Jared SchmidtThe American Institute of Architects Idaho, Central Chapter, recently elected its officers for 2018. Jared Schmidt, a project manager at Pivot North Architecture in Boise, will serve as chapter president. Dave Davies, an associate at CSHQA in Boise is president-elect. Mark Heazle, past president, is a partner at LCA Architecture in Boise. Leah McMillan, secretary-treasurer, owns Mill Creek Architecture. Kelly Beiser, associate director, works for LKV Architects in Boise.  

Michael J. ChoutkaHensel Phelps Construction has promoted Michael J. Choutka to president. He also retains his current responsibilities as the chief operating officer. Choutka will maintain an office at the company’s headquarters in Greeley, Colo. He is the company’s sixth president. Jeffery K. Wenaas retains the position of CEO. Wenaas also is based in Greeley.

DLR Group recently added three new professionals to its Denver office. They are architects Amelia Dery, Colin Hinman and Juan Marcano.

Kathleen BoleKathleen Bole has joined Zocalo Community Development as development manager. She holds a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ryan Rogers has joined the company as director of predevelopment. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental design with honors from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in architecture from Iowa State University.

Shannon LathamPCL Construction Enterprises Inc. has hired Shannon Latham as the national director of human resources and professional development in its U.S. headquarters. Before joining PCL, she served as director of human resources for CH2M, a global engineering company headquartered in Colorado.

PCL also has appointed Jack Sample as regional vice president, U.S. buildings. In this role, Sample will oversee PCL’s buildings operations in Seattle, Hawaii and California, including the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego offices. Before this appointment, Sample served as vice president of PCL’s California buildings group.

David NussDenver-based engineering firm BCER has hired David Nuss as its new director of life safety. Nuss was previously the division manager for the National Fire Protection Association. He began his career as a firefighter and progressed through the ranks to deputy chief, building official and, eventually, fire marshal.

Leslie WeisshaarDenver-based Craine Architecture has hired Leslie Weisshaar and Melanie Wood. Weisshaar joins the firm as a senior project manager with more than 29 years’ experience as a licensed architect. Wood is a project architect with more than nine years of experience in architecture and planning.


Scott Van DerenAGC of Colorado recently appointed its 2018 board of directors, led by Scott Van Deren, Drake-Williams Steel, as chairman and Kurt Klanderud, GH Phipps Construction Cos., as vice chairman. At-large members are Byron Haselden, Haselden Construction; Sherri Lindsey, Concepts in Millwork; and Tom Horsting, Adolfson & Peterson Construction. David Lueders, Haselden Construction, will serve as treasurer, and Brian Laartz, Golden Triangle Construction, is the immediate past chairman.

Doran Cos., a real estate development and construction organization, has hired Peter Carlson to lead its development efforts in Denver. Carlson has nearly 35 years of real estate development and construction experience.

Chris EvansD.L. Adams Associates has promoted Chris Evans to vice president. Evans joined the company in 2013 with more than 25 years of audio-video design and integration experience. He also will serve as an associate principal of the firm.


Jake GilmoreJake Gilmore, president and CEO of Denver’s Gilmore Construction, was recently presented with the Martin Luther King Jr. Business Award. It was given for his character and service to the community on behalf of Denver youth. The award honors individuals, corporations and nonprofits for adhering to the ideals of Dr. King.


Bryan OlesenPinkard Construction has promoted Bryan Olesen and Josh Bellinghausen to project managers. Olesen has been with Pinkard for eight years and Bellinghausen for three.



Rowland+Broughton Architecture / Urban Design / Interior Design has added four new employees. Adam Link joins the firm’s Aspen studio as a project architect. In the Denver studio, Brent Carr joins as senior project manager and Lindsay Bench and Kirby Benjamin will work as interior designers.

Jeremy AlinderJeremy Alinder joins Ulteig as vice president of finance and will become the firm’s chief financial officer after a brief transition period. Alinder has 20 years of financial leadership experience at privately held and publicly traded companies.


Jake D. CochranStaff engineer Jake D. Cochran with Kumar & Associates Inc. recently received his professional engineer’s license. Cochran, who primarily works out of the engineering firm’s Colorado Springs office, has been at K+A for nearly two years.


Jessica MassieJessica Massie and Chase Miller with Colorado Springs-based architectural and interior design firm RTA Architects recently passed the architect registration examination to earn the title of architect. Massie joined RTA in 2007 after receiving her bachelor’s degree in interior architecture and product design from Kansas State University. Miller spent the summer of 2014 as an intern with RTA and rejoined the firm after graduating from college.

RTA also hired interior designer Jenna Crow. She earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Auburn University.

Bryan Ulrich has joined Stantec as a vice president in its mining practice. Ulrich is an internationally recognized authority on tailing storage, including alternative tailing disposal. He has been involved with all aspects of heap-leach-facility design and has worked on dozens of projects globally. Ulrich has more than 30 years of experience in engineering, project management, design, construction and site investigations for mining-related projects. He will work from Stantec’s Broadway office in Denver.

The Regional Transportation District has chosen Doug Tisdale, District H director, as chair of the transit agency’s board of directors for 2018. Tisdale takes over the role from Larry Hoy, who served as chairman in 2017. Hoy previously served as the first vice chair in 2016. Other RTD board officers chosen for this year are: Natalie Menten, first vice chair; Barbara Deadwyler, second vice chair; Claudia Folska, secretary; and Judy Lubow, treasurer. RTD is governed by a 15-member, publicly elected board. Directors are elected to four-year terms and represent specific districts within the RTD service area.