EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT 2019-02-13T15:26:28+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.

Andy Repass, Project Manager

Andy Repass came to Sierra in 2014, bringing with him years of experience in the industrial field; and warehouses are his favorite project type. “I like building warehouses. I find them interesting; there is a lot of mechanical and electrical coordination.” His resume includes work from cold storage warehouses to complex distribution centers. Some of Andy’s project highlights at Sierra include Building 1 at Hogum Bay Logistics and Phase 1 and 2 of the Powdermill Business Center. But Andy’s time on a construction site began long before his career. “I grew up in a construction family; my dad was an architect and builder.  I have two younger brothers; as kids, we spent a lot of time after school and weekends on jobsites.  Mainly doing clean up; sweeping, stacking lumber and digging ditches.  I remember one summer when I was about 10 years old, my dad would drop me off in the morning at a jobsite in Bellevue and I would clean up and sweep for the framers.  My mom would pick me up in the afternoon.  I did this type of work all the way through high school and college.  After college I worked for a contractor building foundations and framing for a couple years.  So when I was ready to settle into a full time career, it was an easy transition back to the construction industry.

Where is your favorite place to be? Boating with my wife. On a nice summer morning we get up early and put our boat in the water; we bring our coffee and a snack and enjoy the morning sun.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. After college I worked as a forester for about 4 years. Most days I was out in the woods setting up timber sales. I worked for Longview Fibre and the Washington DNR in several locations; Leavenworth, Sedro Woolley, Arlington and Darrington. Also, I can do a cartwheel.

What food can’t you resist? My wife is an awesome cook, so I like everything she makes. She has a new cook book by Joanna Gaines (you know, Fixer Upper); Shes been making the enchiladas and biscuits and gravy. Both delicious; I totally pig out on both dishes.

What is your ideal/dream vacation? Wine tasting in Walla Walla with my wife; we have been going each spring for the past few years, we always have great time.  I also love boating and crabbing with my two sons, Alex and Ethan.  We crab in the Anacortes area and explore the San Juan Islands.

Tim Clark, Superintendent

Tim Clark has been a part of the Sierra family for over 25 years. Starting off as a carpenter at the Tramco Hangars, Tim became a Superintendent during the North Creek Technology Campus days. Since then, he has been the Superintendent of over 20 projects ranging from distribution centers and big-box retail to office parks. “The management really cares about us. I have worked for other companies and employees weren’t really valued like here at Sierra.” Some of Tim’s project highlights include Phases 1 and 3 of the Des Moines Creek Business Park, Audi Seattle, Marine Technology Center and Building I at the North Creek Technology Campus.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Flying would be cool.

If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing? Selling beach chairs and margaritas in Mexico.

How do you spend your weekends? Usually working on stuff, or vacation with family and friends in the sun.

What is the best book you have ever read? Last of the Mohicans

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.