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ON THE MOVE WARE MALCOMB ANNOUNCES PROMOTION OF KATE LYLE TO DIRECTOR, INDUSTRIAL COLD & FOOD Ware Malcomb , an award-winning international design firm, announced Kate Lyle has been promoted to Director, Industrial Cold & Food in the firm’s Irvine, California headquarters office. In this role, Lyle leads the growth of Ware Malcomb’s Industrial Cold & Food Studio across North America. A licensed architect in the state of California with over 16 years of experience, Lyle specializes in complex project types, including cold storage, food processing and manufacturing. Other project types she is well versed in include industrial, office, retail and government. “Kate has brought great momentum to Ware Malcomb and is a demonstrated thought leader in the cold building industry, on both the regional and national level,” said Greg Spon, Director, Architecture of Ware Malcomb’s Irvine office. “We look forward to her continued contributions, especially as the industrial cold and food sector continues to grow across the country.”

Lyle joined Ware Malcomb in 2019 as Senior Project Architect and was promoted to Studio Manager, Industrial Cold & Food in 2020. As a sought after thought leader, she has authored many articles and contributed to multiple publications related to cold buildings. In addition, she has spoken on the topic of cold buildings at numerous regional and national conferences, including the 2021 NAIOP I.CON West and the 2020 NAIOP CRE.Converge conferences. Lyle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and is an active member of the Controlled Environments Building Association. Ware Malcomb is an industry leader in cold building projects, a unique and highly specialized sector that includes cold storage, food processing and production facilities, cold laboratories, and cold medical and pharmaceutical facilities. The firm has developed an innovative speculative cold building design prototype creating a new asset class of commercial real estate. Ware Malcomb combines this knowledge with the latest developments in technology, trucking, rail, automation and third-party logistics to

innovative buildings and sites that are highly functional. Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb is a contemporary and expanding full service design firm providing professional architecture, planning, interior design, civil engineering, branding and building measurement services to corporate, commercial/residential developer and public/institutional clients throughout the world. With office locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, Ware Malcomb specializes in the design of commercial office, corporate, industrial, science and technology, healthcare, retail, auto, public/institutional facilities and renovation projects. Ware Malcomb is recognized as an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company and a Hot Firm by Zweig Group. The firm is also ranked among the top 15 architecture/engineering firms in Engineering News-Record ’s Top 500 Design Firms and the top 25 interior design firms in Interior Design magazine’s Top 100 Giants.

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working with him and learning how he managed projects and clients. TZL: While I understand you do not have a crystal ball, what are the greatest challenges you see ahead? How do you plan to meet them? MN: I think the greatest challenges ahead for all of our industry’s firms is the increased demand in the water resources infrastructure market coupled with competition for staff in California. We continue to pursue innovative strategies to recruit and retain staff. We’ve been aggressively recruiting to stay ahead of our clients’ needs, implementing staff referral bonuses, highly competitive benefits such as wellness stipends and education reimbursement. Additionally, a little over one year ago, we began employee engagement programs to entice and retain team members. “I think the greatest challenge we face is climate change; it will affect water supply and wastewater facilities across the state. The impact on wildfires and drought conditions has already been significant.” TZL: How many years of experience – or large enough book of business – is enough to become a principal in your firm? Are you naming principals in their 20s or 30s?

The South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District selected MKN in February 2019 to provide project management services for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Redundancy Project.

MN: While many of our principals are in their 40s and older, we have principals in their 30s too. We aren’t tied to an arbitrary experience level – I look for leaders in either operations or technical practices who can operate independently, meet clients’ expectations, and are excellent outside representatives of the firm. TZL: In one word or phrase, what do you describe as your number one job responsibility? MN: To guide and support my team, so they can support our clients.

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