Megan Kranichfeld has joined Trammell Crow Co. as senior vice president, focused on the growth of its industrial development platform in the Rocky Mountain region. She previously served as vice president of industrial development for Prime West Development, responsible for leading its sector expansion.

Jeff Thompson

Encore Electric’s Jeff Thompson, co-founder and executive vice president, recently retired after a 41-year career in the electrical trade. Thompson graduated from North Dakota State College of Science and began his career as an electrical apprentice, progressing through the ranks to become executive vice president. Thompson has been involved in major projects throughout the Western U.S., including Coors Field and St. Joseph Hospital in Denver as well as other major medical facilities and complex, technical projects.

Bill Schultz is joining CDM Smith in Denver as vice president of IT programs and business relationship management. He had been a director at Slalom, a management consultant, and also served as a senior director and IT business partner at Molson Coors. CDM Smith is a Boston-based engineering and construction firm.

James Haynes, POWER Engineers president and CEO, has been named chair of the newly formed Energy Committee for the American Council of Engineering Cos. Previously part of the group's Energy, Water and Environment Committee, its goals include advocating for national policies to support energy infrastructure, developing thought leadership on business topics for firms operating in the energy market; and educating, ACEC members on energy sector trends, risks and opportunities that advance their businesses. Gerry Murray, POWER executive vice president of generation, and Gretchen Cividini, corporate market intelligence specialist, also have joined the committee. Jack Hand, former POWER CEO, who previously chaired the Energy, Water and Environment Committee, continues as a member. The council represents nearly 6,000 U.S. engineering firms.

Andra Kidd has joined Spheros Environmental, Denver, as CEO. She was chief growth and strategy officer of private equity-backed environmental and engineering company Verdantas, growing it from 260 to nearly 1,000 staff in two years, Spheros said. Kidd also served as North American director of operations at environmental consultant ERM and led strategic water group initiatives at HDR Engineering. Spheros said it is a holding company of private equity firm Union Park Capital to create a "family of companies" that provide environmental services and analytics. Its Denver-based LRE Water unit announced Dec. 7 the acquisition of HydroGeoLogica Inc., Golden, Colo., which provides geologic, hydrogeologic and geochemical consulting focused on mine water and mine waste management. Firm owners Anita Johnson and Brent Johnson now lead LRE Water’s newly formed mining services group.                                   

Relativity Architects has hired Natalie Lange to manage its Mountain States projects from Colorado Springs. Previously, she served as a job captain and project manager at architecture firms in Arizona and Georgia, specializing in commercial and multifamily projects. Lange earned a bachelor’s in architecture from Kennesaw State University and has been in the profession eight years. 

Jeff Nading

Jeff Nading has stepped down as CEO and chairman of Golden Triangle Construction. The firm became a 100% employee-owned company in 2022. It said it is not planning to name a new CEO, with Todd Schroeder,  who joined in 2008, continuing as president. The firm said the transition plan began in 1996—two years after Nading took over—when he hired his first partner. 

CSHQA announced a new leadership position of associate principal and named several individuals to this role, including Jason Brunson, Robert Martinez, Scott Hopkins, Katie Butler and Danielle Weaver. This role was created as an intermediate position between senior associate and principal to help grow and develop the firm’s next leaders, it said.

Juhee Moon

Juhee Moon also has joined the firm as an architect-in-training. She earned a master’s of architecture from the University of Idaho and a bachelor’s of architectural engineering from the National Institute for Lifelong Education in South Korea. Kristin D’Strana also has joined as a BIM manager. She has nearly 20 years of experience with Revit and a master’s degree in architecture from Texas Tech University. CSHQA also hired Patrick Pineda as an architect-in-training II. He has a master’s in architecture from the University of Nebraska.