2012 Engineer of the Year

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington honored Kris Betty P.E. with the prestigious Engineer of the Year Award at the Engineering Excellence Awards January 20, 2012 at the Westin Hotel in Bellevue, Washington. Betty is the President of KBA, Inc., a consulting engineering firm specializing in construction management.

A practicing engineer and construction manager for more than 30 years, Betty founded her firm in 1994. Her goal was to do what she enjoyed and do it well, a philosophy that has brought her much success. The firm now employs 65 construction management professionals and has worked on more than $2.5 billion in work on some of this area’s most complex and challenging projects.

She has served in a number of leadership capacities with the American Public Works Association, the Construction Management Association and the American Council of Engineering Companies. She serves on the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Construction Management Expert Task Group, a team working to improve CM practices on transportation nationwide.

In addition to her successful career, Betty is a supporter of and contributor to the engineering community. She has lectured at the University of Washington and now serves on the University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Committee. She frequently speaks to business and engineering groups and is dedicated to furthering technical progress by repeatedly teaching construction inspection courses at industry conferences.

Betty has been called upon work with public agencies and the consulting engineering community to facilitate challenging negotiation and find solutions that best serve the taxpaying public as well as the engineering profession. Recently she served as the co-chair of the Sound Transit/ACEC Best Practices Committee that is charged with finding more efficient ways to deliver complex transit projects that serve the entire region.

Clients and colleagues alike praise Betty’s work. “Kris and her firm had an integral and positive impact on the opening of the initial Link Light Rail segment from downtown Seattle to SeaTac Airport on time and on budget,” wrote Ron Lewis, Deputy Executive Director of Business Services DCEM for Sound Transit.

Rich Perteet, Deputy Public Works-Transportation Administrator for the City of Renton wrote: “Kris exemplifies all that is good in the consulting engineering community. She is respected by clients, contractors and competitors and I get the impression from those who work for her that hey would walk through fire for her.”

Betty has accomplished all of these things and more while staying very involved with her children’s activities. She has been involved in all levels of scouting using her many skills to assist with leadership, organization and fundraising. She has also been active with the Youth Council at her church. “Kris has accompanied and worked alongside the youth during several week-long youth mission trips, including serving at a soup kitchen in San Francisco, organizing a clean-up mission to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and spending a week in a poverty-stricken part of Mexico, where the youth built a home for a family using six garage doors. Undoubtedly Kris’s engineering knowledge and her positive attitude were a huge help to youth,” wrote Jenny Prior, scouting coordinator for Lake Washington United Methodist Church.