Spanning 10 years of bridge building and repair
34, Project Engineer
PCL Civil Constructors Inc.
With more than 10 years of construction, estimating and engineering design experience on transportation and hydro projects, Shore has specialized in building bridges. She also has gained experience in repairing spans that are in various states of disrepair.
Shore recently served as a project manager on the Snohomish River Bridge repair in Everett, Wash. Her prior experience as designer and contractor on design-build projects led her to become an unofficial mentor to the younger construction team on the project
She graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. She has been a licensed professional engineer in the state of Washington since 2008, when she joined PCL as an estimator on the Spokane Viaduct Widening Project in Seattle.
Shore is actively involved in community outreach. She recently returned from a three-month expedition to Nicaragua, where she was a volunteer intern with Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), an organization that provides isolated communities with access to health care, education and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers. She continues to volunteer at the University Chapter of B2P and through programs including the ACE Mentorship and Women's Transportation Seminar. Most recently, Shore has left PCL to pursue other opportunities in Victoria, British Columbia.
Taking on big projects and improving leadership skills
38, Assistant Project Manager
PCL Civil Constructors Inc.
Tihon has more than 14 years of experience in telecommunications, buildings, water treatment plants and transit, serving in positions ranging from field engineering to superintendent and estimating. She began her career at the firm in the estimating unit and quickly advanced to overseeing direct field operations.
Tihon holds a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering and a master's in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
At PCL, Tihon is currently the project controls manager on the $170-million S440 South 200th Link Extension project. Shortly after receiving this assignment, she was promoted to assistant project manager, making her second in command for the entire project. Prior to PCL, Tihon spent 11 years at Kiewit, where she helped build the facilities for the Level 3 Communications project.
Tihon is working to improve her skills and recently completed a leadership effectiveness-training course. She is an active participant in the Design-Build Institute of America. Outside of work, Tihon is heavily involved in the equestrian sport of dressage, which led to the donation of one of her competition horses to a local therapeutic riding center in 2008.
Tapping into social media for the construction industry
Yorke & Curtis Inc.
In the last 10 years, Timmons has worked his way up from assistant project manager at Yorke & Curtis to co-owner, gaining experience through work with national accounts and one-time developers.
As co-owner, Timmons has helped to organize the firm's policies and procedures and assisted in creating a marketing path that includes social media and the use of an online presence. In fact, Timmons has spoken at various venues about the use of social media in the construction industry.
His activities include participating as a board member of his local Associated Builders and Contractors Chapter as well as the National ABC Committee for Young Professionals. His work with the national group includes developing a committee to help young professionals gain mentoring opportunities and get connected with construction industry professionals.
Every year, Timmons also organizes an event to help company employees volunteer at a nonprofit. Last year, the firm served the Salvation Army by assembling food boxes for the holiday season. He has also supported the firm's efforts on behalf of a local homeless shelter throughout the year.
Timmons holds a business administration degree from Marylhurst University in Portland, Ore.
Leading preconstruction services and delivering successful estimates
36, Chief Estimator
Toppenberg's passion for developing systems and procedures to prevent injuries and loss began after he suffered a bad burn from a fire as a child. He says it was this interest that introduced him to the world of construction. After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in fire protection and safety engineering, he began working for Intel Corp.
He later joined Turner and spent several years as a safety superintendent before being promoted to regional safety director.
Toppenberg wanted to move closer to the core of construction, however, and in 2006 he joined the estimating department and was eventually promoted to chief estimator in 2010. He has since led preconstruction services and delivered successful estimates on projects including the $260-million Port of Seattle Consolidated Rental Car Facility and the $360-million Microsoft B83/81 projects.
For two years, he has served on the American Institute of Architecture Seattle's Integrated Project Delivery development board and has given presentations on the topic on several occasions.
Toppenberg also serves as a mentor for the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP), Washington State Chapter, and assists students at the University of Washington with cost estimating support. In 2012, NAIOP recognized him as Volunteer of the Year for his efforts in progressing the direction of the chapter and the A/E/C industry.
Pushing safety knowledge in the field and community
31, Safety and Health Manager
A 2006 graduate of Boise State University with construction management and business management degrees, Wolfley began his career as a technical recruiter before transferring to the safety department. He is now a manager at a Dept. of Energy project with a work force of about 1,800 and management responsibility for 100-plus safety and health professionals.
He has earned three URS Presidents Awards for his work as the safety and health manager of the Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) project. The project achieved the highest DOE safety ranking in 2012 with an 87% rate reduction in OSHA recordable injuries and a 100% reduction in lost work-day cases. Wolfley has also met with DOE and OSHA officials to discuss new safety initiatives including mobile tech applications.
Enhancing the safety knowledge for first-line supervisory and non-safety professionals has been a big focus for Wolfley. Since 2008, he has supported, trained and/or mentored more than 300 professionals toward successful completion of the certified Safety Trained Supervisor program.
In recent years, he has helped coordinate Safety Expo, a free annual event and one of the largest community safety expos in the Northwest that focuses on school, health and wellness, workplace and transportation safety. He currently serves on the board of the Certified Safety Professional Certificate Advisory Committee.