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November 2012

Wind Turbines: Cutting-Edge Technology for an Old Idea

Wind turbines convert kinetic energy in the wind into mechanical power.

Did you think that using the wind to power our world is a new idea? Think again. From windmills in the Netherlands to those found in farms in the Great Plains of the United States, wind energy has been used to produce food and provide water for centuries. Though the windmill’s usage has declined over the years, they’ve seen resurgence as producers of electricity. More efficient designs, sturdier materials, and better technology have brought windmills into the twenty-first century.

Rebuilding Access to Maritime History

Rendering by BergerABAM of the completed 17th Street Dock.

From prehistoric fishing villages to 21st century U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) missions, the City of Astoria’s history is on display at its 17th Street Dock. Homeport to two USCG cutters—the Steadfast and the Alert—the over 50-year-old dock in Astoria, Oregon, is receiving a significant upgrade to support not only the crucial services these USCG ships offer, but also to support the community's rich maritime history.

Prime Contractor & Consultant Champion Awards and Business After Hours Reception

Join us at the Prime Contractor & Consultant Champion Awards and Business After-Hours Reception.

Small businesses account for more than 95 percent of all registered businesses in Washington State. On Wednesday, 14 November from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Port of Seattle, Sound Transit, and the Washington State Department of Transportation will host the 2nd Annual Prime Contractor & Consultant Champion Awards and Business After Hours Reception. Held at the Maritime Event Center at Pier 66 on Seattle’s waterfront, the event will provide prime, local subcontractors, and architectural and engineering firms an opportunity to network in a casual and engaging atmosphere.

King County Metro RapidRide C and D Lines Launch Event

Sen. Patty Murray, FTA Admin. Peter Rogoff, and King County Exec. Dow Constantine cut the ribbon at the RapidRide station.

On 28 September 2012, public officials, consultants, and citizens gathered to celebrate the launch of King County Metro Transit’s (Metro) new C and D RapidRide lines. The latest RapidRide routes bring a whole new world of public transportation to the West Seattle, Ballard, and Crown Hill neighborhoods in Seattle, Washington. There was definitely a lot of excitement in the air with the launch of Metro’s fastest and easiest way to travel—with service so frequent that one doesn’t need a schedule!

Metro knows that everyone’s time is more valuable than ever, and they designed the new RapidRide routes with that in mind. Everything about the C and D routes and their buses are streamlined—the time spent on the bus, the time waiting for the bus, and even the time to make connections to other routes have been minimized. Metro says that bus riders should experience unprecedented levels of reliability, comfort, and speed that add up to a great way to get around.