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Dec 21, 2022



AHBL announced the following leadership transitions.

After working at the firm for 34 years, Dan Booth, PE/SE will be retiring as firm president effective Dec. 31, 2022. Booth has been a structural engineer with the company since 1988 and led its structural engineering teams. Following Booth’s retirement Todd Sawin, PE, DBIA will assume the role as president. Sawin has been a civil engineer for 16 years and served as a civil principal with AHBL for the past eight years. He will fill the role of president as well as serving on AHBL’s executive team to streamline decisions made by the firm’s 12 principals and will continue to lead AHBL growth in many markets including K-12 and Higher Education, Federal, Industrial and Mixed-use and Multi-family development projects.

Booth launched his career at AHBL 34 years ago as a new graduate of UW Seattle. He spent his entire career working for AHBL. Throughout his career he was mentored by the original founders of AHBL and has spent the last 20 years mentoring and leading the Structural Division in Tacoma, WA. Booth earned his BS in Civil Engineering and his MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. His technical skill set includes a deep understanding and respect for structural engineering for both public and private clients. His projects ranged from municipal, education, recreation, and commercial/industrial.

In a news release, AHBL said Sawin’s work as a principal and his commitment to the corporation makes him an excellent choice for the role of president. He will continue to serve on the executive committee and provide guidance for the administrative functions of the firm, as well as work with his partners to continue to provide quality designs for clients while developing innovative solutions to project challenges. Sawin’s engineering experience includes design on a variety of project types including military, residential, commercial, municipal, and educational. He is DBIA certified and is an expert with alternative delivery methods including design/build and GC/CM. He will continue to mentor the AHBL Civil teams.

AHBL also announced that Drew McEachern, PE/SE and Ken Leland, PE/SE, both existing principals, will continue to lead the structural department.










PCS Structural Solutions has promoted nine employees in its Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland offices.

Ted Ryan has been promoted to managing principal of the firm’s Seattle office. Ryan has been with PCS for 21 years and leads the firm’s private development work. His recent projects include high-end private residences across the United States, the Swyft Development in Kirkland, and the Siteline Development near Seattle Center.

Todd Parke has been promoted to managing principal of the firm’s Tacoma office. Parke has been with PCS for 16 years and leads the firm’s Healthcare Marketing Team. Parke’s recent projects include PeaceHealth Ambulatory Care Center in Camas, the first mass timber medical building in North America; PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center expansion in Vancouver, Washington; and Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center Renovation in Medford, Oregon.

Alex Legé has been promoted to principal in the firm’s Seattle office. Legé has been with PCS for 15 years and leads PCS’s Public Marketing Team, as well as serving as a subject matter expert in mass timber design, both internally and on the AIA Seattle Mass Timber Committee. Legé’s recent work includes the award-winning Highline High School in Burien, Lindbergh High School Addition in Renton, Lincoln High School Renovation in Seattle, and Evergreen High School in Burien.

Steven Williams has been promoted to associate principal in the firm’s Portland office. Williams has been with PCS for eight years and has been instrumental in growing the Portland office since it opened in 2017. A board member of the local A4LE chapter, Williams is primarily focused on public K-12 and higher education work, such as the Treaty Oak Skills Center in The Dalles, Oregon, but he has also managed many of the firm’s local healthcare projects including the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center expansion in Vancouver, Washington.

Jared Plank has been promoted to associate principal in the firm’s Tacoma office. Plank has been with PCS for four years and has over 18 years of industry experience. Jared focuses on private development projects, contributing his deep expertise in post-tensioned design for hospitality, housing, and parking projects. His recent work includes PeaceHealth Saint Joseph Medical Center Parking Garage in Bellingham, Elwha River Casino Expansion in Port Angeles, and the Muckleshoot Casino Resort in Auburn.

Kirk Keppler has been promoted to Director of Innovation in the firm’s Tacoma office and will head a team that enhances PCS’s continued advancement in the structural engineering industry. Keppler has been with PCS for 25 years and serves as a subject matter expert on PCS’s Steel Design Team. Keppler’s recent projects include Swedish First Hill Expansion in Seattle, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health South Sound Cancer Center in Tacoma, MultiCare Auburn Medical Center Expansion in Auburn, and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Expansion in Vancouver.

Shadow Woodfork has been promoted to associate in the firm’s Portland office. Woodfork has been with PCS for 11 years and has over 18 years of industry experience. He is an active proponent of wood design for commercial and multifamily projects, serving as PCS’s internal Wood Design Team leader. This year, Shadow has worked on seven large multifamily projects in Portland including the Analog PDX mixed-use building and The Pearl Medical Center, an adaptive reuse of an existing medical building in Portland.

Annabel Shephard has been promoted to project engineer in the firm’s Portland office. Shephard joined PCS in 2020 and serves on the SE 2050 Commitment Program leadership group and as chair to the Oregon chapter of the Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee. Shephard’s recent work includes Isabelle Terrace Apartments in Hillsboro, Oregon, and Mercy Medical Center addition and renovation in Roseburg, Oregon.

Jaycob Greissl has been promoted to project engineer in the firm’s Tacoma office. Greissl joined PCS in 2019 and is currently working on several healthcare projects including PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Emergency Department. Jaycob serves on PCS’s internal Sustainability Team and Fun Group and has been active in coordinating staff volunteer efforts for local philanthropic organizations.


Tova Beck has joined SCJ Alliance’s office in Gig Harbor. Beck, who grew up in Gig Harbor, is a design engineer with the firm’s transportation design group. She earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture design and a master’s in construction management, both from the University of Washington. Her experience includes work on the East Link and Lynnwood light rail extension projects.

The Gig Harbor team is currently involved in many projects throughout Western Washington, focusing on transportation and construction management projects that improve safety and access for all members of our communities.

Dec 14, 2022



CAST architecture announced two new hires, George Lee and Connor Stein. Lee has worked on a wide variety of projects including residential, commercial, and institutional projects in Seattle, San Francisco, and Singapore. Originally from San Francisco, he received a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a licensed architect in the State of Washington.

Stein is a Pacific Northwest transplant from his native Alabama. After studying ecology and climate change as an undergraduate, he earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Washington where his studies focused on both the practical and philosophical character of dwelling.








PACE Engineers, Inc. announced nine promotions.

Nick Manusos has been promoted to survey technician V. Manusos joined PACE in 2006 and provides all aspects of field surveying, including topographic, boundary, ALTA, and construction staking. His work has taken him across Washington state, including Yakima, Asotin, Bothell, and Everett.

Stephanie Welch, PE, is now a project engineer. Welch has seven years of civil engineering experience and specializes in stormwater management design for WSDOT design-bid-build and design-build projects. Her recent experience includes providing drainage designs for WSDOT’s SR 509 project, which is part of the Puget Sounds Gateway program.

Russ Dodge is now a survey technician V. Dodge has 20 years of land surveying experience. During that time, he has worked for various private and public agencies. His recent notable experience includes surveying the Clinton Trail in Island County.

Tyler Christofferson, PE, has been promoted to senior project manager. Christofferson is a civil engineer with over 16 years of experience. Since joining PACE in 2012, he has become one of PACE’s lead engineers for street, site development, pedestrian improvement, and utility projects. Christofferson has been busy working on two major projects: Terrace Station in Mountlake Terrace, a project nominated for NAIOP’s Night of the Stars awards, and the Covington Connector.

Brandon Northrop has been promoted to survey field technician I. Northrop joined PACE in March of 2022. He has worked on numerous projects with just a few months of experience, including the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Asotin Wildlife, Seattle Public School’s Sacajawea Elementary School , and Everett School District’s Jackson Elementary School projects.

Matt Pillsbury is now tech services manager. Pillsbury has been in the industry for over 25 years. His experience includes drafting, design, and documentation and working on large-scale projects. Pillsbury manages PACE’s drafting team and provides technical support, drafting, and modeling to the structural engineering team.

Wyatt Brown is now a survey technician IV. After joining PACE in 2019, he has become a vital part of the firm’s Wenatchee surveying group. He is active in the community, volunteering at a local high school’s engineering class to teach and share the surveying profession. Brown’s recent projects include the WDFW Asotin Wildlife Area, Panghorn Airport General Aviation Building, and on-call services for the City of Leavenworth.

Josh Kallstrom has been promoted to engineer I. Kallstrom joined PACE in 2020 after graduating from the Oregon Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Kallstrom is skilled in predicting stormwater behavior to prevent flooding and enhance water quality. He is working on several WSDOT projects, including I-90/SR 18 Interchange and Widening and SR 522 Tributary to Evans Creek.

Karen Schauss, LIST, has been promoted to project surveyor. Schauss joined PACE in 2020 with over 30 years of experience. She recently provided construction surveying for the Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage project for Garco Construction, Inc. She played a vital role in the project to ensure the precise measurement of construction materials, so the new dam operates correctly.