Barghausen –
A Level Above

Since 1982, Barghausen has provided high quality civil engineering, land use planning, architecture, and surveying services for our clients on a wide range of commercial, industrial, and residential projects nationwide. In addition to these core services, we offer landscape architecture and permit expediting services, and are a leading designer of fueling systems with a national reputation for excellence. Headquartered in Kent, WA, we work extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest and California, with branch offices in Tumwater, WA; Richland, WA; Klamath Falls, OR; Long Beach, CA; and Roseville, CA.

From the conceptual design, feasibility and entitlement phases through the final design, construction and acceptance phases of any project, Barghausen has earned the reputation as being a premier “one-stop” firm for developers and builders alike. We have a proven track record of working hand in hand with our clients every step of the way to help them achieve their goals.

Barghausen was founded with a deep commitment to customer service, high professional standards, and creative problem solving. That’s why clients like Costco, Fred Meyer, and Ikea trust Barghausen with even the highest demand projects.

Who We Serve

At Barghausen, we take pride in our comprehensive and diverse capabilities which enable us to serve a wide range of clients throughout the country, including national homebuilders, regional and national Corporations, regional residential/commercial/industrial builders and developers, general contractors, and members of the real estate community.

    Your Vision; Our Expertise
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    Tom Barghausen

    President

    As an Entrepreneur, Husband, Stepfather, Engineer and Founder, Tom Barghausen wears many hats. Tom founded the firm in 1982. Several years later he started his own land development firm and followed that up by starting a heavy construction company to build subdivisions for his development firm. Both of these companies helped Tom bring a lot more business and prominent builder/developer clients to the engineering firm due to Tom’s comprehensive successful experience in land development and is one of the primary reasons the firm has retained some of the largest residential homebuilders as clients for decades.

    For the past 45 years, Tom’s success has been driven by his passion for providing high quality service and representation to his clients. His experience includes every aspect of feasibility, planning, design, permitting, construction and financing. He is well versed in virtually every aspect of private land development and construction with an emphasis on single family residential subdivisions.

    “I'm most proud of how our firm has turned out since I founded it in 1982. We have the most amazing staff of professionals and support people that work hard every day to do the best they can for our clients. We also have wonderful long term clients that trust our work and rely on us to help them be successful. No one does it better than we do!”

    Education

    BS, Civil Engineering - University of Colorado - Boulder, CO

    Licenses & Registrations

    Professional Engineer - Washington

    Life Outside the Office

    Tom lives in a floating home in Seattle on Lake Union with his spouse and their cat, he also has two stepchildren. Outside of work, Tom enjoys being on the water. He and his wife take shorter boating excursions in their Zodiac, and frequently take longer trips up to the San Juans in their larger boat, the Match Maker.

    Playlist Favorites

    “The Who. Hands down. Close second is the legendary Led Zeppelin.”

    Dream Destinations

    "New Zealand. I've been to Australia and now want to see what their neighbor has to offer."

    Top of the Bucket List

    "If I had to choose, it would be to get a ride on either the Blue Origin or SpaceX rockets when they offer commercial travel. Either that or get to ride in a Blue Angel FA-18."

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    Dan Balmelli

    Executive Vice President

    Since 1986, Dan Balmelli has been involved in all areas of the company's growth and expansion. He has over 33 years of experience in all phases of the land development process, including consulting civil engineering design, project management, land use planning, environmental permit and entitlement processing, strategic development planning and negotiations, and contract document implementation. He has worked with all types of development teams and has established strong professional relationships with clients and government officials throughout the Pacific Northwest.

    Education

    BS, Civil Engineering - Saint Martin's University - Lacey, WA

    Licenses & Registrations

    Professional Engineer - Washington

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    Jay Grubb

    Vice President

    Jay Grubb has over 30 years of experience as a consulting civil engineer for a wide variety of construction/land development projects including municipal, commercial and residential developments. Many of these projects involve extensive civil engineering design of public roadways, utility improvements, storm drainage systems, and erosion control facilities. As a principal and Vice President, of the firm, Jay is an accomplished and personally involved leader in the organization.

    Education

    BS, Civil Engineering - Oregon State University - Corvallis, OR


    Licenses & Registrations

    Professional Engineer - Washington, Hawaii, Arizona

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    Chris Jensen

    Vice President/Principal Engineer

    Chris Jensen is the Vice President and a Principal Engineer in the Kent, WA office. He started in the industry through an interest in structural engineering and high rise buildings. Once he had experience in both structural and civil engineering, he changed his career path and never looked back. For the past 15 years Chris and his team have played a vital role in a variety of commercial, residential and mixed-use projects. Chris specializes in multi-site, multi-state projects and leads a large team of skilled engineers who excel in producing results for extensive, fast-paced commercial development programs. Chris enjoys the relationship building aspect of his role at Barghausen and seeks to create long-lasting partnerships with his clients.

    Education

    BS, Civil Engineering - Oregon Institute of Technology - Klamath Falls, OR

    Licenses & Registrations

    Professional Engineer - Washington & Oregon

    Life Outside the Office

    Chris lives in Enumclaw with his wife, their 8 year old twin daughters, and their black lab. In his free time he enjoys fishing at his property on the Cowlitz River, hunting, golfing, traveling and watching his daughters play sports.

    Playlist Favorites

    Chris Stapleton

    Dream Destinations

    Moose hunting in Alaska

    Top of the Bucket List

    “There isn't really anything I've got to do besides being there to see my kids grow up and if I'm lucky, to see their kids grow up.”

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    Jen Sullivan

    Controller

    Jen Sullivan is the Controller in Barghausen’s Kent, WA office. Her interest in accounting started at Starbucks, where she ended up in a cost accounting role and fell in love with it. This experience influenced her to earn a BS in accounting and continue to pursue a career in the field. Jen joined Barghausen in 2021 with 14 years of experience in construction, fabrication, service, manufacturing, operations, supply chain, budgeting, forecasting, cash flow, job costing, profitability analysis, inventory management and accounting information systems. On top of her accounting degree, she also holds a BA in Psychology. Her previous career path included time as a registered counselor for the State of WA and volunteer work for the Phinney Neighborhood Association and the Seattle Crisis Clinic (now Crisis Connections).

    “Finance has a broad sphere of influence in an organization and I value the ability to make positive, lasting improvements that advance the way we operate and communicate as a company. Accounting and related systems are often puzzles, keeping daily activities running smoothly, researching the best path forward, and planning for future growth.”

    Education

    BS, Accounting - Central Washington University - Ellensburg, WA

    BA, Psychology - Seattle Pacific University - Seattle, WA

    Life Outside the Office

    Jen lives in Greenlake with the light of her life, her dachshund Riley. Her spare time is filled with reading, hiking, cooking and volunteering.

    Dream Destinations

    "New Zealand, because it is absolutely beautiful with both beaches and mountains. Then I would love to pop over to Australia and see the Great Barrier Reef. "

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    Chris Ferko

    Director of Planning Services, Principal

    Chris is the Director of Planning Services in the Kent, WA office. He joined Barghausen in 1998 and has over 28 years of experience in the commercial, industrial, residential, energy, and telecommunication sectors. He provides program management for the company’s regional and national clients and his proficiencies include design development, project management, land use entitlements, environmental review, and construction permitting. He enjoys building long-lasting client relationships and facilitating employee development.

    Education

    BA, Design & Planning Studies - University of Washington - Seattle, WA

    Licenses & Registrations

    American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

    Life Outside the Office

    When he’s not in the office you’ll find Chris outdoors playing sports, kayaking, camping, and skiing. He also enjoys listening to podcasts, attending sporting events, and binge watching TV shows and movies.

    Playlist Favorites

    80’s music, podcasts

    Dream Destinations

    France to tour medieval cathedrals, hike the Alps, and explore the Riviera

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    Dan Goalwin

    Director of Architectural Services, Principal

    Dan Goalwin is the Director of Architectural Services at Barghausen. He has over 40 years of experience in the field, overseeing thousands of projects throughout the US. Dan oversees the architecture department, fueling systems design team, and the technical support personnel. Dan is an expert at providing site planning, space planning and problem solving. Providing cost and time saving solutions that help our team and clients succeed.

    “I derive joy applying my, experience, creativity and technical abilities to find the best possible solution for my customers and being told job well done!"

    Education

    BA, Architecture - University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley, CA

    Professional Registration & Affiliations

    Registered Architect - Washington, California

    Playlist Favorites

    “Led Zeppelin by far! However, I have many favorites that are second such as the Heart, the Who, U2, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, pretty much all along the harder rock line. I can be caught hearing the Beatles, Springsteen and David Bowie too!”

    Dream Destinations

    “I would go anywhere there is a beach looking out over clear blue ocean water where I have a drink in my hand and toes in the sand and enjoy the culture and the night life.”

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    Alicia Aravena

    Marketing Supervisor

    Alicia Aravena is the Marketing Supervisor at Barghausen. She oversees the production of printed marketing materials, social media and web content, competitive proposals, advertising, internal marketing communications and more. Alicia’s drive to become a marketing professional started with her fascination with the psychology behind successful branding, imagery, and storytelling. This interest led her to study communications at the University of Washington, where she became further invested in social media as a marketing communication platform. Alicia joined Barghausen in 2019 and enjoys the creativity of content production, seeing ideas come to life through design, and the strategy of putting together a competitive proposal. She is currently working on earning her MBA and likes the challenge of learning the business side of marketing in the AEC industry.

    Education

    BA, Communications - University of Washington - Tacoma, WA

    Life Outside the Office

    Alicia lives in Tacoma with her Husband, their goldendoodle named Bear and their orange tabby named Charlie. When she’s not working, she’s studying, traveling, playing softball, golfing or spending time with family.

    Playlist Favorites

    The Rolling Stones, Florence and the Machine, Palace

    Dream Destinations

    South Africa or Kenya/Tanzania/Zanzibar to go on a Safari

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    Hal Grubb

    Director of Engineering Services

    As the Director of Engineering services, Hal manages a variety of commercial and residential development projects at Barghausen. Hal’s decision to pursue a career in the industry was influenced by his father, who was a licensed civil engineer and surveyor. During high school, Hal was exposed to drafting work for a municipal street improvement project, this experience furthered his drive to become a civil engineer. Throughout his 39 years of experience he has gained public and private sector project knowledge, which allows him to take a proactive approach to problem solving and decision making. Hal is a licensed civil engineer in 13 different US states, and continuously goes through education and training to oversee projects in these different locations. Hal enjoys problem solving with other engineers and seeing designs come to life through the finished product.

    Education

    BS, Civil Engineering - Oregon Institute of Technology - Klamath Falls, OR

    Licenses & Registrations

    Professional Engineer - Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, California, Montana, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Virginia

    Life Outside the Office

    Hal lives in Des Moines, WA and is a father to two grown children and a grandfather to two grandchildren. When he’s not working, Hal enjoys fishing, boating, camping and any related outdoor activities.

    Playlist Favorites

    Steele Dan, The Beatles, Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson and Boston.

    Dream Destinations

    Italy, to try out the great food and wine

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    Bryan Schwartz

    Principal Engineer

    Bryan Schwartz is one of Barghausen’s talented Principal Engineers who also oversees operations at the Tumwater office location. Bryan’s upbringing on his family farm is what sparked his curiosity for design and construction, leading him to study Civil Engineering at Saint Martin’s University. He has over 18 years of experience in the industry and specializes in residential and commercial development projects. He consistently works on through roadways, grading, storm drainage and utility designs while also managing project timelines and permitting processes. During the development process, Bryan looks forward to the reward of creating new communities that are both effective for developers and attractive for future homeowners.

    Education

    BS, Civil Engineering - Saint Martin's University - Lacey, WA

    Licenses & Registrations

    Professional Engineer - Washington

    Life Outside the Office

    Bryan enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He has been happily married for 17 years and has two kids (ages 10 and 12). He also enjoys the outdoors and spends his free time hunting, jeeping and riding quads.

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    Patty Stubenrauch

    Documents Manager

    Patty Stubenrauch has been with Barghausen for over 30 years. As the Documents Manager, Patty oversees the documents team and works closely with all departments to assist with internal and external communication efforts. Her favorite part of her role is working with her team and continuously refining reports.

    Life Outside the Office

    Patty resides in Iowa with her goldendoodle GemmaSue. In her free time she looks after her 92 year old mother, reads, crafts, travels and of course plays with GemmaSue.

    Playlist Favorites

    Elton John

    Dream Destinations

    Germany - family history; then I'd hop over to England to see where the Beatles came from.

    Top of the Bucket List

    Staying at the Plaza Hotel in New York City

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    Barry Talkington

    Principal Engineer

    Barry is a Principal Engineer in the Kent, WA office, with over 21 years of experience designing and managing an array of development projects. He has been with Barghausen since 2000, working within the single family residential industry on projects ranging in size from 2 to 350+ lots. Barry and his team work closely with developers to understand their goals and provide design solutions that create effective results. Barry enjoys figuring out how to best utilize a unique piece of property to fit the end product for the client.

    Education

    BS, Civil Engineering - University of Washington - Seattle, WA

    Licenses & Registrations

    Professional Engineer - Washington

    Life Outside the Office

    Barry has a daughter and a dog named Moose. When he’s not working, you can find him golfing or supporting his daughter at her volleyball games.

    Playlist Favorites

    Eric Church

    Dream Destinations

    Italy, for the food alone!

    Top of the Bucket List

    Attend the Masters Golf Tournament

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    Kelli Bush

    Director of Human Resources

    Kelli Bush has over 13 years of experience in human resource management functions. She joined Barghausen in 2019, bringing valuable recruiting, employee relations and compliance skills to the team. A people-person at heart, Kelli knew early on in her career that she wanted to be in a field where she could help people. Kelli holds a degree in Business & Human Resource Management, as well as professional certifications from SHRM and HRCI. Determined to build engaging and positive employee experiences, Kelli is focused on what really matters, the human element.

    “I truly love being in this role at Barghausen because I have the opportunity to enhance our employee's experience. HR is constantly changing to make things better, whether it's creating programs to incentivize employees, creating necessary policies, finding new HR technologies and tools, and partnering with owners to find ways of improving processes to make sure everything is well aligned and running smoothly. I'm determined to build an engaging and positive employee experience. And of course, I love the boat parties and planning the annual party!”

    Education

    BS, Business/Human Resource Management - Capella University

    Professional in Human Resources Certification (PHR)

    SHRM-Certified Professional

    Life Outside the Office

    Kelli lives in Renton with her husband, their two daughters and their dog. In her free time she enjoys traveling, live music, gardening and wine tasting.

    Playlist Favorites

    “Live music is part of my soul, and will drop just about anything to go to a show! Favorite artist? I've seen a handful of bands 3+ times: Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, and Florida Georgia Line. Favorite artist of all time? Aerosmith. Best performance? Gaga, hands down.”

    Dream Destinations

    Tahiti, Bora Bora, anywhere with blue water, sandy beaches, hot weather, and umbrella drinks.

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    Pete Tobin

    Regional Manager

    Pete has over 35 years of experience in the industry and is Barghausen’s regional manager at the Roseville, CA office. Pete started in the industry as an architect and was inspired by his father, who was an architect himself. Pete’s expertise involves project management, working closely with clients and local agencies in the Northern California region to execute planning entitlements, final plats and permitting. He specializes in the commercial and fueling industries and enjoys dealing with new clients to understand their goals and how we can help achieve them through our multidisciplinary service offerings.

    Education

    BS, Architecture - Lawrence Institute of Technology - Southfield, MI

    Life Outside the Office

    Pete lives in Roseville California and enjoys his free time hiking and exploring the outdoors

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    Omar Vasquez

    Fuel Division Manager, Principal

    Omar is Barghausen’s Fuel Division Manager and a Principal at the Long Beach office, where he leads the fueling systems design division. Omar started his career in the fueling design industry at just 18 years old, gaining hands-on experience through his first designing position. Omar has over 23 years of experience and specializes in retail and commercial fueling facilities with both underground and aboveground systems. Throughout his career he has found enjoyment through the endless opportunities to problem solve and come up with innovative design solutions.

    Education

    AA - ITT Technical Institute - Carson & Sacramento, CA

    Life Outside the Office

    In his free time you can find Omar cruising around Long Beach or spending time with his wife, two sons and his daughter.

    Playlist Favorites

    Stick Figure

    Dream Destinations

    “My dream is to travel to the countryside of Italy. I feel that it would be very relaxing and the food would be exceptional”

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    Josh Harlan

    Principal Engineer

    Josh Harlan oversees the Klamath Falls, OR office location and is one of the firm's Principal Engineers. Josh knew he would pursue a career in the AEC industry from an early age. His plans to study architecture after high school quickly changed to engineering after realizing how much he enjoyed the convergence of design and mathematics. Josh manages a growing team of talented engineers specializing in commercial site design and permitting. He has over 15 years in the industry and a proven track record of providing top tier service to his clients.

    “I enjoy troubleshooting and solving the unique challenges that are presented on a daily basis in our line of work. Whether these challenges lie with unique site characteristics, difficult development hurdles, or demanding deadlines. Overcoming these obstacles and seeing a project through to successful completion on the behalf of our Client's and our internal Team, brings no greater satisfaction.”

    Education:

    BS, Civil Engineering - Oregon Institute of Technology - Klamath Falls, Oregon

    Professional Registrations & Affiliations:

    Professional Engineer - Oregon

    Life Outside the Office

    Josh resides in Merrill, OR with his wife Katrina, one-year old daughter Madelyn and their two dogs Porter and Georgie. His favorite thing is watching Madelyn grow up! In his free time he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, golfing, traveling, exploring the outdoors and woodworking.

    Playlist Favorites

    "George Strait. To me, there is nothing better than the song Amarillo by Morning."

    Top of the Bucket List

    Shooting par or better on an 18-hole, regulation golf course.

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    Alexia Inigues

    Permitting and Regulatory Compliance Manager

    Alexia Inigues is the Permitting and Compliance Manager at the Kent, WA office. Her career started shortly after graduating from Eastern Washington University where she studied Urban and Regional Planning. Through hands-on training she gained construction permitting and compliance management skills. She has 25 years of professional experience and manages Barghausen’s ongoing nationwide fueling compliance program. Alexia’s favorite aspect of her role is delivering a unique, high level of service that is valuable to our clients.

    Education

    BA, Urban & Regional Planning - Eastern Washington University - Cheney, WA

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    Dave Williams

    Survey Manager

    As manager of the Survey Department, Dave Williams ensures our high quality standards and deadlines are met. He provides clear communication and organizational skills while handling the scheduling, assigning projects to project managers and providing guidance to field crews. He has extensive experience with boundary surveys, ALTA surveys and construction staking including field work and calculations. Dave joined Barghausen in 1998 and has played a vital role in the expansion of the survey department. His favorite part of his job is the comradery of working with the team to get the job done.

    Education

    Field Survey Technician - Renton Technical College

    Life Outside the Office

    Dave enjoys spending time with his wife of 23 years, Tiffany, and his two daughters, Grace and Abby, and their pug Charlotte. During the summer months he and his family like to go camping and enjoy the outdoors.

    Playlist Favorites

    Pearl Jam and the Dave Matthews Band

    When I founded the firm in 1982, I envisioned creating the framework of a dynamic workplace founded on the principle of “professional excellence” as the key to everything we do in serving the interests of our clients, hiring highly qualified staff with a similar motivation to achieve this goal. Thirty-six years later I cannot be more proud of the effort shown by our entire team every single day in pursuit of this principle, ensuring our firm maintains the excellent reputation we have in the industry for achieving results. No one does it better!

    Tom Barghausen / President & Principal Engineer

    Our Commitment

    What to Expect from Your Partnership with Barghausen

    While each Barghausen partnership is unique, our commitment to organization, consistency, and accuracy remains the same. In addition, we have a reputation for delivering the highest level of service—going above and beyond our customer’s expectations.

    Not interested in juggling multiple firms for your project? We hear you! That’s why Barghausen offers diverse services and extensive resources – making us truly a one-stop shop. This level of efficiency translates into time and cost savings for you or your business.

    Our Work