Southwest People: Construction business updates for March 2020
The Sundt Cos., Tempe, Ariz., has added building group president Teri Jones to its board of directors. Jones, who has nearly 40 years of industry experience, was named president of the company’s building group in 2018.
DWL Architects + Planners Inc. has appointed Sandra Kukla as president. She succeeds Steve Rao, who served for 11 years as president and will remain with the firm as executive vice president. Kukla was DWL’s first female vice president.
Peter Hemingway has been named president of Ritoch-Powell & Associates (RPA), Phoenix. Hemingway has more than 35 years of civil engineering and management experience and has been an executive vice president with RPA for seven years.
TDIndustries, Phoenix, has promoted Jay Layton to executive vice president of its Arizona business units. Layton will oversee all Arizona business offerings, including construction and service. Layton joined TD in September 2017 and most recently served as a senior vice president. Before TD, he served as the Southwest division manager for Cobb Mechanical and, earlier in his career, he spent 11 years with Kinetic Systems.
Rosendin has promoted two people in the firm’s Arizona offices. David Elkins has been promoted to senior vice president of field operations in the East to support teams in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Texas, Arizona and Nevada. Elkins has been with Rosendin for 28 years, serving most recently as vice president of field operations. He will continue to be based out of the Tempe, Ariz., office. Fred Meeske was promoted to electronic engineering technology vice president of building information modeling (BIM), which supports all regional offices across the country. Meeske has been with Rosendin for 13 years, most recently serving as the corporate director of BIM services He will be based out of Rosendin’s technology center in Phoenix.
AZTEC Engineering Group Inc., Phoenix, recently promoted Sarah Smedley to vice president. Smedley is the firm’s energy division leader and continues to manage and lead civil site design for major solar projects across the country. She has been with the firm for more than 12 years. AZTEC also recently promoted Kelly Kaysonepheth and Tracy Eberlein to associate vice president. Kaysonepheth continues to serve as marketing director and Eberlein works as traffic group manager.
McCarthy Building Cos., Phoenix, has promoted Mike Gonzalez to vice president, where he will guide and expand McCarthy’s Southwest region in higher education, advanced manufacturing and science and technology. Gonzalez previously served for eight years as a project director with McCarthy. In addition, Thomas Assante was recently promoted to senior project manager. Assante first started with McCarthy as a project engineer seven years ago on the Phoenix Sky Train project.
Skanska USA has promoted Andy Rabasca to vice president of preconstruction in Arizona. Rabasca, who is based in Skanska’s Phoenix office, joined the company in 2012 and was most recently a senior preconstruction director.
Olsson has named David Skinner senior director of operations. He will be responsible for managing the firm’s operational activities and charting key metrics to drive business growth. Skinner brings to Olsson nearly 30 years of experience in the civil engineering industry. He spent the last 16 years at one of the largest design firms in the world, serving as senior vice president and area operations manager for Arizona and New Mexico. Skinner also will serve on Olsson’s senior leadership team and be based in the Phoenix office.
DLR Group has promoted several people in its Phoenix and Tucson offices. Prem Sundharam, based in Phoenix, was appointed senior principal. Sundharam is DLR Group’s global sustainability leader and a member of the firm’s research and development studio.
Five employees were promoted to principal, including Richard Beach, based in Tucson, who specializes in health care design. Promoted to principal in the Phoenix office were Dennis Bree, Matt Brehmer, Michael Rudolph and Tim Thielke.
Tyler Lamb was promoted to manager of project development for Burns & McDonnell in Arizona, specializing in competitive and merchant transmission as well as renewable-energy projects. Lamb, based in Phoenix, has more than 10 years of experience in the power delivery industry.
The PENTA Building Group, Las Vegas, has made several new hires and promotions in the region. Bobby Walker was hired with PENTA in Arizona as senior preconstruction manager. In Las Vegas, Kenadi Fitzgerald, a former PENTA intern, has joined the team as a project engineer. Rebecca Orosco has been hired as preconstruction manager. Zac Rostomily, a former PENTA intern, has been promoted to project manager, and Robert Hansen has been promoted to superintendent.
Terracon, Phoenix, has named Tracy Grover as assistant materials service line director for the Western U.S., including 13 states from the West Coast through the Mountain States. Grover joined Terracon in 2015 as Phoenix materials department manager. Most recently, he served as senior consultant and regional services manager for materials in Terracon’s Western operating group.
Monica Hernandez has joined AECOM’s Design and Consulting Services Americas transportation business unit in Phoenix. With more than 15 years of experience in the transportation industry, Hernandez will lead AECOM’s strategic communications and public involvement service in the Arizona market. Prior to joining AECOM, Hernandez led communications programs for major transportation projects in and around Phoenix and Washington, D.C.
Parametrix, Albuquerque, has hired Joseph Lujan as a senior scientist. He joins Parametrix’s environmental planning and compliance division, providing cultural and natural resource services to clients throughout New Mexico and the southwestern U.S. He has nearly 30 years of experience in natural resources management with four federal agencies. Lujan comes to Parametrix most recently from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where he served as a natural resource planner and wildlife biologist.
Bob Bennett has been hired at Mortenson in Chandler, Ariz., as a superintendent. Bennett has nearly 30 years of construction experience.