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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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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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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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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.