Lewis Promotes as Workload Grows

Seattle – Four Lease Crutcher Lewis (Lewis) veterans and key leaders have been promoted. Jeff Cleator is now a vice president focusing on strategic initiatives, in addition to continuing to serve as principal-in-charge on selected projects. Jay Sorensen is now a vice president and special projects division manager, responsible for small and mid-sized construction in multiple markets, including seismic, medical, biotech, office TI, education, retail and industrial. Troy Bloedel and Bill Gormley have been promoted to project executives.

The company’s top leadership remains the same. Bill Lewis is CEO and will become chairman of the board in 2012. Gary Smith is president of the Seattle office, and remains active in project execution. Bart Ricketts is president of the Portland office, and will take over as CEO mid 2012.

Cleator started in construction in 1987, joined Lewis in 1988, and served as commercial division manager from 2001-2011. As champion of Lewis Lean since 2009, Cleator has led a companywide transformation that has improved delivery and reduced waste at every level, resulting in measurable improvements in each project's teamwork, schedule, and price.

Sorensen has managed the special projects division since 2004. His promotion to vice president reflects his notable success in building the division’s volume, including an enviable collection of satisfied clients, as well as his expanded involvement in company-wide leadership and services. Sorensen has been in construction since 1981 and joined Lewis in 1997.

As a project executive, Bloedel will continue to manage projects as a principal, and has assumed leadership of the preconstruction department. Bloedel joined Lewis in 2008 and has been in general contracting and/or mechanical design-build since 1979. He will continue advancing Lewis in integrated project delivery and virtual design & construction, focusing on precision estimating and constructability analysis, and the best possible collaboration with project partners.

Gormley is now a project executive and is currently onsite building a twin-tower apartment project in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. When that project completes he will continue to provide senior leadership on selected projects, and take on additional responsibilities such as staffing coordination. He has been in construction since 1993 and with Lewis since 1995.

“These promotions reflect both the company’s workload growth and our commitment to promoting leaders from within,” said Gary Smith, president. “With the recent workload increases and projects slated for 2012, we see this as a move to be better prepared for the economic rebound.” Examples of projects currently underway include the Sixth & Lenora Apartments, a renovation of Lakeside School's Allen Gates Hall, multiple projects at University Village, and a large volume of work for Boeing at varied Puget Sound locations. The company continues to service institutional clients, including an ongoing series of projects for the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.


About Lease Crutcher Lewis
Lease Crutcher Lewis has been a leading Northwest general contractor since 1886, and has been based in Seattle since 1939.  It is active in numerous project types, including biotech, medical, office, education, retail, hotel, historic renovation, and others. Lewis is known for taking an integrated approach to working with customers and design partners, a focus on lean construction, and performing a large percentage of its work with its own craftspeople.