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Mar 21, 2023
Graham Construction promoted three local staff within its U.S. Health, Safety and Environment group: Hunter Burke to senior regional manager of U.S. operations; and Greg Gardner and Guilley Villegas to HSE managers. In his new role, Burke will oversee all HSE functions of Graham's buildings and infrastructure operations within Washington state. Graham says this promotion is essential to enhancing its regional HSE support and aligns with operational strategies for business growth in the U.S. Gardner is working with Burke to support the infrastructure group in the state. He led HSE efforts primarily on the state Route 520 project while touching other projects within Washington. Villegas is also working with Burke, supporting the buildings group within Washington as the primary contact for field matters. He joined Graham in 2018 and has worked on several prominent Washington building projects. Graham's U.S. offices are in Seattle, Bellevue, Spokane and Omaha, Nebraska.
Skanska USA Building hired Dean Lewis as its first director of mass timber and prefabrication. Lewis comes to Skanska with 13 years of experience in mass timber and engineering roles in Washington and California. Based out of Seattle, Lewis is responsible for the company's work on prefabrication and mass timber projects across the United States, and consulting on business development efforts around mass timber projects. Prior to joining Skanska, Lewis was with Alphabet-funded Sidewalk Labs for two years, working on new construction technologies in the mass timber space. He also worked for Swinerton Mass Timber, DCI Engineers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Lewis graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's in structural engineering, studying under Dr. J. Daniel Dolan, a prominent figure in the mass timber industry.
Austin, Texas-based SAM Companies acquired Axis Survey & Mapping, a geomatics solutions company based in Redmond. Axis has relationships with engineering, public works, construction and infrastructure-focused clients. SAM provides geospatial and inspection solutions across the utility, transportation and broader infrastructure industries. The entire Axis team will join SAM, including CEO Travis Bradley, who will continue to focus on business development and operations. SAM says the acquisition is part of its plan to expand its capacity, experience and geographic presence in the Northwest. Axis was represented by Chinook Capital Advisors in the transaction. Other details of the deal were not disclosed. This is SAM's 15th acquisition in the past seven years.
Olympic College is starting a new construction trades program for the spring quarter at its Shelton campus, where class starts April 3. The school says students will graduate equipped with essential skills needed to secure work in the residential and light-construction industries as carpenters' helpers, construction laborers, and construction apprentices in local carpenters' and laborers' unions. It says a certificate of completion can be attained in three quarters.
Crisp Imaging and Hallmark Framing joined the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington. Seattle-based Crisp Imaging provides printing, construction document management, interior and exterior signage, trade show materials, design services, jobsite and safety signage, banners and jobsite fence screening. Woodinville-based Hallmark Framing is a commercial framer.
Mar 14, 2023
Global construction and development firm Skanska promoted four in its Seattle office: Rob Robinson to senior vice president/account manager; Brian Urban to vice president/account manager for the Seattle region; and Dan Curtiss and Eric Marsh to vice presidents/project executives. Robinson joined Skanska 26 years ago and is a member of the senior leadership team, overseeing the K-12 market sector, many projects with the University of Washington, and work for Snoqualmie Casino. He also directs the collaborative work on projects in the Commercial Development group, including The Eight in Bellevue. His expanded role includes other higher-education projects for Washington State University and Seattle University. Urban continues to lead the K-12 market sector while expanding his role within the health care and corporate commercial sectors. He joined Skanska over 22 years ago, and was promoted to senior project manager in 2013 and project executive in 2016. Curtiss has been with Skanska for 27 years, delivering projects for large technology companies and the UW, as well as across the K-12 market. Most recently, he led a large team on the construction of a mega-project for a technology client. Marsh joined Skanska in 2013, and has helped grow business with big clients such as WSU and Seattle University. His expertise spans the life sciences, higher education, corporate commercial, high-rise, federal and aviation industries.