Mel Lawson

was appointed mining principal at Stantec's Tempe, Ariz., office. Lawson's 40 years of industry experience include a concentration in underground/surface mining operations and project and construction management. He has 20 years of experience in senior operations and project management. Prior to joining Stantec, he served as the owner's engineering manager for a multibillion-dollar international mining project and most recently served as vice president for project development at a North American copper project. He is a graduate of Michigan Technological University and has a degree in mining engineering.


Joel Thomas joined Norris Design in Phoenix as a project manager. He has more than seven years of project experience as a landscape architect in Arizona, including site planning and landscape design for many different styles and scales of commercial, health care, educational, hospitality, parks and streetscape projects.


Martin Grace

has joined the Phoenix office of Rider Levett Bucknall as associate. He takes his new role after nine years with the firm, having held positions in New Zealand; Portland, Ore.; and, most recently, as resident manager in the firm's Las Vegas office. Grace has 24 years of experience on a variety of projects involving all aspects of pre- and post-contract construction cost management duties.


Brenda Martinez was hired by Parametrix to lead the firm's Albuquerque, N.M., community building program, where she will be responsible for business development and project management in the Southwest. Martinez has 22 years of experience in environmental planning and studies.


The firm also added Devin Kennemore to lead its environmental planning and compliance program throughout the Southwest. He has more than 20 years of experience as a botanist, biologist, ecologist and environmental scientist. He has substantial expertise in all facets of National Environmental Policy Act compliance.