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Turner Construction Names New General Manager in Seattle

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SEATTLE — Turner Construction has announced that Chris Killian has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Turner’s Seattle office while incumbent, Dan Gemme, has been appointed as vice president and general manager of Turner’s Global Critical Facilities group.

“It is an exciting time for our company as we continue to expand and create opportunities for our people in the Seattle region,” said Killian. Turner’s vast work throughout the Puget Sound region is evident with their projects on Vulcan’s development in South Lake Union, KING TV’s new headquarters, Virginia Mason Medical Center, 1st & Stewart Hotel and Residences, 2nd and Pine Apartment Tower and Sound Transit Capital Hill Station. “We’re committed to this community and I’m thankful for the opportunity to continue working with and for businesses in Seattle.”

Killian joined Turner’s Seattle Special Projects Division in 2000 after completing his Master’s degree at the University of Washington. He worked as an engineering assistant and an engineer until his promotion, in 2004, to project manager for Turner Seattle’s Special Projects Division. He progressed to business development in 2007, and in 2010 was promoted to senior project manager. In 2012 he was named East Side Group Manager and in 2013 he was named manager of the Special Projects Division, his most recent assignment.

Gemme has more than 28 years of experience in the construction industry including field work, business development and office management. He joined Turner in 1987 in Pittsburgh, and was named vice president and operations manager of the Portland office in 2008. Gemme transferred to the Seattle office in 2010 and was promoted to vice president and general manager in 2011. The addition of Gemme to the Global Critical Facilities group adds senior leadership and operational strength to the group. Based in Seattle, Dan will have responsibility for the pursuit and delivery of data center projects throughout the globe. Turner’s substantial portfolio in this market includes a sales backlog in excess of $1 billion.

Ian Klein has also been named the new manager of the Seattle Special Projects Division, replacing Killian. Klein joined Turner’s Seattle office in 2004 as an engineering assistant, transferring to the office’s Special Projects Division as an engineer, a role he served in until 2008. In 2012, following a hiatus, Klein rejoined Turner as a senior project manager for the Special Projects Division. He was promoted in 2013, serving as Special Projects Division area manager in Bellevue, Wash.

About Turner Construction
Since 1976, Turner Construction Company has managed the construction, expansion and renovation of many of Seattle’s signature buildings, including CenturyLink Field & Exhibition Center, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Campus, the Seattle-Tacoma Airport Consolidated Rental Car Facility, Husky Stadium Renovation and the historic Pike Place Market. Our staff of 170 takes pride in providing construction services to leading developers, local corporations and other institutions that recognize the value of a partner who works diligently and creatively to find the best solution for their unique project.

Our office exemplifies a commitment to innovation with lean building practices, a collaborative preconstruction and planning process, environmental integrity through sustainable construction services, and the use of tools such as Building Information Modeling to continually improve our coordination processes and save clients time and money. Through the adoption of these processes, we set a high standard of excellence for all construction activities to follow onsite.