April Lunch Meeting

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March Joint Meeting with SDA

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MATHCOUNTS 2014 Benefit Golf Tournament

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Healthcare Architect Joins Arizona Design Firm Shepley Bulfinch

Ned McKnight AIA joins Phoenix office of Shepley Bulfinch architects

PHOENIX, AZ – Shepley Bulfinch is pleased to welcome Edward (Ned) McKnight, AIA, LEED AP to the firm’s Phoenix office as a senior member of its healthcare design practice. His clients over the past decade have included Banner Health, the US Veterans Affairs Administration, Scottsdale Healthcare, and Dignity Health. As a healthcare architect, Ned thrives on the complexity of the projects, the evolving nature of the delivery model, and the satisfaction of creating spaces that support and advance healing. Ned is an advocate for environmentally responsive design and is a LEED Accredited Professional.  He is a registered architect in the state of Arizona and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Arizona State (’04) and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana/ Champaign.

Shepley Bulfinch (www.shepleybulfinch.com) is a national architecture and planning practice with studios in Boston, Phoenix, and San Francisco and a passion for high-impact design. Its healthcare clients include the University of Arizona Health System and Banner Health/ It award-winning Arizona work includes Postino Gilbert, Joyride Taco, The Galleries at Turney, the Link, and Windsor and Churn. Shepley Bulfinch is ranked among the country’s top healthcare design firms by Modern Healthcare and Interior Design magazine and a Top Mountain Architect by Mountain Living magazine.

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March 2014 Tour

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2014 Board Members

2014 SAAEMA Board Members

President: Vanessa Martinez

Vanessa is a marketing and administrative coordinator with Tetra Tech and has over 15 years of experience in project, proposal and administrative coordination.  Her main responsibilities include the preparation of proposals and statements of qualifications at both the local and Federal level.   Vanessa is married with four children ranging in ages from 18 to 7. She and her husband, Chris, are both Tucson natives and when they aren’t watching or coaching their kids on the ball field, they are outdoors taking in the Tucson sunshine.

 Vice President: Stevie Bongen

Stevie Bongen is the Marketing Administrator at Tierra Right of Way Services, Ltd. Tierra). Stevie joined Tierra in July 2010 and has served on SAAEMA’s Board of Directors since 2012, first as Communications Chair, then as Secretary. She started her career in the engineering, environmental, and professional consulting industry in 2004, and has since been involved with SAAEMA through attendance at various association functions and events. Her main responsibilities at Tierra include proposal development for each of Tierra’s offices at the local, State, and Federal levels; debriefings; Marketing Plan development and implementation; advertising and graphics design; and attendance at industry conferences and events. During her time off, Stevie is an annual Team Captain for the Southern Arizona Walk to End Alzheimer’s and enjoys spending time with her family and working on home improvements.

Treasurer: Fernando Galvez, P.E., RCDD, CTM

Fernando is Principal and President of Monrad Engineering, Inc.  He has 36 years of experience (29) years with the firm in electrical engineering. Fernando is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BSEE and is a registered professional engineer in Arizona and Nevada. He is also a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) with extensive experience in audio-visual, access control, intrusion detection, surveillance and telecommunications systems design for smaller and multi-million dollar projects.

Secretary: Megan Banning

Megan is a marketing coordinator with four years of experience in Kimley-Horn’s Tucson office. She provides marketing and technical writing support to Kimley-Horn’s six offices throughout the Mountain Region, with a focus on transportation projects. Her experience includes technical writing, editing, desktop publishing, and developing multimedia presentations for clients throughout Arizona. As part of these efforts, Megan often coordinates with graphic design production. Her marketing experience includes producing proposals, interactive presentations, brochures, flyers, and trade show booths.

Past President: Matt Sage

Matt is the Marketing Director for Western Technologies and has over 8 years of experience in Business Development and Marketing.  Over the past 8 years, Matt has played an integral role in generating leads, developing and tracking proposals, creating statements of qualifications, as well as providing administrative and marketing support for Western Technologies.   During his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his 6-year old!  Whether at the park playing soccer or baseball or in the backyard smoking meat and flying remote controlled helicopters, they are sure to be just having fun.

Programs Chair: Tommy Roof

Tommy has spent his career in the building industry, having started as a draftsman in 1973. Since then he has worked for several contractors, starting in the field as a laborer. He started with his current employer, W.E. O’Neil Construction Company, in 1984 and has served as a field engineer, project superintendent, project manager, estimator, project executive, and currently holds the position of vice president. Tommy, a graduate of the University of Arizona, is a native Tucsonan and he and his wife Susan have been married for 29 years. They have four children, ages 18 through 25. Tommy is an avid Arizona Wildcats fan and enjoys golf, traveling with his family, and being involved in organizations giving back to his community.

Education Chair: Ron Schneider, P.E., S.E.

Ron Schneider founded Schneider Structural Engineers 13 years ago. Ron has 27 years of experience in structural engineering and is highly skilled in seismic designs for building structures.  He is active in the business development for Schneider Structural Engineers besides doing a lot of the engineering the firm requires thought out the Country.  Ron is married with one child and is a graduate of Sahuaro High School and Pima College in Tucson and has a BS degree in Architectural Engineering form Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo CA.

Membership Chair: Brad Steninger

Brad began working for Southwest Gas Corporation on Jan. 2nd 1985.  His current title is Energy Analyst.  During his long career he has held many titles but all of them revolved around serving the design/build community.  He has been active in many groups, including but not limited to, ASHRAE, CCIM, and of course SAAEMA.  Brad holds a bachelor’s degree from the U of A and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.  He has two children and is about to become a grandfather.  He enjoys traveling and riding bicycles with his wife Claudia.

Communications Chair: Regina Beem, P.E., ENV SP, LEED AP

Regina Beem is a project manager at Psomas with over 16 years of experience.  Regina is
responsible for client coordination, planning and design of projects requiring civil engineering services for developers and public agencies, compiling proposals, QA/QC and plan review, project quality control, and managing and coordinating a staff of engineers, designers, and drafters.  Regina is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BS degree in Civil Engineering. Regina is married with two children and both she and her husband are native Tucsonans.

Marketing Clinic Chair: Russ Blankenship

Russ Blankenship, President, Reproductions, Inc. joined the Repro crew in 1979 as a driver. He then began to work with old fashioned blueprints (ammonia, those were the days) trading in the delivery truck for the front counter and became a Store Manager in the mid 80’s. By the 90′s he was named Operations Manager and in 1998 named Vice President. He finally took the reins as President in 2007.  When Russ is not enjoying his work, he is enjoying his family including his beautiful wife of 33 years, Kelly and their two daughters Kayla and Korie.  He also enjoys riding his motorcycle, U of A sports (BEAR DOWN) and being with his two Golden Retrievers, Obie and Buddy.

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January Lunch Meeting

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BonTerra Consulting Joins Psomas

Los Angeles, CA (January 9, 2014)………….. One of Southern California’s premier environmental planning and resource management consulting firms, BonTerra Consulting, has joined Psomas, an engineering consulting firm with offices across the Western United States.

The merger provides clients of both firms with a wider breadth and depth of environmental services. According to Blake Murillo, Psomas CEO, “BonTerra is recognized as one of the most experienced teams of environmental professionals in California. Mergers have been part of our strategic growth plan for over 10 years so this is an exciting and positive move for us. It enables us to expand our services in the pre-construction phases of project planning, impact assessment, and natural and cultural
resources evaluation.”

With the addition of BonTerra, Psomas’ environmental expertise is firmly established by adding major services such as environmental documentation pursuant to state (CEQA) and federal (NEPA) environmental quality acts, in addition to substantially augmenting the firm’s biological, regulatory, and habitat restoration services. The merger also adds offerings such as aquatic and fisheries; air quality and noise; and archaeological studies.

Since the two firms have worked together on projects for many years, the merger will further create a seamless relationship that will benefit both firms’ clients. Joan Patronite Kelly, AICP, Managing Principal of BonTerra, adds, “We are really pleased about the opportunities this merger presents to our staff and clients. The combination of the two firms offers our existing clients a much wider array of services under one roof.”

About Psomas: Dedicated to balancing the natural and built environment, Psomas is one of the top-ranked consulting engineering firms in the nation. The firm serves public and private-sector clients in the transportation, water, site development, federal, and energy markets. Psomas provides services across the Western United States in planning, surveying, engineering, construction management, and environmental consulting. Psomas has offices throughout California, in Arizona, and Utah. www.Psomas.com

About BonTerra Consulting: One of the most prominent environmental firms in Southern California, BonTerra Consulting provides a wide range of services, including CEQA and NEPA documentation; biological resources surveys; habitat restoration; regulatory permitting; cultural resources assessments; and air quality, greenhouse gas and noise analyses. With offices in Irvine and Pasadena, California, the firm’s project experience includes transportation, utilities, water/wastewater, aviation, residential, commercial, industrial, resort, retail and park/conservation programs.

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Principal Investigator Dr. Robert Stokes Joins Tierra Right of Way Services’ Cultural Resources Team

Tierra Right of Way Services, Ltd., is pleased to announce the hire of Robert Stokes, Ph.D., RPA, the newest Senior Principal Investigator for the company’s Environmental Planning and Cultural Resources Division. A highly experienced and valued addition to Tierra’s team, Dr. Stokes will oversee cultural resources projects throughout Arizona and New Mexico.

Dr. Stokes has worked in archaeology for over 25 years and has extensive experience directing cultural resource management projects throughout the Southwest. He has managed projects for Federal, State, County and municipal agencies, as well as a wide array of local and national private-sector clients, and possesses an in-depth understanding of the different requirements associated with each industry. An expert on the Mogollon, Salado, and Hohokam cultures of the Southwest, Dr. Stokes has also taught classes on New and Old World Archaeology at Mesa Community College since 2004.

“Bob is a great addition to our cultural resources team,” said Tierra’s Founder and
President, Randye Ferrick. “His technical expertise and managerial experience will help us continue to deliver top-quality results for our clients.”

For more information, please call Tierra’s Tucson headquarters at (800) 887-0847 or contact Dr. Stokes directly at rstokes@tierra-row.com.

Tierra Right of Way Services, Ltd., was established in 1989, and provides right of way, environmental, cultural resource, and other land services for clients throughout the western United States. With six offices in four western states, Tierra is prepared to handle
projects of any size and scope in any region. For more information, visit www.tierra-row.com.

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Psomas Announces New Construction Management Leader in Tucson

Tucson, AZ (November 27, 2013)…………..Psomas is pleased to announce the appointment of Heidi Lasham, PE, ENV SP as the new Construction Management Leader for the Tucson area. Lasham’s background includes a unique combination of transportation planning, roadway design, and construction field experience. Her broad experience, ranging from project planning, traffic, and roadway design to construction field experience, qualifies her as a construction manager who understands that good planning effort results in a quality construction project. Lasham is also involved in several professional organizations and volunteer activities including the Past President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Arizona Section, a member of Women’s Transportation Seminar and of Tucson Utility Contractors Association, an Engineering Mentor to the Sonoran Science Academy for the Future Cities Competition, and a Volunteer with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In 2012, the ASCE Southern Arizona Branch recognized Lasham with the Young Engineer Award for members under the age of 35. Lasham earned her Bachelor Degree from Purdue University in Civil Engineering focused on construction and structures.

About Psomas

Dedicated to balancing the natural and built environment, Psomas is one of the top-ranked consulting engineering firms in the nation. The firm serves public and private-sector clients in the transportation, water, site development, federal, and energy markets. Psomas’ over 400 employees provide services across the Western United States in planning, surveying, engineering, construction management, and environmental consulting.  Psomas has offices throughout California, in Arizona, and Utah. www.Psomas.com

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HMW Open House Tomorrow!

Join HMW at their new location tomorrow for their Open House!

When: October 24th, 4:00 PM
Where: 3501 E. Speedway Boulevard, Suite 225

Enjoy food and beverages!


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August 2013: Relaxation Day Mixer

Join us for the August 2013 Relaxation Day Mixer!

When: Thursday, August 15th from 4:00-6:00 PM
Where: Pasco’s Kitchen and Lounge
820 E. University Boulevard

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Save the Date! 2013 Marketing Clinic

Save the Date!

 2013 Marketing Clinic
September 19, 2013
12:00-4:30, Followed by a Superhero Mixer

Guest Speakers Include:
Deirdre Booth, CPSM – Tankgirl Marketing
Dr. Ed Ackerley – Ackerley Advertising – creatingMAGIC

Watch for details and upcoming registration!

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17th Annual SDA Volleyball Tournament

The May 13th
deadline for Volleyball Registration is upon us. Send in your registration

The registration packet
is linked below. Hurry! Spots are filling in quickly…

2013 Volleyball Registration Packet

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May 2013: Real Estate Roundup

May 2013 Real Estate Roundup
Tuesday, May 21st at 11:30
Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites

Please join SAAEMA and James Marian, CCIM of Chapman Lindsey Commercial Real Estate Services at 11:30am on Tuesday, May 21st as we learn about conditions of the Commercial Real Estate Market including:

  • Covering critical aspects of the commercial real estate market
  • Discussion on the subdivision and multi-family sector, including what’s moving and WHY!
  • Tips/Tricks on how to network within the commercial real estate niche

Please RSVP to fernandogalvez@monradengineeringinc.com by 5/17/13!

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SAAEMA Workshop: Networking

Join SAAEMA on Wednesday, May 1st at 11:45 for a presentation by Small Giants’ Danielle Feroleto on Networking.

Members: Free / Guests: $10.00


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Save the Date!

Save the Date!

May 2013 SAAEMA Workshop
Wednesday, May 1st
Hosted by Danielle Feroleto,
President of Small Giants

More details to follow soon!

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2013 Good Scout Luncheon

Dear SAAEMA Members,

The 2013 Construction Industry’s Good Scout Award Luncheon is rapidly approaching on Friday, May 10th at noon. The event will take place at the Holiday Inn, Palo Verde, and we would welcome your participation as a Sponsor/Attendee. The Good Scout Award was established to recognize those that have made a difference both in the construction industry and in the community.

This year we have two outstanding honorees:

Bruce Beach, our Good Scout honoree, is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BeachFleishman PC, one of the largest accounting and business advisory firms in Southern Arizona. He has served on the board of many of Tucson’s well known nonprofit organizations and in 2010 was named the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s Man of the Year. Bruce is one of the founders of the Tucson Festival of Books which has raised over $700,000 to advance literacy in Southern Arizona and continues to be active as the festival’s Sponsorship Committee Chair.

Shirley Dail, our Lifetime Achievement honoree, is the owner of Shirley’s Plan Service. She has served construction industry professionals in Tucson for over 30 years. She has been involved with many organizations in Southern Arizona including the Brewster Center, Altrusa Club of the Foothills, Arizona Builders Alliance, Bobby Sox Softball, in addition to other worthy causes. Shirley helped to charter the Tucson Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (N.A.W.I.C.) in 1966 where she remains an active member, currently serving as Vice-President.

Bruce and Shirley make a great addition to our Good Scout honorees and keep the tradition of excellence in the construction industry. Our past recipients include:

Bob and Wilson Sundt – 2000 David Mehl – 2006
John Shorbe, Sr. – 2001 Dick Anklam and Dan Cavanagh – 2007
Christina Palacios – 2002 Art Flagg – 2008
Bill Valenzuela – 2003 Hal Ashton – 2009
Tom Roof – 2004 Morgan North – 2010
Alan Lurie – 2005 John Nyman – 2011
Peter Herder and Bob Smith – 2012

By participating in this fun and inspirational event, you create a win/win situation. You not only honor these two outstanding individuals, but you also support a great organization – Catalina Council, Boy Scouts of America. The Good Scout Award is one of their most important fund raisers of the year. The success of this year’s fund raising effort is more important than ever. In the last two years, because of the threat of wildfires on Mt Lemmon in 2011, and a water shortage in 2012, Catalina Council had to cancel all of its summer camp sessions. Summer camp is revenue generating and as you can imagine, this created a huge hole in their budget. With your support, you can help fill this deficit.

I have attached a promotional flyer that gives you a little background on the Boy Scouts and the good work they do, in addition to information on the variety of ways you can participate in this year’s event.

Many of them include some good public relations opportunities for your company and the chance to rub shoulders with Tucson’s leaders in the construction industry. I’d really appreciate your support and your company’s good name behind this event. You can register via the attached flyer or online at http://www.constructionluncheon.com.

Thanks for your consideration and your support. We look forward to having you at this year’s event.

Angie Ziegler
General Air Control, Inc.
2013 Construction Luncheon Committee Member

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March 2013 Mining Panel – Local Mines Discuss Business Procedures and Opportunities

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites

Join us for a joint SAAEMA/SDA meeting!
Mining Panel Discussion

Representatives from the following companies will be in attendance:
-Florence Copper
-Rosemont Copper

The panel members will give an overview of their mine/operation, how to initiate business with them, their procurement process/procedures, and an update of what is anticipated as far as A/E/C work in the short-term (one to two years) and long-term (three to five+ years). They will be asked a number of questions submitted to the SAAEMA board by members, and then the discussion will be opened up to General Q&A.

RSVP to fernandogalvez@monradengineeringinc.com by 11:30am 3/14/13.
Submit questions for the mining panel to

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Holben, Martin & White Structural Engineers is Moving!

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