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November 2011

Use of Precast Bent Systems in High Seismic Regions

Exploded view of the bent system.

Lee Marsh, PhD, PE, a senior project manager in BergerABAM’s Federal Way office, recently coauthored a webinar presentation on a “Precast Bent System for Use in High Seismic Regions.” Joining him in this presentation were John Stanton, PhD, PE, a professor of structural engineering and mechanics from the University of Washington (UW), and Bijan Khaleghi, PhD, PE, SE, the bridge design engineer at the Washington State Department of Transportation. The presentation was funded by Federal Highway Administration’s Highways for LIFE Technology (HfL) Partnership Programs.

The Holy Grail of Public Involvement

In our line of work, we know our clients’ planning, design, and construction projects affect the lives and livelihoods of people in the communities we serve. We have developed a set of outreach tools that do a pretty good job of informing most people about projects, and creating opportunities for questions and feedback. But we also know we sometimes are unable to reach segments of the community that should be aware and involved.

Deadline Passes for New Floodplain Regulations in the Puget Sound Region

Devastating floods in Lewis County, Washington, closed Interstate 5 while inundating homes, businesses, and farms.

As of 22 September, jurisdictions in the Puget Sound region of Washington will now be required to consider the impacts to endangered species habitat when the jurisdictions review applications for floodplain development. These changes stem from a 2003 lawsuit filed by the National Wildlife Foundation charging that the implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) violates the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by encouraging development practices in the 100-year floodplain that have the potential to negatively impact endangered fish populations.