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Feb 08, 2023



Kate Weiland has been promoted to partner at BuildingWork. Weiland's promotion marks a significant milestone as she is the first employee to join founder and principal Matt Aalfs in an ownership position at the seven years old firm.

As Aalfs' first hire in 2016, Weiland brings specific expertise in the design of libraries and adaptive reuse of existing buildings as well as a resume of community and civic projects of various scopes and scales. Weiland is an architect and project manager on BuildingWork's most complex projects including the Metropole Building, the award winning Skyway Library, and Town Hall Seattle, and is currently serving as the Senior Project Manager for The Seattle Public Library Green Lake Branch. Weiland regularly shares her expertise on everything from library design to retrofits and has served as a guest critic at the University of Washington Architecture Department since 2014.

FSi Engineers


FSi Engineers announced the promotion of Jessica Moyer to the position of senior associate. Moyer brings a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Seattle University and 13 years of experience. Since joining FSi in 2014, she has excelled in creating complex mechanical designs and is an integral part of the Boeing team.

Cary Kopczynski & Company






Cary Kopczynski & Company (CKC) hired Hector Lasalle and Mary Shim as senior design engineers, promoted Andy Tu to senior project manager, and promoted Elaine Peng and Al Leaverenz to senior associate.

Lasalle, PE, SE, joined CKC with extensive experience in structural design and analysis for steel and concrete buildings. His current projects include the design of 410 E. Fifth St. in Austin which will become the tallest building in Texas at 1,035' in height.

Shim, PE, LEED AP, has over 16 years of domestic and international experience in structural design, analysis, and management for concrete and steel buildings. Her current projects include a three tower residential and retail development in Bellevue, and the 9th & Howell hotel tower in Seattle.

Tu, PE, SE, LEED AP, has more than twenty years of structural engineering experience, including the design and project management of residential towers, mixed-use facilities, and parking structures. His current projects include 222 Fifth Ave. N. and the Belltown 36 Tower, both in Seattle.

Peng, PE, SE, is a senior design engineer and has led the structural design of residential towers, office buildings and parking structures. She is highly experienced with concrete and steel design and is currently working on the Snoqualmie Casino expansion and multifamily residential projects in Denver.

Leaverenz is a major projects BIM specialist and has significant experience in project planning, coordination and BIM modeling for concrete, steel, and timber structures. His current projects include 410 E. Fifth St. in Austin, 1900 Broadway Tower in Oakland, and the Laguna parking structure in Los Angeles.






GGLO announced the promotion of four staff. Jessie Templeton, Tim Slazinik, Rachel Brockway, and Phillip Decker have all been promoted to senior associate.

Templeton, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, LFA, approaches architectural design from a background in environmental studies and urban planning. She is the firm's embodied carbon specialist and part of the design equity initiative, which focuses on intelligent material and system solutions and building relationships with the people who will ultimately inhabit the space's the firm designs. Templeton graduated with a Masters in Architecture from the University of Oregon and has worked on single and multi-family residential projects, hospitality, mixed-use developments, and as a planning consultant.

Slazinik, PLA, ASLA, LEED green associate, brings a strong background of public engagement and civic design experience. His work includes landscapes of all scales and programs. Slazinik's experience runs the gamut of scales and project types, from health centers and middle schools to rooftop farms and trail systems. Outside of his project work, he serves in a national and local roles with the American Society of Landscape Architects, and has been a featured speaker at the ASLA Annual Conferences.

Brockway, senior associate NCIDQ, brings over 20 years of industry experience to GGLO with a strong background in hospitality and workplace design. She possesses a profound love of art, materials and finishes, and believes they are the most essential element in creating a highly sought-after “authentic experience”.

Decker, senior associate PLA, ASLA, has a deep appreciation for integrated, site-specific design that is both ecologically responsible and authentic to each and every site. Prior to joining GGLO, Decker worked on a diverse set of private, public and institutional projects throughout the northwest, northeast and Asia. He has broad experience in project types that include residential, master planning communities, public plazas, stream restoration, retail lifestyle center and public and private schools.

Washington Trust Bank

Washington Trust Bank announced the addition of Kevin Bedlington to its Commercial Banking team in the north Puget Sound region as vice president and relationship manager. While Bedlington is new to Washington Trust Bank, he is not new to banking. He brings over 22 years of experience in the financial industry to the team, having worked in commercial lending at other western Washington financial institutions since 2001.

“We're excited to announce the addition of Kevin Bedlington to our north Puget Sound Commercial Banking team,” said Kit Gerwels, senior vice president and team leader for Washington Trust Bank. “He will be instrumental to our focus on expanding our footprint in the region, where he has spent over two decades fostering commercial banking relationships. Considering his thoughtful approach and long history of delivering insightful financial solutions to meet his clients' evolving needs, he will be a great asset to our customers and our growing team.”

Bedlington attended Washington State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics. He also holds an MBA in finance from Hawaii Pacific University.

Washington Trust Bank is the largest independently owned full-service commercial bank in the Northwest, serving the region since 1902.

Feb 07, 2023

Schroeter Goldmark



SEATTLE – Schroeter Goldmark & Bender recently welcomed Craig Sims and Kaitlin Cherf to the Seattle-based law firm's shareholder group.

Sims is an accomplished trial lawyer with over 25 years of litigation and leadership experience, whose practice focuses on asbestos and mesothelioma, civil rights, product liability, personal injury and wrongful death. Sims joined SGB in 2018. He has a proven record of accomplishment in litigating cases with significant verdict wins and settlements exceeding $20 million. Before entering private practice, Sims was the Criminal Division Chief in the Seattle Attorney's Office, where he led a team of over 60 attorneys and staff. He also served as a Senior King County prosecutor for more than a decade, where he prosecuted homicide and other high-profile cases. Sims earned his law degree from Seattle University.

Cherf (formerly Wright) joined SGB in 2018, bringing extensive experience and skill in asbestos litigation. During her tenure at SGB, Cherf's focus has included litigation of personal injury and wrongful death cases, along with representing plaintiffs in civil rights matters. In a decade of practicing law, her work has resulted in significant jury awards and settlements for her clients, including a verdict that was the largest in Oregon's history for an asbestos-related disease contracted from occupational exposure in that state. She also helped to set a record in Washington for a case involving take-home asbestos exposure. Cherf graduated from Seattle University School of Law.

Lydig Construction


Mark Bray recently retired from Lydig Construction after nearly 30 years as a co-owner. Bray became the firm's CFO in 1994, when there were 41 employees and revenues around $60 million. Lydig now has over 170 employees and rang up nearly $375 million in revenue last year. Before joining Lydig, Bray was an accountant in Anchorage, first at Ernst & Whinney for four years and then at Martech USA for four more. Lydig's new CFO is Katie Burton, who spent the past five years as controller at the company, and the previous 15 years at Moss Adams. Bray's son Connor also works at the company, as a project engineer. Lydig has offices in Bellevue, Spokane and Kennewick.

Pacific Northwest Ironworkers Council


The Iron Workers District Council of the Pacific Northwest promoted Chris McClain to president. McClain succeeds president emeritus Steve Pendergrass, who recently announced his retirement following 42 years of service. McClain was business manager/financial secretary of Iron Workers Local 86, where he has been a member since 1999. Over his career, McClain has worked as an ironworker apprentice, journeyman ironworker, foreman, general foreman, and dispatcher. He was elected business agent in 2012 and took on the additional role of political director in 2015.

Argus Pacific

Argus Pacific transitioned its name to align with the Terracon brand. Mountlake Terrace-based Argus offers industrial hygiene consultation and training related to asbestos, lead, mold, hazardous waste, emergency response, and other occupational health and safety topics. It was bought in 2015 by Olathe, Kansas-based Terracon. Sue Maas in the Mountlake Terrace office was recently named Terracon's national leader for environmental health and safety training.


Starting next month, general contractor Skanska is holding its free Construction Building Blocks Training Program, which provides opportunities for small, traditionally marginalized minority-owned businesses to succeed. The 10-week educational series runs March 7-May 9, with Feb. 17 as the deadline to submit applications. Participants in the program receive instruction from Skanska and industry professionals on topics such as project planning, business development, estimating and bonding. Most sessions are virtual to allow for regional participation, however two of the sessions will be held at local Skanska offices (including Seattle and Portland) with happy hours to connect with project teams and leadership. More information is at https://tinyurl.com/SkanskaCBBTP.

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