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Andy Kirby

Suffolk Construction Co. has appointed Andy Kirby to vice president of operations, government.

Kirby previously was the director of federal construction for the San Diego office of one of the largest general contractors in the West, where he established a strong federal division. Before that position, he was a civil engineer corps officer and resident officer in charge of construction for the U.S. Navy at its Point Loma Naval Base.

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Kirby, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserves, will direct Suffolk’s new office in San Diego.

Kirby’s initial mission involves generating new contracts from the federal government’s ambitious plan to add more than $3 billion worth of new buildings to better support its enlisted personnel in the Southwest.

Kirby, a native of Norcross, Ga., is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and the Construction Management Association of America. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in systems engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Turner promotes Dow

Kevin Dow

Turner Construction Co. reports that Kevin E. Dow has been named vice president and general manager of the firm’s Southern California office located in Anaheim.

Dow will also serve as the general manager of regional operations for Turner’s Southwest region, which includes the firm’s offices in Southern California and Arizona.

In his role, Dow will be responsible for the overall leadership of Turner’s operations in the Southwest region that is responsible for completing work on more than $600 million of construction activity for the firm’s clients each year.

Dow joined Turner in 1980 and had various assignments in Turner’s Boston and Connecticut offices. In 2006, Dow was named an officer of the firm and later that year transferred to Turner’s office in Orange County where he was named vice president of pre-construction services. Dow then was promoted to vice president and operations manager of the office. In 2008, Kevin was promoted to vice president and manager of the Southern California office, his most recent assignment.

Aggarwal promoted at San Jose’s CEI

Paul Aggarwal

Cupertino Electric, Inc.’s Vice President of Estimating Paul Aggarwal has been promoted to the newly created position of vice president of pre-construction services. In his expanded role, Aggarwal will set the strategic direction for the company’s pursuit of new projects and oversee all pre-construction activities.

Aggarwal has more than 20 years of estimating experience in the construction industry insuring that project pricing is both complete and competitive. Aggarwal joined CEI more than 20 years ago as an eestimator, and was later promoted to the project management team in 1995. He became chief estimator in 2000 and most recently served as CEI’s vice president of estimating, a position he has held since 2005.

Aggarwal holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from San Jose University and a master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.

HDR’s Bennett named Engineer of Year by ASCE Orange County

Bill Bennett

The American Society of Civil Engineers Orange County Branch recently named HDR’s Bill Bennett, P.E., Engineer of the Year.

Bennett is a senior vice president and Southern California area manager for HDR, based in the company’s Irvine office. He is responsible for 220 employees and five offices in Orange, San Diego, Riverside and Los Angeles counties. HDR’s Southern California region has experienced substantial growth under Bennett’s leadership since he joined HDR in 2004.

With 33 years of industry experience, Bennett has led infrastructure projects throughout Southern California, including the SR 57 Mainline Widening in Anaheim, Eastern Transportation Corridor (SR 241) design-build, Mockingbird Canyon Dam spillway modification in Riverside, Orchard States retarding basin in Irvine and the Ortega Highway widening improvements in San Juan Capistrano.

Bennett holds bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and biological science from the University of California, Davis. Additionally, he was a member of the inaugural class of the University of California, Irvine Extension program for technical and engineering management and earned his certificate from UCI.

Bennett is a past president and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Cos. He is also a member of the State Board of Governors for the ACEC California Political Action Committee.

Camarano joins Kitchell in SoCal

Domingo Camarano

Domingo Camarano has joined Kitchell as regional executive for the Southern California region.

Camarano has more than 11 years of experience in construction management, community and economic development, municipal planning, startup of a niche Internet-solution provider with worldwide offices and executive management at one of the nation’s largest non-profit community-development corporations. Camarano’s expertise includes community outreach; program management; project management; acting as liaison with elected officials, and community groups; and ensuring project teams meet established schedules, budgets and progress deadlines.

He earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of La Verne, in La Verne, Calif., as well as a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Bakersfield.

PB names Currie, Johnson senior supervising engineers

F. Donald Currie

F. Donald Currie has been named a senior supervising engineer in the Orange office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, while Kenneth A. Johnson has been named a senior supervising engineering geologist in the San Francisco office.

Currie has more than 23 years of experience in designing and managing transportation infrastructure projects, ranging from street, highway and bridge construction to light rail transit and airport expansion.

Currie received a B.S. in civil engineering from San Diego State University.

He is a past president of the Orange County branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the American Public Works Association and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Johnson will manage the geotechnical characterization work for both the tunnel section and stations for the final design of the Central Subway Project, which PB is performing on behalf of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Johnson has more than 25 years of experience in geological engineering and hydrogeologic applications. He has specialized expertise in construction dewatering, groundwater hydrogeology, landslide assessment and mitigation, and environmental soil and groundwater assessment and remediation.

Johnson received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in earth sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

James joins Nadel as managing principal

Greg James

Nadel Architects reports that Greg James has been named managing principal of the Orange County office’s retail team. With more than 15 years of experience in retail project architecture, James joins the firm from previously serving as senior project manager at the Irvine office of KKE Architects.

In his new position, James manages the retail team, as well as projects through all phases of design, contract and construction administration. He also aids business development in new business materials, proposals and consultant agreements. James’ range of expertise comprises grocery stores, retail shops, neighborhood and power centers, to repositioning and remodeling existing spaces and centers.

James is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona.

Hiatt elected president of APWA

Steve Hiatt

Steve Hiatt, a vice president at Nolte Associates, Inc., was recently named president of the Sacramento Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

Hiatt was selected for the position because of his strong leadership skills and professional experience delivering public works projects. Hiatt will be responsible for promoting the professional excellence of chapter members by developing educational programs and knowledge sharing opportunities, providing opportunities for community service, and advocating for active participation by cities and counties and others in the public works profession.

Hiatt serves as the managing director of Nolte’s Sacramento office and leads the firm’s transportation and construction management practices in Northern California. He assists in managing firm-wide operations and planning and provides project management, design, and construction management expertise for large-scale transportation projects.

Hiatt will serve a one-year term with the association.

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