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Sparling Welcomes New Project Design Talent

October 2, 2014 - Sparling welcomes four new recently graduated electrical project designers to its electrical studios in the Lynnwood office—Alex Karptsov, Glen Fueston, Ben Nakamura, and Rashpal Bassi—and one new technology project designer, Norm Lanum, RCDD, also in the Lynnwood office.

Karptsov is a recent graduate of Seattle University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He came to Sparling as an intern in the summer of 2013, and is now a full time employee for the firm. His duties include design development and document preparation on projects, coordination of electrical design with other disciplines on the team, and researching code issues to comply with city, state, and county regulation. Karptsov is currently working on Amazon Rufus Block 19, Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, WA, and Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, WA.

Fueston studied at Oregon Institute of Technology and earned a B.S. in Renewable Energy Engineering with a minor in Applied Mathematics. His responsibilities at Sparling include design development and document preparation; researching, preparing, and presenting coordinated design options; and resolving design conflicts. His strengths include power system fault analysis and short circuit studies, and renewable energy systems. Currently, Fueston is working on Swedish Medical Group Union Bay Place Clinic Tenant Improvements and Swedish Medical Center Cherry Hill MRI/CT Imaging.

Nakamura earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at the The George Washington University in Washington, DC. His area of expertise is electrical engineering with a focus on power. As project designer, Ben supports project requirements including basis-of design narratives, opinions-of-probable-costs estimates, drawing documentation, systems design and technical specifications. He provides documents that meet required codes and quality assurance standards. Currently, Nakamura is working on Lincoln Square Expansion, Seattle Genetics Building 4, two Amazon projects, and projects at Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center.

Bassi earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Seattle University and is currently working on his Professional Masters in Electrical Engineering at University of Washington. He has previous experience on projects in microelectronics and a year-long project with SNC-Lavalin involving power systems on power plants. His areas of expertise and focus are been in power systems and renewable energy. He brings knowledge of technologies and trends, as they apply to the applicable project and market types, and continually works to strengthen his skills. Bassi is dedicated to contributing to the success of his projects as a part of a team. Currently, Bassi is working on Amazon 1915 Terry and City of Seattle Fire Station 26.

Lanum, a certified Registered Communications Distribution Designer, has 22 years of experience in low voltage design, voice and data networks, communication systems and security. He specializes in structured cabling systems and provides a detailed eye for discovering alternate solutions to specific technology challenges in healthcare, education, and commercial environments. Currently, Lanum is working on projects for University of Washington Bothell Student Activity Center, Bothell City Hall, UW Burke Museum, and Washington State University Paccar Clean Technology Lab Building.