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Parsons names Mehula vice president

Guy Mehula , formerly the chief facilities executive for the Los Angeles Unified School District, has joined Parsons as vice president and program executive.

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While at LAUSD, Mehula oversaw the largest school construction program in the country. This successful $27 billion program included construction of more than 200 new schools or additions, 20,000 modernization projects, and the facility operation of more than 900 schools.

Mehula comes to Parsons with more 30 years of experience in the construction industry, including 25 years in the United States Navy. Culminating his career as a captain in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, Mehula commanded the 30th Naval Construction Regiment responsible for the operation of Naval construction units throughout the Pacific, known as the Seabees.

Mehula is a registered professional engineer and a LEED-accredited professional. He holds a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida. He is based in Parsons’ Pasadena corporate headquarters.

HGA hires Whipple as medical planner

HGA Architects and Engineers has hired Bill Whipple, LEED AP , as a medical planner and senior associate in the firm’s Sacramento office.


“Bill’s diverse architecture and medical planning background will prove a valuable resource as we continue to develop innovative design solutions that meet our healthcare clients’ current and future needs,” says Bonnie Walker, AIA, vice president and principal of healthcare in the HGA’s Sacramento office. “He understands the challenges facing the healthcare industry today, and he has a successful record for developing facilities that help clients improve operational processes for better patient care.”

Whipple has more than 15 years healthcare architecture experience, with particular expertise in site planning, medical master planning, programming, and project management.

Before joining HGA, he was a medical planner and project manager with several large architecture firms in Sacramento and Salt Lake City. Most recently, he was a principal architect managing planning, programming and architectural services with Sutter Health, where he developed keen insight into facility needs from the client’s perspective.

Whipple graduated with a bachelor of architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1992.

Hadnett promoted at Stantec


Stantec has promoted Art Hadnett to vice president. Having served as the company’s California Transportation Practice Leader and Senior Principal since 2008, Hadnett will be responsible for the continued strategic growth and development of Stantec’s transportation niche throughout the state.

He is based in Stantec’s Thousand Oaks office.

With more than 28 years of engineering consulting experience, Hadnett has served in project development, project management, project controls and oversight on major infrastructure programs with a particular emphasis on transit-related projects.

Since Hadnett’s arrival, Stantec has garnered several key contracts, including capital projects in construction management support services for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Hadnett earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from California State University at Northridge and a certificate in systems management from the University of Southern California. Hadnett is a board member of the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California, to which he is the incoming president of the Los Angeles County Chapter; and a member of the Mobility 21 Steering Committee; Construction Management Association of America, and the Women’s Transportation Seminar.

Counter joins Perkins+Will’s Los Angeles healthcare group


Perkins+Will, a global leader in sustainable architecture and design, has announced the appointment of Robert Counter, AIA , as Healthcare Market Sector Leader of the Los Angeles office.

Counter comes from a strong background in both healthcare and science and technology, and joins Perkins+Will after spending six years at another architectural firm.

With more than 30 years working in the Southern California design community, Counter brings a range of client experience and knowledge of the local area with notable project accomplishments that include Kaiser, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, City of Hope and County of Ventura. Counter has conducted extensive work on a global scale as well, with projects including Middle Eastern UAE Hospital and Chest Disease Hospital, Kuwait.

ECA appoints Costamagna to board


Joe Costamagna , account executive in the North Bay for the San Francisco insurance brokerage firm Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., has been appointed to the board of directors of the Engineering Contractors Association.

Costamagna joined Woodruff-Sawyer’s construction practice in 2009. His focus is on account management, consulting and business development for construction clients.

The Northern California Engineering Contractors Association provides political advocacy, training and education for its member companies, while contributing expertise and labor to local charity projects, primarily in the North Bay counties. In his new role, Joe will work with his fellow board members to drive decisions on the association’s direction, membership services, contribution to local construction projects for non-profits and more.

Hunsaker adds Gregerson to Los Angeles team

Hunsaker & Associates-Los Angeles, a Valencia-based civil engineering firm, has added professional land surveyor Stephen Gregerson to its team.


Gregerson brings more than 30 years experience in the application of surveying and project management principles and will assist H&A-LA and its clients in the budgeting, preparation and management of land surveys, as well as in all phases of planning, permitting and engineering design.

He was previously with Psomas for 15 years, beginning as project manager and advancing to vice president.

Most recently Gregerson provided consulting services for several large developments in the southwestern U.S. He is also an acknowledged expert in the preparation of ALTA Surveys, including providing management and coordination services on a national basis for REIT’s, portfolio managers and lenders.

MVE Institutional names Cohen director of sustainability

Marc J. Cohen, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C , has been named director of sustainability at MVE Institutional, an affiliate company of the architectural firm MVE & Partners.


Cohen will be involved in all areas of MVE Institutional educational and civic projects, as well as with mixed-use, retail, commercial, interior design, planning and residential work with the MVE Group of companies, which, in addition to MVEI, includes MVE & Partners, MVE International, MVE Pacific and MVE Studio.

Cohen was formerly managing director for the sustainability consulting firm CTG Energetics Inc. and is a faculty member for the U.S. Green Building Council.

Among the California projects that Cohen has helped to obtain LEED certification are Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Chino (platinum); Pomona College Lincoln & Edmunds Buildings, Claremont (gold); Toyota Motor Sales South Campus, Torrance (gold); Port of Long Beach Security Command and Control Center, Long Beach (silver) and Pomona College North Campus Housing, Claremont (targeting gold).

Cohen is a member of the Orange County chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council. He has also been an active member of the USGBC LEED Faculty since 2005. Cohen received a Bachelors of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California.

Tri-North taps Falvey in new NorCal Office

Tri-North Builders has hired David Falvey as director of West Coast Operations for their new California office in San Francisco.

As a director of construction for two large international retailers, he brought his thorough expertise to each project, whether big or small. Over the course of his career, he has managed and completed over 200 projects, which enriched his diverse experience in retail, restaurants, hospitality, T.I., light industrial, residential and churches.


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