EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT 2018-10-26T10:15:07+00:00

Employee Spotlight

The Employee Spotlight highlights individuals within Sierra Construction. Each month, we highlight individuals within our company that have reached certain anniversary milestones. Read about the passions, hobbies, history and unique personalities of some of our employees, and get to know the people who have helped make Sierra what it is today.

Evan Heeringa, Project Manager



Evan joined the Sierra team in 2013 as a Project Engineer. A diehard Coug, Evan did grow up watching his dad work in the engineering field of construction. It was time spent at an internship at Sierra that sold him on his career path. “I had no set intention of being a contractor or engineer but I spent one summer on the thinking end of a shovel and decided to pursue the CM program at WSU. Coming back to Sierra after graduation was a no-brainer” His first project was a MOD Pizza remodel in Bellevue. “It was fun to work with the one and only Bob Graff.  We worked around the clock to do a facelift of the space in a week and it turned out great.” Over the years Evan has completed a wide variety of projects, including small-scale retail remodels, tilt up distribution centers and multi-family apartment buildings. He is currently working in Redmond on the Blackbird Apartments project.

Top three life highlights? The birth of my daughter, marrying my wife, and the 2012 Apple Cup.

What is your ideal vacation? 10 days anywhere warm in February, when the Northwest is at its most miserable.

What is your favorite color? Not purple.

What is your favorite pastime? Watching the Mariners when they were good.

Phil Leu, Foreman



Foreman Phil Leu has always been in construction. Beginning his career in Central California, Phil moved to Washington and started with Sierra in 2007. His first project was the South Hill/Puyallup Walmart. Over the past 10 years he has worked on numerous product types, but his favorite are tilt-ups. Phil is presently working on one of Sierra’s largest projects, a 811,000 square foot tilt-up called Hogum Bay Logistics Center in Lacey.

Where is your dream project location? Would have to be on the coast somewhere.

How do you spend your weekends? Watching my son play football and spending time with my family.

Favorite food? Apricots are my favorite fruit, and cauliflower my favorite vegetable.

If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing? AIf I wasn’t in construction, I would be flying helicopters.

Wayde Turner, Superintendent



Superintendent Wayde Turner’s time at Sierra goes back to the Tramco hangar days at Paine Field. He was drawn to Sierra because of their expertise in concrete work. “What brought me to Sierra was that we performed the site concrete with our own crew. We have a great crew and its fun to work with these guys. Definitely a family atmosphere here with the field and office people.” Wayde also appreciates that there is no ‘typical’ day for him. “You never know whats going to happen from day to day.”

What would you be doing if you weren’t in construction? Probably the ball boy for the Seahawks.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? A Harley Davidson test rider.

Favorite food? Steak and potatoes. But I can’t resist a good avocado.

What is your dream project location? Anywhere north of Seattle, and where it doesn’t rain… just a dream.

What is your dream car? Convertible 1963 Lincoln Continental

Matt Fletcher, Superintendent



Rounding out his 5th year here at Sierra, Matt Fletcher is a Superintendent based out of the Portland office. Before finding his way to Sierra, Matt spent 12 years in foundation and flatwork and 5 years of general construction. His first project was Sierra’s concrete-only Project Granite in Dupont, Washington, which became Amazon’s BFI3. What was his favorite project? “Columbia Tech Center’s #649, Parkside Shops; it was my first building as a Superintendent. I have a lot of pride in how it turned out.” Matt was most recently on Project Piper PDX9, a 857,000 square foot distribution center in Troutdale, Oregon.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? Flying would be pretty awesome

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? A pro golfer! That sounds like a great day.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without? My wife, and that is a fact. She is what I treasure most in life for sure.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I like to play guitar and sing.

If you could only drink one beer for the rest of your life, what would it be? Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing.

John Barnes, Senior Project Manager



This year marks John’s 25th year with Sierra! A Senior Project Manager, John has worked on just about every product type. His favorite would have to be Public Works projects; “everything is black and white.” A University of Washington graduate, a friend called to see if he was interested in interning at Sierra. The project in question was Tramco. “I loved the comradery (particularly Purple Thursdays). I am still here 25 years later.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? Closer for the Mariners or lead guitarist for Led Zeppelin.

If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing? Retired in Palm Springs.

What is your favorite pastime? Golfing very poorly or playing tennis decently.

Kris Milarii, Foreman



Currently working on Prologis’ Georgetown Crossroads, Kris is a Foreman here at Sierra. He came to us with experience in a little bit of everything from low volt wiring to heavy equipment operating, installing miles of fence and working on somewhere around 1000 decks. So why the construction industry? “There is rarely a dull moment and it’s an extremely rewarding industry to be apart of.” However, in a perfect world he would be somewhere with water and no cell service. “I’m sure Hawaii could use a tilt-up or two!”

Would you rather be a giant hamster or a tiny elephant? Giant Hamster for sure. Hamsters have way more fun.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Teleportation, traffic sucks!

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? Pro racecar driver.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without? My BBQ