City of Phoenix Hires New Transit Division Head
The City of Phoenix Public Transit Department hired Kini Knudson P.E. as its new Deputy Director for Facilities.
Knudson brings over 13 years experience in the public sector, with more than six years as an engineer/ project manager in Phoenix Public Transit�s Facilities Division. Prior to joining the City of Phoenix, Knudson served as a naval officer in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He holds a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona, and a MBA from Arizona State University.
Geotechnical & Environmental Services Inc. has hired David Wagner as their Ground Source Heat Exchange Program Development Manager. He will identify opportunities, propose benefit scenarios and oversees the execution of each GSHE project.
Joseph P Schwan of Double AA Builders Ltd. will be honored as the recipient of the, �Industry Pioneer� award at the CFMA Executive of the Year Banquet on April 29th, for his lifelong contributions to the Arizona construction industry and to the community. Schwan began his career in 1942 as an apprentice carpenter on Ellsworth Air force B-17 base in Rapid City, S.D. After serving in W.W. II, he started his own general contracting firm in Chicago. He moved to Phoenix and in 1960 started Double AA Constructors Inc., which built $300 million in projects over 30 years. Schwan is still active in numerous organizations around the valley and continues to be a role model.
Sundt Construction Inc. has promoted Cade Rowley to business development manager of the Heavy Civil Division. A professional engineer, Rowley has been with Sundt for over 11 years with key roles on Valley Metro Light Rail, I-10 and Loop 101 Agua Fria Freeway Traffic Interchange and the 4th Avenue Underpass in Tucson.
John Carlson, whose position Rowley has filled, has been promoted to senior vice president and will be redirecting his efforts toward other new business ventures for the company.
Arizona Structure Technologies Inc. promoted Brad Booth from chief operating officer to senior vice president.
Colours Inc. appointed Linda Whittaker to the position of assistant to the lead/project designer. Whittaker is in the process of obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she will graduate in the spring.
Jerry Wyatt, 61, principal and director of Lang Wyatt Construction in Tucson, passed away reportedly as a result of injuries sustained during a bicycling accident.
Born in Graham, Texas, Wyatt was an alumni of Furman University with a B.A. in Political Science with post graduate work in Political Science and Education at the University of Virginia. In 1990 Jerry joined Martin C. Lang General Contractor and in 1998 Lang and Wyatt established Lang Wyatt Construction. In his over 30 years of commercial construction experience, Wyatt worked on many notable projects including La Paloma Family Resource Center, La Aldea Graduate Student Housing, Stewart Observatory Mirror Lab Addition, UA McKale Center Renovations and many Tucson churches and fire stations. Wyatt was a member of the Arizona Builders� Alliance board of directors. The Cornerstone Building Foundation named Lang Wyatt Construction the Small General Contractor of the Year in Southern Arizona in both 2005 and 2009. Wyatt is survived by his wife Janice.
Dustin H. Murdock , an architect with SmithGroup in Phoenix, died at the age of 35. Upon receiving his bachelor�s and master�s degrees with high honors from Arizona State University, Murdock began his career at Richard and Bauer before joining Smith- Group in 2005. His projects included ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation Phase 2, PVCC �Q� Building Remodel and SRP-MIC Two Waters Tribal Government Complex. Murdock leaves behind his wife, Cammy and daughter, Lilly.