Triad Associates’ board of directors has announced the promotion of David Hilgers, ASLA, LEED-AP, to director of landscape architecture. The position became available when Jeff Cox, ASLA, completed his year-long transition into the role of Trad’s new president. Scott Bigbie, who held Triad’s top spot for 26 years, will remain with the company, concentrating on human resources management, marketing and other strategic assignments.

Hilgers earned a Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture degree from Washington State University and joined Triad in April 2006. Hilgers has over 14 years of experience in landscape architecture with an emphasis on campus design, urban parks, recreational facilities, low impact development, and streetscape design.

Schuchart/Dow has hired Drew Giblin as a project manager. Giblin holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Washington as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning from Virginia Tech. He has over 17 years of residential building and architecture experience, most recently at atelierjones LLC, and prior to that with general contractor Fulks Incorporated, which merged with Schuchart/Dow in 2008. Gilpin is a current member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

James McGrath, Associate at ZGF Architects, has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 Van Evera Bailey Fellowship, and will spend the coming year researching and documenting best practices in complete street design. The $20,000 fellowship was announced October 29 at the Honored Citizen Dinner hosted by the Architecture Foundation of Oregon. During 2010, McGrath will travel to Asian, South American and European cities to research street, infrastructure and public realm design in global circumstances. The intent is to study the best built complete street projects in the world and bring those lessons home to Oregon’s communities – particularly given changing transportation and urban planning policies in the state.

David Sacamano
Shane Ferrell

Shane Ferrell has joined Hanson Alaska LLC as a civil designer serving the railway market. Ferrell has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering, both from Michigan Technological University. While pursuing his education, he served as a material coordinator and construction manager for a Class I Railroad. Ferrell is currently working on the conceptual design for the Port MacKenzie Rail Line Extension with the Alaska Railroad Corp. His responsibilities include computer modeling, conceptual plan development, technical calculations and preliminary cost estimates.

David Sacamano, RLA, LEED AP, has joined BergerABAM as a senior landscape architect and urban design manager in the firm’s Vancouver office. Sacamano earned his bachelor of landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and his bachelor of science in environmental science from Willamette University. He has 14 years of experience with planning, design, permitting, and the constructing of urban landscapes and public open spaces.

Mike Shinn
Jack Cheetham

Jack Cheetham of the McKinstry Co. has been elected President of the Board of Directors of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington for the term 2010-2011. Other newly elected MCAWW Board members include vice president Mike Shinn of Shinn Mechanical, Inc.; secretary/treasurer Jerry Bush of University Mechanical Contractors, Inc.; and directors Stacy Johnson of Auburn Mechanical and Mark Webster of MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions.

Otak Inc. named In-Tae Lee, PE, SE and Tim Kraft, PE as principals. Located in the firm’s Lake Oswego office, Lee is a professional structural engineer with 25 years of experience in managing, designing, and inspecting structural projects for transportation facilities. He earned a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering degree from Portland State University and has worked at Otak for six years. His primary responsibility is project management and the design of transportation structures. Lee played a key role in the Diamond Creek Bridge Replacement project, which won a 2009 honor award from the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Mark Webster
Stacy Johnson
Jerry Bush

Kraft, in the Vancouver, Wash. office, is a project manager and civil engineer with 15 years of experience in engineering and 12 years in construction. His expertise includes sewer and stormwater master planning, conveyance system sizing and design, floodplain studies, stream restoration projects and water-related modeling. He earned a Master of Science in Environmental and Water Resource Engineering from Portland State University. He recently provided sewer pipeline and stream restoration design for the Highway 99 Bridge over Salmon Creek, which won a 2009 Project of the Year Award from the Washington State chapter of the American Public Works Association.

Otak also named Curtis LaPierre, Tom Litster and Kevin Timmins as senior associates. LaPierre, based in the Kirkland, WA office, earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Idaho, and a Master of Landscape Architecture, Land Resource Planning from the University of Illinois. He has been at Otak for eight years. Litster earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon, and has been employed by Otak for 17 years. He has more than 20 years of design and planning experience integrating land use and transportation to create more livable communities. Timmins, PE, earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Tulane University and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Washington State University, and started his career with Otak 10 years ago. His experience in water resource engineering includes hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, fish passage culverts, watershed analysis, flood reduction, wetland restoration and stormwater management.

Seneca Group named Craig Parsons and Laura Lohman as principals. Parsons holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona. His background includes both real estate development management and architecture. A project manager at Seneca Group since 2003, his current and past clients include, Expedia, Museum of Flight, Moss Adams, Piper Jaffray and PATH. Prior to his tenure at Seneca Group, Craig spent several years as an architect.

Lohman holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Real Estate Finance from the University of Virginia, and has 18 years experience providing a broad range of services to the real estate industry. Her clients include University of Washington, Starbucks, Port of Seattle, Boeing Realty Corp. and Portland Development Commission. In addition, she serves on the Policy Committee of the Downtown Seattle Association and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

Seneca Group also made Amy Worthington and Jeff Giuzio shareholders, joining the firm’s 13 existing shareholders. Co-founder Steve Trainer will be moving out of day-to-day involvement and concentrating on new firm initiatives.