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August 2017

5th Anniversary of Paintball! Some of the team headed out to Paintball Station in Mount Vernon to blow off some steam. L to R Top: Robert, Mat, Emily, Brett, Ryan, and Vicente. Bottom: Dani, Bianca, Kevin and Scott!

May 2017

New Associates. SSF is proud to announce the addition of 4 new Associate Principals. Brian Rittereiser, Ryan Anderson, Chris Potter and Pete Krebs!

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April 2017

Historic Preservation Support. SSF again participated in the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s Revitalize Washington in Ellensburg. This is an annual statewide conference focused on historic preservation and economic revitalization.

April 2017

More silly staff images – proof that we’re not your standard pocket protector engineers! Arcade Ad 2017.

January 2017

MBA. SSF is proud to be a new member of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBA). The MBA represents 2800+ firms that are involved with the design and construction of single and multi-family residential buildings in King and Snohomish Counties. Approximately 60% of SSF’s projects are residential. We are excited to get involved with this association to connect with existing clients and build new relationships.

December 2016

SSF Gives Back. SSF adopted two YWCA Families for the holidays. Thanks to the team’s generosity, we were able to adopt a third!

October 2016

A4LE. As part of our initiative to secure more public K-12 work, SSF joined the Seattle Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), a national organization centered around public school facilities directors and owners!

August 2016

Outstanding Website. Following our new branding initiative in 2015, SMPS Seattle’s 2016 Best Website Reign Award went to…SSF!

May 2016

Preservation. SSF Continues to support the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation through participation in the Revitalize Washington Conference at Lake Chelan. Not surprisingly, Dan was the highest bidder for “da bear” at the evening auction!

Arcade 2016 Ad. Whether summoned by you or Commissioner Gordon, we come to the rescue!

December 2015

SSF Olympics. In solidarity with the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics, the team kicked off a 9 month-long SSF Olympics. Groups of 4 or 5 were formed and monthly competitions commenced through August 2016. Beer tasting, gingerbread houses, paper airplanes, Jenga, cornhole, quizbowl, shuffleboard, tricycle time, rubberband archery and a final relay. The winning team was Blaze, Derek, Dan M and Olivia!

September 2015

New Ads. A new ad series was introduced for Arcade Magazine!

August 2015

SSF New Brand! It seemed fitting to revisit SSF’s brand during our 20th Anniversary year. The new look is bold and intentionally atypical – reflecting how we see ourselves.

May 2015

20th Anniversary Staff Celebration. On May 14, 2015, the entire SSF staff took the afternoon off for a cook-off at Tom Douglas’ Hot Stove Society. With some guidance from the Hot Stove staff, 6 teams carefully prepared and presented a salmon and a starch dish that were judged by the Hot Stove chefs. Then the team challenge turned into a dinner for 40!

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March 2015

March Madness. An annual tradition, the SSF conference room is reserved for 2 days of basketball-mania. Come and go as you wish, but if Ryan A and Zane are around, you better root for the Zags!

December 2014

New Shuffleboard Table. In December, a new shuffleboard table joined the foosball table in the employee lounge.

August 2014

Little Free Library Project with Hilliard’s. SSF Project Manager, Ryan Anderson, spearheaded the design and construction of a Little Free Library in conjunction with Hilliard’s Brewery in Ballard. More information.

July 2014

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation – Preservation News Article by Greg CoonsPrincipal Greg Coons, authored an article explaining the current state-of-affairs regarding the City of Seattle’s pending URM (unreinforced masonry) Building requirements.

May 2014

Revitalize Washington. Dan Say teamed with Nicholas Vann, Historical Architect at Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, for a presentation at the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Meeting in Wenatchee.

Revitalize Washington 2014

May 2014

SSF Paintball. It’s very possible this may become an annual tradition.

December 2013

SSF Names 5 New Associate Principals. The up-and-comers of SSF have been named! Brett Mozden, Greg Juttner, Karl Rosman, Sean King and Zane Kanyer all now have ownership in SSF! OK. OK. This occurred during Movember – thus the crazy “staches” on some of our new leaders. Don’t let that scare you.

New Associates Blog Post

October 2013

Dan Say – AIA Seattle Honorary Membership Award Recipient. AIA Seattle annually recognizes individuals who are not otherwise eligible for AIA membership yet have contributed notably to AIA Seattle’s mission and goals. Dan sat on the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2012.

AIA Seattle Honorary Members List

September 2013

SSF Paintball. Always good to let off a little steam every now and then.

September 2012

AIA Board Gift. After serving for 4 years on the AIA Seattle Board of Directors, SSF created a commemorative deck of trading cards featuring the Board Members and AIA staff.

June 2012

I-Fly Staff Party. Upon completion of the new I-Fly facility in Tukwila, we were compelled to take a company-wide field trip!

December 2011

Gary Swenson Retires. 50 years after graduating from the UW, Gary Swenson retired in December, 2011. Gary was a leader in historic renovation, serving multiple years on the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board, the Seattle Design Commission, and on the Pioneer Square Preservation Board. We truly appreciate his leadership of SSF for the past 16 years.

January 2011

New SSF Mugs. These may well have been the most popular A/E/C coffee mug in the Northwest!

September 2010

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. After 3 years of donating to the Washington Trust, Dan Say stepped up to serve on the Board of Directors. He is primarily responsible for recruiting other A/E/C firm sponsors. He has continuously served on the board from 2010 to present.

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

July 2010

Food Frenzy Support. In 2010, SSF began annually participating in Food Lifeline’s Food Frenzy event – a fundraiser that helps feed kids that depend on the free lunch programs during the school year. Food Lifeline’s Food Frenzy EventFood Frenzy Blog Post

February 2010

PNA Home Design and Remodel Show. Since 2010, SSF participated in the Phinney Neighborhood Associations Home Design & Remodel Fair  – a great way to directly connect with our residential clients and architects. UPDATE: SSF has been a vendor at the PNA Home show every year since 2010!


AIA Future Shack SponsorSSF is a consistent sponsor of AIA Seattle events.


AIA Board of Directors. Dan Say served a 4 year term on the AIA Seattle Board of Directors.


A perfectly Engineered Curve Ball (Baseball Game Invite with SSF). Who but SSF would explain the engineering behind a curve ball? This was the formal invitation for a client to attend an M’s game with a SSF staff member.

June 2007

SSF Softball. SSF fielded a smokin’ hot softball team, the Belltown Bombers, this summer!

April 2007

Arcade Ad. Corporate sponsorship and advertising for Arcade began in 2005 and continues today.

March 2007

AIA Ad. Support of Seattle AIA has been consistent from the inception of the firm.

January 2007

4 New Principals. During the 12th year of operation, Chardie Byrne, Dan Morrow, Greg Coons, and Rob Galus joined the existing 5 Principals in the ownership of Swenson Say Faget.

January 2007

KEXP Radio Sponsorship. We had such great feedback from our KUOW sponsorship in 2004, we started annually donating to KEXP Public Radio in 2007.

September 2006

Gary Swenson – AIA Seattle Honorary Membership Award Recipient. AIA Seattle annually recognizes individuals who are not otherwise eligible for AIA membership who have contributed notably to AIA Seattle’s mission and goals.

AIA Seattle Honorary Members List

January 2006

Ryan Reichman / Principal. SSF adds another new Principal / Owner, Ryan Reichman. Ryan is the managing principal of our Tacoma office.


AIA and Arcade Ads. SSF supports AIA Seattle and Arcade Magazine annually.


SSF Opens Tacoma Office. SSF opened an office in downtown Tacoma to better serve our South Sound clients and provide an alternative work space for our South Sound team.

January 2004

KUOW Radio Sponsorship. As part of our community support, SSF has been sponsoring KUOW Public Radio annually since 2004.


NEW SSF LOGO. After 7 years in business, we embraced a new brand.

February 2001

Nisqually Earthquake. 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit 11 miles northeast of Olympia. Extensive seismic evaluation and renovation work followed.

December 1999

Blaze Bresko / Principal. SSF adds the first additional Principal / Owner since inception, Blaze Bresko. Blaze worked with the other owners at Ratti Swenson Perbix / EQE prior to joining the SSF team.


SSF Moves to 1925 Post Alley Office. We’re the SAME PEOPLE you’ve come to know … doing the same same GREAT WORK you’ve come to expect…and we’re having FUN doing it.

January 1995

Inception of Swenson Say Faget. Founding Principals Gary Swenson, Dan Say, Paul Faget and Gary Mackenzie start their own firm: Swenson Say Faget – a structural engineering corporation.