California People: Construction business updates for June 2015
Bonnie Khang-Keating was named director of SmithGroupJJR's Los Angeles office. With more than 20 years of architectural design experience, she formerly served as the office's studio leader. In her new role, Khang-Keating will focus on increasing staff and further developing the health, science and technology and workplace practices. A graduate of USC's School of Architecture, Khang-Keating has been involved in such industry boards as the USC Architectural Guild and the City of Pasadena Design Commission. She was the 2013 recipient of the Los Angeles Business Journal Women Making a Difference Award.
Dennis Cavallari joins SteelWave (formerly Legacy Partners Commercial) as senior managing director of acquisition and development in residential/multifamily. He will work out of the commercial developer's Irvine office. Cavallari brings 33 years of real estate experience to his new role, including 12 years with Legacy Partners Residential.
Danielle Douthett has been promoted to vice president of operations at Level 10 Construction in Sunnyvale. A construction manager for more than 15 years, she has overseen many signature projects throughout California in the areas of health care, education, life sciences and corporate campus construction. Douthett joined Level 10 Construction as a project executive in 2011; she previously served as a senior project manager with Rudolph and Sletten. Douthett holds a bachelor's degree in construction management from Colorado State University.
Helix Electric appointed Brady Hill, Jason Pengel and Greg Schniegenberg to the role of vice president. All previously served as operations managers. Hill joined Helix Electric in 1999 and currently leads the distribution group in the firm's San Diego office. Pengel has worked at Helix for nearly 10 years and leads the company's Sacramento office. Schniegenberg, who joined the firm in 2000 and works out of its San Francisco office, currently serves as a national board member for the Associated Builders & Contractors and is the ABC Northern California board chairman-elect.
Guy Mehula joins Sacramento-based Vanir Construction Management as president. He brings more than 30 years of experience in senior management positions in the construction industry, including with Parsons, where he served as the head of the buildings group and then president of the Middle East Africa unit. Prior to that, he acted as chief facilities executive at the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Rachel Vandenberg, national director of ports and intermodal at Dewberry, was appointed to the Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors' executive board, where she will help bring national attention to the need to significantly expand U.S. freight transportation capabilities. Vandenberg came to Dewberry in 2014 with more than 25 years of experience in providing strategic planning, engineering and project management for multimodal transportation projects. She also serves as an executive board member for the California Transportation Foundation.