Utility Contractor

MAR-APR 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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16 Utility Contractor | March/April 2018 Career Background Coming out of college, Fuglevand settled in Seattle where he had friends and family, and secured a job with the consulting firm HNTB Inc. After nearly five years working as a consultant, and hearing repeatedly to his question "how are they going to build that" and receiving the answer that "it is the contractor's problem" he decided he would move to his true calling, contracting, to work to solve those problems. His desire to find solutions prompted his move to Spokane to work for Max J. Kuney to manage the I-90 Lid Structure, which he had helped design at HNTB, finally having the opportunity of solving "the contractor's problems." After seven years in Spokane, Fuglevand decided to move his family back to Seattle where he worked briefly for Mowat Construction before taking on a new challenge as vice president of Marshbank Construction, headquartered in Lake Stevens. As lead project manager, Fuglevand directed the small earthwork, excavation, and utilities company, and was introduced to NUCA. Eighteen years later, while contemplating his future, Fuglevand desired a new challenge and decided to explore the construction management field. He signed on with KBA in July of 2017. "It was a difficult decision to leave Marshbank, but I felt the timing was right," he said. "I got to know KBA over the years from their work as a construction manager on some of my past projects, and they were always a fair organization that was interested in solving problems and helping the project get built." Who is KBA Inc.? For more than 24 years, KBA Inc., headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, has successfully managed public and private construction projects, earning the trust and respect of clients. KBA is small enough to be flexible and responsive, yet big enough to manage large and complex projects. The firm's staff is unique in that most have worked in multiple segments of the industry, including representing the engineer, contractor, and/or owner. KBA Inc. has worked on over $7 billion of some of the Puget Sound area's most technically challenging and complex construction projects, including roads, bridges, highways, transit, water, wastewater, buildings, land development and port facilities. Services include construction management, project and program management, and value-added specialty services. The employee-owned firm was founded in 1994 by Kristen A. Betty, P.E., and is certified as a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) and a Small Business Enterprise (SBE). Incoming NUCA chairman Mark Fuglevand, center, brings his 33 years of construction experience to KBA Inc. (Photo: Christiana Childers.)

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