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April 2012

Grade Separation Expected to Ease Gridlock

Aerial view of the East Marginal Way grade separation construction work, March 2012.

With an estimated 270 hours of daily traffic delays at railroad tracks on Duwamish Avenue South in 2007, relocating East Marginal Way through this corridor in Seattle would improve access to Port of Seattle terminals, BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) rail yards, and local businesses. With the opening of the East Marginal Way grade separation in April 2012, a new vehicular overpass structure now elevates both eastbound Spokane Street and Duwamish Avenue to separate vehicular traffic from rail traffic and creates dedicated lanes for freight traffic.

LEEDing the Way to Sustainable Projects

LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the recognized standard developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit association of building industry leaders, to measure building sustainability.

Developed in 2000, LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification of a building’s green performance by recognizing performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate and maintain, are healthier places to live and work in, and conserve natural resources.

What is a QR Code?

This QR code links directly to the BergerABAM Facebook page.

What is a QR code? A QR code, or quick response code, is a type of two-dimensional barcode originally designed for the automotive industry to track vehicles during the manufacturing process. Recently, these codes have gone mainstream due to their fast readability and large storage capacity compared to standard barcodes.

XXI Latin American Congress of Ports

The National Port Commission of Guatemala will host the XXI Latin American Congress of Ports, an annual event organized by the American Port Authorities Association. This year’s conference, to be held 9 April to 12 April 2012, in Antigua, Guatemala, will focus on the “Present and Future of Latin American Ports in the Multimodal and Logistics Era.”