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May 23, 2023
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.
May 16, 2023
In its Buildings Northwest Group, Graham Construction promoted Trevor Graafstra to vice president of operations, Troy Johnson to project development director, Matt Pulick to senior operations manager, and Joe Browder to operations manager. Graafstra has brought financial, operational and strategic guidance to Graham for over a decade. He has over 28 years of construction experience in multi-key, retail, health care, life sciences, education and office buildings throughout Washington. Johnson spent 28 years in architecture, development and construction, delivering a diverse range of building types for public and private clients. In his new role, he is responsible for developing and curating key clients, overseeing preconstruction and estimating efforts, and ensuring that Graham project teams convert projects into reality. Pulick has been instrumental in Graham's wins and preconstruction efforts on the upcoming Samaritan Hospital and Quincy Hospital projects in eastern Washington. Recently, he was a key driver toward the completion of the Quileute Tribal School in La Push. Browder has been part of successes in both Graham buildings and infrastructure over his tenure, through a variety of large complex projects. He is working to support project teams in pre-planning, and ensuring that project teams are set up for operational success.
Clarence Clipper joined mechanical contractor UMC as director of the Facility Services Group, where he is working to streamline UMC's processes and support its growth. Clipper has been integral to the facilities and industrial space for 30 years, and held leadership positions that have propelled businesses forward for 18 years. His most recent role was general manager with CenTrio (formerly Enwave Seattle Steam), where he was responsible for operations that include a steam plant in Seattle, a chiller plant in Portland and an ambient loop wastewater heat recovery system in Denver. Prior to that, he was director of engineering for Unico Properties, overseeing engineering departments in Washington, Colorado, Utah, Texas and Tennessee. He started at Unico as chief engineer for the Metropolitan Tract of downtown Seattle buildings.
The Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington named Faber Construction as 2022 New Member of the Year. After signing up with the ABC, members of Faber joined the Government Affairs Council, attended events, graduated from ABC's Construction Business School, and attended the ABC National Convention in March. Faber also referred a list of contractors to help ABC build its membership.
Granite's Alaska Region team was awarded the Governor's Safety Award of Excellence by the Alaska Safety Advisory Council for its exceptional safety performance in 2022. Granite's safety and environmental performance were evaluated over the last three years against other competing companies. This is the eighth time in 11 years that the Alaska team has won the award. The team achieved 300,000 hours without a recordable injury, and ended 2022 with zero OSHA recordable injuries.