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Igniting and Inspiring Girls’ Excitement in Technology Careers

BergerABAM senior project manager, Sue Johnson, sharing her career stories and excitement for engineering with Decatur High School students.

On 26 October 2017, Sue Johnson, of BergerABAM, sat on a panel and spoke to girls attending Decatur High School in Federal Way, Washington, as part of the Inspiring Girls Now in Technology Evolution (IGNITE) initiative. Along with three other professional women from the University of Washington, Microsoft, and Amazon, Sue shared stories of overcoming adversity. How failing a math test and her teacher giving her the opportunity to retake it encouraged her to keep studying. “Don’t give up,” Sue encouraged. “Even when it gets hard, keep working through it and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Read more about Igniting and Inspiring Girls’ Excitement in Technology Careers

Daylighting Bothell’s Horse Creek along an Urban Downtown Connector

The project included daylighting approximately 2,900 linear feet of the stream that had formerly been conveyed in an underground pipe.

In October 2016, the City of Bothell officially opened the Northeast 185th Street and 98th Avenue NE connector, including the newly daylighted Horse Creek. Along with relocating and improving the salmon-bearing creek in the City’s redeveloped downtown, this $19.7 million project created a future transit corridor linking State Route 522 (SR 522) to the city’s new multiway boulevard at SR 527.

At the fall 2017 American Public Works Association conference in Kennewick, Washington, Ross French from BergerABAM, Steve Morikawa from the City of Bothell, and Ken Nilsen from PACE Engineers, Inc. presented the challenges and unique design elements of this one-of-a-kind project. Read more about Daylighting Bothell’s Horse Creek along an Urban Downtown Connector

Largest Single Donation to WSU Vancouver’s Food Pantry

BergerABAM's donations will be equivalent to 1,350 meals for students in need.

This October, the BergerABAM Vancouver office participated in a friendly interoffice contest to raise donations for the Washington State University (WSU) Vancouver’s Student Services, Cougar Food Pantry. The company’s participation raised over 1,500 pounds of food for students in need.

The program was established five years ago and aims to provide students with meal options, whether a student is struggling to afford a meal or forgets to pack a lunch for a long day, the Cougar Food Pantry provides access to healthful foods when needed.
The organization obtains most of its inventory through donations made by individuals at WSU Vancouver and the surrounding community. BergerABAM’s donation of dry goods and cash donations, which WSU spends on fresh produce, will be equivalent to 1,350 meals—the largest single donation the Cougar Food Pantry has ever received since its inception. Read more about Largest Single Donation to WSU Vancouver’s Food Pantry

Rehabilitating an Operational Military Runway Requires Efficiency and Teamwork

Runway embedded approach lighting at NAS Lemoore.

Naval Air Station Lemoore (NAS Lemoore), located in California’s Central Valley, serves as a critical west coast training facility for U.S. Navy fighter pilots throughout the year. NAS Lemoore is one the Navy’s largest and most active airfields. With five carrier air wings containing 20 flight squadrons that use the base for training and repairs, the 13,500-foot-long air station runway is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Read more about Rehabilitating an Operational Military Runway Requires Efficiency and Teamwork

A Walkable City of Longview

Pedestrian and low impact development stormwater features and amenities were part of the streetscape design.

As Southwest Washington continues to see strong economic trends from 2016 to this year, the towns and cities in this area have looked to improve their town centers and main streets for a more “walkable” environment. Incorporating amenities, such as inviting streetscapes and better and safer pedestrian access, creates an environment that benefits the community and businesses and helps grow the local economy. Many smaller and rural cities and towns have decided to improve their town centers to attract individuals and families looking for friendlier and more affordable living places than large cities, while still maintaining strong community cohesiveness and a unique identity. Read more about A Walkable City of Longview

Carlos Ospina Appointed to ACI 318 Committee

Carlos Ospina, BergerABAM vice president

Carlos E. Ospina, vice president, head of the International Ports and Terminal Department and Houston branch office manager, was recently appointed full voting member of the main American Concrete Institute (ACI) 318 Committee. The ACI 318 Committee develops and maintains the “ACI 318 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete,” which provides minimum requirements necessary to provide public health and safety for the design and construction of structural concrete buildings in the United States. The ACI 318 Code influences structural concrete building design codes worldwide. Read more about Carlos Ospina Appointed to ACI 318 Committee

Supporting Military Personnel at Camp Pendleton Day

Ruba Zumut, BergerABAM vice president, gives presentation about the firm.

On Thursday, 15 June, the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) San Diego and Orange County Posts hosted the 12th Annual Camp Pendleton Day at the Pacific Views Event Center. Camp Pendleton Day serves as an educational and networking event attended by members of the military, members of local government, professionals in the private industry, and other interested parties. BergerABAM was a Gold Sponsor and exhibitor at the event. Read more about Supporting Military Personnel at Camp Pendleton Day

The Rosetta Canyon Sports Park Dreams Extreme

Park includes state-of-the-art baseball fields.

Rosetta Canyon Sports Park is a much-anticipated and long-awaited, multipurpose outdoor recreation park that provides the local and surrounding community with a modern and high-quality action sports park capable of attracting national and regional baseball and softball tournaments to the city.

The park, initially an 8-acre community park, was redeveloped to maximize use of all 21.6 acres that the park was zoned for. The baseball fields were designed in an innovative star pattern with home plate for each field closest to the center, allowing for five games to be played simultaneously. In the center of the star is a two-story concession stand, giving fans a 360-degree unobstructed view of all five fields. Read more about The Rosetta Canyon Sports Park Dreams Extreme

Southern Nevada’s Mobility Training Center – A Ride to Safe, Efficient Travel on the Transit System

Desert hues were part of the MTC’s exterior design. Photo courtesy of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

Independently navigating the community via public transportation can be challenging, especially for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Understanding the overall transit system, such as schedules and various routes for successful travel, is essential. For individuals with mobility devices—such as wheelchairs—learning to board and deboard a bus is crucial for safe and sound transit without complications. Read more about Southern Nevada’s Mobility Training Center – A Ride to Safe, Efficient Travel on the Transit System

Volunteers Work Together to Improve Seattle Area Homes

Rebuilding Together Seattle group included several BergerABAM employees.

Rebuilding Together Seattle is a nonprofit organization that helps homeowners improve the safety and accessibility of their homes. The organization partners with local businesses and individual volunteers to assist low-income, elderly, or disabled members of the community.

For its 27th Annual Spring Rebuilding Day on 29 April, Rebuilding Together Seattle had nearly 800 volunteers that were able to help restore 22 family homes in the Burien-Shoreline area. Volunteers from BergerABAM, in collaboration with American Society of Civil Engineers, donated their time and skills to help restore two of these homes. The homeowners, Dorothy Fort and Mildred Hoskins, have both lived on this same street for nearly 50 years. Both homes were in dire need of safety feature upgrades and many other maintenance improvements. Read more about Volunteers Work Together to Improve Seattle Area Homes

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