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Vancouver's Fire Service Delivery Restructures for Growing Community

The City of Vancouver celebrated the opening of Fire Station No. 1 on 3 February 2018.

For the City of Vancouver, Washington, leveraging public service resources to accommodate growing community needs amid a changing economy provided challenges and opportunities. In 2012, the city manager and fire chief worked together in an effort to explore ways to maintain and improve the effectiveness of the Vancouver Fire Department (VFD) in light of increased costs and reduced revenues. At the time, the VFD faced a funding crisis that could result in staff reductions, and the City needed an action plan.

The Gee Creek Subarea Plan: Balancing Urban Development with Rural Preservation

The Gee Creek Plateau is an unincorporated rural area of about 360 acres.

On one hand, population growth often means more jobs and economic prosperity. On the other hand, untrammeled growth can ruin the very environment that people seek in rural areas: peaceful surroundings, opportunities for agriculture, an appreciation of natural environments, and a more relaxed way of life. The Gee Creek Plateau is an unincorporated rural area of about 360 acres—formerly called the “donut hole” because it is an island of unincorporated land surrounded by the southwest incorporated part of the city of Ridgefield, Washington. As one of the fastest growing cities in Washington, Ridgefield has become a popular place to live and work. Residents understand the need for additional development to support the growing population and provide economic opportunities; however, there is also a desire to preserve the rural character and scenic views for future generations.

Recognizing Women in the Transportation Industry

BergerABAM was a proud sponsor and attendee of the WTS Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala.

On 1 March 2018, the Puget Sound Chapter of Women in Transportation (WTS) held its Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala in Seattle, Washington. The gala is an opportunity to recognize the efforts being made to reduce the gender gap in the transportation sector, to award the pioneering women who’ve made leaps and bounds in the transportation industry and to celebrate their impressive careers, and to honor the women who were granted scholarships.

Changing Course: the North Meyers Road Bridge

The new 620-foot-long prestressed concrete girder bridge boasts two 12-foot-wide lanes and 8-foot-wide shoulders for pedestrians.

While each bridge that is repaired or replaced has its own set of complexities, when nature changes the conditions of the project, it may mean a whole new set of challenges to deal with. Though the replacement of the crumbling North Meyers Road Bridge over the Yakima River had the usual complications of permitting, design, and budgeting, it was not anticipated that high river flows would change the course of the river just prior to the start of construction.

Interstate 11, Boulder City Bypass: Constructing a Critical Link between Las Vegas and Phoenix

A portion of the project is being constructed through a ridge of the El Dorado Mountains. Photo courtesy of OlsenBeal.

Las Vegas, Nevada, and Phoenix, Arizona, are the only two cities in the United States with populations greater than one million that are not currently linked by an interstate highway. To enhance travel and commerce in the region, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) have been working concurrently to build the Nevada portion of the new interstate highway, which will eventually connect the two cities.

Juneau Cruise Ship Terminal Concrete Floats Win PCI Design Award

The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, creating an aesthetically pleasing and non-obtrusive structure along Juneau’s waterfront.

In January 2018, the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) announced that the Port of Juneau’s Cruise Ship Terminal concrete floats designed by BergerABAM won PCI’s Special Design Award for All-Precast Option. The award will be presented on 23 February 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Entries are judged by independent juries of industry experts who consider creativity and ingenuity in the use of precast concrete to achieve aesthetic expression, function, economy, and sustainability; and recognized excellence in design, engineering, manufacturing, and construction.

Borrego Springs Library Project Expands Horizons and Community Enrichment

Rendering of the new Borrego Springs Library courtesy of RNT Architects.

Borrego Springs in San Diego County, California, is a small town surrounded by 600,000 acres of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The town’s year-round population of about 3,500 doubles during the winter months with an influx of seasonal residents and visitors. The area is revered worldwide for its magnificent desert wildflowers that bloom from February through April and is recognized as a designated "international dark sky" area, making it a popular destination for astronomers. Because of the town’s strict outdoor lighting ordinances, there are no stop lights in town and other lighting is kept to a minimum to protect the views of the night sky.

Tuxpan Port Terminal Project Wins International Accolades

The new state-of-the-art Tuxpan Port Terminal; photo courtesy of SSA Mexico.

The Tuxpan Port Terminal (TPT) project recently received two important CEMEX Building Awards for its sustainable approach to infrastructure design and construction. Tuxpan is located on the Atlantic coast of Mexico, about 150 miles from Mexico City, in between the ports of Veracruz and Altamira. In planning and designing TPT, BergerABAM used an innovative combination of deep soil mixing; land- and marine-based pile installation; and precast, prestressed concrete, to enable the development of a state-of-the-art container terminal in an environmentally sensitive and geotechnically unstable area.

Lighting up the Discovery Corridor with Dark Fiber

Business and daily life today routinely connects through the internet, but fast and reliable high-speed internet still doesn’t exist in large swaths of the United States. Bringing such services to these areas is a “chicken or egg” situation: internet providers are reluctant to supply broadband infrastructure and services unless a business case can be proven, but businesses are reluctant to move to a community if the services are not there.

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