Joining the firm as Senior Project Manager, Porath brings a wealth of local knowledge and expertise in alternative delivery projects, including GC/CM, and a passion for building innovative learning environments within the education sector. Since earning her Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Idaho, her career has taken her across different locations, including Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Southern California; Seattle, Washington; and Hawaii. However, she said her heart has always been in the Inland Northwest.
“Having Lori join our team is a significant step forward for us,” said Jeremiah Shakespeare, Swinerton’s Inland Northwest Vice President and Division Manager. “Her extensive experience, local knowledge, and dedication to delivering exceptional construction projects align with Swinerton’s values.”
Throughout her construction career, Porath has managed over $500 million in commercial projects ranging from $50,000 to $50 million. In the education sector, she has led K-12 projects like Mountainside Middle School in Spokane and Lincoln Middle School in Pullman, Washington. Her experience also extends to higher education, where she has managed projects on the Washington State University campus in Pullman. Over half of her career has been dedicated to the education sector.
Since joining Swinerton, Porath has showcased her versatility by leading the North Valley Hospital Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Upgrades in Tonasket, Washington. Located 163 miles northwest of Spokane, the crucial project involves coordinating trade partners to upgrade the hospital’s critical systems, ensuring access to ongoing medical services. This highly technical project requires careful coordination and accurate work sequencing, as the hospital must remain operational during all construction activities.
Porath’s arrival comes as Swinerton’s Inland Northwest team continues to grow. Following several years of successful projects with corporate service clients in the region, Swinerton opened a permanent office in Spokane in 2019. With a focus on design-build and GC/CM projects, Swinerton has worked in various sectors, including office spaces, health care facilities, educational institutions, hospitality, and affordable and multi-family housing.
“As we mark the fifth anniversary of our Inland Northwest Division, which has a regional history of over 15 years in construction projects, adding Lori to our team enhances our capabilities and contributes to our continued growth," Shakespeare said. "Based in Spokane, our Inland Northwest Division has achieved positive growth in revenue, expanded our geographic reach, and, importantly, our people have flourished with 100% employee-ownership, dedicated to serving our valued clients."
Swinerton currently has 20 offices in nine states across the country. Swinerton is headquartered in Concord, California, with regional offices in Spokane and Seattle, Washington; Portland and Bend, Oregon; Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and San Diego, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Denver, Colorado; Dallas and Austin, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; and New York City, New York. The company represents market sectors including: affordable housing, aviation, education, corporate and critical facilities, gaming, health care, hospitality, interiors and special projects, industrial, life sciences, mass timber, public/civic, gaming, residential, retail, parking structures, and renewable energy.