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TAIT’s Seattle Office

Tait & Associates continues to grow with a satellite office in Seattle

TAIT has 9 offices strategically located throughout the Western United States providing civil engineering and environmental services. Tait & Associates has over 50 years of experience and continues to grow with our clients.

TAIT does have a registered Architect (CA) in the Seattle office.  Currently 90% of the work being performed in this office is entitlement/design work for a pharmaceutical client as well as some big box retail remodel work.  Our civil engineering staff in Seattle is supported by TAIT’s Boise, Sacramento and Santa Ana offices.

We look forward to growing our presence in the pacific northwest and developing the office further. Please reach out for more information. We’ll be happy to discuss our expertise, qualifications and availability.

TAIT Civil Engineering project at Columbus Square included civil engineering, permitting and entitlements, survey and mapping

TAIT Multiplies Growth in 2nd Quarter 2013

TAIT keeps Growing!

We are looking for more great people, so please contact us if you are interested in joining our team of associates. Learn more about TAIT and our Values, which drive everything we do.

Please join us in welcoming the associates that joined us during the 2nd Quarter, 2013!

Aaron Richter is a new associate who started working with Tait 6/25/2013. He will be working as a Summer Intern in the Engineering Dept in Santa Ana.

Trevor Tait started working with Tait 6/24/2013 in the Engineering Dept in Santa Ana. 

Nicholas Bloot & Tracy Davidson are new Environmental Technicians that started working with Tait Environmental Services 6/11/2013. They are both working at the [large grocery chain client site].  Their phone number is (714) 824-7437.

Brett Nordby joined TAIT 6/04/2013 and is working for the Engineering Dept. in our North Dakota office, located in Bismarck.

Colin Tait is a new associate who started working at TAIT 5/20/2013. Colin is working part-time as an Engineering Intern.  His e-mail address is ctait@tait.com

The Santa Ana office keeps growing! Please welcome Shelly Sivak and Jacob L. VanderVis who joined TAIT 5/16/2013. Shelly will be working in the Entitlements Department. Her email is address is ssivak@tait.com and she will be at ext. 655. Jacob is joining as an Engineering Intern and his email is jlvandervis@tait.com.

We have another new associate, Allen Hibbs! Allen is joining the Architectural/Entitlements Division of our Santa Ana office in CA. Please welcome Allen! His email is ahibbs@tait.com and his phone extension is 695.

Edwin Lee Reeves is a new associate who joined TES in our Colorado office, in Loveland. Lee will be working as an Electronic Service Technician.  His e-mail is lreeves@tait.com and his cellphone number is 970-685-1803.

Please welcome them on LinkedIn or send them an email directly. TAIT is growing, and wants to hear from you! For inquiries about employment opportunities at TAIT, you may search our Current Openings or email Nancy.

Randy Syphus is now a Professional Architect in the State of Idaho

Please join me in congratulating RANDY SYPHUS on his recent licensure as a Professional Architect in the State of Idaho!  This has been a very challenging process, especially given his many leadership, family, and church commitments outside of work.  We’re very excited for Randy…and we’re anxious to see his ink on some Idaho projects in the near future! Join Randy on LinkedIn.

Congratulations once again, Randy!

Meet Architect Randy Syphus

Randy Syphus, licensed as a Professional Architect in Idaho

Randy Syphus is a Project Manager that has been with Tait 10 years this September. Tait has a reputation for long-term employees, and employees feeling and acting like family. Here is a little history about Randy and his attachment to the Tait team:

Randy graduated from the University of Idaho in 1995 with a degree in architecture. He then went to work as an intern for an architecture firm in Pocatello, Idaho. Randy worked for two firms there before accepting a position at the Albertsons corporate office in 1999 in Boise. Randy moved to the City of Boise and was a PM for Albertsons, hiring architects for many projects. During his tenure with Albertsons, Randy got to know Doug Gibson, a peer to his supervisor. Doug moved on from Albertsons, and was instrumental to getting the Boise office up and running for Tait. When the opportunity came in 2002, Doug snatched Randy up and he’s been with Tait ever since.

Architects must be licensed before they can practice as an architect or call themselves an architect. There are three main steps in becoming an architect: education, internship, and examination.

No single examination can test for competency in all aspects of architecture, which is why the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is not the only requirement to become a licensed architect. The ARE concentrates on those services that most affect the public health, safety, and welfare. The ARE has been developed with specific concern for its fidelity to the practice of architecture… – NCARB ARE Overview

The testing procedure to become a licensed architect has changed over time – the time that Randy was testing. It used to be 9 tests and has since been reduced to 7, consolidating the content of those tests – meaning Randy had to Re-Test on material he had already taken and passed. Now we really know he knows his stuff!

Randy is a member of the American Institute of Architects, AIA which automatically lends credibility to the firm he works for. Randy is also NCARB Certified, the National Council of Architecture Registration Board. That’s the testing and certification arm of the architectural association, and it means a licensed architect can seek reciprocity in other states without passing other tests, they vouch for you as an individual to practice architecture and support that. There is great value to having the NCARB Certificate. Randy will be stamping and certifying drawings in Idaho and will be seeking reciprocity in a few other states.

When asked for an example project he enjoyed at Tait, Randy replied, “The project that is the most unique from what we typically do (commercial big box grocery stores) is the expansion of the WinCo Headquarters in Boise. They are a family owned grocery chain that started out years ago under a differnt banner, and have rapidly expanded over the last few years. WinCo quickly gained market share and needed to double the size of their headquarters. It was exciting and challenging because it was different. There were a lot more concerns about the working environment for corporate employees, and we quickly adapted to that.”

What does Randy like about architecture? “I am a left-brainer and I really enjoy the details. I enjoy making sure that the graphic representation is buildable. That what we put on a piece of paper, tells the contractor exactly what to do to build correctly – take a 2D picture and build a 3D object out of it. I don’t do the drafting, I am quality control and if I need to sketch details, I do that. I do a lot of red lining, making corrections to drawings so that the drawings are a high quality when they leave the office.

The drawings are our product, and I am the last one to look at it before it goes out on the street – to the permitting agency, the contractor or whatever. Now my stamp and certification will be on there. “The buck stops here.”

Wax philosophical: “The three cornerstones of architecture are… we are creating an environment that includes Firmness (structural soundness) Commodity (fits the function of people that use that space – whether home, business, hotel, whatever) the 3rd one – the more esoteric one that people may think is silly – is Delight (it is aesthetically pleasing, makes you feel comfortable). If you walk into a room that is 8′ wide, 10′ long, 15′ high, it’s like a cave, and people are uncomfortable. But if the room is 15′ wide, 20′ long and 7′ tall, then it is even worse, and makes people feel like they are being pushed down. So, in architecture, we deal with not only the structural concerns for the safety and welfare of the occupants, but also with making the space a pleasing and comfortable space. Our designs should not only fit the function, they should also feel secure – structurally sound – and they should give the person a reason to enjoy that space. Some may misjudge the practice of architecture, or the design of architects as just an expensive way to “make a statement” or to “add fluff” and thereby justifying additional or exorbitant cost.  In fact, there is much about architectural design that is affective, and which almost subconsciously impacts our senses.  These are the less “measureable” aspects of architectural design that bring value.

Why should a potential client consider hiring Tait for their design project?  Simply, Tait offers such a broad range of professional services, and can point to certifications and recommendations from nationally recognized professional organizations to add prestige and clout to any project.  The professionals and support staff at Tait can offer a full range of design services to any client.      

Here’s your chance to get to know Randy Outside of Work: I am married, have 5 children, 5 grandchildren a sixth on the way. I was a young grandpa, and I have truly enjoyed it. I don’t feel like a grandpa, but I am. I’m one of 8 children, and my wife is one of 7 so we are used to big families. We both grew up in Idaho. I have a degree in Spanish translation from Brigham Young University and degree in Architecture from the University of Idaho. I Served in the ARMY for four years. I was in the Intellegence Corps and served as a Spanish Voice Interceptor. My wife and I both speak spanish. I was a missionary for LDS Church for 2 years in Honduras and Belize. My wife was also a missionary for the LDS Church in Peru. We both grew up in Idaho, and even went to the same high school but we never dated back then.

I like to read. I don’t really read novels; I like to read essays, news and political articles, as well as religious and philosophical writings. Also, I like to read about architecture and keep up on that. I exercise and am pretty active and I go to the gym every day. I usually run 3x a week, bike, or do some stairs the other two days. I am not training, I just like to keep in shape, keep active. I am also very active in my church, and usually have weekly obligations related to that.