Steven J. Riojas has been promoted to director of the science and technology program for HDR Architecture Inc., based in the firm's San Francisco office. A senior vice president with the firm, Riojas' architectural project experience includes programming, site master planning, design, project management, program management and client relations domestically and abroad. He has managed numerous projects that accommodate basic and applied research, development, scale-up and advanced manufacturing for a variety of life and physical sciences-related materials, components, systems, products and processes. Riojas holds a master's degree in architecture and a master's in urban planning from the University of Michigan. He received his bachelor's degree in architecture from the Lawrence Institute of Technology.
Meredith Meyers has been hired as business-development coordinator at Skanska USA Building in Los Angeles. Meyers previously held positions at AEC firms in Southern California, including Syska Hennessy Group and Thornton Tomasetti. She has a bachelor's degree in communications and social sciences with a minor in Spanish from the University of Southern California. Skanska also named Veronica Ritona as marketing coordinator. She is based in Oakland. Ritona has served on the marketing team for Palecek, a high-end furniture company. Her background includes creating and overseeing marketing materials, such as print, sales and advertising pieces. Ritona is working toward a bachelor's degree in human development at California State University, East Bay in Hayward.
Earl Martin and Corey Munoz, project executives at Cupertino Electric Inc., San Jose, have moved into the company's rapidly expanding data-center division. Martin and Munoz—along with vice president of operations John Sales and a project-management team of more than 25 data-center specialists—will seek to build upon the nearly $2 billion in electrical solutions CEI has already installed for data-center customers. Martin brings more than three decades of electrical-construction experience to his new role. He has overseen numerous fast-track and design-build projects for such major organizations as Nokia, Stanford University and Northrop Grumman. Munoz has spent the last 14 years in electrical and general contracting focused on design-build data-center projects for private customers, Internet data-center providers, real estate investment trust organizations and national health care providers.
Peter Busby has been appointed managing director of Perkins+Will's San Francisco office. He merged his Vancouver, British Columbia-based firm with Perkins+Will in 2004. Busby's experience includes work on large sustainable urban design and development projects. They include the LEED-Platinum Dockside Green mixed-use community in Victoria, British Columbia, the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver and the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability at the University of British Columbia.
Mark Nay has been named HNTB's new architecture business development director. Nay's expertise in project and design management crosses a variety of markets, including transportation and station design, aviation, commercial, educational, laboratories, hospitality, performing arts and large housing and urban developments. He also has worked with multiple project-delivery systems including a specialization in design-build. Nay will be based in Los Angeles.
Robert Andrews has joined Gilbane Building Co.'s San Jose office as director of the Western region's mission-critical group, which is focused on working with clients to build secure data-center facilities for a broad range of needs. Previously, Andrews focused on the global expansion of a design-build data-center construction management firm as well as local operations within the U.S. He has worked as an account executive for clients such as Facebook, Google, Intel, Morgan Stanley and eBay and with Internet data-center providers Level 3, Equinix, and Savvis.
Eric Phillips was named partner in the construction group at the Oakland-based law firm Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP. Phillips is the second construction attorney with a nationwide practice to join the firm in the past two months; the firm also recently added veteran construction attorney Roger Hughes. Phillips advises some of the largest U.S. contractors and project owners on multimillion-dollar infrastructure projects that involve hospitals, railways, airports, intermodal terminals, bridges, highways and powerplants. He has served as lead counsel on large construction projects around the country.
Lynne Marie Whately has joined Parsons Brinckerhoff as deputy environmental manager for the program management team of the California High Speed Rail project. Whately comes to Parsons Brinckerhoff from a national consulting firm, where she served as manager of transportation planning and environment. She has close to 20 years of transportation industry experience. Whately has a master's degree in urban and regional planning with a specialization in transportation planning from Florida State University.
Robert Betz has been promoted to senior vice president for McCarthy Building Cos.' San Diego office. Betz assumed the position following a six-month transition period during which he worked with Ron Hall, former executive vice president of the San Diego office. Hall recently retired from McCarthy after 25 years with the firm. Since joining McCarthy in 1994, Betz has served in various leadership roles for the company's Southern California division, including project engineer, project manager, senior project manager, project director and vice president of operations for the San Diego region.