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Stout will focus on the firm’s ground-up, design-build and shell projects.

San Diego-based Johnson & Jennings General Contracting has hired Mike Stout as a project superintendent. In his new position, Stout will focus on the company’s ground-up, design-build and shell projects. He is responsible for project-specific onsite operations, including daily production, subcontractor coordination, safety, cost control, and field quality control.

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With 40 years in the construction industry, Stout has extensive experience in ground-up, office, educational, mixed-use and retail facilities. Previous employment includes approximately seven years at Roel Construction Co., as well as multiple years at Reno Contracting, BSD Builders Inc. and Jaynes San Diego.

Stout is currently working on Johnson & Jennings’ Harbor Point project located at 5055 N. Harbor Drive along the San Diego Bay. This new mixed-use building is designed to achieve LEED silver certification for core and shell. Slated to complete in August, the project includes construction of nine office suites above three ground-floor retail suites.

Thomas named partner at Hilliard Architects

Hilliard Architects, a San Francisco women-owned architectural firm specializing in sustainable design, has named Karen Thomas a partner.


Thomas, who has 25 years of architectural experience, has been with Hilliard Architects since 2005. During that time, she has served as a lead on projects for the Department of Veterans Affairs, California Department of Forestry, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and a wide variety of affordable housing construction and substantial rehabilitation efforts.

Thomas has used her strong CAD and BIM skills for affordable housing projects throughout Northern California and Nevada. She has an active interest in adaptive reuse and managed the Lycée Français La Perouse campus renovation. This project transformed the San Francisco Conservatory of Music into a school that is now awaiting LEED silver certification.

Thomas received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Howard, Mallakis join PB

Jeff J. Howard has been named a senior project planner in the San Diego office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, while Kosta Mallakis was named a construction manager in PB’s Orange office.


Howard will focus on land use planning and transit-oriented development projects. He has been practicing land use planning, urban planning, urban design, and transportation planning in the San Diego region for more than 30 years. Over the past decade, he has focused on the implementation of smart growth policies that support public transportation projects. Howard holds a bachelor of landscape architecture degree from the University of Arizona and is a registered landscape architect in the state of California.

Mallakis has more than 18 years of experience in the construction, maintenance and operation of port infrastructure. In his new position, he will be responsible for managing construction at the Port of Long Beach Pier G North Railyard renovation project. This $30-million project includes the phased construction of a new intermodal railyard capable of accommodating 20 rail cars with top pick yard operation, or 28 rail cars with more automated yard operation.

Mallakis earned an M.B.A. degree from Loyola Marymount University and a B.S.C.E. from San Diego State University.

HGA hires Fort as senior associate

HGA Architects and Engineers has hired Rue T. Fort, AIA, LEED AP, as a senior associate and senior project architect focusing on healthcare and higher education in the firm’s growing Los Angeles office.


Fort has more than 30 years of architectural expertise working on large-scale commercial, higher education, healthcare and justice/detention projects nationally and throughout Southern California. Before joining HGA, he served in leadership roles for several prominent architecture firms in the Los Angeles area.

Fort has a bachelor of architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture in Santa Monica. He is a registered architect in the state of California, and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects and the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles chapter.

Perkowitz+Ruth promotes 4 to senior principal

Perkowitz+Ruth Architects has promoted Branko Prebanda, Brian Wolfe, AIA, Marios Savopoulos, AIA, and Alan Pullman, AIA, to the level of senior principal.


Prebanda joined the firm in 1979 and has guided the continued growth of P+R’s retail tenant portfolio, which includes some the nation’s largest grocers and retailers. For more than 25 years he has successfully maintained these accounts and guided the expansion of the firm’s scope of work to include new stores, expansions, tenant roll-outs and interior tenant improvements.

Throughout his 22 years with the firm, Wolfe’s focus has been to advance the firm with a more defined mission and strategic approach to the business and the architectural practice. Recently he has driven the firm’s advancement into BIM and Integrated Project Delivery. Guiding a significant portion of the firm’s private developer work over the years, his projects have garnered recognition from national and local organizations.


Savopoulos successfully guided P+R’s Orange County location for 16 years before the merger of the studios to the Long Beach location in 2009. With significant expertise in hospitality and entertainment, he has strengthened the firm’s portfolio in these arenas. Developments such as Bridgeport Village (Tualatin, Ore.) and Bella Terra (Huntington Beach), have garnered numerous awards and recognition throughout the industry.

Pullman founded Studio One Eleven, the firm’s architecture and urban design studio, in 2000. Under his leadership, the studio has diversified the firm’s expertise into new arenas such as urban infill, public and civic projects, and mixed-use developments. His projects have garnered numerous awards, including the firm’s first ever national AIA award when Courtyard Lofts (Long Beach) was recognized with a Housing Award in 2009.

Prebanda, Wolfe, Savopoulos and Pullman are the first-ever principals to assume these new roles within the firm. The remaining group of principals includes the recently promoted Don Grainger, AIA, LEED AP, Winston Chang, AIA, LEED AP, and Michael Bohn, AIA.

Welborne joins ZGF Architects as principal

ZGF Architects LLP of Los Angeles reports that Martha Welborne, FAIA, has joined the firm as a principal, focusing on urban planning.


Welborne, managing director of Los Angeles’s Grand Avenue Committee for the past eight years, will continue to oversee the $3 billion Grand Avenue project in downtown Los Angeles in her new position, working with the Grand Avenue Committee, the private non-profit entity that is leading the redevelopment of Grand Avenue, including the new downtown Civic Park.

Welborne earned her Bachelors degree in Architecture at the University of Notre Dame and Masters degrees in both Architecture and City Planning at MIT. She later held a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Design School. Throughout her career, her work has ranged from individual building design to large-scale planning projects. She has led the urban design of several transit and transportation projects around the country and has also completed master plans for many prominent universities in the U.S.

Welborne was the managing director of the Los Angeles office of Skidmore Owings & Merrill in the 1990s and prior to that was a principal at Sasaki Associates, Inc. in the Boston area.


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