Kim Lum has been appointed chief executive officer at Charles Pankow Builders Ltd., Pasadena. He also serves as the firm's president. Lum, a 32-year veteran of Pankow, replaces Richard M. Kunnath, who served as CEO for the past 12 years and will remain as Pankow's executive chairman of the board. Lum joined Pankow in 1980 in Hawaii and has held leadership roles in Pankow's Honolulu and Northern California regional offices. He was appointed president of the firm in 2009. In addition, Pankow has promoted Bret Firebaugh to project executive in San Francisco. During his 20-year career with Pankow, Firebaugh has managed a wide range of construction and major renovation projects, including health care, public, commercial and residential facilities. He is currently in charge of the $164-million San Francisco Public Safety Building project and preconstruction efforts for the California Pacific Medical Center's Van Ness medical office building and parking structure.
Paul Baio has joined Gilbane Building Co. as senior director of business development, based in San Diego. In his previous role as a director of business development with Ledcor Construction, a general contracting firm, Baio worked with some of the area's large owners, including General Atomics; H.G. Fenton; Children's Hospital; University of California, San Diego; Point Loma Nazarene University; and San Diego State University. Before joining Ledcor Construction, Baio held various business-development positions with Swinerton and McCarthy Building Cos.
Elias Rashmawi has been appointed managing senior principal, urban and brownfield development, at Stantec, based in Rocklin. Rashmawi has more than 25 years of experience in brownfield restoration and public-private partnerships. He will lead strategic company pursuits and targeted client work on large, distressed urban properties. Before coming to Stantec, Rashmawi worked with a major real estate development firm, where he served as director of land redevelopment for the Downtown Sacramento Railyards, the largest infill brownfield project in the U.S.
Kelly Smith has joined Swinerton Builders as division manager at the firm's Santa Clara office. Smith comes to the firm after 20 years with Skanska and, most recently, was vice president at Webcor Builders.
Jeff Budke has joined Fisher Development Inc. as project manager in San Francisco. Prior to joining FDI, Budke was a project manager at Walters & Wolf, a large exterior cladding systems company. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a minor in construction management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Will Cannell also has joined Fisher Development as business development manager. For the past decade, Cannell has worked in various business development and marketing roles at several Bay Area construction firms, including Bechtel Corp. and Swinerton Builders.
Alice Hricak was named managing principal for the interiors practice at Perkins+Will in Los Angeles. Hricak brings to her new job more than 25 years of interior-design experience in strategic planning and project management for clients that include major corporations and financial institutions as well as start-up companies and government agencies. In her previous position as principal and project director at AECOM, Hricak had experience in all of the phases of the design process.
Steven Nelson has been hired as vice president of estimating at C.W. Driver, Pasadena. A 30-year industry veteran, Nelson previously served as senior vice president and chief estimator at Irvine-based Snyder Langston. Nelson is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He also is certified by the International Conference of Building Officials.
Rich Martini has joined Conco Cos. as director of business development. Martini's responsibilities will include development opportunities in the highway and public works sectors. He also will promote and market Conco's other divisions, which include concrete place and finish, formwork, shotcrete, pumping and belting and trucking. Martini comes to Conco from Harris Rebar, where he served as president for 11 years. Before that, he was co-founder of Salinas Reinforcing and was executive vice president and general manager for 18 years. He also has served on the boards of directors of the Engineering and Utility Contractors Association and the Beavers. In addition, Martini was selected as Subcontractor of the Year by the Bay Area Chapter of the American Subcontractors Association.
David Cramer has joined Skanska USA Civil in Oakland as project manager. Cramer will serve as structures project manager for Skanska's work in Milpitas for the VTA/BART extension. Skanska also hired Robert Frost as a superintendent for Skanska USA's Civil West California district. He will be responsible for field operations on the Expo Line project in Los Angeles. He represents the third generation of his family to work in the heavy and highway segments of the construction industry. Other recent hires include Cynthia Montanez and Hadi Hadjarzadeh, who will join Skanska USA Building as project managers, and Amy Tong, who has been hired as a project engineer. Montanez and Hadjarzadeh will serve as project managers for a major bio-pharma client in the Bay Area. They will manage the overall project direction, completion and financial outcome and are responsible for directing and mentoring onsite staff. A recent graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in architecture and structural engineering, Tong will work with Skanska's preconstruction team as a project engineer in the Oakland office. Skanska USA also has announced 11 promotions in California: Adrian Flint, Vi Nguyen and Francisco Ramirez were promoted to senior project engineers; Brian Ross was promoted to project manager; Matt Griffith was promoted to superintendent; Bill Bunch, Greg Griffith and Tim Praska were promoted to senior superintendent positions; and Ciaran Creighton, Ben Finney and Mike Nelson were promoted to project executives.
Russ Drinker has joined HOK's leadership team in San Francisco as senior vice president and management principal. Drinker will join management committee members Paul Woolford, design principal; Lynn Filar, technical principal; and Rob Tibbetts, marketing principal, in leading the San Francisco and Seattle practices. Drinker has 34 years of architectural experience. Most recently he was regional director of Perkins+Will's Southeast Asia practice. He has extensive higher-education experience that includes work at six University of California campuses and several projects at Stanford University. Drinker was named one of the "101 Leaders in Sustainable City Making and Theory" by Steffen Lehmann in his book The Principles of Green Urbanism. HOK also brought aboard Stan Chiu as senior vice president and management principal at its Los Angeles office. Chiu will join management committee members Ernest Cirangle, design principal; David Hollister, technical principal; Elaine Kanelo, marketing principal; and Alicia Wachtel, health care director.