viveros - Associate 2; Madison Schimpf - Associate 2; Courtney Schmidt - Associate 2; Scott Sidell - Senior Associate 1; Sarah Simchuk - Associate 5; Sruthi Sundaresan - Associate 2; Ryan Todys - Associate 2; Martin Rejo - Associate 2; Leana Tunku Ya'acob - Associate 2; Tais Wagner - Associate 4; Natasha Windle - Director of Program Services; and Travis Yates - Associate Director, Design Technology.



Jeff Peacock, PE, has been appointed as chair of Parametrix's Board of Directors. He recently transitioned from chief executive officer, a position he held for 15 years, to executive advisor, supporting strategic growth and mergers and acquisitions. Parametrix announced the selection of John Willis as the new CEO earlier this year.

Peacock joined Parametrix in 1990 and has played a key role in developing the company's transportation practice, including projects such as the SR 520 Floating Bridge, the SR 3/SR 304 Gorst to Bremerton Ferry Terminal project, the US 101 Coastal Corridor, and many others.

He served as president and chief executive officer from 2008 through 2022, during which time he led the firm through the great recession and the COVID-19 pandemic, including the transition to remote and hybrid work. Under his leadership, the firm expanded to five new states. In 2018, he was named Engineer of the Year by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington.

He succeeds Parametrix founder, Waite Dalrymple, as chair of the board. Dalrymple has served as chair of the board for nearly 30 years. He will continue to serve on the board. Parametrix's Board of Directors includes eight members, six of which are external to the company, who are responsible for guiding the firm's long-term vision.

Studio Meng Strazzara





Studio Meng Strazzara announced the promotion of several employees to leadership positions. Tony Fan has been promoted to principal, while Kris Feliciano, Robert Landa, and Bryant Draper have been promoted to associate principal.

Fan, AIA, LEED AP, began his career with SMS in 1997. With more than 25 years of experience, Fan provides feasibility studies, design development solutions, and construction documents for public and private projects.

Feliciano, AIA, has contributed to a variety of mixed-use and education projects during her 10 years with the firm. She guides projects from design through construction. Her work on The Little School recently received a Merit Award from the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) Washington Chapter.

Landa, RA, LEED AP, maintains a focus on constructability, regularly working with teams to simplify complex designs into buildable elements. With more than 20 years of diverse design experience, he takes creative ideas and applies practical solutions while honoring each design's intent.

Draper has been designing public facilities for more than 20 years. He excels at balancing life-cycle costs with aesthetics. By prioritizing durability and sustainability, Draper's designs provide long-term value to public clients, helping them fulfill their fiscal responsibility to taxpayers.

Jackson Main Architecture


Jackson Main Architecture, P.S., has hired Patricia Quist-Therson as a project manager. Quist-Therson attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology where she received her BA in Architecture and her MBA in Project Management from Strayer University. She has over 15 years' experience in the field of Architecture along with a passion for interior design and space planning.

Her expertise is in all phases of the design process, including federal, commercial, civil, residential, interior and ADA improvement projects.

Mar 15, 2023

Jackson Main Architecture


Jackson Main Architecture has welcomed Kelly Kelley-Horne as the firms' marketing and business development manager. Formerly with The Riley Group, Inc., she brings her established A/E/C industry ability to lead and manage JMA's strategic partnerships and marketing program efforts. Kelley-Horne received her BA in Communications from CSUB, where her concentrations focused on both public relations and marketing.

Lund Opsahl




Lund Opsahl has added three new team members: design engineers Hanna Park and Eusonh Lim, and senior CAD/BIM technician Whitney Huse.

Park has five years experience in commercial, K-12 and higher education, residential, and healthcare sectors. Her most recent work at Lund Opsahl includes single and multi-family residences, improvements at Lower Columbia College in Longview, a new mixed-use building in Eastern Washington, and a significant tenant improvement for a confidential client in Des Moines. Park received her bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering with a focus on structural engineering from The George Washington University in Washington DC.

Lim possesses five years of professional experience, with work that includes projects in the aviation, commercial, healthcare, civic, hospitality, and residential sectors. His most recent projects include several luxury residences, a transit-oriented multi-family development in Shoreline, and a project at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil and structural engineering from the University of Washington.

Huse has nine years of experience, with sector work in mixed use, transit, healthcare, civic, commercial, higher education, and single and multi-family residences. Her construction materials experience includes cast in place and P/T concrete, Cobiax, ICF, CMU masonry, brick masonry, SIPS, steel, composite lumber, stick-built, timber, cold formed framing, and rammed-earth. Huse received her bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and Media Arts with a concentration in 3D Modeling from Southern New Hampshire University and an associate degree in Architectural and Engineering Design from Southern Maine Community College.





MG2 announced the promotion of Roy Hague, Amy Hart, and Mitch Pride to principal in the Seattle office.

Hague NCARB, LEED AP, is the principal in charge of the Program Design studio, focusing on designing creative prototypes for established and emerging markets, including the electric vehicle and e-commerce sectors. With 20+ years in the profession, he utilizes a comprehensive and methodological approach to solving design challenges. Hague earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington.

Hart is a principal in the Client Programs studio in Seattle with a focus on Costco Business Centers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. With more than 15 years in the profession, she is a results-oriented designer who is continually refining her approach and searching for efficiencies across design process, budget, and delivery. Hart earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Idaho.

Pride RA is a principal in the Consumer Experiences studio, responsible for resourcefully turning complex retail concepts into solutions that excite and engage the consumer. His extensive portfolio includes Hush Puppies, Brilliant Earth, Tommy Bahama, and Allen Edmonds. Pride earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Architecture from Cornell University. He has been honored with multiple awards including VMSD's Designer Dozen, design: retail's 40 Under 40, PAVE's Rising Star, and CenterBuild's Leaders Under 40.



David E. Eckmann, SE, PE, FAIA, has been named president of Magnusson Klemencic Associates. Since joining the firm in 2005, Eckmann has represented MKA on over 160 projects — 100 of which he served in a leadership role. In addition to his new role as president, Eckmann is the managing principal of the firm's Chicago office and serves on MKA's board of directors.

His portfolio of work can be seen across the United States. Notable projects in the Midwest include Aqua Tower, River Point Tower, Salesforce Tower, Wolf Point East, City Hyde Park, Lincoln Park Zoo Education Pavilion, Wabash Building at Roosevelt University, The University of Chicago's Gerald Ratner Athletics Center, and O'Hare International Terminal 5 in Chicago.

In addition, Eckmann led the structural design for the American headquarters of CoStar and Dominion Energy in Richmond, Virginia; the Mutual of Omaha and Applied Underwriters headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska; Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and McDonald's headquarters in Chicago, Illinois; Northwestern Mutual Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Epic Systems' 800-acre campus in Verona, Wisconsin.

His projects have earned awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies, American Institute of Architects, American Institute of Steel Construction, American Society of Civil Engineers, Architectural Record, Building Design+Construction, Engineering News-Record, Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, Urban Land Institute, and other organizations.

PACE Engineers





PACE Engineers has a new executive leadership team. Martin Penhallegon, PE, is now CEO and Ken Nilsen, PE, is now president. Phil Cheesman, PE, is now executive vice president and Jon Turcott, PE, is now vice president. Together, they will oversee all work of the four PACE offices, including 135 staff members.

After graduating from the University of Washington in 1971, Penhallegon spent his first 21 years at a Seattle-based civil engineering company, where he progressed to president and CEO. In 1992, he left that company and founded PACE. Under his leadership, PACE has acquired eight firms and was voted one of Zweig's Best Places to Work. In Penhallegon's role as CEO, he will oversee long-term planning (including future acquisitions) and the overall financial performance of PACE.

Nilsen joined PACE 25 years ago where he quickly became a firm leader. Prior to PACE he was a pioneer in developing King County's Surface Water program. Nilsen has more than 39 years of industry experience and has held many roles at PACE, most recently as executive vice president. He specializes in solving complex stormwater and surface water challenges and is known for his ability to understand how new and rehabilitated infrastructure and facilities fit into the built environment. As president, Nilsen will oversee the overall operations of PACE.

Cheesman joined PACE in the first weeks of Penhallegon opening its doors 30 years ago. He started the land development department which today is diverse and regionally recognized for its land development solutions. Cheesman transitioned to oversee all of civil engineering at PACE five years ago. In his development-focused career, he has specialized in the civil design of commercial business parks, K12 schools, and parks and trails. Cheesman has taken on a new role as executive vice president, focusing on collaboration between PACE's four offices and multiple disciplines.

Turcott has over 25 years of civil engineering experience. He joined PACE four years ago with the acquisition of Site Development Associates (SDA). His most recent experience is managing highly collaborative design-build projects. At age 27, Turcott co-founded SDA, a civil engineering firm which PACE acquired in 2019. He is a mentor to young engineers and has focused expertise in stormwater management, utility design, and culvert and fish passage design. Turcott has a track record of solving insurmountable engineering problems to the direct benefit of clients, the public, and the environment, including pushing the state of science in habitat restoration. As vice president, Turcott will lead PACE's Civil Engineering Department.

SCJ Alliance


Colin Owen, a professional landscape architect with SCJ Alliance, is now an International Society of Arboriculture-certified arborist.

Owen has a Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Georgia and is also a Master Gardener. His 15 years of experience includes fieldwork assessing tree species and vegetation conditions, creating landscape architecture designs, and designing landscape mitigation plans, from stream restoration plantings to native vegetation replacement.

To earn this credential from the ISA, Owen had to demonstrate his knowledge in all aspects of arboriculture, have a related degree and years of work experience, and take a comprehensive final certification exam.

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