IN PARTNERSHIP • PARTNERS IN INCLUSION
Intelligent Partnerships is grateful for our many partners, both on jobsite and off. In this space, we will highlight a few of those partners and recognize them for their outstanding efforts and contributions to inclusion on our projects.
PARTNERS IN INCLUSION
MYKAH WARD•CFJC•CARPENTER•LOCAL 129
RECOGNIZED: NOVEMBER 2020
Our Field Enforcement Manager, Kelsey Sparks, chose Mykah, because he has maintained a positive attitude from the first day she met him. Kelsey admires the fact that he never let frustration or obstacles stop him from progressing forward. She describes him as truly inspirational in all of his interactions onsite.
Mykah Ward was born in Dayton, Ohio, and he has always had a curiosity for how things are built and put together. After serving in the Army for three years (Thank you for your service!), Mykah Ward made his way to Seattle. He was ready for a change after spending some time working for Verizon. In 2018, Mykah began working toward becoming a Carpenter. He briefly struggled with getting back into the mindset of being a student and having to study again, but Mykah was able to enroll in the Carpenters Apprenticeship Program and persevere to join Local 129 as a Carpenter.
He joined the CFJC project earlier this year, and he has enjoyed watching the project evolve from the ground up. Being able to witness the process has further piqued his interest in the Trades. Mr. Ward strives to be one of the best carpenters in Seattle; he wants to be able to pass his knowledge onto others and show them how to do things safely and correctly.
Eventually, Mykah Ward would like to help out the less fortunate by building or rehabbing homes for the homeless and the elderly. We thank Mr. Ward for his outstanding contributions to the CFJC project and for being a Partner in Inclusion!
OPERATING ENGINEER•LOCAL 302
Intelligent Partnerships, Inc. recognizes Kevin Espinoza as part of an Inclusive workforce on the Washington State Convention Center Addition Project.
Kevin is a Rigger with Operating Engineers Local 302 working for Garco. Eleven years ago, Kevin came to Seattle from El Salvador. He became familiar with forklifts when he went to work in a warehouse after high school. He then became a certified forklift driver and became more interested in different trades while working at Greater Seattle Concrete.
After a few years of getting more experience on work sites, Kevin set a goal to become a Rigger. Leveraging his forklift experience, Kevin joined Local 302. He has now been a Rigger for 9 months and is proud that his first Union Job is the Convention Center. Kevin's new goal is to become a Crane Operator and will be taking his test in September. Kevin takes great pride in being a Latino in the Operating Engineers Union. He is eager to show his friends and family that you can set goals and reach them if you work hard.
PILE DRIVER•LOCAL 196
This month’s IP Spotlight was chosen by Alex Coll, IP’s Field Enforcement Specialist on the WSDOT project. Alex selected Chris Hefti because of his positive attitude that he brings to the site every day. From the first day that Alex met Chris at the WSDOT project, Chris was always willing to help others navigate the site.
Chris Hefti grew up in Auburn, Washington. His interest in working in the trades grew out of a love for welding, when he heard that he could “work a lot, weld a lot, and work on the water.” His path to becoming a journeyman began in 2014 when he became an apprentice. It took him four years, during which he put in a lot of work and a lot of time, before he became a journeyman. Chris encourages others who have an interest in becoming a journeyman to pursue it: “You just have to put in your time … but it’s a big payoff.”
Chris enjoys working on the WSDOT project because of the group that he works with. He says that the team around him makes the job, especially if the team is willing to put in work to get the job done. According to Alex, one of the biggest contributions that Chris makes to the site is his positive attitude. Chris attributes this to the group around him. He says it’s important for morale to have people around him who are positive and give each other words of encouragement throughout the day.
When Chris isn’t working, he enjoys welding and playing on the water. During football season, you can find him rooting for the Seahawks every Sunday.
Thank you for being such a positive addition to the worksite, Chris!
CHRIS MCCLAIN•LOCAL 86
Intelligent Partnerships, Inc. would like to recognize Chris McClain as an excellent labor partner on the Washington State Convention Center Addition
Chris is always available to support Intelligent Partnerships by providing clarity with the Local 86 issues that arise on the project site. Chris enables great communication between Intelligent Partnerships, Local 86, the General Contractor, and the Contractors. Chris has visited the Convention Center project site on multiple occasions to speak with Local 86 Ironworkers during every work shift and is very aware of all that is going on with his members on the Convention Center Project.
Thank You Chris!