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The Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) will review alternative public works contracting procedures and provide guidance to state policymakers on ways to further enhance the quality, efficiency, and accountability of public works contacting methods.


General Contractor Representative:

Brent LeVander of Seattle, has been appointed to a term effective September 2015 ending June 30, 2019. Brent is currently a Senior VP of Operations at Centennial Contractors and is responsible for their Western Region. His experience with project delivery methods include DBB, JOC and GCCM. Centennial is a nationwide contractor that specializes in managing framework contracts for both public and private clients.

Andrew Thompson of Seattle has been appointed to term effective May 29, 2014 for a term ending July 28, 2021. He is currently serving as the vice-chair for CPARB. Andrew is a civil engineer and Senior Project Manager working for Granite Construction Company in Everett for the last 24 years. He has served on the Heavy Civil Committee (appointed by CPARB), is on the Board of Directors for the Snohomish County Initiative for Improved Transportation (SCIIT), and has participated in the WSDOT/AGC Roadway and Administrative Task Forces.


Architects Representative:

Walter Schacht of Seattle has been reappointed to represent Architects to a term effective July 29, 2011 ending June 30, 2019. Walter has been a licensed and practicing architect since 1995 in Washington. He is currently the Principal Architect at Schacht Aslani Architects, established in 1996.


Engineers Representative:

Santosh Kuruvilla of Olympia was appointed to represent Engineers for a term effective February 2015 ending June 30, 2019. Santosh's company, Exeltech Consulting, is a multidisciplinary consulting company providing: planning, permitting, design, and construction management. His experience with project delivery methods includes, design bid build, design build and GCCM methods. He received, in 2008, the Small Business Administration's National Businessman of the Year Award for NW Region.


Specialty Contractor Representatives:

Mike Shinn of Kent, representing Specialty Contractors, has been appointed to a term effective September 2015 ending June 30, 2019. The owner of Shinn Mechanical, Inc, his firm does 65% of its business on public work in Washington. He is a previous member of the Project Review Committee.

Greg Fuller of Federal Way, representing Specialty Contractors, has been reappointed to a term effective May 29, 2014 ending June 30, 2021.


Construction Trades Labor Representative:

Mark “Dut” Riker was appointed to the position of Executive Secretary of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council in February 2018. Mark has served on CPARB since 2009 representing Construction Trades Labor. Previously Mark was a Business Representative for Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 66, studied and graduated a 5 year Sheet Metal Apprenticeship through Local 66, worked for Hermanson Company of Kent, WA for over 11 years as an apprentice, journeyman, Foreman, and Superintendent before being elected to Local Union office by his peers in the sheet metal industry.

(1) Vacant position

Office of Minority Women’s Business Enterprises Representative (OMWBE):

Teresa Berntsen has been reappointed to represent OMWBE to a term effective November 2, 2015 and expires June 30, 2020. Teresa is the Director of the Office of Minority Women's Business Enterprises.


Private Industry Representative:

Joaquin Hernandez of Seattle was appointed to represent Private Industry to a term effective September 2015 ending June 30, 2019. He is employed as general council for B. E. meyers & Co. Inc. He counsels clients in managing the risks inherent in complex laws and regulations affecting domestic and international government contracts. Joaquin works with clients in the construction, health, technology, aerospace and maritime industries. He has represented clients before various agencies and has worked with policymakers on behalf of clients.

Irene Reyes of Fife was appointed to represent Private Industry to a term effective September 2015 ending June 30, 2019. Irene is the CEO and Founder of Excel Supply Company since 1993. Excel is a WA State DBE Certified Woman and Minority company which provides safety, medical, janitorial and office supplies to government, industries and service providers in construction, food, science and medicine. She brings to CPARB her extensive experience in safety products, safety regulations and government procurement and contracting with small, women-owned, and minority business.

Counties Representative:

Gary Rowe of Olympia represents the Counties interest in CPARB. Gary is the Managing Director of the Washington State Association of Counties. His term is indefinite.


Higher Education Representative:

(1) Vacant Position

Department of Enterprise Services (DES) Representative:

William (Bill) Frare (Current Chair) of Enterprise Services has been appointed to represent DES to a term effective December 16, 2013 ending June 30, 2020. He is the Assistant Director of Facilities Professional Services Divison at DES. His responsibilities include capitol project oversight for most state agencies and community colleges. Bill has over twenty years of public works experience as a professional engineer, serving in state and county government in transportation, natural resources and facilities.

Insurance/Surety Industry Representative:

Charles Horn of Bremerton, representing the Insurance/Surety Industry, was appointed on May 29, 2014 for a term ending July 28, 2017. Charles is the owner of Charles R Horn, LLC.


Hospital Districts:

Ty Heim has been appointed to represent the Hospitals to a term effective July 19, 2013 and is indefinite. Ty is the Director of Construction at Evergreen Health/King County Public Hospital District No. 2 in Kirkland, WA. Ty also has over thirty years of experience as an architect and construction manager for public agencies including hospitals, schools, universities and municipal governments.


Cities Representative:

Rebecca Keith has been appointment to represent Cities to a term effective May 11, 2015 to June 30, 2021. She is Seattle's Assistant City Attorney, Contracts and Utilities Section. Advises and works with City Departments on all phases and aspects of public works since 2006.  


School Districts Representative:

Steven Crawford of Issaquah is the Director of Capital Projects for the Issaquah School District, has been appointed for an indefinite term. He has held this position since 1997 and has managed over $370,000,000 in construction projects for the school district. He is also has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Arizona State University.


Ports Representative:

Robert Maruska of Seattle has been appointed to represent Washington ports for undetermined amount of time. Robert is the Assistant Director, Engineering, Design Services for the Port of Seattle Engineering Department. His responsibilities include oversight of capital project scope of services, budgets and schedules. Robert promotes efficiency and promotes quality of constructed facilities. He will the representative for the Ports on the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board. Robert has many years experience with public works contracts and has been the Chair of the CPARB since July 2008.


House of Representatives (D):

Representative Steve Tharinger has been appointed to represent the Democratic caucus of the House of Representatives. Rep. Tharinger, from the 24th Legislative District - encompassing most of the Olympic Pennisula, is a member of the following committees: Capital Budget (Chair), Appropriations, and Health Care and Wellness. Homepage


House of Representatives (R):

Representative Vincent Buys has been appointed to represent the Republican caucus of the House of Representatives. Rep. Buys, from the 42nd Legislative District - Whatcom County, is a member of the following committees: Agriculture & Natural Resources (ranking member), Appropriations, and EnvironmentHomepage


Senate (D):

Senator Bob Hasagawa was appointed to represent Democrats in the Senate. Senator Hasagawa is from the 11th District and is a member of the following committees: Commerce, Labor & Sports, Rules, and Ways & Means. Homepage

Senate (R): 

Senator Judy Warnick was appointed to represent Republicans in the Senate.  Senator Warnick is from the 13th District and is a member of the following committees: Agriculture, Water, Trade & Economic Development (Chair), Early Learning & K-12 Education, and Ways & Means Committee. Homepage


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