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Dan Pierce

has been named president of Kitchell Contractors, just one year after being promoted to senior vice president at the Phoenix firm. He began his 30-year career at Kitchell as a project engineer immediately after graduating from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in construction. Since his first project, St. Luke's Hospital in Phoenix, he has been instrumental in building the company's health care division. He recently joined the board of trustees at Barrow Neurological Foundation and played a lead role in establishing the construction management program and its curriculum at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

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SmithGroupJRR promoted Adam Denmark to principal in the architectural firm’s Phoenix office. Design architect Denmark specializes in facilities for forensic science, medical examiners, mass casualty, wet labs and biosafety level 3 units. He is experienced in all phases of laboratory design and construction, with specific expertise in medicolegal autopsy facilities. Since joining SmithGroupJJR in 2002, he has become a frequent speaker at major client industry conferences, including those sponsored by the National Association of Medical Examiners, the Center for Disease Control, Laboratory Design and Tradeline Research Buildings. Denmark is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor of architecture degree.

Larry Smith

has joined DLR Group's justice and civic design practice in the firm's Phoenix office. Smith brings 35 years of specialized experience in corrections and detention architecture, focusing on police, sheriff and other public safety facilities. Smith’s projects also encompass training facilities, 911 call centers, crime labs, fire stations, courts and a variety of custody levels from minimum to super-maximum corrections facilities as well as master plan needs assessments and studies. His clients have included Federal, state, county and municipal agencies across the country. Smith was most recently employed by design firm Durrant in Phoenix.

Cardno WRG has tapped Duane Hunn as director of operations for the firm's Scottsdale, Ariz., office. Hunn has more than 25 years of civil engineering and project management experience throughout Arizona, specializing in land development and large infrastructure projects. Filling a role that had been left vacant since 2009, Hunn's hiring reflects Cardno WRG's renewed interest in the Phoenix land development market.


Brendan Egan has rejoined Dermody Properties as regional director of development for the industrial real estate development firm's Reno, Nev., office. The 27-year real estate veteran had left the firm 12 years ago to manage his own development enterprises in the Sacramento, Calif., and Reno areas. Egan will be responsible for developing build-to-suit projects, executing land sales and managing business development. During his previous tenure at Dermody, Egan developed retail shopping centers, office buildings and industrial complexes in the Reno/Sparks area. In his final two years at Dermody, he was placed in charge of the development, marketing and leasing of the company’s projects in Indiana and Pennsylvania. 

John A. Derr

has been named a senior vice president and director of the West region of Gannett Fleming in Phoenix. Derr began his 24-year career at Gannett Fleming in the firm's corporate headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa. He relocated to the Phoenix office five years ago to lead the firm's transportation efforts in the West. Derr holds a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was the recipient of the national 2011 American Society of Highway Engineers Member of the Year award and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association's 2010 Guy Kelcey Award.



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