March 29, 2017

CITC Hires Mandy Jones as New Apprenticeship Records Assistant

Mandy Jones CITCMandy Jones Joins CITC in Bellevue

The Construction Industry Training Council of Washington (CITC) has hired Mandy Jones as its new apprenticeship program assistant and promoted Blanca Lizaola who previously held that position to mechanical coordinator for the CITC apprenticeship programs of HVAC, Sheet Metal and Plumbing.

Mandy Jones is now responsible for ensuring that all CITC apprenticeship records are accurate in both CITC’s and L&I’s tracking systems.  Lizaola’s new responsibilities are to provide administrative services and support for the mechanical apprenticeships within the CITC apprenticeship programs for plumbing, sheet metal, and HVAC. [Read more…]

Adnan Ahmed Joins Stantec’s Lynnwood Office as Information Communication Technology Project Manager

Syed Adnan AhmedStantec has announced that Adnan Ahmed has joined the firm as a project manager in its Information Communication Technology (ICT) consulting practice in the Lynnwood, WA office. Ahmed has more than 14 years of experience as an ICT infrastructure specialist. He brings Stantec experience from across North America and the Middle East.

Ahmed designs data and communications infrastructure for healthcare facilities, data centers, airports, commercial high-rise buildings and industrial projects. Before coming to the Lynnwood office, he was employed in Stantec’s Toronto, Ontario office where he left to take a position as the lead ICT [Read more…]

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue to Hold Grand Opening Celebration for New Fieldhouse at Hidden Valley Sports Park

Bellevue Boys & Girls Club logoBoys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue will host a public ceremony celebrating the Grand Opening of their Foster Family Foundation Branch – the Fieldhouse at Hidden Valley Sports Park. The event will take place on Saturday, March 28th from 10am-11am at Hidden Valley Fieldhouse, located at 1903 112th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. The public is invited to join as they celebrate this exciting milestone for our community!

The new Fieldhouse at Hidden Valley Park is a unique partnership with the City of Bellevue that will provide recreational facilities for thousands of youth and their families on the Eastside. This 27,000 sq. ft facility has three courts, classroom space and a concession stand that will serve both the indoor courts and outdoor sports fields. Hidden Valley Fieldhouse is now open for programming and will house BGCB’s Spring Sports programs for ages 5-18 starting in April. Spring programs include volleyball, soccer, basketball and Spring Break Sports camps. Registration is online at

In 2012, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue launched a community-wide campaign to open more doors for more kids – helping to meet the needs of a growing Bellevue and strengthen the fabric of our community. Through this campaign, the goal is to expand our capacity to serve over 70% more youth by increasing their programmable space by 80% throughout the city. The Hidden Valley Fieldhouse is the second capital project to open since then, the first being “The Club” Teen Center in East Bellevue. We hope to break ground on the third and final project – our Main Clubhouse in downtown Bellevue, this year.

Since 1952, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue (BGCB) has been in the forefront of youth development; targeting services to young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. In 2014, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue served more than 14,000 members and their families, providing a safe, fun place that encourages kids to choose healthy lifestyles, get involved with their communities and achieve academic success. By inspiring our youth to make constructive life choices, they strive to help them realize their full potential. The Club upholds a policy that no child will be turned away because of an ability to pay, and in the past year the BGCB has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships to families in need. To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue, visit

CITC Hires New Regional Coordinator and Opens Spokane Facility

Ken Hill - CITCThe Construction Industry Training Council of Washington (CITC) has hired Ken Hill as the Eastern Washington regional coordinator. He will be responsible for CITC’s newest facility in Spokane, Wash. CITC also has facilities in Bellevue and Vancouver, Wash.

Hill graduated from CITC and became a journeyman electrician in 1993. Then, after working in the field, he took further training with CITC and earned an administrator certification for the state of Washington in 1999. He was the president of Mastercraft Electric for two years then opened his own firm, KM Electric.

He has served on CITC’s electrical apprenticeship committee since 1995 and has been an instructor for CITC since 2014. He will split his time between Bellevue and Spokane until June so he can fulfill his teaching commitment at CITC’s Tacoma location for the balance of this school year.

“Opening this new facility fulfills a huge need for trained construction workers in Eastern Washington,” said CITC president, Halene Sigmund. “We currently have more than 60 apprentices who will be attending classes in Spokane and have the capacity to easily double that number.” The nearly 13,000-square-foot space will house classrooms, labs and staff offices. “Within the next two years we anticipate some major growth in the Spokane area and plan to meet the needs of the industry with excellent apprenticeship and craft training opportunities for those who want to become skilled craft workers,” said Sigmund

When begin classes begin this September CITC will provide apprenticeship training for carpenters electricians, laborers and plumbers, If there is sufficient demand, HVAC classes will also be offered. In addition the facility will run continuing education classes for electrical and plumbing license renewals and task training courses such as crew leader and project supervisor certificate classes.

The Spokane facility is located at10424 W. Aero Road in Spokane. For information call 1-877-707-2482m or visit the CITC website at:

About CITC

CITC provides state-approved apprenticeship and craft training in the carpentry, electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, heavy equipment operator, painting, plumbing, laborers, residential electrical, low energy and sheet metal trades. CITC also runs continuing education classes for license renewal for plumbers and electricians. The program is dedicated to training, developing and retaining a skilled labor force for the construction industry and is both a nationally accredited and state-approved apprenticeship training program.

ABC Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Officers

Mark VanWell - Chair of ABC Board of Directors

Mark VanWell – Chair of ABC Board of Directors

Mark VanWell – Chair of ABC Board of Directors

Mark VanWell, VanWell Masonry Inc., was elected as the Chair of the Board of Directors; Chair-elect is Jamie Creek with Synergy Construction, Inc.; Vice Chair – Government and Labor Affairs is John Noble, Washington Commercial Painters; Vice Chair – Membership is Mike Schultis, Schultis Sundberg Inc.; Vice Chair – Professional Development is Dawn Lanz, Sea-Tac Electric, Inc.; Secretary-Treasurer is Dan Case, Peterson Sullivan LLP; and the Immediate Past Chair is Amanda Grindle, Saybr Contractors, Inc.

Other directors are: Ryan Brown, System Heating & Air Conditioning Co.; Anthony Christoffersen, Tradesmen International; Jeff Harding, Premier Builders, Inc.; Travis Hull, Mechanical & Control Services, Inc.; Clarke Jewell, Olympian Precast, Inc.; Glen Kuntz, S.D. Deacon Corp. of Washington; Scott Rhodes, Rhodes Architecture; Greg Tozer, Express Construction Co., Inc.; James Walsh, Finishing Systems; and Jason Wandler, Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP.

ABC of Western Washington represents more than 300 companies and their nearly 15,000 employees from both open shop and union contractors, professional service firms and suppliers. Its membership includes general and subcontractors as well as associated firms that are dedicated to promoting the free enterprise system through improved business conditions, increased training and safety and promoting positive employee/employer relations.

Next stage of Bellevue’s 120th Avenue Project Begins Monday September 15th

Contractors will begin making improvements to 120th Avenue Northeast between Northeast Seventh and 12th streets on Monday, September 15. The city is widening the street to five lanes and adding bike lanes and sidewalks as part of a project to improve mobility and accommodate growth in the corridor.

This is the second stage of the 120th Avenue Northeast corridor project. The first stage, from the 300 block (just south of Northeast Fourth Street) to just south of Northeast Eighth Street, is in its final weeks of construction.

Drivers should expect intermittent lane closures, but two-way traffic and pedestrian access will be maintained during construction. Access to local businesses will be maintained through the duration of Stage II, tentatively scheduled for completion in late 2016.

Stage II will widen the existing roadway of 120th Avenue Northeast between Northeast Seventh and Northeast 12th streets to five lanes, with a center-turn lane where necessary. It will include bike lanes and sidewalk on both sides of the road, landscaping, street lighting, a new traffic signal at the intersection of 120th Avenue Northeast and Lake Bellevue Drive/Old Bel-Red Road and modification of the two existing traffic signals at Northeast Eighth Street and Northeast 12th streets. Additionally, the project will stabilize soft soils between Lake Bellevue Drive and Northeast 12th Street, construct a joint utility trench and provide new sewer and water systems throughout the corridor.

Work on this project will be phased into three work zones. The first work zone will take place from Northeast Seventh Street to Old Bel-Red Road. Work zones two and three will occur from Old Bel-Red Road to Northeast 12th Street, east side and west side, respectively. Private utility work will occur separately.

Work in work zone one is estimated to take about six months to complete, and will include activities such as underground utility work, widening on 120th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Eighth Street, construction of a retaining wall and sidewalks, curb and gutter installation. Much of the work in this zone will be concentrated at the intersection of the Northeast Eighth Street and 120th Avenue.

Standard work hours will be Monday through Friday, with daytime hours between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. and night hours between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Because Northeast Eighth carries a high volume of traffic during the day, a majority of the intersection work will take place at night. We will keep the public informed of construction activity and impacts during this two-year project. Watch for electronic message boards with pertinent construction and impact information. Obey flaggers and use caution when traveling through the work zone.