With more than 30 years of experience as a construction executive, manager and owners representative, Kris is known for her ability to build high-performing teams and deliver challenging complex projects across all building market sectors. She has held executive positions with some of the largest local, national, and international general contractors/construction managers, serving as the first female VP and West Coast GM in 2016. Kris has held board positions with CREW Network, CREW Seattle, NAIOP Washington, NAWIC, NAIOP Corporate Board, and many other industry organizations. She is deeply committed to fostering inclusion and developing the next generation of construction management professionals and her honors in this arena include the 2016 Career Advancement for Women Award from CREW Network and the NAIOP-Washington Mentoring Women Award.
Her passion for innovation and sustainability has been demonstrated by leading the construction team on the Bertschi School Science Wing, which was the first fully certified Living Building Challenge 2.0 project in the world. In addition, she built King Street Center which was completed in 1999. It was the first building in Seattle to install an on-site water reclamation system from stormwater runoff for reuse in toilets. Many recycled materials were used for tile, wall finishes and carpeting - receiving LEED Gold status under the 1.0 pilot program for O&M Existing Buildings. She has been a proponent for prefabrication and lean principles to improve efficiency, budget and work safety. In addition, she has constructed numerous LEED Platinum, Gold and Silver projects throughout her career.
With a glimpse into the industry from her mother (a project manager) and aunt (a pipefitter), Kris Beason knew at an early age that she was meant to work in the building industry. She started as an intern and worked her way through every department learning all aspects of the business first hand. As a fourth generation Washingtonian, she enjoys all the PNW has to offer including hiking, biking, skiing and boating. She has two children, Andrew and Katie and two dachshunds named Cooper and Marty.