Patricia Rhee

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PATRICIA RHEE

Principal, Marketing Director | Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

Patricia Rhee is a Partner at Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, and has been practicing architecture for 20 years. Patricia received her Master's degree in Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design and received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She recently completed USC’s Ross Minority Program in Real Estate. She is a member of the AIA, DBIA and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She is currently on the Board of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce as well as the Economic Development Committee and recipient of the 2017 Culver City Women in Business Council Visionary Award. Patricia was also a Founding Co-Chair of the AIA Los Angeles Women in Architecture committee. Her project experience ranges from civic to institutional and commercial developments of all scales and multiple delivery methods including design-build. In 2015, her firm received the 2015 National AIA Firm Award, one of the industry’s highest honors.

Andrew Biggs

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ANDREW BIGGS

Southern California Regional Manager | Isec, Inc.

Andrew Biggs moved to Southern California from the San Joaquin Valley 22 years ago to pursue his life goal of not living in Fresno, CA. He worked in the boating industry through school where he met his wife, Sarah, daughter of an ISEC Preconstruction Manager. He joined ISEC and the lift of commercial construction in 2005 as a project engineer. Since then, Andrew has fulfilled roles as project manager, business development, estimator, preconstruction manager, operations manager and now currently holds the position of ISEC Regional Manager of Southern California. As a father of for young daughters, Andrew's genuine interest and advocacy for the advancement and equal opportunity for women in the construction industry sits close to home.

Margaux Burkholder

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MARGAUX BURKHOLDER

Project Director | Englekirk

Margaux Burkholder joined Englekirk in 2010 following her tenure at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly, SLO) where she received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Architectural Engineering. She is a licensed structural engineer with 8 years of design experience including high-rise and performance-based design, seismic retrofit and rehabilitation, multi-family residential, commercial, mixed use, and retail. One of her recent projects include the $234 million County of Los Angeles Hall of Justice Seismic Retrofit and Parking Structure. The project turned the red tagged 14-story, 1925 Hall of Justice into new office space for the LA Sheriff’s Headquarters as well as adding a 1,000-car parking structure.

Margaux executed the project from start to finish with her team. Currently, she is working on the $2.5 Billion and 1.5 million square foot Century Plaza project involving the renovation of the existing 16-story historic Century Plaza Hotel and addition of two 46-story residential towers. Margaux has been the project lead for the seismic retrofit of the hotel and an integral part of the project’s success.

Margaux was selected as a Young Practicing Engineer by the American Concrete Institute where she presented the Hall of Justice Seismic Retrofit and Parking Structure at the 8th International Workshop on Structural Concrete in the Americas and Beyond. She is also an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California and sits on the Women in Structural Engineering Committee. She is also a member of the National Association of Women in Construction. A personal passion for Margaux is the fostering of young students’ interest in the design and construction industry. As a result, she is a mentor for the ACE Mentor Los Angeles program whose mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction. She also sits on the Advisory Board for the Structural Engineering Department at Cal Poly, SLO which helps to guide the future of the curriculum and helps prepare the future college graduates for success in the industry.

Kasie Bowden

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KASIE BOWDEN

Project Superintendent | Hensel Phelps.

Kasie Bowden is a powerhouse Project Superintendent who has worked for Hensel Phelps in the Los Angeles area for the past 12 years. Trade partners praise her ability to see the big picture, keep all parties successful and have a little fun along the way. Her specialties include total program scheduling and phasing, design management from concept through 100% Contract Documents, and extensive MEPF coordination. Kasie’s experience ranges from education and healthcare to aviation. Valuing $1.5B in completed work, milestone programs include the RFK Community School (formerly the Ambassador Hotel), The Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Renovation and over $1B in aviation renovation programs at 3 major terminals at LAX.

Kasie is a graduate of the University of Southern California Civil Engineering program. When she’s not on site, she’s at home with her husband, 2 children and her fluffy corgis. Her love of travel takes her out of the country at least once a year. Kasie’s greatest contribution to the construction community includes founding the non-profit organization Women in Construction Operations (WiOPS), geared towards growing a community for women leaders in the operational side of construction. This group currently boasts over 1,000 members in California alone. Kasie looks forward to continued success and personal growth in the construction industry.

Brenda Radmacher

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BRENDA RADMACHER

Partner | Gordon & Rees

Contact

Los Angeles | San Diego | Orange County
213.576.5095
bradmacher@grsm.com
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PRACTICES:

•  Construction
•  Real Estate
•  Employment
•  Environmental/Toxic Tort
•  Professional Liability
•  Commercial Litigation
•  Class Action

ATTORNEY BIOGRAPHY

Brenda Radmacher specializes in construction, real estate, and employment litigation, regularly counseling general contractors, construction managers, design professionals, contractors, and owners on contract negotiations, risk management and disputes.

Ms. Radmacher’s practice emphasizes resolving complex construction disputes through negotiation, mediation, and, when necessary, arbitration and litigation, on projects in California, nationwide, and internationally. She frequently addresses claims involving breach of contract, construction and design defects, liens, delays and impacts, construction defects, bonds and insurance issues (including among others, general liability, builder’s risk, professional liability and subcontractor default insurance), and represents many of the nation’s largest contractors and developers in the commercial, multifamily, and residential markets. She has substantial experience in building envelope, water infiltration and mold-related claims, having counseled clients with respect to hundreds of such matters. Ms. Radmacher has defended all types of cases including mass actions and class action claims, defending residential homebuilders, commercial contractors, and design professionals.

As part of her employment practice, Ms. Radmacher has handled sensitive discrimination, harassment, and assault claims for her clients, including complex franchise/corporations issues. Ms. Radmacher frequently litigates disputed claims under the ADA, Title VII, FDCPA, as well as state and local laws, including California’s Proposition 65.

In addition, Ms. Radmacher handles personal injury actions relating to construction site accidents, mold exposure and toxic tort claims, as well as regularly advising multinational and Fortune 500 clients on compliance with California’s Proposition 65 and related regulations. Ms. Radmacher also has expertise in developing risk-management protocols for her clients in both the construction, regulatory, and employment areas.

In her over 19 years of practice, Ms. Radmacher has secured multiple victories for her clients early in the litigation through aggressive law and motion practice, effective negotiation, and early dispute resolution techniques. Due to her experience as a private and court-appointed mediator, Ms. Radmacher is an excellent negotiator and is sought out to resolve the most difficult and complex matters.

Cathy Orquiola

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CATHY


ORQUIOLA

District Manager | PCL Construction Services

As district manager for PCL Construction's thriving $1 billion Los Angeles district, Cathy only knows one mode: Go. A self-proclaimed ultimate competitor, she is determined to achieve success – for her people, her firm, and her clients. Whether constructing a building or leading a district, Cathy recognizes that people are the key distinguishing factors in every accomplishment. As such, she not only sees her position as a builder of structures, but primarily as a builder of people – a role she has honed throughout her career.

Cathy's career traverses 22 years in the construction industry, beginning in the field as a project engineer and rising through the ranks to become vice president and operations manager for an international construction firm. Throughout, she has led operations and office teams to find the best way – whether building a ground up casino in nine months or driving a culture of innovation that actively embraces new technology and Lean practices.

A strong sense of competition and desire to consistently overcome every obstacle was instilled the moment Cathy was born. The youngest of five siblings, Cathy's deepest foundations are rooted in finding the best and most effective path to realizing goals. Further emphasized through her experience as a semi-pro athlete, Cathy's confidence, personal drive, and deep conviction of team only fuels her fire to motivate others and win. Leading by example, Cathy is a natural collaborator who operates under the core principles of integrity, authenticity, and accountability. Throughout her career her laser focus to achieve has guided her to construct everything the best possible way – first buildings and now an organization of people.