Construction is Underway on the GHP FISH Food Bank

WA Patriot has begun construction on a new 10,000 sf facility for the Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank. The new, larger home will help GHP FISH serve clients, volunteers and the community well into the future and allow more efficient processing and storage of donated food and other items. It offers expanded shopping areas and has room for an expanded clothing and household goods area, a conference room for groups, and private offices to provide a place for confidential client meetings. WA Patriot’s Mac Stanton, Zerah Florance, Alex Powell, Dumitru Robu, Rory Godinez and Phil Kvamme have worked together with the design team, Ratcliffe Gagliano Architects and Owner’s Representative Wade Perrow to get this project off to a great start. We look forward to a successful finish in spring/early summer of 2022.

Click here to watch a video of the first foundation pour, marking an exciting milestone for the project!

WA Patriot’s Bonnie Melchior Retires

It is with mixed emotions that WA Patriot announces the retirement of Bonnie Melchior. Bonnie has been a tremendous and committed employee, and she will be greatly missed. We are indebted to her commitment and contributions to furthering our company’s EEO policy and Safety program in addition to countless accounting functions she served. Her retirement is our loss, but a well-deserved respite for her. We know she is eager to catch up on her travels and love of photography, and we wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.

On June 18, 2021 our team got together to celebrate Bonnie and others who have retired in the past couple of years, including Carpenters Mark Peele, Dave Seals, Billy Snape and Ken Tepley, as well as Project Manager Mark Zygmontowicz. We want to give all retirees a huge THANK YOU for your service to both Wade Perrow Construction and WA Patriot.

WA Patriot Joins Gig Harbor’s Adopt-A-Road Program

Earlier this month, WA Patriot took part in the City of Gig Harbor’s Adopt-A-Road program as part of our commitment to SERVE our community. The goal of the program is to make Gig Harbor the best and cleanest community in our area by reducing roadside litter, and to build civic pride in a litter-free city road system. Many thanks to our volunteers who took a few hours of their afternoon to remove litter on Peacock Hill, from Vernhardson Street to 112th Street. WA Patriot will continue to serve the Gig Harbor community with volunteer teams scheduled four times per year to help maintain clean roads throughout the city.

Click here to learn how you and your organization can participate in this citywide litter control program.

Celebrating Safety Excellence

WA Patriot is proud to announce that we received another Safety Excellence award from the AGC of WA for our outstanding safety program in 2020. Many thanks to our project teams and to our Safety Engineer, Brandon Swaab, for their tireless efforts in making safety a priority at WA Patriot!

Expanding our Team

WA Patriot is pleased to announce the addition of several new team members this past year.

Dumitru Robu, graduate of UW’s Construction Management program, joined us full time as a Project Engineer to primarily support our private projects.

Lauren Lusk joined WA Patriot as Project Administrator / Administrative Assistant. She has a BA in Interior Design with a Minor in Construction Management. She provides administrative support to our estimating department, marketing, and project teams performing a variety of project-related tasks in addition to general office administrative tasks.

Keegan Bennett joined WA Patriot as a Quality Control Manager, where he has been supporting several projects with NAVFAC Northwest at multiple Naval Base Kitsap locations. He has a BS in Construction Management with a Minor in Business Admin from WSU.

Dayna Schicker joined our team as Assistant Controller responsible for month-end closing of financials, daily processing of cash receipts, posting of cash transactions, and review/administration of contracts. She has a Finance Degree from Portland State University, MBA from University of Portland, and is a CPA.

Ernesto Valdes joined our team as Payroll Administrator. He holds a BBA in Accounting with a Minor in Finance from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.

Rob Floberg joined WA Patriot as Assistant Project Manager, where he supports our private clients by offering preconstruction and construction management assistance.

Phil Thornton, Project Manager, brings over 10 of industry experience, with the last 7 years in the management role. His primary focus is leading WA Patriot’s projects for The Boeing Company at their Auburn, Frederickson, Kent, and Tukwila campuses.

WA Patriot Employees SERVE at Tacoma Rescue Mission

On Friday, March 12, WA Patriot employees participated in Tacoma Rescue Mission’s lunch service. They helped prepare and serve lunch for Friday’s service, and also prepped breakfast for Saturday. Our team is passionate about supporting Tacoma Rescue Mission (TRM) and we always enjoy serving together. To learn more about TRM and their mission to bring help to those who need it most, visit their website at www.trm.org.

 

COVID-19 and WA Patriot’s Response

WA Patriot’s leadership team is closely monitoring daily developments of the COVID-19 crisis and are following the guidance from federal, state and local officials to ensure we are doing our part to help alleviate the harsh impact of this virus. Through it all, we remain committed to the health and wellness of our employees, and to the health of our community, which is at the heart of WA Patriot’s culture.

  • We put or people first and we are implementing news ways of being safe in the current conditions.
  • We are taking precautions to ensure we don’t put any of our people in harm’s way.
  • We are serving our community in ways we feel we can be of best service.
  • Early in March, WA Patriot staff was on hand to help Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank unload a delivery of goods at their facility on Burnham Drive.
  • Later in March, WA Patriot’s President, Mickey Traugutt, picked up a pallet of goods from the Emergency Food Network in Lakewood and delivered it to the FISH food bank in Gig Harbor.
  • WA Patriot donated our corporate supply of N95 masks to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton.
  • WA Patriot’s VP Mac Stanton and his wife Megan gathered masks from family and friends in the community and delivered these much needed supplies to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

Ever mindful that we are all in this together, WA Patriot will be diligent in our efforts to perform our work and serve our community responsibly. Please consider helping those in your community who need it now more than ever; reach out and find out how you can help.