Northwest People: Construction business updates for November 2018
Goran Sparrman has joined HNTB Corp. as business development officer and vice president. Based in HNTB’s Bellevue, Wash., office, Sparrman brings more than three decades of private- and public-sector experience to the firm. Most recently, he was interim director for the Seattle Dept. of Transportation. Sparrman also worked for the city of Bellevue as director of transportation as well as for the cities of Portland, Ore., and Sacramento, Calif. Sparrman holds the equivalent of both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Kris Agers has joined HNTB as sales manager in Bellevue for the firm’s Northwest district. She has 25 years of experience in architecture and engineering services. Most recently, Agers served as operations manager at a consulting firm. Prior to that, she served as vice president at an engineering company. Agers earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Utah State University before earning an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Seth Ely has been named senior lighting designer in Stantec’s Seattle office. He has more than 18 years of experience in lighting design. At his previous firm, he worked on such projects as the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles and multiple projects at UCLA and USC. Ely comes to Stantec from a lighting design position in Los Angeles. He has a BFA from the University of Washington and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Paul Schlenger has joined Environmental Science Associates (ESA) as a principal associate in its Seattle office in the biological resources group. With more than 22 years of experience, Schlenger is a fisheries and restoration ecologist. Prior to ESA, Schlenger was owner and principal biologist of Confluence Environmental Co.
Abby Hook has joined ESA as senior managing associate in its Seattle office for the biological resources and land management group. A hydrologist and conservation planner, Hook boasts 17-plus years of experience providing leadership for complex planning and ecosystem recovery projects. Previous to ESA, Hook owned her own environmental consulting company, Hook Environmental.
Col. Phillip Borders has been named the new commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District near Anchorage. A Kansas native, Borders replaces retiring Col. Michael Brooks. He will also be responsible for the district’s support to the U.S. Pacific Command, designing and constructing humanitarian assistance projects throughout Southeast Asia. Previously, he served as chief of the Engineer Plans Branch for U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
John Holmes was named president of Manson Construction Co. in Seattle. He replaces Eric Haug, who retired in July and will remain on the company’s board of directors. Holmes has spent his entire 40-year career at Manson and was previously executive vice president and chief estimator. Holmes works with joint venture partners on large marine infrastructure work but stays involved with most of Manson’s projects.