Bruce Pitts Retires After 44 Years

Wood Harbinger celebrated the retirement of Principal Bruce Pitts on June 14th, 2018, together with Bruce’s family, friends, and colleagues past and present. The gathering in the Wood Harbinger office included fine food, good drinks, and a rousing toast to Bruce’s indelible legacy and role in the rise and success of the firm.

Bruce Pitts retirement party

Wood Harbinger celebrated the retirement of Bruce Pitts with a party in the Wood Harbinger office.

Bruce Pitts has the unique distinction of being Wood Harbinger’s longest term employee. His nearly 44-year career with the firm began in the early days with Wood and Associates, before they merged with Harbinger Corporation to form Wood Harbinger in 1980. In the 1990s, Bruce founded Wood Harbinger’s commissioning group as a dedicated service built around using engineering to make buildings work better. He has also worked tirelessly with the Building Commissioning Association to strengthen the commissioning industry as a whole: he’s been a regular speaker at commissioning conferences and served on the Building Commissioning Association International Board of Directors. Bruce also served on ASHRAE committees, including the SSPC 300, Standard 202, and Guideline 0, all of which helped shape the guidelines and standards for commissioning.

Bruce’s project experience includes the University of Washington Medical Center expansion; the Central and South Terminal Expansions at SeaTac International Airport; multiple tenant improvements in the Seattle Municipal Tower; the 1.3 million square foot Boeing 787 Dreamliner Final Assembly and Delivery Facility in Charleston, SC; multiple schools for Seattle Public Schools, Edmonds School District, and other local districts; renovation of Gwinn Commons at Seattle Pacific University; and Evergreen Hospital’s DeYoung Pavilion. He developed a well-deserved reputation as the go-to guy for diagnosing and solving building system performance issues.

Bruce Pitts retirement party - friends and colleagues

Bruce’s family, friends, and colleagues past and present celebrated his nearly 44-year career at Wood Harbinger.

Wood Harbinger’s current President/CEO Tom Leonidas gave a toast to Bruce thanking him for his great contribution to the company and praising his steady nature and innovative pursuit of growth for the firm. Jeff Yirak, Bruce’s successor as leader of the mechanical and commissioning teams, shared the story of meeting Bruce for the first time during his Wood Harbinger interview, and offered a heartfelt thanks to Bruce for leaving Wood Harbinger in a better place: more diversified in clients and business, more collaborative in our cross-training and knowledge sharing, and with a dedication to understanding buildings systems from the whole-building perspective.

Senior Technical Associate, Bruce Higgs, past Wood Harbinger president, Lyle Matznick, and past president of Harbinger Corporation, Alan Toelle also shared words about Bruce, speaking about the depth of his technical knowledge and expertise as an engineer and mentor, the quality of his character, and his unwavering integrity.

Bruce’s last official day in the office will be June 29th, 2018. He will have much more time to spend with his wife Dana and his two beautiful granddaughters, and to be out on the links enjoying a round of 18. But while he may be retiring, no one ever really says goodbye in the Wood Harbinger family. We’re looking forward to still seeing Bruce around the office now and then, continuing to share his wisdom, expertise, and entertaining stories from the field. Bon voyage, sir!

Bruce Pitts retirement party - family

Bruce’s family, including two beautiful granddaughters, joined friends and colleagues at the Wood Harbinger office for Bruce’s retirement celebration.

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