DCI's New Associate Principals & Associates

DCI Engineers is pleased to announce the promotion of the following staff to their new roles.

Ivan Cazares, CPA, has been promoted to Associate Principal in the Seattle office. Ivan strives to develop efficient work processes while still providing financial transparency. As a leader within the accounting team, Ivan provides a positive work environment for his team to succeed and grow within the department. He is thankful to have an amazing group of team players who run the day-to-day accounting operations. Ivan is also part of the SUP (Society of Universal Planning) committee in the Seattle office which helps plan team office events throughout the year.

Mark Bradford, PE, has been promoted to Associate Principal in the Missoula, Montana office. While at DCI, he earned recognition for his mentorship and project management skills. Mark has developed valuable local client relationships and contributed to various projects throughout Missoula, such as public schools, medical facilities, commercial buildings, low-rise apartments, and tenant improvements. He has also developed client relationships outside of Montana with a primary focus on modular construction and pre-cast. He is currently a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Natasha Richie, PE, has been promoted to Associate Principal in the Austin office. She has provided senior project management and construction administration support since she joined the firm. With more than 20 years in the industry, her structural engineering portfolio ranges from high-rise, student housing, multi-family residential, commercial mixed-use, and hospitality projects. Her notable project accomplishments include Centrum 606 in Chicago, Illinois; Grand Solmar Resort Phase II in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Sonesta Hotel in Bee Cave, Texas; and the Waterloo Tower and Inspire Student Living in Austin, Texas.

Tim Patterson, PE, SE, has been promoted to Associate Principal in the Bozeman office. He is known for his expertise in designing and managing high-end residential projects throughout the country. Tim’s main priorities are managing successful projects and maintaining great relationships with clients and business development. His current projects include luxury homes at Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and Big Sky, Montana; an indoor practice facility for the Bozeman Bucks Legion baseball team; and a new two-story office building in Helena, Montana. Tim has been a guest speaker at local industry events, such as the Montana Joint Engineer Conference. He is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Montana (SEAMT) and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations(NCSEA), and regularly attends NCSEA’s annual summit and leadership retreats.

Sumandeep Singh has been promoted to Associate Principal. He oversees BIM support from the San Francisco office, providing modeling and project coordination for all of DCI’s 13 offices. He was essential in growing the firm’s satellite design office to 15 support staff, which he continues to lead today. In addition to developing drawing standards for the San Francisco office and leading internal BIM education, Sumandeep manages large, complex projects, often coordinating between clients directly to improve quality and efficiency. Since his work philosophy is to support everyone, Sumandeep is often out in the field, making sure the design is working well in construction. He has produced a variety of drawings for mixed-use, hospitality, residential, commercial, education, parking structures, and shop drawing production. His portfolio includes the 1 De Haro office building in San Francisco, California; Miro Towers in San Jose, California; Yerba Buena Island Townhomes in Yerba Island, San Francisco, and Project One in Oakland.

Nina Munj, PE, has been promoted to Associate in the San Francisco office. Over the years, she has built her portfolio with concrete and podium residential projects, along with concrete and steel commercial office, hospitality, and mixed-use projects. Nina’s current Bay Area projects include the UC Berkeley Helen Diller Anchor House, a 14-story student housing development: 642 Quarry Road, a multi-structure steel life-science commercial complex; and 130 Townsend, a concrete multi-structure commercial complex. She is a valuable contributor of recruiting and on-board training efforts for the office. Nina’s business development focus is maintaining and establishing client relationships through her higher level project management role. She is a member of in-house technical committees for wood, concrete, and foundations.

Andrew Kracht, PE, has been promoted to Associate in the Seattle office. Over the last 9 years, his primary focus has been mixed-use apartment buildings, but has also managed and designed medical office buildings, parking structures, and high-rises. His notable Washington state projects include The Schoolhouse District in Woodinville; Centre 415 in Bellevue; East Lake Sammamish Mixed-Use; and 1124 Columbia Medical Office Building in Seattle. Andrew developed in-house tools and engineering processes to expand team efficiency and has mentored other engineers.

Andrew has also taken the role of team leader at DCI’s Everett office. He works alongside with Principal Danielle Jacobs in growing and leading the office group.

Hanna Saed, PE, has been promoted to Associate in the Seattle office. Hanna has provided structural engineering support for various commercial office, parking garage, residential, and industrial projects. Hanna is the go-to resource on the Sustainable Living Innovations (SLI) volumetric structural assembly option, making him a business development asset. He is currently managing the SLI 3rd and Battery, 6500 Roosevelt, 8600 Aurora Avenue, and other SLI projects throughout western Washington and California. He has also taken the lead design and management role of the Block 38 project in Seattle.

David Wheeler, PE, has been promoted to Associate in the Seattle office. David has design experience with all common construction types including concrete, steel, masonry, cold formed steel, and wood. His project portfolio includes commercial, residential, tenant improvement, industrial, high-rise, and specialty structural engineering projects. His notable Washington state projects include Northup Way Mixed-Use and SOMA Phase II in Bellevue; Murano Senior Living tower and the Park Shore upgrade project in Seattle. He is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).

Melissa Sibley, PE, has been promoted to Associate in the Austin office and will lead the Houston office. She has been with DCI for 7 years and has worked on a variety of projects throughout the country. She has a reputation of being a collaborative and creative engineer and thrives on finding ways to make projects work. Melissa has worked on a wide array of projects from small single-story medical office buildings to affordable multifamily housing to bond-funded public schools to complex hybrid steel/concrete high rises. Melissa serves a lead mentor for several younger engineers in the Texas offices, and she serves as a mentor with ACE Mentor Program.

Tom Quintero, PE, has been promoted to Associate in the Austin office. He brought forensic engineering experience upon joining the firm. At DCI, Tom has shown engineering design aptitude with tenant improvement, adaptive reuse, and residential projects. He is currently managing high-end residential projects in the Austin area; Hope Alliance; the expansion of the Million Air facility at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA); and structural rehabilitations and retrofits in Central and East Texas. Tom contributes to the office’s recruitment effort, which includes expanding the office’s university outreach. He is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas (SEAoT) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Jon Lovgren, PE, SE, has been promoted to Associate in the Bozeman office. Since joining the firm, Jon has been involved with the structural design for high-end single-family residences, religious facilities, commercial-use pavilions, schools, visitor centers, barns, and renovations. He is best known for his engineering contributions to the Shodair Children's Hospital In Helena; The Villages at the Turn and Yellowstone Club in Big Sky; and Bozeman High School – all projects in Montana.

Tim Vaughan, PE, SE, has been promoted to Associate in the Missoula office. Since joining the firm, Tim has managed a wide range of commercial, educational, and residential projects containing steel, concrete, masonry, or light-framed wood framing systems. He is an invaluable resource for precast concrete design. His notable projects include the Hayward Field Addition in Eugene, Oregon; Washington-Grizzly Champions Center at the University of Montana, and Lolo Elementary & Middle School in Montana.

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