People, Waldron, Youngpeter, Farnsworth, Gipson, Kirby, Heller, Wang, Devine, Young, Fyerman
Jack Waldron, URS Corp.'s vice president of design-build for the West group in Santa Ana, was promoted to senior vice president and national director, transportation design-build projects. Waldron is responsible for leading the URS transportation design-build practice for all modes, including highways, bridges, rail transit, freight rail, airports and marine ports. Waldron began his career with URS in 1986 and served as its California transportation division manager until 2001. He was chief operating officer at T.Y. Lin for five years before rejoining URS.
Tim Youngpeter has joined ARB Structures Inc. as business development manager. Youngpeter has more than 30 years of construction and development experience and will focus on a long-term growth plan for full-service, design-build parking structures and structural concrete work in Southern California. He is based in Lake Forest.
Richard Farnsworth, a surety business veteran and former senior vice president of surety operations at Fireman's Fund Insurance Co., and Gary LaBonte, formerly Bay Area Rapid Transit's executive manager for development, have been named to the board of directors of West Bay Builders, Novato. They will join board members Paul Thompson, West Bay president; Joseph Haas, vice president; and Vicki Fowler, controller.
Allyson Gipson has joined Heery International as project director for the company's West region. Gipson will oversee operations, business development and strategic planning in Heery's California offices, which are located in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Sacramento. Gipson has more than 25 years of experience in program and construction management. As a program director for the Los Angeles City College Proposition A/AA building program, she managed the first phase of the $500-million program to build new campus facilities and modernize existing buildings.
Andy Kirby was named senior project manager in C.W. Driver's San Diego office. Kirby will focus on securing future construction projects in the federal sector. Kirby, a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, formerly was a Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer and resident officer in charge of construction at the Point Loma Naval Base.
Jeffrey Heller, president and founder of Heller Manus Architects, San Francisco, has been appointed to the Green Growth Leaders' Council, an international alliance of leaders dedicated to accelerating the green economy. The council is based in Copenhagen and will host a climate-change conference, which will be held in 2012.
A pioneer in the sustainable-design field, Heller serves on several boards and organizations that advise on land use and sustainable urban design, including the Asia Society; the Bay Area Council, on which he serves as co-chair of the climate change committee; the California Architects Board; and the Lambda Alpha International land use organization. He also serves as Yangpu Shanghai senior urban planning consultant and senior adviser for the Urban Land Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Wendy Wang was promoted to tenant improvement focus-group leader at Dome Construction Corp., San Francisco. The U.C. Berkeley and Stanford graduate has worked on more than 1 million sq ft of tenant improvement projects. Also at Dome, Matt Heathwood was promoted to seismic and special projects focus-group leader. Heathwood has done work for Genentech, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, Bayer Healthcare and many other Bay Area companies in his 14 years at Dome.
Shawn Devine has joined Bomel Construction Co., Anaheim Hills, as vice president of the firm's new architectural and site concrete services division. Devine's career in architectural and site concrete contracting began in 1988 when he was hired as a junior estimator. Later he advanced to president of the now-closed Sullivan Concrete Structures of Costa Mesa. Devine's mentor, Francis Sullivan, whom Bomel considers a pioneer in architectural concrete, established Sullivan Concrete Structures in 1954.
John M. Young has been named chief information officer and associate vice president at T.Y. Lin International, San Francisco. He previously worked at AECOM. In his new position, Young will be responsible for strategic vision and leadership in developing and implementing company-wide information technology programs for T.Y. Lin's U.S. operations. He also will assist the company's international operations. Young has 20 years of global IT experience in leading technology teams, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and building systems infrastructure, including projects in subsidiaries and departments of Fortune 500 companies.