Movers and Shakers Week Ending 10.25.19
Ware Malcomb Promotes Rob Kiester to Studio Manager, Architecture
Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, announced that Rob Kiester has been promoted to studio manager, Architecture in the Denver office. In this position, Kiester helps lead and manage the architecture studio and manages select projects.
Kiester joined Ware Malcomb in 2016 as a project manager and quickly became an instrumental member of the Denver team and a leader within the office. His extensive project management experience includes schematic design, design development, agency processing, consultant coordination, contract documents and contract administration. He is also proficient in a variety of computer programs including Revit, Enscape, AutoCAD, 3DS MAX, and SketchUp. Kiester successfully leads projects from the initial master planning and design stages through construction completion. His experience includes various project types including office, public, retail, industrial, restaurant, interiors and master planning projects.
“Rob’s in-depth knowledge of both architecture and technology have enabled him to merge these disciplines together to develop innovative solutions for the benefit of our firm and our clients,” said Matt Chaiken, principal of Ware Malcomb’s Denver office. “At the same time, Rob’s excellent client service has contributed to the overall growth, expansion and diversification of our Denver client base and beyond. We look forward to Rob’s continued contributions and leadership at Ware Malcomb.”
Kiester earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Brigham Young University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado. He is a Licensed Architect in Colorado and California and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
GH Phipps Names Jim Clawson Chief Financial Officer
GH Phipps announced this week that Jim Clawson has joined the company as chief financial officer, bringing with him more than 25 years of progressive accounting, finance and operational experience working within international engineering and construction firms.
With deep roots in the Rocky Mountain regional market, Clawson will contribute his expertise in ERP implementation, financial analysis, strategic planning, business planning, forecasting, contracts and procurement, risk management and alternative project delivery methods. His significant experience in financial management, human resources, and operational efficiency improvement will also serve GH Phipps and the company’s clients well.
“To be part of an organization that combines an excellent project delivery reputation with an employee owned company culture is truly special” said Clawson, who as a Denver native had an early awareness of the company and its significant projects throughout the metro area. “I look forward to contributing to the organization by providing financial experience and leadership and am fortunate to work with such an outstanding group of people.”
Clawson earned a BSBA in Accounting and Finance from Creighton University and received Executive Leadership Training from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. He comes to GH Phipps after holding executive financial positions with Denver Transit Operators, LLC, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. and CH2M Hill, Inc.
Clawson spends most of his free time with his wife Jane and their two kids. He has been a youth basketball and volleyball coach and also has served on the Parent Advisory Board and Finance Committee for Regis Jesuit High School.
Norris Design Promotes Staff in Denver & Frisco
Norris Design, a national planning, landscape architecture and branding firm, has announced the promotion of Alisha Kwon Hammett, Allison Wenlund and Samantha Crowder to senior associate in the Denver office, and Lindsay Newman to senior associate in the Frisco office.
Alisha joined Norris in 2017 after serving as a planner for the City and County of Denver at Denver International Airport (DIA). Prior to her planning career, she spent nearly a decade coordinating complex civic projects for various prominent architecture firms. Currently, Alisha is working on Bell Tower, a residential high-rise on the corner of Speer and Market in Denver; Baseline East Sheridan, a 77-acre village within the Baseline Community in Broomfield; and Miller’s Landing, a mixed-use development with planned connection to downtown Castle Rock.
Allison is a land planner with nearly seven years of experience in the public and private sectors. Skilled in project management, planning and design, she primarily focuses on guiding the entitlement process for new projects – successfully mediating requests of the jurisdiction with developer goals. Allison’s current projects include the Clear Creek Crossing mixed-use development in Wheat Ridge; Grand Vue at Interlocken, a condo and townhome development in Broomfield; and High Point at DIA, a mixed-use development in Aurora.
Samantha joined Norris Design as a landscape designer in 2014. Strong collaboration with team staff and consultants and her experience with both planning and landscape architecture make her a versatile team member. Samantha’s current projects include Colliers Hill, a 965-acre master planned community near downtown Erie; Home Place, a mixed-use and transit-oriented neighborhood in Thornton; and The Aurora Highlands master planned community in Aurora.
Lindsay has been involved on projects both as a planner and landscape designer since joining Norris Design’s Frisco office in 2014. She has over seven years of experience designing for rural and mountain communities with a focus on parks and recreation, high altitude planting design and affordable housing. Currently, Lindsay is working on Smith Ranch Neighborhood, an affordable housing development in Silverthorne; the Eagle Valley Outdoor Movement initiative playgrounds and recreation path improvements in Eagle; and the Vail Health medical office building in Dillon.
KTGY Expands Practice with New Leadership
KTGY Architecture + Planning is expanding its 55+ practice area, led by Manny Gonzalez, FAIA, LEED AP, principal, naming Ben Seager, AIA, LEED AP, director, design, practice area leader of the firm’s 75+ service-enriched studio. KTGY’s award-winning senior living practice focuses on residential and the mix of uses that create community.
“Manny Gonzalez is a sought-after authority on active adult residential who is at the forefront of the 55+ development community, transforming architecture and planning for senior living nationally,” said Tricia Esser, CEO of KTGY Architecture + Planning. “In this national role, Manny will share his deep experience and relationships in collaboration with the principals and design leaders in our offices.”
Esser continues, “Furthering KTGY’s commitment to providing our clients a full range of services for senior living, we are pleased to elevate Ben Seager to the national role of practice leader for 75+ service-enriched communities. Ben is a proven innovator who is passionate about creating life plan communities and optimal environments for service-enriched senior living.”
As the national 55+ active adult practice leader, Gonzalez is currently focusing on the Rocky Mountain States. He is collaborating with KTGY Principal Bill Ramsey, AIA, expanding the firm’s active adult practice in that region.
Bryan Construction Promotes New Leadership
Bryan Construction is experiencing record breaking growth, amounting to $300 million in backlog for 2020. In response to the growth, the company has implemented a new leadership structure to improve support and allow for organizational responsiveness across all construction groups (Federal, Southern Colorado, Denver, Northern Colorado and Multi-Family). The company has promoted Brian Burns to president of Bryan Construction.
Additionally, Doug Woody and Brian Hogan were promoted to vice presidents of Operations. Vince Shoemaker remains its chief financial officer and executive vice president with additional focus on Bryan’s efforts in our International Group. Scott Bryan, the founder of the company, remains chief executive officer.
Succeeding President Brian Burns brings more than 20 years of industry experience in various capacities, including operations, preconstruction, finance, legal risk management, and strategic planning. Most recently, Brian was executive manager of Bryan’s Facility Services Group. He graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Construction Management. Brian is a dynamic leader with a passion for growth, innovation, and client relationships.
In his role as Vice President of Operations, Doug Woody will oversee the Denver and Southern Colorado offices. Doug has more than 20 years of industry experience, and, most recently, he served as executive manager for the Southern Colorado Commercial Group.
Brian Hogan has been promoted to vice president of operations, overseeing our Federal, Multi-Family, and Northern Colorado groups. With more than 20 years in the construction industry, he was most recently the executive manager of the Federal Group.