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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

City of Sumner Unveils New Bridge Plan

Rendering of the new Bridge Street bridge.

On 24 May 2017, the City of Sumner celebrated the groundbreaking of the Bridge Street Bridge by unveiling the rendering of the new design. The existing bridge, a Parker truss bridge built in 1927—a landmark in Sumner, Washington—has been the focus of their yearly holiday lighting ceremony and is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. This bridge serves as a vital link between the downtown and industrial areas that are to the east of the bridge and the Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse just on the west side of the bridge. Read more about City of Sumner Unveils New Bridge Plan

Envision Training Workshops Equip Industry Professionals to Plan Projects with Sustainability in Mind

Amanda Schweickert (standing) conducts the TEACHawaii Envision training workshop in Oahu, Hawaii.

On 28 February 2017, BergerABAM conducted the TEACHawaii Envision training workshop in Oahu, Hawaii. This was the first Envision workshop to take place in Hawaii where 26 industry professionals received training to earn the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) credential. An alternative to the online training program, the in-person training participants at the TEACHawaii workshop included staff from regional public agencies, such as the U.S. Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Hawaii; and the Hawaii Department of Transportation, with the majority of participants from local private firms. Amanda Schweickert, PE, ENV SP, BergerABAM project engineer and Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)-approved Envision trainer, facilitated the full-day (8 hours) workshop. Read more about Envision Training Workshops Equip Industry Professionals to Plan Projects with Sustainability in Mind

CARMATRIX – A Parking Solution for Urban Living

Automated parking systems are on the rise, making it possible for city dwellers to have their cars—and park them too. Designed with space efficiency in mind and to allow high-density parking in urban residential buildings, automated parking systems can triple the capacity of traditional parking garages by “stacking” cars one on top of another. Many brands of automated parking systems exist, and they all eliminate the need for parking attendants or valets. Read more about CARMATRIX – A Parking Solution for Urban Living

Revitalized Quay Plays a Key Role for Offshore Oil Industry

Brighton Port’s Berth 2 facilitates launch of Juniper offshore platform in La Brea, Trinidad and Tobago.

In January 2017, British Petroleum (BP) launched its Juniper platform towards the southeast coast of Trinidad, which is part of a $2 billion venture and one of BP’s largest start-up projects in 2017. The platform topside, fabricated in La Brea, Trinidad (44 meters tall and weighing approximately 4,600 metric tons), was launched over the reconstructed Berth 2 at Brighton Port designed by BergerABAM. The entire launch event was highly covered in local and international media. Similar offshore platform modules are expected to be launched in the future. Read more about Revitalized Quay Plays a Key Role for Offshore Oil Industry

“Stay a Day or Stay Forever” – The City of Bothell Revitalizes Main Street

Pictured from left to right are Tris Samberg, Mick Caplis, James McNeal, Davina Duerr, Andy Rheaume, Greg Armstrong, Nancy Pipinich, and Nduta Mbuthia at the Main Street Enhancement groundbreaking ceremony.

“Stay a day or stay forever” was the opening remark the morning of 4 April 2017 at Bothell’s groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction of their Main Street Enhancement project.

City of Bothell officials, staff, and the community gathered on its main street to celebrate the latest milestone of the $7 million downtown revitalization project. The mayor of Bothell, Andy Rheaume, asked business owners and residents for patience as construction descends on its two main street avenues (101st and 102nd) for the next seven months. The revitalization project will update the over 100-year-old road—and home to quaint diners and shops reminiscent of the era—by reconstructing the roadways, sidewalks, and utilities. Signature features of the enhancement project will be the integrated public gathering spaces, wider pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, new bicycle paths and storage, and safer and easier access to local businesses. Read more about “Stay a Day or Stay Forever” – The City of Bothell Revitalizes Main Street

Boeing North Bridge Project is a Winner

Boeing uses the bridge to tow 737 airplanes from their Renton assembly plant to the flight line at the Renton Airport.

On Friday, 3 March 2017, BergerABAM’s Boeing North Bridge project was awarded the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s (PCI) “Best Special Solution” award in its Transportation category. Presented at the PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference (8 February to 4 March 2017) in Cleveland, Ohio, the award highlights those projects that use innovative solutions to meet the challenge of unique structures. Read more about Boeing North Bridge Project is a Winner

Port of Toledo Haul-out Pier – Growing the Local Economy

The Port of Toledo boatyard improvements and haul-out pier project is an excellent example of design and construction efficiency.

The Port of Toledo—the port authority for Toledo, Oregon—serves an area that includes the small cities of Toledo (population 3,462) and Siletz (population 1,212), as well as a large area of unincorporated Lincoln County, with facilities located along the Yaquina River. While many small towns have struggled and been left behind as the economy has improved, the Port made the positive move to obtain a ConnectOregon grant to improve their infrastructure and increase their variety of services to develop and sustain the area’s economy. Read more about Port of Toledo Haul-out Pier – Growing the Local Economy

Building a Bridge with Middle Schoolers

Markus Wernli explains bridge beam deflection design to students at Washington Middle School.

BergerABAM was proud to support the third annual SAME STEM Fair at Washington Middle School in Seattle, Washington, on 10 February 2017. Washington Middle School hosts the annual event to expose students to the engineering industry through presentations and hands-on learning activities. Read more about Building a Bridge with Middle Schoolers

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