For three years, Engineering News-Record has showcased the top young professionals in several regions around the country. This year, ENR features a Top 20 Under 40 list focused exclusively on the Northwest for the first time, highlighting up-and-coming talent in Alaska, Oregon and Washington.
Our competition drew nominations from all facets of design and construction. The resulting list, selected by an independent jury, showcases an impressive class of professionals who represent the leading edge of industry advances. Many of the young professionals on our list are promoting the use of new technologies and alternative delivery methods to keep their firms current. Some are pushing the limits of sustainability, while others are focused on contemporary urban design and planning.
Some executives featured on our list managed to turn proven results into big promotions, including Corey Lohman, president of Emerick Construction, and Kirk Sund, who was named managing principal of CB Two Architects by the time he was 30.
Notably, many of the Top 20 Under 40 honorees are mentoring other young professionals, helping expand opportunities and advance their careers. Carrie Sturts Dossick, herself a young professional, challenges students to push the limits of interdisciplinary design and construction practices as an assistant professor at the University of Washington Pacific Northwest Center for Construction Research and Education.
The jury selected winners on the basis of candidates' career experience; industry leadership; community service; and other factors. This year's jury included John Benson, senior human resources director at Skanska USA; Gary Donnelly, projects administrator at Neeser Construction; and Heather Thomas, area marketing manager at Brown and Caldwell.
Read on to learn more about these inspiring young professionals.
Portland native puts his stamp on the local cityscape
37, Project Executive
Born and raised in Portland, Jason Chupp has deep roots in the region. With more than 16 years of construction experience, his work can be seen all around the city—including the Nike Flagship Store, the eBay/Critical Path Software addition, the First Republic Bank addition, the WebMD Office remodel, tenant improvements for Coffee Bean International and tenant improvements for Microsoft. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in construction engineering management from Oregon State University, he began his construction career working with Baugh Construction (now Skanska USA) on Class A office building projects. In 1999, he joined Portland-based Howard S. Wright as part of its emerging special projects group, tackling numerous interior, renovation, seismic-retrofit and retail projects. In 2011, when the company was acquired by Balfour Beatty, he joined Swinerton Builders and now serves as operations manager of its Portland office. Chupp is also a member of the Portland Business Alliance and the Construction Specifications Institute.