Scott E. Bergstrom has joined Blach Construction Co. in Santa Clara as a project executive leading its growing health-care team. A seasoned construction professional with nearly 20 years of experience in the industry, Bergstrom has served in project leadership roles with some of the region’s most notable construction firms, including Turner, Hathaway Dinwiddie and Rudolph & Sletten. Chief among his many construction achievements are the $300-million Valley Medical Center replacement hospital, an $80-million renovation of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and the $7-million Britannia Oyster Point office park. He has worked on numerous other projects for clients such as El Camino Hospital, Johnson & Johnson, Alza Pharmaceuticals, Stanford University, Intel, and Genencor.

Paul Menaker , PhD, was recently hired by Stantec as senior principal in the company’s transportation practice. With more than 30 years of transportation industry experience in both the public agency and land development arenas, Menaker will be bringing to bear his extensive planning and infrastructure background in the roadway and transit sectors to support the company’s transportation practice goals. Menaker takes up his new position at the company’s San Francisco office. The highly-qualified executive and self-described creative problem solver earned his bachelor’s degree in systems engineering before going on to receive both a master’s degree and a doctorate in transportation planning and traffic engineering from the Polytechnic University.


John Sales was promoted to vice president of operations for Cupertino Electric in San Jose, and Jeremy Camper was promoted to Southern California division manager in Santa Fe Springs. Sales began his career as an electrician with CEI more than 27 years ago and became one of the company’s most successful project executives, generating more than $300 million in revenue for CEI. Most recently, Sales served as vice president of project management where he performed budget forecasts, oversaw sales and project management, and tracked the status of CEI’s electrical projects. Camper opened CEI’s Southern California office in Santa Fe Springs in 2007 to focus on entertainment, commercial and health-care projects.

Robert Carley recently joined R.C. Construction Services’ senior management staff as part of the firm’s drive to gain a greater market share of design-build and selective-bid projects in Southern California. Carley joins Rialto-based R.C. Construction as vice president of pre-construction services after previously serving as vice president of business development for Taisei Construction Corp., a Cypress-based general contractor. Carley, a native of Southern California, brings to the table some 30 years of experience in the construction industry.


Laurene (Laurie) Park has joined GEI Consultants Inc. in Sacramento as a senior project manager focusing on sustainable water and energy resources. With 26 years of experience in water and energy resources planning and management, Park will help GEI’s clients develop and implement sustainable strategies that include water and energy efficiency, renewable energy, development of non-traditional water resources and new technologies. Previously, she spent seven years managing resource and business planning and development for Hetch Hetchy Water and Power, an operating division of the city and county of San Francisco. During the last two years, she served in the role of general manager. Park received a master’s degree in business administration from Golden Gate University and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Hawaii. A certified public accountant in California, she is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA) and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA). She is also president of two nonprofit organizations, the Public Sustainability Partnership and the Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment.

Scott Hunter , AIA, LEED AP, has joined HKS Architects as principal and director of the Los Angeles office. Hunter has most recently led the design teams on the transformation of UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and the Student Services Center at Los Angeles Mission College. He has also been responsible for architectural projects with Microsoft, DreamWorks, Columbia University and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He has helped build architectural practices in New York, as well as various international locations, such as Shanghai. Hunter has a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.


Jamie Awford was named vice president of business development for the Southwest region for Barnhart Balfour Beatty, based in San Diego. Awford has more than 20 years experience in the construction industry. Prior to joining Barnhart Balfour Beatty, he was vice president and general manager at Turner Construction in San Diego, where he led the company’s efforts to secure more than $500 million of work in Southern California. Awford is actively involved in industry associations, including the San Diego chapters of the Associated General Contractors of America and the American Institute of Architects, and the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

Jessie Robertson, a 20-year architecture industry veteran, has joined design firm RTKL as a principal in the Los Angeles office. In her new position, she is responsible for health-care business development in the western U.S. Robertson joins RTKL from HGA Architects and Engineers, where she worked closely with the higher education and health-care industries. Prior to that, she worked in business development for HOK. A founding board member of the Lean Construction Institute’s Los Angeles chapter, she is also the 2011 president-elect of the Southern California Development Forum. Her involvement in professional associations includes the Hospital Association of Southern California, Los Angeles Headquarters Association and California Hospital Association.


Perkins+Will reports that Annette Wiley , AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, has joined the firm as interiors discipline leader for the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego regions. With 20 years of experience, Wiley is a pioneer in new workplace concepts and transformational renovation work, creating high-impact/low-cost solutions. Her prior firm was best known for some of Orange County’s most recognizable, award-winning contemporary architecture, including Quiksilver’s corporate headquarters, Dana Point’s Ocean Institute, The Camp, Orange County Museum of Art and South Coast Plaza’s Penthouse. She has won more than 20 AIA, IIDA Calibre and DuPont Antron design awards.

Denise Darrin, LEED AP, joins Pollack’s San Francisco office as project manager, bringing more than 13 years of experience in commercial interior architecture. Having previously worked as a project manager for Interior Space International in Los Angeles, Darrin manages the planning and design process through construction and occupancy, leading projects ranging from small expansions to large multifaceted renovations. Her past clients include Toyota, Vivendi Universal and World Poker Tour.


James D. O ’ Reilly was recently appointed by Parsons as vice president in its Commercial Technology group in Pasadena. O’Reilly, who will also be the west region manager of the Buildings Division, will lead all activities in the west region and will be responsible for operations and business development for Parsons’ education, municipal and health-care markets. O’Reilly boasts more than 20 years of program, project and construction management experience.